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Note: Beginning in February Metro will charge $2 for parking on Saturdays. Drivers are cautioned to bring Metro smart cards to Saturday hikes ! :-(

 

     

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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


Fall 2018 Schedule

Rev (B) 9/20//2018


SAT, AUG 25 -- 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. There will be frequent stops 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.

SUN, AUG 26 (OR 19) -- TURKEY RUN PARK
An 8-9 mile hike inside the Beltway along the Virginia side of the Potomac and up Turkey Run.  Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at East Falls Church Metro (metro exit) or Turkey Run Park, off of the George Washington Parkway (parking area C 1).  Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.

SAT, SEP 1 -- NW BRANCH TRAIL & RACHEL CARSON GREENWAY
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 the Glenmont Metro to Brookside Gardens Visitor Center. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Glenmont Metro or 9:30 a.m. at the Brookside Gardens Visitor Center. Leader Marcia S. mkswan9013@aol.com, (301) 434-7266.

SUN, SEP 2 -- TROUT POND HIKE AND SWIM
A moderate-to-strenuous 8-mile hike in GWNF with a visit to West Virginia's largest natural pond. We'll have a sand beach and facilities. Leave swimming gear in car. Optional dinner at a local 1940s style restaurant. Cost: $12 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro, north side. Leader Stu S. (703) 517-3490.

SAT, SEP 8 -- C & O CANAL HIKE
Join us on this easy 6 miler from Rosslyn to Fletcher's Boathouse. Return on the Capital Crescent Trail. Refreshments at Cosi in Rosslyn afterwards. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 1.00 p.m. at Rosslyn Metro, bus stop side. Leaders: Weber L. (703) 477-7148 and Marcia S. mkswan9013@aol.com.

SUN, SEP 9 -- LITTLE GUNPOWDER, MD
A 12-mile moderate hike along the Little Gunpowder River north of Baltimore. Highlights: a quarry, old railroad bed and the scenic Little Gunpowder River. Cost: $10 (+2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Forest Glen Metro. Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.
Rescheduled for Oct 28

SAT, SEP 15 -- CENTRAL ARLINGTON HISTORY TOUR
An easy10-12 mile tour of 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, SEP 15 -- PATUXENT RIVER STATE PARK
Patuxent River State Park Hike and Pontoon Ride: Enjoy a 5-6 easy ramble along Jug Bay and a 2 hour ranger led pontoon ride on the Patuxent estuary. Highlites include views of the bay and a boat ride down memory lane as we visit a historic church and estates. Hike limited to 10 people.Meet Cheverly Metro at 9:30 a.m. Costs $3 fee for boat ride + $3 carpool fee + ($2 non member fee) Leader: Debbie K (301) 773 7527

SUN, SEP 16 -- SKY MEADOWS STATE PARK
The hike consists of 6 miles of the less hilly, flatter trails in the park -- less well known but with nice views of the surrounding near-quiet streams. Plenty of birds and other wildlife, not to mention the greedy chickens at the main buildings who are more than happy to be fed. Cost: $5 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Vienna Metro or 10:15 a.m. at the Sky Meadows parking lot. Leader: Kevin C. kevchis@aol.com, (703) 346-2292.

SAT, SEP 22 -- GLOVER-ARCHBOLD/BATTERY KEMBLE
A moderate 7-mile circuit hike in DC with varied terrain. Glover-Archbold is shaded and alongside a creek. We'll have a few moderate hills and great views across the Potomac from Potomac Ave. Included will be a 15-minute stop at Fletcher's Cove soon after we set out. Optional meal in Rosslyn after the hike. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Rosslyn Metro. Leader Frank M. (571) 338-7393. OK to call during the week before the hike.

SUN SEP 23 - FOREST GLEN, NATIONAL SEMINARY PARK AND ROCK CREEK PARK
Join us for a 5-mile jaunt near Forest Glen, MD on natural surface and pavement. We will begin at Forest Glen Metro, continue to Rock Creek Park and then National Seminary Park at Forest Glen (http://www.saveourseminary.org). We will leisurely explore the Seminary as we learn about its fascinating history. We will also walk by the National Museum of Health and Medicine, run by Walter Reed. This museum contains the bullet that killed President Lincoln and many other fascinating exhibits. As we make our way back to the metro station, we will stop at the Italian bistro Pacci's Trattoria. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 10:00 a.m. in front of the entrance tunnel at Forest Glen Metro. Leader: Sandra H. (301) 524-9654.

SAT, SEP 29 -- ARLINGTON BIKE TOUR OF HISTORIC PLACES
Unsuitable for fast cyclists. Bike about 23 miles at a leisurely pace on an all-day circuit tour of historic places through streets and parks of Arlington, with frequent stops 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, SEP 29 -- ELKWALLOW-MATTHEWS ARM
We'll enjoy a moderate-to-strenuous 8-mile hike in the Matthews Arm area of northern SNP. Optional dinner afterwards. Cost: $10 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro, north side. Leader: Stu S. (703) 517-3490.

SUN, SEP 30 -- FREDERICK FOREST
A moderate 9-mile hike northwest of Frederick, MD with views, ponds, and streams. Cost: $10 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Twinbrook Metro, Rockville Pike side. Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349

SAT, OCT 6 -- DC EAST JAUNT
A moderate-paced 6-to-7 mile hike around and near the DC Armory, Congressional Cemetery, river paths, and neighborhoods of native DC residents. Discussion will focus on local history, surrounding trees and flowers, and DC at its best and what was its worst. Optional lunch after the hike. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Eastern Market Metro (street level). Leader: Kevin C. kevchis@aol.com, (703) 346-2292.

SUN, OCT 7 -- BIKE TOUR - PARKS AND BOUNDARY STONES
Unsuitable for fast cyclists. Bike about 35 miles at a leisurely pace on an all-day history tour. We will travel along the Arlington boundary to Jones Point in Alexandria, stop often and visit 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 the 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.

SUN, OCT 7 -- 37TH ANNUAL TAKOMA PARK STREET FESTIVAL
We will begin our 5-6 mile walk from the Forest Glen Metro Center and then meander down to the Sligo Creek Trail, the oldest trail system in Montgomery County. We will then walk through Takoma Park and then to the Street Festival. On the way, we will see an original boundary stone that marks the edges of the capital city. The festival will once again host a mix of talented local artists and craftsmen. Three stages with 18 bands will play all day. Don't miss the fun! The hike will end at the festival, not at the starting point. Metro station available near the festival. Cost: return metro fare (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Forest Glen Metro. Leader: Sandra H. (301) 524-9654.

SAT, OCT 13 - OLD RAG MOUNTAIN
A strenuous 9.3-mile circuit hike that includes a rock scramble during the last hour before the summit. Elevation gain is 2,415 ft. This is one of Shenandoah's most popular hikes; it offers several great views and interesting rock formations. Hiking boots are necessary for ankle support and traction. Hikers should have sufficient endurance and upper body strength for the rock scrambles. Each person should have 2 quarts of water. We shall cancel if the trail is wet or icy. The hike will take 7 to 8 hours. Optional dinner at a restaurant near the trailhead. Cost: $12 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 8:00 a.m.at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader: Frank M. (571) 338-7393. OK to call during the week before the hike.
TRAIL DIRECTOR'S NOTE: Hike will start earlier than usual for our club and probably proceed at a slow pace.

SUN, OCT 14 -- GEORGETOWN NEIGHBORHOOD
An easy 3-or 4-mile hike through residential neighborhoods, historic areas, parks and cemeteries. Brief commentary. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Dupont Circle Metro (Q Street entrance). Leaders Bill D. and Ann F. 301-656-1798.

SAT, OCT 20 - TROUT POND AND FALL FOLIAGE
A moderate-to-strenuous 8-mile hike in GWNF with a visit to West Virginia's largest natural pond. Optional dinner at a local 1940s style restaurant. Cost: $12 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader Stu S. (703) 517-3490.

SAT, OCT 20 -- FAIRFAX AND VIENNA PARKS
Enjoy this easy-to-moderate 5-mile hike that takes in several parks, including Towers, East Blake Lane, and Nottoway Parks. Rest stop at McDonald's along the way. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 1:00 p.m.at Vienna Metro, north side. Leaders: Weber L. (703) 477-7148 and Marcia S. mkswan9013@aol.com

SUN, OCT 21 -- CHC FALL PICNIC, ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND HIKE
Join us for the annual gathering of the club, including a barbecue and election of officers for the coming year. Cost: $10 for the meal (+$2 for nonmembers). The meal charge is waived for those who bring a side dish or dessert that serves eight or more. Meet at 10:30 a.m. at East Falls Church Metro for a 2-4 mile hike. Non-hikers meet at noon at Bon Air Park Picnic Shelter, 850 N. Lexington Street, Arlington, VA. Leaders: Michael S. (703) 677-7777 (call before 9:00 p.m.) and Gail N. and Blair B. (301) 572-6951.

SAT, OCT 27 -- DOYLES RIVER
Many waterfalls are featured on this great hike in southern SNP -- a moderate-to-strenuous 8 miler. Optional dinner afterwards. Cost: $12 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader Stu S (703) 517-3490.

SUN, OCT 28 -- BROOKSIDE GARDENS
A 5-mile hike in Brookside Gardens and Wheaton Regional Park. Bring lunch and water. Cost: $1 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Glenmont Metro, top of the exit on the east side of Georgia Ave. or at 9:50 a.m. at Brookside Gardens Visitor Center. Leader: Margaret C. MargtChapm@aol.com, (301) 977-8988. No calls after 8:00 p.m. It's best to call between 7:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. the morning of the hike. In advance, email is preferred.

SUN, Oct 28 -- LITTLE GUNPOWDER, MD
A 12-mile moderate hike along the Little Gunpowder River north of Baltimore. Highlights: a quarry, old railroad bed and the scenic Little Gunpowder River. Cost: $10 (+2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Forest Glen Metro. Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.

SAT, NOV 3 -- SENECA CREEK STATE PARK
A 5-mile hike starting from the Seneca Creek State Park Visitor Center and circling Clopper Lake. Bring lunch and water. Cost: $2 (+ $2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro, east side by the bike lockers or at 10:20 a.m. at the Park HQ Visitor Center. Leader: Margaret C. MargtChapm@aol.com, (301) 977-8988. No calls after 8:00 p.m. It's best to call between 7:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. the morning of the hike. In advance, email is preferred.

SUN, NOV 4 -- TWO PRESIDENTS
Walk 7 easy-to-moderate miles along the Potomac Heritage Trail. We will walk thru a golf club named for POTUS #45 and have lunch along the river at a wall constructed by POTUS #1. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 at Reston-Wiele Metro (in plaza in front of Starbucks) or at 10:30 a.m. at the at the picnic shelter at Potomack Lakes Sportsplex (20280 Cascades Pkwy, Sterling, VA 20165). Leader: Russ S 571.two-four-two.9507.

SAT, NOV 10 -- MASON NECK STATE PARK
A 5-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 10:00 a.m. at Van Dorn Metro. Leader: Ron W. (703) 931-2526.

SUN, NOV 11 -- SENECA CREEK STATE PARK
A moderate 10-mile hike in Seneca Creek State Park along Seneca Creek and around Clopper Lake in Montgomery County. Cost: $2 (+$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, NOV 17 -- CHINCOTEAGUE/ASSATEAGUE CAMPING WEEKEND
Sand, surf, camp, do easy hikes and see wild ponies. MEMBERS ONLY. Details and reservations from the leader, Ed E. edevange@localnet.com.

SAT, NOV 17 -- CALEDONIA STATE PARK
An 8-mile moderate hike along streams lined with hemlocks and rhododendrons on parts of the AT. Optional dinner afterwards in Gettysburg. Cost: $10 (+for $2 nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro. Leader: Stu S. (703) 517-3490.

SAT, NOV 17 - RESTON, W&OD TRAIL
Take in the W&OD and Sugarland Run Trails as well as some Reston and Herndon neighborhoods on this easy-to-moderate 7 miler. Refreshment stop at La Madeleine in Reston
Town Center before the end of the hike. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 1:00 p.m.at Reston WIehle Metro at entrance to north pedestrian bridge over Dulles Toll Road. Leaders: Weber L. (703) 477-7148 and Marcia S. mkswan9013@aol.com.

SUN, NOV 18 -- ROCK CREEK PARK, DC
Enjoy a 6-8 mile leisurely autumn hike in beautiful, shady Rock Creek Park. Bring water and wear boots. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 11:00 a.m. at Cleveland Park Metro, east side. Leader: Debbie K (301) 773-7527.

THU, NOV 22 -- SKY MEADOWS THANKSGIVING HIKE
A moderate 5½-mile hike starting in Sky Meadows State Park and climbing up to and along the
AT. Thanksgiving dinner afterwards at the Golden Corral Restaurant. Cost $7 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. Vienna Metro, north side. Leader: Stu S. (703) 517-3490.

SAT, NOV 24 -- SENECA CREEK STATE PARK
An easy-to-moderate 7.5-mile hike in a lovely local park. We may see some wildlife and/or some interesting plants and mushrooms. Expect some hills and possibly some muddy trails. Cost: $1 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. Shady Grove Metro, east side. Metro riders exit to the right, stay on ground floor, meet outside at newspaper/bicycle stands.
Leader: Marcia S. mkswan9013@aol.com, (301) 434-7266.

SUN, NOV 25 -- FAIRFAX COUNTY CONNECTOR TRAIL SOUTH
Hike 8 mostly flat miles starting from the very beginning of the CCT at the Occoquan River in Southern Fairfax County. We will walk past Lorton Workhouse and DC Reformatory, then on to a cool stream valley along Pohick Creek. This is a shuttle hike unless there are not enough drivers. In that case, we will do a shorter segment as an out-and-back hike. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro, north side.
Leader: Russ S. 571.two-four-two.9507.

 

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