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Upcoming hikes

From: Mike
Sent on: Thursday, September 18, 2008 9:29 AM



There are so many things coming up that it’s easy so excuse confused get.


A) Join us next Sunday, September 28, for an outing amid the hills of Shenandoah River State Park, overlooking the beautifully serene valley of the Shenandoah's River's South Fork. Speaking of forks, bring lunch and water. The first leg, which I’m fond of pulling, will consist of a semi-circular (and somewhat circuitous) hike of about 6 miles and 3000 feet of elevation change, ending at a conveniently located and accommodating river outfitter. For the last leg, you will have the option of either walking along the riverbank for about 3.5 miles to the trailhead, or paddling back.


To come back via the river, reservations are required, so let me know via email by COB Thursday, September 25 or earlier. Options include paddling a canoe (2 paddlers) for about $26 per person, or a recreational kayak (1 person) for about $32, or being a passenger in a canoe for about $5. No experience necessary. (It is not necessary to have experience, not it is necessary to not have experience.) The section of the river we will paddle is very gentle. No personal canoes or kayak please because of the logistics.


The hike with the river part is rated 2.5 blisters (and half a callus), or somewhat moderate; without the river part, it's 3.1 blisters, or more (less?) moderate, but no calluses. Meet at 8:30AM at the Vienna Metro station, north Park & Ride lot. (From the Beltway, take I-66 west 2mi to Route 243, Nutley St., north. Turn left after 0.1mi onto Virginia Center Blvd. Go 0.3mi, and turn left into first Metro parking entrance, “North Parking Lot.” Go through gate and park. It’s free.) This is an SCPRO ( and AMC DC Chapter ( event. Co-leaders are Paul Elliott and me.


2) On Saturday, October 4, there will be two hikes in Montgomery County’s Rock Creek Regional Park; you may do either or both. I guess I’ll have to do both. Hike 1: Meet at 9 am to hike about 6 miles in the gentle area around Lake Needwood, the larger of its two lakes. To combine this part with the afternoon Hike 2, bring lunch and extra water. Hike 2: Meet at 1 pm to hike about 6 miles in the hilly area around Lake Bernard Frank, the smaller of its two lakes. To combine this hike with the morning Hike 1, bring lunch and extra water, and meet at 9 am.


Meeting place for both Oct 4 hikes is the Avery Rd parking lot (0.9 mi north of Norbeck Rd, on the right). For a Shady Grove Metro pickup, let me know. Hike 1 is 1.3 blisters (easy), and Hike 2 is 2 blisters (almost moderate); combined, the hikes are 2.4 (can’t find my calculator), which is almost difficult. Interesting. Both hikes are SCPRO and AMC-DC events.


III) On Saturday, September 27, Sierra Club Potomac Region Outings (SCPRO) will hold its fall General Meeting in the library room of the beautiful Blandy Experimental Farm and State Arboretum of Virginia from 9:30 am to about 2 pm. It will feature discussions of issues and upcoming events, special presentations, and a pot-luck lunch (rated 2 burps). All are invited. An optional post-meeting exploration of the arboretum will be led by Carol Ivory, and will last about two hours. To carpool, meet at the Vienna Metro’s north Park & Ride lot at 8:15 am. For information about Blandy, including directions to the farm, see


d) On Saturday, October 18, I will be leading a 12-mile hike in Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area as part of AMC’s Fall Gathering (October 17-19) in small, but beautiful, North East, MD. You need to be registered to participate, so if you’re interested, see for more information about the many outdoor and indoor activities, and how to register (AMC membership is not required). I’ll be doing another hike of similar length in the same place (yes, it is that beautiful in the fall) a week later, but more on that in the next email message.


If you’ve read all the way through this one, I suggest you get a couple of extra cups of coffee to get you through the rest of the day.




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