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Club Outings Schedule

Rev (-) 11/27//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


Winter 2017-2018 Schedule

Rev (-) 11/27//2017


SAT, DEC 2 - NOTTOWAY PARK AND VIENNA NEIGHBORHOODS. Join us on an easy-to- moderate 7-miler taking in Nottoway Park, Vienna neighborhoods, the W&OD trail, and the renovated Vienna Community Center. Refreshment stop at Panera Bread 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) 477-7148 and Marcia S., mkswan9013@aol.com

SUN, DEC 3 -- POHICK BAY. A moderate hike of 10 miles in Pohick Bay Regional Park and Meadowood Special Recreation Area. Views of Pohick Bay and pretty streams. Cost: $3 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Van Dorn Metro. Leaders Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.

SAT, DEC 9 -- CHRISTMAS TREES, MALL AND MEMORIALS. A flat, easy 7 miles in D.C. in and around the Mall, passing the Capitol and most major memorials. There will be pauses at the Capitol Christmas tree, the National Christmas tree, possibly the Botanic Gardens Christmas train display, depending on time and lines, and the Norwegian Christmas tree at Union Station. Regrouping will be at one of the Smithsonian cafeterias (briefly). Hikers may opt out at any point. Optional dinner at Pizzeria Uno Chicago Grill (easy on the budget) at Union Station. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 1:30 p.m. at the side exit of Union Station, top of escalators just outside the shopping area. Leader: Beryl G. (202) 333-1807; cell phone, for day of hike only, (703) 606-8382.

SUN, DEC 10 -- BILLY GOAT TRAIL B & C FROM CARDEROCK. An easy 6-mile hike in the Carderock-Great Falls area of Maryland. This circuit hike includes short sections of the C&O Canal towpath, a walk in the woods and very moderate rock scrambles that provide fine views along the Potomac. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Carderock Recreation Area, first parking area right of the T junction. Leader Alex G. (703) 629-3370.

SAT, DEC 16 -- ELKWALLOW - MATTHEWS ARM. A moderate 6-mile hike in the Matthews Arm Campground area, northern SNP. 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, DEC 17 -- PIMMIT RUN. Enjoy a brisk one-way 12-mile hike along Pimmit Run that begins at the Virginia side of Chain Bridge and ends at a shopping center near the McLean Metro. The trail has several stream crossings. There is a direct metro ride back to the meeting point (Rosslyn Metro). Total time: 3 to 5 hours. HARDY HIKERS ONLY. Bring water and snacks. There will be a lunch option at the Lost Dog Café at the end of the hike. See this link for a map: http://www.runwashington.com/beaten-path/pimmit-run-trail/. Cost: $2 plus metro fare (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Rosslyn Metro, street level. To meet the group near Chain Bridge, please contact the leader. Leader: Kevin C. (703) 346-2292, kevchis@aol.com.

SAT, DEC 23 - MANASSAS BATTLEFIELD. Join us for an easy-to-moderate 4.5 - 5.5 mile loop over gently rolling hills. Bring water, snacks and cooperative spirit. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at Vienna Metro at 10:00 a.m. (depart at 10:10 a.m.) or meet outside the visitor center at 10:35 a.m. (depart 10:45 a.m.). Leader: Michael S. (703) 677-7777, before 9 p.m.

SUN, DEC 24 -- EAST FALLS CHURCH TO BALLSTON. An easy 4-mile hike on the W&OD trail with a stop at an historic railroad car. Optional lunch after the hike. 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, DEC 25 -- GREENBELT PARK. Enjoy a 6-mile ramble through a lovely tree-lined park. Along the way we will see deer and the occasional Boy Scout. Optional early dinner at a local Chinese restaurant. Cost: $1 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 11:00 a.m. at Cheverly Metro or at 11:35 a.m. at the Dogwood parking area within Greenbelt Park. Leader Debbie K. (301) 773-7527.

FRI, DEC 29 - HIKE LEADERS PARTY. Meet at Beryl G.'s, very near Foggy Bottom Metro. Parking garages nearby. Bring friends. New leaders and sweeps very welcome. Bring a dish to share. For directions, call Beryl G. (202) 333 1807.

SAT, DEC 30 -- D.C. COFFEE-STOP SERIES NO. 2, ALLEYS OF CAPITOL HILL. A hike of approximately 5 miles. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 11:00 a.m. at Eastern Market Metro. Leader: Beryl G. (202) 333-1807; cell phone, for day of hike only, (703)-606 8382.

SUN, DEC 31 -- GREAT FALLS PARK, VA. Join us for an easy-to-moderate 5-6 mile loop with views of Great Falls. Bring water, snacks and a cooperative spirit. 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 at 10:15 a.m. outside the visitor center (downstairs by restrooms) (depart at 10:25 a.m.). Leader: Michael S. (703) 677-7777, before 9 p.m.

MON, JAN 1 -- SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN, MD. Start the New Year off right with a 7-8 mile moderate-to- strenuous hike 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 9:30 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro by the bicycle lockers. Leader: Debbie K. (301) 773-7527.

SAT, JAN 6 -- LAKE ACCOTINK. Walk 6 easy 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) 517-3490.

SUN, JAN 7 -- GREAT FALLS AND RIVERBEND PARKS. A moderate 11-mile scenic hike in Great Falls Park along Difficult Run and along the Potomac River to Riverbend Park and back. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at East Falls Church Metro or 9:40 a.m. at Great Falls (VA) visitor center. Leaders Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.

SAT, JAN 13 -- WASHINGTON GROVE, MD. We'll walk about 5 miles in a retreat neighborhood of woods, paths, quiet streets and a pond, with a glimpse of Old Town Gaithersburg as well. There will be an optional lunch stop near the end. Cost $1 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro Station. Turn right out the exit pay gate; we'll be by the east side bike lockers or huddled in the tunnel mouth nearby. Leader: Margaret C., MargtChapm@aol.com, (301) 977-8988 (7-9:30 a.m., morning of hike).

SUN, JAN 14 - OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA - SHIRLINGTON - DELRAY. A moderate-to-brisk 6-mile hike through lovely neighborhoods of Old Town, Fairlington and Shirlington. We'll stop for coffee and snacks in Shirlington and, possibly, lunch in Old Town. The return will be via DelRay, a different but equally interesting route. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 10:00 at a.m. at King Street Metro. Leader: Kevin C. (703) 346 2292, kevchis@aol.com.

SAT, JAN 20 -- LAKE NEEDWOOD, ROCKVILLE, MD. We'll walk about 5 miles to, from and around Lake Needwood. Bring lunch and water. Cost: $1 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro Station. Turn right out the exit pay gates; we'll be by the east side bike lockers or huddled in the tunnel mouth nearby. Leader: Margaret C., MargtChapm@aol.com, 301-977-8988 (7-9:30 a.m. morning of hike).

SUN, JAN 21 -- FRASER PRESERVE, RESTON. Hike 7-8 easy-to-moderate miles in a little known nature preserve along the Potomac River in Reston. See views of the river and remnants of a canal. The route is not totally flat; there are two hills of about 400-500 feet each. Requires a short shuttle from the metro to the trailhead. Cost $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Wiehle-Reston Metro (north side) in front of Starbucks in the plaza. Leader: Russ S. (572) 242-9507.

SAT, JAN 27 -- SNOW TUBING AT WHITETAIL. Enjoy an afternoon of snow tubing at Whitetail Ski Resort in nearby Pennsylvania. Snow tubes are provided. Ride to the top of a moving carpet lift and enjoy the ride down on 10 groomed lanes. After your runs, head inside for a hot drink. Wear warm and snow resistant clothes, hats and mittens/gloves. Snack bar on site. Lunch before tubing at Clear Springs Diner. Cost: $31 for 2 hours of tubing and $10 for the carpool (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Twinbrook Metro, Rockville Pike side. Leaders: Gail N. (301) 904-1312 and John P. (301) 524-1217.

SUN, JAN 28 -- C&O CANAL. Join us for an easy-to-moderate 5 mile (est.) walk along the C&O Canal, out-and-back from Rosslyn to Fletcher's Boathouse. Bring water, snacks and a cooperative spirit. Cost: $2 non-member fee. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Rosslyn Metro (depart at 10:10 a.m.). Leader: Michael S. (703) 677-7777, before 9:00 p.m.

SAT. FEB 3 -- DC UNIVERSITIES AND PARKS. Enjoy an easy-to-moderate 5-mile hike beginning at Tenleytown and taking in American University, Battery Kemble Park and Glover Archbold Park. 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, FEB 10 - LEESYLVANIA STATE PARK. A moderate 10-11 mile hike in Leesylvania SP nearby wetlands and the Potomac Heritage Trail. Includes a Civil War battery, old house sites, the Potomac River and boardwalks through marshy areas. Cost: $3 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Van Dorn Metro. Leaders Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.

SAT, FEB 10 -- NW BRANCH & RACHEL CARSON GREENWAY. An easy-to-moderate urban hike -- a loop of about 8 miles that begins at Wheaton Region Park/Brookside Gardens, continues down the Rachel Carson Greenway to the Burnt Mills Dam at Rt. 29 (Colesville Rd), and returns via the NW Branch Trail. We'll have a very short shuttle from the Glenmont Metro to Brookside Gardens. If there is snow of 2 or more inches, either check with the leader or assume hike is canceled. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Glenmont Metro or 10:00 a.m. at the visitor center. Leader: Marcia S. mkswan9013@aol.com, (301) 434-7266.

SAT, FEB 17 -- ROOSEVELT ISLAND. Join us for an easy-to-moderate walk from Rosslyn along the Mount Vernon Trail, including a loop on the Roosevelt Island trails. Bring water, snacks and a cooperative spirit. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Rosslyn Metro (depart at 10:10 a.m.). Leader: Michael S. (703) 677-7777, before 9 p.m.

SUN, FEB 18 - RESTON LAKE, FAIRFAX. Hike 7-8 miles from the Wiehle-Reston Metro to Lake Fairfax Park. Lunch at the spillway (BYO) and return by the same route. We will see lots of backyards, campgrounds, a skate park and, of course, the lake. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Wiehle-Reston Metro (north side) in front of Starbucks in the plaza. Leader: Russ S. (571) 242-9507.

SAT, FEB 24 -- SKY MEADOWS, AT. A moderate 8-mile hike that begins in Sky Meadows SP and climbs up to and along the AT. Cost: $8 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader: Stu S (703) 517-3490.

SUN, FEB 25 -- ARLINGTON MEANDER. Hike a total of 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


 

 

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