Looking for a 2-day backpacking hike near Washington, DC
May 15, 2014 8:23 AM Subscribe
I'm trying to plan a last-minute backpacking trip this weekend. I'm looking for suggestions for a good 2-day (~12-16 mile) circuit hike that's within a 2 hour drive of Washington, DC.
posted by schmod to Travel & Transportation around Washington, DC (12 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I'll be with one other person. We're both in excellent physical condition, although neither of us have been "properly" backpacking in a few years. I'm not originally from the area, and am completely oblivious to what our options are.
We have a few preferences, although I'm open to any suggestions or alternatives:
- Our plan is to drive out of DC early Saturday morning, and return Sunday night. We both need to work 9-5 on Friday, and would prefer to not have to leave at 4:00 AM, or to spend the entire day in the car.
- We would prefer a circuit hike (or, at least something that doesn't require us to backtrack along our entire original route), and would prefer for the most difficult (or longest) portion of the hike to be on Saturday.
We'd like to (legally) camp in a secluded area that doesn't require us to pack in all of our water (I have a purifier).
looks like it satisfies most of our requirements, although the drive from DC is a bit longer than we'd prefer. 3 hours in the car would significantly eat into our day, no matter how early we leave..
Specific suggestions are welcome. "Somewhere in the Shenendoas" isn't exactly helpful.