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Club Membership Secretary needed !
Due to the impending retirement of our current secty, the club
needs a new volunteer to serve as our membership secretary.
Interested parties should contact the President;
Debbie Kramer at dekramer@concentric.net
(training and pizza provided !)

Rev (B) 03/13/2015

     

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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 2015 Schedule

Rev (B) 03/13/2015


FEBRUARY 2015

SAT, FEB 21 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.

SUN, FEB 22 ARLINGTON MEANDER: Hike 8 easy miles along the Four Mile Run Trail to Shirlington and back. Highlights include tree-lined trails, streams and the ghost of old train stops. Optional lunch in Shirlington. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Ballston Metro. Leader: Debbie K. (301) 773-7527.

TUES, FEB 24 TUESDAY NIGHT EXPLORATION: Join us for this chance to stretch your legs after work on a 3-4 mile neighborhood walk in 1.5 to 2 hours. We return to the starting point. Dress for the weather. Bring water and cooperative spirit. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at Braddock Road Metro (by newspaper racks) at 6:00 p.m. We leave promptly at 6:10 p.m. Check CHC website for weather or other cancellations. Leader: Michael S. 703-677-7777. Call before 9 p.m.

THURS, FEB 26 HIKE SCHEDULE MAILING: The few, the proud, the mailers: the Center Hiking Club pizza eating team will make sure you get your schedule as they savor their slices. For meeting place and time call Duncan T. (703) 527-2349.

March 2015

SUN MAR 1 PIMMIT RUN: A 12-mile out-and-back hike from Chain Bridge along Pimmit Run in Virginia. Trail is mostly flat; there are some hills. Pace is moderate. Bring water and lunch. Wear long pants; some trail sections are not well traveled. Shoes will probably get muddy. (If trail becomes exceedingly muddy and, therefore, nearly impassable, hike will be cancelled.) We will stop as needed. Most of the hike is near residential areas and through Fairfax County parks. Expect wildlife. In past years we have seen eels, water snakes, many birds, deer and other creatures. Optional restaurant stop afterward. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Rosslyn Metro (street level) or at 9:00 a.m. at the Chain Bridge trailhead. Leader: Kevin C. (703) 346-2292; kevchis@aol.com. For more information about the trail, go to http://www.fairfaxtrails.org/pimmit/110707Legal_brochures_updown.pdf

Tue, Mar 3, 6:00 p.m. -- TUESDAY NIGHT EXPLORATION
Description: Join us for this chance to stretch your legs after work on a 3-4 mile neighborhood circuit walk in 1.5 to 2 hours. Dress for the weather. Bring water and a cooperative spirit. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at Braddock Road Metro (by newspaper racks) at 6:00 p.m. We leave promptly at 6:10 p.m. Check CHC website for weather or other cancellations. Leader: Michael S. 703-677-7777. Call before 9 p.m.

Sat, Mar 7, 10:00 a.m. -- LAKE ACCOTINK
Description: 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, Mar 8, 10:00 a.m. -- RESTON RAMBLE
Description: 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. Meet at 10:00 a.m.at the Reston metro station, north side of pedestrian bridge. No carpool required. Leader: Russ S. 703-860-6735.

Sat, Mar 14, 9:00 a.m. -- BLOCKHOUSE POINT
Description: A moderate 10-mile loop hike in Blockhouse Point Park and along the C&O Canal. Highlights include rocky view points of the Potomac and 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. Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. 703-527-2349.

Sun, Mar 15, 9:00 a.m. -- FRASER PRESERVE IN VIRGINIA CANCELLED
Description: A six-mile hilly loop with an 800-foot elevation change in a private nature sanctuary (Nature Conservancy). The hike offers riverbank views. The Nature Conservancy is located in the northwestern corner of Fairfax County, adjacent to the Potomac River Woodlands. Hiking poles will help but are not mandatory. Cost: $3 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m.at East Falls Church Metro, north side. Turn left after coming down escalators; meet at the bus stop on the left for the carpool. Leader: Ed C. 703-400-8023 (cell). CANCELLED

Tue, Mar 17, 6:00 p.m. -- TUESDAY NIGHT EXPLORATION
Description: Join us for this chance to stretch your legs after work on a 3-4 mile neighborhood circuit walk in 1.5 to 2 hours. Dress for the weather. Bring water and a cooperative spirit. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at Braddock Road Metro (by newspaper racks) at 6:00 p.m. We leave promptly at 6:10 p.m. Check CHC website for weather or other cancellations. Leader: Michael S. 703-677-7777. Call before 9 p.m.

Sat, Mar 21, 10:00 a.m. -- PRINCE WILLIAM FOREST PARK (PWFP)
Description: An easy-to-moderate, slow-paced 4.8-mile 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. 301-572-6951 and Ron W. 703- 931-2526.

Sun, Mar 22, 9:00 a.m. -- THORNTON RIVER AND HULL SCHOOL TRAILS
Description: 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, Mar 22, 10:00 a.m. -- SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN, MD
Description: A 7-8 mile moderate-to-strenuous hike on Montgomery County's lone 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.

Sat, Mar 28, 10:00 a.m. -- BULL RUN I
Description: A moderate 11-mile rolling hike in a forested valley from Hemlock Overlook to Fountainhead Park. Lunch at the picnic tables at the Bull Run Marina, overlooking the river (bring your own lunch).
Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side) or at 10:30a.m. at Fountainhead Park in the parking lot by the trail head. Leader: Jim H., houghtonjf@cox.net.

Sun, Mar 29, 9:00 a.m. -- ARLINGTON TO OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA
Description: A quick-paced 12-mile neighborhood jaunt beginning in Rosslyn. We'll proceed via trail, sidewalk, river and stream and pass through lovely neighborhoods in Arlington, Crystal City, Shirlington, Del Ray and Old Town Alexandria. Lunch will be at a restaurant in either Shirlington or Del Ray. We'll have return transportation options along the way by bus and train. Cost: Return metro fare (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. on street outside Rosslyn Metro. Leader: Kevin C. 703-346-2292, kevchis@aol.com.

April 2015

Sat, Apr 4, 10:00 a.m. -- MANASSAS BATTLEFIELD
Description: A 5-mile hike at a moderate pace. Cost: $3 plus a small park-entrance fee (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10 a.m. at Vienna Metro, north side. Leader: Stu S. 703-517-3490. Note: Drivers, if possible, please come to Vienna Metro first to pick up hikers.

Sat, Apr 4, 1:00 p.m. -- CHERRY BLOSSOMS / BETHESDA
Description: An easy 6-mile hike in Bethesda-Chevy Chase neighborhoods, highlighting cherry blossoms in Kenwood. Optional dinner stop at La Madeleine. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 1:00 p.m. at Bethesda Metro. Leader: Mike M. 202-829-7749.

Sun, Apr 5, 11:00 a.m. - WASHINGTON, DC EASTER HIKE
Description: Don your Easter bonnets or hiking caps for this 4-5 mile stroll through Washington, DC. Along the way we will visit Dupont Circle Embassy Row, Adams Morgan and Mount Pleasant. Optional late lunch at a churreria. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 11:00 a.m. at Dupont Circle Metro, Q Street entrance. Leader: Debbie K. 301-773-7527.

Tue, Apr 7, 6:00 p.m. -- TUESDAY NIGHT EXPLORATION
Description: Join us for this chance to stretch your legs after work on a 3-4 mile neighborhood circuit walk in 1.5 to 2 hours. Dress for the weather. Bring water and a cooperative spirit. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at Braddock Road Metro (by newspaper racks) at 6:00 p.m. We leave promptly at 6:10 p.m. Check CHC website for weather or other cancellations. Leader: Michael S. 703-677-7777. Call before 9 p.m.

Sat, Apr 11, 10:00 a.m. -- HIKE WITH A COFFEE BREAK
Description: 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, and then along the Passamaquody 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.

Sat, Apr 11, 1:00 p.m. -- DC NEIGHBORHOODS & CAPITAL CRESCENT TRAIL
Description: Join us on an 7-mile easy-to-moderate hike from Tenleytown to Bethesda through DC and MD neighborhoods and on the Capital Crescent Trail. Refreshments at La Madeleine in Bethesda at the end of the hike. Cost: Return metro fare (+$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

Sun, Apr 12, 9:30 a.m. -- LITTLE BENNNETT REGIONAL PARK
Description: We'll go off in a new direction and explore trails not previously trampled by Center Club hikers on a hike of about 6 miles. Bring lunch and water. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro by the bike lockers outside the NE exit. Metro riders, turn right at the exit turnstile and stay on the lower level as you leave the station. All, be sure you find the right set of bike lockers, the ones outside the lower-level station exit. Leader: Margaret C. 301-977-8988, MargtChapm@aol.com. Call between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Sun, Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. -- BULL RUN II
Description: A moderate 7.7-mile rolling hike in a forested valley from Hemlock Overlook to Bull Run Park. If we timed the event correctly, we'll see thousands off bluebells in bloom. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m.at Vienna Metro (north side) or at 10:30 a.m. at Bull Run Park in the parking lot by the swimming pool. Leader: Jim H. houghtonjf@cox.net.

Sun, Apr 12, 6:30 p.m. -- HIKE LEADERS SOCIAL

Description: Meet at 6:30 p.m. at Duncan & Nora's in Arlington. Bring your drinks and dishes to share. New leaders and sweeps are always welcome. For directions, call Duncan T. or Nora P. 703-527-2349.

Sat, Apr 18, 9:00 a.m. -- SNP - JENKINS GAP
Description: A moderate 10-mile, out-and-back walk along the Appalachian Trail starting at Jenkins Gap and heading south (5 miles out, 5 miles back). Stunning views from Mt. Marshall (aprx 600 ft elev.); lunch at or near Gravel Springs Gap. Cost: $9 (+$2 for nonmembers). This is an NPS free day; no park-entrance fees will be collected. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro, north side. Leader: Russ S. 703-860-6735.

Sat, Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. -- UNIVERSITIES AND PARKS
Description: 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 a.m. at Tenleytown Metro, east side of Wisconsin Avenue. Leader: Stu S. 703-517-3490.

Sun, Apr 19, 9:30 a.m. -- PEN MAR TO HIGH ROCK
Description: We'll hike a total of about 5 miles, first by going south on the Appalachian Trail (AT) from Pen Mar to High Rock, then by returning northwards to Pen Mar along the side of a usually quiet road. The AT goes along nicely for quite a while and then reaches the base of a non-technical but lengthy uphill climb (slog) as we slowly and tediously work our way up over the rocks on the AT. The primary challenge will be to our patience, then to our heart and lungs. The way back along the road is easy. Bring lunch and water. Hiking poles are recommended. Hike leader reserves the option to substitute another hike should she judge trail conditions to be overly wet and risky. Cost: $8 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro by the bike lockers outside the NE exit. Metro riders, turn right at the exit turnstile and stay on the lower level as you leave the station. All, be sure you find the right set of bike lockers, the ones outside the lower-level station exit. Leader: Margaret C. 301-977-8988, MargtChapm@aol.com. Call between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Sat, Apr 25, 9:00 a.m. -- VIRGINIA STATE ARBORETUM
Description: A 5.5-mile circuit hike--uncrowded and picturesque. The hike covers open woods, gravel roads, corn fields and broad meadows. Operated by the University of Virginia, the arboretum has many trees, flowers and herbs, aptly marked, and a large grove of gingko trees. It is located near Boyce, VA past Sky Meadows State Park. Cost: $5 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro. From the escalator, go to the left, cross the pedestrian bridge and meet in front by the bike-rack storage. Leader: Ed C. 703-400-8023 (cell).

Sun, Apr 26, 9:00 a.m. -- SIGNAL KNOB, BEAR WALLOW
Description: A moderate-to-strenuous 10.5-mile hike with views of Buzzards Rock on the way up and views of Strasburg from Signal Knob. Return is on the Bear Wallow Trail to Elizabeth Furnace. We may see wildflowers. Cost: $8 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro. Leader: Buz G. 703-765-0833, BuzGroshong@verizon.ne).

Sun, Apr 26, 11:00 a.m. -- WOODLEY CIRCUIT
Description: Hike 5 easy miles from Woodley/Zoo Metro to the National Cathedral, down the Melvin Hazen Trail to Rock Creek Park, and then back to Woodley. Lunch optional. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 11:00 a.m. at Woodley/Zoo Metro. Leaders: Bill D. and Ann F. 301-656-1798.

May 2015

Sat, May 2, 9:00 a.m. -- GUNPOWDER FALLS STATE PARK
Description: A scenic10-mile moderate hike along the Big Gunpowder Falls River north of Baltimore. Cost: $10 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Forest Glen Metro. Leaders: Duncan T. & Nora P. 703-527-2349

Sat, May 2, 9:15 a.m. -- BIKE TOUR OF HISTORIC PLACES - PARKS AND BOUNDARY STONES
Description: Unsuitable for fast cyclists. Bike about 35 miles at a leisurely pace on an all-day tour. We'll travel along the Arlington boundary to Jones Point in Alexandria, stopping often and visiting eleven DC boundary stones and other historic sites. We'll 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.

Sat, May 2, 9:30 a.m. - SOUTH RIVER FALLS AND HAWKBILL MOUNTAIN, CENTRAL SNP
Description: We begin with a walk along the scenic South River Falls Trail into a deep, wooded gorge that brings us to the beautiful South River Falls. This is a 3.8-mile moderate hike. We end with a climb (optional) to the stunning views from the summit of Hawksbill Mountain, a 1.8-mile moderate hike. Total distance is 5.6 miles. Each segment is slow-paced. There will be a dinner option after the hike. Cost: $13 plus park-entrance fee (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Vienna Metro. Leaders: Ellen A. 703-998-8617 and Ron W. 703-931-2526.

Sun, May 3, 9:00 a.m. -- ROCKYMOUNT
Description: A moderate-to-strenuous 10-mile hike in a wild and rugged section of SNP. Great views from a rocky perch and a walk along a shady stream. Cost: $14 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro. Leader: Buz G. (703) 765-0833, BuzGroshong@verizon.net.

Tue, May 5, 6:00 p.m. -- TUESDAY NIGHT EXPLORATION
Description: Join us for this chance to stretch your legs after work on a 3-4 mile neighborhood circuit walk in 1.5 to 2 hours. We return to the starting point. Dress for the weather. Bring water and a cooperative spirit. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at Braddock Road Metro (by newspaper racks) at 6:00 p.m. We leave promptly at 6:10 p.m. Check CHC website for weather or other cancellations. Leader: Michael S. 703-677-7777. Call before 9 p.m.

Sat, May 9, 11:00 a.m. -- SKY MEADOWS STATE PARK
Description: A 6 ½-mile hike starting in Sky Meadows State Park. The high point is a climb up to the AT for views. Cost: $8 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 11:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader: Stu S. 703-517-3490.

Sun, May 10, 9:00 a.m. -- CHIMNEY ROCKS, MICHAUX STATE FOREST
Description: A moderate-to-strenuous 11-mile hike in southern Pa. along the AT and side trails. Views from Chimney and Shafer Rocks. Cost: $10 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Twinbrook Metro. Leaders: Duncan T. & Nora P. 703-527-2349.

Sat, May 16, 10:30 a.m. -- COLLEGE PARK
Description: An easy 8-mile semi-urban walk in College Park. We'll tour the campus of the University of Maryland, hike on parts of the Paint Branch Trail and College Park Trolley Trail, and then walk around Lake Artemesia, one of the prettiest spots in the Washington area. Optional lunch (delicious fish sandwiches and tacos) near the end of the hike at the Fishnet in Berwyn. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at and hike from College Park Metro at 10:30 a.m. Gather by the top of the stairs/escalator, near the bike racks on the west side of the station (through the pedestrian tunnel under the tracks). Leader: George S. (703) 243-8284.

Sun, May 17, 9:00 a.m. -- C&O CANAL TOWPATH
Description: Monocacy River Aqueduct to Calico Rocks in Maryland. This is an easy-to-moderate out-and- back hike of 10.8 miles on the flat C&O Canal towpath and its outer reaches. Zero elevation change. On one side, you will see the Potomac River and the other, the C&O Canal. At the trail head, there is a huge stone aqueduct that was completed in 1833. The trail itself is hard-packed dirt except for 560 feet of stone over the aqueduct. Great spring hike. Cost: $5 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at East Falls Church Metro, north side. Go left after coming down the escalator; meet at the bus stop on the left for the carpool. Leader: Ed C. 703-400-8023 (cell).

Tue, May 19, 6:00 p.m. -- TUESDAY NIGHT EXPLORATION
Description: Join us for this chance to stretch your legs after work on a 3-4 mile neighborhood circuit walk in 1.5 to 2 hours. Dress for the weather. Bring water and cooperative spirit. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at Braddock Road Metro (by newspaper racks) at 6:00 p.m. We leave promptly at 6:10 p.m. Check CHC website for weather or other cancellations. Leader: Michael S. 703-677-7777. Call before 9 p.m.

Sat, May 23, 9:00 a.m. -- CENTRAL ARLINGTON HISTORY TOUR
Description: An easy all-day walk of 10-12 miles touring 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, May 23, 9:30 a.m. -- CATOCTIN MOUNTAIN PARK, MD
Description: Enjoy an 8-mile moderate-to-strenuous hike (there are some impressive-uphill slogs) in a beautiful national park. We will pass waterfalls and walk through tree-lined trails en route to Wolf and Chimney Rocks. Costs: $7 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro, east side parking lot (by bicycle lockers). Leader: Debbie K. 301-773-7527.

Sun May 24, 11:00 a.m. -- EAST FALLS CHURCH TO BALLSTON
Description: An easy 4-mile hike on the W&OD trails with stops at Bonair Rose Garden (acres of roses in bloom) and an historic railroad car. Cost: Return metro fare (+2 for nonmembers). Meet at 11:00 a.m. at East Falls Church Metro. Leader: Stu S. 703-517-3490.

Mon, May 25, 9:30 a.m. -- FOUNTAINHEAD REGIONAL PARK to BULL RUN MARINA
Description: Memorial Day hike. A 13-mile out-and-back hike at a moderate-to-fast pace (2.5 to 3.0 miles per hour) along the Bull Run Trail starting at Fountainhead Regional Park. Gentle rolling hills with lots of ups and downs. Total elevation gain is about 1200 feet. Bring lunch and water. Cost: $3 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Vienna Metro, north side, or at 10:15 a.m. at Fountainhead Park. The entrance to Fountainhead Park is located at 10875 Hampton Road, Fairfax Station, VA 22039. From the entrance of the park continue straight for 0.6 mile, then turn right into the parking lot. Leaders: Lori and Eric lorihiker@hotmail.com.

Thu, May 28, 6:30 p.m. -- HIKE SCHEDULE MAILING
Description: The Center Hiking Club pizza eating team will make sure you get your schedule as they savor their slices. For meeting place call Duncan T. 703-527-2349.

Fri, May 29, 6:30 p.m. -- DC UNIVERSITIES EVENING HIKE
Description: Stretch your legs on this easy-to-moderate 5-miler, taking in Georgetown, Georgetown University, and the Mount Vernon Campus of George Washington University. 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 Marty B. hikermb@earthlink.net

Sat, May 30, 10:00 a.m. -- SOUTH RUN, LAKE MERCER
Description: An easy 5-mile hike in Fairfax County, including a circumnavigation of Lake Mercer. This may be the first time the CHC has done this hike. 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, May 31, 9:30 a.m. -- MEADOWSIDE NATURE CENTER AND LAKE FRANK, ROCKVILLE, MD
Description: We'll do a modified version of a classic CHC hike. We'll cover about 6 miles. Bring lunch and water. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro by the bike lockers outside the NE exit. Metro riders, turn right at the exit turnstile and stay on the lower level as you leave the station. All, be sure you find the right set of bike lockers, the ones outside the lower-level station exit. You may meet us at 9:45 a.m. at the Meadowside Nature Center, at the end of Meadowside Lane off Muncaster Mill Road. Leader: Margaret C. 301-977-8988, MargtChapm@aol.com. Call between 7 a.m. and 8p.m.

 

 

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