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Apr 20 2014
kingsnake
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Appalachian Trail - I-70 to Wolfsville RdWestern, MD
Western, MD
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2014
kingsnake
Hiking10.48 Miles 1,649 AEG
Hiking10.48 Miles   3 Hrs   58 Mns   2.64 mph
1,649 ft AEG
 
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Our annual Easter trip to Hagerstown, to see our grandaughter and younger son. As the Appalachian Trail is only a few miles away, I've hiked a segment each year. The first two years were Battle of South Mountain segments, and the historical markers were the highlight. But hiking-wise, and view-wise, this was my favorite so far.

The climb up from I-70 was rocky, but after that the next 5.5 miles were smooth sailing. That initial climb was 400 feet, so the other 1200 AEG was basically rolling ups & downs for nine miles. With a smooth surface until about 6 miles in, it was a very pleasant stroll. :)

I was hacking up my lungs, and blowing my nose for much of the hike, like I brought my allergies with me. :doh: My audio notes are filled with sniffles and coughing. :|

Crappy Garmin 62S added some sort of light purple track on top of the actual track I had uploaded. Trying to get that straightened out mid-hike resulted in f-bomb carpet bombing. (I'm half tempted to upload the audio track to YouTube.) :x

There were great views west from Annapolis Rocks and Black Rock. If I had had more time, I would have climbed down them to the base of South Mountain. Would have been a fun scramble.

There was only one camper at Annapolis Rock, but a dozen tents at Black Rock Creek. I passed through the campsite about 10:00 a.m. Temperature was a perfect low 50s. The campers were huddled around a fire, in blankets. WTH!? :-s Oh, and when I said "Hello", none of them waved or said hello back. [-X

After Black Rock Gap, the trail got extremely rocky for about 1.5 miles. :|

The north end of the segment is only a few miles from Camp David, but I could not spot any signal towers. Maybe from the next segment north? :-k Frankly, I am surprised they even show it on the topo, let alone Google satellite view. (Serious: Check it out!)

After the hike, our car GPS tried to direct us onto I-70 back to Hagerstown, but blah, who wants to do that? Instead, we had a very pleasant drive along country roads back to town. :)

Hike Video: https://www.youtube.com/embed/ujwutYCbDI ... autoplay=1
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