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Club Outings Schedule

Rev (A) 01/22/2016

     

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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 2015 Schedule

Rev (A) 01/22/2016


January

SAT, JAN 16 GAMBRILL STATE PARK: A moderate, leisurely 5.5-mile hike near Frederick, Md. along the Yellow Trail. If the weather is clear, we'll get some nice views. Optional early dinner afterwards. Cost: $6 (+$2 nonmembers). Meet at 11:00 a.m. at Twinbrook Metro (Rockville Pike side). Leaders: Ron W. (703) 931-2526 and Debbie K. (301) 773-7527.

SUN, JAN 17 WHITE OAK CANYON-CEDAR RUN: The falls can be very special in the winter. If global warming doesn't interfere, maybe they will be frozen. This is a strenuous 8-mile hike that goes up White Oak Canyon and returns down Cedar Run. Cost: $9 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.

For some strange reason I've been told to cancel all the hikes for this coming weekend. What's a little snow? However, feel free to go out and cross-country ski ... or ... snowshoe ... or ... make snowmen and snowangels instead. Just make sure you get out and enjoy the beautiful snow! :-)

SAT, JAN 23 SKY MEADOWS STATE PARK: A 6.5-mile moderate hike starting in Sky Meadows State Park. The high point is a climb up to the AT for views. Cost: $8 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Vienna Mero (north side). Leader Stu S. (703) 517-3490.

SUN, JAN 24 ROCK CREEK TRAIL CORRIDOR: Carry lunch and water for an 8-mile walk through the Rock Creek trail corridor, starting on foot from Shady Grove Metro and ending at Rockville Metro. If the weather is extreme, but not so extreme that WMATA has suspended above-ground metro services, the plan changes. We'll do a 5-mile walk to Rockville via Montgomery College instead, and we'll make an optional restaurant stop for lunch before boarding metro for the return trip. Cost: return metro fare (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro. Turn right at the exit turnstiles, go out the same (lower) level and meet us by the bike lockers on the east side, or find us huddling inside the tunnel if it's really cold. If the weather causes Metro to shut down, the hike will be cancelled. Leader: Margaret C. (301) 977-8988, call between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., MargtChapm@aol.com

SAT, JAN 30 SNOW TUBING AT WHITETAIL: Enjoy an afternoon of snow tubing in the beautiful scenic hills 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: $26 for tubing and $10 for the carpool (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet 9:30 a.m. at Twinbrook Metro, Rockville Pike side. Leaders: Gail N. (301) 572-6951 and John P. (301) 524-1217.

SUN, JAN 31 SENECA CREEK STATE PARK: We'll hike about 5 miles and enjoy our bagged lunches in the park unless it's way too cold for an outdoor lunch stop. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:40 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro. Turn right at the exit turnstiles and go out the same level (lower level) to the bike lockers. If it's too cold by the bike lockers, we'll duck back into the exit tunnel and huddle just inside in a warm spot. Leader: Margaret C. margtChapm@aol.com (301)977-8988 between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

February

SAT, FEB 6 DC UNIVERSITIES AND PARKS: 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, FEB 7 LITTLE DEVIL STAIRS -- PINEY BRANCH: A strenuous 8-mile hike in SNP up Little Devil Stairs and down Piney Branch. Rocky cliffs rise up from these beautiful streams and their many small waterfalls. Cost: $8 (+$2 nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro. Leader: Buz G. (703) 765-0833, BusGroshong@Verizon.net.

SAT, FEB 13 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, distance is moderate. Return on the same trail. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). 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). Leader: Russ S. (703) 860-6735.

SUN, FEB 14 MANASSAS BATTLEFIELD: Join us for this moderate-paced 5.5-mile hike with a climb of about 500 feet. Dress for the weather. Bring snacks and cooperative spirit. Cost: $3 plus $4 park-visitor fee (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (depart at 9:10 a.m.) or at 9:30 a.m. on porch in front of visitor center (depart at 9:40 a.m.). Leader: Michael S. (703) 677-7777. Call before 9:00 p.m.

SAT, FEB 20 PATAPSCO STATE PARK (AVALON AREA): Join us for an 11-mile moderate hilly walk along the Patapsco River, two pretty streams, several view points, ruins and a suspension bridge. Cost: $5 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Forest Glen Metro. Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.

SUN, FEB 21 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 27 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.

SUN, FEB 28 MANASSAS BATTLEFIELD: Join us for this moderate-paced 5.5-mile hike with a climb of about 500 feet. Dress for the weather. Bring snacks and a cooperative spirit. Cost: $3 plus $4 park-visitor fee (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (depart at 9:10 a.m.) or at 9:30 a.m. on porch in front of visitor center (depart 9:40 a.m.). Leader: Michael S. (703) 677-7777. Call before 9:00 p.m.

 

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