This Meetup is cancelled

Hike: Michaux State Forest, Pennsylvania

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    16th & I Street, NW, Washington, DC (map)

    38.909519 -77.036430

  • Price: $25.00/per person

    Refund policy

  • 12:30pm Friday:  The hike has been cancelled.  All people who signed up, including those who cancelled themselves, will recieve a full refund.

    PATC Map 4 / MD Bus 

    $25 (nonmembers $28). Long hike: 12 mi., 2000 ft. ascent/descent. Short hike: 6½ mi., 1600 ft. ascent, 900 ft. descent.

    Got the post-holiday blahs? Today’s trip to one of Pennsylvania’s premier state forests, deep in the wilds of South Mtn., offers a perfect escape. Starting from Old Forge Rd., we’ll follow a trail northbound along Tumbling Run past Hermitage Cabin and Shaffer Rock before climbing Buzzard Peak for a view and lunch. Then we’ll head north on the Appalachian Trail, with short hikers going as far as Rt. 233; long hikers continue past Rocky Mtn. all the way to Caledonia State Park.

    Leaders:  Stephanie Allgaier 301/530--8633 and Mark Tune


    You must RSVP and pay for this hike on Meetup.  Only call the hike leaders if you have questions regarding the hike.

    If after you make this reservation, you need to cancel and would like to request a refund, before 2:00 pm, the day before the hike, BOTH: 1.) Change RSVP to "No" --AND-- 2.) Press "Request Refund" link, and include your FULL NAME, and DATE YOU PAID.

    There is a $5 processing fee for cancelling a reservation.

    However, if you are a first-time hiker with us, please let the hike leaders know so that they can ensure that you know where to meet the bus.  If you've RSVP'd with us, we don't want to leave you behind.

    For additional details, visit our website and refer to our Frequently Asked Questions at

    Maryland Bus Routing: Please arrive 10 - 15 minutes before departure time listed below. All departure points are Metro accessible; however, if you are driving, please use only the Grosvenor Metro departure point, as parking is extremely limited at other locations.

    Bus departs from 16th and I (Eye) Streets, NW, Washington DC (two blocks north of the White House), at 8:00 AM, and continues to:

    National Cathedral Area - Wisconsin Avenue and Woodley Road, departing at approximately 8:10 AM; then continues to:

    Near Chevy Chase, MD - Friendship Heights Metro Stop (Western Avenue/East side exit), departing at approximately 8:20 AM; then continues to: 

    Bethesda, MD - across from Bethesda Metro Stop (northeast corner of East-West Highway and Wisconsin) (by request only--no stop here unless the hike leader has confirmed reservations), departing at approximately 8:25 AM; then continues to:

    Rockville / North Bethesda, MD - Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Station bus shelter nearest to Metro Station entrance between Metro Station and parking garage (Wisconsin Avenue / Rockville Pike / Rt. 355 exit off I-495), departing at approximately 8:35 AM.

    Reservations: The Capital Hiking Club is a non-profit group, and the public is invited to join on all trips. Early reservations are appreciated! While reservations are accepted Friday, making your reservation prior to Thursday evening helps to ensure your seat on the bus, and prevents the cancellation of the hike due to low sign-ups.

    Cost, what to wear, what to bring: Transportation costs are listed for each hike. Bring sufficient food and water for a day's outing in a day pack or fanny pack with individual First Aid articles, a whistle, and extra clothing according to the season. Sturdy boots or shoes are a necessity. It is recommended to carry 8 oz. of water per mile to be hiked. Gatorade or other electrolyte replacement drinks are also recommended.

    Liability: Hikers are responsible for their own safety and must assume risks and liability for all outings. CHC leaders, officers, and representatives shall not be liable for any injuries, loss or damage to persons or property, direct or consequential, arising out of any trips or Club activities. Hikers must be able to keep a 2 mph pace.

    (Optional) Membership $12.00 per year. Mail a check to our Membership Director to receive a quarterly hike schedule and reduced rates.  More info at:

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  • Stephanie

    All, after much discussion, due to the very low numbers and an extremely poor forecast, we are going to have to cancel this hike. A full refund will be issued.

    Hope to see you on another CHC hike soon!

    Stephanie and Mark

    January 10, 2014

  • rick

    I'm still in and hoping to field test some new foul weather gear. But if y'all do decide to cancel this hike, just transfer my reservation etc. to the SNP hike, next Saturday.... TY

    1 · January 10, 2014

  • Doug R.

    "No Rain, No Pain, No Maine"

    January 10, 2014

  • Andrew S.

    I changed my RSVP to but am unsure how to request a refund.

    January 10, 2014

    • Andy B

      (from the text above): If after you make this reservation, you need to cancel and would like to request a refund, before 2:00 pm, the day before the hike, BOTH: 1.) Change RSVP to "No" --AND-- 2.) Press "Request Refund" link, and include your FULL NAME, and DATE YOU PAID. There is a $5 processing fee for cancelling a reservation.

      January 10, 2014

  • Andrew S.

    That was a change to no

    January 10, 2014

  • Mark

    The weather forecast for Michaux State Forest is looking pretty wet. It's a 100% chance of rain between 11 AM and 1 PM Satuday, so its basically guaranteed that we'll be hiking in the rain. Please plan accordingly. Friday's forecast includes a wintry mix, so waterproof boots, gators, and rain gear are essentials for this hike. Temperatures in the 40s will feel colder. Don't forget to bring a change of clothes that you can leave on the bus, so that you have something dry to wear during the ride home.

    January 9, 2014

  • Stephanie


    Unfortunately, the weather forecast for the Chambersburg area has not improved, and now looks like 50 to 80% chance of rain for most of the hours we'd be hiking, but with temps in the high 40's-low 50's. We will post another update tomorrow, since things can change again, but please plan accordingly!


    January 9, 2014

  • Stephanie


    Mark has been monitoring the weather in the area of our hike and it looks like the forecast is improving for Saturday morning. The 60% chance of rain was for the early morning hours, going down to about 20% by 10:00 a.m.

    We will post details as available (an hourly forecast for Sat. should be available later today).


    January 9, 2014

  • josephine

    If the number drop below 30, will this hike be cancel?
    I am seeing 60% chance of rain.

    January 9, 2014

  • Doug R.

    To gaiter or not to gaiter ....
    Rain pants and rain jackets are no brainers.

    January 8, 2014

  • Anne H.

    I will be out of town for this hike, leaving January 16, returning on February 2. Hope to join you at the next event after that date

    January 5, 2014


Your organizer's refund policy for Hike: Michaux State Forest, Pennsylvania

Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled
  • the Meetup is rescheduled
  • you can cancel at least 1 day(s) before the Meetup

Additional notes: Refund (minus $5 fee) if before 2pm, the day before hike, you BOTH: 1.) Change RSVP to "No" -AND- 2.) Email request to CHCORGANIZER@GMAIL.COM. List date you paid, hike date, meetup name and full name. Pressing the "Request refund" link will send email

Payments you make go to the organizer, not to Meetup. You must make refund requests to the organizer.

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