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Across the Roof of New Jersey – Day 3 – Pochuck Shelter to Wawayanda State Park

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Backpacking Across the Roof of New Jersey – Day 3 – Pochuck Shelter  to Wawayanda (Hewitt, NJ)
Type: One way (either direction)
Hours: Open 24 hours

Distance: 12.2 miles (11.7 on the AT), 26.1 trail miles total, and maybe another mile in side trails  (3 days)
Difficulty: 9 of 10.
Total score: 10 of 10

Terrain – Mountains, forests, swamps, streams, fields, cows, and cows

Trailheads –
Start – Pochuck Shelter – roughly –  41°16’5.60″N,  74°30’31.72″W
End – Northern Trailhead (side trail at parking atea to the AT) –  41°11’53.75″N,  74°23’50.32″W

Parking – Parking available at Wawayanda and High Point State Parks.  At each park, you must register with the park ahead of time to overnight park.  Offices closes at 4 PM, so plan accordingly!

Standouts: Huge variety of trail conditions, Vernon Boardwalk Trail, “Stairway to Heaven”, amazing views including Pinwheel’s Vista.

Markings – The famous white blaze.

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Across the Roof of New Jersey – Day 2 – High Point Shelter to Pochuck Shelter

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Backpacking Across the Roof of New Jersey – The Appalachian Trail from High Point (Sussex, NJ)  to Wawayanda (Hewitt, NJ)
Type: One way (either direction)
Hours: Open 24 hours

Distance: 12.6 miles (12.4 trail miles on the AT) (26.1 trail miles total, and maybe another mile in side trails  – 3 days)
Difficulty: 7 of 10.
Total score: 10 of 10

Terrain – Mountains, forests, swamps, streams, fields

Start – High Point Shelter – 41.31575,-74.65725
End – Pochuck Shelter – roughly –  41°16’5.60″N,  74°30’31.72″W

Parking – For our parking and shuttle plan, see our Day 1 plan

Standouts: Vernie Swamp, beautiful views across fields

Markings – The famous white blaze.

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Across the Roof of New Jersey – Day 1 – Set up and High Point

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Backpacking Across the Roof of New Jersey – The Appalachian Trail from High Point (Sussex, NJ)  to Wawayanda (Hewitt, NJ)
Day 1 – Set up and High Point Parking Area to High Point Shelter
Type: One way (either direction)
Hours: Open 24 hours

Distance: 2.7 miles (1.7 on the AT) on day 1.  26.1 trail miles total, and maybe another mile in side trails  (3 days)
Overall difficulty: 7 of 10.
Total score: 10 of 10 (this section – 8 of 10)

Terrain – Mountain!

Set up information:

Trailheads this trip – Southern Trailhead –  41°18’9.33″N,  74°40’3.90″W (Hikers lots on Route 23 in High Point State Park)
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High Point Shelter – 41.31575,-74.65725
Pochuck Shelter – roughly –  41°16’5.60″N,  74°30’31.72″W
Northern Trailhead (side trail at parking atea to the AT) –  41°11’53.75″N,  74°23’50.32″W

Parking – Parking available at Wawayanda and High Point State Parks.  At each park, you must register with the park ahead of time to overnight park.  Offices closes at 4 PM, so plan accordingly!

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Hiker parking lot at High Point State Park.

Standouts day 1: High Point monument and viewing platform before the monument

Markings – The famous white blaze.

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Appalachian Trail – All of Maryland – Day 4

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The Plan:

Back in 2013, two buddies and I set out to hike Maryland in four days.  We did this mostly to enjoy our time on the trail, and didn’t do any big mile days, despite friendly terrain.  Our trek could be done in three days pretty easily by pushing through where we stopped the last night (heck, thru-hikers are know to do this stretch in one day to complete something called the Maryland Challange), but take your time and enjoy this really nice stretch of trail.

Check out Maryland AT Day 1 for background info on this one

DAY 4:
Ed Garvey Shelter to ATC Headquarters, Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia
START –  Ed Garvey Shelter
FINISH – ATC Headquarters, Harper’s Ferry, WV
DISTANCE – 7.0 trail miles (8 miles or so for the day)

Day 4 – Last day on the trail!  While it’s always sad to have a trip come to an end, we were thinking about non-freeze dried food in Harpers Ferry, which kept us moving.  This was the easiest day – 7 miles total, practically no uphill at all, beautiful views at Weverton Cliffs, and the easiest walking imaginable along the three flattest miles of the AT along the C&O Canal Townpath.   We finished the trail at one of the landmarks of the Appalachian Trail – the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Headquarters in beautiful Harper’s Ferry, West Virignia.  We then wandered down the road back into Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, where we ate hamburgers and nachos to celebrate, then made it onto the national park’s bus to get back to our car.

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Appalachian Trail – All of Maryland – Day 3

Rise and shine!  It's Day 3 of backpacking across Maryland on the Appalachian Trail!

Rise and shine! It’s Day 3 of backpacking across Maryland on the Appalachian Trail!

The Plan:

Back in 2013, two buddies and I set out to hike Maryland in four days.  We did this mostly to enjoy our time on the trail, and didn’t do any big mile days, despite friendly terrain.  Our trek could be done in three days pretty easily by pushing through where we stopped the last night (heck, thru-hikers are know to do this stretch in one day to complete something called the Maryland Challange), but take your time and enjoy this really nice stretch of trail.

Check out Maryland AT Day 1 for background info on this one

DAY 3:
Rocky Run Shelter to Ed Garvey Shelter
START –  Rocky Run Shelter
FINISH – Ed Garvey Shelter
DISTANCE – 9.1 trail miles (about 9.4 miles for the day)

Day 3 was a relaxing day after our push the day before.   We could have made it out to Harpers Ferry pretty easily, but wanted to stay here because this shelter was named for Ed Garvey, author of Appalachian Hiker: Adventurer of a Lifetime, published in 1971 as the first Appalachian Trail thru-hiker memoir (Note: My copy was a quarter at a yard sale, my wife has good eyes!).  I’d finished reading it the year before, and who wants to rush back to civilization anyhow?

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Appalachian Trail – All of Maryland – Day 2

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The Plan:

Back in 2013, two buddies and I set out to hike Maryland in four days.  We did this mostly to enjoy our time on the trail, and didn’t do any big mile days, despite friendly terrain.  Our trek could be done in three days pretty easily by pushing through where we stopped the last night (heck, thru-hikers are know to do this stretch in one day to complete something called the Maryland Challange), but take your time and enjoy this really nice stretch of trail.

Check out Maryland AT Day 1 for background info on this one

DAY 2:
START – Ensign Cowall Shelter
FINISH –Rocky Run Shelter
DISTANCE – 15.5 trail miles (about 16.6 miles for the day)

Day 2 was our longest day, 15.5 miles is a stretch at any time.  However, this was probably also my favorite day on the trail – big views, big history, and big miles.  This is also the one day that I warn you about – 15.5 miles (more with side trails) is a lot to take on.  We had more than 100 miles of backpacking under our belts in the previous four months, and we had really nice weather in the low 80s, pretty much a perfect situation for us.  There are plenty of options to cut this day shorter to play it safe, and you won’t be disappointed if you get to spend a few hours at Black Rock Cliffs or Annapolis Rocks because you plan an eight mile day and have some time to kill.

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Appalachian Trail – All of Maryland – Day 1

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Appalachian Trail – All of Maryland! – Pennsylvania Border to ATC Headquarters(Harper’s Ferry, WV) – Backpacking Day 1
Type: One way
Hours: Open 24 hours

Distance: End to end is 41 trail miles, with another few in West Virginia and a bit of extra walk down to the PA border.  With side trips, we did about 44 miles.
Difficulty: 5 of 10.
Total score: 10 of 10 (Maryland AT score)

Resource – Appalachian Trail Guide to Maryland and Northern Virginia – 2008 Edition – Appalachian Trail Conservancy.  I can’t recommend carrying a trail map and guide enough, it will help keep you on track and point out important things… like water sources.

Terrain – forests, ridges, fields, and awesome.

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