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Club Outings Schedule

Rev (-) 2/20//2018

Note: Beginning in February Metro will charge $2 for parking on Saturdays. Drivers are cautioned to bring Metro smart cards to Saturday hikes ! :-(

 

     

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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


Spring 2018 Schedule

Rev (-) 2/20//2018


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. Note: Beginning in February Metro will charge $2 for parking on Saturdays. Drivers are cautioned to bring Metro smart cards to Saturday hikes ! :-(

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

SAT, MAR 3 -- GREENBELT PARK
Hike 6 easy miles through a tree-lined national park. Highlights include the occasional boy scout sighting and deer. Optional late lunch at New Deal Cafe. Cost: $1 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 11:00 a.m. at Cheverly Metro or 11:30 a.m. at the Dogwood parking lot in the park. Leader: Debbie K. (301) 773-7527. Note: Metro now charges $2 for parking on Saturdays. Drivers are advised to bring Metro smart cards to Saturday hikes.

SUN, MAR 4 -- ALGONKIAN REGIONAL PRESIDENTS HIKE
Walk 7 easy-to-moderate miles along the Potomac Heritage Trail. We will walk through a golf club named for POTUS#45 and lunch along the river at a wall constructed by POTUS#1. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Reston-Wiele Metro (in plaza in front of Starbucks) or at 9:45 a.m. at the picnic shelter at the Potomack Lakes Sportsplex (20280 Cascades Pkwy, Sterling, VA 20165). Leader: Russ S. 571.two-four-two.9507.

SAT, MAR 10 -- 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, a direct metro ride back to the meeting point (Rosslyn Metro). The trail has several stream crossings. 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/beatenpath/pimmit-run-trail/. Cost: $2 plus metro fare (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at Rosslyn Metro, street level, at 10:00 a.m. To meet the group near Chain Bridge, please contact the leader. Leader: Kevin C. (703) 346-2292, kevchis@aol.com.

SUN, MAR 11 -- LAKE NEEDWOOD, ROCKVILLE, MD
We'll walk 5 to 6 miles to, from, and around Lake Needwood. Bring lunch and water. Cost: $1 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet promptly at 10:00 a.m. EDT at Shady Grove Metro. Turn right out of the exit pay gates; we'll be by the east side bike lockers. Leader: Margaret C. MargtChapm@aol.com, 301-977-8988 (7:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. morning of the hike).

SAT, MAR 17 -- PRINCE WILLIAM FOREST PARK
An easy-to-moderate, slow-paced 4.8-mile hike along a scenic trail that follows a creek. Not suitable for fast hikers. Cost: $4 plus park entrance fee (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Van Dorn Metro. Leaders: Gail N. (301) 904-1312 and Ron W. (703) 931-2526. Note: Metro now charges $2 for parking on Saturdays. Drivers are advised to bring Metro smart cards to Saturday hikes.

SUN, MAR 18 -- BROOKSIDE GARDENS AND MORE, WHEATON, MD
We'll do a 6-to-7 mile circuit hike, traipsing through Brookside Gardens and Wheaton Park and alongside Sligo Creek and the NW Branch. Bring lunch and water. Cost: $1 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet promptly at 9:30 a.m. at Glenmont Metro, top of the east side (of Georgia Ave.) pedestrian exit. Leader: Margaret C. MargtChapm@aol.com, 301-977-8988 (7:00 a.m. - 9 a.m. morning of the hike).

SAT, MAR 24 -- 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 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader: Stu S. (703) 517-3490. Note: Metro now charges $2 for parking on Saturdays. Drivers are advised to bring Metro smart cards to Saturday hikes.

SUN, MAR 25 -- GREAT FALLS, MD
A moderate 11-mile hike in the Great Falls area (includes easier parts of the Billy Goat Trail) with views of the Potomac and visits to 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, MAR 31 -- DC UNIVERSITIES AND PARK
Enjoy this easy-to-moderate 5-mile hike beginning at Tenleytown and taking in American University, Battery Kemble Park and Glover Archibald 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. Note: Metro now charges $2 for parking on Saturdays. Drivers are advised to bring Metro smart cards to Saturday hikes.

SUN, APR 1 -- WASHINGTON DC, EASTER HIKE
Don your Easter bonnets or hiking caps for this 4-5 mile stroll through Washington DC. Along the way we will visit Dupont Circle, Embassy Row, Adams Morgan and Mount Pleasant. Optional late lunch at a churreria. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 11:00 a.m. at Dupont Circle Metro, Q Street entrance. Leader: Debbie K (301) 773-7527.

SAT, APR 7 -- 32ND ANNUAL CHERRY BLOSSOM HIKE, BETHESDA
An easy 6-mile hike in the Bethesda-Chevy Chase area. We'll see the cherry blossoms of the Kenwood neighborhood. Optional food stop at La Madeline in Bethesda. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 1:00 p.m. at Bethesda Metro. Leader: Mike M. (202) 243-9890. Note: Metro now charges $2 for parking on Saturdays. Drivers are advised to bring Metro smart cards to Saturday hikes. As an alternative, drivers may choose to use nearby Bethesda parking garages, which are free on Saturdays; street parking meters are not.

SUN, APR 8 -- GUNPOWDER FALLS STATE PARK
A scenic 10-mile moderate hike along the Big Gunpowder Falls River north of Baltimore. Cost: $10 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Forest Glen Metro. Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.

SUN, APR 8 -- 32ND ANNUAL CHERRY BLOSSOM HIKE, DC
An easy 6-mile hike around Haines Point and the Tidal Basin. Optional food stop near Metro Center (possibly Cosi's). Cost: Return metro fare from Metro Center (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 11:00 a.m. at Rosslyn Metro. Leader: Mike M. (202) 243-9890.

SAT, APR 14 -- CALEDONIA STATE PARK
An 8-mile moderate hike along streams lined with hemlocks and rhododendrons and on parts of the AT. Optional dinner afterward. Cost: $10 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro. Leader: Stu S. (703) 517-3490. Note: Metro now charges $2 for parking on Saturdays. Drivers are advised to bring Metro smart cards to Saturday hikes.

SUN, APR 15 - BLUEBELL HIKE, SHENANDOAH RIVER STATE PARK
A moderate 7-mile hike. Enjoy the breathtaking bluebells in bloom along the banks of the Shenandoah River. Later we'll take a break on a bluff overlooking the river. Cost: $10 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro. Leader: Beryl G. (202) 333-1807; cell for day of hike only (703) 606-8382.

SAT, APR 21 -- HIKE WITH A COFFEE BREAK, SNP
What's the rush? Enjoy a relaxed, slow-paced, moderate 4-mile hike up the AT to Stoney Man Mt. for fabulous views, down to Skyland Lodge for coffee, then along the trail for more views. Not suitable for fast hikers. Optional dinner afterward. Cost: $10 plus park entrance fee (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 am at Vienna Metro, north side. Leaders: Gail N. (301) 904-1312 and Ron W. (703) 931-2526. Note: Metro now charges $2 for parking on Saturdays. Drivers are advised to bring Metro smart cards to Saturday hikes.

SAT, APR 21 -- SKY MEADOWS, AT
An 8-mile hike starting at Sky Meadows SP climbing up to the AT and continuing along the AT. Cost: $7 (+$2 nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader: Stu S. (703)517-3490. Note: Metro now charges $2 for parking on Saturdays. Drivers are advised to bring Metro smart cards to Saturday hikes.

SUN, APR 22 - APPALACHIAN TRAIL, MT. MARSHALL TO GRAVEL SPRINGS
Enjoy an 8-mile moderate hike along the AT (slight elevation gain) starting at Hogwallow Flats and continuing to Gravel Springs shelter. Take in some great vistas from Mt. Marshall and return via same route. Cost: $10 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader: Russ S. 571.two-four-two.9507.

SUN, APR 22 - HISTORY BIKE TOUR, PARKS & BOUNDARY STONES #2
Unsuitable for fast cyclists. Bike about 35 miles at a leisurely pace on a tour of historic places, with frequent stops along the Arlington and NW D.C. boundaries. Visit all accessible D.C. boundary stones along the way. 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, APR 28 -- ARLINGTON HISTORY BIKE TOUR
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.

SAT, APR 28 -- SKYLAND TO CRESCENT ROCK
A moderate 8-mile hike on trails near Skyland with views of Millers Head and Crescent Rock. Optional dinner afterward. Cost: $12 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader: Stu S. (703) 517-3490. Note: Metro now charges $2 for parking on Saturdays. Drivers are advised to bring Metro smart cards to Saturday hikes.

SUN, APR 29 -- CHIMNEY AND SCHAFER ROCKS, MICHAUX STATE FOREST, PA.
From the Old Forge Picnic Area we'll hike the AT, horse trails, bike trails and abandoned trails. We'll have two optional scrambles up Shaffer Rocks and a one-minute bushwhack with views, rocks and lots of hemlocks. Distance: 8-9 miles. Cost: $10 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Twinbrook Metro. Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.

SAT, MAY 5 - PIKE 2 BIKE
Ride your bike on an abandoned section of the PA Turnpike near Breezewood, Pa. This former roadway was taken out of service in 1968; it passes through two tunnels. Distance is 22 miles round-trip or can be extended by taking local roads back to the origin. Must own a suitable bicycle (no skinny tires, please) with a headlight and be able to provide transportation for yourself and your bicycle. It may be possible to carpool with another biker, but no promises. Rain date: May 12. Cost and meeting place TBD. If interested, RSVP for a reservation at least 2 weeks before day of trip. Leader: Russ S. 571.two-four-two.9507.

SUN, MAY 6 -- SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN
Embrace spring 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 (east side parking lot, by bicycle lockers). Leader: Debbie K. (301) 773-7527.

SAT, MAY 12 -- GAMBRILL STATE PARK
A moderate 5.5-mile hike near Frederick, Md., with views and one long uphill section. Optional early dinner afterward. Cost: $6 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 11:00 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro by the east side bike lockers. Leaders: Ron W. (703) 931-2526 and Debbie K. (301) 773-7527. Note: Metro now charges $2 for parking on Saturdays. Drivers are advised to bring Metro smart cards to Saturday hikes.

SAT, MAY 12 - GEORGETOWN AND GWU MOUNT VERNON CAMPUS
Join us on this easy-to-moderate 7-miler that takes in Georgetown neighborhoods, Georgetown University, and George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus. Refreshment stop afterward at the Cosi in Rosslyn. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 1:00 p.m. at Rosslyn Metro, bus stop side. Leaders: Weber L. (703) 525-3357 and Marcia S. mkswan9013@aol.com.

SUN, MAY 13 -- ROSSLYN TO TURKEY RUN PARK AND BACK
Let's walk from Rosslyn up the Potomac River on the Virginia side to Turkey Run Park and then back to Rosslyn. This will be a vigorous hike with stream crossings. Total distance is approximately 13 miles; estimated duration is 6 hours. Bring food and water. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Rosslyn Metro, street level. Leader: Kevin C. (703) 346-2292, kevchis@aol.com.

SAT, MAY 19 -- SENECA CREEK STATE PARK
An easy-to-moderate 7.5-mile hike in a lovely local park in Germantown. We may see some wildlife and, we hope, blossoming mountain laurel. 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. mkswan9013@aol.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.

SUN, MAY 20 - TWO BRIDGES
An easy 3.5 miles between the Buffalo and Taft bridges via Rock Creek and surrounding neighborhood. Brief stops along the way. Optional lunch afterward. Cost $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 11:00 a.m. at Dupont Circle Metro, Q St. entrance (we depart at 11:10 a.m.). Leaders: Bill D. and Ann F. (301-656-1798).

FRI, MAY 25 -- AMERICAN UNIVERSITY NEIGHBORHOODS & CAMPUS, EVENING HIKE
Enjoy this easy-to-moderate 5-miler that includes the neighborhoods around American University, the AU campus, and Battery Kemble Park. Dinner stop afterward at Guapo's Mexican Restaurant in Tenleytown. Cost: $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, MAY 26 --- CENTRAL ARLINGTON HISTORY TOUR
An easy all-day walk of 10-12 miles touring 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. Note: Metro now charges $2 for parking on Saturdays. Drivers are advised to bring Metro smart cards to Saturday hikes.

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. mkswan9013@aol.com, (301) 434-7266 and Weber L. (703) 525-3357.

 

 

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