The primary determinant of where you start is what day you can go down the Upper Youghiogheny Class IV-V rafting run. Releases are usually on Mondays and Fridays in the summer with some Saturdays. I've booked on with Precision Rafting in Friendville, MD for Monday, July 20th. In order to accomplish the loop in a week starting this Saturday I will start and end at the Savage River on the Eastern side of the Eastern Continental Divide. This will get me to the Upper put-in in time to join Roger Zbel and his staff for one of the best whitewater runs in the country.
Look forward to updating you as the trip takes shape. See you on the Trail!
Day 1: Savage River to Rt 495 (~14 miles) 1 mile hike to top of dam, 3.5 mile paddle across Savage River Reservoir; 5 mile hike up Monroe Run Hiking Trail; and 3 mile hike along Meadow Mountain Trail including the newly constructed overlook segment to 495.
Day 2: 495 to Hoyes Run (~19 miles) All bicycle day 5 miles on trail and 14 miles on roadways. Includes a chairlift ride up Wisp Mountain and some single track in Fork Run Recreation Area.
Day 3: Hoyes Run to Friendsville (~12 miles) 3 mile moving water paddle in the am and then a commercial raft trip with Precision Rafting down the famed Upper "Yock"
Day 4: Friendsville to Confluence (~14 miles) Sea kayaking across Yough Lake.
Day 5 & 6: Confluence to St. John's Rock (~49 miles) Bicycling along the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) with a night in Meyersdale, PA and getting off in Deale, PA to head south to the start of the Big Savage Hiking Trail.
Day 7: St. John's Rock to Savage River (~17 miles) Hiking the remote and rugged Big Savage Mountain Hiking Trail back to the starting point.
Wish me Luck!! ss