Monuments in the Moonlight: A Social 4 Mile Sneaker Hike - Metro Accessible!

  • July 12 · 8:30 PM
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Monuments in The Moonlight!

A Very Easy, Flat 4 Mile Social Sneaker Hike! (Metro Accessible)

We ONLY Have This Special Event When the Full Moon Falls On a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday and the Moon Will Be Up During Our Event.

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 Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, the 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!

Pace Options
We have several paces for you to choose from so there is a pace for you whether you are looking for a photographer (this group WILL stop to expose your lenses so is a TRUE photographer pace, 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.

Pace options include:

A social walking pace of about 2.0mph.

About 3 groups of a moderate pace of about[masked]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 a very brisk workout pace of[masked]mph. If you sign up for this pace then you asked for it and no complaints as it is not for the faint of hear and is a very fast hike pace.

Please put your pace preference in your RSVP to help us better prepare for this hike and save time at the start!

Weather Information
We walk rain or shine.

Carpool Information

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 8:30 p.m.

Dorsey Station carpool meetup time is 7:00 p.m.

Annapolis carpool time is 7:15 p.m.

Note: Please do not plan on attending this special event unless you can be out until at least 10:00 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. 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.

Sunset and Full Moon Information

Click here for an explanation of the three different twilights if you are interested.

Sunset: 8:35 p.m.
Twilight (Civil): 9:06 p.m.
Twilight (Nautical): 9:45 p.m.
Twilight (Astronomical): 10:30 p.m.
Moonrise is 8:36 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 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] (Moderate Pace)

Kellie:[masked] (Social Pace)

Justin:[masked] (Brisk Pace)

Shmuel:[masked]

Additional Members of the MAHG Leadership Team

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  • Maryann

    Incredible moon, great people, beautiful night.

    1 · July 14

  • Dawn R

    I thoroughly enjoyed the hike. This was a great way to get some exercise and see wonderful sites at the same time. Thank you Toby!

    1 · July 14

  • Mitra

    Toby was a great lead on this outing. I learned about few new spots and the best path to visit all the monuments! Thanks.

    1 · July 13

  • Rene' B.

    Thanks Mike for another perfect hike! Great seeing you again - good catching up. Hello to Kelly. Appreciate all you both do. Wonderful evening in DC - magical.

    1 · July 13

  • Gladys

    Fabulous hike with gorgeous views of the monuments in the moonlight. Thanks to Toby for doing a wonderful lead. We had a friendly group of folks . I got some lovely pictures and a good workout!

    1 · July 13

    • jen

      thankyou for your help so i could catch up to the group! :)

      2 · July 13

  • Jonathan

    I had a great time with some great folks. The night weather was perfect and our small group social-pace & sweep leaders were thoughtful, knowledgeable and kind. Plus, I got some great shots. This was my first time and I'm glad I went!

    2 · July 13

  • Shmuel

    From the artistic FDR, through the majestic MLK, via the universal Lincoln and the step by step along the solemn Vietnam memorial we had the greatest summer time. Thanks much for the cooperation of all hikers, the weather and the great city.

    Toby, once again, great pictures. Still waiting for more pictures posted after the endless number of flashes.

    1 · July 13

  • Heather T.

    Amazing (and gorgeous) evening! What a wonderful opportunity. I can't wait for my next chance to hike with a great group of people.

    July 13

  • Toby

    Beautiful night and great company, thanks to all who came out and hiked tonight, fun one! Thanks to Trevor and Emmie for sweeping the social pace group! The moon was awesome too - super moon rose with a dark orange color and then was a shining white beacon in the sky, perfect evening!

    2 · July 13

  • Marian

    Really enjoyed the walk, the sites, and meeting new people

    1 · July 13

  • Linda

    Wonderful ! Thank you Mike for being such a good leader!

    1 · July 13

  • Tanisha C.

    Where is the social pace group?

    1 · July 12

  • jen

    oh i was silly to think i could park on the street haha. hopefully i can catch you all

    July 12

  • Michelle

    Sorry for the late notice; I will not be able to attend.

    July 12

  • John K

    So, where exactly? The gospel concert has me a bit confused.

    July 12

  • Michael H.

    Hey guys, there is a gospel concert going on in the mall by where we meet. The traffic and parking are tight in the area so we will start about 10 minutes late.

    3 · July 12

    • Mya

      Thank you! I was wondering what this traffic was about!

      July 12

  • Bonnie

    Brisk pace for me, please. I can't seem to get the link on where to meet to work. Can someone tell where the meeting point is?

    July 12

    • Bonnie

      Perfect, thanks!

      July 12

    • Trevor G.

      Most common problem for not seeing the directions page properly is not being logging logged in. Just for future reference.

      1 · July 12

  • A former member
    A former member

    Moderate for me please

    July 12

  • Jamie

    Ditto for neglecting the pace: moderate for me and my fuzzy companion, Zora. We'll be coming from PWCounty and could stop by Vienna metro if any dog lovers need a ride:)

    July 11

    • Andy

      15th and 17th on the mall side of constitution ave (same side as wash monument). but NOT at the monument. curb parking near 16th along constitution. nearest metro is Smithsonian (exit toward the mall not independence)

      July 12

    • Shmuel

      That's right!

      July 12

  • John K

    Free beer tasting at Central Wine and Spirits ( 25 E Street NW ) at 6pm for those interested.

    July 12

  • Mary

    I'll do the moderate pace, but may be feeling energetic enough for the very brisk pace.

    July 12

  • Jennifer F. C.

    +2...social pace...thanks!!

    July 12

  • Leanne

    Ok so don't know how to add guest after I've paid and didn't see pace option. There will be two at moderate pace. Can my guest pay tonight?

    July 12

    • John K

      I tried to add a guest by mobile, but I had to do it through a computer. Don't know if that helps.

      July 12

  • Kellie S.

    Count me in for moderate pace. Thanks!

    July 12

  • gena m.

    Are kellie and justin supposed to be contacted at same number, or was that an error?

    July 12

  • Taffanie K.

    Hi..I didn't see where to indicate pace in the rsvp..but I will be doing the social pace. See you there!

    July 12

    • gena m.

      I did the same thing....add one more to social pace, please. Thanks!

      July 12

  • Dawn R

    I forgot to note my pace as well....my +1 and I would like the moderate pace.

    July 12

  • Mike P.

    Anyone from MoCo going? Driving or Metro?

    July 8

    • Krystin A.

      Sounds good! What time were you thinking?

      July 12

    • Mike P.

      I'm interested in meeting up around Twinbrook. I've never been to the event before.

      July 12

  • Leigh

    Sorry, I forgot to put down that I wanted the moderate pace. Thanks

    July 12

  • John K

    Also, want social pace. Lastly, I want to bring a friend now, but don't know how to add that here.

    July 12

    • John K

      Nevermind, got it sorted.

      July 12

  • Lisa S.

    We didn't add our pace either before. Sorry. Social pace for 2 please.

    July 12

  • Cheri

    Forgot to say to put me down for Moderate Pace. Thanks!

    July 12

  • Silvia

    Put me down for moderate/social pace. I'll be coming from Forest Glen Metro if someone would like to join me.

    July 12

  • Michelle

    My friend and I will be taking Metro from Springfield area.

    July 9

    • Michelle

      I too forgot to RSVP on pace. For today, social pace!

      July 12

  • Deb

    Neglected the pace RSVP as well either moderate or brisk for me. Thanks.

    July 12

  • Whitney

    Thinking of taking the Metro from Greenbelt to Archives and walking over--anyone from Baltimore or nearby want to join? If not, I might go for the Dorsey carpool.

    July 12

  • Amber A.

    I didn't do the RSVP thingy so I'll post here. Social pace for me.

    July 12

  • jen

    is anyone coming from annapolis? want to carpool?

    July 11

  • Jonathan

    Same for me - I managed to neglect to select a pace before completing my RSVP; I'd like to take pictures and join the social pace group. I hope that's ok! See everyone there.

    July 11

  • Heather T.

    I managed to neglect to select a pace before completing my RSVP; I'll be joining a friend at the social pace. I hope that's ok! See everyone there.

    July 11

  • Jim P

    Sounds great. I'll be there

    July 11

  • Silvia

    I'll be taking the Forest Glen Metro if anyone would like to join me.

    July 10

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