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Green Ridge State Forest - January 2007

Where: Green Ridge State Forest, Maryland
When: January 6-7, 2006

The planned "winter backpacking" trip turned out to be more of a spring backpacking trip. Unusually warm weather in the 50's made for a very pleasant backpacking trip to Green Ridge State Forest in Maryland. The two-day, one-night excursion was the first time Troop 65 visited Green Ridge State Forest.

On the Saturday, the group hiked 6.5 miles starting from Fifteen Mile Creek Campground on the C&O Canal and through Little Orleans and the then C&O Canal until Long Pond Trail of Green Ridge State Forest. Before hiking up Long Pond Trail, the group relaxed for lunch on the towpath and Potomac River. The hike up Long Pond Trail was scenic and challenging. There were several steep ascents on the trail not evident on the topographic map used. The last surprise was the very steep descent to the shelter. Everyone was very glad that they didn't have to walk up it!

The shelter and the stream provided a comfortable and relaxing place to end the day. New camping gear received as Christmas presents were proudly tested and displayed. The night ended with everyone around the campfire to conclude a fun day of backpacking.

On Sunday, the last 4 miles of the hike continued along Long Pond Trail and included a run across 15 Mile Creek before the last ascent to the cars at the ranger's station.

Getting Ready

Hiking on Long Pond Trail

Hiking on Long Pond Trail

Climb to the Top of Long Pond Trail

View from the Top of Long Pond Trail

Sunday Morning Breakfast

Sunday Morning Breakfast

Crossing 15 Mile Creek

Crossing 15 Mile Creek

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