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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 2016 Schedule

Rev (-) 05/18/2016


MAY

Sat, 5/21 SKYLAND TO CRESCENT ROCK: An 8-mile moderate hike on trails near Skyland with views from Millers Head and Crescent Rock. Optional dinner afterward. Cost $10 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader: Stu S. (703) 517-3490.

Sun, 5/22 MOUNT VERNON TRAIL: Join us for this 6-7 mile (2 -2.5 mph) out-and-back walk along Mount Vernon Trail. Dress for the weather; bring water, snacks and a cooperative spirit. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at noon at Rosslyn Metro by the newspaper racks. Depart at 12:10 p.m. Leader: Michael S. (703) 677-7777 (call before 9:00 p.m.).

Fri, 5/27 AMERICAN UNIVERSITY and BATTERY KEMBLE PARK: Join us on this easy evening 5-miler that includes American University, Battery Kemble Park and surrounding neighborhoods. Optional Mexican dinner afterward at Guapos in Tenleytown. 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, 5/28 CENTRAL ARLINGTON HISTORY TOUR: An easy all-day walk of 10-12 miles with stops at 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, 5/28 TROUT POND -- HIKE and SWIM: A moderate-to-strenuous 8-mile hike in GWNF with views and a visit to West Virginia's largest natural pond. Swimming opportunity afterwards (INDOOR CHANGING AND SHOWER FACILITIES) followed by a dinner option. Cost: $12 plus $3 for swimming (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leaders: Stu S. (703) 517-3490 and Debbie K. (301) 773-7527.

Sun, 5/29 RIVERBEND PARK: Join us for this 6-7 mile (2 -2.5 mph) out-and-back hike through Riverbend Park and along a stretch of Great Falls, Virginia National Park. Dress for the weather; bring water, snacks and a cooperative spirit. Cost: $3 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at Rosslyn Metro by newspaper racks at 11:00 a.m. (depart at 11:10 a.m.) or at Riverbend Park Visitors Center at 11:40 a.m. (depart at 11:50 a.m.). Leader: Michael S. (703) 677-7777 (call before 9:00 p.m.).

Mon, 5/30 EAST FALLS CHURCH TO BALLSTON: An easy 4-mile hike on the W&OD trail with a stop at beautiful Bonair Rose Garden and an historic railroad car. Optional lunch stop 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.

JUNE

SAT, JUN 4 SKY MEADOWS -- AT: A moderate 6.5-mile hike in Sky Meadows State Park that includes a climb up to the AT. Cost: $7 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader: Stu S. (703) 517-3490.

SUN, JUN 5 CATOCTIN AND CUNNINGHAM FALLS: Carry lunch and water. Hiking poles will come in handy for Old Misery Trail. A 6-, 7- or 8-mile workout at a doable pace that includes Old Misery, Cliff and Falls Trails, and part of Cat Rock Trail. Cost: $7 (+$2 for nonmembers). We'll attempt to park at the Catoctin Visitor Center, space permitting. Otherwise we'll find overflow parking and convene at the Visitor Center at 10:00 a.m. For carpooling, meet promptly at Shady Grove Metro at 8:50 for a 9:00 a.m. departure. Turn right at the exit turnstiles, go out the same (lower) level and meet us by the bike lockers on the east side. Leader: Margaret C. (301) 977-8988 (call between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.), MargtChapm@aol.com (e-mail preferred).

SAT, JUN 11 ARLINGTON BIKE TOUR OF HISTORIC SITES: Unsuitable for fast cyclists. We'll bike about 23 miles at a leisurely pace on an all-day circuit tour 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, bhberne@yahoo.com.

SAT, JUN 11 SOUTH RUN -- LAKE MERCER: An easy 4-4 ½ mile hike in Fairfax County, including a circumnavigation of Lake Mercer. Much of the hiking surface is paved. Because this is a short hike, there won't be a lunch break. 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, JUN 12 HARPERS FERRY: A moderate-to-strenuous 10-mile hike around Harpers Ferry. First we'll ascend steeply to the Maryland Heights overlook. Then we'll go upriver along the C&O Canal to find a scenic iron mine. After that we'll explore parts of Harpers Ferry. Cost: $10 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Twinbrook Metro (Rockville Pike side). Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2340.

SAT, JUN 18 TWO BRIDGES: An easy 3.5-mile hike between Dumbarton (Buffalo) and Taft Bridges via Rock Creek Park and through the Kalorama neighborhood. We begin and end at the Dupont Metro. There will be some commentary but less than usual. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 11:00 a.m. at Dupont Circle Metro, Q street entrance. Leaders: Bill D. and Ann F. (301) 656-1798.

SUN, JUN 19 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.

FRI, JUN 24 C&O CANAL EVENING HIKE: Join us on this easy 6-miler on the C&O Canal towpath from Rosslyn to Fletcher's Boathouse; return via the Capital Crescent Trail. 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 25 SKY MEADOWS STATE PARK, DELAPLANE, VA: A moderate 6-mile hike in an incredible blend of pasture and woodlands. Enjoy views of Paris, Ashby Gap and Piedmont. The toughest part of the hike is at the beginning, with a very steep hill, but amply rewarded by a magnificent view. Afterwards, a late lunch in Middleburg (Salamander Deli) is a possibility, but must be worked out in advance with each car pool driver. Cost: $9 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader: Beryl G. (202) 333-1807; cell, (703) 606-8382.

SUN, JUN 26 MEADOWSIDE NATURE CENTER AND LAKE FRANK: Carry lunch and water for a 5-mile hike at a gentle pace, about 2 mph. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at Shady Grove Metro at 9:30 or at Meadowside Nature Center at 9:50. We'll aim to start walking by 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. Leader: Margaret C. (301) 977-8988 (call between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.), MargtChapm@aol.com (e-mail preferred).

JULY

SAT, JUL 2 CLEVELAND PARK TO FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL: Hike 8 easy miles from Cleveland Park to the Folklife Festival (featuring Basque culture) on the mall via the Naval Observatory and Georgetown. Cost: return metro fare (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:30 a.m. at Cleveland Park Metro, east side of Connecticut Avenue -- the side with the parking lot (also free parking on Connecticut Avenue north of Porter Street (no meters). Leader: Mike M. (202) 829-7749.

SUN, JUL 3 TROUT POND SWIM HIKE: A moderate-to-strenuous 8-mile hike in GWNF with views and a visit to West Virginia's largest natural pond. Swimming opportunity afterwards -- INDOOR CHANGING AND SHOWER FACILITIES. Dinner option after the hike. Cost: $12 plus $3 for swimming (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader: Stu S. (703) 517-3490.

SAT, JUL 9 WHEATON REGIONAL PARK -- BROOKSIDE GARDENS: 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 Glenmont Metro to Brookside Gardens. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Glenmont Metro. Leaders: Marcia S., mkswan9013@aol.com and Weber L. (703) 525-3357.

SUN, JUL 10 DC CULTURAL TOURISM -- TENLEYTOWN: A slow-paced 5-mile circuit hike that features a tour of this upper NW district, including a trip to American University and the highest elevation in DC. Optional dinner/food stop afterwards. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 1:00 p.m. at the entrance to Tenleytown Metro. Leader: Mike M. (202) 829-7749.

SAT, JUL 16 MALL--CAPITOL--UNION STATION--UNION MARKET: An easy 5-mile round trip. We begin on the Mall and wind our way to Union Market for lunch. Located on 5th Street NE, Union Market is a warehouse-like food market with a host of artisans offering all manner of delicious foods (to suit your budget) and crafts. Hikers may stay and linger or return with the group, as they wish. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 11.30 a.m. at Smithsonian Metro, MALL EXIT, outside at top of escalators. Leader: Beryl G. (202) 333-1807; cell, (703) 606-8382 (for day of hike).

SUN, JUL 17 CALVERT CLIFFS: Two separate easy-to-moderate hikes along the Chesapeake Bay totaling 10 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, JUL 17 HIKE LEADERS (AND WOULD-BE HIKE LEADERS) DINNER & SOCIAL: 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 dishes to share. Starts at 6:30 p.m. For directions, call Beryl G (202) 333-1807 or e-mail berylgilmore@gmail.com.

FRI, JUL 22 DC NEIGHBORHOODS AND PARKS EVENING HIKE: Enjoy this easy-to-moderate 5-mile hike through DC neighborhoods and parts of Rock Creek and Piney Branch Parks, located between Tenleytown and Columbia Heights. Enjoy a Mexican dinner in Columbia Heights just before the end of the hike. Cost: Return metro or 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, JUL 23 LAKE ACCOTINCK: Walk 6 easy miles through nature trails in Fairfax County and North Springfield. Watch waterfowl and other wildlife. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader: Stu S. (703) 517-3490.

SUN, JUL 24 DC EAST JAUNT: This hike takes in local history, flowers, trees, and DC at its best and what was its worst. Join us for a moderate-paced 6-7 mile hike around and near the DC Armory, Congressional Cemetery, paths by the river, and neighborhoods of native DC residents nearby. An optional lunch afterwards at the Tune Inn on Penn. Ave. If the group is too large for the Tune, we will make a mid-course correction. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Eastern Market Metro (ground level) on the street level. Leader: Kevin C., kevchis@aol.com, (703) 346-2292.

SAT, JUL 30 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 then back along the stream to Skyline Drive. Cost: $10 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, JUL 31 OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA: 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.

AUGUST

SAT, AUG 6 ELKWALLOW -- MATTHEWS ARM: A moderate 6-mile hike in northern SNP. Optional dinner afterwards. Cost: $10 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, AUG 7 HOT-SHORT MOUNTAIN, CATLETT MOUNTAIN, 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-entrance fee (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro. Leader: Buz G. (703) 765-0833, BuzGroshong@verizon.net.

SAT, AUG 13 SUNSET ROCKS: A moderate 10-mile hike. Sunset Rocks is an exciting rock scramble. Visit the remains of an old CCC camp, later used as a prisoner-of-war camp during WWII. Optional swim in 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 (Rockville Pike side). Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.

SUN, AUG 14 PRINCE WILLIAM FOREST: A moderate 8.5-mile hike with about 1200 feet of elevation gain (sum of all uphill climbs, not one huge mountain) located near Quantico Marine base, about 20-30 minutes from Vienna Metro. Parts of the trail follow beautiful Quantico Creek; we will pass by some abandoned pyrite mines. Bring 2 liters of water and lunch; hiking poles and bug spray are recommended. Cost: $3 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro or 9:45 a.m. at PWF Visitors Center parking lot. National Park Service fees apply. Bring your park pass! Leaders: Russ S. (703) 860-6735 and Iboyla I. (202) 378-0565.

FRI, AUG 19 ARLINGTON NEIGHBORHOODS AND PARKS EVENING HIKE: Enjoy this 4-miler taking in Arlington neighborhoods, Thrifton Hill Park and Fort C.F. Smith Park, between Rosslyn and Clarendon. We will also pass Lyon Village Park before we reach Clarendon. Optional dinner in Clarendon at Hard Times Café at the end of the hike. Cost: Return metro or bus fare (+$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, AUG 20 LEDROIT PARK, MCMILLAN RESERVOIR AND CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY: This area is rich in African American heritage and in recent American history. We will walk through the Howard University campus (and near the hospital) and through the Ledroit neighborhood. Our walk will include a brief discussion of the area's history, with focus on the many notable local residents, alive and deceased. The beautiful homes of LeDroit Park were built around 1873. Fifty of the 64 original homes designed by James McGill still remain. Other highlights are McMillan Reservoir and points east (including Catholic University). Optional lunch afterwards. Estimated distance is 6 to 7 miles. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Howard University Metro, street level. Leader: Kevin C., kevchis@aol.com, (703) 346-2292 .

SUN, AUG 21 HAZEL RIVER HIKE AND SWIM: Enjoy a moderate-to-strenuous 8-mile hike in SNP and an optional swim in a natural pool. There will be a steep ascent at first followed by level and downhill hiking the rest of the way. Several stream crossings can be expected as well. Cost: $9 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader: Russ S. (703) 860-6735.

SAT, AUG 27 CENTRAL ARLINGTON HISTORY TOUR: An easy all-day walk of 10-12 miles touring various historic points in central Arlington, including a 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, AUG 27 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, AUG 28 BALTIMORE INNER HARBOR AND BEYOND: 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

 

 

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