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  day hikes

  printable quarterly hike schedule

Saturday, February 25, 8:00 AM
Hike: Gunpowder Falls State Park – Hereford Area, MD

Park Map / MD Bus


$25 (nonmembers $28). Long hike: 9 mi., 1400 ft. ascent, 1400 ft. descent. Moderate hike: 6½ mi., 800 ft. ascent, 700 ft. descent.

Perhaps there’ll be a mantle of fresh snow, or more likely some early spring flowers,  to make this secluded state park north of Baltimore even more delightful than usual. From York Rd., we’ll follow the Gunpowder North Trail westbound, cross the Gunpowder 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. The next short section is harder than the mileage implies. Continuing east,  the long hikers will follow the Mingo Forks and Bunker Hill Trails, and moderate hikers will stay on the Gunpowder trail.  All hikers end at the Bunker Hill Road parking lot.


Leaders:  Stephanie Allgaier (sallgaier<at>gmail.com) and Pat H. patholobaugh@gmail.com 301/908-2637

**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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9 currently signed up to attend. : 34 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, March 4, 8:00 AM
Hike: Catoctin Mountain Park / Pizza Party, MD

PATC Map 5 / MD Bus 


$25 (nonmembers $28). Long hike: 8½ mi., 2100 ft. ascent/descent. Medium hike: 7 mi., 1700 ft. ascent/descent. Short hike 5½ mi., 1500 ft. ascent/descent. Optional side trip for short and medium hikers to Cunningham Falls adds 2½ miles and 300 ft. ascent/descent.

A hike and a party – a can’t-miss combination to usher in another hiking year! The hike comes first: a visit to Catoctin Mountain Park where we’ll climb from the Visitors’ Center to the panoramic overlooks of Chimney Rock and Wolf Rock for magnificent views. Short hikers then return to the Visitors’ Center. Others continue to Thurmont Vista, from where medium hikers return to the bus while long hikers hoof it farther to Cunningham Falls, passing Hog Rock. The bus then takes us to Bethesda for pizza, libations, and fellowship. [Note: Pizza party is optional at a Metro-accessible location; the bus continues on to our regular drop-off locations.]

Leaders: Jeff O. (jeff.oser<at>gmail.com) and June 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, February 25, 8:00 PM

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Saturday, March 11, 8:00 AM
Hike: Third and Fourth Mountains, Massanutten Mtns., VA

PATC Map H / VA Bus   

$25 (nonmembers $28). Long hike: 9½ mi., 2600 ft. ascent/descent. Medium hike: 8½ mi., 2400 ft. ascent/descent. Short hike: 5½ mi., 1400 ft. ascent/descent.


The rugged southern part of the Massanutten Mtn. range is new territory for most D.C.-area hikers, and today’s your chance to hike there. Our rare visit starts in the Shenandoah Valley with a short climb to Fridley Gap, where we’ll all head south along Fourth Mtn on the Massanutten Mtn. South Trail to a spectacular viewpoint.  There, short hikers reverse direction and return. Others continue on the Massanutten Mtn. South Trail, with medium hikers turning north on a fire road to the Fridley Gap Trail and following it westbound over the ridge of Third Mtn. back to Fridley Gap.  Long hikers add distance on an unmarked side trail along a mountain run.

Leaders:  Josh Silverman (betula54<at>msn.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, March 4, 8:00 PM

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events & hikes

Sat, February 25, 8:00 AM
Hike: Gunpowder Falls State Park – Hereford Area, MD

Sat, March 4, 8:00 AM
Hike: Catoctin Mountain Park / Pizza Party, MD

Sat, March 11, 8:00 AM
Hike: Third and Fourth Mountains, Massanutten Mtns., VA

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