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    Fall MAHHA SOBO Pre-Hike 2012

    I did the NOBO prehike to MAHHA 2011 - this year I want to go SOBO maybe from Pen Mar. Here's a preliminary itinerary for anyone who's interested in a southbound hike (so far I count SoundMan and BlackWolf as interested). I'm not locked into number of days or miles, so this is just a conversation starter. This is a 3-day hike covering 31.2 miles - depart Pen Mar Wednesday, 17 October, arrive Gathland Friday, 19 October.

    And by the way, I don't know anything about this section, since I've never hiked it, so I'm open to suggestions on a better itinerary. This is just an itinerary I pulled off the web somewhere.

    DAY ONE -10 Miles

    Mile 0.0 – Parking is at the Pen Mar County Park . If leaving a car overnight you should park in the gravel lot across from the park as the main parking lot is locked each night. The trail begins just to the right of the Overlook Pavilion and A.T. Sign, go 0.3 miles North on the AT, cross the RR Track and then reach the PA Line (Mason Dixon Line). Stop, take a photo. turn around and then head South on the AT, passing Pen Mar Park. Note: If backpacking you could leave your gear at Pen Mar Park and pick it up as you return south.
    Mile 3.1 – Side trail to High Rock, supposedly really good views.
    Mile 5.3 – Raven Rocks Shelter
    Mile 6.2 – MD 491 intersection. Couple of creek crossings near here
    Mile 8.8 – MD 77 (Foxville Rd) intersection
    Mile 10.0 – Ensign Cowall Shelter, camp here for day 1.

    DAY TWO – 8.4 Miles

    Mile 10.3 – MD 17 (Wolfsville Rd). There is a short 0.1 mile spur trail to an AT parking lot, 10-12 cars (Parking Lot Coordinates: 39.6283,-77.5593). Cross Wolfsville Rd to continue south on the AT.
    Mile 15.6 – Reach a couple of unmarked trails to Black Rock Cliffs in about 5.3 miles. Trail is pretty short to the cliffs.
    Mile 16.6 – Reach spur trail for Annapolis Rocks. 0.25 miles to the Rocks.
    Mile 18.3 – Pine Knob Shelter, this is the Day 2 campsite.

    DAY THREE – 12.8 Miles

    Mile 18.9 – I-70 AT Footbridge and spur trail to I-70/Rt 40 Parking Lot, 40 cars (Parking Lot Coordinates: 39.5355,-77.6040)
    Mile 19.0 – Boonsboro Mountain Rd, 1st crossing.
    Mile 19.7 – Boonsboro Mountain Rd, 2nd crossing.
    Mile 21.9 – Pass through Washington Monument Parking lot. Note: Coming south before reaching the parking lot is a spur trail to the Monument.
    Mile 23.7 – Turners Gap (Alt US 40, Old National Pike). Parking is directly across the road on the east side of the Inn closest to the AT (Parking Lot Coordinates:39.4841,-77.6198).If leaving car there, ask permission of the South Mountain Inn Lodge staff.
    Mile 24.0 – Dahlgren Backpack Campground. Privy and hot shower.
    Mile 24.8 – Reno Monument Rd.
    Mile 25.7 – Rocky Run Shelter
    Mile 26.2 – Lamb's Knoll Rd
    Mile 27.9 – White Rock Cliffs
    Mile 30.7 – Crampton Gap Shelter, this is the Day 3 campsite.

    The Fall MAHHA 2012 hang site is just a few hundred yards up a hill from Crampton Gap, to my recollection.
    Last edited by SilvrSurfr; 07-13-2012 at 21:43.

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    Looks like a dandy! Ill meet yall at Gathland but Im coming up from the North on this one. SNP to Gathland I believe.
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    It's a rather easy section to hike, with a big climb at high rocks just before Raven Rock shelter in MD. The AT in MD is a State Park and requires you to camp/hang at the shelters. Raven Rock is nice, but the water is a good ways away and downhill.

    There's a side trail at high rock that's worth it. .2 miles to a hang gliding overlook back to PenMar, etc...

    There's piped water at Washington Monument enroute to the Fall MAHHA spot. Nice to have.

    The spring at Rocky Run is always running. It come from deep below and in the winter I find it warmer than the surrounding temps. Kind of a nice surprise when it's sub 30F out.

    Just some thoughts as you plan this trip.

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    SilvrSurfr, I would be on this trip but at Spring MAHHA a few were making plans for an extended NOBO out of SNP. I understand your motives in not doing the same section again. I'll miss your humor and stories but like WV said we will meet at Gathland so I'll see ya there. There are some others that do not want to repeat trail either. You won't have trouble getting a group together to hike in.
    I like refried beans. That's why I wanna try fried beans, because maybe they're just as good and we're just wasting time. You don't have to fry them again after all.

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    Forty-eight days to go! Anybody interested in a SOBO into Fall MAHHA 2012.

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    I'm definitely interested in this due to not as long. I'll have to talk to the wife on this one. is there a plan for the way back. Hiking, Getting a ride???
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    Quote Originally Posted by HamptonHanger View Post
    I'm definitely interested in this due to not as long. I'll have to talk to the wife on this one. is there a plan for the way back. Hiking, Getting a ride???
    Begging for a ride is the current plan (Syb gave me a ride back to my car last year, that kindhearted soul). Though with a second car, we could easily drop one car off at Gathland, then drive up to PenMar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Living the Highlife View Post
    I'm definitely interested in this due to not as long. I'll have to talk to the wife on this one. is there a plan for the way back. Hiking, Getting a ride???
    So we have two more tentatives for a SOBO. BlackWolf, you still interested?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilvrSurfr View Post
    So we have two more tentatives for a SOBO. BlackWolf, you still interested?
    I'm thinking about coming in from the south ... way south .. like Roanoke .. umm ..'bout 300+ miles ..
    "The wise man questions others wisdom because he questions his own, the foolish man because it is different from his own." Leo Stein

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    Silver,

    My wife and I are a solid for SOBO. COUNT US IN!! I guess I still need to give her a trail name though. I don't think she's ready to have her own screen name in here yet
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