Appalachian Trail ... Hiking the Maryland Challenge ... White Rocks Overlook
and Trail to Bear Spring Cabin

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White Rocks overlook, with sign on tree saying White Rocks Trail, and with Howard working on lunch

This is a lovely southeasterly overlook just a bit south of Lambs Knoll. You don't even need to leave the trail to see the surrounding area, but you can get a better view if you walk out on the rock. My friend Howard and I also enjoyed eating lunch out on the rock. Note the sign on the tree on the left in this picture. The White Rocks Trail descends down into the valley, starting from the left side of this overlook, and the descent is at first quite dramatically steep. Taking this trail down into the valley, you can reach the Bear Spring Cabin, which is owned by the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) and you can rent it. If you are interested in reaching the cabin, an easier route involves taking a side trail to the east a bit farther south on the Appalachian Trail.

Panoramic view looking east from White Rocks Overlook and seeing mountains and valley

Here is a great panoramic view from the overlook. Looking east, you can see Middletown in the valley, which is also visible looking west from the Middletown Overlook in Gambrill State Park, in the Catoctin Mountain Range, which can be vaguely seen on the horizon.

Rock outcropping adjacent to the White Rocks Overlook

From the main White Rocks Overlook, there is another rock outcropping just to the south, and I recommend it for a picnic or lunch break, because it is shadier and more protected and pleasant, even though the view is not as great.

Hiker standing on rock at White Rocks Overlook

Here a hiker has stopped to admire the view from the White Rocks Overlook.

Howard holding string over side of cliff to get litter off a ledge

Here my friend Howard went fishing to try and snag a piece of plastic litter off the cliff below. It was a valiant effort, but for all we know, that plastic is still there, and will maybe remain for the next million years *sigh*.

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