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A short hike for beginners

Since people have expressed interest in a short hike on the towpath, I thought I'll take this opportunity also to do our annual hike on the towpath. This was our very first outing and on May 25 we would have just crossed four years of nature loving. It was a very pleasant outing too. See details and photos from previous outing here. We'll walk from Georgetown to Fletcher's boathouse on the C&O towpath (along the Potomac), enjoy a snack (please bring one!), and return to Georgetown for lunch. It will be a short and leisurely walk (about an hour each way), and the emphasis will be on socializing and discussing future activities. Hopefully we'll get to see some birds. If you are a birdwatcher I hope you will bring your binoculars and share your knowledge with us. After the walk we'll go for lunch at a restaurant in Georgetown.

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  • Jonathan K.

    Very friendly and diverse group--I enjoyed meeting everyone.

    May 29, 2011

  • Sankar

    Great time, good group. Turned out to be the perfect day for hike. Many stayed for lunch at harmony cafe afterwards. Saw great blue heron, double crested cormorant, a snake and a turtle during the hike.

    May 29, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    How did things go and where did you guys have lunch?

    May 29, 2011

  • Lydia G.

    I loved it! Great walk. Thanks!

    May 28, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    We're starting near the green"the shops" awning. Between patagonia and paparazzi restaurants.

    May 28, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have to cancel now, my leg is still not strong enough. Need more therapy. I feel bad since I suggested this. I hope we do another.

    May 27, 2011

  • Sankar

    There are lots of trees along the towpath. For parking info, see above. I just sent my cell number to people who rsvp'd yes

    May 27, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm coming from Arlington, is there any place to park or am I better off taking a bus?

    May 26, 2011

  • Agi

    Sounds like it's going to be quite hot. Does anyone know whether there's anyshade on this stretch of the canal walk?

    May 26, 2011

  • Sankar

    we have done a lot of hikes in Rock Creek Park and will continue to do so in future

    May 25, 2011

  • Sankar

    There are pay for parking garages all over Georgetown in case you have to drive. Click on http://dc.about.com/od/transportation/a/GeorgetownPkg.htm (I heard that the one on the west side of 30th st between M and K is supposed to be the least expensive but that info is old).

    May 22, 2011

  • Ketly B.

    Parking is so scarce there. Thanks for the transportation tip.

    May 21, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Our short hike group is growing.

    May 17, 2011

  • Sankar

    Best way to get there using public transport is to take metro and then one of the circulator buses or just walk from Foggy bottom or Rosslyn. To find out about circulator routes and schedules go to http://www.dccirculator.com/

    May 10, 2011

  • Charlie D.

    The Maryland Native Plant Society is planning on leading a slow wildflower hike tomorrow, but no one has signed up:
    http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Native-Plant-Society-Meetup/events/17136454/?a=md1.2o_grp&rv=md1.2o

    April 29, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone able to lead a beginner group for hiking on one weekend day of April or May?

    April 14, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    C&O canal always works for me

    April 6, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am hoping someone from this group can lead a beginner hike. I would get us lost, I'm afraid.

    April 4, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lynda, are you still setting this up? I would absolutely love to go on a beginners hike! I'm metro-transportable so that's my only if. - Dolci

    March 17, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Lori for the info. I went to the link and got the number to sign up for the beginner hike at Great Falls,
    March 20.

    February 16, 2011

  • Lori

    There is a short hike for beginners at Great Falls on March 20. Go here and search for Great Falls. http://www.sierrapotomac.org/events.htm

    February 16, 2011

  • Sankar

    Both of the legs of the rock creek park hike on the 26th will be suitable for beginners. One is 5 miles, other is 3 miles. You are welcome to join for either or both.

    February 15, 2011

  • Charlie D.

    Lynda, I'm busy in the Baltimore vicinity setting up meetup activities and now only occassionally in the Great Falls area, so I am declining to lead this hike. But I would be happy to help identify any pictures that participants take of natural features along the hike, particularly if you go to the Great Falls vicinity. I am very familiar with nature there and can help at a distance if the participants want to consider this a treasure hunt and post their discoveries.

    February 4, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sankar, I'd like to wait until someone can lead us on the hike.
    No hurry, thanks.

    January 28, 2011

  • Sankar

    Hope to organize hikes soon. Bit busy right now. Thanks for the interest! Enjoy the hike! Also check out sierrapotomac.org/events.htm Their easy hikes are rated A.

    January 27, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm a novice, so this suits me well.

    January 27, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to use Charlie Davis's suggestion_
    In the Spring have a short hike for beginners on the C&O Canal. Charlie, could you lead? Thanks. Maybe Spring Native flowers will be in bloom.

    2 · January 21, 2011

  • Charlie D.

    The C&O Canal is a great venue for a short hike for beginners. The footing is usually good, you can vary the distance to fit your stamina as an out-and-back hike, and the scenery is always beautiful. Entry at Great Falls Tavern also allows the short side trip to the Great Falls Overlook. Note: there's sometimes a small per car entry fee there.
    http://www.nps.gov/choh/planyourvisit/greatfallstavernvisitorcenter.htm

    1 · December 22, 2010

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