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!
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!
We walk rain or shine unless there is a 45% or more chance of lightning forecast for the area for the time we will be out on this trek. In this case, I will send an e-mail no later than noon the day of the event. Click here for up to the minute weather information for this trek.
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 Harbor 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 7:15 p.m.
Annapolis carpool time is 7:00 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. We do not offer this special event whenever there is a 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: 8:10 p.m.
Twilight (Civil): 8:39 p.m.
Twilight (Nautical): 9:15 p.m.
Twilight (Astronomical): 9:52 p.m.
Moonrise is 7:56 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)
Additional Members of the MAHG Leadership Team