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Georgetown Glover Archbold Park Loop Hike & Cafe Le Ruche Lunch - 6.5 Miles


Where to Meet: We will meet at the Georgetown C & O Canal Visitors Center at 10 AM, hike the Glover Archbold Park Loop which is a 6.5 mile round trip circuit. Afterwards we will eat lunch in Cafe Le Ruche near the GT Visitor's Center. They have a great outdoor seating area. See http://www.cafelaruche.com for details. Cafe Le Ruche is known for sumptuous deserts made on location with decent wine selection and basic French food. It is the oldest operating French Bistro in GT.

Trail Notes: Hike along paved, dirt and gravel flat paths. Hike starts with the C & O Canal Trail then picks up the Glover Archbold Park Trail near Georgetown University then the Battery Kemble Park Trail then either the Capital Crescent and or C & O Canal Trail back to Cafe Le Ruche.

Directions: From Northern Virginia: Head north across Francis Scott Key Bridge into Georgetown. At the end of the bridge, turn right (east) onto M street. Follow M street to 30th street and turn right (south). The visitor center is halfway down the block on the right. Parking is available in parking garage just south of the canal on 30th street. Buses may park on K Street.

By Metro: There are no metro stops in Georgetown. Georgetown shuttle buses are available from Foggy Bottom, Rosslynn, and Du Pont Circle.

For Pedestrians, the closest metro stop is Foggy Bottom. From Foggy Bottom metro stop, make u-turn on pedestrian walkway to 24th street and turn right. Take 24th street to Pennsylvania Avenue and turn left. Take Pennsylvania Avenue to 30th Street and turn left. Park is half way down the block on the right. Allow 10-15 minutes for walking. (Approximately 10 blocks).

From Maryland and Beltway: Take Route 355 (Wisconsin Avenue) south approximately 6 miles to K Street and Potomac River. Wisconsin Avenue will end at K Street. Turn left onto K Street and follow to Thomas Jefferson Avenue. Turn left onto Thomas Jefferson and the park is half way up the block on the right. Parking is available in parking garages on K Street and 30th street.

Parking: If one is willing to walk 3 to 6 blocks in DC which is not far then parking is always available in the residential section of upper Georgetown. Parking restrictions on Sunday are very few and far between in DC. Paid parking lots and parking garages are scattered throughout GT. Residential areas is the key point for parking!

What to Bring: Bottle of water and other desired gear depending on personal needs. Take plenty of pictures. Pay attention to the weather which could be chilly.

Disclaimer: As usual this is a kid-free zone. All participants assume total risk for their personal and property safety. Robert's textable cell number is [masked].

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  • Shannon

    What a great time. Excellent company, and with the weather we had the trail all to ourselves! I will definitely join this group again.

    December 29, 2013

  • Robert Q.

    Great but wet hike, super conversation and tasty lunch!

    December 29, 2013

  • Karen R.

    I am going to pass on hiking in this weather, too. Hope to see you all soon - Happy New Year!

    December 29, 2013

  • Erika E.

    This rain is too much. See you on the next one!

    December 29, 2013

  • Fran

    I seems there is going to rain. Will the rain affect the hiking plan?

    December 27, 2013

    • Robert Q.

      Hi Fran, rain is unlikely to change our plans. First there is only a chance of rain. Second, rarely does it rain all day in this area. Third, usually when the weather report says rain they really mean cloudy. However, dress warmly. High is 43 with a low of 37. Remember our club is an all weather affair. :)

      December 27, 2013

    • Robert Q.

      Oh I forgot to mention that in the worst situation we would just skip the hike and hang out over breakfast and coffee. This is the beauty of starting from GT. An alternative plan is always available. I would plan to hike though!

      December 27, 2013

  • Erika E.

    Bringing my friend Peter M. See y'all there

    December 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My family is in town for the holidays but I look forward to the next adventure with this group. Happy 2014 everyone!

    December 23, 2013

  • John H

    I'm really looking forward to this hike because, although I've walked on portions of these trails, I've never walked along the connections between Glover and Kemble, and Kemble to Fletcher's

    December 16, 2013

  • Mary Kay S.

    Missing all of you but will be in Anguilla for the New Year! Enjoy and see you in 2014!

    December 3, 2013

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