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General Hiking Information (must
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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
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 2018 Schedule
Rev (A) 6/1//2018
MON, MAY 28 -- NORTH WEST BRANCH TRAIL
A one-way, easy-to-moderate 8-mile hike along a local stream in the middle
of an urban area that makes one feel "secluded in the wild."
Requires shuttle. Cost: $10 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. at
Glenmont Metro by the Kiss and Ride at Glenallen. Leaders: Marcia S. email@example.com,
(301) 434-7266 and Weber L. (703) 525-3357.
SAT, JUN 2 CAPITOL HILL & SOUTHEAST
An easy 2 ½- or 4-mile (your choice) afternoon hike through one
of the most interesting and diverse quadrants of D.C. Well pass
through a wide range of neighborhoods, including many alleys. Well
see Eastern Market in its full weekend glory and take a few minutes for
coffee at Port City Java. Later, well pass the Folger Shakespeare
library and three of the Library of Congress buildings. Well then
continue south until the Anacostia River near the first winery of D.C.,
District Winery. Well linger there a while (wine tasting? coffee?)
before returning back to Eastern Market. Those who choose the shorter
hike may return via Navy Yard Metro. Optional dinner afterwards. Cost:
$2 for nonmembers. Meet at 3:00 p.m. at Eastern Market Metro at the top
of the escalator on the street. Leader: Beryl G. (202) 333-1807, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cell phone, for day of hike only: (703) 606 8382.
SUN, JUN 3 -- LITTLE GUNPOWDER FALLS
A moderate 11-12 mile hike along the Little Gunpowder Falls River north
of Baltimore. Highlights: an old quarry, remains of railroad bridges and
cuts, streams and the river. Cost: $10 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at
9:00 a.m. at Forest Glen Metro. Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703)
SAT, JUN 9 -- SOUTH RUN, LAKE MERCER
An easy 4-4½ mile hike in Fairfax County, including a circumnavigation
of Lake Mercer. Much of the hiking surface is paved. Because this is a
short hike, there won't be a lunch break. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers).
Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Van Dorn Metro. Leader: Ron W. (703) 931-2526.
SUN, JUN 10 -- BIKE TOUR OF HISTORIC PLACES, PARKS AND BOUNDARY
Unsuitable for fast cyclists. Bike about 35 miles at a leisurely
pace on an all-day history tour. Travel along the Arlington boundary to Jones
Point in Alexandria; stop often to 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, email@example.com.
SAT, JUN 16 TROUT POND: HIKE, SWIM, SAND BEACH
A moderate-to-strenuous 8-mile hike in GWNF with views and a visit to
West Virginia's largest natural pond, followed by a swim (optional). Comfort
station available. Dinner option at a 1940s style country restaurant.
Cost: $12 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna
Metro (north side). Leader Stu S. (703) 517-3490.
SUN, JUNE 17 -- BLACK HILL REGIONAL PARK
An easy 5-mile hike with lake views. Bring lunch and water. Cost:
$2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Shady Grove
Metro, east side bike lockers. Or, you may meet us at the Visitor
Center parking lot at 10:00 a.m. Leader: Margaret C. MargtChapm@aol.com.
E-mail preferred. Or, call (301) 977-8988 between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.
FRI, JUN 22 GEORGETOWN NEIGHBORHOODS AND UNIVERSITY
Enjoy an easy-to-moderate 5-mile evening hike through the neighborhoods
of Georgetown and the Georgetown University Campus and along the
C&O Canal towpath. Dinner stop at Cosi in Rosslyn at the end of the
hike. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 6:30 p.m. at
Rosslyn Metro, bus stop side. Leaders: Weber L. (703) 477-7148 and Marcia
SAT, JUN 23 -- LAKE FRANK
A 5-mile hike with ups and downs and a mid-hike stop at Meadowside Nature
Center. We're likely to go around Lake Frank. Bring lunch and water. Cost:
$1 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Shady Grove
Metro, east side bike lockers. Or, you may meet us at the AVERY ROAD
parking lot, Rock Creek Regional Park, Rockville, MD at 10:00 a.m. Leader:
Margaret C. MargtChapm@aol.com. E-mail preferred. Or, call (301)
977-8988 between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Note: Metro now charges $2 for
parking on Saturdays. Drivers are advised to bring Metro Smartrip cards
to Saturday hikes. A credit card will also work.
SUN, JUN 24 -- BROOKLAND NEIGHBORHOOD
An easy 3 1/2 miles through the Catholic University grounds, National
Shrine, Franciscan Monastery and more. Brief commentary along the way.
Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Brookland - CUA Metro,
middle level where the exit to 10th Street begins. Leaders: Bill D. and
Ann F. (301) 656-1798.
SAT, JUN 30 -- 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.
SUN, JUL 1 -- 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 10:00 a.m. at Shady Grove
Metro, east side by the bicycle lockers.). Leader Debbie K. (301) 773-7527.
SAT, JUL 7 -- CLEVELAND PARK TO FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL
Hike 8 easy miles from Cleveland Park to the Folklife Festival, featuring
Armenia and Catalonia, on the mall via the Naval Observatory and Georgetown.
Cost: return metro fare (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:30
a.m. at Cleveland Park Metro, east side of Connecticut Avenue, the
side with the parking lot. There is free parking on Connecticut Avenue
north of Porter Street. Leader: Mike M. (202) 829-7749.
SUN, JUL 8 -- MARYLAND AT, RAVEN ROCKS
A moderate 10-mile out-and-back hike on the AT in Maryland from Wolfsville
Road to Raven Rocks for views and then on to Devils Racecourse. Cost:
$8 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Twinbrook
Metro (Rockville Pike side). Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.
SAT, JUL 14 -- ELKWALLOW, MATTHEWS ARM
A moderate 6-mile hike in northern SNP near Matthews Arm Campground. Optional
dinner afterwards. Cost: $10 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00
a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader: Stu S (703) 517-3490.
SUN, JUL 15 -- PATAPSCO STATE PARK
An moderate 8-mile hike through a beautiful state park. Highlights include
views of streams and waterfalls and a suspension bridge. Cost: $4 (+$2
for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Cheverly Metro.
Leader Debbie K. (301) 773-7527.
FRI, JUL 20 DC NEIGHBORHOODS & PARKS (TENLEYTOWN
TO COLUMBIA HEIGHTS)
Join us on this easy-to-moderate 5-mile evening hike from Tenleytown to
Columbia Heights that passes through various DC neighborhoods, Rock Creek
Park and Piney Branch Park. Dinner stop at El Tio Tex-Mex in Columbia
Heights right before 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. Leader: Weber L. (703) 477-7148.
SAT, JUL 21 -- DC EAST JAUNT
Join us for a 6-to-7 mile hike at a moderate pace in an area that
represents DC at its best and what was its worst. We will hike around/near
the DC Armory and the Congressional Cemetery, along riverside paths, and
through neighborhoods of native DC residents. Included -- an overview
of the history of the surroundings. Optional lunch after the hike. Cost:
$2 for nonmembers. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Eastern Market Metro, ground
level. Leader: Kevin C. (703) 346-2292,firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAT, JUL 28 -- DC UNIVERSITIES AND PARKS
Enjoy this easy-to-moderate 5-mile hike from Tenleytown through American
University campus, Battery Kemble Park and Glover-Archbold Park. Return
along the same trail. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 11:00 a.m. at
Tenleytown Metro, east side of Wisconsin Avenue. Leader: Stu S (703) 517-3490.
SAT, AUG 4 -- SENECA CREEK STATE PARK
An easy-to-moderate 7.5-mile hike in a lovely park in Germantown, MD. We
may see some wildlife and, certainly, plant life. Expect some hills
and possibly some muddy trails. Cost: $1 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet
at 9:30 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro, east side. Leaders:
Marcia S. email@example.com, (301) 434-7266 and Weber L. (703) 477-7148. Note: Metro
now charges $2 for parking on Saturdays. Drivers are advised to bring
Metro smart cards to Saturday hikes.
SAT, AUG 11 -- LAKE ACCOTINK
Walk an easy 6 miles through nature trails in Fairfax County to North
Springfield. Watch waterfowl and other wildlife. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers).
Meet at 10:00 a.m.at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader Stu S (703)
FRI, AUG 17 ARLINGTON EVENING HIKE, INCLUDING FORT
C. F. SMITH
Come on this easy-to-moderate 4-miler, which takes in Arlington neighborhoods,
parks and historic Fort C. F. Smith as we go from Rosslyn to Clarendon. Dinner
stop afterwards at the Silver Diner in Clarendon. Cost: return metro
fare (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 6:30 p.m. at Rosslyn Metro, bus
stop side. Leaders: Weber L. (703) 477-7148 and Marcia S. firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAT, AUG 18 -- MANASSAS BATTLEFIELD
A moderate 5-mile hike around Manassas battlefield. Cost: $3 (+$2 for
nonmembers). Meet at 10.00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side) or 10:30
a.m. at the flag pole by the Visitor Center. IF POSSIBLE, PLEASE
MEET AT VIENNA METRO; CARS ARE NEEDED. Hike leader doesn't have a car.
Leader: Stu S (703) 517-3490.
SUN, AUG 19 -- LEDROIT PARK, MCMILLAN RESERVOIR AND CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY.
Enjoy a 6-7 mile walk (with commentary) in an area rich in African American
heritage and rich in recent American history. We will walk through
the Howard University campus and through the LeDroit neighborhood. The
beautiful homes of LeDroit Park were built around 1873. Today 50
of the 64 original homes designed by James McGill still remain. Other
highlights include McMillan Reservoir and points east, including Catholic
University. Optional lunch afterwards. Cost: $2 for nonmembers.
Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Howard University Metro. Leader: Kevin C. (703) 346-2292, email@example.com.
SAT, AUG 25 -- 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.
There will be 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUN, AUG 26 (OR 19) -- TURKEY RUN PARK
An 8-9 mile hike inside the Beltway along the Virginia side of the Potomac
and up Turkey Run. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at
9:00 a.m. at East Falls Church Metro (metro exit) or Turkey Run Park,
off of the George Washington Parkway (parking area C 1). Leaders:
Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.