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Rock Creek Wednesday After Work Hike in the Central and Southern Areas (06-18)

  • Jun 18, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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Rock Creek Park Wednesday: An Easy Side of Moderate After Work Hike

We will hike slightly different routes each week to explore Rock Creek Park’s southern and central sections. Headlamps are suggested but not required.

"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.© Copyright Paul Elliott Published by Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Come out and receive a restorative dose of outdoor activity, plus a sampling of the park's natural charms. Scenery: Gently rolling woodlands, rocky creek, and foliage."

Washington, DC, has long been called the City of Trees. Despite a net tree-cover loss of roughly 60 percent since 1980, the name still applies. The parks remain mostly wooded. This area celebrates the District's arboreal heritage.  It winds through the well-wooded parklands of Northwest Washington. Administratively, the parklands are all part of the National Park Service's Rock Creek Park. However, this area is divided up and include four separate units; Melvin Hazen, Glover-Archbold, Whitehaven, and Dumbarton Oaks Parks. Most of the trees this route are deciduous, such as oaks, hickories, maples, dogwoods, and sycamores. Hikers will also find more exotic varieties along the way, with wildflowers and birds adding further color and interest to the trailside parklands.

Hike Pace
There is one leader for this hike, hence only 20 max allowed to RSVP (that is already allowing for no shows as we know to expect 15-18 to show) and the pace will be that of an average hiker.

Trail Information

Trail surface: Mostly dirt or stony dirt; some pavement, grass; rocky, rooty in places.
Nearby City: Washington, DC
Length: 4-6 total miles
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Easy Side of Moderate and great for those wanting to transition from Easy to Moderate level hiking
Scenery: Gently rolling woodlands, rocky creek

Exposure: Mostly shady; less so in winter

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.

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, please post your location in the comment section below. Click here for suggested carpool locations complete with directions. 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 (Including Metro Directions)

Click Here for directions to Where We Meetup for This Hike. Metro directions are included in this link!

Hike Meetup Time is at 6:00 p.m.

Carpool meetup time from Savage is 5:00 p.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 which helps ensure 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!


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  • Kellie C.

    To the person who asked, it is posted at the bottom of most direction pages and as I or one of our interns have time, we are working our way through the hundreds of pages but this one did have the blurb. Here it is "Note:
    Please remember to take the leader(s) number(s) with you but please respect the fact that we are all volunteers and there is often no cell coverage at trailheads and varies according to service provider. If you call very close to hike time, please understand that we are very busy with pre-hike preparations for ourselves in addition to group sign in, pre-hike briefing, and then leading the hike. It is also very difficult to provide instructions to someone while following them too, hence providing very detailed directions on this separate page. Leaders are advised to not answer phones once a hike is started so we don't miss a turn on the trail due to the distraction of a call. Thank you for your understanding and see you there!

    June 18, 2014

  • Lu

    I'm stuck in mystery traffic again. About 5 minutes away

    1 · June 18, 2014

    • Kellie C.

      Gladys, you just left a question asking where to go one minute ago but this hike started at 6pm which is why you do not see anyone at the meetup spot. Sorry you missed the group:(

      June 18, 2014

  • Gladys

    Hi does anyone know the address where we meet .

    June 18, 2014

    • Kellie C.

      There is not a street address that I know of but if there is it would be on the directions page that has all the information for where the trailhead is and where to go once you arrive. This is all always provided on its own page as a link in the hike postings under the title that reads "Directions to Trailhead (Metro Directions Included). We don't post where we meet in the comments because too often people who are not signed up or members of our group show up and "crash" the hike making for an awkward situation for all and we want to maintain our groups integrity and be consistent. Please call the leader or me if you still have questions as that is what we are here for. Please do so offline though because it is not often that I get a chance to read the comments since they are usually used for member to member communication. Enjoy the hike, ,Lauren is an awesome leader!

      June 18, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I used to meet people at Van Ness and walk down to the Piece Mill parking lot, but am sick tonight, so have fun tonight everyone!!

      1 · June 18, 2014

  • Karen R.

    Sorry to miss this - work got in the way. Enjoy!

    June 18, 2014

    • Lu

      Next time!

      June 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hope it doesn't rain! I need to do this so badly :)

    June 16, 2014

  • Hilary

    I am based at the British embassy on Massachusetts ave, can anyone carpool from near there? Would love to join this hike.

    May 21, 2014

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