CHC Flash movie.
 

bus departures

Catch our bus at one of the convenient locations in Washington D.C., Virginia and/or Maryland

faq

Thank you for your interest in Capital Hiking Club & for visiting our Web site.

To assist you, we have compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions and we hope you will find this section helpful.

  day hikes

  printable quarterly hike schedule

Saturday, October 21, 8:00 AM
Hike: Doubletop Mtn. / Camp Hoover, Shenandoah National Park, VA

PATC Map 10 / VA Bus


$25 (nonmembers $28) + park fee/pass (bring up to $10 in CASH if you don't have a park pass)

Long hike: 13-1/2 miles, 3200 ft. ascent, 3400 ft. descent.  Moderate hike: 10 miles, 2500 ft. ascent, 2300 ft. descent. 

Crisp late October weather should be ideal for today’s two energetic hikes. Long hike starts at Tanners Ridge Overlook on the Skyline Drive and descends the Rapidan Fire Road to the Upper Dark Hollow Trail where it connects with the Doubletop Trail for a steep ascent to the Monkey Head overlook atop Doubletop, a prominent Central District peak that is seldom hiked. Hike next descends the Wilhite Wagon Trail to rejoin the Rapidan Fire Road to Camp Hoover, President Hoover’s remote fishing camp. Exit is via the Mill Prong Horse Trail and Mill Prong Trail to Milam Gap. Moderate hike also goes to Camp Hoover via a creatively routed maze of trails, from Fishers Gap on the Drive, but avoids the Doubletop climb. Return from the Camp follows the long hike route.

Leaders:  Brian O’Konski 202/362--2982 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.**

Click here to signup
37 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.


-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Saturday, October 28, 8:00 AM
Hike: Big Schloss / Little Schloss, GWNF, VA / WV

PATC Map F / VA Bus


$25 (nonmembers $28) 

Long hike: Up to 9½ mi., 2400 ft. ascent, 3100 ft. descent. Moderate hike: 6 mi., 1100 ft. ascent, 1800 ft. descent. 

Two rocky summits for the price of one today! First up is Big Schloss, the most famous overlook in George Washington National Forest, which we’ll reach from Wolf Gap on the Mill Mtn. Trail. After lunch and ogling the lingering fall color, we’ll descend the Big Schloss Cutoff Trail to Forest Rd. 92. Our bus will then take us to the High Head Parking area, where long hikers make a round-trip climb to Little Schloss, the lesser-known neighbor that also offers a stunning view. 

Leaders: Ryan (ryan.wright3788@gmail.com and Marika (marika.oliff<at>gmail.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.**


Click here to signup
signup opens: Saturday, October 21, 8:00 PM

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Saturday, November 4, 8:00 AM
Hike: Gunpowder Falls State Park – Hereford Area, MD

Park Map / MD Bus

$25 (nonmembers $28) - entrance fee free day 

Long hike: 12 mi., 1400 ft. ascent/descent. Moderate hike: 8½ mi., 800 ft. ascent, 700 ft. descent.

For splendid Mid-Atlantic area hiking, you don’t have to head to the mountains. There’s also good tramping in the wooded, rolling hills of this state park just north of Baltimore. In a rescheduled hike from last winter, we’ll start from York Rd. and follow the Gunpowder NorthTrail westbound, cross the river at Masemore Rd., and ascend the Highland Trail to the Gunpowder South Trail. We’ll take that eastbound, stopping by the rapids for lunch. Continuing east, we’ll then follow the Mingo Forks and Bunker Hill Trails, with moderate hikers ending at the south parking lot. Long hikers keep going on the Gunpowder South and Panther Branch Trails to Big Falls Rd.

Leaders:  Frona H. (fronahall<at>aol.com) and [co-leader needed—please contact Lorraine]

**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
signup opens: Saturday, October 28, 8:00 PM

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Saturday, November 11, 8:00 AM
Hike: Little Devils Stairs, Shenandoah National Park, VA

PATC Map 9 / VA Bus


$25 (nonmembers $28) -- entrance fee free day

Long hike: 11½ mi., 2600 ft. ascent/descent. Short hike: up to 8½ mi., up to 1600 ft. ascent/descent.  

One of Shenandoah’s showcase attractions–the rock-walled gorge of Little Devils Stairs–headlines this classic circuit in the park’s North District. Starting at Hogback Overlook on the Skyline Drive, we’ll all descend the Sugarloaf Trail to the Pole Bridge Link Trail. Moderate hikers follow it and the Keyser Run Fire Rd. to the secluded Bolen Cemetery, then retrace their steps. Long hikers go to the cemetery via a longer route on the Pole Bridge Link, Piney Branch Upper, and Hull School Trails. After the cemetery and another stretch of the Hull School Trail, they ascend Little Devils Stairs, then the Pole Bridge Link and Sugarloaf Trails back to Hogback Overlook.

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


Click here to signup
signup opens: Saturday, November 4, 7:00 PM

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Saturday, November 18, 8:00 AM
Hike: Marys Rock / Pinnacles Overlook, Shenandoah National Park, VA

PATC Map 10 / VA Bus


$25 (nonmembers $28) + park fee/pass (bring up to $10 in CASH if you don't have a park pass)

Long hike: 9½ mi., 2800 ft. ascent, 1700 ft. descent. Moderate hike: 8 mi., 2500 ft. ascent, 1400 ft. descent. 

Marys Rock is so beloved that some Washington-area hikers plan to have their ashes strewn there. See why on this Central District jaunt rescheduled from July. We’ll climb to the overlook on the Appalachian Trail from Thornton Gap and gasp at the view. More views greet us as we continue south on the AT before turning east on the Meadow Springs Trail and then hitting the Hazel Mtn. Trail. From the latter, moderate hikers take the Catlett Spur and Hannah Run Trail to the Pinnacles Overlook on the Skyline Drive. Long hikers reach the overlook via a longer route on the White Rock, Hazel River, Catlett Mtn. and Hannah Run Trails.

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.**


Click here to signup
signup opens: Saturday, November 11, 8:00 PM

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Saturday, December 2, 8:00 AM
Hike: Maryland Heights / Harpers Ferry Nat’l Park, WV & MD

PATC Map 7 / MD Bus

$30 (nonmembers $33) less $5 for national or senior pass holders. 

Morning hike options: 4½ miles with 1200 ft. ascent/descent, or 6½ mi. with 1700 ft. ascent/descent. Optional afternoon hike: 5 mi. with 800 ft. ascent, 600 ft. descent. 

Hiking, history and holiday atmosphere combine in what has become an annual early-December trip for us to Harpers Ferry. In the morning, choose between two hikes climbing to Maryland Heights Overlook with its oft-photographed view of the town. In the afternoon, you can opt for a hike in the Murphy – Chambers Farm Area, site of a bloody Civil War battle. Lunch and shops are available in the town, brimming with holiday ambiance.  

Leaders:  Pat H. 301/908-2637 and Joe Sendry 202/244-1969

**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
signup opens: Saturday, November 25, 8:00 PM

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


events & hikes

Sat, October 21, 8:00 AM
Hike: Doubletop Mtn. / Camp Hoover, Shenandoah National Park, VA

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

Sat, October 28, 8:00 AM
Hike: Big Schloss / Little Schloss, GWNF, VA / WV

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