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Uphill
02-17-2014, 07:37
I am planning on pre-hiking from the Quarry Gap shelter on the AT into Pine Grove. The plan is to camp at Quarry Gap shelter on Thursday, April 24. Then, wake up at the bum crack of dawn on Friday and hike the AT up to Pine Grove for the MAHHA. My return hike will need to be on Sunday, the 27th.

I'm throwing this out there so others, who would like to join, have a place to plan for rides, etc.

See ya in April!

overthinker
03-13-2014, 10:36
I'd be interested in doing this, will be driving up from DC as well. Not so sure I want to hike back out on Sunday, though - maybe I would. Are you dead set on the two-way hike?

Fire-Bug
03-13-2014, 10:46
Uphill, not sure time will permit this for me, especially if I bring my boys, but what's the approx. mileage between the two?

overthinker
03-13-2014, 11:03
Uphill, not sure time will permit this for me, especially if I bring my boys, but what's the approx. mileage between the two?

It looks to be just over 15 miles from the road near Caledonia to the Appalachian Trail Museum near Pine Grove. Seems to be a pretty flat hike, only a few really tall climbs.

Google Map overlay (http://web.eecs.utk.edu/~dunigan/at/googleat.php?lat=39.93198&lon=-77.48638&mt=3&scale=11)

Wingnutt
03-13-2014, 19:52
I am planning on the same NOBO hike. From the parking lot on Rt 3O, where I believe you are allowed overnight parking, the mileage is 19.9 to Pine Grove and 17.3 mile from Quarry
Gap (according to 2014 Thru Hikers Companion). Save me a spot (actually 2 trees) at Quarry Gap. It is a beautiful shelter.

Uphill
03-14-2014, 07:55
I'm planning on driving up from Washington DC on Thursday afternoon. I figure I'll grab something to eat for dinner along the way so I can keep the setup/breakdown as minimal as possible Thursday/Friday.

Two Tents
03-14-2014, 08:21
We (my dog ben, Harleynemo and I, so far anyway) are hiking in from Gathland Md. starting on the 21st. I'm thinking we will see you/catch you all at Quarry gap shelter.

WV
03-14-2014, 09:37
I hope to hike in from Rte 30/Caledonia with Freia starting Wednesday afternoon, so two nights on the trail and a leisurely trip, arriving at the Family Campground at PGF around noon on Friday. Anyone interested in a carpool back to pick up vehicles late Friday or early Saturday? Must like dogs. :D

overthinker
03-17-2014, 10:11
I hope to hike in from Rte 30/Caledonia with Freia starting Wednesday afternoon, so two nights on the trail and a leisurely trip, arriving at the Family Campground at PGF around noon on Friday. Anyone interested in a carpool back to pick up vehicles late Friday or early Saturday? Must like dogs. :D

I'm definitely down to do the doggie carpool! I was trying to figure out how to get my car back to the campground from somewhere near Caledonia. I'll probably do the Thursday night to Friday evening hike in.

WV
03-17-2014, 12:00
Good. We'll figure out something. I am operating on the assumption that it's unwise as well as not allowed to leave a dog tied at my campsite if I leave it. That means either I get a ride for me + dog to retrieve my car or I enlist a friend to dogsit for me.

doogie
03-19-2014, 12:58
Replying to keep tabs on this. Currently I'm planning on going in from the other direction.

WV, Sounds like what I did last year. It was really enjoyable. Drove to the Route 30 lot after work on Wednesday and had Quarry Gap shelter to myself, what a treat. Got up fairly early and headed to Toms Run shelter area and had my best night's sleep ever. Woke up late, baked a muffin and strolled the few miles into MAHHA around noon.

WVwanderer
03-26-2014, 19:30
Good. We'll figure out something. I am operating on the assumption that it's unwise as well as not allowed to leave a dog tied at my campsite if I leave it. That means either I get a ride for me + dog to retrieve my car or I enlist a friend to dogsit for me.

WV,

Either Happy Camper or I will be available to dog sit at the campground. One of us will be shuttling down to Caledonia to pick a car the other can dog sit.

WVwanderer

TZBrown
04-04-2014, 09:37
Working on some stuff to get there sooner

I might be in for this also

Demeter
04-05-2014, 10:12
I am not sure where I am starting Thursday morning. Will stay at either Quarry Gap or Birch Run, depending on when and where I start (10 miles vs 17.5 each day). Is anyone staying at Birch Run?

Zilla
04-05-2014, 15:31
https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2811/13647429503_cf8b4bc4af.jpg

Looks like my name tag is ready, Thanks otter, great job!

It may have been posted allready but i cannot find it, what are these tags made out of??, does anyone know

TZBrown
04-05-2014, 18:22
I have commitment from Anne to do the pre hike also :D We will be to PA early in the week.

2 nights from Caledonia to PGF

Looking forward to "El Camino MAHHA." :cool:

perrito
04-05-2014, 18:24
Is anyone staying at Birch Run?
I'm planning on being there on Thursday night.

Downhill Trucker
04-06-2014, 12:19
I am not sure where I am starting Thursday morning. Will stay at either Quarry Gap or Birch Run, depending on when and where I start (10 miles vs 17.5 each day). Is anyone staying at Birch Run?

Is this still your plan? I was thinking the same thing. I love birch run, there are some awesome hang sites there. Plus it would be a leisurely hike to PGF on Friday.

Wingnutt
04-06-2014, 20:43
I am planning on staying at Quarry Gap Thursday night and hiking into Pine Grove 17.5miles Friday.
Trying out my new gear (newbie). I may need some help.

Demeter
04-08-2014, 08:45
Is this still your plan?

Sorry, Downhill Trucker. Being the fickle girl that I am, I decided to do my pre hike south from Boiling Springs. :) Actually, I already did the northbound pre hike last year and wanted to do the south hike, but as of my posting no one else had planned to hike down. I am silly about staying by myself at the shelters :rolleyes:

Doogie and G Hawk are now planning on hiking in from Boiling Springs, too, so I won't be alone at the shelter Thursday night..

Sounds like you will have a lot of company, though!

WV
04-09-2014, 10:50
Padovini posted this caution (https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?87768-Spring-MAHHA-hike-in&p=1238293&viewfull=1#post1238293) in another thread.

Padovini
04-09-2014, 12:00
Just an FYI for anyone hiking norh to PGF. I have an AT app on my ipad, and it has comments from hikers posted on it. A comment dated 12/26/2013 said that there is an unofficial custodian at the Birch Run shelter that is a scam artist/pervert that has herassed female hikers. He goes by the name "Birchy".

I personally do not plan to stay at the shelter Thursday due to this because I will have two young females in my group. We will find something in the vicinity, but far enough away to stay away from Birchy.

Brian P.

Padovini
04-09-2014, 12:06
Thanks WV, I just copied over here so people didn't have to follow the link.

I will be staying in the vicenity of birch run on Thursday night. My group will be leaving Caldonia Thursday morning. Looking forward to seeing you on the trail :)

Brian P.

Padovini
04-21-2014, 09:09
Anyone have a map covering the trail from Caledonia to PGSF that they could send digitally please (a scanned copy would work)? I have no internet other than a phone, so I am unable to search for one easily. Please send me a PM, and I can get you my work email address that I can log into and use a workstation to print from. If not, I hope all the trail intersections are marked well as I have never been on this section of trail before.

Thanks Brian P.

Downhill Trucker
04-21-2014, 13:03
Anyone have a map covering the trail from Caledonia to PGSF that they could send digitally please (a scanned copy would work)? I have no internet other than a phone, so I am unable to search for one easily. Please send me a PM, and I can get you my work email address that I can log into and use a workstation to print from. If not, I hope all the trail intersections are marked well as I have never been on this section of trail before.

Thanks Brian P.

I have a map I can scan tonight. Just PM me your email. The trail is very well marked through that section though.

Padovini
04-21-2014, 15:33
Map found, thanks for the replies.

Brian P.

Uphill
04-24-2014, 04:40
I could also use a map. I hiked south from birch run to quarry gap on the AT back in October, but I just want to make sure I don't get lost. It'll be a big enough adventure parking my car, and getting to quarry gap this evening after sunset.

Demeter
04-24-2014, 06:55
Uphilll, I don't have a map on file, but I will take a picture of my map and send it to your phone. F.y.i for anyone going to Quarry gap who needs directions, on route 30 take a right onto Pine Grove Road, route 233. about a mile up, take a left onto quarry Gap Road. About a mile from there, it looks like the road becomes A less maintained road with a gate across it. this is the parking area for query gap. To your left will be the creek, across it and then to your right will be the shelters. Hope that helps.