Got a reasonably early start today and was on the trail by 9 am. With it being a Tuesday, even in June, there was very little traffic on the trails and I saw some cool birds, deer up close, and dozens of tiny little frogs on the main trail that were right underfoot. It was a cool morning with overcast weather and I was down and across the river by noon. Cool, accessible little hike. I had done just the overlook with my son in the fall but the whole thing together is a solid morning.
Climbed up the cliffs once as a boy scout. Hiked up with my wife and kids in June 2016. Beautiful views. Hot and humid.
Love the town, and this hike gave me a great view.
What I enjoyed most was reading the historical facts along the route to find out that President Lincoln did not complete his trek up to review the troops.
Climbed Maryland Heights twice in 2012, once on the trail, once along the face. Great views
I like this hike. Over 1,100 feet of gain (to the high point, not the overlook) - very rare in Maryland! I've done it four times, once as part of a tri-state loop including Loudoun Heights and the town of Harpers Ferry.
... of my hiking and climbing adventures.
This wasn't the first ever hike I did, but I remember it well and consider it the start of my love for hiking and climbing in the mountains.
The guidebook described Harpers Ferry as an interesting historic place, so that's why I went there. The hike wasn't even planned, but when I got to the viewpoint and looked down to where the trail had started, I was hooked!
An easy stroll up to the overlook and then around the Stone Fort Trail, where there are a few other overlooks. On the Stone Fort Trail, I only met a few people, since most were only up to seeing the overlook over Harpers Ferry.
in the '70s and '80 and only once down. Views are great! "Gobbled" with the turkeys also further north from here as I hiked along one time.
I am a beginner rock climber who has only done a couple of outdoor top rope sessions. So, when an experienced climber suggested multi pitching a 5.8 climb along the side of "The sign" I warned him that I might not be able to make it. But, with just a bit of prodding from him (Denny G.) and Kyle, I decided to try it. Well it was a very amazing experience. Of course I seconded (I think that's the proper term) the climb since I do not know how to trad climb yet. We did it in 6 pitches and I was also talked into rappelling down. I might have some images to add one in paticular that is right next to the sign, I think is really cool. I thought the views of the rivers and of the town of Harper's Ferry were really great! Also, all of the people down below stare at you and take pictures of you, making you feel like a super star! Or that you are crazy, which I'm sure some people think. But in reality, I know this is a pretty small cliff in comparison to many mountains out there.
Got caught in a thunderstorm on the way up but enjoyed the views coming down!
Quick easy walk to a nice look out of Harpers Ferry, and the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers.
Took my dog on the normal trail to the old fort first then to the overlook. The trail to the fort was a little steep.
I've been up this "hill" twice. Once in 2002, and again in June 2003.
Took a "day off" while thru-hiking the AT and decided to relax by taking a hike up to Maryland Heights.
Climbed with my son the weekend after 911 to get away from it all and remind ourselves about the good things of living so close to D.C. Easy climb with views that were well worth it.
Easy hike; nice view of the town and river.
Incredible views of the rivers and town below. Threatening weather and no one else around. Very nice.