Sep 6

Perhaps you saw our post on visiting Hupp’s Battery and thought, that’s great guys, but I’d really like to do this without getting killed by a train. Let’s start north of the railroad cut bridge along Reynolds’ Avenue. We’ll park here next to the statue for Brigadier General James S. Wadsworth. The monument to the 84th NY (14th Brooklyn) can be seen in the right of frame. This image taken facing southwest at approximately 7:00 PM on Thursday August 25, 2016.

To get to Hupp’s Battery without using the railroad tracks, we’ll still have to follow the railroad tracks. We’re walking down towards the cut, passing the 3rd Indiana Cavalry monument on our left, with the monuments to the 95th New York and 6th Wisconsin Infantry on the right. This image taken facing southeast at approximately 7:00 PM on Thursday August 25, 2016.

The flank markers for the 95th NY and 6th WI can be seen in the right of frame. To access Hupp’s Battery we’re going to walk between the corn on the left and the railroad tracks. This image taken facing southeast at approximately 7:00 PM on Thursday August 25, 2016.

Ayup, that’s still a lot of corn. Keep the corn on your left… This image taken facing east at approximately 7:00 PM on Thursday August 25, 2016.

… And even though there is a clear path down to the railroad tracks, do not take it. This image taken facing west at approximately 7:00 PM on Thursday August 25, 2016.

Continue walking between the tracks and the corn. This image taken facing southeast at approximately 7:00 PM on Thursday August 25, 2016.

“I’m melting. I’m melting.” This image taken facing east at approximately 7:00 PM on Thursday August 25, 2016.

This is the part where we tell you that accessing Hupp’s Battery at this time of year is not for everyone. This image taken facing southeast at approximately 7:00 PM on Thursday August 25, 2016.

You will be walking through tall grasses and undergrowth. This image taken facing west at approximately 7:00 PM on Thursday August 25, 2016.

We’re aiming towards the telephone pole in the background. This provides power across the railroad tracks to the houses in the woods along Oak Ridge/Seminary Ridge on the north side of the railroad cut. This image taken facing southeast at approximately 7:00 PM on Thursday August 25, 2016.

In the right background you can see some visitors near the Mary Thompson property taking a look at Stewart’s Battery. This image taken facing southeast at approximately 7:00 PM on Thursday August 25, 2016.

Don’t turn your ankle. There are lots of dips and trouble spots in the tall grass. This image taken facing west at approximately 7:00 PM on Thursday August 25, 2016.

Keep guiding towards the telephone pole… This image taken facing southeast at approximately 7:00 PM on Thursday August 25, 2016.

…and be careful, some of this stuff is sharp. This image taken facing west at approximately 7:00 PM on Thursday August 25, 2016.

We’re now looking back towards the railroad cut bridge. Wadsworth’s statue is in the right background, along with the 95th New York in the left background. We have succeeded in avoiding the railroad tracks so far. This image taken facing southeast at approximately 7:00 PM on Thursday August 25, 2016.

Let’s turn around and head into the woods. This image taken facing east at approximately 7:00 PM on Thursday August 25, 2016.

By the telphone pole you will notice a paved pathway running parallel to the ridge. This image taken facing southeast at approximately 7:00 PM on Thursday August 25, 2016.

This is part of a CSX access road that you can see starts at the Chambersburg Pike and leads to the railroad tracks (foreground). This image taken facing southwest at approximately 7:00 PM on Thursday August 25, 2016.

Do not take this path. This image taken facing northeast at approximately 7:00 PM on Thursday August 25, 2016.

If you look across the path and into the woods you can see a small rock with a clearing big enough to step through… This image taken facing southeast at approximately 7:00 PM on Thursday August 25, 2016.

… This rock is a good marker for where you can enter the woods without getting cut up by all the lovely vegetation. This image taken facing southeast at approximately 7:00 PM on Thursday August 25, 2016.

We’re now looking back at the path and the spot where we entered the woods. You can see the small clearing by the rock. It appears that people have used this path before. This image taken facing northwest at approximately 7:00 PM on Thursday August 25, 2016.

Now that we’re in the woods, finding a path can be difficult. We need to guide along the railroad tracks. This image taken facing southeast at approximately 7:00 PM on Thursday August 25, 2016.

Once you’ve entered the woods walk towards the tracks until you can spot them. We’re going to keep the railroad tracks to our right as we walk further into the woods. This image taken facing south at approximately 7:00 PM on Thursday August 25, 2016.

After walking for a few minutes you’ll start to see the red sandstone ridge along the cut. This image taken facing southeast at approximately 7:00 PM on Thursday August 25, 2016.

When you see this bare red sandstone, pay attention. The path to access the battery is close. This image taken facing west at approximately 7:00 PM on Thursday August 25, 2016.

After walking with the railroad tracks on your right, you will come to the red sandstone ridge. While you’re standing along this ridge you will see a small clearing with wildflowers. See the empty sky in the right background? That’s the entrance to the Hupp’s Battery Trail (sure, that’s what it’s called). This image taken facing southeast at approximately 7:00 PM on Thursday August 25, 2016.

We’ll enter the trail by ducking under these branches in the foreground. Watch your head. It’s important. This image taken facing southeast at approximately 7:00 PM on Thursday August 25, 2016.

Take a look down to your right and make sure you still see the railroad tracks. This is the way to make sure you’re not straying onto private property. Guide along the tracks. This image taken facing south at approximately 7:00 PM on Thursday August 25, 2016.

After another minute or two you will see the battery marker in the distance. There is a downed log over the trail. Watch your legs. They’re important. We hope you enjoyed this alternative method of accessing the marker to Hupp’s Battery on Oak/Seminary Ridge in Gettysburg National Military Park. This image taken facing southeast at approximately 7:00 PM on Thursday August 25, 2016.

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