The Sierra Club's Annual One Day Hike
–  Since 1974  –

Washington, DC to Harper's Ferry, WV
–  50K • 100K  –

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Hike Day

Hike Day: What to Carry

Bring two quarts of water or sports drink. You will be able to refill your water and get food at the support stations. You may want to bring snacks for the 100K start since the first food station is at mile 23.

Bring a flashlight or headlamp with fresh batteries. You will need the light for the first three hours of the 100K to avoid stepping into potholes or worse, and you also will need it at night, if you finish late. Note that daylight is roughly 6 am to 8:30 pm.

Bring or wear weather-appropriate clothing, including rain gearjacket, and hat. Avoid cotton, which does not dry easily. A wide-brim hat and sunglasses are also a good idea; most of the hike route is very exposed. Many hikers bring an extra pair or two of wicking socks.

We recommend that you carry a freshly charged cell phone with you on the hike, even though reception is not always available along the route. If you are bringing a cell phone whose number is different from the one you entered in your registration or are not sure, you will be able to email the number prior the hike when requested.

Other things to consider bringing include:
   • Camera
   • Music player with earphones
   • Blister kit
   • Sports food bars or gels
   • Sunscreen & insect repellent
   • Walking sticks
   • Toilet paper

Remember that you will carry what you bring for a long time, so keep the total weight to a minimum. A small backpack or fanny pack should be adequate for the hike.

Lost & Found
If you find something that may have been lost by a hiker ahead of you, please take it to the next support station or bring it to the end point, the Bolivar Community Center (BCC). If you lose something on the hike, check at the BCC, or contact ODH after the hike. ODH is not responsible for any lost items.

The C&O Canal National Historical Park requires us to carry our trash out and so does not provide trash cans. You may want to bring a small plastic bag to carry your trash until the next support station.

What NOT to bring: Pets are not allowed on the hike, and weapons or firearms are not permitted in the C&O Canal National Historic Park.