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Rev (A) 12/5/2016

     

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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 2016-2017 Schedule

Rev (A) 12/5/2016


NOV 26, SAT - 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. Lunch at the Mill and return on the same trail. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro or 9:25 am. at Difficult Run parking lot on Georgetown Pike (4 mi. west of Beltway). Leader: Ibolya I. (202) 378-0565.

NOV 27, SUN - ROCK CREEK PARK - Work off that Thanksgiving dinner with a 10-12 mile moderate hike through Rock Creek Park. Along the way we will encounter urban vistas and tree-lined trails as we travel through Dumbarton Oaks, Glover Archbold Park and Battery Kemble Park before reaching Palisades Overlook with its spectacular view of the Potomac River. Bring water and lunch. Wear hiking boots. Expected time of completion is 4:00 p.m. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Rosslyn Metro, upper level, Moore Street, by newspaper racks. Leader: Debbie K (301) 773-7527.

SAT, DEC 3 DC UNIVERSITIES & PARKS. Enjoy this 7-mile easy-to-moderate hike taking in Georgetown University and GW's Mt. Vernon Campus. The return is via Glover Archbold Park and the C&O Canal towpath. 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, DEC 4 BLOCKHOUSE POINT. A moderate 10-mile loop in Blockhouse Point Park and along the C&O Canal. Highlights include rocky viewpoints of the Potomac, the canal and a visit to the ruins of Seneca Sandstone Mill. Cost: $3 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Twinbrook Metro (Rockville Pike side). Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.

SAT, DEC 10 OLD RAG MOUNTAIN. A must-do local classic. Nine miles of hiking and rock scrambling; strenuous. Great views at the top of Old Rag Mountain. 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, DEC 10 GEORGE WASHINGTON FOREST. Walk through history in the Glencarlyn area of Arlington, near and along Four Mile Run. Approximately 8 miles of sidewalks, paved trails and wooded paths. We will see several historic sites along the way, some of them pre-Revolutionary. Optional lunch after the hike at one of the fine spots nearby. There is a 4-mile option that includes most of the interesting sites. Call leader beforehand if you plan to do the shorter hike. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Ballston Metro, by the transit Information kiosk behind the main entrance escalator. For the shorter hike, meet at 11:00 a.m. in the parking lot of Carlin Springs Elementary School, 5995 5th Rd. S, Arlington. Leader: George S. (703) 243-8284.

SUN, DEC 11 WOODLEY CIRCUIT HIKE. We begin at Woodley Park, continue through Cleveland Park, then take the Melvin Hazen Trail down to Rock Creek Park, and eventually return to Woodley Park. Total distance is 3 ½ miles. Optional lunch stop after the hike. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Woodley/Zoo Metro, by the escalators at street level. Leaders: Bill D. and Ann F. (301) 656-1798. CANCELLED

SAT, DEC 17 PIMMIT RUN. A 12-mile one-way hike from Pimmit Run to McLean. We start at the Virginia side of Chain Bridge and end near McLean Metro (on the Silver Line), which is a direct metro ride back to Rosslyn. Though the hike involves some road walking, it is mostly upon unpaved trails. There are several stream crossings. Lunch (optional) will be at the Lost Dog Café at the shopping center near McLean Metro. We should get to McLean Metro before 4 p.m. HARDY HIKERS ONLY. An alternate date is January 29, 2017 in the event of adverse weather conditions on December 17. For maps, access http://www.runwashington.com/beaten-path/pimmit-run-trall or https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7004390/pimmit-run-trail. Bring water and snacks. Cost: $2 plus metro fare (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Rosslyn Metro or at 8:30 a.m. near Chain Bridge. Leader: Kevin C. (703) 346- 2292, kevchis@aol.com.

SUN, DEC 18 CHRISTMAS TREES, MALL AND MEMORIALS. A flat, easy 7 miles in D.C. in and around the Mall, passing the Capitol and most major memorials. There will be pauses at the Capitol Christmas tree, the National Christmas tree, possibly the Botanic Gardens Christmas train display (if time and lines allow), and the Norwegian Christmas tree at Union Station. Regrouping will be at one of the Smithsonian cafeterias (briefly). Hikers may opt out at any point. Optional dinner at Pizzeria Uno Chicago Grill (easy on the budget) at Union Station. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 1:30 p.m. at the side exit of Union Station, top of escalators just outside the shopping area. Leader: Beryl G. (202) 333-1807; cell for day of hike only, (703) 606-8382.

SAT, DEC 24 ELKWALLOW-MATTHEWS ARM. We'll enjoy a moderate 6-mile hike in the Matthews Arm Campground area of northern SNP. 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, DEC 25 GREENBELT PARK. Enjoy a 6-mile ramble through a lovely tree-lined park. Along the way we will see deer and the occasional boy scout. Optional early lunch at a local Chinese restaurant. Cost: $1 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 11:00 a.m. at Cheverly Metro or at 11:35 a.m. at the Dogwood parking area within Greenbelt Park. Leader Debbie K. (301) 773-7527.

SAT, DEC 31 FRAISER PRESERVE, RESTON. Hike 7-8 miles, easy-to-moderate, at a little-known nature preserve along the Potomac River in Reston. See views of the river and remnants of a canal. The route is not totally flat; there are two hills about 400-500 ft. each. Requires a short shuttle from the metro to the trail head. Cost $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Reston Metro (north-side pedestrian bridge). Leader: Russ S. (703) 860-6735.

SUN, JAN 1 HIKE LEADERS SOCIAL. Meet at 6:30 p.m. at Beryl G's, Foggy Bottom Metro area. A friend is always welcome, as are new leaders and sweeps. Bring a dish to share. As an added attraction this year, along with the Potomac River view, we will gaze into the newly renovated and historic Watergate Hotel. For directions, call Beryl G. (202) 333-1807.

MON, JAN 2 SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN, MD. Start the New Year off right with this 5-6 mile moderate-to- strenuous hike on Frederick County's lonesome mountain. Highlights include views of the Monocacy Valley, rugged cliffs and tree-lined trails. Although this is a moderate-to-slow paced hike, inexperienced hikers are not encouraged, as the terrain may be too difficult. Cost: $3 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro by the bicycle lockers. Leader: Debbie K. (301) 773-7527.

SAT, JAN 7 SHADY GROVE AREA. Enjoy a hike of about 5 miles in a local park or neighborhood. May involve a short drive, or we may just start off on foot. Weather conditions will influence the choice of travel. Lunch options feature a fun new restaurant in King Farm or a visit to Rockville Town Center. Cost: $2 if we start with a short drive, $0 if we start off on foot (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro, east side, near the lower level station exit. Go right at the exit turnstiles. Leader: Margaret C. (301) 977-8988 (call between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.), MargtChapm@aol.com (e-mail is best).

SUN, JAN 8 GREAT FALLS AND RIVERBEND PARKS. A scenic 10-mile moderate hike in Great Falls along Difficult Run and the Potomac River to Riverbend Park. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. at East Falls Church Metro or at 10:00 a.m. at Great Falls (Va.) Visitor Center. Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.

SAT, JAN 14 GAMBRILL STATE PARK. A moderate 5.5-mile hike near Frederick, Md. with views and one long uphill section. Optional early dinner afterward. Cost: $6 (+$2 for 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 15 SHADY GROVE AREA. Enjoy a hike of about 5 miles in a local park or neighborhood. May involve a short drive, or we may just start off on foot. Weather conditions will influence the choice of travel. Lunch options feature a fun new restaurant in King Farm or a visit to Rockville Town Center. Cost: $2 if we start with a short drive, $0 if we start off on foot (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro, east side, near the lower level station exit. Go right at the exit turnstiles. Leader: Margaret C. (301) 977-8988 (call between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.), MargtChapm@aol.com (e-mail is best).

SAT, JAN 21 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, JAN 22 RESTON-COLVIN MILL RUN. Hike 8-9 miles from the new Reston metro station to Colvin Run Mill; return by the same route. We will see lots of backyards and pass through Lake Fairfax Park. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. No carpool required. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Reston Metro, north side of pedestrian bridge. Leader: Russ S. (703) 860-6735.

SAT, JAN 28 PRINCE WILLIAM FOREST. Enjoy an 8.5-mile moderate hike with about 1200 feet of elevation gain (total, 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. National Park Service fees apply; bring your park pass. Cost: $3 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro or 9:45 a.m. in the parking lot of PWF Visitors Center. Leaders: Iboyla I. (202) 378-0565 and Russ S. (703) 860-6735.

SUN, JAN 29 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. Enjoy a strenuous 8-mile hike that goes up White Oak Canyon and returns down Cedar Run. 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.

SUN, FEB 5 PATAPSCO STATE PARK (AVALON AREA). An 11-mile moderate, hilly hike along the Patapsco River, two pretty streams, 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.

SAT, FEB 11 SNOW TUBING AT WHITETAIL, PA. Enjoy an afternoon of snow tubing in the beautiful scenic hills of Whitetail Ski Resort in nearby Pa. 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: $31 for 2 hours of tubing and $10 for the carpool (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Twinbrook Metro, Rockville Pike side. Leaders: Gail N (301) 904-1312 and John P (301) 524-1217.

SUN, FEB 12 LITTLE DEVILS STAIRS -- PINEY BRANCH. A strenuous 8-mile hike in SNP up Little Devils Stairs and down Piney Branch. Rocky cliffs rise up from these beautiful streams and their many small waterfalls. Cost: $8 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro. Leader: Buz G. (703) 765-0833, Buzgroshong@ Verizon.net.

SAT, FEB 18 MANASSAS BATTLEFIELD WEST. Hike 6-7 easy miles on the western portion of Manassas Battlefield and see the unfinished railroad cut and Brawner Farm. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro or 10:25 a.m. at the battlefield visitor center. Leader: Russ S. (703) 860-6735.

SUN, FEB 19 SW WASHINGTON DC. Do the loop. See where Wilbur Mills took the plunge and the former site of the Awakening. Hike 6 miles along the Tidal Basin and Haines Point. Highlights include views of the Jefferson Memorial, Arlington skyline, Potomac River and the fish market. Possible hot toddy at a local restaurant afterwards. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 11:00 a.m. at Smithsonian Metro. Leader: Debbie K. (301) 773-7527.

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.

 

 

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