Bears Den to Raven's Rock (hard hike, slower pace)

Join me for an out-and-back hike on the roller coaster section of the Appalachian Trail.  We'll start at Bears Den, carefully wind our way across Route 7, and to the overlook at Raven's Rock/Crescent Rock. Once back at Bears Den, we can visit another overlook near the trail center.

There will be several strenuous ascents (and descents) on this out and back hike; we will be going at a slow-moderate pace. Be sure to wear sturdy footwear, as the hike is very rocky.

WHERE? Bears Den Trail Center parking lot (directions here).  $3 per car - carpooling is encouraged!

WHEN? Saturday, October 13, 10:30a.m.

HOW LONG? Hike is approximately 6 1/2 miles, should take around 4 1/2 hours.

WHAT TO BRING? Sturdy hiking shoes.  Hat and sun screen if it's sunny.  Hiking poles may help with the rocky descents.

WATER: Bring lots!

FOOD: Bring snacks/lunch; we'll take a break mid-way.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Check the meet up site before leaving for the hike.

E-mail Phyllis with any Qs.  I will email my contact information out to those who have signed up.

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  • Paul

    Great day to be out in the woods. Plenty of hills to climb and time to enjoy the views.

    October 14, 2012

  • Phyllis

    Hi - I am leaving from the Dupont area with a friend. We can fit 3 in the back. Right now I've got Naomi and can fit two more. Creme Brulee - do you still need a ride? Ting Ling?

    October 10, 2012

    • Tifa

      Tingling... I got it and replied to you see you tomorrow

      October 12, 2012

    • Jin

      Hi Tingling - may I ride with you? if can please text me at[masked]-9255. Thx

      October 12, 2012

  • Tifa

    Anyone interested in carpooling from Vienna metro?

    October 10, 2012

    • Jin

      Yes, I do. at 9:00 am and at north side park&ride?

      October 12, 2012

    • Tifa

      Hi Jin.... I will car pooling w/ Tingling from Tyson.

      October 12, 2012

  • sam j

    Is the road to get to parking lot paved or gravel?

    October 12, 2012

    • Phyllis

      the driveway to the parking lot is gravel, I believe.

      October 12, 2012

  • Paul B.

    Latest tally has me carpooling with just one person now (Bill). One more chance to hitch a ride if you're in the Silver Spring area!

    October 12, 2012

    • Paul B.

      I'm up to two other people now. Room for one more.

      October 12, 2012

  • kara

    Have a great hike. I have to change my RSVP. I scored tickets to game 5 tonight and don't expect to get home until 2 am. Go Nats'

    October 12, 2012

  • Robert

    Hi Paul: I can easily drive to SS and carpool from there at 9. Does your offer still stand? Where in SS would you like to meet? (metro station, Whole Foods...)

    October 12, 2012

  • Bill

    I also need a ride. I live in Dupont, but can meet at any metro and will be happy to help pay for gas. Thank you!

    October 10, 2012

    • Phyllis

      Bill - looks like you may already be set up with a ride, but I'm leaving also from the dupont area; let me know if you want a ride from there.

      October 11, 2012

  • Creme B.

    Looking forward to hiking with you all. Is anyone leaving from DC that I could catch a ride with? Can meet you at a metro stop n will chip in for gas.

    October 8, 2012

    • Phyllis

      sent you an email offline about possible car pooling.

      October 8, 2012

    • Phyllis

      Do you still need a ride? If so - do you need one or two spots?

      October 10, 2012

  • Paul B.

    I'm coming from Columbia, passing by Silver Spring. Maybe some of you metroing out from DC might want to carpool from there? (If so, expect to meet in SS around 9.)

    How does Bears Den compare to the AT just south of Harper's Ferry? I did a 9-mile hike on that segment in cross trainers with no problem (steep incline followed by lots of rocks).

    October 10, 2012

    • kara

      Hey friend, thanks. I was plotting my ride because I wasnt sure if my friend would make it but looks like he will, and will drive. Again thanks - As a person without a car for 15 years I fully appreciate you reaching out!

      October 10, 2012

    • Phyllis

      We'll be doing is several rocky inclines similar to the one south of harpers ferry (I think that one is steeper, but we'll be doing more of them-- several ups and downs)

      October 10, 2012

  • Tingling

    Hi, I am coming from Bethesda, am looking for a ride too. I will be happy to chip in the gas as well.

    October 10, 2012

  • kara

    Hi, I'm coming from cleveland Park and also need a ride. Same offer - I can metro out and chip in for gas $.

    October 10, 2012

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