Appalachian Trail ... Hiking the Maryland Challenge ... Crampton Gap Shelter

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First Rocky Run Shelter

The Crampton Gap Shelter is down-hill from the Appalachian Trail. If you brought your own tent, then you won't need to walk all the way to the shelter, because there are several tenting sites that include a fire circle, and some like this one include a bench as well.

View from upstairs inside First Rocky Run Shelter

Walking down the hill, you soon arrive at the Crampton Gap Shelter, and it looks nice, with a lovely porch in the front. Looks like someone left some water for you ... I didn't see the sporadic spring, so maybe there was a reason for that trail-magic offering.

View of food hangers and roof of second Rocky Run Shelter through the woods

On the other side of the shelter there is a board-walk to get you over a rock field on your way to the latrine. It's just a standard hole-in-the-ground latrine, but at least it's not too hard to reach it, especially if you're in a hurry for some reason. I presume you're always careful to purify your water, even when it looks crystal clear and ice cold, right?.

Side view of second Rocky Run Shelter

This is the view from the shelter's front porch. A fire ring with bench near the shelter is a nice touch. A short distance away is the food hanging pole, so bears won't help you eat your food ... and keeps mice away too.

Me sitting in relaxing swing in front of second Rocky Run Shelter

Under the eaves of the shelter are some spikes driven into the side of the shelter. Here you can hand up your pack for the night, so it won't take up room inside the shelter.

Side view of second Rocky Run Shelter

The next morning, you head back up the hill to restart your hike on the Appalachian Trail.

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