A friend and I did the Great Allegheny Passage in 4 days, starting Monday, October 16, 2017.
The trail is extremely well maintained. We chose to break up the trip as recommended in the guide book: Day 1: start in Pittsburgh end in West Newton, Day 2: start in West Newton and end the day in Ohiopyle, Day 3: start in Ohiopyle and end in Myersdale, Day 4: start in Meyersdale and end in Cumberland, MD. Going from Pittsburgh to Cumberland is a slight up-hill ride for about 125 miles, you enjoy a glorious ~25 mile down hill to Cumberland on your last day.
A little bit about us: we were a 41 year old 5'4" 220 lb woman who works out 4-5 days a week (running, spinning & personal trainer with weekends hiking & biking) and a 66 year old 5'6" 120 lb woman who spends April - October hiking (this year did the 3 days hiking AMC lodges, did Presidential Traverse in White Mts along AT, and several days in the Dolomites)... we are active and enjoyed the trip. Day 3 was the hardest; it's the third day going up hill AND it's the steepest portion. Both of us trained for the trip and we were glad we did. We did not use a shuttle service for our belongings, we had panniers with our clothes & snacks. The 41 year old's panniers weighed in at about 30 pounds (bigger person with same amount of clothes, more fabric = more weight) & the 66 year old's weighed in at about 25 pounds. The 41 year old had a 2017 FX 3 Trek and the 66 year old had a 1989 mountain bike, which was HEAVY.
Weather in October was perfect, we had no rain. We wore layers: Pearl Izumi sleeves & leg warmers were perfect to easily remove after the morning chill.
I reviewed each place we stayed and ate separately.
Train for it & just do it.
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