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2019 Hike Across Maryland

Mountain Club of Maryland

Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 4:45 AM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

2019 Hike Across Maryland

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2019 HAM
2019 HAM May 4, 2019
Ended $50.00 $0.00

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Thank you for your interest in the 2019 Mountain Club of Maryland’s Hike Across Maryland (HAM). This one-day hike will be held on May 4, 2019. It starts in Maryland near the PA/MD border at Pen Mar Park, follows the Appalachian Trail through Maryland, and ends in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. The distance is about 40 miles over rocky and rough trail with several significant climbs. This hike is intended for the serious hiker who has done three or more training hikes of 15 miles and more. At a bare minimum, hikers should be able to hike at a rate of 2.5 to 3 miles an hour for 13 to 16 hours over mountainous terrain.

NEW Meeting Location for 2019

For the 2019 HAM we will be using Camp Round Meadow  as our staging point. The camp is located in the Catoctin Mountain Park in Thurmont, MD. The Camp has four dormitories. Each dormitory includes 30 twin beds with vinyl covered mattresses. The dorms offer electricity and heat only (no wifi). Each dormitory also has two bathrooms including flush toilets, sinks and hot showers. We will have one dorm dedicated to men and one for women.  The other two will be for couples, and volunteers. 

Free Housing (Night before Hike 5/3)

There is no cost for staying in the dorms at Camp Round Meadow. Beds will be available on a first come first serve bases Friday night.. Lights out will be at 9:00 pm sharp. You can request a bed when you register. You will need to bring your own linen, sleeping bag, pillow, etc. Hikers’ sleeping gear will be transported to Harpers Ferry.

Dining Facilities

There is a dining hall that has heat and air conditioning and will be available to all hikers.   A continental breakfast will be provided in the dining hall from 4:00 am until 4:45 am Saturday morning.


Check-in will be in the Gymnasium between 4:00 pm and 9:00 pm on Friday (no exceptions). There will be no check-in on Saturday morning. When you check-in on Friday you will receive your number and T-shirt. No shows will be considered withdrawn. If you register for a bed you will get your dorm assignment when you check in.

Saturday Morning

We will gather at the Gymnasium at 4:45 am on Saturday morning for a short meeting and then we will load buses at 5:00 am sharp to be taken to the starting point. It is a 20 minute ride to the access point, so anyone who does not show up in time to ride the bus will be considered withdrawn (even if you checked-in the night before). For safety reasons, you must ride the bus to the starting point.

Those not sleeping at Camp Round Meadow must return to Camp Round Meadow by 4:15 AM the morning of the hike. Transportation to the start of the hike will leave at 5:00 AM and the hike will start about 5:20 AM.

Check Points

There are nine checkpoints along the trail with snacks, drinks, first aid, encouragement, and transportation to Harpers Ferry, WV for those who’ve “had enough!” The distance between checkpoints ranges from 2.2 to 8 miles with the average being 4.4 miles.

Hikers must provide their own transportation to Camp Round Meadow at Catoctin State Park on May 3, and then home from Harpers Ferry, WV at the end of the hike on May 4.   No transportation will be provided except from Camp Round Meadow to the start of the hike and to Harpers Ferry for those who drop out. No exceptions!


We can only register 150 hikers for this event. Once we reach our maximum you will have the ability to be placed on a waiting list. If we get a cancellation, we will reach out to the hikers based on who registered first, until we can fill the spot.


Refunds will be available until April 4, after that no refunds will be allowed. 



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Catoctin Mountain Park
Camp Round Meadow
14840 Manahan Rd
Sabillasville, MD 21780

Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 4:45 AM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

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