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Rev (-) 8/23//2017

     

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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 2017 Schedule

Rev (-) 8/23//2017


SAT, AUG 26 - ARLINGTON HISTORY BIKE TOUR. 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, stopping often at notable points. Bring lunch and water. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Ballston Metro, top of escalators. Leader: Bernie B. (703) 243-0179, bhberne@yahoo.com.

SUN, AUG 27 -- 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 a.m. at Van Dorn Metro. Leader: Ron W. (703) 931-2526. Note: Location changed, no longer Pohick Bay Regional Park.

SAT, SEP 2 -- MANASSAS BATTLEFIELD. Join us for an easy-to-moderate 5-mile loop over gently rolling hills. Bring water, a snack and a cooperative spirit. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (depart at 10:10 a.m.) or meet outside the visitor center at 10:45 a.m. (depart at 10:55 a.m.). Leader: Michael S. (703) 677-7777, call before 9:00 p.m.

SUN, SEP 3 -- TROUT POND SWIMMING HIKE. A moderate-to-strenuous 8-mile hike in GWNF with a visit to West Virginia's largest natural pond. We will have a sand beach and changing 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 9 -- CENTRAL ARLINGTON HISTORY TOUR. An easy all-day walk of 10-12 miles with many stops at 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 9 -- 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 Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary. Cost: $3 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at Cheverly Metro.at 10:00 a.m. Leader Debbie K. (301) 773-7527.

SAT, SEP 16 -- NORTHWEST RIVER TRAIL, LANCASTER COUNTY, PA.
An easy 8-mile scenic hike (mostly level) featuring three historic Susquehanna River towns --Wrightsville, Columbia and Marietta. Hike will begin on west side of the river, cross over the Lincoln Highway bridge, and then proceed to Marietta on a recently opened riverfront trail. One-way car shuttle will be necessary at the beginning of the hike. Late meal stop in Marietta before end of hike. Cost: $12 (+$2 nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Grosvenor Metro. Leader: Mike M. (202) 829-7749, cell (202)-243-9890.

SAT, SEP 16 -- DC NEIGHBORHOODS AND PARKS, TENLEYTOWN TO COLUMBIA HEIGHTS. Join us on an easy-to-moderate 4-miler that takes in Tenleytown, Rock Creek and Piney Branch Parks, and Columbia Heights. Optional Mexican dinner in Columbia Heights right before the end of the hike. Cost: $2 for nonmembers (plus return metro or bus fare). Meet at 4:00 p.m. at Tenleytown Metro, east side of Wisconsin Avenue. Leaders: Weber L. (703) 525-3357 and Marcia S. mkswan9013@aol.com.

SUN, SEP 17 -- GREAT FALLS, MD. A moderate 11-mile hike in the Great Falls area that includes views of the Potomac, easier parts of the Billy Goat Trail, and a number of old gold mines. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at East Falls Church Metro or 9:30 a.m. at the westernmost parking area at Carderock. Leaders Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.

SAT, SEP 23 -- ELLICOTT CITY TROLLEY LINE #9. An old neighborhood and rail-trail hike through Catonsville and the historic districts of Oella and Ellicott City. Approximately 8 easy miles. Cost: $5 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Grosvenor Metro. Leader: Mike M. (202) 829-7749, cell (202) 243-9890.

SUN, SEP 24 -- ROOSEVELT ISLAND, HERITAGE TRAIL TO CHAIN BRIDGE, C&O CANAL TOW PATH TO GEORGETOWN. We will begin with a loop north up the Potomac River to Chain Bridge and then walk to the Palisades side of the river. We will then follow the C&O Canal to Georgetown. Plan on a late lunch in Georgetown before the hike ends. Overall distance is about 9 miles. Moderate-to-fast pace. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the walking bridge next to the Roosevelt Island parking area (just off the GW Parkway). Leader: Kevin C. (703) 346 2292, kevchis@aol.com.

SAT, SEP 30 -- HISTORY BIKE TOUR - 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, stopping 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 cancelled if 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, OCT 1 -- PRINCE WILLIAM FOREST PARK. An easy-to-moderate 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.

SAT, OCT 7 -- FREDERICK FOREST. A moderate 10-mile hike northwest of Frederick, MD with views, ponds, and streams. Cost: $7 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Twinbrook Metro. Leaders Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.

SAT, OCT 7 -- 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, 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.

SUN, OCT 8 -- 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 plus park entry fee (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro. Leader: Buz G. 540- 522-6749, BuzGroshong@verizon.net.

SAT, OCT 14 -- 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 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 Twinbrook Metro (Rockville Pike side). Leader: Stu S. (703) 517-3490.

SAT, OCT 14 -- AMERICAN UNIVERSITY NEIGHBORHOODS AND DC PARKS. Enjoy a 7-mile easy-to-moderate hike that includes neighborhoods around American University, the campus itself, and Battery Kemble and Palisades Parks. 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.

SUN, OCT 15 -- FALL PICNIC AND ELECTIONS AND HIKE. Join us for the annual gathering of the club, including a barbecue and election of officers for the coming year. Meet at 10:30 a.m. at East Falls Church Metro for a 2-4 mile hike. Non-hikers meet at noon at the Bon Air Park picnic shelter, 850 N. Lexington Street, Arlington, VA. 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. Leaders: Michael S. (703) 677-7777 (call before 9:00 p.m.), and Gail N. and Blair B. (301) 572-6951.

SAT, OCT 21 -- TROUT POND FALL FOLIAGE HIKE. 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.

SUN, OCT 22 -- SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN. Embrace the fall with a 7-8 mile moderate-to-strenuous hike (there is a long uphill slog) on Frederick County's lonesome mountain. Highlights include views of the Monocacy Valley, rugged cliffs and tree-lined trails. Although this is a moderate-to-slow paced hike, inexperienced hikers are not encouraged as the terrain may be too difficult. Cost: $3 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro. Leader Debbie K (301) 773-7527.

SAT, OCT 28 -- CATOCTIN MOUNTAIN PARK. Join us for a 5-to-6 mile hilly circuit hike. We'll climb towards Chimney Rock, then take the Gateway Trail into Thurmont for lunch at a restaurant if seating is available. Hikers should carry a backup lunch (and as always plenty of water) in case we need to picnic along the way instead. The return takes us along a scenic mountain creek. Cost: $6 (+$2 for nonmembers) and possibly a metro parking lot fee. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro ready to leave promptly. Turn right out the exit pay gates; we'll be by the east side bike lockers. Treacherous muddy conditions may cause the leader to choose a different hike. Leader: Margaret C. (301) 977-8988 (call between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.), MargtChapm@aol.com.

SUN, OCT 29 -- EAST FALLS CHURCH TO BALLSTON. An easy 4-mile hike on the W&OD trail with a stop at Bonair Rose Garden and an historic railroad car. Optional lunch afterwards. Cost: return metro fare (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 11:00 a.m. at East Falls Church Metro. Leader: Stu S (703) 517-3490.

SAT, NOV 4 -- GREAT FALLS PARK, VA. Join us for an easy-to-moderate 5-6 mile loop with views of Great Falls. Cost: $2 plus share (among all vehicle occupants) of $10 entrance fee (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. at East Falls Metro (depart at 9:40 a.m.) or meet at 10:30 a.m. outside the visitor center (downstairs by restrooms) (depart at 10:40 a.m.). Bring water, a snack and a cooperative spirit. Leader: Michael S. (703) 677-7777, before 9:00 p.m.

SUN, NOV 5 -- SENECA CREEK STATE PARK, GAITHERSBURG, MD. Join us for a 5-mile hike in Seneca Creek State Park that includes a loop around Clopper Lake. Bring lunch and water. Cost: $6 (+$2 for nonmembers) and possibly a metro parking lot fee. Meet at Shady Grove Metro promptly at 9:50 a.m. or at the Park Visitor Center/Park HQ parking lot at 10:10 a.m. At Shady Grove Metro, turn right out the exit pay gates; we'll be by the east side bike lockers. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Leader: Margaret C. (301) 977-8988 (call between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.), MargtChapm@aol.com.

SAT, NOV 11 -- BEAR CHURCH ROCK. An 8-mile moderate-to-strenuous hike to remote Bear Church Rock and excellent views on central SNP via Staunton River and Jones Mountain Trails. Cost: $10 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader: Stu S. (703) 517-3490.

SAT, NOV 11 -- FAIRFAX COUNTY PARKS. Join us on an easy-to-moderate 6-miler that takes in several Fairfax County parks, including Pine Ridge Park in the vicinity of Fairfax hospital. Refreshment stop in Fairfax before the end of the hike. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 1:00 p.m. at Vienna Metro, north side. Leaders: Weber L. (703) 525-3357 and Marcia S. mkswan9013@aol.com.

SUN, NOV 12 -- BLOCKHOUSE POINT. A moderate 10-mile loop in Blockhouse Point Park and along the C&O Canal. Highlights include rocky viewpoints of the Potomac, 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 (Rockville Pike side) or at 9:40 a.m. at Pennyfield Lock. Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.

SAT, NOV 18 -- FAIRFAX COUNTY CONNECTOR TRAIL, POTOMAC RIVER TO COLVIN RUN. Hike 8 miles (4 out and 4 back) on the County Connector Trail from the PotomacRiver to Colvin Run Mill. Terrain is easy, except for a FEW DIFFICULT ROCK SCRAMBLES. Lunch at the Mill; return along the same trail. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Vienna Metro or at 10:00 a.m. at Difficult Run parking lot on Georgetown Pike. Leader: Russ S. (571) 242-9507.

SAT, NOV 18 & 19 -- ANNUAL CHINCOTEAGUE/ASSATEAGUE ISLAND CAMPOUT.
Sand, surf, camp, do easy hikes and see wild ponies. MEMBERS ONLY. Details and reservations from the leader: Ed E. edevange@localnet.com.

SUN, NOV 19 -- CRYSTAL CITY TO SHIRLINGTON. We will begin by walking through part the Crystal City Underground and then explore ways to connect with local trails and land features before heading to Shirlington. Did you know you can travel on foot from Crystal City to the airport via walking paths? We will stop in Shirlington for lunch before returning to Crystal City. Overall distance is about 8 miles. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Crystal City Metro, street level. Leader: Kevin C. (703) 346-2292, kevchis@aol.com.

THU, NOV 23 -- SKY MEADOWS THANKSGIVING HIKE. A moderate 5 ½-mile hike starting in Sky Meadows SP and climbing up and then along the AT. Thanksgiving dinner afterwards at the Golden Corral Restaurant. Cost: $7 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader: Stu S. (703) 517-3490.

SAT, NOV 25 -- HUNTLEY MEADOWS FORWARDS/BACKWARDS. Join us for an easy, moderate-paced 4-5 mile loop in a beautiful nature preserve. We will do one loop, then turn around and loop the other way. Bring water, a snack and a cooperative spirit. Cost: $2 (plus $2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Huntington Metro (downstairs by Huntington Ave. entrance) (depart at 10:10 a.m.) or at 10:30 a.m. at the visitor center parking lot (3701 Lockheed Blvd. Alex, VA 22306) (depart at 11:40 a.m.). Leader: Michael S. (703) 677-7777, before 9 p.m.

SUN, NOV 26 -- ROCKCREEK PARK. Work off that Thanksgiving dinner with a 10-12 mile moderate circuit 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. We will have lunch in the park. Bring water; 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, bus stop side. Leader: Debbie K. (301) 773-7527.

 

 

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