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Rev (C) 3/19//2017

     

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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


Spring 2017 Schedule

Rev (C) 3/19//2017


SAT, FEB 25 SKYLAND TO CRESCENT ROCK. A moderate 8-mile hike on trails near Skyland with views from Millers Head and Crescent Rock. Optional dinner afterwards. Cost: $10 plus park-entry fee (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader: Stu S. (703) 517-3490.

SUN, FEB 26 OLD TOWN - SHIRLINGTON - DELRAY. A brisk 6-mile hike through the lovely neighborhoods of Old Town Alexandria, Fairlington and Shirlington. There will be a stop for drinks and snacks in Shirlington. The return is through the Delray section of Alexandria, an equally interesting route. Nice neighborhoods and moderate hills are features of this trans-Alexandria-Arlington walk. We may consider lunch in Old Town after the hike. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at King Street Metro. Leader: Kevin C. (703) 346 2292, kevchis@aol.com.

SAT, MAR 4: MANASSAS BATTLEFIELD
Join us for an easy-to-moderate 5-6 mile loop over gently rolling hills. Bring water, snacks and a cooperative spirit. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. (depart at 10:10 a.m.) at Vienna Metro (north parking lot) or meet outside the visitor center at 10:45 a.m. (depart at 10:55 a.m.). Leader: Michael S. (703) 677-7777 (call before 9 p.m.).

SUN, MAR 5: LEESYLVANIA STATE PARK
A moderate 10-11 mile hike in and around Leesylvania SP that includes wetlands, the Potomac Heritage Trail, civil war battery, old house sites, the Potomac River and boardwalks through marshy areas. Cost: $3 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Van Dorn Metro. Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.

SAT, MAR 11: FAIRFAX COUNTY CONNECTOR TRAIL
Hike 8 miles (4 out and 4 back) on the County Connector Trail. We will start at Camp Crowell on Vale Road and walk as far as Oak Marr Recreation Center. Terrain is easy, distance is moderate. Lunch at halfway point; the return is on same trail. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro or 9:20 a.m.at intersection of Vale Rd and Valestra Cir. Leader: Russ S. (571) 242-9507.

SAT, MAR 18: GREAT FALLS PARK, VA
Join us for an easy-to-moderate 5-6 mile loop with views of the falls. Bring water, snacks and a cooperative spirit. Cost: $3 plus share of $10 entrance fee (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at Rosslyn Metro at 9:00 a.m. (depart at 9:10 a.m.) or outside the visitor center (downstairs by restrooms) at 10:00 a.m. (depart at 10:10 a.m.). Leader: Michael S. (703) 677-7777 (call before 9 p.m.).

SUN, MAR 19: POHICK BAY
A moderate hike totaling 10-11 miles. Views of Pohick Bay. Cost: $3 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Van Dorn Metro. Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.

SAT, MAR 25: MASON NECK STATE PARK
A 6-mile hike over level or gently rolling terrain along and near the Potomac River in southern Fairfax County. Cost: $2 plus park entrance fee (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10 a.m. at Van Dorn Metro. Drivers: If possible, please meet the group at the metro station rather than at the park so we will have enough cars. Leader: Ron W. (703) 931-2526.

SUN, MAR 26: THORNTON RIVER AND HULL SCHOOL TRAILS
A moderate-to-strenuous 11-mile hike in Shenandoah National Park that includes a rock-strewn stream, the rusted remains of an ancient automobile, old stone walls and, possibly, early spring wildflowers. Cost: $8 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro. Leader: Buz G. (703) 765-0833, BuzGroshong@verizon.net .

SUN, MAR 26: ANNUAL CHERRY BLOSSOM HIKE (DC)
An easy 6-mile hike around Haines Point and the Tidal Basin. Optional food stop near Metro Center (possibly Cosi's). Cost: return metro fare from Metro Center (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 11:00 a.m. at Rosslyn Metro. Leader: Mike M. (202) 243-9890.

SAT, APR 1: FOUR MILE RUN OUT AND BACK
Join us on a roughly 6-mile walk, out and back, on the Four Mile Run Trail in Arlington at an easy-to-moderate pace on paved path. Bring water, snacks and a cooperative spirit. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at East Falls Church Metro at 9:00 a.m. (depart at 9:10 a.m.). Leader: Michael S. (703) 677-7777 (call before 9 p.m.).

SAT, APR 1: MT. MARSHALL/GRAVEL SPRINGS IN SNP (this hike used to be on April 8)
Enjoy an 8-mile moderate hike along the AT (slight elevation gain) from Hogwallow Flats to the Gravel Springs shelter. Take in some great vistas from Mt. Marshall and return via the same route. Cost: $10 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader: Russ S. (571) 242-9507.

SUN, APR 2: ANNUAL CHERRY BLOSSOM HIKE (BETHESDA)
An easy 6-mile hike in the Bethesda-Chevy Chase area. We'll see the cherry blossoms of the Kenwood neighborhood. Optional food stop at La Madeleine in Bethesda. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 1:00 p.m. at Bethesda Metro. Leader: Mike M. (202) 243-9890.

SUN, APR 9: LITTLE GUNPOWDER, MD
A moderate 11-mile hike north of Baltimore in Gunpowder Falls State Park. Highlights: a holly grove, an old mill, a covered bridge and the Little Gunpowder River. Cost: $10 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Forest Glen Metro. Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.

SUN, APR 9: WASHINGTON DC EASTER HIKE
Don your Easter bonnets or hiking caps for a 4-5 mile stroll through Washington DC. Along the way we will visit Dupont Circle, Embassy Row, Adams Morgan and Mount Pleasant. Optional late lunch at a churreria. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 11:00 a.m. at Dupont Circle Metro, Q Street entrance. Leader: Debbie K (301) 773-7527.

SAT, APR 15: BLUEBELL HIKE, SHENANDOAH RIVER STATE PARK
A moderate 7-to-9 mile hike. If the timing is right, our senses will be filled to capacity at the sight of hundreds and hundreds of bluebells carpeting the banks of the Shenandoah River. The river is never far away on this hike up and down the small hills nearby. There are two or three very steep but very short climbs and lots of long flat stretches along the river. Cost: $10 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro. Leader: Beryl G. (202) 333-1807 or, on day of hike only, (703) 606-8382.

SAT, APR 15: HIKE WITH A COFFEE BREAK
What's the rush? Enjoy a relaxed, slow-paced, moderate 4-mile hike up the AT to Stoney Man Mt. for fabulous views, down to Skyland Lodge for coffee, and then along the Passamaquody Trail for more views. Not suitable for fast hikers. Optional dinner afterward. Cost: $10 plus park entrance fee (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro, north side. Leaders: Gail N. (301) 904-1312 and Ron W. (703) 931-2526.

SUN, APR 16: C&O CANAL
Join us for an easy-to-moderate 5-6 mile walk along the historic C&O Canal Towpath to Fletcher's Boathouse and back. Bring water, snacks and a cooperative spirit. Cost: (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at Rosslyn Metro at 9:00 a.m. (depart at 9:10 a.m.). Leader: Michael S. (703) 677-7777 (call before 9 p.m.),

SAT, APR 22: CALEDONIA STATE PARK
Enjoy an 8-mile moderate hike along streams lined with hemlocks and rhododendrons and on parts of the AT. Optional dinner afterwards. Cost: $10 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:15 a.m. at Twinbrook Metro (Rockville Pike side). Leader: Stu S (703) 517-3490.

SUN, APR 23: GATHLAND STATE PARK TO WEVERTON CLIFFS
A 12-mile out-and-back hike on the Appalachian Trail from Gathland State Park to Weverton Cliffs. We will hike at a moderate-to-fast pace, between 2.5 and 3.3 miles per hour. Elevation gain on this hike is about 1900 feet. We will have lunch at Weverton Cliffs. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Cost: $5 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro (parking lot). (Note: the entrance to the metro station is on Tuckerman Lane.) Leaders: Lori and Eric, lorihiker@hotmail.com.

SAT, APR 29: ROOSEVELT ISLAND/MOUNT VERNON TRAIL
Join us for an easy-to-moderate 5-6 mile walk along the Mount Vernon Trail that includes an exploration of Roosevelt Island. We will walk to the Mount Vernon Trail and out a few miles and on the return trip cross over to Roosevelt Island. Bring water, snacks and a cooperative spirit. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Rosslyn Metro (depart at 9:10 a.m.). Note: the Roosevelt Island parking lot is often filled; do not depend on it for parking. Leader: Michael S. (703) 677-7777 (call before 9 p.m.).

SAT, APR 29: BIKE TOUR OF HISTORIC PLACES - PARKS AND BOUNDARY STONES
Unsuitable for fast cyclists. Bike about 35 miles at a leisurely pace on an all-day tour. We will travel along the Arlington boundary to Jones Point in Alexandria, stopping often and visiting eleven DC boundary stones and other historic sites. The return is along the MountVernon, W&OD and Four Mile Run Trails. Trip will be cancelled if chance of rain is greater than 50%. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 9:15 a.m. at East Falls Church Metro. Leader: Bernie B. (703) 243-0179, bhberne@yahoo.com.

SAT APRIL 29, BEAR CHURCH ROCK. A moderate to strenuous 8-mile hike to remote Bear Church Rock and excellent views in central SNP via Staunton River and Jones Mountain Trails.Cost $11 car pool fee. + ($2 non member fee) Meet 9:00 a.m Vienna Metro, north parking lot, by bicycle lockers.. Leader Stu S (703) 517-3490 (Hike added to schedule 3/19/17)

SUN, APR 30: GREAT FALLS, MD
A moderate 11-mile hike in the Great Falls area that includes easier parts of the Billy Goat Trail, views of the Potomac and visits to a number of old gold mines. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at East Falls Church Metro or 9:30 a.m. at the westernmost parking area at Carderock. Leaders Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.

SAT, MAY 6: TRILLIUM HIKE
A moderate-to-strenuous 10-mile out-and-back hike along the Appalachian Trail through wildflower-filled woods near Linden, VA. If we timed it right, we will see thousands of trilliums, perhaps a few yellow lady slippers, and maybe a showy orchid or two. Cost: $6 (+$2 for nonmembers. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro. Leader: Buz G. (703) 765-0833, BuzGroshong@verizon.net.

SAT, MAY 6: ARLINGTON BIKE TOUR OF HISTORIC PLACES
Unsuitable for fast cyclists. Bike about 23 miles at a leisurely pace on an all-day circuit tour through streets and parks of Arlington. We will stop 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, bhberne@yahoo.com.

SAT, MAY 6: C&O CANAL HIKE
Join us on an easy 6-mile hike along the C&O Canal from Rosslyn to Fletcher's Boathouse. The return is on the Capital Crescent Trail. Refreshment stop at Cosi in Rosslyn at the end of the hike. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 1:00 p.m. at Rosslyn Metro, bus stop side. Leaders: Weber L. (703-525-3357) and Marcia S. mkswan9013@aol.com.

SUN, MAY 7: BULL RUN TRAIL
A 13 mile out-and-back hike along the Bull Run Trail from Fountainhead Regional Park to Bull Run Marina. The terrain has gentle rolling hills with lots of ups and downs. We will hike at a moderate-to-fast pace, between 2.5 and 3.3 miles per hour. Elevation gain is about 1200 feet. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Cost: $3 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Franconia-Springfield Metro, at the bottom of the escalator from the street into the station. Leaders: Lori and Eric lorihiker@hotmail.com.

SAT, MAY 13: SKYLAND TO CRESCENT ROCK
A moderate 8-mile hike on trails near Skyland with views of Millers Head and Crescent Rock. Optional dinner afterwards. Cost: $12 (+$2 nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader: Stu S. (703) 517-3490.

SAT, MAY 13: MANASSAS BATTLEFIELD
Join us for an easy-to-moderate 5-mile loop over gently rolling hills. Bring water, snacks and a cooperative spirit. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at Vienna Metro at 10:00 a.m. (depart at 10:10 a.m.) or outside the visitor center at 10:45 a.m. (depart at 10:55 a.m.). Leader: Michael S. (703) 677-7777 (call before 9 p.m.).

SUN, MAY 14: BROAD HOLLOW - PINE HILL GAP
A moderate-to-strenuous 7-mile hike in Shenandoah National Park through beautiful woods with spring wildflowers, ruins of mountain cabins and old mountain roads. Cost: $8 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro. Leader: Buz G. (703) 765-0833, BuzGroshong@verizon.net.

SUN, MAY 14: DUPONT AND SHERIDAN CIRCLES NEIGHBORHOOD WALK
This neighborhood walk includes visits to six houses of interest (exteriors) and lasts up to 1 ½ hours. Expect limited commentary. Lunch optional. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 11:00 a.m. at Dupont Circle Metro, Q St. entrance. Leaders: Bill D and Ann F. 301-656-1798.

SAT, MAY 20: CATOCTIN MOUNTAIN PARK, MD
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. Cost: $7 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro. Leader: Debbie K (301) 773-7527

SUN, MAY 21: EAST FALLS CHURCH TO BALLSTON
An easy 4-mile hike on the W&OD trail with stops at beautiful Bonair Rose Garden and an historic railroad car. Optional lunch afterwards. Cost: return metro fare (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 11:00 a.m. at East Falls Church Metro. Leader: Stu S. (703) 517-3490.

FRI, MAY 26: AMERICAN UNIVERSITY EVENING HIKE
Enjoy this easy-to-moderate 5 miler taking in American University, Battery Kemble Park and surrounding neighborhoods. Dinner stop at Guapos Mexican Restaurant in Tenleytown after the hike. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 6:30 p.m. at Tenleytown Metro, east side of Wisconsin Avenue. Leaders: Weber L. (703) 525-3357 and Marcia S. mkswan9013@aol.com.

SAT, MAY 27: GREAT FALLS, VA
Join us for this easy-to-moderate 5-6 mile loop with views of the falls. Bring water, snacks and a cooperative spirit. Cost: $3 plus share of $10 entrance fee (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at Rosslyn Metro at 9:00 a.m. (depart at 9:10 a.m.) or outside the visitor center (downstairs by restrooms) at 10:00 a.m. (depart at 10:10 a.m.). Leader: Michael S. (703) 677-7777 (call before 9 p.m.).

SUN, MAY 28: TROUT POND
A moderate-to-strenuous 8-mile hike in the GWNF that includes a visit to West Virginia's largest natural pond. Hike offers an option of a swim -- huge swimming area with a large sand beach, showers and an indoor bathroom. Swim gear may be left in car before the hike. Optional dinner afterwards at a local 1940s-type restaurant. Cost: $12 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader: Stu S. (703) 517-3490.

 

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