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THE HIKE IS STILL ON - Autumn Hike & Lunch in Harpers Ferry

Hosted by a member of the Washington, D.C. Active Outdoors Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Sun 21 Oct 10:00 - 15:00

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Update #3 - Saturday 4:00:
Hello all. Darshan will be leading the hike tomorrow (thank you!!) - you will certainly be in good hands. He will coordinating from here on. A note on carpooling: As far as I can tell, we have 4 of us in need of a ride: Dareskedar, Ekaterina, Amanda (all near Old Town Alexandria) and Teresa, and possibly some drivers with room in their cars. Please use the comment section or private messaging to make arrangements. I hope we can get everyone there who wants to go. Thanks so much for your efforts.

Update #2 Sat 8:00 Good morning everyone. I hope you are a having a good weekend so far. In the past few days I have developed a medical issue that will likely prevent me from leading the hike tomorrow. I was hoping to have improved enough by now that it would not be an issue, but I don't have a high level of confidence that I would be able to complete.

I want to put up two options for consideration on how to proceed:
If someone who is signed up for the hike would like to take over leading it in my place, the event could go on as scheduled. Some of you may be familiar with the park and the trail already, and with maps that are available online and at the park would be able to successfully lead. The other option is to reschedule the hike for another date. Please note that if the first is selected, I would like to a ensure, if possible, that the members who planned to ride with me (Dareskedar, Ekaterina, and Amanda) are still able to attend. Please use the comments section to let me know you thoughts on how to proceed in the comments section or in private messages.

I apologize for the inconvenience and complication. I know that all of you, like me, were looking forward to this outing.

Update #1 Fri 15: Protected content everyone - A few things I would like you to note:
The weather forecast for Sunday is showing that it will be cold - with temperatures in the mid-40s and quite windy. The "feels like" temperature will be in the 30s, so clothing layers, hats, and gloves will be necessary. The event is currently full, and I have enabled a waiting list. If your plans have changed and or you don't want to hike in that sort of weather, please change your RSVP so others can attend. Thanks!
Hello everyone! Let's take a trip out of the city and head to the historic and picturesque town of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, located a bit more than an hour's drive from DC.

The plan is to take a hike from the town of Harpers Ferry and ascend to the Maryland Heights overlook, which offers a spectacular view of the town and the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers. The foliage forecast for October Protected content map photo) shows the leaf color peaking around Harpers Ferry. After enjoying the view from the overlook we will descend to the town and enjoy a well-earned lunch at a local eatery.

The round trip from the town to Maryland Heights and back is about 4.2 miles. I would rate this hike as moderate to strenuous. The trail to Maryland Heights is steep and challenging at times, but the view from the overlook is worth the effort.

Note: There is an additional trail that can be taken to add 2+ miles to the hike. Anyone who would like to try that is welcome to do so, with the understanding that it would have to be done at a very fast pace so as not to keep the rest of the group waiting at the overlook (a mistake I made last year).

A few notes:
1. You will need clothes appropriate for the weather (it will be cooler in Harpers Ferry than in DC, please check the weather forecast), hiking shoes or sneakers, water (at least a liter recommended), and a snack to enjoy at the summit.
2. Please be at Protected content by 10:00 at the latest. We will board the free shuttle bus to the lower town and then begin our hike.
3. I encourage carpooling because a) talking to other people is more interesting than talking to yourself, b) it conserves resources, and c) there is a $10 charge per car to park at the visitors center.
4. It is likely to be crowded when we are there. Depending on group size, it may be difficult to arrange to eat lunch at a restaurant in the lower town. Just a heads-up, we may have to go outside of the historic section of the town.

Questions are welcome.