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Join us for a challenging and rewarding hike in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park! Maryland Heights is located 70 mi, or about an hour’s drive, from Washington DC. Rich in civil war history, this hike rewards the adventurous with unparalleled views of the charming town of Harpers Ferry and the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers.
Expect a relatively speedy pace, rocky and uneven terrain and a steep elevation gain of 1,600 ft. You should be able to hike uphill without break for at least an hour, as well as comfortably scramble over rocks and negotiate uneven surfaces. Please wear sturdy shoes/boots and appropriate clothing.
This event is for those who are fully vaccinated only. Also please do not attend if you are sick or have been near someone who thinks they may have or have been exposed to COVID-19.
We’ll meet at the Harpers Ferry Train Station: https://goo.gl/maps/HoePdJmE1Gz2DvHe8. There are two main parking lots, one at the train station itself and an overflow lot with shuttle service https://goo.gl/maps/qLnPvZMDwA2R2zabA. Both lots charge a $20 fee, which can be paid online in advance: https://www.nps.gov/hafe/planyourvisit/fees.htm . Prepare to come early as spots in both lots fill up quickly especially on the weekends.
Hiking Route Map: https://www.nps.gov/hafe/planyourvisit/upload/Md-Hts2011-2.pdf
Don’t be a no show! If your plans change, update your RSVP.
*For important updates regularly monitor the “comments” section below.*
*When you sign up to join a hike you automatically acknowledge
VSDC hikes Liability Waiver: https://vsdc.org/www.meetup.com/vegan-28/ *
*Please also view the Rules listed at the end of this description*
*Please read The 10 Essentials of Hiking: https://americanhiking.org/resources/10essentials/ *
Transportation: Parking lots charge $20: https://goo.gl/maps/HoePdJmE1Gz2DvHe8, https://goo.gl/maps/qLnPvZMDwA2R2zabA . Carpooling is encouraged and a great way to meet people and help the environment!
Dog friendly?: Yes, please keep your dog leashed.
Bathroom Facilities/Water: The train Station has bathroom facilities. None on the trail.
Food: Bring your own vegan snack and (non-alcoholic) beverage to enjoy mid-hike. There are no trash receptacles on the trail so pack out your own waste. At the end of the hike, folks are invited to join us at Kelley Farm Kitchen for a post-hike lunch at 2:00 pm. Separate RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/Vegan-DC-MD-VA/events/269185735/ .
Weather: Be prepared! We will hike rain or shine, but if conditions pose a danger, we’ll cancel the hike and post a notice in the “comments” section. We suggest that hikers wear comfortable footwear and suitable clothing made from quick-dry, synthetic fabrics, as cotton can lead to uncomfortable blisters and life-threatening hypothermia in case of inclement weather.
Pets: When hikes are organized in dog-friendly areas, hikers are invited to bring their pet(s). However, dogs are the sole responsibility of the owner(s) who brought them; should be up-to-date on their vaccinations & in possession of the relevant tags; should be under the control of their owner(s) at all times. Dogs that demonstrate consistently aggressive or otherwise out-of-control behavior will be banned from future hikes. Owners should come prepared to dispose of their dogs’ waste in appropriate receptacles.
Alcohol/Smoking/Intoxicants: Use of intoxicants such as alcohol, cigarettes and/or illegal substances is banned during the hikes.
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