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@Irishmenintheend The C&O might be beautiful by that time. I have cycled but not hiked much of it. I can't manage 9-12 days but 2 days and a night are a possibility. Text me your schedule about two weeks out. I would be more interested in the western sections than the eastern sections.
@CajunHiker Are you looking to thru-hike it all, or just do a section? I'm looking to do an 85-mile middle section of it around the same-ish time frame this fall.
@JeffPPeters I plan on starting Oct 3 in Georgetown. Trying to do thru-hike in 10 days. Send me a message if you want to see if our plans align.
I'm finishing on Oct 3rd. Guess we'll miss eachother. Best of luck.
BTW - be sure to check the C&O's NPS website on water status - they only have about 50% of their water sources opened.
Does anyone know the TRUE status of the water pumps on the Canal Towpath? I called the park HQ a month ago and they said that most of the pumps are on, despite what the website says. I called again a few days ago, then Park HQ said the list on the website is accurate (only 50% open). Anybody know the actual condition?
I would suggest taking a water filter just in case. I did the C&O/GAP by bike a few years ago, and the status of the water pumps was still a question even back then. It wasn't clear whether they were on, or if they were, whether the water was potable or not, so I filtered almost everything that came out of the pumps.
Called the park HQ a few days ago. They explained the situation & conflicting reports. Bottom line: Their website listing is current & accurate. If I find out on the trail next week that it's grossly inaccurate, I'll post again here.
I just got back from my trip. For the most part, the website is accurate. However, I did run into four pumps that were ON when the website said they were off & one pump that was turned OFF when it was listed as on. I any case, I would suggest if you're going on the towpath, bring some methods to carry extra water.