Appalachian Trail: Keys Gap to David Lesser Memorial Shelter is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
803 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

forest

views

wildlife

4 days ago

Overnighted at David Lesser shelter. Great spring at the bottom of the hill. Perfect hiking weather but trail is pretty swampy in areas. Faster hike out when the trail was frozen.

1 month ago

The listed distance disagrees with Trailheadfinder.com and Google maps. Lesser Shelter is about 3 miles from this trailhead. The 5.9 mile distance listed likely refers to Blackburn Trail Center Shelter terminus.

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1 month ago

Good trail. Well established and easy to follow. I'd call it easy/moderate. Much of this trail is in the trees. Note that many sections serve as the water runoff for rain water. I hiked it after it had been raining for a day and parts were rather flooded. I can't wait to go back for an overnight at the shelter/campground.

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4 months ago

loved it

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6 months ago

Very nice, leisurely 6.3 mile hike along the Virginia and West Virginia line. Be careful crossing Charles Town Pike from the parking lot, it's a bit dicey with hills and curves in either direction. It's about 2.9 miles south to the beautiful David Lesser Memorial shelter (complete with covered picnic table and wooden swing). Very moderate elevation gain. We went on what turned out to be a soggy day; just a few day trippers and one AT thru hiker.

8 months ago

I’d give this a 3.5. Very accessible, not strenuous, with nice views at the end.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Great 6 mile out and back hike with an awesome stop halfway at David Lesser Shelter. The shelter has a 3 sided cabin, a shelter, an outhouse, 6 tent sites and a fresh water spring. Will definitely hike this again and stay at the shelter longer next time.

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