Club Outings Schedule
Rev (-) 05/20/2013
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
Rev (-) 05/20/2013
THU, MAY 23 HIKE SCHEDULE MAILING: The few, the proud, the mailers: members of the Center Hiking Club pizza eating team make sure you get your schedule as they savor their slices. For meeting place and time call Duncan T. (703) 527 2349.
FRI, MAY 24 DC NEIGHBORHOODS AND PARKS, EVENING HIKE: Join
us on this easy-to-moderate 4-mile evening hike that includes the Tenleytown
and Columbia Heights neighborhoods as well as Rock Creek and Piney Branch
Parks. Optional dinner at Alero Mexican Restaurant in Columbia Heights
near the end of the hike. Cost: Return metro fare (+ $2 for nonmembers).
Meet at 6:30 p.m. at Tenleytown Metro. Leaders: Weber L. (703) 525-3357
and Marcia S. (Mkswan9013@aol.com).
SAT, MAY 25 THE TROLLEY TRAIL TRAVERSING TRAUMA: An easy 6 miles along the old abandoned trolley tract between Rockville and Bethesda converted to a hiker/biker trail. Half the hike will be through local neighborhoods. No lunch stop. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 9:15 a.m. at Grosvenor Metro. Leader: Jan Z. (301) 468-1896.
SUN, MAY 26 GATHLAND STATE PARK, WEVERTON CLIFFS OPTION:
We'll hike up to 7 miles along the Maryland Appalachian Trail. The hike
leader plans to hike out and back, returning to Gathland SP. Other hikers
will have the option to go one way to Weverton Cliffs and emerge at the
Weverton parking access point, where the hike leader will pick them up,
as space permits. She will at the very least pick up the car-pool drivers,
who will subsequently return to the Weverton lot for their passengers.
Bring water and lunch. Cost: $7 (+ $2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m.
at Shady Grove Metro, NE exit point by the bike lockers. If you arrive
by metro, as you exit the turnstile, make a right turn and remain at the
same lower level as the turnstile. Leader: Margaret C. (301) 977-8988
SAT, JUN 1 SENECA CREEK STATE PARK: An easy-to-moderate 7.5-hike in a lovely local park. We may see some wildlife and/or spring blossoms. Expect some hills and possibly some muddy trails. Cost: $1 (+ $2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro, east side. Leader: Marcia S. email@example.com, (301) 434-7266.
SUN, JUN 2 PATUXENT RIVER PARK: Hike 7-9 easy miles in what the Audubon Society describes as an important bird area. Along the way catch great views of the bay, marshes and woods. We will pass the first African American air strip and the Patuxent Rural Life Museum. Cost: $3 (+ $2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Cheverly Metro. Leader: Debbie K. (301) 773-7527
SAT, JUN 8 ARLINGTON BIKE TOUR OF HISTORIC PLACES: Unsuitable for fast cyclists. Bike about 23 miles at a leisurely pace on a county-endorsed historic circuit through streets and parks of Arlington, stopping often 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) 243-0179, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAT, JUN 8 GREAT FALLS PARK, VA: We'll hike about 5 miles, mostly in Great Falls Park, Va., with a brief foray into Riverbend Park. We should have great views of the falls and Mather Gorge. The terrain is fairly level, but there is one significant uphill and some rock scrambling. Cost: $2 plus park-entrance fee (+ $2 for nonmembers). There is no entrance fee for a car that presents a National Park Service pass at the gate. Meet at 10 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 9 DUNCAN KNOB VIA SCOTHORN GAP: A moderate 8-mile hike in GWNF starting up the Scothorn Gap Trail and scrambling up Duncan Knob for great views. Return by the Massanutten East and Middle Mountain Trails. Cost: $10 (+ $2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro. Leader: Buz G. (703) 765-0833 BuzGroshong@verizon.net.
SAT, JUN 15 DC/MD NEIGHBORHOODS AND CAPITAL CRESCENT TRAIL: An easy-to-moderate 4-miler taking in the American University Park and Westmoreland Circle neighborhoods and the Capital Crescent Trail between Tenleytown and Bethesda. Refreshment stop afterwards at La Madeleine in Bethesda. Cost: Return metro fare (+ $2 for nonmembers). Meet at 1:00 p.m. at Tenleytown Metro, east side of Wisconsin Avenue. Leaders: Weber L. 703-525-3357 and Marcia S. email@example.com.
SUN, JUN 16 LITTLE BENNETT REGIONAL PARK: We'll hike 5 miles in a somewhat hilly park with views of ant mounds, creeks and Kingsley Schoolhouse. Bring lunch and water -- and a birthday cake, if you are so inspired, to celebrate June birthdays, including the leaders "significant" birthday, just a little late. Cost: $3 (+ $2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro, NE side, at the bike lockers (turn right at the turnstile to exit the station through the lower level tunnel). Leader: Margaret C. 301-977-8988, MargtChapm@aol.com.
SUN, JUN 16 TRAIL WORK TRIP: Help maintain a trail in Shenandoah Park mostly weed cutting and a bit of pruning. Call for information. Cost $0. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro. Leader: Buz G. (703) 765-0833 BuzGroshong@verizon.net.
SAT, JUN 22 MERIDIAN HILL: An easy urban hike of about 3 miles to Meridian Hill Park, then over to Walter C. Pierce Park, down into Rock Creek Park and back to Dupont Circle. Very brief commentary along the way. Optional lunch stop. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 11:00 a.m. at the Q Street entrance to Dupont Circle Metro. Leaders: Bill D. and Ann F. (301) 656-1798.
SUN, JUN 23 BILLY GOAT TRAIL: Hike the famous Billy Goat Trail along a rocky but moderate 12-mile terrain. Visit views of Great Falls and old gold mines. Cost: $2 (+ $2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at East Falls Church Metro or 9:25 a.m. at the western-most Carderock parking area. Leader: Duncan T. (703) 527-2349.
FRI, JUN 28 DC PARKS EVENING HIKE: Join us on this easy-to-moderate 5-mile hike that includes the C&O Canal and the Glover Archbold, Whitehaven, and Dumbarton Oaks Parks, as well as Georgetown. Optional Chinese dinner in Rosslyn afterwards. 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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAT, JUN 29 GUNPOWDER FALLS STATE PARK: A 7-mile (approximately) moderate hike along the Panther Branch and Gunpowder North trails of this beautiful, if somewhat wild, park. On the leader's last hike, she spotted a pregnant beaver hanging out on a log. Optional dinner. Cost: $8 (+ $2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Cheverly Metro. Leader: Debbie K (301) 773-7527.
SUN, JUN 30 PIMMIT RUN: A circuit hike from Chain Bridge along Pimmit Run in Virginia. Plan on a total length of 16-miles with some hills but at a moderate pace. Bring water and lunch. Most of the hike is near residential areas and through Fairfax County parks. We shall see or detect some wildlife. Given the length of the hike, the leader will take a poll after 5 miles to determine whether we complete the 16 miles or do a reduced version. Optional dinner afterwards. For more information about the trail, go to http://www.fairfaxtrails.org/pimmit/110707Legal_brochures_updown.pdf. Cost: $2 (+ $2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Rosslyn Metro, street level. Leader: Kevin C. (703) 346 2292, email@example.com.
SAT, JUL 6 CLEVELAND PARK TO FOLK LIFE FESTIVAL: Hike 6-7 easy miles from Cleveland Park to the Folk Life Festival via the Naval Observatory and Georgetown. Featured this year: Hungary, African-American culture, endangered languages. Optional food stop at the festival food tents after the hike. Cost: return metro fare (+ $2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Cleveland Park Metro (east side, northbound traffic). Leader: Mike M. (202) 829-7749.
SAT, JUL 13 OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA: Daylight is for wimps. Hike 6-8 easy miles from Old Town to Dykes Marsh. Along the way we will encounter urban dwellings, the under belly of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and marsh lands. Optional dinner at the South Side Restaurant. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 3:30 p.m. at King Street Metro. Leader: Debbie K (301) 773-7527.
FRI, JUL 19 DC NEIGHBORHOODS EVENING HIKE: Enjoy this easy 5-miler through DCs National Cathedral neighborhoods, Observatory Circle and Georgetown as we go from Cleveland Park to Rosslyn. Optional dinner stop at Cosi in Rosslyn near the end of the hike. Cost: Return metro fare (+ $2 for nonmembers). Meet at 6:30 p.m. at Cleveland Park Metro, east side of Connecticut Avenue. Leaders: Weber L. (703) 525-3357 and Marcia S. firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAT, JUL 20 LAKE FRANK AND LAKE NEEDWOOD: An easy-to-moderate 9-mile, figure 8 hike around these two lakes in upper Rock Creek Park. Cost: $2 (+ $2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:15 a.m. at Twinbrook Metro (Rockville Pike side). Leader: Jan Z. (301) 468 1896.
SUN, JUL 21 KNOB MOUNTAIN JEREMY'S RUN: A moderate 12-mile hike in SNP heading out to a remote mountain top, then down to a cool stream and back along the stream to Skyline Drive. 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.
SAT, JUL 27 NW BRANCH & RACHEL CARSON GREENWAY: An easy-to-moderate urban hike -- a loop of about 8 miles that begins at Wheaton Regional Park/Brookside Gardens, continues down the Rachel Carson Greenway to the Burnt Mills Dam at Rt. 29 (Colesville Rd) and returns via the NW Branch Trail. We'll have a very short shuttle from the Glenmont Metro to Brookside Gardens. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Glenmont Metro or 9:30 a.m. at the visitors center. Leader: Marcia S. email@example.com, (301) 434-7266.
SUN, JUL 28 CALVERT CLIFFS: Two separate hikes along the Chesapeake Bay totaling 10 easy-to-moderate miles. Visit the famous fossil-filled Calvert Cliffs and several ponds, including Duncan Pond. Optional early dinner stop in Solomons. Cost: $12 (+ $2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Van Dorn Metro. Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.
SUN, AUG 4 HOT-SHORT MT. -- CATLETT MT. -- HANNAH RUN: A moderate-to-strenuous 10-mile hike in SNP passing old stone walls and beautiful streams, with a possible dip in Nicholson Hollow. Cost: $9 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).
SAT, AUG 10 GREAT FALLS, MARYLAND GOLD MINE HIKE: Hike an easy-to-moderate 8 miles through an historic area of Montgomery County and to the Great Falls of the Potomac, Maryland side. Cost: $2 (+ $2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:15 a.m. at Twinbrook Metro (Rockville Pike side). Leader: Jan Z. (301) 468 1896.
SUN, AUG 11 GREENBRIER STATE PARK MD: New hike! We'll hike 4 or 5 miles along moderate trails in a mountain park. Ambitious hikers may add distance by climbing up a ridge to access the AT, while others may swim in the lake, rent a boat, lounge around, or else return promptly to Shady Grove Metro. Bring lunch and water, and consider bringing your swim suit, towel and sunblock. Cost: $7 plus park-entry fee (+ $2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro, NE side, at the bike lockers (turn right at the turnstile to exit the station through the lower level tunnel). Leader: Margaret C. (301) 977-8988, MargtChapm@aol.com.
FRI, AUG 16 DC UNIVERSITIES EVENING HIKE: Enjoy this easy 5-miler through Georgetown University and the Mount Vernon campus of George Washington University. Optional 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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAT, AUG 17 MASON NECK STATE PARK: An easy 5-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.
THU, AUG 22 HIKE SCHEDULE MAILING: The few, the proud, the mailers: the Center Hiking Club pizza eating team makes sure you get your schedule while savoring the slices. For meeting time and place, call Duncan T. (703) 527-2349.
SAT, AUG 24 CENTRAL ARLINGTON HISTORY TOUR: An easy all-day walk of 10-12 miles visiting 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, email@example.com.
SAT, AUG 24 POLE STEEPLE SUNSET ROCKS: A moderate 10-mile hike, except for a steep 300-foot climb up Pole Steeple for a great view. Sunset Rocks is an exciting rock scramble. After the hike, there will be an optional swim at Fuller Lake 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. Alternate date, August 17.
SUN, AUG 25 DOWNTOWN HERITAGE TRAIL: Hike 3-5 easy miles
in Downtown DC, with stops to take in and absorb the historical markers
along the way. Optional food stop at Cosi (or some place similar) at the
end of the hike. The tour itself can be downloaded from Culturetourism.dc.org.
Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 1:00 p.m. at McPherson Square Metro (14th
Street entrance). Leader: Mike M. (202) 829-7749.
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