Appalachian Trail ... Hiking the Maryland Challenge ... Devil's Racecourse

(Gallery Has Five Pictures)

Swampy water source with sign calling it a spring

This is the "spring" promised by the sign at the top of the hill as a water source for those staying at the shelter. I would have wished for a somewhat improved spring; this looks more like a swamp. This "spring" is fairly close to the Devils Racecourse as you walk down the hill.

Remember, of course, to always purify your water before using it, whether it looks crystal clear or swampy.

View from trail approaching Devils Racecourse

Here is what it looked like as the trail approached the Devils Racecourse.

Panoramic view of Devils Racecourse

A panoramic view of the Devils Racecourse, which is maybe a mile long. The Little Antietam Creek flows underneath this long jumble of rocks, and it's rather weird to hear the water flowing and gurgling under the rocks. As I mentioned before, this is definitely something to add to your bucket-list of things to see and do.

There are multiple fantasy explanations for where the rock came from (aliens?), but the truth is that it is known to geologists as a blockfield, and according to a visiting geology student, the rocks were originally on the mountain and slowly worked their way down in periglacial conditions during the Pleistocene.

Yaakov exploring the Devils Racecourse

Here I am exploring the jumble of rocks. I am disappointed to see that there is a lot of trash littered about, so when you visit, you might want to bring a trash bag. There is also some spray-painted graffiti, but not nearly as bad as at High Rock.

A cairn set up on one of the rocks in the Devils Racecourse

This cairn was attractive, set up by a recent visitor. There is a lot of creativity on the trail.

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