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Steep!! This trail is straight up and down. The only downside is the trail isn't clearly marked at the end of the blue trail. If you look right then you see a wood plank with 2 red marks, then left you see a plank with 1 red mark. One is going to lead you out of the trail, and the other is going to lead to the scenic over look which is in and out. They also don't have a sign for this. Looking at your phone for a map is not a good idea, it appears that the trail as a way down from the overlook it doesn't, you have to turn around and go back up a steep hill, this was frustrating.
Overall a great hike, strenuous and steep but great views from the top! Parking was fine at the trail head but was filled when we left. we arrived around noon and the trail had quite a few people, but not too crazy except at the view points. I will probably try to make an effort to get on the trail earlier. Great history, awesome fort and wall structures.
Excellent hike that really makes you work for it. Parking in Harpers Ferry, especially in the summertime, is slim to none. Would recommend taking the park shuttle in, that's what they prefer anyway. It's a small historic town and people do actually live there, so they have to park. There are a multitude of different views from the top, each incredible. If you want to avoid large crowds and school groups, avoid going May-September. Also, this trail is actually in Maryland and views WV and VA.
This is a perfect day hike. 3 hrs from the parking lot, with a quick break at the overlook for a snack. Appropriately rated as intermediate. Well marked and maintained trail. Impossible to get lost. Great views. Bonus of being close to historic Harpers Ferry and including part of the AT. Maryland heights used to be my go to day hike in the area. This trail is more challenging/interesting, parking is easier, and the views are equivalent. It'll be my new day hike to take friends/family members visiting the area.