Joined a friend for a 2 night backpack trip on the AT. We hiked from US route 30 at Caledonia State Park in PA and hiked south to Penmar.
Day 1 we drove up from North-central WV and situated our 2 vehicles; mine and Penmar Park and my friend’s at US 30. We got on the AT at 11:10 am. At 1:00 we went down, and I do mean down, to the spring at the Rocky Mtn Shelters. The shelters are pretty decent. Each sleeps 4 people. There is adequate camping, with some behind the shelters and the better sights below the shelter on the path to the spring. Best hammock camping is probably below the shelter, to the left in some pines. The spring could use a bit of work, but was decent. The rest of the hike to Tumbling Run Shelters was uneventful, except for the knee-pounding down to the shelters. We arrived at Tumbling Run just after 5:00 pm. We hit the spring and then went over to the group camping area to hang our hammocks. Dinner was well earned. During the night, we listened to whip-poor-wills, which was sweet! We had pretty much a full moon. Mileage for the day was around 10 1/2 including the 1 mile round trip water run.
Day 2: We had a leasurely morning at camp and then got on trail at 0900. We hit the Old Forge picnic area a short time later. I got a bit of water and discarded some garbage in the cans. We passed the Antietam shelter area. This shelter is old, but nice. There was plenty of camping and places to hang a hammock. Get water at the picnic area, ’cause Antietam creek has agricultural run off in it.
We arrive at the Deer Lick Shelters around noon. We then spent the rest of the day exploring around the shelter/camp area. We had a very nice evening fire and hit our hammocks just after dark. Once again, we listened to whip-poor-wills and enjoyed the full moon. This day was a very relaxing 4.8 miles.
Day 3: We left our campsite around 0830 and headed to Penmar. This section has a few crappy climbs just after crossing PA 19 with the last 1/4 mile or so up to Penmar Road being very steep. We arrived at my Jeep just before 11:00. This day’s mileage was around 4.5 miles. On the way back to Caledonia to pick up the other vehicle, we decided to hit Waynesburo, PA for lunch. Burgers and fries, MMGood. At Caledonia, we said our good byes and headed home. I stopped for gas at the Rutters Gas station. Nicer than Sheetz! The drive home was pretty uneventful. I have hiked this section before. It does not have a lot of the spectacular views, but the trail itself is pretty. I will go over my gear selections in another post and should put up some photos and some video later too.