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Old 05-16-19, 06:59 AM
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Anyone gone down the C&O lately (conditions inquiry)

I'm planning a DC to Cumberland ride at the end of May and haven't been able to find out how people are getting around the Catoctin aqueduct closure. I figured since Memorial Day is coming up there should be a fair amount of traffic so was hoping to get a first hand account on the situation.


Thanks for any information you can provide about the detour and trail conditions
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Old 05-16-19, 09:20 AM
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When I rode it last year, out and back to Harper’s Ferry, it was difficult getting around that area. I went on the tracks one direction and across the creek the other direction. Neither was easy, but I think the creek was preferable. Kind of surprised that nothing has been done to provide a temporary solution. Your tax dollars hardly at work.
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A friend of mine finished two weeks ago and said he elected to cross the creek which during that time was only half a foot deep.
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So it sounds like nothing has really changed since the blowout. I guess it will have to be a game day decision. I'm familiar with the river level fluctuations (very high at the moment) in that area so it's good to know there is a possible backup on the tracks. And I won't take that route without extreme caution. I use to canoe in that area and remember the tension between officials and boaters trying to cross the tracks.

I'm also considering a route that involves using the W&OD from DC to Purcellville and taking 287/Berlin Pike to Burnswick. This will bypass the whole thing. I'm just mentioning this route in case anyone else was looking for other alternatives.
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Old 05-16-19, 11:11 AM
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The area is far away enough from Brunswick that unless a railroad person is in the area, you probably will not get busted by the railroad police for trespassing.
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