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  day hikes

  printable quarterly hike schedule

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 Roslyn

**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 join wait-list
48 currently signed up to attend. : FULL

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 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.**

Click here to signup
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 from the Compton Gap Trail. 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.**

Click here to signup
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.**

Click here to signup
signup opens: Saturday, May 13, 8:00 PM

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Wednesday, May 24, 6:30 PM
Hike Leader Guidelines Discussion Session

For those Capital Hiking Club regulars, hike leaders, and aspiring/new hike leaders, we are starting a regular series of small hike leader get-togethers.

The goal is to meet to discuss the hike leader guidelines we have updated recently, and to share thoughts and experiences of hike leading for your Club.

The second get-together in the series will be held in downtown DC at GW's Law School on Wednesday evening, May 24th, starting at about 6:30 pm, and finishing up by 8:00 pm.  Snacks and sodas will be provided.

The Law School is about equal distance (3-4 blocks) from the Farragut West (18th & I Street) and Foggy Bottom (23rd & I Street) Metro stops (Metro's orange/blue/silver lines).

GW Law School Student Lounge (main level--students will be on summer break)

2000 H Street, NW

Washington, DC

Click here to signup
2 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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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)]


Click here to signup
signup opens: Sunday, May 21, 8:00 PM

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Saturday, June 3, 8:00 AM
Hike: AT - Annapolis Rocks / Washington Monument, MD

PATC Map 5 / MD Bus


$25 (nonmembers $28).  Long hike: 12½ mi., 2300 ft. ascent, 2200 ft. descent. Moderate hike: 9 mi., 1600 ft. ascent, 2100 ft. descent.

For late-winter ridge walking at its best, don’t miss this bracing Appalachian Trail ramble on Maryland’s South Mtn. Starting at Monument Rd., we’ll head north on the famed trail and soon pause at  the “other” Washington Monument, a little visited stone memorial to the first president where there’s a sterling view. More views come later from Annapolis Rocks and Black Rock before moderate hikers descend on the Thurston Griggs Trail. Long hikers continue to Wolfsville Rd.

Leaders:  Alberto D. 202/716-1130 and Samir K. 925/726- 4717

**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, May 27, 8:00 PM

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events & hikes

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

Sun, April 30, 7:00 PM
CHC Quarterly Potluck Dinner & Social preceded by CHC Quarterly Business Meeting

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

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