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Rev (A) 08/26/2016

     

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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


Fall 2016 Schedule

Rev (A) 08/26/2016


AUG 27,SAT - 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.

AUG 27, SAT - 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.

AUG 28, SUN - 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

SEPTEMBER

SEPT 3, SAT - TROUT POND - A moderate-to-strenuous 8-mile hike in GWNF that includes a visit to West Virginia's largest natural pond. Hike offers the option of a swim -- huge swimming area with large sand beach. Changing rooms are available. Swimming gear may be left in car during the hike. 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.

SEPT 4, SUN - PATAPSCO STATE PARK -- A moderate 8-mile hike through a beautiful state park. Highlights include streams, waterfalls, farmland and a suspension bridge. Optional dinner in Catonsville. Cost: $4 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Cheverly Metro. Leader: Debbie K. (301) 773-7527.

SEPT 10, SAT - ARLINGTON BIKE TOUR OF HISTORIC POINTS OF INTEREST- Unsuitable for fast cyclists. Bike about 23 miles at a leisurely pace on an all-day circuit tour 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.

SEPT 10, SAT - 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: $10 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader: Stu S. (703) 517-3490.

SEPT 11, SUN - HAZEL RIVER-WHITE ROCKS HIKE AND SWIM: Enjoy a moderate-to-strenuous 8-9 mile hike in SNP and an optional swim in a natural pool. There is 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: $10 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader: Russ S. (703) 860-6735.

SEPT 17, SAT - ANACOSTIA RIVER TRAIL AND DC STREETCAR RIDE - A hike along the Anacostia River past Nationals Park, the Navy Yard, the Washington Yacht Club and RFK Stadium, ending at the streetcar stop at Benning Road. Likely a small charge for the streetcar. Dinner stop afterwards at Union Station. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 11:00 a.m. at the entrance to Union Station Metro. Leader: Mike M. (202) 829-7749.

SEPT 17, SAT - CHEVY CHASE EVENING HIKE -- Join us on this easy 4-mile hike through Chevy Chase from Friendship Heights to Bethesda, MD. Optional Chinese dinner near the end of the hike. Cost: $2 for nonmembers plus return metro fare. Meet at 5:30 p.m. at Friendship Heights Metro directly in front of the bus station. Leaders: Weber L. (703) 525-3357 and Marcia S. mkswan9013@aol.com.

SEPT 18, SUN - BROAD HOLLOW - PINE HILL GAP - A moderate 8-mile hike in Shenandoah National Park through beautiful woods with 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

SEPT 24, SAT - MICHAUX STATE FORREST, PA -- A moderate 11-mile hike just north of Caledonia State Park that includes a lake, lots of Rhododendrons and a couple of views. Cost: $12 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Twinbrook Metro. Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.

SEP 25, SUN - CATOCTIN AND CUNNINGHAM FALLS - Carry lunch and water. Hiking poles will come in handy for Old Misery Trail. A 6-to-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 will 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 a.m. 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).

OCTOBER

OCT 1, SAT - BIKE TOUR OF HISTORIC SITES - PARKS AND BOUNDARY STONES #1 - 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; stop often to visit eleven DC boundary stones and other historic sites. Return along the Mount Vernon, W&OD and Four Mile Run Trails. Trip will be canceled 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.

OCT 2, SUN - MT MARSHALL TO GRAVEL SPRINGS, OUT & BACK - A moderate 8-mile hike along the AT (slight elevation gain) from Hogwallow Flats to Gravel Springs shelter. We'll take in some great vistas from Mt. Marshall and return via same route. Cost: $10 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader: Russ S. 703.860.6735.

OCT 8, SAT - 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 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 Twinbrook Metro (Rockville Pike side). Leaders: Lori and Eric, lorihiker@hotmail.com.

OCT 9, SUN - LITTLE GUNPOWDER, MD -- A moderate 12-mile hike north of Baltimore in Gunpowder Falls State Park. Highlights: a quarry, old railroad bed and the scenic Little Gunpowder Falls River. Cost $10 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet 8:30 am at Forest Glen Metro. Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.

OCT 15, SAT - BULL RUN TRAIL -- A 13-mile out-and-back hike along the Bull Run Trail from Fountainhead Regional Park to Bull Run Marina, with gentle rolling hills and lots of ups & 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 Vienna Metro (north side). Leaders: Lori and Eric, lorihiker@hotmail.com.

OCT 15, SAT - AMERICAN UNIVERSITY, NEIGHBORHOODS AND PARKS - Enjoy this easy-to-moderate 7-mile hike that takes in neighborhoods around American University, the AU campus itself, Battery Kemble and Palisades Parks, and a bit of the Capital Crescent Trail. Optional refreshment stop at Panera Bread in Tenleytown at the end of the hike. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 1:00 p.m. at Tenleytown Metro, east side of Wisconsin Avenue. Leaders: Weber L. (703) 525-3357 and Marcia S. mkswan9013@aol.com.

OCT 16, SUN - FALL PICNIC, HIKE AND ELECTIONS -- Join us for the annual gathering of the CHC -- a barbecue and election of officers for the coming year. Meet at 10:30 a.m. at Cheverly Metro for a short carpool to the National Arboretum for a 5-mile hike. Non-hikers meet at 12:30 p.m. at Town Park: 6401 Forest Road, Cheverly, MD 20785. Cost: $10 for the meal and a $1 carpool fee (+2 for nonmembers). The meal charge is waived for those who bring a side dish or dessert that serves eight or more. Leaders: Michael S. (703) 677-7777 (before 9:00 p.m.) and Gail N. & Blair B. (301) 572-6951.

OCT 22, SAT - FOX FARM TO SNEAD FARM -- A leisurely 5-mile hike in northern SNP. Not suitable for fast hikers. Optional dinner afterward. Cost: $8 plus park-entrance fee (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leaders: Ron W. (703) 931-2526 and Gail N. (301) 572-6951.

OCT 23, SUN - LAFAYETTE PARK -- Visit to Lafayette Square/Park just north and across the street from the White House. Our visit will be about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Brief comments on the history, the statues, the people who maintain and who use the park. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 10:00 a.m.at the Jackson Statue at the center of the Park - the only equestrian statue. Suggestion: leave Farragut North Metro by the K St. exit, then walk down Connecticut Ave. two blocks to Lafayette Park. Leaders: Bill D. and Ann F. (301) 656-1798.

OCT 29, SAT - TROUT POND - A moderate-to-strenuous 8-mile hike in GWNF with beautiful fall foliage and a visit to West Virginia's largest natural pond. Enjoy dinner at a local country restaurant (optional). Cost: $12 (+2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader Stu S. (703) 517-3490.

OCT 30, SUN - POND RUN, HALF-MOON LOOKOUT - A great moderate-to-strenuous 9-mile hike up a rock-strewn stream with a fern glade to a West Virginia mountaintop view (fall colors!). Return loop is through beautiful woods. Cost: $11 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro. Leader: Buz G. (703) 765-0833, BuzGroshong@verizon.net.

NOVEMBER

NOV 5, SAT - PRINCE WILLIAM FOREST PARK -- An easy-to-moderate 4.8-mi slow-paced hike along a scenic trail that follows a creek. Not suitable for fast hikers. Cost: $4 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Huntington Metro, Huntington Ave. side. Leaders: Gail N. (301) l572-6951 and Ron W. (703) 931-2526.

NOV 5, SAT - W&OD TRAIL AND VIENNA - Take in the W&OD Trail, Vienna neighborhoods and Nottoway Park on this easy-to-moderate 6-mile hike from Dunn Loring to Vienna. Refreshment stop at Panera Bread in Vienna during the hike. Cost: $2 for nonmembers plus return metro fare. Meet at 1:00 p.m. at Dunn Loring Metro by the entrance to the pedestrian bridge over I-66. Leaders: Weber L. (703) 525-3357 and Marcia S. mkswan9013@aol.com.

NOV 12, SAT - 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 (+2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader Stu S. (703) 517-3490.

NOV 13, SUN - SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN, MD - A moderate-to-strenuous 7-8 mile hike on Frederick County's lonely mountain. Highlights include views of the Monocacy Valley, rugged cliffs and tree=lined trails. Cost: $3 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro by the bicycle lockers. Leader: Debbie K. (301) 773-7527.

NOV 18-20, FRI-SUN - ASSATEAGUE/CHINCOTEAGUE CAMPOUT - Sand, surf, camp, do easy hikes and see wild ponies. MEMBERS ONLY. Details and reservations from the leader, Ed E. edevange@localnet.com.

NOV 19, SAT - LITTLE BENNETT REGIONAL PARK - We'll hike about five miles. Bring lunch and water. Cost: $3 (+$2 for nonmembers). It's easy to add miles on your own if you go directly to the Kingsley parking lot and arrive by 10:00 a.m. Carpool riders and drivers meet at 9:30 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro, east side by the bike lockers. (We'll leave at 9:40 a.m.) Turn right at the exit turnstiles, go out the same (lower) level. Leader: Margaret C. 301-977-8988 (call between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.), MargtChapm@aol.com (e-mail preferred).

NOV 20, SUN - ROBERTSON MTN, CORBIN HOLLOW - A strenuous 9-mile hike to the top of Robertson Mountain with great views. Descend Corbin Hollow and view relics of the past. 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.

NOV 24, THU - SKY MEADOWS STATE PARK - A moderate 6-mile hike starting in Sky Meadows SP and climbing up to the AT. Following this, we have the option of THANKSGIVING DINNER at the Golden Corral in Manassas. Cost: $8 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader: Stu S. (703) 517-3490.

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 10:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro or 10:25 a.m. at Difficult Run parking lot on Georgetown Pike (4 mi. west of Beltway). Leader: Russ S. (703) 860-6735.

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.

 

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