Monday Sunrise Cherry Blossom Hike of 2 or 5 Mi Around Tidal Basin/East Potomac

  • April 14, 2014 · 6:30 AM
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Join Us for Our Final Sunrise Cherry Blossom Hike of 2014!

An Easy 2 or 5 Mile Trek to Enjoy the Famous Cherry Blossoms

The first Cherry trees were planted on the Tidal Basin in 1912 and the original planting was completed in 1920. There are 12  varieties of trees, with double and single, white and pink blooms.  Most of the trees are the Yoshino, single white bloom variety. 

Blooming periods vary with the weather, with bloom times ranging from 9 to 18 days and peak bloom periods generally of 5 days. Historically, the  average peak bloom date is April 4. This year's peak bloom of April 10 is the second latest date since 1990.  (An March 17 peak bloom date occurred in 2000).

Distance and Pace Options

The hike will begin with a 1.5 mile counter clockwise loop around the Tidal Basin which contains 1700 Cherry trees. This segment of the hike, ending at the Jefferson Memorial, will be very leisurely: we will keep a pace that will circumnavigate the Basin in one hour, allowing time to take photographs. This segment will includes the Japanese Lantern, Japanese Pagoda and an eastward view of the rising sun with the Tidal basin in the foreground. Upon reaching the Jefferson Memorial, the 2.2 mile hike will end and you can choose to walk directly back to the Metro or continue visiting the Tidal Basin.

The second segment of the hike will be a moderate (2.5 mph pace) hike around East Potomac Park, home of 1900 more Cherry trees. This segment of the hike will end at the Jefferson Memorial.

Trail Information

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Washington, DC
Length: Your Choice of 2 or 5 Total Miles
Elev. Gain: Minimal
Skill Level: Very Easy and Newbie Friendly
Season: 2-3 Days Annually When Flowers are in Peak Bloom
Trailhead Facilities: Water and restrooms are available along the route.

Weather Information
We hike rain or shine!

Directions to the Trailhead

Click Here for Directions to the Where We Meet for This Hike

Hike is at 6:30 a.m.

Please note there are no refunds, exchanges, selling or giving away your space, or applying the money for this trip to a future trip if you pay and then are unable to go or change your mind. Please keep that in mind before signing up as I do not want any misunderstandings. No refunds, period. If you disagree with this, please do not sign up. Click Here for information as to why we charge a nominal fee and where and how they are utilized and donated. I appreciate your understanding and I look forward to seeing you out on the trail soon for great times and camaraderie with the group.

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 which 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!

Let's have good times and see you on the trail for this very special annual hike!


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  • Kellie C.

    Bill, thank you so much for planning and leading this fantastic hike!

    April 17, 2014

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