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The long and short of it

From: Mike
Sent on: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 2:36 AM



This Saturday, Apr 14, there will be two concurrent hike options – short (difficult) and long (more difficult) – along the C&O Canal to Harpers Ferry, with a turn-around point at the Bolivar Community Center, the One Day Hike's end point. Both options are at your own pace.


The route affords (you don’t have to be rich) some of the most beautiful views of the Potomac, and of birds, other wildlife, and flora (I almost forgot about pretty flora), all far for the madding crowd’s ignoble strife. You’ll also get to spend some time in beautiful historic Harpers Ferry, toughen your feet, lose weight, and maybe learn how to deal with adversity. And the frozen custard! My God, the frozen custard! (Not my last stand.)


Long Option: Long hikers – the  (ahem) well-heeled among us – will start at Point of Rocks and hike to Harpers Ferry and back (28mi; 5.8 blisters), with the option of going up to 4.2mi past the start before returning (for up to 36.4mi; 7.3 blisters!). To carpool, meet at the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station's Kiss & Ride ( at 7am or in parking lot along the towpath at Point of Rocks ( by 8:15am. Frank Wodarczyk will lead with the help of a bike, which proves that he's sane.


Short Option: Short hikers will start at Brunswick and hike to Harpers Ferry and back (14.2mi; 2.8 blisters), with the option of going to Point of Rocks (21.1mi; 4.2 blisters). To carpool, meet at the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station's Kiss & Ride ( at 8:45am, or in parking lot near the towpath under the MD17 bridge in Brunswick ( by 10 am. I will lead (or follow, depending on how fast you walk).


Bring a bag lunch (or buy at HF) and drink. For directions to the Metro or to either trailheads, contact me ([address removed]). For problems on hike day, try my cell phone [masked]).


This hike (both options) is a Sierra Club Potomac Region Outings (SCPRO) event. Although it is part of a series of training hikes to prepare for the One Day Hike on April 28, everyone is welcome this Saturday, regardless of plans for doing the One Day Hike.


If you would like to volunteer for the One Day Hike at a support station or as a bike patroller, please, please, please contact me.






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