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Rev (B) 06/25/2014

     

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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


Summer 2014 Schedule

Rev (B) 06/25/2014


THU, MAY 29 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.

SAT, MAY 31 ELLICOTT CITY TROLLEY LINES #8 AND #9: An old neighborhood and rail-trail hike through Catonsville and historic districts of Oella and Ellicott City. Approximately 8 easy miles. Cost: $7. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Forest Glen Metro. Leader: Mike M. (202) 829-7749.

SUN, JUN 1 SCOTT'S RUN TO TURKEY RUN AND RETURN: A 10-11 mile barbell hike (moderate) that connects a loop in Scott's Run Nature Preserve with the Dead Run Loop Trail using Live Oak Drive and the Potomac Heritage Trail. Cost: $2 (+2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at East Falls Church Metro or 9:25 a.m. at the lower Scott's Run parking area off Georgetown Pike (Beltway exit 44). Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.

SAT, JUN 7 BIKE TOUR OF HISTORIC PLACES - 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. We’ll stop often and visit eleven DC boundary stones and other historical 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.

SAT, JUN 7 SKY MEADOWS STATE PARK: A 6-mile moderate 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 10:30 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader: Stu S. (703) 517-3490.

SUN, JUN 8 MARYLAND AT, NORTH FROM ROUTE 40: We'll hike 6 1/2 miles out and back to Black Rock Cliffs, with optional side-trip extensions to Annapolis Rocks and/or to an overnight Appalachian Trail shelter. Bring lunch and water. Cost: $7 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro (by the bike lockers just outside the NE exit; turn right as you go through the exit turnstiles).
Leader: Margaret C. (301) 977-8988, MargtChapm@aol.com. Call between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

SAT, JUN 14 GEORGETOWN NEIGHBORHOODS: An easy 3- or 4-mile hike through residential neighborhoods, parks and cemeteries. Brief commentary. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 11:00 a.m. at Dupont Circle Metro (Q St. exit/entrance). Leaders Bill D. and Ann F. (301) 656-1798.

SUN, JUNE 15 MARYLAND AT SOUTH FROM ROUTE 40: We'll hike 6 1/2 miles out and back to the first Washington Monument and to its state park. Bring lunch and water. Cost: $7 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro (by the bike lockers just outside the NE exit; turn right as you go through the exit turnstiles). Leader: Margaret C. (301) 977-8988, MargtChapm@aol.com. Call between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

FRI, JUN 20 DC UNIVERSITIES, EVENING HIKE: Join us on a 5-mile, easy-to-moderate, out-and-back hike from Rosslyn to the Mt. Vernon campus of George Washington University. Georgetown University is along the way. Chinese dinner afterwards in Rosslyn. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 6:30 p.m. at Rosslyn Metro, bus-stop side. Leaders: Weber L. (703) 525-3357 and Marcia S. mkswan9013@aol.com.

SAT, JUN 21 RIVERBEND PARK: Welcome the beginning of summer by doing a 5-mile hike over rolling terrain in a park along the Potomac River in Fairfax County. The part of the hike that follows the river is likely to be muddy after rains. This will not be a fast-paced hike. Bring water and lunch. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10 a.m. at East Falls Church Metro or 10:45 a.m. at Riverbend Park NATURE Center (NOT the Visitor Center). Leader: Ron W. (703) 931-2526.

SUN, JUN 22 BIG SCHLOSS -- HALF-MOON LOOKOUT: Enjoy spectacular views from Big Schloss and Half Moon Lookout. There is a steep climb at the beginning of an otherwise moderate 12-mile ridge hike. Cost: $11(+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro. Leader: Buz G. (703) 765-0833, BuzGroshong@verizon.net.

SAT, JUN 28 PATUXTENT RIVER PARK: Hike 8-10 easy miles along Jug Bay. Highlights include vistas of the bay, an old airfield and a side trip to Merckle Wildlife Sanctuary. For those seeking a four-mile hike, there is an option for a one-hour boat trip. Cost: $3 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 11:00 a.m. at Cheverly Metro. Leader: Debbie K. (301) 773-7527 CORRECTION: There is NO option for a 1 hr boat ride.

SUN, JUN 29 BILLY GOAT TRAIL: Hike 12 miles of the famous Billy Goat Trail along a rocky but moderate terrain. Enjoy views of Great Falls and old gold mines. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at East Falls Church Metro or 9:25 a.m. at the western-most Carderock parking area. Leader: Duncan T. (703) 527-2349.

SAT, JUL 5 CLEVELAND PARK TO FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL: Hike 6-7 easy miles from Cleveland Park to the Folk Life Festival via the Naval Observatory and Georgetown. Featured this year: China and Kenya. Optional food stop at the festival food tents after the hike. Cost: return metro fare (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Cleveland Park Metro (east side, northbound traffic). Leader: Mike M. (202) 829-7749.

SUN, JUL 13 SOUTHWEST HERITAGE TRAIL: Hike 4 easy miles in SW DC, the Waterfront included, with stops to take in and absorb the historical markers along the way. Optional food stop at the end of the hike. The tour itself can be downloaded from culturaltourism.dc.org. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 1:00 p.m. at L’Enfant Plaza Metro (Maryland Avenue exit). Leader: Mike M. (202) 829-7749.

FRI, JUL 18 TENLEYTOWN TO COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, EVENING HIKE: Enjoy this 5-mile easy-to- moderate hike from Tenleytown through parts of Rock Creek Park and Piney Branch to Columbia Heights. Mexican dinner in Columbia Heights at the end of the hike. Cost: Return metro fare (+$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, JUL 19 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.

SUN, JULY 20 BLUFF TRAIL CIRCUIT: A 13-mile moderate hike along the AT and the Bluff Trail in SNP. Great views from North Marshall. 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.

SAT, JUL 26 MANASSAS BATTLEFIELD: A 5-mile hike at a moderate pace. Cost: $3 plus small park-entrance fee (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 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.

SUN, JUL 27 BILLY GOAT TRAIL: Hike 12 miles of the famous Billy Goat Trail along a rocky but moderate terrain. Visit views of Great Falls and old gold mines. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at East Falls Church or 9:25 a.m. at the western-most Carderock parking area. Leader: Duncan T. (703) 527-2349. HIKE CANCELLED

SAT, AUG 2 LAKE ACCOTINK: 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.

FRI, AUG 15 FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS TO BETHESDA, EVENING HIKE: Join us on this easy 5-miler taking in Friendship Heights, Somerset, and the Capital Crescent Trail to Bethesda. Chinese dinner in Bethesda right before the end of the hike. Cost: Return metro fare (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 6:30 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.

SUN, AUG 17 LITTLE DEVIL'S 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.

SUN, AUG 17 TENLEYTOWN HERITAGE TRAIL: Enjoy an easy 4-mile hike in upper NW DC that includes the highest elevation in the city, with stops to take in and absorb the historical markers along the way. Optional food stop (Panera’s, Chipotle’s??) at the end of the hike. The tour itself can be downloaded from culturaltourism.dc.org. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 1:00 p.m. at Tenleytown Metro. Leader: Mike M. (202) 829-7749.

THU, AUG 21 HIKE SCHEDULE MAILING: The few, the proud, the mailers: members of the Center Club pizza eating team make sure you get your schedule as they savor their slices. For meeting time and place call Duncan T. (703) 527 2349.

SAT, AUG 23 POLE STEEPLE – SUNSET ROCKS: A moderate 10-mile hike except for a steep 300-foot climb up Pole Steeple for a great view. Sunset Rocks is an exciting rock scramble. Optional swim at Fuller Lake after the hike and an optional dinner in Gettysburg. Cost: $12 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Twinbrook Metro. Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349. Alternate date, August 17.

WED, AUG 27 GREENBRIER STATE PARK, MYERSVILLE, MD: We'll hike 5 or 6 miles along moderately hilly terrain, followed by the opportunity for a quiet swim in the lake afterwards. Last year the lifeguards were still on duty, but the local schools were back in session. We had the beach to ourselves. This will be a joint hike with the PATC Easy Hikers. Bring lunch and water -- and swim suit and towel if you plan to stay for a swim. Changing rooms are available on the beach. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Hikers provide their own transportation and pay their own park-entrance fee. Meet at the Nature Center inside the park. Hike starts promptly at 10:15 a.m. Some parking is available immediately in front of the nature center; use the nearby beach parking lot for overflow. Leader: Margaret C. (301) 977-8988, MargtChapm@aol.com. Call between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

SAT, AUG 30 MASON NECK STATE PARK: A 6-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 a.m. at Van Dorn Metro. Leader: Ron W. (703) 931-2526.

 

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