11 Mile Section hike from Ashby Gap (US Route 50) to Trumbo Hollow (Interstate 66). It is not a very strenuous hike. There are two big climbs but otherwise the terrain is relatively flat. You will pass by two trail shelters and a few viewpoints located slightly off the trail.
Starting the Maryland section of the Appalachian Trail (NOBO)...well sort of. We skipped the first few miles along the C&O Canal and started at Weverton Cliffs along the ridge of South Mountain to Crampton Gap. 6.3 miles one-way.
My two cents on how to actively make 2021 a better year.
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Total Distance: 9 miles (plus wandering)
Elevation Gain: ~1,500 feet
It was time for a long overdue hike into the woods. 2020 has been a strange year to say the least. It seemed like something came up every time I tried to make plans for a long-term trip. And at this point “long-term” is anything longer than a weekend.
Exploring the world starts off with an idea: where do I go? What do I want to see? What will I experience? Sometimes it doesn't work out the first time.
The second brood developed faster than the first. One fledgling remained after 16 days in the nestbox as the adults tried to make him fledge.
The second brood of the season hatched and we have 4 babies accounted for. They are about 3 days old. We took a quick peek inside the nestbox while the mother was out.
The Roller Coaster is one of the most challenging sections of the AT. The terrain is as follows: climb, descend, repeat. You gain nearly a mile in elevation over the course of 12 miles on the roller coaster and finishing the section is a fulfilling accomplishment.