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  printable quarterly hike schedule

Saturday, June 30, 8:00 AM
Hike: Doyles River / Jones Run / Blackrock, Shenandoah National Park, VA

PATC Map 11 / VA Bus

$26 + park fee/pass. Long hike: 9½ mi., 2300 ft. ascent, 2400 ft. descent. Moderate hike: 6½ mi., 1500 ft. ascent, 1600 ft. descent.

Shenandoah’s South District offers perhaps the best hiking in the park, and today’s outing shows why. Moderate hikers start at Doyles River Overlook on the Skyline Drive and take the Appalachian Trail northbound before reversing direction to follow the Doyles River and Jones Run Trails (spectacular waterfalls!) and finishing at Dundo Picnic Ground. Long hikers follow the route of the moderate hikers, but start farther south on the AT at Browns Gap. Upon rejoining the AT after the Doyles River/Jones Run segment, they add distance southbound to Trayfoot Mt. Overlook, pausing for a memorable view at Blackrock.

Leaders: Eleanor G. and Lorraine (lrest3@pitt.edu)

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signup opens: Saturday, June 23, 8:00 PM

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Saturday, July 7, 8:00 AM
Hike: AT: Keys Gap / Loudoun Heights / Harpers Ferry, WV/MD

PATC Map 7 / MD Bus

$26. Long hike 12½ mi., 1600 ft. ascent, 2200 ft. descent. Moderate hike, 9½ mi., 1000 ft. ascent, 1600 ft. descent.

In this longtime Capital standby, we start at Keys Gap on Rt. 7 and hike north on the Appalachian Trail along the Blue Ridge crest to Loudoun Heights. There long hikers leave the trail to follow the blue and orange-blazed trails to Split Rock and its iconic view of Harpers Ferry, and the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. Then, resuming on the AT they follow the moderate hikers through historic Harpers Ferry and along the wildwater Potomac to Weverton on Rt. 315.

Leaders: Josh Silverman (betula54<at>msn.com) and [please contact Lorraine (lrest3<at>@pitt.edu) to volunteer]

**NOTE: Meetup has disabled the waitlist feature. 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, June 30, 8:00 PM

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Saturday, July 14, 8:00 AM
Hike: Duncan Knob / Massanutten Mtns., GWNF, VA

PATC Map G / VA Bus

$26. Long hike: 10 mi., 2800 ft. ascent, 1800 ft. descent. Moderate hike: 6½ mi., 1600 ft. ascent, 1200 ft. descent.

Escape Washington’s summer sauna with a relaxing day in the Massanuttens. We’ll start at Camp Roosevelt, site of the original Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps camp, and follow the Massanutten Trail southbound. An ascent of the Gap Creek Trail then takes us to Peach Orchard Gap, where an optional boulder scramble to the summit of Duncan Knob affords one of the best views in George Washington National Forest. Moderate hikers continue on the Gap Creek Trail to Crisman Hollow Road; long hikers reach the same road via the Scothorn Gap and Massanutten Mtn. Trails, with a steep climb of Waterfall Mtn. near the end.

Leaders: David Kloeden
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signup opens: Saturday, July 7, 8:00 PM

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Saturday, July 21, 8:00 AM
Hike: Camp Hoover, Shenandoah National Park, VA

PATC Map 10 / VA Bus

$26 + park fee/pass (BRING CASH!). Long hike: 10 mi., 2100 ft. ascent, 1800 ft. descent. Moderate hike: 7½ mi., 1500 ft. ascent/descent.

President Hoover spent many steamy July days getting away from Washington at his secluded fishing camp in what now is Shenandoah’s Central District. Today the site of that camp – appropriately named Camp Hoover – is our own getaway. We visit it on a glorious hike that starts with a descent to the camp on the Mill Prong Trail from Milam Gap on the Skyline Drive, then return to the Gap on the Laurel Prong and Appalachian Trails. From there long hikers add a northbound stint on the AT to the Big Meadows picnic area, pausing for the knockout view at Black Rock.

Leaders: Sanjeev (odospamkill<a>gmail.com or 571/353-4975) and Roslyn R.

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signup opens: Saturday, July 14, 8:00 PM

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Saturday, July 28, 8:00 AM
Hike: AT: Piney Mountain / Pole Steeple / Laurel Lake, PA; Swim

PATC Map 2-3 / MD Bus

$26. Long hike: 10 mi., 1600 ft. ascent, 1800 ft. descent. Moderate hike: 7 mi., 1100 ft. ascent, 1100 ft. descent.

What better way to spend a midsummer Saturday than with a breezy hike on the Appalachian Trail and a refreshing swim in a mountain lake? That’s our agenda today. With long hikers hitting the trail on Rt. 94 and short hikers farther south on Pine Grove Road, we’ll take the AT south over Piney Mtn. to near Pine Grove Furnace State Park, where we’ll veer off to the spectacular rock outcropping of Pole Steeple. After absorbing the view, we’ll descend the Pole Steeple Trail to Laurel Lake and circle it clockwise to end at Laurel Dam. Laurel Lake offers prime swimming, with a changing room.

Leaders: Marika Oliff (marika.oliff<a>gmail.com) and Michael Martin

**NOTE: Meetup has disabled the waitlist feature. 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, July 21, 8:00 PM

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Saturday, August 4, 8:00 AM
Hike: Thornton River/ AT/ Elkwallow Trail, Shenandoah National Park, VA

PATC Map 9 / VA Bus

$26 + park fee/pass (BRING CASH!). Long hike: 10½ mi., 2700 ft. ascent, 1300 ft. descent. Moderate hike: 7 mi., 2000 ft. ascent, 600 ft. descent.

Shenandoah’s summer splendor beckons on this Capital Classic in the park’s North District. Babbling mountains streams and deep, cool forest await us as we start hiking at the intersections of Rts. 653 & 612 on the east side of the Blue Ridge and gradually ascend an assortment of trails – Thornton River, Hull School, Fork Mountain, and Piney Ridge Trails – to the Appalachian Trail. There moderate hikers turn south to Elkwallow Wayside on the Skyline Drive. Long hikers reach the Wayside via a loop on the AT and Elkwallow Trails. The reward for both hikes: ice cream is available at the shop at Elkwallow Wayside!

Leaders: Stan Ward and Kristen S.

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signup opens: Saturday, July 28, 8:00 PM

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Saturday, August 11, 8:00 AM
Hike: Woodstock Tower/ Short Mountain, Massanutten Mtns., GWNF, VA

PATC Map G / VA Bus

$26. Long hike: 12½ mi., 3500 ft. ascent, 3200 ft. descent. Moderate hike: 9½ mi., 2600 ft. ascent, 2300 ft. descent.

Dog days of August got you down? Brighten your mood with this winner in the shady wilderness of George Washington National Forest. From Little Fort Recreation Area, we’ll make a steep ascent on the Wagon Road Trail and climb Woodstock Tower for a memorable view of the Seven Bends of the Shenandoah River. Then we’ll head south on the Massanutten Trail along Powell Mtn., with moderate hikers stopping at Edinburg Gap. Long hikers continue on the trail to an outstanding viewpoint on Short Mtn., then return to the Gap.

Leaders: Bao L. 512/6604517 and Peter Fisk (petercfisk<at>gmail.com)

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signup opens: Saturday, August 4, 8:00 PM

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Saturday, August 18, 8:00 AM
Hike: C&O Canal: Paw Paw Tunnel, MD

PATC Map / MD Bus

$26. Basic hike: 8½ mi., minimal elevation change, option for additional distance.

If you’ve never visited the Paw Paw Tunnel, this hike is a must. Built in the 1840s to carry the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal under a mountain to bypass six bends in the Potomac River, the 3,118-ft. tunnel was a 19th Century engineering marvel. We’ll approach it from near Town Creek, Md. with an eastbound jaunt on the canal towpath. After passing the Paw Paw Tunnel Campground, we’ll take the Tunnel Hill Trail over the mountain, rejoin the towpath, reverse direction and go through the tunnel (a flashlight will be handy), ending at the campground. Want more hiking? You can add distance on the towpath.

Leaders: Pat H. (301/908-2637) and Chris Powell

**NOTE: Meetup has disabled the waitlist feature. 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, August 11, 8:00 PM

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Saturday, August 25, 8:00 AM
Hike: Corbin Mountain/Swim, Shenandoah National Park, VA

PATC Map 10 / VA Bus

$26 + park fee/pass (BRING CASH). Long hike: 10 mi., 1500 ft. ascent, 3900 ft. descent. Moderate hike: 8 mi., 400 ft. ascent, 3200 ft. descent.

It starts atop the Blue Ridge in Shenandoah’s Central District, where temps are 10 degrees cooler than in D.C., and ends with a refreshing swim in the almost-frigid waters of a mountain stream. We reach the swim hole, by descending the Corbin Mtn. and Nicholson Hollow Trails. Long hikers get to the Corbin Hollow Trail from the Drive’s Jewel Hollow Overlook on the Appalachian, Corbin Cabin Cutoff, and Indian Run Trails; moderate hikers via the Skyland – Big Meadows and Old Rag Fire Roads. Hike ends at Nethers after the swim.

Leaders: Mitch Baer &

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signup opens: Saturday, August 18, 8:00 PM

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Sunday, September 2, 8:00 AM
Hike: Beach Excursion---Assateague Island National Seashore, MD

Buses leave from 16th & I St., NW at 8:00 am on Sunday. Note SUNDAY EVENT. Also: Metro does not start running on Sunday until 8:00 am. No other pickup point.

It wouldn’t be Labor Day weekend for Capital without a trip to the beach. Traveling in the hassle-free, middle day of the holiday weekend, this year we’ll go to the north end of Assateague Island, the 31-mile barrier island (longest on the East Coast) that now is a national seashore. Activities include a stop at the Visitor Center, a hike on the beach, possibly seeing some wild ponies, and, of course, the beach (with a bathhouse).

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


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signup opens: Sunday, August 26, 8:00 PM

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events & hikes

Sat, June 30, 8:00 AM
Hike: Doyles River / Jones Run / Blackrock, Shenandoah National Park, VA

Sat, July 7, 8:00 AM
Hike: AT: Keys Gap / Loudoun Heights / Harpers Ferry, WV/MD

Sat, July 14, 8:00 AM
Hike: Duncan Knob / Massanutten Mtns., GWNF, VA

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