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Club Membership Secretary needed !
Due to the impending retirement of our current secty, the club
needs a new volunteer to serve as our membership secretary.
Interested parties should contact the President;
Debbie Kramer at dekramer@concentric.net
(training and pizza provided !)

Rev (-) 08/24/2015

     

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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 2015 Schedule

Rev (-) 08/24/2015


August 2015

SAT, AUG 29 CENTRAL ARLINGTON HISTORY TOUR:
Description: An easy all-day 10-12 mile tour of 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, AUG 29 MASON NECK STATE PARK:
Description: An easy-to-moderate 6-mile hike along and near the Potomac River in southern Fairfax County. Cost: $2 plus park-entrance fee (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Van Dorn Metro. Leader: Ron W. 703) 931-2526. NOTE: Drivers, if possible, please come to the metro station first to pick up hikers. The last time we did this hike there weren't enough cars.

SUN, AUG 30 MANASSAS BATTLEFIELD
Description: : Join us for this slow-to-moderate paced hike of about 5 miles. Bring water, lunch and a cooperative spirit. Cost: $3 plus $5 park-visitor fee (except for those with a National Park pass) (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north parking lot by newspaper racks), leave at 9:10 a.m. -- or meet on the front porch of the Visitors Center at 9:45 a.m., depart at 9:55 a.m. Leader: Michael S. (703) 677-7777. Call before 9 p.m.

SUN, AUG 30 ART LOVERS' WALK, DC:
Description: An easy walk of approximately 3 miles (double if you return to same metro) that passes Lincoln Memorial, Reflecting Pool, World War II memorial and, on the Mall, the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. We end at the NGA with the leader's favorite Sunday afternoon activities: coffee at the Cascade Café (with view of the cascade waterfall), followed by a free art lecture at 2:00 p.m. Subject is unknown at press time, but lectures are usually very interesting and topical. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 11:30 a.m. at Foggy Bottom Metro (turn right at top of escalators, then take an immediate right into walking pathway, assemble at benches near the metro elevator). Leader: Beryl G. (202) 333-1807.

September 2015

SAT, SEP 5 PIMMIT RUN: We meet at Rosslyn Metro and carpool to the start of the Pimmit Run Trail at Chain Bridge. Hike is one way out Pimmit Run to McLean (going west). Total distance is about 8 miles. We end the hike at East Falls Church Metro. There are a few streams that we can cross without getting wet shoes. Leader has often seen wildlife on this trail. An alternate date is September 26 if it has been raining a lot. Bring water and snacks. Cost: $2 plus metro fare (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Rosslyn Metro. Leader: Kevin C. (703) 346 2292, kevchis@aol.com.

SAT, SEP 5 COLLEGE PARK: An easy 8-mile semi-urban walk in College Park. We'll tour the campus of the University of Maryland, noting several points of interest. We’ll hike on parts of the Paint Branch Trail, then around Lake Artemesia, one of the prettiest spots in the Washington area. From there we’ll do parts of the Indian Creek and College Park Trolley Trails. Optional lunch (delicious fish sandwiches and fish tacos) near the end of the hike at the Fishnet in Berwyn. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 10:30 a.m. at College Park Metro. Gather by the top of the stairs/escalator on the EAST side of the station (the side with the parking garage), near the bus shelter for Metrobus R12. Leader: George S. (703) 243-8284.

SUN, SEP 6 BUCK HOLLOW -- PASS MOUNTAIN: A moderate-to-strenuous 10-mile hike up Buck Hollow to great views at Marys Rock with a return by the AT and the Pass Mountain Trail. Cost: $8 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro. Leader: Buz G. (703) 765-0833, BuzGroshong@verizon.net.

SUN, SEP 6 LAKE NEEDWOOD: We'll walk 8-to-9 miles to, from and around Lake Needwood. Bring lunch and water. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro. Turn right at exit turnstiles, go out the same level (lower) and meet by the bike lockers on the east side. Leader: Margaret C. (301) 977-8988, MargtChapm@aol.com. Call between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.

SAT, SEP 12 ARLINGTON HISTORY BIKE TOUR: Unsuitable for fast cyclists. We’ll bike about 23 miles at a leisurely pace on an all-day circuit tour through streets and parks of Arlington, often stopping 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, SEP 12 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 on the way to Wolf and Chimney Rocks. Costs: $7 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro, east side parking lot, by bicycle lockers. Leader: Debbie K (301) 773-7527.

SUN, SEP 13 BALL’S BLUFF/RED ROCK, VA (LOUDON COUNTY): An easy-to-moderate circuit hike of up to 10 miles to the Red Rock Wilderness Overlook and through Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Regional Park in Leesburg, VA. See rolling forest, the Potomac River and the site of the largest Civil War battle in Loudoun County, VA. Lots of shade. This is on two separate hiking trails, less than 5 miles apart, and requires shuttling vehicles. Cost: $3.00 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Wiehle Reston East Metro (Silver Line), north side. After leaving the train, go up the escalator and then make a left turn. Cross two glass causeways over the Dulles access and toll roads and meet at the end of the second causeway. Drivers, please park on the G3 or G4 levels of the underground parking lot. Free parking on the weekends. Leader: Ed C. (703) 400-8023 (cell). Cell phone texting is fine.

SAT, SEP 19 SKYLAND TO CRESCENT ROCK: A moderate 7-mile hike on the AT near Skyland with views from Crescent Rock. Optional dinner afterwards. Cost: $12 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro, north side. Leader: Stu S. (703) 517-3490.

SUN, SEP 20 CALEDONIA STATE PARK, PA: A moderate-to-strenuous 10-mile hike along streams lined with hemlocks and rhododendrons and parts of the AT. Cost: $10 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Twinbrook Metro. Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.

SUN, SEP 20 MANASSAS BATTLEFIELD: Join us for this moderate-paced 5.5-mile hike with a climb of about 500 feet. Dress for the weather. Bring snacks and cooperative spirit. Cost: $3 plus $4 park-visitor fee (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro (depart at 9:10 a.m.) or at 9:30 a.m. on porch in front of visitor center (depart 9:40 a.m.). Leader: Michael S. (703) 677 7777. Call before 9:00 p.m.

SAT, SEP 26 RESTON-HERNDON TRAILS: Join us on this easy-to-moderate 8-mile hike that takes in various trails in the Reston-Herndon area. Included are the W&OD, Sugarland Run, and Bennington Woods Road Trails. Refreshment stop at La Madeleine in Reston Town Center before the end of the hike. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 1:00 p.m.at Wiehle Metro -- at the exit (as you leave Metro) from the north pedestrian bridge over the westbound lane of the Dulles toll road. Leaders: Weber L. (703) 525-3357 and Marcia S. Mkswan9013@aol.com.

SUN, SEP 27 RIVER BEND PARK: Join is for this moderate-paced, 4-mile relatively flat hike. Dress for the weather. Bring snacks and cooperative spirit. Cost: $3 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at East Falls Church Metro (depart at 9:10 a.m.) or at 9:30 a.m. at the entrance to the River Bend Park Visitor Center (depart at 9:40 a.m.). Leader: Michael S. (703) 677-7777. Call before 9:00 p.m.

October 2015

SAT, OCT 3 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.

SAT, OCT 3 LITTLE DEVIL STAIRS: A classic of Shenandoah National Park, one of the best hikes in the area. With numerous streams crossings and rock hopping, this moderate-to-strenuous 9-mile hike will go up the stairs and along a fire road to a great view at Hogback overlook. Finally, we will pass an old cemetery within the park. Cost: $9 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro. Leader: Russ S. (703) 860-6735.

SUN, OCT 4 FALL PICNIC AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS: Join us for the annual “gathering of the club,” including a barbecue and election of officers for the coming year. 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. Meet at 10:30 a.m. at East Falls Church Metro for a 2-3 mile hike, ending up at a picnic shelter at Bon Air Park in Arlington, the site of the picnic. Leader: Michael S. (703) 677-7777. Call before 9:00 p.m.

SAT, OCT 10 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 of historic places. We’ll travel along the Arlington boundary to Jones Point in Alexandria and stop often to visit eleven DC boundary stones and other historical sites. We’ll return along the Mount Vernon, W&OD and Four Mile Run Trails. Trip will be canceled 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, OCT 10 NATIONAL HARBOR: Hike from Old Town Alexandria to National Harbor via the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Distance is 8 miles, round-trip. We’ll have lunch at Potbelly's in National Harbor. A water-taxi return service is available for those who wish to return that way, but the official hike will return on foot over the bridge. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 11:00 a.m. at King Street Metro. Leader: Mike M. (202) 829-7749.

SUN, OCT 11 SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN, MD: A 7-8 mile moderate-to-strenuous hike in Frederick County’s lonesome mountain. Highlights include views of the Monocacy Valley, rugged cliffs and tree-lined trails. Cost: $3 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro, by the bicycle lockers. Leader: Debbie K. (301) 773-7527.

SAT, OCT 17 FOX FARM - SNEAD FARM: A leisurely 5-mile hike in northern SNP. Not suitable for fast hikers. Optional dinner afterward. Cost: $8 plus park-entrance fee (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro, north side. Leaders: Ron W. (703) 931-2526 and Gail N. (301) 572-6951.

SUN, OCT 18 CROSS-COUNTY TRAIL, COLVIN RUN TO POTOMAC RIVER: An 8.7-mile easy-to–moderate hike -- out-and-back. Mostly dirt paths. Created in 2006. This northernmost section of the Cross County Trail follows a lovely leafy stream valley through upscale suburbia starting from the historic Colvin Run Mill at Route 7 to the Potomac River. Cost: $3.00 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Wiehle Reston East Metro (Silver Line), north side. After leaving the train, go up the escalator and then make a left turn. Cross two glass causeways over the Dulles access and toll roads and meet at the end of the second causeway. Drivers, please park on the G3 or G4 levels of the underground parking lot. Free parking on the weekends. Leader: Ed C. (703) 400-8023 (cell). Cellphone texting is fine.

SUN, OCT 18 HOOVER CAMP FROM BOOTENS GAP: A moderate-to-strenuous 10-mile hike in central SNP; we’ll start at Bootens Gap and hike over Cat Knob to Hoover Camp. We’ll return by Mill Prong Trail to Milam Gap and then reach the end via the AT. Cost: $11 plus park-entrance fee (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro. Leader: Buz G. (703)765-0833, BuzGroshong@verizon.net.

SAT, OCT 24 BETHESDA AND CHEVY CHASE NEIGHBORHOODS AND TRAILS: Join us on this easy 7-mile hike that includes Bethesda and Chevy Chase neighborhoods as well as the Bethesda Trolley and Capital Crescent Trails. Refreshment stop after the hike at La Madeleine in Bethesda. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 1:00 p.m.at Bethesda Metro, west side of Wisconsin Avenue. Leaders: Weber L. (703) 525-3357 and Marcia S. kswan9013@aol.com.

SUN, OCT 25 SCOTT’S RUN TO TURKEY RUN AND RETURN: A 10-11 mile barbell-shaped hike that connects a loop in Scott’s Run Nature Preserve with the Dead Run Loop Trail by using Live Oak Drive and the Potomac Heritage Trail. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at East Falls Church Metro or 9:25 a.m. at the lower Scott’s Run parking area off Georgetown Pike at the bottom of the hill (Beltway exit 44). Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.

SUN, OCT 25 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.

SAT, OCT 31 PRINCE WILLIAM FOREST PARK: Happy Halloween! An easy-to-moderate 4.8-mile slow-paced 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 the Huntington Metro, Huntington Ave side. Leaders: Gail N. (301) 572-6951 and Ron W. (703) 931-2526.

November 2015

SUN, NOV 1 WOODSTOCK EQUESTRIAN PARK, BEALLSVILLE, MD: A 7-mile moderate circuit hike. This is a multi-use 872 acre facility with 16 miles of hiking trails. Trail follows the perimeter of the farm and has beautiful views of farmland. Upon entering the park, we’ll pass many old farm buildings dating to 1861. The park gets its name from nearby Woodstock Farm, owned by George Washington in the 1730s. Cost: $3 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Wiehle Reston East Metro (Silver Line), north side. After leaving the train, go up the escalator and then make a left turn. Cross two glass causeways over the Dulles access and toll roads and meet at the end of the second causeway. Drivers, please park on the G3 or G4 levels of the underground parking lot. Free parking on the weekends. Cost: $3 (+$2 for nonmembers). Leader: Ed C. 703-400-8023 (cell). Cell phone texting is fine.

SAT, NOV 7 MANASSAS BATTLEFIELD: Hike 5 easy miles around this historic battlefield. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10 a.m. at Vienna Metro, north side. Please avoid meeting at battlefield so we have enough cars for riders. Leader: Stu S. (703) 517-3490.

SUN, NOV 8 MERIDIAN HILL AND KALORAMA: A rather moderate 3 miles. Lunch optional. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 11:00 a.m. at Dupont Circle Metro, Q St. entrance. Leaders: Bill D. and Ann F. 301-656-1798.

SAT, NOV 14 SKY MEADOWS STATE PARK, DELAPLANE, VA: The best of Sky Meadows -- a 6-mile moderate hike in an incredible blend of pasture and woodlands. Enjoy views of Paris, Ashby Gap and Piedmont. The toughest part of the hike is at the beginning, with a very steep hill, but amply rewarded by a magnificent view. Bring water and a snack. Lunch at Salamander Deli in Middleburg is a possibility (must be worked out in advance with each car pool driver). Cost: $9 (+$2 for nonmembers.) Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro. Leader: Beryl G. (202) 333-1807.

SUN, NOV 15 HAZEL RIVER: A moderate-to-strenuous 11-mile hike along the Hazel River with views from the White Rocks Trail. Included are visits to Cave Falls and cabins in Broad Hollow. Cost: $10 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro. Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.

THU, NOV 19 HIKE SCHEDULE MAILING
: The few, the proud, the mailers: members of the Center Club pizza eating team will make sure you get your schedule as they savor their slices. For meeting time and place call Duncan T. (703) 527-2349.

SAT, NOV 21 DC/MARYLAND NEIGHBORHOODS AND CAPITAL CRESCENT TRAIL: Join us on this easy-to-moderate 8-miler that includes DC and Maryland neighborhoods, American University, and the Capital Crescent Trail. 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.

SAT/SUN, NOV 21-22 CHINCOTEAGUE/ASSATEAGUE HIKE/CAMPOUT: MEMBERS ONLY. Sand, surf, camp, do easy hikes and see wild ponies. Details and reservations from the leader, Ed E. edevange@localnet.com.

SUN, NOV 22 GREAT FALLS PARK, VA: Join us for this moderate-paced 6-7 mile hike with a climb of about 400 feet. Dress for the weather. Bring lunch and cooperative spirit. Cost: $3 plus $10 park-entrance fee per vehicle (cost shared by occupants) (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at East Falls Church Metro (depart at 9:10 a.m.) or at 9:40 a.m.at Great Falls Park Visitor Center (downstairs near restrooms) (depart at 9:50 a.m.). Leader: Michael S. (703) 677-7777. Call before 9:00 a.m.

SUN, NOV 22 ROBERTSON MTN. -- CORBIN HOLLOW: A strenuous 9-mile hike to the top of Robertson Mountain with great views. Descend Corbin Hollow and view relics of the past. Cost: $9 plus park-entrance fee (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro. Leader: Buz G. (703) 765-0833, BuzGroshong@verizon.net.

THU, NOV 26 SKY MEADOWS STATE PARK: A moderate 5-mile hike starting in Sky Meadows State Park. The high point is a climb up to the AT for views. Optional THANKSGIVING DINNER afterward at the Golden Corral in Manassas. Cost: $8 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:30 a.m. at Vienna Metro (north side). Leader: Stu S. (703) 517-3490.

SAT, NOV 28 SHENANDOAH RIVER STATE PARK: A moderate hike of approximately 8 miles along the Shenandoah River and up into woodlands. Enjoy many views of the river. Near Front Royal. Bring water and lunch. Cost: $9 (+$2 for nonmembers.) Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro. Leader: Beryl G. (202) 333-1807.

SUN, NOV 29 ROCK CREEK PARK: Work off that Thanksgiving dinner with a 10-12 mile moderate hike through Rock Creek Park. Along the way we will encounter urban vistas and tree- lined trails as we follow Rock Creek to the Maryland border and return to Cleveland Park. Bring water and lunch. Wear hiking boots. Expected time of completion is 4:00 p.m. Cost $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Cleveland Park Metro, east side. Leader: Debbie K. (301) 773-7527.

 

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