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Rev (A) 03/10/2016

     

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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


Spring 2016 Schedule

Rev (A) 03/10/2016


FEBRUARY

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.

MARCH

Sat, 3/05 FRAISER PRESERVE, RESTON: Hike 7-8 easy-to-moderate miles 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 of pedestrian bridge). Leader: Russ S. (703) 860 6735.

Sun, 3/06 C&O CANAL: Join us for this 6-7 mile (2 -2.5 mph) out-and-back walk along the canal. We will cross Key Bridge and take the canal towpath from Georgetown. 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.).

Sat, 3/12 OLD TOWN - SHIRLINGTON - DELRAY: Note: This hound-friendly, in-city walk is a one-time departure from the CHC no-pet policy. Be advised that dogs may be present. Enjoy a 6-mile, moderate-to-brisk walk through the lovely neighborhoods of Old Town, Fairlington and Shirlington. There will be a stop for coffee and snacks in Shirlington. The return will be via Del Ray, an equally interesting route. Plan to encounter nice neighborhoods and moderate hills during this Alexandria-Arlington walk. We will consider lunch in Old Town. You may bring your BF or GF or hound on a leash. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at King Street Metro at 10:00 a.m. Leader: Kevin C. (703) 346-2292, kevchis@aol.com. .

Sun, 3/13 THORNTON RIVER AND HULL SCHOOL TRAILS: A moderate-to-strenuous 11-mile hike in SNP 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, 3/13 BALTIMORE : Hike 7.5 easy miles through the tony parts of Baltimore. We will see John Hopkins University, Druid Park and an old mill neighborhood; there will be an hour stop at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Optional dinner. Cost: $4 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Cheverly Metro. Leader: Debbie K. (301) 773-7527.

Sat, 3/19 FOUTAINHEAD REGIONAL PARK: A moderate 5.8-mile hike in southern Fairfax County near Occoquan Reservoir. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Van Dorn Metro. If possible, drivers should meet the group at the metro station so we'll have enough cars. Leader: Ron W. (703) 931-2526.

Sat, 3/19 29th ANNUAL CHERRY BLOSSOM HIKE (1 of 2); An easy 6-mile hike around Haines Point and the Tidal Basin. Optional food stop at the near the Metro Center (possibly Cosi's). Cost: Return metro fare from Metro Center (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 1 PM at Rosslyn Metro. Leader: Mike M. (202) 829-7749.

Sun, 3/20 FREDERICK FOREST: A moderate 10-11 mile hike northwest of Frederick, Md. with views, streams and ponds along old roads and bike trails. Cost: $7 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Twinbrook Metro (Rockville Pike side). Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349, duncanjt@verizon.net.

Sun, 3/20 TAKOMA PARK METRO AND SLIGO CREEK: From Takoma Metro, we'll set off on foot at 10:00 a.m. for a 6-mile walk through Takoma Park and along Sligo Creek. We'll have an optional lunch stop at the conclusion of the hike either at Soupergirl or Bus Boys and Poets (within sight of the metro station). Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 9:50 a.m. at Takoma Metro (red line). Leader: Margaret C. (301) 977-8988 (call between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.), MargtChapm@aol.com (e-mail preferred).

Sat, 3/26 MUDDY BRANCH TRAIL: A 6-to-8 mile inaugural hike along Muddy Branch Trail. Carry lunch and water. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet promptly at 9:30 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. Alternatively, meet us at 10:00 a.m. at the Potomac Horse Center. Leader: Margaret C. (301) 977-8988 (call between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.), MargtChapm@aol.com (e-mail preferred).

Sat, 3/26 29th ANNUAL CHERRY BLOSOM HIKE (2 of 2): 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 Madeliene in Bethesda. Cost: $2 for nonmembers). Meet at 11 AM at Bethesda Metro. Leader: Mike M. (202) 829-7749.

Sun, 3/27 DUPONT and SHERIDAN CIRCLES: A neighborhood walk that includes a visit to 6 houses (exteriors) of interest. Entire walk will not be longer than 1 ½ hours. Limited commentary is to be expected. Lunch optional. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 11:00 a.m. at Q St. entrance to Dupont Circle Metro. Leaders: Bill D. and Ann F. (301) 656-1798.

APRIL

Sat, 4/02 MT. MARSHALL/GRAVEL SPRINGS: Enjoy an 8-mile moderate hike along the AT (slight elevation gain) from Hogwallow Flats to Gravel Springs shelter. Take in some great vistas from Mt. Marshall and return via same route. Cost: $10 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader: Russ S. (703) 860-6735.

Sun, 4/03 CAT ROCK LOOP: Carry lunch and water for a 6-mile mountain hike that will include the Cat Rock Trail and vista as well as the Catoctin Trail. Cost: $7 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet promptly at 9:00 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. Alternatively, meet us at 10:00 a.m. at the Catoctin Mountain Park Visitor Center. Leader: Margaret C. (301) 977-8988 (call between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.), MargtChapm@aol.com (e-mail preferred).

Sat, 4/09 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 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: $6. Meet at Twinbrook Metro (Rockville Pike side) at 9:30 a.m. Leaders: Lori and Eric, lorihiker@hotmail.com.

Sat, 4/09 HIKE WITH A COFFEE BREAK: What's the rush? Enjoy a relaxed, slow-paced, moderate 4-mile hike up the AT to Stoney Man Mountain for fabulous views, down to Skyland Lodge for coffee, then along the Passamaquoddy 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) 572-6951 and Ron W. (703) 931-2526

Sun, 4/10 LITTLE GUNPOWDER RIVER: A scenic moderate 10-mile hike along the Little Gunpowder River north of Baltimore. Highlights: a holly grove, covered bridge, old mill, blacksmith shop and, of course, the river itself. Cost: $10 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Forest Glen Metro. Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349, duncanjt@verizon.net

Sat, 4/16 BALLSTON WEST AND RETURN: We'll begin at Ballston Metro and walk westward along the path of an old rail line. We will pass an antique caboose near the old dairy farm (parts of which may be resurrected) in Bluemont Park. Along the way we will see many landmarks and homes of the rich and famous. We will go as far west as the lovely hamlet of Westover, where we will stop for coffee and quick snacks at a local dive you will not soon forget. Our return path will be through neighborhoods that Shirley Maclaine and Warren Beatty once called home, as did many other graduates of Washington Lee High School. We will consider a lunch option upon our return to Ballston. Estimated total distance is 5 miles. Pace will vary between brisk and moderate. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Ballston Metro, ground level. Leader: Kevin C. (703) 346 2292, kevchis@aol.com. Kevin was a 30-year resident of the hiking area; he now resides in Crystal City.

Sun, 4/17 ROOSEVELT ISLAND: Join us for this 6-7 mile (2 -2.5 mph) on the Mount Vernon Trail and the trails of Roosevelt Island. We start and end at Rosslyn Metro. 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.).

Sun, 4/17 HIKE LEADERS SOCIAL: Meet at 6:30 p.m. at Duncan and Nora's to plan the summer schedule. Bring a dish or drinks to share and your hikes. New leaders and sweeps are welcome. For directions, call or e-mail Duncan or Nora at (703) 527-2349, duncanjt@verizon.net.

Sat, 4/23 SIGNAL KNOB -- BEAR WALLOW: A moderate-to-strenuous 10.5-mile hike with views of Buzzard Rock on the way up and views of Strasburg from Signal Knob. We may see wild flowers. Return on the Bear Wallow Trail to Elizabeth Furnace. Cost: $8 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 at a.m. at Vienna Metro. Leader: Buz G. (703) 765-0833, BuzGroshong@verizon.net.

Sun, 4/24 GREAT FALLS, VIRGINIA: Join us for this 6-7 mile (2 -2.5 mph) hike at Great Falls, Virginia National Park. Boots recommended. Dress for the weather; bring water, lunch and a cooperative spirit. Cost: $3 plus park-entrance fee of $10 per vehicle (shared by driver and passengers) (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at Rosslyn Metro at 9:00 a.m. (depart at 9:10 a.m.) or at the Visitors Center (outside lower level by restrooms) at 9:30 a.m. Leader: Michael S. (703) 677-7777 (call before 9:00 p.m.).

Fri-Sun, 4/29-5/1 CAPE HENLOPEN CAMP-OUT: Camp Friday and Saturday nights. Saturday: short hike, then free time to explore the area (perhaps unguided beach walks), dinner at Grotto Pizza in Rehoboth. Sunday: a ferry ride to Cape May for lunch and a walk around town. Order of events for Saturday and Sunday might be reversed, depending on ferry schedule. Call leader for costs, directions and information on camping reservations. Transportation on your own; we meet at the camp site on Friday night for dinner. Leader: Gail N (301) 572-6951.

Sat, 4/30 SHENANDOAH RIVER BLUEBELL HIKE: This is a moderate 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.

Sat, 4/30 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 along the Arlington boundary to Jones Point in Alexandria, with frequent stops and visits to eleven DC boundary stones and other historic sites. Return along the Mount Vernon, 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.

MAY

Sun, 5/01 MANASSAS BATTLEFIELD: Join us for this 6-mile (2 -2.5 mph) hike. Dress for the weather; bring water, snacks and a cooperative spirit. Cost: $3 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at noon at Vienna Metro (by newspaper racks at north parking lot entrance). Depart at 12:10 p.m. Or, meet outside the Visitor Center at 12:30 p.m. (depart at 12:40 p.m.). Leader: Michael S. (703) 677-7777 (call before 9:00 p.m.).

Sun, 5/07 ELKWALLOW-MATTEWS ARM: A moderate 6-mile hike in northern SNP. This hike will not be fast-paced. Optional dinner afterward. Cost: $10 plus park-entrance fee (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leaders: Ron W. (703) 931-2526 and Stu S. (703) 517-3490.

Sun, 5/08 BIG DEVILS STAIRS OVERLOOK: A moderate 9-mile hike in northern SNP to Big Devils Overlook and some nice overlooks just off the AT. Cost: $10 plus share of park-entrance fee (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro. Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349, duncanjt@verizon.net.

Sat, 5/14 CALEDONIA STATE PARK: An 8-mile moderate hike along streams lined with hemlocks and rhododendrons and on parts of the AT. Optional dinner afterward. Cost: $10 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:15 a.m. at Twinbrook Metro (Rockville Pike side). Leader: Stu S (703) 517-3490.

Sat, 5/14 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, 5/15 ROBERTSON MTN -- CORBIN MTN: A strenuous 11-mile hike to the top of Robertson Mountain with great views. The wild azaleas and pink lady slippers should be in bloom. Descend by way of Corbin Mountain and 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.

Sun, 5/15 PATAPSCO STATE PARK: An 8-mile moderate hike through this beautiful state park. Highlights include streams, waterfalls and a swinging bridge. Optional dinner afterward. Cost: $4 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Cheverly Metro. Leader: Debbie K. (301) 773-7527.

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 10-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.

 

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