Monuments in The Moonlight!
A Very Easy, Flat 4 Mile Social Sneaker Hike! (Metro Accessible)
This is our very popular Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight sneaker hike, as featured in the Washington Post, focusing on memorials near the Tidal Basin and the National Mall! We will walk for approximately 4 miles, around some of the most scenic and majestic parts of the national capitol Mall.
Join us as we visit each of the city’s famous memorials along with some monuments and more. Including but not limited to: the Washington Monument, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the George Mason Memorial, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, the new Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Abraham Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, and the World War II Memorial. We will point out fun and interesting facts about each and allow time to enjoy each memorial as well as take some photos. Come enjoy the spectacular majesty of our monuments in the light of the full moon!
We have several paces for you to choose from. There is a pace for you whether you are looking for a photographer pace (this group WILL stop to expose lenses), a casual/social pace, a more moderate hiker, or even a most brisk hiker. Groups spend the same amount of time at the monuments but the pace between our stops is what varies.
A social walking pace of about 2.0 mph.
Several groups of a moderate pace of about 2.5-3.0 mph which is the pace of an average hikers when we are hiking and used in most hike books as a rule of thumb for determining how long a hike will take.
Last but not least, there will be at least one group that is led at a very brisk workout pace of 3.5+ mph. If you sign up for this pace then you asked for it and no complaints as it is not for the faint of heart and is a very fast hike pace-grin.
Please put your pace preference in your RSVP to help us better prepare for this hike and save time at the start.
This hike is rain, snow, or shine. Click here for up to the minute weather information for this special event.
There are 2 carpools for this hike!
Baltimore Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore metro area, meet at Dorsey Station. Click here for directions to Dorsey and take note this is not our usual Baltimore carpool location! Use the comment section to discuss carpooling with other members.
Annapolis Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the Annapolis area, meetup at the Harbour Center Mall Starbucks. Click here for Annapolis carpool directions for getting to the carpool location. Use the comment section to discuss carpooling with other members.
If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location in the comment section below. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment - by just offering a ride!
Directions to the Trailhead
Click Here for Directions to Where We Meet for This Special Event
Hike Meetup Time is at 5:00 p.m.
Dorsey Station carpool meetup time is 3:30 p.m.
Annapolis carpool time is 3:45 p.m.
Note: Please do not plan on attending this special event unless you can be out until at least 9:00 p.m. and depending on your chosen pace, later, in order to have time to enjoy the monuments, take pictures, and enjoy each others company without feeling rushed. If this is too late for you, please know that the time of this event changes according to when the moon rises is which is pretty late tonight but also the last one of the year in temperate weather. This event will be offered at an earlier time in evening in the future accordingly but the next one will be in winter. We do not offer this for every full moon, but ONLY when the full moon falls on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday which is a few times a year and all 2013 dates are already on our calendar.
Sunset and Full Moon Information
Click Here for an explanation of the three different twilights if you are interested.
Sunset: 5:55 p.m.
Twilight (Civil): 6:22 p.m.
Twilight (Nautical): 6:53 p.m.
Twilight (Astronomical): 7:24 p.m.
(Moon is full tomorrow at 3:25): Moonrise is 5:05 p.m.
Fido is Welcome on This Hike!
Please remember we are a social hiking group that values fellowship and camaraderie and practice good hike etiquette . We take breaks as necessary and have at least one guide in the front in addition to a "sweeper" in the back so no hiker is left behind. If you get upset because someone has to rest at the top of a hill etc. then please find another group! We are very supportive, encouraging, and focus on safety while getting or staying fit on the trail and practicing Leave No Trace outdoor ethics.
Let's have great times and see you there! Be sure to take the hike leader(s) numbers listed below with you just in case you have any trouble locating us at the meetup location.
Mike: [masked] (Social or Moderate Pace)
Kellie: [masked] (Photo or Social Pace)
Justin: [masked] (Brisk Pace)
Sherry: [masked] (Social Pace)
Lauren: Moderate Pace