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City: Freeland
State: Maryland
Country: US
Begins: Aug 6, 2019
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, May 12th, 2019

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 173
Journal Visits: 2,617
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Chuck Keiper Trail: Eastern Loop

I hiked the Chuck Keiper trail back in 2010 for the first time in the month of July. At the time, I was relatively new to backpacking and was training for the Wonderland Trail. My trail running friend and I thought we would do the Wonderland Trail in 5 days and the permits we pulled had the first day being 29 miles. I had never done a 29 mile day before and was looking for a trail close to home that had a 30 mile section, enter the Chuck Keiper. The Chuck Keiper is a figure eight like trail with a western loop of 30 miles, and easter loop of 20 miles and a 2-3 mile connector trail in the middle. I did the 30 mile loop on the first day and the 20 mile loop on the second. All I remember about the trail is that something kept making my legs irritated. I later learned that this was red nettle and fortunately, I had long pants to put on. I also remember that the trail was poorly maintained, overgrown, and had a lot of off camber trails and a few steep hills with no switchbacks. While those memories had almost faded in the nine years, most of them were realized with this trip.

The same York Outdoor Adventurer group went on this trip that started with about 6 miles of an access trail called Garby. We started on Saturday at 10 am and decided to make it the long day, and a long day it was. We ended up doing 25 miles in nice weather and made camp with headlamps as we crawled into our bags around 10:30pm. We had a good bit of rain overnight and some more light rain in the morning that continued on and off as we hiked 12 miles out on Sunday. We started the morning with a 2 mile hike around a swamp (as if we needed to hike in more water). We slogged the rest of the day in muddy and wet conditions, but the real rain held off until after we got to the cars. It was a good trip and we got lucky with the weather as we had really hard sustained rain on the way home!

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