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  printable quarterly hike schedule

Saturday, April 21, 8:00 AM
Hike: AT: Chimney Rocks / Michaux State Forest, PA & MD

Park Map 4/ MD Bus

$26. Long hike: 12½ mi., 2800 ft. ascent, 2400 ft. descent, Moderate hike: 7½ mi., 1700 ft. ascent, 1300 ft. descent.

For Springtime splendor it’s hard to top a hike along the Appalachian Trail. That’s our agenda today as we tramp a scenic section of the trail along South Mtn. in Pennsylvania’s Michaux State Forest. The moderate hike starts at Old Forge Picnic and follows the AT south to Pen Mar at the MD border. Want more? Opt for the long hike, which adds an attractive extra at the beginning of the hike – a northbound stint on the Tumbling Run Trail to Chimney Rocks Overlook. After absorbing the view, long hikers then return to Old Forge southbound on the AT and follow the moderate hikers on to Pen Mar.

Leaders: Josh Silverman and Ellen B.

**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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44 currently signed up to attend. : 3 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, April 28, 8:00 AM
Hike:Trillium Hike: G. Richard Thompson WMA / Sky Meadows State Park, Virginia

PATC Map 8 / VA Bus

$26. Long hike: 11½ mi., 2600 ft. ascent, 2500 ft. descent. Moderate hike: 8½ mi., 1400 ft. ascent, 2400 ft. descent.

Perhaps the most dazzling display of blooming trillium in the world annually occurs around May on the Blue Ridge. Luckily for us, the extravaganza is only a short bus ride away. Long hikers start our annual pilgrimage by getting on the trail directly at Manassas Gap at Rt. 725, while moderate hikers reach it from the Upper Ted Lake parking area in the Thompson Wildlife Management Area. Both groups head northbound among the flowers and continue past Dicks Dome before ending at Sky Meadows State Park.

Leaders: Vickie Soderberg (vrsodegmail.com)
and Sanjeev (571 353 4975 odospamkill at gmail dot com).

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

Click here to signup
3 currently signed up to attend. : 40 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, May 5, 8:00 AM
Hike: Rose River Falls / Dark Hollow Falls / Lewis Falls, Shenandoah NP, VA

PATC Map 11/ VA Bus

$26 + park fee/pass. Long hike: 11 mi., 2500 ft. ascent, 2900 ft. descent. Moderate hike: 7½ mi., 1800 ft. ascent, 1800 ft.descent.

No wonder we offer this Springtime Spectacular every year: it visits three of Shenandoah’s most beautiful waterfalls, at a time wildflowers at their peak. First up is Rose River Falls (Falls No. 1), which we reach from the Upper Hawksbill Parking Area on the Skyline Drive via the Big Meadows Horse Trail and the Rose River Trail. We’ll then stop Dark Hollow Falls (Falls No. 2) as we ascend the Dark Hollow Falls Trail to Big Meadows Picnic Area, Moderate hikers stop at the picnic area; long hikers continue south on the Appalachian and the Lewis Falls Trails to Lewis Falls (Falls No. 3) ending at Milam Gap after a southbound stretch on the AT.

Leaders: Anne Taylor (240/6870884 or attraveler30gmail.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. Check back on the event's page throughout the week to see if spots available and RSVP.**

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

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Saturday, May 12, 8:00 AM
Hike: South River Falls, Shenandoah National Park, VA

PATC Map 11/ VA Bus

$26 + park fee/pass (bring up to $5 in CASH if you don't have a park pass). Long hike: 9½ mi., 2200 ft. ascent, 1800 ft. descent. Moderate hike: 7½ mi., 1800 ft. ascent, 1600 descent.

For mid-May mountain magnificence, this excursion to the south end of Shenandoah’s Central District is a must. From South River Picnic Ground on the Skyline Drive, we’ll first visit South River Falls – one of the park’s finest – via the South River Falls Trail. Then we’ll reverse directions and turn onto a fire road and later the Pocosin Trail, stop at a cemetery, and continue north on the Pocosin Fire Rd. Moderate hikers end at the Oaks Overlook; long hikers add a northbound hitch on the Appalachian Trail to the Lewis Mtn. Picnic Ground.

Leaders: Bao L. (512/6604517) and Peter F.

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

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signup opens: Saturday, May 5, 8:00 PM

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Saturday, May 19, 8:00 AM
Hike: AT: Sunset Rocks / Michaux State Forest, PA

Park Map 2-3/ MD Bus

$26. Long hike: 12 mi., 1300 ft. ascent, 1100 ft. descent. Moderate hike: 9 mi., 1100 ft. ascent, 900 ft. descent.

It’s back to Pennsylvania’s Michaux State Forest today for more Appalachian Trail madness. We pick up the trail at Pine Grove Furnace State and follow it south, but soon depart it for a delightful side trip -- a two-mile detour along the boulder-strewn crest of Little Rock Ridge with a stunning view from Sunset Rocks. After rejoining the AT, we’ll continue southbound, with moderate hikers ending at Shippensburg Rd., long hikers adding a round trip to Birch Run Shelter.

Leaders: Marika and Michael Martin

**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, May 12, 8:00 PM

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Sunday, May 27, 8:00 AM
Hike: Beach Excursion/ Chincoteague Island, VA

Bus leaves from 16th and I St., NW at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday (no other pick-up point). Note SUNDAY EVENT with late Metrorail opening.

$45. Beach hike, variable mileage, plus other offerings.

Chances are you’ve passed through Baltimore on I-95, and maybe 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 on to Little Italy, Fells Point, and Canton.

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

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signup opens: Sunday, May 20, 8:00 PM

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Saturday, June 2, 8:00 AM
Hike: Long Mountain / Rockcliff Lake, GWNF, WVA

PATC Map F/ VA Bus

$26. Long hike: Up to 13 mi., 1900 ft. ascent, 2500 ft. descent. Moderate hike: 9 mi., 1200 ft. ascent, 1800 ft. descent.

For back-country remoteness, it doesn’t get any better than this. Deep in the folds of Great North Mtn. in George Washington National Forest, all hikers will start on the Fishermans Trail and go to Rockcliff Lake and Chimney Rock, then head south on the Long Mountain Trail. Moderate hikers end at the Bucktail parking area. Long hikers add mileage with an out-and-back on the Bucktail Trail.

Leaders: Sanjeev (odospamkill<at>gmail.com or 571/3534975) and Ryan W.

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

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signup opens: Saturday, May 26, 8:00 PM

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events & hikes

Sat, April 21, 8:00 AM
Hike: AT: Chimney Rocks / Michaux State Forest, PA & MD

Fri, April 27, 8:15 PM
Moonlight Hike: C&O Canal to Great Falls, MD

Sat, April 28, 8:00 AM
Hike:Trillium Hike: G. Richard Thompson WMA / Sky Meadows State Park, Virginia

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