Let's Visit the National Arboretum While the Cherry Blossoms are Blooming!

  • March 31, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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 U.S. National Arboretum (Metro Friendly): 7.3 Easy, Paved miles (With Shorter 3.5 Mile Option) and 3 Pace Options, Inluding a Photog Pace Option! 
J oin us for this sneaker hike and see the area most botanically diverse hiking venue! Another perfect mix-match hike so there is truly something for everyone.

Skip the crowds and enjoy the beauty of spring-blooming flowering cherries at the U. S. National Arboretum. Visitors can see a greater diversity of flowering cherries—over 200 different species, varieties and cultivated forms—and enjoy them for a longer period of time than those at the Tidal Basin. From mid-March through mid-April one or more of over 2,000 ornamental cherry trees will be in peak bloom, some of them spectacular specimens of mature weeping and double-flowered forms.

Pace Options
We break down into groups no larger than 15 hikers per leader/sweep team for a more enjoyable experience for all of us and is better for the environment. Large groups really take away from the hiking experience. This also allows us to offer a variety of hike paces and for this particular hike you have 2 to choose from which allows us to be put together with those of a similar pace. Paces should be not only based on your preference but also ability needs to be taken into consideration.

Pace Option 1: A "walk in the woods" or "social" pace which is great for those who want to soak up the nature and/or transitioning to longer hikes and will be about 2.0mph. This is considered just a little bit faster than a walk.

Pace Option 2: A moderate pace of about 2.5mph (most common pace). Used in most hike books as a rule of thumb for calculating hike time.

Pace Option 3: A special pace for photographers with lots of stops for pics. This includes time to setup tripods etc. Note, all paces stop for pics, but this is for those who want to take time to setup their shots with no rush, change lenses, and/or use tripods. Because of all of the stops this group will most likely finish after the social pace group.

PLEASE put your pace preference in your RSVP so we can plan accordingly as we will ask for additional help from our leadership team if there is enough demand for a particular pace.

What's Blooming While We Visit (We Visit Once Per Season)
Peaking the First Week in April (approximate):

Last Week of March-1st week of April: Daffodils, crocuses, early magnolias, Korean azalea, Japanese-andromeda, forsythias, cornelian-cherries, woodland wildflowers, epimediums, flowering cherries, arisaemas

Year-Round Interest
Asian Valley in the Asian Collections, Friendship Garden, National Bonsai and Penjing Museum, National Boxwood Collection, Gotelli Dwarf and Slow-Growing Conifer Collection, Knot Garden in the National Herb Garden, Morrison Garden in the Azalea Collections, Holly and Magnolia Collections

Trail Information
Activity Type:
Hiking
Nearby City: Washington
Distance: 7.3 miles with shorter options available so there is something for everyone. There is a loop that is 3.6 and a loop that is 3.7 in a figure eight so we will be right where we park between the two loops for anyone wanting a shorter hike!
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate depending on wether you go on the 3.6 or 7.3 loop only due to distance and one long hill on the second loop.

Scenery: Woodlands, open spaces, exotic plants, and odd structures
Trail Surface: Mostly paved; some dirt, gravel, concrete, grass, mulch
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours (allowing for lingering to take in the sights)
Facilities: Toilets, water at administration building; toilets at Arbor House and (warm weather months only) near National Grove of State Trees and in Asian Collections.
Configuration: Modified Loop
Trail Type: Loop
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS Washington East

Carpool Information
There are 3 carpools for this hike!
Baltimore Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore metro area, meet at Savage Station. Click here for directions to Savage Station.

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.

VA East Area Carpool (Fairfax Area METRO)
People can also arrange to meet at the Vienna/Fairfax Metro Station. Click here for directions to Vienna/Fairfax Metro Station.

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 the Arboretum and where we meet once you arrive.

Hike Meetup Time is at 10:00 a.m.  

Carpool meetup time at Savage Station is 9:00 a.m.

Vienna/Fairfax Metro Station 8:45 a.m.

Carpoool Time for Annapolis Area is 9:00 a.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 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.

Special Note Regarding Refunds for This Event:
There are no refunds, exchanges , selling, giving away your space to someone on the wait list, or applying the money toward a future event for this special event. Before you commit, I just want it to be clear so there would not be any possible future confusion. Please keep that in mind before signing up and have a great time. This is non-refundable, period.

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. 

Let's have good times and see you on the trail!

Mike H.:[masked]

Kellie:[masked]

Shmuel:[masked]

Barb:[masked]  

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  • Stephanie

    A belated thanks to the hike leaders (both formal & informal) and to everyone who made it a great event!

    April 8, 2013

  • SonaDora

    Very nice hike on a beautiful day. By the way, the uploaded photographs are amazing!!

    April 1, 2013

  • Wayne M.

    A special thanks to all of the hike leaders who shared their Easter Sunday with us.

    April 1, 2013

  • jeri

    Thanks for organizing this hike. I had a lot of fun.

    1 · April 1, 2013

  • Dell

    Thanks again for such a great hike!

    March 31, 2013

  • Hiromi

    It was again a great hike! Perfect pace, fun adventure, and nice people! Thank you for leading us, Shmuel!!

    March 31, 2013

  • Russell

    Another good hike from a well run group, but it is the people and the conversation that makes it fun.

    March 31, 2013

  • Scott S.

    Great hike

    March 31, 2013

  • Roxanne B.

    Pace 2

    March 30, 2013

  • Prashanth A.

    pace 2 for me and my wife

    March 30, 2013

  • Patricia D.

    Forgot to mark down what group I wanted to be in.. #1, please. Looking forward to tomorrow.

    March 30, 2013

  • jeanne

    pace 1

    March 30, 2013

  • Naomi

    I'm leaving from U Street (a block from the Metro) at 9:30 and can take two people. Will almost certainly go shorter distance only -- allergies!

    (And pace 2, please.)

    March 30, 2013

  • Scott

    I am interested in pace 3 - photography.

    March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can drop people off in NW DC near Tenleytown/AU, although I'll be coming in from a different area.

    March 30, 2013

  • Heather

    Why is there no waiting list option?

    March 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      There's two spots left, so no need

      March 30, 2013

  • Buck

    Driving down from Germantown, MD if anyone needs a ride...

    March 30, 2013

  • Rachel

    Hello! Is anyone going from either the Silver Spring area, or downtown DC? I think I can work something out on Metro/bus if not, but would prefer to carpool. I would be okay with making my own way back if necessary, if you are not sure which distance you'll be walking.

    March 30, 2013

    • Cavan

      I'm coming from Silver Spring. I'll be walking the longer distance, but I can at least get you there.

      March 30, 2013

  • Lakhbir K.

    Pace 2 please.

    March 30, 2013

  • Lakhbir K.

    anyone coming from Baltimore and want to carpool?

    March 30, 2013

  • Dottie S.

    Taking my Mom to Easter Brunch

    March 29, 2013

  • Shira K.

    Hi! is anyone driving from downtown DC? I am looking for a ride. Please text me at[masked]-4654.
    Thanks!

    March 29, 2013

  • Janeen

    Dentist's appointment at 9:00. I'll have to cancel.

    March 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Pace option 1 or if that group gets too large pace option 2, please

    March 28, 2013

  • Megan M.

    Pace 2 please

    March 27, 2013

    • Megan M.

      But can join any group, if need to get even #s.

      March 27, 2013

  • Margaret R.

    Photo op pace for me please

    March 26, 2013

  • Tamara

    Option 3 - Photo

    March 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Pace option 1

    March 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can you change me to photog pace, too, please. THX!

    1 · March 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone coming from Fredericksburg, I can give a ride. Let me know.

    March 19, 2013

  • Dottie S.

    Would like to carpool with some others from Annapolis or I will drive. Who wants to meet up? What time is good to leave from Starbucks?

    March 17, 2013

  • Diana

    Photo pace

    March 17, 2013

  • Stephanie

    Pace 1 or Pace 3

    March 17, 2013

  • Rosanna

    Pace option 3

    March 16, 2013

  • Tom F.

    I prefer Pace 2.

    March 16, 2013

  • Stephanie

    Pace 1

    March 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Pace 2 (with Fido)

    March 15, 2013

  • Wayne M.

    pace 3, photographer's pace.

    March 15, 2013

  • Kellie C.

    How to Move from the Wait list to a “Yes” - If you are on the wait list, you will get an e-mail as slots become available. It is a “first come first serve” system for available slots. Slots are open to everyone, whether on the wait list or not. However, being on the wait list will make certain that you are notified when open slots become available as well as letting me know to look for another leader if the trails (and parking) can accommodate it and still comply with our Leave No Trace pledge. Click the following link for how to get off the wait list and RSVP “yes”, http://www.midatlantichiking.co...­ Please don't hesitate to contact me if you need further assistance as that is what I am here for.

    March 15, 2013

  • Amy

    Pace 2

    March 15, 2013

  • andrew b.

    pace option 3 as well

    March 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my first hike with you! Looking forward to it! :-)

    March 15, 2013

  • Rong L.

    option 3

    March 14, 2013

  • Jennifer L.

    We want to do Pace Option 3: A special pace for photographers

    March 14, 2013

  • derek m.

    Will be going at photog pace (and will probably bring tripod)

    March 14, 2013

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