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VSDC Vegan Trekkers: Maryland Heights 6.5 mile hike at Harpers Ferry

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VSDC Vegan Trekkers: Maryland Heights 6.5 mile hike at Harpers Ferry


Join us for a challenging and rewarding hike in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park! Rich in civil war history, the hike up to Maryland Heights rewards the adventurous with unparalleled views of the charming town of Harpers Ferry and the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers.

Expect a relatively speedy pace, rocky and uneven terrain and a steep elevation gain of 1,600 ft. You should be able to hike uphill without break for at least an hour, as well as comfortably scramble over rocks and negotiate uneven surfaces. Please wear sturdy shoes/boots and appropriate clothing.

We’ll meet at the Harpers Ferry Train Station. There are two main parking lots:

  1. Train station itself this is a small lot that gets full fast.
  2. Overflow lot with shuttle service best chance of finding parking here. However you will have to catch the free shuttle to get to our meeting point so please reserve 30 min extra if you are parking here.

Both lots charge a $20 fee, which can also be paid online in advance.
Prepare to come early as spots in both lots fill up quickly especially on the weekends. Carpooling is encouraged and a great way to meet people and help the environment!

Meeting Point: Harpers Ferry Train Station
Meeting Time: 10am
Distance: 6.5 miles
Difficulty: Strenuous
Pace: Moderate (2.5 miles/hr)
Elevation gain: ~1600 ft
Duration: 4 hours
Type of trail: natural
Post Hike Lunch: Kelly Farm Kitchen

Carpool Options
Gaithersburg Park-n-Ride: Meet at 8:30am (it's a big parking lot, please see the comments section for coordination).

Dog friendly?
Yes, please keep your dog leashed. Dogs are the sole responsibility of the owner(s) who brought them; should be up-to-date on their vaccinations & in possession of the relevant tags; and should be under the control of their owner(s) at all times. Dogs that demonstrate consistently aggressive or otherwise out-of-control behavior will be banned from future hikes. Owners should come prepared to dispose of

Bathroom Facilities/Water?
The train Station has bathroom facilities.
Food: Bring your own vegan snack and (non-alcoholic) beverage to enjoy mid-hike. There are no trash receptacles on the trail so pack out your own waste.

Update Your RSVP
Out of respect for others interested in attending this event, please update your RSVP promptly as your schedule changes.

## Alcohol/Smoking/Intoxicants: Use of intoxicants such as alcohol, cigarettes and/or illegal substances is banned during the hikes.

Liability Waiver and Code of Conduct
When you sign up to attend, you automatically acknowledge VSDC's Liability Waiver and commit to follow the code of conduct found at Policies - VSDC - Veg Society of DC.

COVID-19 safety measures

Event will be outdoor
The event host is instituting the above safety measures for this event. Meetup is not responsible for ensuring, and will not independently verify, that these precautions are followed.
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