Loudoun Heights Lollipop
ElevationAscent: 1,280' 390 m
Descent: -1,280' -390 m
High: 1,119' 341 m
Low: 291' 89 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)
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“A steady climb leads to fantastic views of Harpers Ferry and the convergence of two famous rivers.”— Hunter R
While on your hike, be sure to take your time and truly enjoy the different features this area has to offer, knowing that the very heart of American history runs rich through these hills.
As you climb, keep your eyes peeled for colorful blazes at the trail intersections. Proceed pass the oranges blazes and keep going to the ridgeline where the characteristic blue blazes indicate the start of the Blue Trail to the left. Head north on the Blue Trail as it snakes its way along the ridgeline to utterly spectacular viewpoints culminating in the Split Rock Overlook at the trail's end.
After enjoying yourself at the overlook, head back up the Blue Trail, climbing gently to a junction with the Orange Trail. Follow the Orange Trail as it descends gently to a clearing strung with overhead powerlines that offers rich panoramic views of Harpers Ferry. Take your time enjoying the view before heading back into the dense forest. Ahead, you'll connect back with the Appalachian Trail.
Follow the AT back down the ridgeline, over the road, and across the bridge to reach your car and the journey's end.
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Land Manager: NPS - Harpers Ferry National Historic Park