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Rev (B) 6/11//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


Summer 2017 Schedule

Rev (B) 6/11//2017


FRI, MAY 26: AMERICAN UNIVERSITY EVENING HIKE
Enjoy this easy-to-moderate 5 miler taking in American University, Battery Kemble Park and surrounding neighborhoods. Dinner stop at Guapos Mexican Restaurant in Tenleytown after the hike. 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 27: GREAT FALLS, VA
Join us for this easy-to-moderate 5-6 mile loop with views of the falls. Bring water, snacks and a cooperative spirit. Cost: $3 plus share of $10 entrance fee (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at Rosslyn Metro at 9:00 a.m. (depart at 9:10 a.m.) or outside the visitor center (downstairs by restrooms) at 10:00 a.m. (depart at 10:10 a.m.). Leader: Michael S. (703) 677-7777 (call before 9 p.m.).

SUN, MAY 28: TROUT POND
A moderate-to-strenuous 8-mile hike in the GWNF that includes a visit to West Virginia's largest natural pond. Hike offers an option of a swim -- huge swimming area with a large sand beach, showers and an indoor bathroom. Swim gear may be left in car before the hike. Optional dinner afterwards at a local 1940s-type restaurant. Cost: $12 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader: Stu S. (703) 517-3490.

SAT, JUN 3 -- LAKE FRANK. This 5-mile hike will include a creek crossing if the water level is permissibly low. We'll pause for a lunch at Meadowside Nature Center well into the hike. Cost: $2 (+ $2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro or at 9:50 a.m. at the Lake Frank parking lot off Avery Road, Rockville, Md. At Shady Grove Metro, turn right at the exit pay gates and meet us by the bike lockers on the east side. Restrooms are available for metro riders inside the station, but ask at the kiosk before you exit Metro. Leader: Margaret C. (301) 977-8988 (call between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.), MargtChapm@aol.com.

SUN, JUN 4 - ROCK CREEK PARK. Enjoy a 6-8 mile leisurely summer hike in beautiful, shady Rock Creek Park. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 11:00 a.m. at Cleveland Park Metro, east side. Leader: Debbie K (301) 773-7527.

SAT, JUN 10 -- 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) 243-179. bhberne@yahoo.com.

SAT, JUN 10 -- SOUTH FAIRFAX COUNTY CONNECTOR TRAIL (CCT). An 8-mile mostly- flat hike starting from the beginning of the CCT at the Occoquan River in Southern FFX County. We will walk past Lorton Workhouse/DC Reformatory, then on to a cool stream valley along Pohick Creek. Bring lots of water (2+ liters) and a hat as some parts will be in open sun. This will be a shuttle hike unless there are not enough cars. Then we will do a shorter segment as an out-and-back hike. Cost: $3 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader: Russ S. (571) 242-9507.

SUN, JUN 11 - D.C. COFFEE-STOP HIKE SERIES, NO. 1. We begin at Foggy Bottom Metro and pass by GWU, State Department., Federal Reserve, Washington Monument, museums galore, the Capitol, Supreme Court., Library of Congress, etc., etc. After 3 1/2 miles we will be at Eastern Market for a break at Le Pain Quotidian. Eastern Market, known for its fabulous meat products, also has a wonderful outdoor craft market on weekends. You may opt out at any point in the walk; there are several metro stations along the way, including one at Eastern Market. Total distance: 6-7 miles. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 11.00 a.m. at Foggy Bottom Metro. Leader: Beryl G. (202) 333-1807.

FRI, JUN 16 -- EVENING HIKE, ROSSLYN TO CLARENDON. Join us for an easy-to- moderate 4 miler through Arlington neighborhoods. Includes Fort C. F. Smith. Optional dinner in Clarendon after the hike. Cost: $2 for nonmembers plus return Metro fare. Meet at 6:30 p.m. at Rosslyn Metro, bus stop side. Leader: Weber L. 703-477-7148.

SAT, JUN 17 -- CATOCTIN NATIONAL PARK. This is a 6-to-7 mile circuit hike. We'll attempt to take the Gateway Trail into Thurmont for lunch, but hikers should carry a lunch (and water) in reserve in case we find the restaurant too busy - or we fail to find the restaurant. Meet at Shady Grove Metro at 9:00 a.m. Turn right out of the exit pay gates; we'll be by the east side bike lockers. Cost: $6 (+$2 for nonmembers). Leader: Margaret C. (301) 977-8988 (call between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.), MargtChapm@aol.com. CANCELLED

SUN, JUN 18 -- CHIMNEY ROCKS, MICHAUX STATE FOREST. A moderate-to-strenuous 8-10 mile hike in southern Pa. along the AT and side trails. Highlights: view from Chimney Rock, a scramble through Shafer Rocks and pretty streams. Cost: $10 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Twinbrook Metro. Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.

SAT, JUN 24 -- 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 Franconia- Springfield Metro at the bottom of the escalator from the street into the station. Leader: Ron W. (703) 931-2526.

SUN, JUN 25 -- MERIDIAN HILL & KALORAMA. A 3-mile hike with an optional lunch stop. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 10 a.m. at Dupont Circle Metro, Q St. entrance. Leaders: Bill D. and Ann F. 301-656-1798

SAT, JUL 1 -- ELKWALLOW-MATTHEWS ARM. We'll enjoy a moderate 6-mile hike in northern SNP in the area of Matthews Campground. 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 2 - PATAPSCO STATE PARK. An 8-mile moderate hike through this beautiful state park. Highlights include views of streams, 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.

SAT, JUL 8 - SENECA CREEK STATE PARK. A moderate 7.5-hike in a lovely local park. We may see some wildlife and/or wild flowers. Trail may be muddy; expect some hills. 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) 447-7148.

SUN, JUL 9 -- GREAT FALLS AND RIVERBEND PARKS. A moderate 11-mile scenic hike in Great Falls Park along Difficult Run and the Potomac River to Riverbend Park and back. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. at East Falls Church Metro or 10 a.m. at Great Falls, Va. Visitor Center. Leaders Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349
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SAT, JUL 15 -- DC UNIVERSITIES AND PARKS. Enjoy this easy-to-moderate 5-mile hike beginning at Tenleytown. We'll take in American University, Battery Kemble Park and Glover Archbold Park. Cost: (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 11 a.m. at Tenleytown Metro, east side of Wisconsin Avenue. Leader: Stu S. (703) 517-3490.

SUN, JUL 16 -- PINNACLES TO MARYS ROCK. SNP. A moderate 7-mile hike along the Appalachian Trail. Total elevation gain is 1400 feet. This out-and-back hike covers two of the top vistas in the northern section of Shenandoah National Park, the Pinnacles and Marys Rock. We will begin from the rear section of the Pinnacles picnic area and head north along the AT. Marys Rock, with its breathtaking panoramic views of SNP and beyond, will be our lunch stop and the turnaround point. Cost: $10 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro, north parking lot. Leaders: Alex G. and Ann C. (703) 629-3370.

FRI, JUL 21 -- VIENNA EVENING HIKE. Enjoy this easy-to-moderate 5 miler that takes in Nottoway Park and Vienna neighborhoods. Optional Mexican dinner in Vienna before the end of the hike. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 6:30 p.m. at Vienna Metro, north side. Leaders: Weber L. 703-477-7148 and Marcia S. mkswan9013@aol.com.

SAT, JUL 22 - PRINCE WILLIAM FOREST. Enjoy a moderate 8.5-mile hike with about 1200 feet of elevation gain (total, not one huge mountain) located near Quantico Marine base, about 20-30 minutes from Vienna Metro. Parts of the trail follow beautiful Quantico Creek. We will pass by some abandoned pyrite mines. Bring 2 liters of water and lunch; hiking poles and bug spray are recommended. Cost: $3 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro or 9:45 a.m. at PWF Visitors Center parking lot. National Park Service fees apply; bring your park pass. Leader: Russ S. (571) 242-9507.

SUN, JUL 23 -- 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. Leader: Stu S. (703) 517-3490.

SAT, JUL 29 -- SKYLAND TO CRESCENT ROCK. A moderate 8-mile hike on trails near Skyland with views from 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 30 -- 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 McLean Metro, a direct ride back to the meeting point (Rosslyn Metro). The trail has several stream crossings and an abundance of wildlife. HARDY HIKERS ONLY. Bring water and snacks. There will be a lunch option at the Lost Dog Café at the end of the hike. For maps go to http://www.runwashington.com/beaten-path/pimmit-run-trail/. Cost: $2 plus metro fare (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at Rosslyn Metro, street level, at 8:30 a.m. To meet the group near Chain Bridge, please contact the leader. Leader: Kevin C. (703) 346-2292, kevchis@aol.com.

SAT, AUG 5 -- NORTHWEST BRANCH. Hike 8 easy-to-moderate miles along a stream in the middle of the city but still feel secluded in the "wild." Requires a shuttle. Cost $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Glenmont Metro next to the Kiss & Ride parking lot, by the escalators. Entrance to the Kiss & Ride parking lot is on Glenallen Avenue. Leader: Marcia S. mkswan9013@ol.com, 301-434-7266.

SUN, AUGUST 6 -- SENECA CREEK STATE PARK. A moderate 10-mile hike in Seneca Creek State Park along Seneca Creek and around Clopper Lake in Montgomery County. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Twinbrook Metro. Leaders Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.

SAT, AUG 12 - OVERALL RUN HIKE AND SWIM. This 9-mile moderate hike will go to Overall Run Overlook for lunch, where we will view the highest waterfall in Shenandoah National Park. There will be a stop for swimming at the end. Cost: $10 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader: Russ S. (571) 242-9507.

SUN, AUG 13 - BALTIMORE INNER HARBOR AND BEYOND. Hike 6-8 easy miles along Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Highlights include a visit to Fort McHenry and Federal Hill and a walk through Fells Point and Little Italy. We'll have a one hour lunch stop at Fells Point. Cost: $4 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Cheverly Metro. Leader: Debbie K. (301) 773-7527

FRI, AUG 18 -- GEORGETOWN EVENING HIKE. Join us on an easy- to-moderate 5 miler that takes in Georgetown University, neighborhoods and the C&O Canal. Optional 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. 703-477-7148 and Marcia S. mkswan9013@aol.com.

SAT, AUG 19 -- TROUT POND HIKE AND SWIM. A moderate 8-mile hike at a moderate pace in GWNF with a visit to West Virginia's largest natural pond. A swim follows the hike; there are indoor facilities and a sand-covered beach. Leave swimming gear in car. Enjoy dinner (optional) at a local 40s type restaurant. Cost: $10 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader Stu S (703) 517-3490.

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 -- POHICK BAY REGIONAL PARK. A 4.5-mile easy-to-moderate hike in southern Fairfax County. The trail is often muddy in places, especially after rain. Cost: $2 plus park entrance fee of $7 for vehicles from outside the jurisdiction of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m.at Van Dorn Metro. Leader: Ron W. (703) 931-2526.

 

 

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