Appalachian Trail (AT) Trip Report – Summary

First, I’m sorry for being so late in providing a report of my trip. Have been busier than expected since I returned.

We were able to complete the AT from just east of Front Royal, VA to Harper’s Ferry, WV. I did not extend the trip to do the 10 miles into Maryland as originally planned due to logistical problems.

The trail was much rockier than expected – a complete change from the path through the Shenandoah National Park. This part of the trail is through a narrow corridor purchased by the National Park Service. There was one state park (Sky Meadows) but no other public lands (national park, national forest).

Of all the hiking trips in Virginia, this was probably the least scenic – certainly from a viewpoint perspective. Regardless, I love being out in the Lord’s beautiful Creation, and was thankful to be able to complete these hikes.

Here are my comments regarding the highlights mentioned in the last article.

1000 Mile Point: It was a huge blessing to have reached this distance on the trail. I give thanks to God for the desire and strength to do so. I also give thanks to the support of my hiking friends, including: Tom Booth, Larry Binder, Harry Babbitt, Mark Branin, and David Balaban. At one time, there was a sign on a tree indicating this milestone. But, all we saw was this:

The 1000 mile point, indicated by rocks on the ground near the trail. Very thankful!

Virginia Roller Coaster: This “feature” of the trail in northern Virginia is a 14-mile section of trail with 13 climbs and descents. Many of the climbs were fairly steep, some over very rocky conditions. The last 3 were the easiest of the climbs. This “adventure” was spread across 2 sections hiked (US 50 to VA 7, VA 7 to WVA 9). The hardest parts were made more difficult by the weather conditions (overcast, mid-80s, high humidity). We were warned…

Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia: This section of the trail started around 6.5 miles from the town, and included crossing the state line with West Virginia, and finally leaving the Virginia section of the trial (more on this below). We crossed over the Shenandoah River and took a short side trail to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy headquarters. After a visit to the HQ building, we returned to the AT and followed it into the main/historic section of town. This was a Saturday, and one of a few days a year the National Park Service gives “no fee” admission. There were a lot of folks in Harper’s Ferry that day, and, the temperature was around 91 with no breeze. We finished our hike and returned to the much cooler base campsite.

Here are some pictures from the hike:

It is always nice to walk through pastures and open areas from time to time.
This is the only time I’ve seen a “shower” near a shelter! Very unique…
We passed near or through old stone fences several times during this trip.
Manassas Gap Shelter – one of the few times I’ve seen the “old log cabin” look.
There were a lot of rocks on this section of trail (northern Virginia).
I guess, getting me ready for northern Pennsylvania…
Started seeing some fall colors the further north we hiked.
Somewhat surprised, given the very warm temperatures and lack of rain.
Very nice views from near the Bears Den Hostel
Nice views of the Shenandoah Valley
A real blessing to see all of this color!
So thankful to reach the West Virginia border. Virginia contains approximately 541 miles of the 2,190 total miles of the Appalachian Trail. It was a beautiful state with lots of views and challenging terrain.
Crossing the Shenandoah River on the US 340 bridge. Harper’s Ferry is just around the bend of the river in the distance.
In front of the AT HQ building with my long-time hiking brother, Tom Booth.
He and I have been on this journey north since the early 1990’s.
Descending into the old town section of Harper’s Ferry.
Views of the historical part of town
At the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers. The Potomac comes in from the left, the Shenandoah from the right. The Potomac heads east towards Washington, DC.
The train bridge (with its attached foot bridge) that crosses the Potomac into Maryland.
I will start next year’s hike here, Lord willing.

I hope to have a new movie(s) of this trip on my YouTube channel in the coming weeks. I will be using new movie-making software as the old one is no longer supported and does not work properly.

God Bless!

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