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  day hikes

  printable quarterly hike schedule

Saturday, June 24, 8:00 AM
Hike: Mason Dixon Trail: Peavine Island / Oakland Run, PA

Mason Dixon Map 5 / MD Bus


$25 (nonmembers $28). Long hike: 7 mi., 1600 ft. ascent, 1600 ft. descent. Moderate hike: 6 mi., 1400 ft. ascent, 400 ft. descent.

During these hot, summer days, enjoy the shade of the large trees on this inviting segment of Pennsylvania’s 193-mile Mason Dixon Trail on the west side of the Susquehanna River. We will have time to admire the lovely trail with sections of lush forest ferns and bucolic creeks. Long hikers will pick up the trail for Peavine Island for a mile of short rock scrambles and views of the Susquehanna River. Moderate hikers will start the hike at Lock 12 and view the foundations of the old mill. All hikers will head north past Holtwood Dam and through Oakland Run Gorge. All hikers will end at Posey Road.


Leaders:  Pat Holobaugh (patholobaugh<at>gmail.com) and Chris Powell

**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. : 23 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, July 1, 8:00 AM
Hike: Halfmoon Mtn. Lookout, Geo. Washington Nat'l Forest, WV

PATC Map F / VA Bus

$25 (nonmembers $28). Long hike: 10 mi., 2200 ft. ascent/descent. Moderate hike: 7½ mi., 1600 ft. ascent, 1700 ft. descent. (Note: Hike venue changed from original schedule.)

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, you’ll have a choice of two hikes, both of which feature the panoramic view from Halfmoon Mtn. lookout. Moderate hikers will ascend to the lookout via the Halfmoon and Halfmoon Lookout Trails, then retrace their steps, turning onto the Bucktail Cutoff Trail to finish at the Bucktail parking area. Long hikers meanwhile make a clockwise circuit from the Bucktail parking area, reaching the lookout on the Bucktail and German Wilson Trails before joining the return route of the moderate hikers.

Leaders:

Sanjeev (odospamkill at gmail dot com, 571-353-4975) and Jeff Oser.

**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, June 24, 8:00 AM

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Saturday, July 1, 8:00 AM
Hike: Marys Rock / Pinnacles Overlook, Shenandoah National Park, VA

  *** CANCELLED ***

PATC Map 10 / VA Bus


$25 (nonmembers $28) + park fee/pass. Long hike: 12 mi., 3900 ft. ascent, 2800 ft. descent. Moderate hike: 8 mi., 2500 ft. ascent, 1400 ft. descent.

If you had to pick one hiking destination in to visit Shenandoah, you couldn’t do better than Marys Rock. The incomparable viewpoint – so spectacular that some Washington-area hikers plan to have their ashes be buried there – is an early feature of today’s Central District outing. We’ll climb to the overlook on the Appalachian Trail from Panorama (Thornton Gap on Rt. 211), and ogle the view. Views continue as we proceed south AT, turn east on the Meadow Springs Trail and then hit the Hazel Mtn. Trail. From it, moderate hikers take the Catlett Spur and Hannah Run Trail to the Pinnacles Overlook on the Skyline Drive. Long hikers reach the overlook on a longer route via the White Rock, Hazel River, Catlett Mtn. and Hannah Run Trails.

Leaders: Jeff Oser and [co-leader 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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Saturday, July 8, 8:00 AM
Hike: Signal Knob / Massanutten Mountains, GWNF, VA

PATC Map G / VA Bus


$25 (nonmembers $28).  Long hike: 10½ mi., 2200 ft. ascent/descent. Moderate hike: 8½ mi., 1900 ft. ascent/descent. Shorter option available.

Rugged terrain, pine-clad slopes, and panoramic views beckon on this perennial “must” Capital classic. Our traditional loop starts at Elizabeth Furnace in George Washington National Forest with a climb up the Massanutten Mtn. Trail, passing Buzzard Rock Overlook. At the ridgetop, moderate hikers turn south and complete the circuit on the Meneka Peak and Tuscarora Trails. Long hikers make the same counterclockwise loop, but add a side trip to the Signal Knob overlook, site of a Civil War signal tower.

Leaders:  Martha S. and Andy 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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signup opens: Saturday, July 1, 8:00 PM

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Saturday, July 15, 8:00 AM
Hike: Nicholson Hollow / Passamaquoddy Trail / Swim, SNP, VA

PATC Map 10 / VA Bus

$25 (nonmembers $28) + park fee/pass.  Long hike: 9 mi., 600 ft. ascent, 3400 ft. descent. Moderate hike: 7 mi., 300 ft. ascent, 2500 ft. descent.

Shenandoah’s summertime splendor will be on sumptuous display on this mostly downhill delight in the park’s Central District, climaxed by a cooling splash in one of the best swimming holes anywhere. The hiking begins at Stony Man Overlook on the Skyline Drive with moderate hikers heading north on the Appalachian Trail and then descending the Nicholson Hollow Trail along the babbling Hughes River to the swimming hole. Long hikers duplicate that route, but reach the AT from Skyland on the Passamaquoddy Trail. Hikes end at Old Rag parking lot in Nethers.

Leaders:  Michael Martin and Marika O.

**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, July 8, 8:00 PM

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events & hikes

Sat, June 24, 8:00 AM
Hike: Mason Dixon Trail: Peavine Island / Oakland Run, PA

Sat, July 1, 8:00 AM
Hike: Halfmoon Mtn. Lookout, Geo. Washington Nat'l Forest, WV

Fri, July 7, 8:15 PM
Moonlight Hike: C&O Canal to Great Falls, MD

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