Rock Creek Park Series! Part 2 of 3: Easy 4.5mi Rocky Central Section: METRO Acc

  • May 11, 2014 · 11:00 AM
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Rock Creek Park Series: Part 2 of 3: The Rocky Central Section: A Moderate 5 Miles

METRO Accessible

This is the Second Part of a 3 part Rock Creek Park Series, which will take us pretty much all throughout the park if you complete all three hikes! All are METRO accessible too!

Part 1: April 27th: The Wild Northern Section of Rock Creek Park (Metro Accessible): An Easy Side of Moderate 9.3 (Shorter options available) Miles!

Todays Hike: Part 2: May 11th: The Rocky Central Section of Rock Creek Park (Metro Accessible): A Moderate 4.5 Miles

Part 3: May 26th: The Arboreal Southern Section of Rock Creek Park (Metro Accessible): A Moderate 8.9 (Shorter Options) Miles

"Rock Creek Park forms a big wedge that follows its namesake creek from Washington's northern apex down to the creek's mouth on the Potomac River. The park's central section features a rocky and superbly scenic creek valley. This easy woodland loop provides hikers with 4.5 miles of horizontal tromping and about 1,000 feet of elevation change. This hike will give hikers a restorative dose of outdoor activity, plus a sampling of the park's natural charms. Scenery: Gently rolling woodlands, rocky creek, and fall foliage.© Copyright Paul Elliott Published by Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Click here for pics from when we hiked this trail in the past.

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.

Pace Option 2: A moderate pace of about 2.5mph (most common pace).

PLEASE put your pace preference in your RSVP so we can plan accordingly

Trail Information

Trail surface: Mostly dirt or stony dirt; some pavement, grass; rocky, rooty in places.
Nearby City: Washington, DC
Length: 4.5 total miles
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Easy to Easy Moderate
Duration: 2.5 - 3 hours
Scenery: Gently rolling woodlands, rocky creek

Exposure: Mostly shady; less so in winter
Facilities: Toilets, water, phone at nature center (open Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm).

Note Only to Hike Leaders: Use PATC Map N and the hike description from 60 Hikes within 60 Miles of D.C. 1st edition and NOT the newer 2nd edition. I have scanned the hike guide and it is available upon your request as a .PDF in case you do not have the older book. Please contact Kellie if you do not have the map as I will have one ordered and shipped to you right away because as a member of the leadership team you should have the PATC maps for the areas where you lead as one of your perks. This hike has also been recorded as an everytrail trip and can be found on our groups Everytrail site.

Weather Information
We hike rain or shine. Click here to see an up to the minute forecast for the area where we will be hiking. Only poor road conditions will cause a hike to be cancelled as we embrace Mother Nature's diversity as much as our own.

Carpool Information

To carpool from the Baltimore area, meet people at Savage Station. Click here for directions to Savage Station.

If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations such as the DC area, 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 hike. Metro directions are included in the directions link too. 

Hike Meetup Time is at 11:00 a.m.

Carpool meetup time from Savage is 10:00 a.m.

Gear Information
Click here for suggestions for what to wear and what not to wear for our hikes.

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 means that 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.

Fido is welcome on this hike!

See ya on the trail and take my number just in case!

Bill:[masked]

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  • Bill P.

    This was a great day for hiking.

    May 11, 2014

  • Kellie C.

    Bill, much thanks for leading this fantastic hike!

    May 11, 2014

  • jeff

    A great hike in my backyard. I will certainly do the 3 segment in 2 week.

    May 11, 2014

  • Robin B.

    Change of plans. Sorry.

    May 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Same question, what time does this actually start? There are two times listed.

    May 10, 2014

    • Kellie C.

      Thanks for keeping me on my toes. I just fixed it and it is 11am. Sleeping in a bit on moms special day:)

      May 10, 2014

  • Carole

    Same question, what time does it start? Has anyone gotten an answer yet?

    May 10, 2014

  • Bill P.

    Hi and Happy Mothers Day,

    It is 8:30 Saturday and I just signed up as a leader for this hike. In response to the question about the start time:

    Start time: 11:00 am. If you are hungry after the hike, I'd like to recommend a neighborhood favorite less than a mile from the Nature Center Meeting area: The Parkway Deli on Grubb Road.

    Feel free to call me if you have any questions or concerns: Bill Peters[masked]

    1 · May 10, 2014

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