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Overall Run/Beecher Ridge Rating:
By Denise , hiked on: 7/17/2014
We were staying at Mathews Arm campground and started this hike from the Traces Trail there (near the amphitheater) and came back in from Beecher Ridge onto the Mathews Arm trail that ended back in the campground (thankfully directly back to our campsite!).  So for us this was more of a 10 mile hike.  We'd misread the SNP hiking trail suggestions and thought we were in for a 6. ... more >>>

Blue Suck Falls Rating:
By Shawn R. , hiked on: 7/22/2014
This was the first hike that I've been on and I really enjoyed it.  As clearly stated, this is a difficult climb for the first part up to the overlook, but it is well worth it.  The directions are clear and the paths are clearly marked.  The signs were a little bit unclear heading towards the Tuscarora Overlook (on the recommended route), but if you continue straight on the tra ... more >>>

Crabtree Falls Rating:
By David Hamilton , hiked on: 7/21/2014
William campbell, pops,nonny, and jenny went on the hike. A very long hike on a very hot day. It was a great way to see some cool looking vegetation with some awesome wildlife. On the hike you will see chipmunks and birds youve probably never heard of! Honestly once you get to the top 9it has a greeat veiw yet still ask yourself "where is this water coming from"! Durring this h ... more >>>

Bear Church Rock Rating:
By , hiked on: 7/18/2014
Great hike with a good mix of water and some pretty steep hills. Before you make the turn to head up the mountain, there are some pretty good swimming holes. The dog didn't want to jump in, surprisingly, but after feeling the water I know why - it's icy cold! Even in July. Felt great on the knees though after coming back down the steep part of the mountain. Going up is a wor ... more >>>

Big Run Rating:
By , hiked on: 7/19/2014
Great Hike! Solitude is abundant. The downhill is great, real smooth and fairly gradual. The uphill is smooth as well, but still a workout. Trail was in great shape. The tree canopy was thick so we didn't see much of the sky, really gives you the feeling of being in the deep woods. We had one other hiker on our heels initially, but lost him after a bit. No other people fo ... more >>>

Little Schloss Rating:
By , hiked on: 7/12/2014
I hiked this on a hot, humid Saturday. I had a hard time finding the trailhead, there is a sharp left on the gravel forest road that looks like it is a turn off, but in reality is the main road one needs to follow. Once there, the hike was pretty good. The initial climb is unrelenting until the meadow, but after that it's not so bad. Summer leaf cover probably downgrades the h ... more >>>

Three Ridges Rating:
By Greengal , hiked on: 7/19/2014
I had heard about this hike from a friend and finally took the plunge and set off on it around three pm with the intention of camping on one of the knolls. The first uphill stretch was a bit daunting (I had already hiked nine miles that morning) and the climb to the knolls was taxing but what a view. It was raining when I hit the ridges so I decided to continue on to the shelte ... more >>>


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2015 Appalachian Trail Conservancy Biennial
In 2015, the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and the Mountain Club of Maryland will host the next Biennial Conference of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, to be held at the campus of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., adjacent to Interstate 81.

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  • PATC is seeking volunteers to help with the conference planning, to lead hikes and excursions, to help with registration, and many other needs. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete and return this form.

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Xtreme Hike For Cystic Fibrosis
Have you ever considered an Xtreme benefit hike? Here is one happening at the Wintergreen Resort to benefit Cystic Fibrosis research. It is being sponsored by Geico and Devil’s Backbone Brewery and will consist of two distances, 12 and 28 miles. For more information checkout the link below or contact Martin

Ticks and Lyme Disease
The ticks start coming out in the Spring, with the summer months of June and July prime ticks season. Help protect yourself from Lyme Disease and make sure to take the proper precautions. Apply a repellent with 30%+ deet, and consider using a clothing repellent like Permathrin that kills ticks.

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Wild - by Cheryl Strayed

Partial review from Dwight Garner, The New York Times:
"“...Wild” recounts the months Ms. Strayed spent, during the summer of 1995, when she was 26, hiking alone on the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State..."
"...The clarity of Ms. Strayed’s prose, and thus of her person, makes her story, in its quiet way, nearly as riveting an adventure narrative as Jon Krakauer’s two “Into” books: those matey fraternal twins, “Into the Wild” and “Into Thin Air...”

A Walk For Sunshine - by Jef Alt Review
Jeff Alt takes you along every step of his 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail adventure filled with humorous, frightening, and inspirational stories including, bears, bugs, blisters, skunk bedmates, and hilarious food cravings. As Alt walked on through freezing temperatures, driving rain, and sunny skies, he was constantly buoyed by the knowledge that his walk was dedicated to his brother who has cerebral palsy. Alt's adventure inspired an annual fundraiser which has raised over $150,000 for the Sunshine Home where his brother lives.

The Mid-Atlantic Hiker's Guide: West Virginia - by Michael V. Juskelis

Michael Juskelis’ dedication to the outdoors, as well as decades and many thousands of miles of hiking experience, is in evidence throughout his new guide to a selection of West Virginia’s most beautiful trails.

With 64 backpacking and day hikes this new West Virginia hiking guide is a must have for old-salt hikers looking for that new route, as well as the beginner trying to find an easier hike with gorgeous scenery.

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