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Thursday, March 30, 6:45 PM
Hike Leader Chat Session - Discussion of Hike Leader Guidelines

For those club hike leaders, and aspiring hike leaders, we are starting a regular series of small hike leader get-togethers.

The goal is to get together to discuss the hike leader guidelines the club has put together recently, and to share thoughts and experiences of hike leading for your club.

This first get-together will be around a warm cup of tea, or cold glass of lemonade (depending on what Mother Nature feels like that day) in Crystal City, Virginia on Thursday evening, March 30th, starting at about 6:45pm, and finishing up by 8pm.

We'll meet at the Cosi about 2 1/2 blocks south and east of the Crystal City Metro stop. 


Cosi
2011 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA, 22202

(2 1/2 blocks south and east of Crystal City Metro on blue and yellow lines)

Click here to signup
4 currently signed up to attend. : 6 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 1, 8:00 AM
Hike: James River – Richmond, VA

City Map / VA Bus   

$25 (nonmembers $28).  Hike: approx. 7½ miles with options for more in Maymont Park. Moderate elevation change.  

If you missed this well-received new hike of two years ago, here’s another chance to enjoy it. We travel to charming Richmond, the one-time capital of the Confederacy, for a repeat of a scenic and educational walk along the north and south shores of the James River. Our exploration starts in the historic north district of the city, follows the elevated Pipeline Trail walkway overlooking a heron rookery, then crosses the river on a pedestrian bridge that leads us to the Buttermilk Trail around Belle Island, site of a Civil War prison camp. A visit to Maymont Park caps our day.

Leaders:  Pat H. 301/908-2637 and Gilbert Holland

**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.**

Click here to signup
36 currently signed up to attend. : 7 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 8, 8:00 AM
Hike: Rose River Falls / Dark Hollow Falls / Lewis Falls, Shenandoah Nat'l Park

PATC Map 10 / VA Bus   

$25 (nonmembers $28) + park fee/pass. Long hike: 10 mi., 2900 ft. ascent, 2300 ft. descent. Moderate hike: 8 mi., 2200 ft. ascent/descent.  

A waterfalls trifecta today! We’ll visit three of Shenandoah’s best cascades on this annual springtime favorite to the park’s Central District, rich with wildflowers. From the Skyline Drive, we’ll first descend to Rose River Falls, then traverse along a babbling creek to Dark Hollow Falls.  After a climb back to the Drive, we’ll continue south to Lewis Falls, change direction and proceed to Fishers Gap, where the moderate hike ends. Long hikers head south on a horse trail and a nature trail to end in the Big Meadows Lodge area. 

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, April 1, 8:00 PM

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Saturday, April 15, 8:00 AM
Hike: Old Rag Mtn., Shenandoah National Park, VA

PATC Map 10 / VA Bus   

$25 (nonmembers $28); fee-free day at SNP.  Harder rock scrambling hike: 9½ mi., 2500 ft. ascent/descent. Easier out-and-back hike: up to 10½ mi., up to 2500 ft. ascent/descent.  

Old Rag! In spring! It doesn’t get any better than this. The non-stop views from the mile-long summit ridge of exposed rock make Old Rag everybody’s favorite mountain in these parts.  But striking displays of wildflowers lend even more enticement in spring. We’ll climb the peak via the classic circuit from Nethers on the Ridge Trail, Saddle Trail and Weakley Hollow Fire Rd.  An easier but optionally longer choice is an out-and-back hike on the Fire Road and Saddle Trail in which you can turn around at any point and avoid the summit rock-scrambling segment.  

Leaders: Alberto D. 202/716-1130 and Ganapathy P.

**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, April 8, 8:00 PM

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Saturday, April 22, 8:00 AM
Hike: AT - Long Pine Run Reservoir / Rocky Knob, Michaux State Forest, PA

PATC Map 2-3 / MD Bus


$25 (nonmembers $28).  Long hike: 11½ mi., 1800 ft. ascent/descent. Moderate hike: 6 mi., 1300 ft. ascent, 700 ft. descent.

Spring in all its glory should be bursting on this gem in a wild, picturesque area of southern Pennsylvania. Our jaunt along South Mtn. starts at Long Pine Run Reservoir and reaches the Appalachian Trail by ascending the Locust Gap and Hosack Run Trails. We’ll then take the AT northbound, absorbing repeated views, to an intersection of three roads where the moderate hike ends. Long hikers continue on the AT, returning to Long Pine Run Reservoir on the Rocky Knob and Beaver Trails.

Leaders:  Lorraine Ettaro (lrest3<at>pitt.edu) and Frona Hall (fronahall<at>aol.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, April 15, 8:00 PM

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Saturday, April 29, 8:00 AM
Hike: Overall Run Falls, Shenandoah National Park, VA

PATC Map 9 / VA Bus   

$25 (nonmembers $28) + park fee/pass. Long hike: 10 mi., 1500 ft. ascent, 3000 ft. descent. Moderate hike: 7 mi., 700 ft. ascent, 2200 ft. descent.  

Shenandoah’s tallest waterfall is the feature of this longtime Capital favorite in the park’s North District. See the falls in a choice of two hikes. The moderate hike starts at Elkwallow Wayside on the Skyline Drive and follows the Elkwallow and Matthews Arm Trails to the Tuscarora/Overall Run Trail and descends beside the falls. Long hikers start with a southbound stretch on the Appalachian Trail and reach the Tuscarora/Overall Run Trail (and the falls) via the Jeremys Run, Knob Mtn.-Heiskell Hollow, Weddlewood and Matthews Arm Trails. Both hikes exit the park on the Thompson Hollow Trail.  

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

**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, April 22, 8:00 PM

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Saturday, May 6, 8:00 AM
Hike: AT - Trillium Hike / G. Richard Thompson WMA / Sky Meadows State Park, VA

PATC Map 8 / VA Bus   

$25 (nonmembers $28). Long hike: 11½ mi., 2600 ft. ascent, 2500 ft. descent. Moderate hike: 8½ mi., 1400 ft. ascent, 2400 ft. descent.

Nowhere in the world is there a better display of blooming trillium than on this nearby stretch of the Appalachian Trail. 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 southbound among the flowers and continue past Dicks Dome before ending at Sky Meadows State Park. 

Leaders:  Marika O. (marika.oliff<at>gmail.com) and Michael Martin 571/225-6763

**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, April 29, 8:00 PM

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Saturday, May 13, 8:00 AM
Hike: AT / Compton Peak, Shenandoah National Park, VA

PATC Map 9 / VA Bus   

$25 (nonmembers $28) + park fee/pass.  Long hike: 10 mi., 3200 ft. ascent, 1400 ft. descent. Moderate hike: 6½ mi., 1700 ft. ascent, 1000 ft. descent.  

With trees not fully “leafed-out” atop the Blue Ridge, views should be magnificent on this southbound Appalachian Trail Springtime special in Shenandoah’s North District. Long hikers hit the AT in Chester Gap at Rt. 522 and ascend into the park, with moderate hikers joining them at Compton Gap. Both hikes end at Hogwallow Flats Overlook on the Skyline Drive. High point of the hike, literally and figuratively, is 2,909-ft. Compton Peak, where an optional side trail leads to an outcrop of columnar basalt and a breathtaking view.  

Leaders:  Josh Silverman (betula54<at>msn.com) and Bao L. 512/6604517

**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 6, 8:00 PM

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Saturday, May 20, 8:00 AM
Hike: AT - Raven Rock / Pen Mar, MD

PATC Map 5 / MD Bus


$25 (nonmembers $28).  Long hike: 10 mi., 2100 ft. ascent/descent. Moderate hike: 6 mi., 1400 ft. ascent, 1200 ft. descent.

It’s back to South Mtn. in Maryland today to gasp over the views from two more superlative overlooks along the Appalachian Trail. With long hikers starting at Wolfsville Rd. and moderate hikers at Raven Rock Rd., we’ll head northbound on the AT past the two viewpoints– Raven Rock and High Rock–and continue to the settlement of Pen Mar on the Mason-Dixon line.  Another highlight: crossing a boulder-strewn stretch of the trail called, aptly, the Devils Racecourse.

Leaders:   Vera Gordon (veragordonus<at>gmail.com) and Sarah S.

**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 13, 8:00 PM

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Sunday, May 28, 8:00 AM
Hike: Beach Excursion/ Chincoteague Island, VA

Note Sunday departure!

Bus leaves from 16th and I Sts., NW at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday (no other pick-up point).

$35 (nonmembers $40). Beach hike, variable mileage, plus other offerings.

Beach season is here! Get a jump on it by joining our traditional hassle-free trip–on the light-traffic, middle day of the long Memorial Day weekend–to a nearby Atlantic Coast getaway. This year we return to Chincoteague, the delightful fishing village and adjoining National Seashore on the southern end of Assateague Island that offers a bit of everything.  Among the activities that await us: exhibits at the Visitors Center, viewing the park from the top of the lighthouse, circuit and lagoon area hikes, and, of course, the beach.

Leaders:  Ganapathy P. and [second leader needed--please contact Lorraine to volunteer (lrest3<at>pitt.edu)]


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signup opens: Sunday, May 21, 8:00 PM

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Saturday, June 3, 8:00 AM
Hike: Rocky Mount, Shenandoah National Park, VA

PATC Map 11 / VA Bus   

$25 (nonmembers $28) + park fee/pass.  Long hike: 10½ mi., 2800 ft. ascent/descent. Moderate hike: 7½ mi., 2100 ft. ascent/descent. 

Where’s the best hiking in Shenandoah National Park?  Many hikers think it’s the park’s South District, which features an outlying ridge of rocky peaks separate from the main Blue Ridge. Today we’ll visit one of those peaks – Rocky Mount – and as a bonus get a chance to observe how the forest has recovered from a major fire. We’ll start at the Two Mile Run Overlook on the Skyline Drive and follow the Rocky Mount Trail to the summit’s awe-inspiring viewpoint. Moderate hikers then retrace their steps. Long hikers continue to the bottom of the mountain, then ascend the Gap Run Trail to rejoin the Rocky Mount Trail and complete a circuit.

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

**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 27, 8:00 PM

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events & hikes

Thu, March 30, 6:45 PM
Hike Leader Chat Session - Discussion of Hike Leader Guidelines

Sat, April 1, 8:00 AM
Hike: James River – Richmond, VA

Sat, April 8, 8:00 AM
Hike: Rose River Falls / Dark Hollow Falls / Lewis Falls, Shenandoah Nat'l Park

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