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Rev (C) 10/24/2014

     

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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


Fall 2014 Schedule

Rev (C) 10/24/2014


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.

FRI, SEP 5 C & O CANAL EVENING HIKE: Join us for 6 easy miles on the C&O Canal Towpath from Rosslyn to Fletcher's Boathouse and return. 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 Marcia S. mkswan9013@aol.com.

SAT, SEP 6 ARLINGTON BIKE TOUR OF HISTORIC PLACES: Unsuitable for fast cyclists. Bike about 23 miles at a leisurely pace on an all-day historic circuit tour through streets and parks of Arlington, stopping often 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 6 BLACK HILLS REGIONAL PARK: We'll hike about 5 miles with a stop for lunch near the end of the hike. After lunch, join us for paddling on the lake or return to the metro station directly after the hike. Bring lunch, water and $$ for kayak or canoe rental fees (if you choose this option). For boat rental bring driver's license or other ID per MNCPPC boat rental requirements. Cost: $2 plus park-entrance fee (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro outside the NE exit. (Metro riders, turn right at the exit turnstile and stay on the lower level as you leave the station.) Leader: Margaret C. (301) 977-8988, MargtChapm@aol.com. Call between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

SUN, SEP 7 FREDERICK FOREST: A moderate 10-11 mile hike northwest of Frederick, Md. with views, nice streams, a pond along old roads and mountain bike trails. There will be the possibility of getting lost. Cost: $7 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Twinbrook Metro. Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.

SUN, SEP 7 CONGRESSIONAL CEMETERY, DC: See the graves of the famous and infamous on this easy, slow-paced 3-4 mile walk around the 200-year-old burial ground. Bring a snack and water. Hike will be cancelled if chance of rain is more than 50%. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 11:00 a.m. at Eastern Market Metro, top of the escalators. Leaders: June W. (240) 361-8265 and Bill D. and Ann F. (301) 656-1798.

SAT, SEP 13 CENTRAL ARLINGTON HISTORY TOUR: An easy 10-12 mile walking 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.

SUN, SEP 14 ANACOSTIA RIVER TRAIL: An easy hike of approximately 8 miles on a hiking path along the Anacostia River to the Pennsylvania Avenue overpass. We end in the Eastern Market area. Optional dinner stop at a Chinese buffet restaurant near the Eastern Market Metro. Cost: Return metro fare (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10 a.m. at L'Enfant Metro, Maryland Avenue entrance. Leader: Mike M. (202) 829-7749.

SAT, SEP 20 PRINCE WILLIAM FOREST PARK: A 5.5-mile moderately-paced hike over rolling terrain. Cost: $3 plus park-entrance fee (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Huntington Metro, Huntington Avenue side. Leader: Ron W. (703) 931-2526.

SUN, SEP 21 HOOVER CAMP FROM BOOTENS GAP: A moderate-to-strenuous 10-mile hike in central SNP, starting at Bootens Gap and hiking over Cat Knob to Hoover Camp. We'll return by Mill Prong Trail to Milam Gap, then back via the AT. Cost: $11 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, SEP 27 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. We'll travel along the Arlington boundary to Jones Point in Alexandria, stopping often and visiting 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 percent. 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, SEP 28 CHC BARBECUE, SHORT HIKE AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS: Join us for an easy hike followed by a barbecue and the Center Hiking Club's fall business meeting, which includes the election of officers. Meet at 10 a.m. at East Falls Church Metro for the 3-4 mile hike, which ends at Bon Air Park in Arlington. There barbecued hamburgers, potato salad and drinks will be available for $5.00 or a contribution of food (desserts, side dishes). Those not wishing to participate in the hike, meet at Bon Air Park at 11:30 a.m. There is a $2 nonmember fee. The return walk to the metro station is about 1.5 miles. For directions to the Bon Air Park location, contact the leader, Michael S. (703) 677-7777. Call before 9 p.m. NOTE: (Location changed from Bluemont Park to Bon Air Park.)

SAT, OCT 4 RIVERBEND AND GREAT FALLS PARKS: A scenic 7-mile easy hike starting in Riverbend Park, continuing along the Potomac to Great Falls Park, and returning by a slightly more inland, forested route. Cost: $4 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Wiehle - Reston East Metro (north side at exit from pedestrian overpass) or 10:00 a.m. at Riverbend Park Visitor Center (end of Potomac Hills Street, Great Falls, VA). Leader: Russ S. (703) 860-6735.

SUN, OCT 5 STRICKLER KNOB: Strickler Knob is a rocky outcropping on Massanutten Mountain that overlooks New Market Gap. Until recently it was accessible only via a difficult bushwack, but now there is a trail to it, which we'll follow on this moderate-to-strenuous 10-to-2 mile hike. Cost: $13 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.

SAT, OCT 11 CATOCTIN MOUNTAIN PARK, MD: 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. Cost: $7 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro (east side parking lot by bicycle lockers). Leader: Debbie K. (301) 773-7527.

SAT-MON, OCT 11-13 PADDLE AND CAMP IN THE N.J. PINE BARRENS: Must have your own canoe or kayak. Group meets only at campground in N.J. Some limited hiking options. Details and reservations from the leader, Ed E. edevange@localnet.com.

SUN, OCT 12 BROAD HOLLOW -- PINE HILL GAP: A moderate 8-mile hike in SNP through beautiful woods that feature 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).

SAT, OCT 18 FOX FARM -- 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 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leaders: Gail N. (301) 572-6951 and Ron W. (703) 931-2526.

SAT, OCT 18 DC AND MD NEIGHBORHOODS: Enjoy this easy-to-moderate 5-miler through Tenleytown, Chevy Chase, Somerset, and Kenwood as we hike from Tenleytown to Bethesda. Refreshment stop at La Madeleine in Bethesda after 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, OCT 19 PENN MAR, NORTHWARDS: We'll enjoy a 6-mile round-trip hike, out and back, into Pennsylvania on the Appalachian trail. Bring lunch and water. Cost: $9 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro outside the NE exit; turn right at the turnstile as you exit the station. Leader: Margaret C. (301) 977-8988, MargtChapm@aol.com. Call between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

SAT, OCT 25 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, OCT 26 ANACOSTIA TRAIL SYSTEM BICYCLE RIDE: We'll bike a loop of about 15 miles, mostly fairly flat, although we may dismount and walk in order to get up the steep hill on the UM College Park campus. We'll sample the NW Branch Trail, the NE Branch Trail, the Bladensburg waterfront, Lake Artemesia, the Paint Branch Trail and the Sligo Creek Trail; all are paved. The ride may be cancelled if the ground is wet; we'll want to avoid riding on wet leaves. If that is the case, we may decide to hike instead if it's not too wet for that. Bring lunch and water. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 9:30 a.m. outside the only pedestrian exit from the West Hyattsville Metro station on the green line. Be ready to ride by 9:40 a.m. Leader: Margaret C. (301) 977-8988. Call between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

SUN, OCT 26 BULL RUN I: Enjoy a moderate 7.7-mile hike from Hemlock Overlook to Bull Run Park on this rolling stream valley trail. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side) or at 9:30 a.m. at Bull Run Park at the swimming pool parking lot. Leader: Jim H. houghtonjf@cox.net.

FRI, OCT 31 HALLOWEEN HIKE IN ARLINGTON: See haunted houses, a spooky graveyard and skeletons riding motorcycles on this easy 4-mile in-town walk. Extra points awarded to costumed hikers. Optional meal afterwards. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 7:00 p.m. at Virginia Square Metro. Leader: Russ S. (703) 860-6735

SAT, NOV 1 MANASSAS BATTLEFIELD: Hike 5 easy miles around this historic battlefield. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side) or 10:40 a.m. Please meet us at the metro station, as we need drivers to transport us to the trail head. Leader: Stu S. (703) 517-3490.

SAT, NOV 1 SUGARLOAF SNP: Enjoy a scenic slow-paced hike of 5 miles. Terrain is moderate with one steep section. The landscape and views are first rate. 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 Ellen A. (703) 998-8617.

SAT, NOV 8 OVERALL RUN: A strenuous 8-mile hike. Starting at Thomson Hollow road, we'll hike up to the lunch spot overlooking Overall Run Falls (the highest falls in the SNP), with wonderful views out to the valley. About a mile from the end, we'll visit (weather permitting) a beautiful cluster of swimming holes, worth, at a minimum, a dip of the toes. Cost $10 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader: Beryl G. (202) 333-1807.

SUN, NOV 9 SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN, MD: 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, NOV 15 BULL RUN II: Enjoy a moderate 11.5-mile hike from Hemlock Overlook to Fountainhead Park on this rolling stream valley trail. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side) or at 9:30 a.m. at Fountainhead Park in the lot near the trail head. Leader: Jim H. houghtonjf@cox.net.

SUN, NOV 16 SCOTT'S RUN TO TURKEY RUN AND RETURN: A 10-11 mile barbell hike 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 (at the bottom of the hill) off Georgetown Pike (Beltway exit 44). Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.

SUN, NOV 16 CLEVELAND PARK CIRCUIT, DC: In memory of Mike Pollack, long-time Center Club hike leader who passed away recently, we'll walk 4-5 miles around some of Mike's old haunts. Hike takes in parts of nearby Rock Creek Park and the Cleveland Park neighborhood, with an optional food/drink stop at the end. Bring water and a snack. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 11:00 a.m. at Cleveland Park Metro, east side entrance. Leaders: June W. (240) 361-8265 and Bill D. (301) 656-1798.

THU, NOV 20 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.

FRI-SUN, NOV 21-23 ANNUAL CHINCOTEAGUE CAMP OUT: MEMBERS ONLY. Sand, surf, camp, do easy hikes and see wild ponies. Details and reservations from the leader, Ed E. edevange@localnet.com.

SAT, NOV 22 DC NEIGHBORHOODS, AMERICAN UNIVERSITY, AND CAPITAL CRESCENT TRAIL: Come on this hike of 8 easy-to-moderate miles that takes in neighborhoods around American University, the AU campus itself, and the Capital Crescent Trail. Enjoy refreshments 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.

SUN, NOV 23 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).

THU, NOV 27 SKY MEADOWS STATE PARK: A moderate 5-mile hike starting in Sky Meadows State Park. The high point is a climb up to the AT for views. Optional Thanksgiving dinner afterward at the Golden Corral in Manassas. Cost: $8 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 11:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader: Stu S. (703) 517-3490.

SUN, NOV 30 ROCK CREEK PARK: Work off that Thanksgiving dinner with this 10-12 mile
scenic hike through lower Rock Creek Park. Along the way we will encounter urban vistas, tree-lined trails and a beautiful overlook of the Potomac River. This is a circuit hike that begins and ends at Rosslyn Metro. We will have lunch in the park. Expected time of completion is 4:00 p.m. Bring water and lunch; wear hiking shoes. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Rosslyn Metro, Moore Street exit.
Leader: Debbie K (301) 773-7527.

 

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