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Training/Endurance Hike Series #2.5 - Challenge Yourself!

UPDATE part duex:  Details, changes, and maps

ALL:  PLEASE print all of your maps and the route directions from Hiking Upward.  The trail we will stay on all day is the Catoctin trail, which is blazed blue.

Again, here are the step by step directions.  Print them, read them, put them under your pillow at night:

http://www.hikingupward.com/OMH/CatoctinTrail

Here is the Catoctin map.  It does not include the Hamburg Rd trailhead.  Just pretend it is there at the bottom/south.  I have marked the trail and endpoint to provide clarity.

CatoctinTrailMap.jpg


Group 1:

You will still convien at the Hamburg rd trailhead, however you will all join into one car at that point and drive ahead ~7miles to another trailhead further up the trail.  I am working on the exact GPS coordinates for your departure trail head now.  The location is at the Fishing Creek Rd. crossing on the route.  It step "Mile 11.7" on the hiking upward link.  The Catoctin map is needed for this group.

Group 2: Meet at hamburg and hike until end.  The Catoctin map is needed for this group.

Group 3: You WILL NOT be able to start exactly where the hiking upward route suggests because the "Gambrill Lower Parking Lot" will be closed before sunrise.  Continue about 300 yards until the road levels out and to the left will be parking for the "Gambrill Upper Parking Lot". [masked],[masked]  .  There are a handful of paved parking spots outside of the gate that you can use.  Follow the yellow trail that runs along the road toward the overlook(IE, don't follow the yellow trail the other way, down the hill).  After the overlook, hop onto either fork you like to eventually end up on the blue trail.  Click HERE to see the Gambrill map.



Please post what hike you intend to do.  The day before the event I will send everyone my cell number to make sure we all get connected at the trail head.


Who wants to put one foot forward after another for miles on end?  Reminds me of a recent recurring theme that I can't quite put my finger on...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hrm.. can't remember..  Seems I'm lacking in brainzz today.  Moving on.

Here are the following options for that day.  Options one and two are definite.  Option three is there for anyone crazy enough to do it and will only be available if another host wants to lead it.  As always, a group meal will be in order when we are finished.  There are plenty of great establishments to choose from so we will leave it up to the group.

 

1:  15-16 miles with[masked] ft of elevation gain.

2:  22 miles with ~3000 feet of elevation gain.

3:  27.9 miles with 4000 feet of elevation gain. **Dependent on willing hosts

 

The hike is shown in the hiking upward link below.  Hike one and two will start at the Hamburg Road trail head in the form of two groups.

Hike three will be the same route, but starting at the Gambrill park trail head.  If anyone does this section they will need to be sure to start in time to convene with us by 7:45am at the Hamburg road trail head.

http://www.hikingupward.com/OMH/CatoctinTrail/

 

I'll need early-birds to help drop cars off at the end.  I am limiting the number of people who can go on this due to the resulting logistics unless we have an abnormal number of people volunteer to leave their cars at the destination around 6:30am.

 

 

Starting(Hamburg Rd) trail head: In Frederick, MD

Google maps to starting parking: https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Exit+14&daddr=39.455029,-77.4370039+to:39.4848382,-77.4662336+to:Hamburg+Rd&hl=en&ll=39.462903,-77.442455&spn=0.047909,0.076475&sll=39.427774,-77.425203&sspn=0.047933,0.076475&geocode=FYmTWQIdw5Ji-w%3BFTUJWgIdtWdi-yk7l8PJMdvJiTHv23oNAWLL3A%3BFaZ9WgIdh_Vh-ylJCAzyn8TJiTEaPp7_lZN1xg%3BFXb3WgIdoXth-w&oq=RosemonFrederick,+MD+21701&t=h&mra=dme&mrsp=0&sz=14&via=1,2&z=14

 

GPS Coordinates to starting parking:[masked], [masked]

Directions to starting parking: Once you hit Frederick:

15 N

Rosemont exit

Take a Right off the exit

Go straight all the way into the mountains until get to the top with the trail head on your left.  If you hit Gambrill park road at the top of the mountain, turn around and go 100~ yards to the trail head which will now be on your right.

This is the breakdown from the exit:

200 yards: Sheetz on your left.

200 yards: Ft. Detrick chain link fence with barbed wire on your right.

1/2 mile: Shopping center on left with Bloom and McDonalds in it.

1/2 mile: Four lanes turn to two and you start passing farms.

2~3 miles: Four way stop with a church on the corner. Go straight. * The next intersecting road *with a stop sign* is Gambrill Rd.

2~3 miles: Reach the ridge and gravel parking is on the left.
*If you reach Gambrill road, turn around, go 100~ yards, and park at the trail head on your right

 

 

Google maps to endpoint parking:

https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Frederick,+MD+21701&daddr=39.6722,+-77.4983&hl=en&sll=39.543239,-77.456431&sspn=0.377534,0.691452&geocode=Ff1pWQIdE89i-ynjrr2MDMXJiTGZHBG9vUdi2g%3BFYhZXQIdRHhh-w&t=h&mra=prv&z=11

GPS coordinates of endpoint parking:[masked], [masked]

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  • PaulD

    All: Here is a file that can be opened in the google earth application should you want to get a close up look your self. Opening it then going to "tools -> Enter Flight Simulator" is fun:)
    http://files.meetup.com/317560/TrainingHike2.5-GoogleEarth.GPX

    2 · December 23, 2013

  • PaulD

    All: Here is a google earth video of group 2 hike. Enjoy! http://files.meetup.com/317560/TraingingHike%202.5%20-%202013%20replay.mp4

    3 · December 22, 2013

    • Hua D.

      Got it!! WOW...A long stretch...

      December 22, 2013

    • Hua D.

      Thanks Paul!!

      December 22, 2013

  • upasana

    It was an awesome 24 miles day hike with you all

    2 · December 22, 2013

  • Sophie

    Wow, what a great hike in beautiful winter day. I had so much fun. It was very nice to see old friends & make new friends. Thank you Paul for organizing. Hope to see you guys on the trail again soon!

    2 · December 22, 2013

  • Hua D.

    The statistics for group #3 (According to endomondo)--28.46mils in 9hrs:12M. Total ascent 6719ft, total decent 6594ft. Max elevation 1830ft. Average speed 3.1mph.

    2 · December 22, 2013

  • Hua D.

    What an awesome day hike!! A+ for the Icy, Rocky, watery running trail challenge. Could not asking for more nice spring like weather on the first day of winter. Thanks to Paul great organizing for this “complicated hike”. Very happy everyone made out safely. Hope to do it again!!!

    1 · December 22, 2013

  • PaulD

    Important announcement. The best answer to the question of "why can't we all just get along" were "Cuz most ppl have funny faces" and "ain't nobody got time for that". The winners will receive the Paul prestige award which contains one coupon for Paul's approval.

    December 18, 2013

    • Emily

      Dang it - since I couldn't come do I not get my coupon now???

      December 20, 2013

    • PaulD

      No. Your absensce results in automatic forfeiture. The submiter of next best answer will receive the prize. It just happens to be me. I'm so excited. I love this prize!

      1 · December 21, 2013

  • Becky R.

    Paul did an awesome job organizing a multi-level hike with something for everyone, and most of all, made sure we had gorgeous weather with plenty of sunshine! :-) Great to see everyone, fun conversations on the trail and off, and a delicious post-hike meal. Thanks, Paul! :-)

    1 · December 21, 2013

  • Eugene

    Hey sorry guys something came up I won't be able to make it hope you guys have a great time!

    December 21, 2013

  • Jenne World T.

    Just got back from my 3-month trip in Middle East. Will do 22 if get a spot

    1 · December 19, 2013

    • Jenne World T.

      Emily is out. I will figure out something else.

      December 20, 2013

    • PaulD

      Jenne, there is not room for anymore people on this trip. Sorry.

      December 20, 2013

  • Emily

    Hey Paul, I can help with the car shuttling. Shoot me an email with contact # and details on where/ when to meet to help with that. I drive a Prius that can fit 3 + me comfortably and 4 + me intimately.

    December 9, 2013

    • PaulD

      Hua, how many people can you fit in your car?

      1 · December 19, 2013

    • Hua D.

      1+4=5

      December 19, 2013

  • PaulD

    Everyone: Currently have two cars that will be available at the destination for rides back. With 15 people we will need two more. Can I get a couple volunteers to help out? You will need to meet the other drivers at the ending trailhead at 6:30am to leave your car there.

    December 19, 2013

  • Sophie

    #2; 22 miles. Looking forward to see everybody!

    1 · December 19, 2013

  • Eugene

    Hey everyone I'm joining last min - I have room in my car and plan to do #2 with dinner probably. Anyone need a ride?

    December 19, 2013

  • upasana

    Since, only one day is left, it will be nice to know if anyone can give me a ride. Otherwise I will not be able to go as I don't have car

    December 19, 2013

  • Vince

    #3 group - 6am at Gambrill Park Trail head - 5.7 mi @ around 3mph more/less to reach Hamburg around 8am.

    1 · December 17, 2013

    • Vince

      Ok . You're welcome to crash in my living room before the hike too. Just let me know. They don't block off that parking lot and there are early morning day hikers.

      December 18, 2013

    • Hua D.

      Hi, Vince, thanks a lot for your generosity. I will see you on one of the trail head on Sat morning!!

      December 19, 2013

  • Malcolm C.

    22 miles for us

    December 18, 2013

    • Malcolm C.

      PaulD, yes, my partner Elena, Jim knows her if you need a reference, I couldn't see a way to add someone on the RSVP?

      December 19, 2013

    • Jim N.

      They are both good for any hike Paul

      1 · December 19, 2013

  • Tanya G

    Joining kind of last minute, but I'd like to go with Group 1 if there's still availability. Also, would be looking to get a ride; I can meet in the Rockville area or by any of the metro stations near the 495 bridge.

    1 · December 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have two questions. First, I live in Silver Spring, MD, any chance of a carpool out there? I have gas money. Second, what to pack? Plenty of water and ~2000cal worth of food?

    December 15, 2013

    • upasana

      Ok, Paul, good to know

      December 18, 2013

    • Aura A.

      Upasana and Ian I am so sorry but as you may have noticed I have been kicked out! LOL! It seems this is not the hike for me. I was really looking forward to it:( Oh well!! You guys have fun!

      December 18, 2013

  • PaulD

    Right now Becky, Lori, and I are shuttling. That means we have two cars that we would have to squeeze 12 people into at the end. Can we get another volunteer?

    December 18, 2013

    • Hua D.

      I will see how the #3 group can do. If vicen and I can drop one car at the end, tht will be able to help it out.

      December 18, 2013

  • Vince

    Paul - Group #3 is using the same shuttle at the end (church) as the others, is this correct?

    December 18, 2013

    • Vince

      Paul is correct about the rules there. I have done it before camping a little bit ways in, but it is at your discretion. I can meet you earlier for the shuttle either way. Let me know what you decide. Thanks.

      December 18, 2013

    • PaulD

      If you guys want to drop a car off that is great. Perhaps someone who is doing group 1 or 2 will volunteer so you guys aren't up at 4am;-)

      1 · December 18, 2013

  • upasana

    Can I get a ride from Medical center metro station please?

    December 18, 2013

  • upasana

    I need a ride from Medical center metro station. Its week end morning and so metro does not start early

    December 18, 2013

  • Becky R.

    I'll join the 16 milers. :-)

    December 18, 2013

  • PaulD

    Aura: i send you an email a couple days ago can you please check your spam folder and respond?

    December 18, 2013

  • Lori B

    Mike and I are doing the 16 mile hike.

    December 17, 2013

  • Becky R.

    I can ferry (three passengers), and will be doing either 16 or 22. :-)

    December 17, 2013

  • PaulD

    All, please remember to bring hiking poles and foot traction if you have it. Consider buying some or borrowing if you can

    December 17, 2013

    • PaulD

      Other items you should have include a headlamp, a couple k calories worth of food, water, two pairs of extra socks, clothes to keep you warm in 50 - 25 degree weather, rain cover. Also please consider writing down an emergency contact number and keeping it in your pocket incase we need to contact someone for you.

      December 17, 2013

  • PaulD

    All, I will send out my contact information the day before the event.
    Also, please post what hike you intend to do.

    December 16, 2013

    • Vince

      How about 6am start time for the 27 mile group?

      1 · December 17, 2013

    • PaulD

      Up to you guys. :-)

      December 17, 2013

  • Steve M.

    Sorry to miss this one, but I need to help my folks. Be safe and have a great time!

    1 · December 16, 2013

  • PaulD

    All. There WILL be icy conditions in the morning if lows stay as predicted. Please bring ice traction for you feet as well as hiking poles.

    December 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      How necessary would those be?

      December 16, 2013

    • PaulD

      VERY.

      December 16, 2013

  • Emily

    Humbug - I have to back out. My friend from Denver is coming into town Friday/ Saturday so I'm switching modes from hiking animal to party animal. :P

    See you all in the New Year!!!!

    December 15, 2013

    • Kelly

      Well the party will continue ....X country skiing!

      December 15, 2013

  • Brandon S.

    I'm down for the 27 miler if Craig carries my pack.

    1 · December 11, 2013

  • Steve M.

    I'm up for options 1, 2, or 3. But the answer is always C.

    1 · December 9, 2013

    • PaulD

      If that I the case, then I bet your students score very highly on multiple answer tests.

      1 · December 9, 2013

    • Brandon S.

      When in doubt, charlie out.

      2 · December 11, 2013

  • Kelly

    I better stick with 12 mile and under hikes..

    December 9, 2013

  • Larke W.

    I am up for 1 or 2, maybe 3 if someone wants to carry my stuff that last few miles...Craig?

    1 · December 9, 2013

  • Emily

    I'd like option 2 - who needs to walk during Christmas, amiright?

    December 9, 2013

  • Bryan

    I'll be in Michigan... bummer.

    December 9, 2013

  • Hua D.

    The longer (Trail) and the Taller (Mountain) the better...!!

    1 · December 9, 2013

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