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  day hikes

  printable quarterly hike schedule

Saturday, January 20, 8:00 AM
Hike: Pass Mountain/Double Bear Rocks, Shenandoah National Park, VA

PATC Map 10 / VA Bus

$26 + park fee/pass. Long hike: 10 mi., 2000 ft. descent. Moderate hike: 6 mi, 1300 ft. descent.

Experience Shenandoah's infinite winter charms in our first hike of the New Year - a traverse up to Pass Mountain in the park's Northern district. Our outing beings on Rt. 211 with all hikers ascending the Pass Mountain trail as it heads north through a forest green with mountain laurel and white pine, then west towards the center of the park. Moderate hikers will go as far as the Pass Mountain AT hut. Long hikers will continue past the hut, then head north on the Appalachian Trail to reach the top of Pass mountain. Descending the summit, we will continue for another half mile and follow the AT to Double Bear Rocks overlook. Return for all hikers is to reverse course to return to the bus.

Leaders: Ankush and Bao Le (512/660.4517)

**NOTE: Meetup has disabled the waitlist feature where members can be notified that a spot has opened for a full hike. You will need to check back on the event's page throughout the week to see if spots are available and RSVP.**

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20 currently signed up to attend. : 27 spots available.

Click here for club volunteer priority hike signup
Members who led a hike in the past 12 months and board members, are eligible for a club volunteer reserved spot. Unused spots released at 8pm Wednesday before the hike.

Additionally, for each bus hike you co-lead (or three moonlight hikes you lead), you are eligible for one free hike. You must take this free hike within 6 months of leading the bus hike. To get this free hike, follow the above link, but don't make the payment on the meetup site.


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Saturday, January 27, 8:00 AM
Hike: Sky Meadows State Park, VA

PATC Map / VA Bus

$26. Long hike: 12½ mi., 2200 ft. ascent, 1900 ft. descent. Medium hike: 9½ mi., 1900 ft. ascent, 1600 ft. descent. Short hike 6 mi., 1000 ft. ascent, 700 ft. descent. Got the January blahs? Shake them with a bracing escape to this bucolic state park on the Blue Ridge featuring sweeping vistas, rolling meadows, and extensive forest. We’ll begin in the Lost Mtn. section on the east side of the park with a counterclockwise loop on the Rolling Meadows and Lost Mtn. Trails, then move to the park’s west side for stints on the Corporal Morgan and Hadow Trails. Short hikers then head for the Visitors Center; long and medium hikers add other loops that include a stop at the Piedmont Overlook. Leaders: Roxanne F. and Sonja G.

**NOTE: Meetup has disabled the waitlist feature where members can be notified that a spot has opened for a full hike. You will need to check back on the event's page throughout the week to see if spots are available and RSVP.**

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signup opens: Saturday, January 20, 8:00 PM

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Saturday, February 3, 8:00 AM
Hike: Appalachian Trail / Greenbrier State Park, MD

PATC Map 5 & Park Map / MD Bus

$26. Long hike: 10½ mi., 1900 ft. ascent, 1700 ft. descent. Moderate hike: 5 mi., 900 ft. ascent, 1100 ft. descent, and option for additional distance. With trees bare of leaves and haze gone from the valleys, outstanding vistas await us as we tramp northbound on the AT atop South Mtn. from Turners Gap on Alternate U.S. Rt. 40. We’ll savor repeated views as we pass through Washington Monument State Park (site of the other Washington Monument), and then follow the Bartman Hill Trail west to Greenbrier State Park. There, long hikers make a clockwise loop around the lake; moderate hikers can opt for a shorter distance on park trails.

Leaders: Pat H. (301/908-2637) and Stephanie A. (sallgaiergmail.com) **NOTE: Meetup has disabled the waitlist feature where members can be notified that a spot has opened for a full hike. You will need to check back on the event's page throughout the week to see if spots are available and RSVP.**

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signup opens: Saturday, January 27, 8:00 PM

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Saturday, February 10, 8:00 AM
Hike: Tuscarora Trail / Sleepy Creek WMA, WV

PATC Map L / VA Bus

$26. Long hike: 11 mi., 1800 ft. ascent/descent. Moderate hike: 7 mi., 1400 ft. ascent/descent.

Superb hiking awaits us in this return trip to a little-known, 23,000-acre wildlife management area in the mountains southeast of Berkeley Springs, WV. From Rt. 45, we’ll head north on the Packhorse Trail Rd. and the High Rock Trail. Long hikers depart the latter at the Equestrian–Bike Trail before turning south on the Tuscarora Trail. Moderate hikers stay on the High Rock Trail to the Tuscarora Trail, where the routes rejoin. After a southbound segment on the Tuscarora Trail, hikers turn west on the Millrace Trail and later meet the Packhorse Trail Rd. back to the bus.

Leaders: Martha and Frona H. (fronahallaol.com)

**NOTE: Meetup has disabled the waitlist feature where members can be notified that a spot has opened for a full hike. You will need to check back on the event's page throughout the week to see if spots are available and RSVP.**

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signup opens: Saturday, February 3, 8:00 PM

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Saturday, February 17, 8:00 AM
Hike: Greenway Trail, Seneca Creek State Park, MD

Park Map / MD Bus

$26. Long hike: 12 1/2 mi., 1500 ft. ascent, 1300 ft. descent. Moderate hike: 9 mi., 1100 ft. ascent, 900 ft. descent. It’ll be hard to believe you’re in Montgomery County—the suburbs of Washington, no less—on this midwinter winner in Seneca Creek State Park. Our hike, much of it in forest, starts at Black Rock Mill and heads east on the Seneca Ridge, Greenway and Long Draught Trails. Near Clopper Lake, moderate hikers take the Great Seneca and Old Pond Trails to the Visitors Center. Long hikers add a circuit around Clopper Lake on the Lake Shore Trail, then follow the moderate hikers to the Visitors Center.

Leaders: Anne Taylor (240/687-0884 or attraveler30<at>gmail.com) and Rick W.

**NOTE: Meetup has disabled the waitlist feature where members can be notified that a spot has opened for a full hike. You will need to check back on the event's page throughout the week to see if spots are available and RSVP.**

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signup opens: Saturday, February 10, 8:00 PM

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Saturday, February 24, 8:00 AM
Hike: Third and Fourth Mtns., Massanutten Mtns., VA

PATC Map H / VA Bus

$26. Long hike: 9½ mi., 2600 ft. ascent/descent. Medium hike: 8½ mi., 2400 ft. ascent/descent. Short hike: 5½ mi., 1400 ft. ascent/descent. 

In what may be new territory for many Capital hikers, we make one of our relatively rare trips to the southern half of the Massanuttens today. Starting in the Shenandoah Valley on the west side of the range, we’ll trek south from Fridley Gap on the Massanutten South Trail to a spectacular overlook. After ogling its view, short hikers retrace their steps. Others continue on the Massanutten South Trail, turn north on a fire road to the Fridley Gap Trail, and then left to follow the trail over the ridge of Third Mtn. Long hikers troop further on an unmarked side trail along a babbling mountain run.

Leaders:  [2 leaders needed--please contact Lorraine (lrest3<at>@pitt.edu) to volunteer]

**NOTE: Meetup has disabled the waitlist feature where members can be notified that a spot has opened for a full hike. You will need to check back on the event's page throughout the week to see if spots are available and RSVP.**

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signup opens: Saturday, February 17, 8:00 PM

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Saturday, March 3, 8:00 AM
Hike: Baltimore City Walk, MD

Baltimore Map / MD Bus

$26. Hike up to 10 miles.

Chances are you’ve passed through Baltimore on I-95, and maybe even been a tourist along Inner Harbor. But here’s a chance to get to know the real “Charm City”—up close and personal. We’ll explore the city by foot, following a route that takes us from historic Fort McHenry along the waterfront to the Inner Harbor, Federal Hill, Camden Yards, and the Victorian architecture of the Mt. Vernon district. Then it’s on to Little Italy, Fells Point, and Canton.

Leaders: Al Havinga and Susan Lewis

**NOTE: Meetup has disabled the waitlist feature where members can be notified that a spot has opened for a full hike. You will need to check back on the event's page throughout the week to see if spots are available and RSVP.**

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signup opens: Saturday, February 24, 8:00 PM

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events & hikes

Sat, January 20, 8:00 AM
Hike: Pass Mountain/Double Bear Rocks, Shenandoah National Park, VA

Thu, January 25, 7:00 PM
DC Public Library: Winter Backpacking and Camping

Sat, January 27, 8:00 AM
Hike: Sky Meadows State Park, VA

Visit our complete schedule for hike and event details, the bus departure points and contact info for hike leaders.