Peter and I ventured out on a really long hike over the weekend.
Early Saturday morning we drove to the border of Virginia/West Virginia for a 12 mile hike (back and forth) to Loudon Heights. That is 19.4 kilometers.
Our hike took place along “our” beloved Appalachian Trail. As you all know by now that trail is LONG. It starts at Springer Mountain in Georgia and ends at Mount Kathadin in Maine.
Peter and I love to tackle parts of The AT whenever we have a chance. And maybe— just maybe— we nurture a dream of becoming Thru-Hikers one day ourselves.
In other words, to thru hike the entire trail.
We’ll see, we’ll see …
Follow the white blazes along the AT and you will NOT be lost.
But as for now we are weekend warriors on the trail.
AND, on other trails for that matter.
Hiking is such a big common interest for both me and the hubster. We are constantly seeking out new routes and trails. We are thankful to live in an area where we can enjoy so much nature and so many different hiking trails.
It was a bit gray and dark as we entered the trail head. It had not rained in a long time so the trail itself was dry and dusty.
And, that is a good thing since this is an extremely rocky part of the trail. To add wetness to all the rocks and fallen leaves would not have been fun.
It was lovely being outside. Lovely to tackle the morning in the woods, there is nothing like it. We did not meet a lot of people either. A few hikers here and there. But, other than that it was just us and the woods.
Fall is coming on strong as well. It was great to see all the yellow and orange trees in the forest even though a lot of the trees are still green.
It is not a demanding hike per se when it comes to elevation gain.
You are pretty much ridge walking the entire time. BUT, what’s trying on this stretch of the trail are all the ROCKS. At times the entire trail consists of rocks. THAT will make it so DIFFICULT since you have to maneuver these hard edged rocks with every step you take.
Hiking poles are a must!!! Without my poles I would have fallen several times.
Entering West Virginia.Shortly after the previous sign you'll enter the National Park of Harpers Ferry.
In the very end of the hike you do have to climb a bit.
BUT, that is not so bad. And then you do get rewarded!!! A view like this one below makes it all worthwhile!!
THE REWARD!!! Loudon Heights!! With a fab view over the town of Harpers Ferry and the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers.
Pretty damn pleased hikers.
So does a picnic lunch.
YOU do burn a lot of calories while hiking, and a good lunch is a must.
Peter and I lucked out, we were the only ones at Loudon Heights when we got there. We had the entire cliff to ourselves, we had time to enjoy, eat and explore a bit before we turned around again.
ON our way back we met so many other hikers on their way to Loudon Heights.
The secret, my dears, is to start your hike as early as you can! In doing so you are avoiding the crowds that usually reach popular hiking destinations around mid-day.
Our hike back to the car was tougher than our walk to the cliffs. We were more tired, the rocks were SUPER rough on our detour. It took us a little less than three hours to hike to Loudon Heights, but it took us over three hours to do our return hike.
Water break by a camp fire ring.
OOOO it was SO lovely to jump in the car and go home again.
And it felt so good with what we had accomplished. Also, the shower you take after a long hike is ALWAYS the BEST shower!
With this I wish you all a very good Tuesday.