Front Royal to Harper’s Ferry

We left Front Royal after a day and a half of rest and hot tub immersion.
Back on trail and had a beautiful day. We wanted to hike to a State park and camp for the night but the campground was 1.3 miles off trail so we decided to go past route 50 to see if we could find a good camping site. Didn’t find any so we looked at our trusty app and saw that the next shelter was 3.5 miles further. So we extended our day and made it to Rod Hollow shelter, mile 996. Encountered a rattlesnake right next to the trail that was rattling so we persuaded him to move along so we could pass. It was about 6 or 7’ long.
Tuesday was raining and nasty out, but we had a short day planned at 9.8 miles to the Bears Den Hostel. We entered the “rollercoaster” section that day which is a series of steep climbs followed by steep descents. We ascended 5000’ and descended 4,200’ so the stay at the hostel was very welcome.
The shelter is a 100 year old house run by the ATC and managed by the PATC. Glenn is a super host and the place is fantastic.
We had less than 21 miles to hike to Harper’s Ferry so we planned on 2 easy days of hiking.
First day out of Bears Den we hiked 11.3 and stayed at David Lesser shelter. We were the only 3 hikers to stay so we had plenty of room.
Yesterday we finished hiking for this section, 9.1 miles to Harper’s Ferry and the sun came out to welcome us to town.
296 miles in 19 hiking days. Had 2 zeros and enjoyed it immensely.

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