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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
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 2019 Schedule
Rev (A) 10/14//2019
SAT, AUG 31 -- RESTON STATION TO LAKE FAIRFAX
Hike 6-7 miles from the Reston-Whiele metro station to Lake Fairfax Park.
Lunch at the spillway (BYO), return by the same route. We will see lots
of backyards, campgrounds, a skatepark and, of course, the lake. Cost:
$2 for nonmembers. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Reston-Whiele Metro, north
side, in front of Starbucks in the plaza. Leader: Russ S. (571) 242-9507.
SAT, SEP 7 -- C & O HIKE, ROSSLYN TO FLETCHERS BOATHOUSE AND
Enjoy this easy 6 miler from Rosslyn to Fletcher's Boathouse. Return on
the Capital Crescent Trail. Refreshments at Cosi's in Rosslyn afterwards.
Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 1:00 p.m. at Rosslyn Metro, bus stop
side. Leaders: Weber L. (703) 477-7148 and Marcia S. email@example.com.
SUN, SEP 8 -- CALVERT CLIFFS AND FLAG PONDS
Two separate hikes along Chesapeake Bay totaling 8-10 easy-to-moderate
miles. Visit the famous fossil- filled Calvert Cliffs and several ponds,
including Duncan Pond. Optional early dinner stop in Solomons. Cost: $11
(+ $2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Van Dorn Metro. Leaders: Duncan
T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.
SAT, SEP 14 -- PATAPSCO STATE PARK
Hike 6- 8 miles through this beautiful state park. Highlights include
streams, waterfalls, and sun-dappled paths. Cost: $4 (+$2 for nonmembers).
Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Cheverly Metro. Leader: Debbie K. (301) 773-7527,
cell (301) 807-4877.
SAT, SEP 21 -- FRONT ROYAL, VIRGINIA AND ENVIRONS
Join us for a fun day hike in and near Front Royal, a quaint town in the
Shenandoah Valley founded in 1892. The history of the area touches on
both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, early railroad activities and,
more recently, recreation and tourism. Cost: $5 (+$2 for nonmembers).
Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Vienna Metro, north side. Leader: Kevin C. (703)
346 2292, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAT, SEP 28 -- CENTRAL ARLINGTON HISTORY TOUR
An easy all-day walk of 10-12 miles that features visits to 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, email@example.com.
SUN, SEP 29 -- PRINCE WILLIAM FOREST PARK
A moderate 8-9 mile hike with about 1200 feet of elevation gain (total,
not one huge mountain) 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 water and lunch; hiking
poles are recommended as well as bug spray. National Park Service fees
apply, so bring your park pass. Cost: $3 plus $5 for cars without a National
Park Pass (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Vienna Metro or 9:45
a.m. at PWF Visitors Center parking lot. Leader: Russ S. (571) 242-9507.
SAT, OCT 5 -- 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 while
stopping often at historic or otherwise 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.
SAT, OCT 5 -- SUNSET ROCKS, MICHAUX STATE FOREST
An interesting excursion northwest of Gettysburg -- a moderate-to-strenuous
9-10 mile hike with one very rocky stretch. Highlights: rhododendron-lined
streams, the remains of a CCC and a World War II POW camp, and a scramble
over Sunset Rocks. Cost: $10 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at
Twinbrook Metro, Rockville Park side. Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703)
SUN, OCT 6 -- SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN, MD
Embrace the fall with this 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. Bring water and lunch and wear hiking boots. Cost: $3
(+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro by the bicycle
lockers (turn right at exit by turnstiles). Leader: Debbie K. (301) 773-7527,
cell (301) 807-4877.
SAT, OCT 12 -- HISTORY BIKE TOUR - PARKS AND BOUNDARY STONES #1
Unsuitable for fast cyclists. Bike about 35 miles at a leisurely pace
on an all-day history tour. We will
travel along the Arlington boundary to Jones Point in Alexandria and stop
often to visit eleven DC boundary stones and other historic 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)
SAT, OCT 12 -- LONG BRANCH TRAIL
An easy 5.1-mile in-and-out hike in Fairfax County just outside the Beltway.
The total elevation gain is 98 feet. 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 Vienna Metro, north side. Leader: Ron W. (703) 931-2526. (NOTE: There
aren't any restrooms at the trailhead)
SUN, OCT 13 -- FALL PICNIC, ELECTIONS AND HIKE
Join us for the annual gathering of the club, including a barbecue and
election of officers for the coming year. Meet at 10:30 a.m. at East Falls
Church Metro for a 2-4 mile hike. Non-hikers meet at noon at Bon Air Park
picnic shelter, 850 N. Lexington Street, Arlington, VA. 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. Leaders: Michael
S. (703) 677-7777 (call before 9 p.m.) and Gail N. and Blair B. (301)
SAT, OCT 19 -- LAKE NEEDWOOD AND UPPER ROCK CREEK, DERWOOD, MD.
Bring lunch and water for a five-mile hike. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet
at 9:30 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro outside the lower level exit by the
bike lockers (turn right at the exit turnstiles). Alternatively, meet
at 10:00 a.m. by the parking lot at Needwood Mansion, 6700 Needwood Road;
overflow parking is available at the neighboring public Needwood Golf
Course. Bicycle riders: Take your bicycle on Metro to the Shady Grove
station (9:30 a.m.). Be ready with your bike, helmet and lock to ride
two miles to the start of the hike. (Bike-share bikes are available but
could be costly, as a few hours will elapse while we hike.) Leader: Margaret
C. 301-977-8988 (between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.), MargtChapm@aol.com. Email
SAT, OCT 19 -- DC UNIVERSITIES, GEORGETOWN, AND C&O CANAL
Join us on this easy-to-moderate 7-mile hike that takes in Georgetown
University, GW University Mt. Vernon Campus, surrounding neighborhoods,
and the C&O Canal. Refreshment stop at Cosi's in Rosslyn at the end
of the hike. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 1:00 p.m. at Rosslyn Metro,
bus stop side. Leaders: Weber L. (703) 477-7148 and Marcia S. email@example.com.
SUN, OCT 20 -- SENECA CREEK STATE PARK, GAITHERSBURG, MD
Bring lunch and water for a 5-mile hike. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers).
Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Shady Grove Metro, outside the lower level exit by
the bike lockers, east side of station (turn right from the exit turnstiles).
Leader: Margaret C. (301) 977-8988 (between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.), MargtChapm@aol.com.
Email is preferred.
SAT, OCT 26 -- UNIVERSITIES AND PARKS
Enjoy an easy-to-moderate 5-mile hike from Tenleytown, and return, that
takes in American University, Battery Kemble Park and Glover Archbald
Park. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Tenleytown Metro,
east side of Wisconsin Avenue. Leader: Stu S. (703) 517-3490.
SUN, OCT 27 -- BANSHEE REEKS NATURE PRESERVE
An easy-to-moderate 8-9 mile hike in this relatively new Loudon County
Park. Features include Goose Creek, several ponds and swampy areas. Cost:
$3 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Wiehle-Reston Metro, north
side, next to Starbucks. Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.
SAT, NOV 2 -- OLD TOWN, SHIRLINGTON, DEL RAY
A moderate-to-brisk 6-mile hike through the lovely neighborhoods of Old
Town, Fairlington and Shirlington, with a stop for coffee and snacks in
Shirlington. The return will be via Del Ray, an equally interesting route.
We'll come upon nice neighborhoods and moderate hills in this trans-Alexandria-Arlington
walk. There may be a lunch option in Old Town afterwards. Cost: $2 for
nonmembers. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at King Street Metro. Leader: Kevin C.
(703) 346-2292, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAT, NOV 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. Leaders: Ron W. (703) 931-2526 and
Gail N. (301) 572-6951.
SUN, NOV 10 -- MANASSAS BATTLEFIELD WEST
Hike 6-7 easy miles on the western portion of the battlefield and see
the unfinished railroad cut and Brawner Farm. Cost: $2 (+$2 for nonmembers.)
Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Vienna Metro or 10:00 a.m. at the Manassas Battlefield
visitor center. Leader: Russ S. (571) 242-9507.
SUN, NOV 17 -- PATAPSCO STATE PARK, MCKELDEN and SOLDIERS DELIGHT
NATURAL ENVIRONMENTAL AREA
Two areas west of Baltimore with 8-9 miles of moderate hiking. The Patapsco
area features stream valleys and a small waterfall; Soldiers Delight has
remains of chromium mines. Cost: $7 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 9:00
a.m. at Forest Glen Metro. Leaders: Duncan T. and Nora P. (703) 527-2349.
SAT, NOV 23 -- ROSSLYN TO FORT C. F. SMITH AND RETURN
Take in Arlington neighborhoods and Fort C. F. Smith Park on this easy-to-moderate
6 miler. Enjoy refreshments at Cosi's in Rosslyn afterwards. Cost: $2
for nonmembers. Meet at 1:00 p.m. at Rosslyn Metro, bus stop side. Leaders:
Weber L. (703) 477-7148 and Marcia S. email@example.com.
SUN, NOV 24 - THE NEW CRYSTAL CITY (OR IS IT NATIONAL GATEWAY?)
Enjoy a 5-mile walk in and around Crystal City and Pentagon City. We will
take in many of the local features such as a walking path to National
Airport (where a fancy bridge over the GW Parkway is planned), the construction
of a new movie theater, the construction of a new bowling alley - the
list goes on. Lunch option after the walk. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet
at 9:30 a.m. at Crystal City Metro, street level. Leader: Kevin C. (703)
FRI-SUN NOV 22-24 -- ANNUAL CHINCOTEAGUE OUTING, MEMBERS ONLY
Arrive Friday night in time to go out to dinner (6 p.m.) with the group.
Choose between a long or short hike on Saturday followed by another group
dinner. Sunday is up for grabs. Transportation and hotel accommodations
arranged on your own. For those who wish to camp, the club tends to stay
at Pine Grove Campground, 5283 Deep Hole Road. For reservations call (757)
336-5200. For those who are coming to Chincoteague
and would like to join us Fri night for dinner, meet us at Bills
Prime Rib and Seafood restaurant, 4040 Main St, Chincoteague at 6p. If
you will be joining us, please call my cell phone 301 904-1312 before
Fri to let me know so we can make the appropriate dinner reservations.
Leader: Gail N. firstname.lastname@example.org
THU, NOV 28 -- SKY MEADOWS THANKSGIVING HIKE
A moderate 5 ½-mile hike starting in Sky Meadows SP and climbing
up to and along the AT. Thanksgiving dinner afterwards at the Golden Corral
restaurant. Cost: $7 (+$2 for nonmembers). Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Vienna
Metro, north side. Leader: Stu S. (703) 517-3490.
SAT, NOV 30 -- ROCK CREEK PARK
Work off that Thanksgiving dinner with this moderate 6-8 mile hike in
beautiful, shady Rock Creek Park. Bring water, snacks, a hat and hiking
shoes. Cost: $2 for nonmembers. Meet at 11:00 a.m. at Cleveland Park Metro,
east side. Leader: Debbie K. (301) 773-7527, cell (301) 807-4877.