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Note: Beginning in February Metro will charge $2 for parking on Saturdays. Drivers are cautioned to bring Metro smart cards to Saturday hikes ! :-(

 

     

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General Hiking Information (must reading for 'newbies')

MEMBERSHIP: Everyone interested in hiking is welcome. Membership dues per calendar year are $5.00 for individuals and $7.00 for families. Nonmembers are invited but are assessed $2.00 per day except for guest hike leaders. All persons, regardless of age, must pay transportation costs.

RESERVATIONS: Reservations are not necessary unless the listing is preceded by a telephone symbol. Reservation trips are by private automobiles. Hikers needing transportation and drivers having room for riders should call the person taking reservations. Please call as early as possible before the trip and only between 10:00 a.m. and 9:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. If you have made a reservation and must cancel, please notify the leader.

COSTS: The cost for an event includes a car pool fee (where applicable) paid to the drivers and a nonmember fee collected by the leader for the club. Unless otherwise noted, entrance fees and/or tolls are considered in determining the amount of the car pool fee and are paid by the drivers. For hikes that require entrance to Skyline Drive, the entrance fee is not part of the car pool fee; for each car it is shared by all passengers and the driver. In some cases, there will be no Skyline Drive entrance fee for a car that presents a park pass at the gate. Some events may offer special activities that call for additional costs. All the cost requirements of an event are identified in the schedule.

CHANGES: Normally, hikes will run as scheduled. Uncontrollable circumstances, such as bad weather or a shortage of cars, may result in a trip alteration or cancellation.

WHAT TO BRING AND WEAR: When the trip begins before noon, bring enough food and liquid for a full day's outing. It is a good idea to bring something to drink even on short hikes. Wear sensible clothing and sturdy shoes. Hiking boots are recommended on mountain hikes. Dress in layers for cold or wet weather.

RULES: Hikes are informal, but always follow the leader. Pay attention to any instructions he or she gives before or during the hike. Pets are not allowed on club outings.

NOTICE: YOU HIKE AT YOUR OWN RISK. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY AND MUST ASSUME ALL RISKS AND LIABILITIES ON ALL OUTINGS WITH THE CENTER HIKING CLUB. ITS LEADERS, OFFICERS, AND REPRESENTATIVES SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INJURIES, LOSS, OR DAMAGE TO PERSONS AND/OR PROPERTIES, DIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL, ARISING OUT OF ANY TRIP AND/OR ACTIVITY OF THE CENTER HIKING CLUB. AS UNPAID VOLUNTEERS, TRIP LEADERS SHOULD NOT BE RELIED UPON TO HAVE ANY SPECIAL SKILLS OR TRAINING.

ABBREVIATIONS:    AT = Appalachian Trail
                                 SNP = Shenandoah National Park
                             GWNF = George Washington National Forest


Winter 2018-2019 Schedule

Rev (A) 12/4//2018


SAT, DEC 1 - LAKE ACCOTINK
Walk 6 easy miles through nature trails in Fairfax County to North Springfield. Watch waterfowl and other wildlife. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader: Stu S. (703) 517-3490.

SAT, DEC 1 -- HIKE LEADERS PARTY, EVENING 6:30 P.M.
Meet at Beryl G.'s, very near Foggy Bottom Metro. Parking garages nearby. Bring friends. New leaders and sweeps very welcome. Bring a dish to share. For directions, email berylgilmore@gmail.com or call (202) 333 1807.

SUN, DEC 2 -- BLOCKHOUSE POINT
A moderate 10-mile loop in Blockhouse Point Park and along the C&O Canal. Highlights include rocky viewpoints of the Potomac, the canal and a visit to the ruins of Seneca Sandstone Mill. Cost: $3 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Twinbrook Metro (Rockville Pike side). Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.

SAT, DEC 8 -- D.C. COFFEE-STOP HIKE SERIES, NO. 2, ALLEYS OF CAPITOL HILL.
Approx. 5 easy miles in one of the most interesting and diverse quadrants of D.C. -- Capitol Hill and SE. We'll pass through a wide range of neighborhoods, including many alleys. We'll see Eastern Market in its full weekend glory and then pass the Folger Shakespeare library and three of the Library of Congress buildings. We'll continue south until the Anacostia River near the first winery of D.C., District Winery, and then return to Eastern Market. (For a shorter hike, return from nearby Navy Yard Metro.) Optional dinner afterwards. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 2.30 p.m. at Eastern Market Metro at the top of the escalator on the street. Leader: Beryl G. (202) 333-1807, berylgilmore@gmail.com. Cell phone, for day of hike only: (703) 606-8382.
(Rescheduled from Dec 15)

SUN, DEC 9 -- DC AND MD NEIGHBORHOODS AND CAPITAL CRESCENT TRAIL
Join us on this easy-to-moderate 5 miler through DC and MD neighborhoods and on the Capital Crescent Trail between Tenleytown and Bethesda. Refreshments at La Madeleine in Bethesda at the end of the hike. Cost: $2 for nonmembers plus return metro fare. Meet at 2:00 p.m. at Tenleytown Metro, east side of Wisconsin Ave. Leaders: Weber L. (703) 477-7148 and Marcia S. Mkswan9013@aol.com,

SAT, DEC 15 -- D.C. COFFEE-STOP HIKE SERIES, NO. 2, ALLEYS OF CAPITOL HILL.
Approx. 5 easy miles in one of the most interesting and diverse quadrants of D.C. -- Capitol Hill and SE. We'll pass through a wide range of neighborhoods, including many alleys. We'll see Eastern Market in its full weekend glory and then pass the Folger Shakespeare library and three of the Library of Congress buildings. We'll continue south until the Anacostia River near the first winery of D.C., District Winery, and then return to Eastern Market. (For a shorter hike, return from nearby Navy Yard Metro.) Optional dinner afterwards. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 2.30 p.m. at Eastern Market Metro at the top of the escalator on the street. Leader: Beryl G. (202) 333-1807, berylgilmore@gmail.com. Cell phone, for day of hike only: (703) 606-8382.
(Rescheduled to Dec 8)

SUN, DEC 16 - FORT TOTTEN TO UNION MARKET VIA METROPOLITAN BRANCH TRAIL
This is a 5-mile (approximately) hike in the city. Join us while we explore the changing Metropolitan Branch Trail. We will begin at the Fort Totten Metro Station and end at the NoMa-Gallaudet U Metro Station. The trail celebrates art with many murals and sculptures dotting the old rail-to-trail. An optional side trip at the NoMa is to Union Market for lunch, a venue that houses many unusual food vendors. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Fort Totten Metro. Leader: Sandra H. (301) 301-524-9654.

SAT, DEC 22 -- CHRISTMAS TREES, MALL AND MUSEUMS
A flat, easy 4 ½ miles in D.C. in and around the Mall for a viewing of the Christmas trees in their full glory, including National Tree, Capitol Tree, Botanic garden trees and Norwegian Tree at Union Station. Hikers may opt out at any point. Optional dinner at Pizzeria Uno Chicago Grill (easy on the budget) at Union Station. Meet at 2:00 p.m. at the side exit of Union Station, top of escalators just outside the shopping area (text leader if you have any problems.) Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Leader: Beryl G. Cell phone, for day of hike only: (703) 606-8382. Enquiries beforehand: (202) 333-1807.

SUN, DEC 23 -- CRYSTAL CITY TRAILS AND TUNNELS.
This 5-to-6 mile hike starts and ends in Crystal City. We will take in features that are not known to the occasional visitor. For example, one can walk from the metropolis of Crystal City to National Airport on a trail and encounter no cars on the way. There is a walkway that has a great view of the Potomac River with an occasional view of eagles (and other predator water birds). From the perched location of Fort Albany, one can see many sites around the area. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the street-level entrance of Crystal City Metro. (Parking is free on weekends in underground parking garages.) Leader: Kevin C. kevchis@aol.com, (703) 346-2292.

TUES, DEC 25 -- GREENBELT PARK.
Enjoy a 6-mile ramble through a lovely tree-lined park. Along the way we will see deer and the occasional Boy Scout. Optional early dinner at a local Chinese restaurant. Cost: $1 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 11:00 a.m. at Cheverly Metro or at 11:35 a.m. at the Dogwood parking area within Greenbelt Park. Leader: Debbie K. (301) 773-7527.

SUN, DEC 30 - MERIDIAN HILL
An easy urban hike of about 3 miles to Meridian Hill and Pierce Parks. Return to meeting point. Brief commentary. Optional lunch. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 11:00 a.m. at the Q Street entrance of Dupont Circle Metro. Leaders: Bill D. and Ann F. (301) 656-1798.

TUES, JAN 1 -- SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN, MD
Start the New Year off right with this 7-8 mile moderate-to-strenuous hike on Frederick County's lonesome mountain. Highlights include views of the Monocacy Valley, rugged cliffs and tree-lined trails. Although this is a moderate-to-slow paced hike, inexperienced hikers are not encouraged as the terrain may be too difficult. Cost: $3 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro by the bicycle lockers. Leader: Debbie K. (301) 773-7527.

SAT, JAN 5 -- SKYLAND TO CRESCENT ROCK
A moderate-to-strenuous 8-mile hike on trails near Skyland with views from Millers Head and Crescent Rock. Optional dinner afterwards. Cost: $10 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader: Stu S. (703) 517-3490.

SUN, JAN 6 -- GREAT FALLS AND RIVERBEND PARKS
A moderate 11-mile scenic hike in Great Falls Park along Difficult Run and along the Potomac River to Riverbend Park and back. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at East Falls Church Metro or 9:40 a.m. at Great Falls (VA) Visitor Center. Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.

SAT, JAN 12 -- AVERY ROAD/ LAKE FRANK, ROCK CREEK REGIONAL PARK.
We'll hike about five miles. Weather and conditions underfoot will influence our choice of route. Be prepared for a picnic stop and, if chosen instead, an indoor lunch. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro, east side by the bike lockers, or at 10:00 a.m. at the Avery Road/ Lake Frank lot. Leader: Margaret C. MargtChapm@aol.com, (301) 977-8988. Call between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. E-mail is preferred.

SAT, JAN 12 - THE MONUMENT CIRCUIT AND THE WHARF
This hike is approximately 6 to 7 miles and will include some of the most iconic sites in Washington. We will begin and end at Smithsonian Metro. First we walk towards Washington Monument and then visit all of the monuments and memorials around the tidal basin, including the Lincoln, MLK and FDR memorials. Next we will walk to the new Wharf area for lunch (optional) to see how it has transformed over the last couple of years. We then head back to Smithsonian Metro. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Smithsonian Metro MALL entrance. Leader: Sandra H. (301) 301-524-9654.

SUN, JAN 13 - MANASSAS BATTLEFIELD
Join us for a moderate 5-mile hike around Manassas Battlefield. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:30 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side) or at 11:15 a.m. at the flag pole by the visitor center. PLEASE, IF POSSIBLE, MEET AT VIENNA METRO; HIKE LEADER DOESN'T HAVE A CAR AND WE HAVE HIKERS WHO NEED A RIDE FROM THE METRO. Leader: Stu S. (703) 517-3490.

SUN, JAN 20 - LAKE NEEDWOOD
We begin on foot from Shady Grove Metro and hike 8 ½ miles (ideally) to and around Lake Needwood. Weather and conditions underfoot may lead us to choose a shorter hike. Be prepared for a picnic stop and, if chosen instead, an indoor lunch. Recommend a Smartrip card in case we return via Metro to Shady Grove. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro, east side by the bike lockers. Leader: Margaret C. MargtChapm@aol.com, (301) 977-8988. Call between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. E-mail is preferred.

SAT, JAN 26 - ROCKVILLE ATTRACTIONS
We begin on foot from Rockville Metro Station, east side. We'll hike five or six miles in the Rockville area. Highlights include the Civic Center Park & Mansion grounds and the Croyden Nature Center. Lunch stop in Rockville Town Center. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Rockville Metro, east side (NOT the Pike side); turn right at the exit turnstiles. Leader: Margaret C. MargtChapm@aol.com, (301) 977-8988. Call between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. E-mail is preferred.

SAT, JAN 26 -- SNOW TUBING AT WHITETAIL
Enjoy an afternoon of snow tubing at Whitetail Ski Resort in nearby Pennsylvania. Snow tubes are provided. Ride to the top of a moving carpet lift and enjoy the ride down on 10 groomed lanes. After your runs, head inside for a hot drink. Wear warm and snow resistant clothes, hats and mittens/gloves. Snack bar on site. Lunch before tubing at Clear Springs Diner. Cost: $31 for 2 hours of tubing and $10 for the carpool (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Twinbrook Metro, Rockville Pike side. Leaders: Gail N. (301) 904-312 and John P. (301) 524-1217.

SUN, JAN 27 - POTOMAC RIVER TO COLVIN RUN MILL ON THE CCT
Hike 8 miles (4 out and 4 back) on the County Connector Trail from the Potomac River to Colvin Run Mill. Terrain is easy. Have lunch at the mill and return along the same trail. Bring lunch, no food available at mill. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro or 10:25 a.m. at Difficult Run parking lot on Georgetown Pike (4 miles west of Beltway). Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Leader: Russ S. (571) 242-9507.

SAT, FEB 2 -- BEAR CHURCH ROCK
An 8-mile moderate-to-strenuous hike to remote Bear Church Rock and to other excellent views in central SNP via Staunton River and Jones Mountain Trails. Cost: $11 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader: Stu S. (703) 517-3490.

SUN, FEB 3 -- LAKE FAIRFAX PARK
We'll hike from Colvin Mill Park along Colvin Run to Lake Fairfax Park. We'll continue past Lake Fairfax and along streams looping back to Colvin Run and the starting point for a 10-mile moderate hike. Cost: $1 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Wiehle-Reston Metro. Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.

SAT, FEB 9 - WOODLAWN CULTURAL CENTER, UNDERGROUND RAILROAD AND HISTORIC SANDY SPRING MD
Address: Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park. 16501 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring, MD 20860.
This is an out-and-back hike of approximately 6 miles. Sandy Spring MD was founded by Quakers and was a place where freed black slaves were welcomed into a community in a major slave-holding state. We will walk along a scenic trail and experience the Underground Railroad. Along the way we will see the original Sandy Spring, see a three-hundred-year-old champion white ash tree and visit the Friends Meeting House. Before heading back, we will view the historic town of Sandy Spring and stop for lunch at Urban Barbeque. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Glenmont Metro Mall entrance or 10:30 at the Woodlawn Cultural Park Visitor Center. Leader: Sandra H. (301) 301-524-9654.

SUN, FEB 10 -- PIMMIT RUN
A 13-mile one-way hike, easily done in sunlight. Wear hiking shoes and bring water and snacks. An optional dinner at a shopping center near trail's end. We'll carpool to the trailhead at Chain Bridge. Hike ends at McLean Metro, direct metro ride back to Rosslyn (start point). Open this link for a map of the trail: http://www.runwashington.com/beaten-path/pimmit-run-trail/. Cost: $2 plus metro fare (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Rosslyn Metro, street level. To meet the group near Chain Bridge, please contact the leader. Kevin C. (703) 346-2292, kevchis@aol.com.

SAT, FEB 16 - DC NATIONAL ARBORETUM
Hike 4-5 easy miles through this urban oasis. We will pay homage to the bonsai and conifer collections, venture to the Anacostia River and Japanese garden, and walk through a wooded glen. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 11:00 a.m. at Cheverly Metro. Leader: Debbie K. (301) 773-7527

SUN, FEB. 17 -- ARLINGTON MEANDER
Hike a total of 8 easy miles along the Four Mile Run trail to Shirlington and back. Highlights include tree-lined trails, streams and the ghost of old train stops. Optional lunch in Shirlington. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Ballston Metro. Leader: Debbie K.(301) 773-7527

SAT, FEB 23 -- DC UNIVERSITIES AND PARKS
Enjoy this easy-to-moderate out-and-back hike of 5 miles beginning at Tenleytown. Highlights include American University, Battery Kemble Park and Glover Archbald Park. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 11:00 a.m. at Tenleytown Metro, east side of Wisconsin Avenue. Leader: Stu S. (703) 517-3490.

SUN, FEB 24 -- MANASSAS BATTLEFIELD WEST
Hike 6-7 easy miles on the western portion of the Manassas battlefield and see the unfinished Railroad Cut and Brawner Farm. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro or 10:25 a.m. at the battlefield visitor center. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). NOTE: Park entrance fee may be required. Leader: Russ S. (571)242-9507.

 

 

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