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Buzzard Rock in the George Washington National Forest

  • Nov 4, 2012 · 8:30 AM
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REMEMBER CLOCKS BACK 1 HOUR BEFORE YOU GO TO BED SATURDAY NIGHT. Join me for an out and back 4.5 hour hike. This is a hike for any skill level if you’re willing to hike 4.5 hours - lunch on the trail.

I have led roughly 150 hikes with various groups. My leadership style is different from most hike leaders. Details are below.

HIKING REQUIREMENT: For your safety each hiker must have this map while hiking. CLICK HERE. PRINT. BRING.

HIKING EXPECTATIONS: There are normally a mix of those who have hiked with me b4 and those who have not. Hikers may initially know no one but that changes quickly and we ALWAYS have a great time.

Most hike 6-10 miles; faster hikers may cover 12-14 miles.If there are problems along the trail, we ask all hikers to help each other. Otherwise hike at a pace which works for you; break when you want. We will spend time understanding the trail, the blazes we'll follow, and where to look for arrows the fastest hiker puts along the way. The slowest hiker picks them up on the way back.

HIKING TRAIL: Buzzard Rock is the high point of the cliffs that are visible from Fort Valley; an easy hike (for beginners it’s a little over 500’ elevation gain) with a great payoff – spectacular vistas. Plus Tony from Hiking Upward has a geocache at N[masked] W78.30022.

DRIVING INFORMATION: ARRIVE AT LEAST 15 MINUTES EARLY to form carpools as we leave promptly. You may want to find a place for a nature break before arriving as the next one will be in the woods. If you are willing to drive to the trailhead, please have enough gas.

Plan to give your driver $7 for gas. If you need or can offer a ride to our carpool location be specific in posts below. Metro opens at 7am; use www.wmata.com to assure you arrive on time.

RSVP ETIQUETTE: Change your yes or waitlisted RSVP to no before Wednesday if your plans change. It's unfortunate but if you are a No Show or continually change your RSVP after Wednesday before a hike, you may not be welcome on my future hikes. Managing how many hikers show up is a frustrating challenge. I absolutely understand that life sometimes gets in the way but please be respectful of both waitlisted hikers and my time and energy planning your successful adventure.

DONATION: Please take into account $5 FOR CHARITY when deciding about this hike. Donations are given to the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club www.PATC.net which maintains our hiking trails. PATC is a non-profit, tax exempt public charity as described in section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.

SAFETY: When hiking, I carry my phone, driver’s license, medical insurance card, credit card, cash, headlamp & whistle.

YOUR PICTURE: Smile, click. I require a picture of each hiker for emergencies so don't be surprised when I take your picture

HIKING SHOES OR BOOTS are important.

HIKING POLES are helpful. My favorite are Black Diamond.

WATER: ALWAYS bring more than you think you need.

FOOD: It's important to have healthy snacks to munch as you hike. Also bring your lunch so you may stop along the way, eat it and perhaps enjoy a spectacular view.

CAMERA: But of course!!

HUMOR: An absolute must.

PETS: Not allowed on this hike

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  • Marjorie

    Gorgeous day, great group, all star organizer.

    November 4, 2012

  • Jayne Hiking A.

    Thanks so much for your generous $45 donations (Order #1560) to www.PATC.net. I knew the first overlook would be great but didn't remember how many more times we'd stop and enjoy the view. Lots of fun with great hikers.

    November 4, 2012

  • Teri L.

    I'm with Denise, I was on the wait list for this one and it totally slipped my mind until yesterday *bam* I was off the wait list and it showed up on my calendar! I would love to come, it seems awesome, but unfortunately a bunch of my friends got skins tickets :(. Please understand!!! I am really sorry and love hiking and cannot wait to come to one of these events.

    November 2, 2012

  • Bhanuj

    Any one close to North Bethesda? Need a ride.

    Thanks!!

    November 2, 2012

  • Jasmine

    I need a ride from metro station. I live in DC close to red line but can swing around. Anyone can help. I will chip in gas.

    October 26, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      If anyone can provide a ride from redline (or any metro accessible spot), I would also chip in for gas!

      November 1, 2012

  • Jayne Hiking A.

    Sunday, November 4, 2012, 2:00am move your clocks back 1 hour ("Spring forward, fall back").

    Bring a map (see link in meet up). I have no idea what the roads and trail look like so be prepared for options. I don't know how our tails look but there's a picture above showing what Shenandoah is going through. What fun!!

    November 1, 2012

  • Roberto M.

    Hi guys, this is my first hike with the group, and I would like to ask for a ride to the meeting place. I live in North Arlington, so any metro stations across the orange line, or a spot in Lee Highway near the river would be good for me. Of course, I'll help with the gas!

    October 31, 2012

  • Jayne Hiking A.

    Tuesday morning. I hope everyone safely survived yesterday's weather. There are 4 waiting to join this hike so do change your RSVP if your plans have changed. Thanks

    October 30, 2012

  • Jayne Hiking A.

    These are ESTIMATES and assume no driving &/or hiking problems.
    8:30 - 9:30 Drive to Trailhead
    9:30 - 2:00 Hike & eat lunch on trail
    2:00 - 3:00 Return to Centreville Park & Ride

    October 23, 2012

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