Winter Hike Up Loudon Heights

Our first winter in Harpers Ferry was extraordinarily mild.

So much so that this was the only hike I did under winter conditions!

Route on Strava and a short video from the hike.

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Just outside the office window.

 

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Before any hikes could happen, I had fun building a snowman with the boys.

 

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Crossing the Shenandoah River.

 

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The stairs at the start of the climb, on the Appalachian Trail.

 

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Appalachian Trail South.

 

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Definition of winter. Low sun. Cold.

 

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Whoever invented the built-in hood system is a genius!

 

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Typical trail conditions.

 

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Can you spot the white Appalachian Trail blaze on the tree?

 

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My destination for this hike: the park boundary sign.

 

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My favorite little section of trail up near the top of the ridge, dead straight and flat through a tunnel of trees.

 

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Frosty not looking so good a day later 😂

 

If you think it’s beautiful in summer, you should see this place in winter. It’s magical.

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