MAHG 41 Appalachian Trail Challenge

September 29, 2018

MAHG 41 Appalachian Trail Challenge

September 29, 2018

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Border to Border Insanity!


4th Annual MAHG 41 Appalachian Trail Challenge -- A One-Day Hike Along the Entire Distance of the Appalachian Trail Across the Great State of Maryland! A Very Strenuous 41-Mile Supported Event.

Are You Up to the 4th Annual MAHG 41 Appalachian Trail Challenge? We will be taking on the ENTIRE Maryland section of the Appalachian Trail in a one-day hike — better known as the MAHG 41 Border to Border Insanity Trail Challenge! Join us while we hike across the state of Maryland and celebrate the 4th year of hosting this supported trail challenge to support our charity and raise money for our mission.


This border to border insanity "trail challenge" starts in the North at Pen Mar County Park, the town straddling the border between Pennsylvania and Maryland, and will end at Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, just across the Maryland State line. As a whole, the course, while lengthy, is rolling hills and features no unusually long inclines. The course's total elevation gain is 5,288 feet.

The Appalachian Trail is one of the longest continuously marked footpaths in the world, measuring roughly 2,180 miles in length. The Trail goes through fourteen states along the crests and valleys of the Appalachian mountain range from the southern terminus at Springer Mountain, Georgia, to the Trail’s northern terminus at Katahdin, Maine.


Known as the “A.T." or "AT,” it has been estimated that 2-3 million people visit the Appalachian Trail every year and about 1,800–2,000 people attempt to “thru-hike” the Trail. People from across the globe are drawn to the AT for a variety of reasons; several are excellent examples of the MAHG charity's mission: to reconnect with nature, to escape the stress of city life, to meet new people or to deepen old friendships. Additional reasons people are often drawn to hike the trail are to experience a simpler life.


The trail was completed in 1937 and is a unit of the National Park System. The AT is managed under a unique partnership between the public and private sectors that includes, among others, the National Park Service (NPS), the USDA Forest Service (USFS), an array of state agencies, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and 31 local trail-maintaining clubs.

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Pen Mar

41 total miles


Supported Ultra Hike/Trail Challenge

Rolling hills, woods

1300 feet

1800 feet

There are AT shelters (with privies) and sources of water along the way.

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September 29, 2018

Harpers Ferry railroad parking lot.

3:00 a.m.

Pen Mar Park's parking lot.

4:00 a.m.


No way to know for certain, but around 7:30 p.m. last year.

This trail challenge is an Extremely Long Course.


Participant Tip -- Blister Prevention:


Learn how to prevent blisters by pre-taping your feet. Click Here for information about preventing blisters and dealing with them!

Trailhead Shuttle Service for Participants


River & Trail Outfitters will provide shuttle services between the railroad parking lot at Harpers Ferry and the Trail Challenge's starting location in Pen Mar just before 4:00 a.m. If you want to take the shuttle, please click here.


** The MAHG 41 Appalachian Trail Challenge Starts at 4:00 a.m. at Pen Mar. **


Event Contacts:

Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group: 410.480.5000

Icing on the Cake...


Proceeds from this event also go to support our Veterans Hike Across Maryland program.

Veterans Hike Across Maryland


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