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Club Membership Secretary needed !
Due to the impending retirement of our current secty, the club
needs a new volunteer to serve as our membership secretary.
Interested parties should contact the President;
Debbie Kramer at dekramer@concentric.net
(training and pizza provided !)

Rev (-) 05/14/2015

     

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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


Summer 2015 Schedule

Rev (-) 05/14/2015


May 2015

Sat, May 16, 10:30 a.m. -- COLLEGE PARK
Description: An easy 8-mile semi-urban walk in College Park. We'll tour the campus of the University of Maryland, hike on parts of the Paint Branch Trail and College Park Trolley Trail, and then walk around Lake Artemesia, one of the prettiest spots in the Washington area. Optional lunch (delicious fish sandwiches and tacos) near the end of the hike at the Fishnet in Berwyn. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at and hike from College Park Metro at 10:30 a.m. Gather by the top of the stairs/escalator, near the bike racks on the west side of the station (through the pedestrian tunnel under the tracks). Leader: George S. (703) 243-8284.

Sun, May 17, 9:00 a.m. -- C&O CANAL TOWPATH
Description: Monocacy River Aqueduct to Calico Rocks in Maryland. This is an easy-to-moderate out-and- back hike of 10.8 miles on the flat C&O Canal towpath and its outer reaches. Zero elevation change. On one side, you will see the Potomac River and the other, the C&O Canal. At the trail head, there is a huge stone aqueduct that was completed in 1833. The trail itself is hard-packed dirt except for 560 feet of stone over the aqueduct. Great spring hike. Cost: $5 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at East Falls Church Metro, north side. Go left after coming down the escalator; meet at the bus stop on the left for the carpool. Leader: Ed C. 703-400-8023 (cell).

Tue, May 19, 6:00 p.m. -- TUESDAY NIGHT EXPLORATION
Description: Join us for this chance to stretch your legs after work on a 3-4 mile neighborhood circuit walk in 1.5 to 2 hours. Dress for the weather. Bring water and cooperative spirit. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at Braddock Road Metro (by newspaper racks) at 6:00 p.m. We leave promptly at 6:10 p.m. Check CHC website for weather or other cancellations. Leader: Michael S. 703-677-7777. Call before 9 p.m.

Sat, May 23, 9:00 a.m. -- CENTRAL ARLINGTON HISTORY TOUR
Description: An easy all-day walk of 10-12 miles touring various historic points in central Arlington, including colonial, Civil War, trolley and W&OD Railroad sites. We will stop at cemeteries, log cabins, historic springs, old mill sites, a George Washington survey site, a D.C. boundary stone, and a library. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Clarendon Metro. Leader: Bernie B. 703-243-0179, bhberne@yahoo.com.

Sat, May 23, 9:30 a.m. -- CATOCTIN MOUNTAIN PARK, MD
Description: Enjoy an 8-mile moderate-to-strenuous hike (there are some impressive-uphill slogs) in a beautiful national park. We will pass waterfalls and walk through tree-lined trails en route to Wolf and Chimney Rocks. Costs: $7 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro, east side parking lot (by bicycle lockers). Leader: Debbie K. 301-773-7527.

Sun May 24, 11:00 a.m. -- EAST FALLS CHURCH TO BALLSTON
Description: An easy 4-mile hike on the W&OD trails with stops at Bonair Rose Garden (acres of roses in bloom) and an historic railroad car. Cost: Return metro fare (+2 for nonmembers). Meet at 11:00 a.m. at East Falls Church Metro. Leader: Stu S. 703-517-3490.

Mon, May 25, 9:30 a.m. -- FOUNTAINHEAD REGIONAL PARK to BULL RUN MARINA
Description: Memorial Day hike. A 13-mile out-and-back hike at a moderate-to-fast pace (2.5 to 3.0 miles per hour) along the Bull Run Trail starting at Fountainhead Regional Park. Gentle rolling hills with lots of ups and downs. Total elevation gain is about 1200 feet. Bring lunch and water. Cost: $3 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Vienna Metro, north side, or at 10:15 a.m. at Fountainhead Park. The entrance to Fountainhead Park is located at 10875 Hampton Road, Fairfax Station, VA 22039. From the entrance of the park continue straight for 0.6 mile, then turn right into the parking lot. Leaders: Lori and Eric lorihiker@hotmail.com.

Thu, May 28, 6:30 p.m. -- HIKE SCHEDULE MAILING
Description: The Center Hiking Club pizza eating team will make sure you get your schedule as they savor their slices. For meeting place call Duncan T. 703-527-2349.

Fri, May 29, 6:30 p.m. -- DC UNIVERSITIES EVENING HIKE
Description: Stretch your legs on this easy-to-moderate 5-miler, taking in Georgetown, Georgetown University, and the Mount Vernon Campus of George Washington University. Chinese dinner in Rosslyn after the hike. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 6:30 p.m. at Rosslyn Metro (bus stop side). Leaders: Weber L. 703-525-3357 and Marty B. hikermb@earthlink.net

Sat, May 30, 10:00 a.m. -- SOUTH RUN, LAKE MERCER
Description: An easy 5-mile hike in Fairfax County, including a circumnavigation of Lake Mercer. This may be the first time the CHC has done this hike. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Franconia-Springfield Metro, at the bottom of the escalator from the street into the station. Leader: Ron W. (703) 931-2526.

Sun, May 31, 9:30 a.m. -- MEADOWSIDE NATURE CENTER AND LAKE FRANK, ROCKVILLE, MD
Description: We'll do a modified version of a classic CHC hike. We'll cover about 6 miles. Bring lunch and water. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro by the bike lockers outside the NE exit. Metro riders, turn right at the exit turnstile and stay on the lower level as you leave the station. All, be sure you find the right set of bike lockers, the ones outside the lower-level station exit. You may meet us at 9:45 a.m. at the Meadowside Nature Center, at the end of Meadowside Lane off Muncaster Mill Road. Leader: Margaret C. 301-977-8988, MargtChapm@aol.com. Call between 7 a.m. and 8p.m.

June 2015

SAT, JUN 6 CATOCTIN NATIONAL PARK, MD
Description: A 5-mile moderate hike to Blue Ridge Summit, Hog Rock and Cunningham Falls. Bring lunch and water. Cost: $7 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro by the bike lockers outside the NE exit. Metro riders, turn right at the exit turnstile and stay on the lower level as you leave the station. All, be sure you find the right set of bike lockers, the ones outside the lower-level station exit. Leader: Margaret C. (301) 977-8988, MargtChapm@aol.com. Call between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.

SAT, JUN 6 ARLINGTON BIKE TOUR
Description: Unsuitable for fast cyclists. Bike about 23 miles at a leisurely pace on an all-day circuit tour of historic places through streets and parks of Arlington. We'll have stops at notable points. Bring lunch and water. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Ballston Metro at top of escalators. Leader: Bernie B. (703) 243-017,

SUN, JUN 7 FRASER PRESERVE, VA:
Description: A 5.6+ mile loop with an 800-foot elevation change (up and down hills) in a private nature sanctuary (Nature Conservancy) in the northwestern corner of Fairfax County, adjacent to the Potomac River. The hike features woodlands with riverbank views. Hiking poles and long pants are recommended (grass and reeds by the river). Cost: $3 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Silver Line - Reston Wiehle East Metro, north side. After exiting the train, go up the escalator, make a left turn, cross two glass causeways over the Dulles Access and Toll Roads, and meet at the end of the second causeway. NOTE for drivers: Please park on the G3 or G4 levels of the underground parking lot. Free parking on the weekends. Leader: Ed C. (703) 400-8023 (cell). Cell phone texting is OK.

SUN, JUN 7 MARYLAND AT - RAVEN ROCKS:
Description: A moderate 10-mile out-and-back hike on the AT in Maryland from Wolfsville Road to Raven Rocks for views and then on to the Devils Racecourse. Cost: $8 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m.at Twinbrook Metro. Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.

SAT, JUN 13 GREAT FALLS PARK, VA:
Description: A 4.8-mile hike on rolling terrain. The trail along the Potomac is rocky in places. We should have great views of the falls and Mather Gorge. Cost: $2 plus park entrance fee (+$2 for nonmembers). There is no entrance fee for a car that can present a National Park Service pass at the gate. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at East Falls Church Metro or 10:45 a.m. at the park Visitor Center (in the courtyard outside the restrooms). Leader: Ron W. (703) 931-2526.

SUN, JUN 14 PATUXENT RIVER STATE PARK:
Description: Hike 8-10 easy miles along Jug Bay. Highlights include vistas of the bay, an old airfield and a side trip to Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary. Optional pontoon trip on Patuxent estuary. Cost: $3 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Cheverly Metro. Leader: Debbie K. (301) 773-7527.

FRI, JUN 19 C & O CANAL EVENING HIKE:
Description: Enjoy an easy 5 miler from Rosslyn to Fletcher's Boathouse and back on the C&O Canal towpath. Chinese dinner in Rosslyn after the hike. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 6:30 p.m. at Rosslyn Metro, bus stop side. Leaders: Weber L. (703) 525-3357 and Marcia S. mkswan9013@aol.com.

SAT, JUN 20 LAKE ACCOTINK:
Description: Walk 6 easy miles through nature trails from 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.

SUN, JUN 21 CALVERT CLIFFS:
Description: Two separate hikes along the Chesapeake Bay totaling 10 easy-to-moderate miles. Visit the famous fossil-filled cliffs and several ponds, including Duncan Pond. Optional early dinner stop in Solomans. Cost: $12 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Van Dorn Metro. Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.

SUN, JUN 21 HUNTLEY MEADOWS "BACK AND FORTH"
Description: Join us for this slow-to-moderate paced hike of about 4 miles through a beautiful nature preserve. We will walk along a loop in one direction, turn around and walk along the loop in the other direction. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Bring water, lunch and cooperative spirit. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Huntington Metro (lower entrance at Huntington Avenue by newspaper racks), leave at 9:10 a.m. -- or meet at Huntley Meadows parking lot at 9:30 a.m., leave at 9:40 a.m. Leader: Michael S. (703) 677-7777. Call before 9 p.m.

SAT, JUN 27 SKYLAND TO CRESCENT ROCK:
Description: A moderate 7-mile hike on trails near Skyland Lodge, SNP, with views from Crescent Rock. Optional dinner afterwards. Cost: $12 plus park-entrance fee (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader: Stu S. (703) 517-3490.

SUN, JUN 28 MANASSAS BATTLEFIELD:
Description: Join us for this slow-to-moderate paced hike of about 5 miles. Bring water, lunch and a cooperative spirit. Cost: $3 plus $5 park-visitor fee (except for those with a National Park pass) (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north parking lot by newspaper racks), leave at 9:10 a.m. -- or meet on the front porch of the Visitors Center at 9:45 a.m., depart at 9:55 a.m. Leader: Michael S. (703) 677-7777. Call before 9 p.m.

SUN, JUN 28 ROCKYMOUNT:
Description: A moderate-to-strenuous 10-mile hike in a wild and rugged section of SNP. Great views from a rocky perch and a walk along a shady stream. Cost: $14 plus park-entrance fee (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro. Leader: Buz G. (703) 765-0833, BuzGroshong@verizon.net.

SUN, JUN 28 ECCENTRIC HIKE:
Description: An easy 5-6 mile hike to six oddball or ridiculous sites of local history, from Foggy Bottom to Meridian Hill. Optional lunch stop. Bring water. Recommend lace-up shoes. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 11:00 a.m. at Foggy Bottom Metro. Leaders: Bill D. and Ann F. (301) 565-1798.

July 2015

FRI, JUL 3 CLEVELAND PARK TO FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL ON THE MALL, DC:
Description: Hike 6-7 easy miles from Cleveland Park to the Folklife Festival via the Naval Observatory and Georgetown. Featured this year: Peru. Optional snack stop at the festival food tents after the hike. Cost: return metro fare (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:30 a.m.at Cleveland Park Metro (east side of Connecticut Avenue). Leader: Mike M. (202) 829-7749.

SAT, JUL 4 SKY MEADOWS - AT:
Description: A moderate 6.5-mile hike in Sky Meadows State Park that includes a climb up to the AT. Cost: $8 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader: Stu S. (703) 517-3490.

SUN, JUL 5 MANASSAS BATTLEFIELD
Description: Join us for this slow-to-moderate paced hike of about 5 miles. Bring water, lunch and a cooperative spirit. Cost: $3 plus $5 park-visitor fee (except for those with a National Park pass) (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north parking lot by newspaper racks), leave at 9:10 a.m. -- or meet on the front porch of the Visitors Center at 9:45 a.m., depart at 9:55 a.m. Leader: Michael S. (703) 677-7777. Call before 9 p.m.

SUN, JUL 5 HIKE LEADERS (AND WOULD-BE HIKE LEADERS) SOCIAL:
Description: All hike leaders, sweeps and would-be hike leaders are cordially invited to the Center Hiking Club roof-top summer celebration at Beryl G's, Foggy Bottom Metro area. Bring your drinks and dishes to share. For time and directions, call Beryl G. (202) 333-1807.

SAT, JUL 11 WHITE OAK CANYON/CEDAR RUN HIKE AND SWIM:
Description: A moderate 8 miler with steep uphill sections, this circuit hike has some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Shenandoah National Park. The hike starts at the bottom of the valley and about halfway up we will switch to a fire road that takes us to the top of the ridge. On the descent we will pass a spectacular swimming hole, but getting wet is optional. With five major falls, numerous smaller cascades and pools, this circuit hike is one of the best. Cost: $9 plus park-entry fee (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro, north side. Leader: Russ S. (703) 860-6735.

SUN, JUL 12 BLUFF TRAIL CIRCUIT:
Description: A moderate 13-mile hike along the AT and the Bluff Trail in SNP. Great views from North Marshall Mountain. Cost: $10 plus park-entry fee (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro. Leader: Buz G. (703) 765-0833, BuzGroshong@verizon.net.

SUN, JUL 19 HUNTLEY MEADOWS "BACK AND FORTH":
Description: Join us for this slow-to-moderate paced hike of about 4 miles through a beautiful nature preserve. We will walk along a loop in one direction, turn around and walk along the loop in the other direction. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Bring water, lunch and cooperative spirit. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Huntington Metro (lower entrance at Huntington Avenue by newspaper racks), leave at 9:10 a.m. -- or meet at Huntley Meadows parking lot at 9:30 a.m., leave at 9:40 a.m. Leader: Michael S. (703) 677-7777. Call before 9 p.m.

SUN, JUL 19 TROUT POND:
Description: A moderate-to-strenuous 10-mile hike in GWNF that includes a visit to West Virginia's largest natural pond. Hike offers the option of a swim -- huge swimming area with large sand beach. Changing rooms are available. Swimming gear may be left in car during thike. Optional dinner afterwards. Cost: $12 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leaders: Ann C. Anncanavan2003@yahoo.co.uk and Stu S. (703) 517-3490.

FRI, JUL 24 BETHESDA EVENING HIKE:
Description: Enjoy a relaxing 5-mile hike in Bethesda on parts of the Bethesda Trolley Trail and through Bethesda neighborhoods, with views of the National Institutes of Health and Bethesda Naval Medical Center. Dinner at La Madeleine in Bethesda at the end of the hike. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 6:30 p.m. at Bethesda Metro (west side of Wisconsin Avenue). Leaders: Weber L. (703) 525-3357 and Marcia S. mkswan9013@aol.com.

SAT, JUL 25 OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA:
Description: Hike 6-8 easy miles from Old Town Alexandria to Dykes Marsh and back. Along the way we will encounter urban dwellings, the under belly of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and marshlands. Optional dinner at the South Side Restaurant. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 4:00 p.m. at King Street Metro. Leader: Debbie K. (301) 773-7527.

SUN, JUL 26 McKEE-BESHERS WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA, MD:
Description: A 6-mile circuit hike in Poolesville. The hike features crop fields, woods and a large freshwater swamp that attracts waterfowl, herons and egrets. Trail covers approximately 2 miles alongside the C&O Canal by the Potomac River and then returns to the woodlands. Cost: $5 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the East Falls Church Metro. After exiting the train, go down the escalator, make a left turn, meet at the covered bus stop area. Leader: Ed C. (703) 400-8023 (cell). Cell phone texting is OK.

August 2015

SUN, AUG 2 SENECA CREEK STATE PARK, MD:
Description: A well shaded 4-to-5 mile hike from the Visitor Center that includes a walk around Clopper Lake. Bring lunch and water. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro by the bike lockers outside the NE exit. Metro riders, turn right at the exit turnstile and stay on the lower level as you leave the station. All, be sure you find the right set of bike lockers, the ones outside the lower level station exit. You may meet us at the park Visitor Center at 9:50 a.m. instead. Leader: Margaret C. (301) 977-8988, MargtChapm@aol.com. Call between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m.

SAT, AUG 8 DC UNIVERSITIES AND PARKS:
Description: Enjoy this easy-to-moderate 5-mile circuit hike beginning at Tenleytown and taking in American University, Battery Kemble Park and Glover Archibald 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, AUG 9 LOGAN CIRCLE HERITAGE TRAIL:
Description: Hike 3-5 easy miles in the DuPont Circle and Logan Circle areas. There will be stops to review the historical markers along the way. Optional meal stop (Cosi's) in DuPont Circle afterwards. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 1:00 p.m. at DuPont Circle Metro (Q street exit - the really, really long exit). Leader: Mike M. (202) 829-7749.

SAT, AUG 15 POLE STEEPLE - SUNSET ROCKS:
Description: A 10-mile hike, moderate except for a steep 300-foot climb up Pole Steeple for a great view. Sunset Rocks is an exciting rock scramble. Optional swim at Fuller Lake after the hike and an optional dinner in Gettysburg. Cost: $12 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Twinbrook Metro. Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.

SUN, AUG 16 HUNTLEY MEADOWS "BACK AND FORTH":
Description: Join us for this slow-to-moderate paced hike of about 4 miles through a beautiful nature preserve. We will walk along a loop in one direction, turn around and walk along the loop in the other direction. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Bring water, lunch and cooperative spirit. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Huntington Metro (lower entrance at Huntington Avenue by newspaper racks), leave at 9:10 a.m. -- or meet at Huntley Meadows parking lot at 9:30 a.m., leave at 9:40 a.m. Leader: Michael S. (703) 677-7777. Call before 9 p.m.

SUN, AUG 16 BALTIMORE INNER HARBOR AND BEYOND:
Description: Hike 6-8 easy miles along Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Highlights include a side visit to Fort McHenry and Federal Hill and a walk through Fells Point and Little Italy. We'll have a one-hour lunch stop at Fells Point. Cost: $4 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Cheverly Metro. Leader: Debbie K. (301) 773-7527.

THU, AUG 20 HIKE SCHEDULE MAILING:
Description: The few, the proud, the mailers: members of the Center Club pizza eating team will make sure you get your schedule as they savor their slices. For meeting time and place call Duncan T. (703) 527-2349.

FRI, AUG 21 DC NEIGHBORHOODS AND PARKS-- EVENING HIKE:
Description: Enjoy an easy-to- moderate 5-miler through DC neighborhoods and parts of Rock Creek and Piney Branch Parks as we go from Tenleytown to Columbia Heights. Mexican dinner in Columbia Heights near the end of the hike. Cost: Return metro/bus fare (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 6:30 p.m. at Tenleytown Metro (east side of Wisconsin Avenue). Leader: Weber L. (703) 525-3357.

SAT, AUG 22 POND RUN - HALF-MOON LOOKOUT:
Description: A great moderate-to-strenuous 9-mile hike up a rock-strewn stream to a West Virginia mountaintop view and a fern glade. The return is a loop through beautiful woods. Cost: $11 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro. Leader: Buz G. (703) 765-0833, BuzGroshong@verizon.net.

SUN, AUG 23 SENECA CREEK GREENWAY TRAIL NO. 1:
Description: A 10-mile out-and-back hike that meanders along the great Seneca Creek. Hike starts off in a stream-bottom forest, goes up some short steep hills, with lots of dirt foot paths, and continues upon a rock-hopping stream. Then the hike comes to a small stream crossing with a footbridge and lots of meadows, forests and wildlife. Hiking poles are recommended. Cost: $5 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at East Falls Church Metro. After exiting the metro train, go down the escalator, make a left turn and meet at the covered bus stop area. Leader: Ed C. (703) 400-8023 (cell). Cell phone texting OK.

SAT, AUG 29 CENTRAL ARLINGTON HISTORY TOUR:
Description: An easy all-day 10-12 mile tour of various historic points in central Arlington, including colonial, Civil War, trolley and W&OD Railroad sites. We will stop at cemeteries, log cabins, historic springs, old mill sites, a George Washington survey site, a D.C. boundary stone, and a library. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Clarendon Metro. Leader: Bernie B. (703) 243-0179, bhberne@yarhoo.com.

SAT, AUG 29 MASON NECK STATE PARK:
Description: An easy-to-moderate 6-mile hike along and near the Potomac River in southern Fairfax County. Cost: $2 plus park-entrance fee (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Van Dorn Metro. Leader: Ron W. 703) 931-2526. NOTE: Drivers, if possible, please come to the metro station first to pick up hikers. The last time we did this hike there weren't enough cars.

SUN, AUG 30 MANASSAS BATTLEFIELD
Description: : Join us for this slow-to-moderate paced hike of about 5 miles. Bring water, lunch and a cooperative spirit. Cost: $3 plus $5 park-visitor fee (except for those with a National Park pass) (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north parking lot by newspaper racks), leave at 9:10 a.m. -- or meet on the front porch of the Visitors Center at 9:45 a.m., depart at 9:55 a.m. Leader: Michael S. (703) 677-7777. Call before 9 p.m.

SUN, AUG 30 ART LOVERS' WALK, DC:
Description: An easy walk of approximately 3 miles (double if you return to same metro) that passes Lincoln Memorial, Reflecting Pool, World War II memorial and, on the Mall, the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. We end at the NGA with the leader's favorite Sunday afternoon activities: coffee at the Cascade Café (with view of the cascade waterfall), followed by a free art lecture at 2:00 p.m. Subject is unknown at press time, but lectures are usually very interesting and topical. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 11:30 a.m. at Foggy Bottom Metro (turn right at top of escalators, then take an immediate right into walking pathway, assemble at benches near the metro elevator). Leader: Beryl G. (202) 333-1807.

September 2015

TBD

 

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