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Joey Dawson
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Locale: Northern VA
Help me decide! on 08/08/2011 15:36:55 MDT Print View

So 6 months ago I was planning to be in GNP with my hiking buddy the first week of Sept - but life got in the way and it fell through. So for the past few months I have been planning on hiking through SNP (115 miles or so over 7-8 days), but that also has been shortened by an opportunity to go to Boston with my GF at the end of the week. So now I only have Saturday - Wednesday to be out in the wild. I have been thinking about doing SNP on the AT from 33/Elkton to the north end (70ish miles). This area is close to me, only 90 minutes away, so I could get dropped off at the south end and get picked up closer to home at the north end. However, I am wondering if I want to branch out my ideas and do something different. SNP is great and all, but I have seen a lot of it having grown up here. I have done a few stretches of the AT through here, and I pretty much know what to expect.

So I have been looking at PA hikes, and the Quehanna Trail pops out as a possible idea. Has anyone done this trail? I think the SusqueHannock area is out of the question, just too far. I have done a bunch of 3 day or less trips in WV in the GW forest.

So my criteria are:
* Within 5 hours from northern virginia. If further then 90 minutes away, needs to be a loop because I will have to drive myself there/back.
* I have 4-5 days of hiking available, so do your mileage calculations from that. I am comfortable with 15-20 miles a day, so lets just go with 70ish miles at the high end.
* Need trees to hang at night.
* The less people the better (another reason I am not sure about SNP labor day weekend/week).
* Would like some views, vistas, interesting and dynamic trails.

So between SNP, the Quehanna and whatever else is suggested - what should I do?