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** Switching to trailhead hikes for now **

Right now, the resurgence of the virus has become concerning enough that we're switching to trailhead hikes for a few weeks starting Sept. 11 and will then reassess how things are going.​

Hikers will still register through Meetup, and the fee will be $5. Everyone will be responsible for arranging their own transportation to the trailhead. Carpoolers are encouraged to ensure drivers are appropriately compensated for mileage costs and that any park fees are divided fairly. Leaders will have scouted the hike as usual and will provide maps.

We're optimistic that we can soon return to riding the bus to our hiking destinations.

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Come ride our bus to day-hike adventures at the region's many beautiful outdoor destinations! Experience the trails 52 weeks a year with Capital Hiking Club, a non-profit group that's been operating since 1937, welcoming the public to join us on all hikes. We specialize in hiking options that challenge a range of skill levels and fulfill the varied interests of our hikers. Saturday weekly hikes: Long hikes of 9-12 miles and shorter hikes of 5-9 miles, plus social time with post-hike refreshments. The Club's bus starts picking up hikers near 17th and K Streets (Farragut Square) in downtown DC and makes more pick-up stops in either VA or MD (depending on the destination) for most Saturday hikes. Occasional trailhead or carpool hikes are offered. We also lead moonlight hikes on the C&O Canal Towpath as well as full-moon hikes downtown.

*** Find the complete quarter's hiking schedule by going to www.capitalhikingclub.org ***

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CAPITAL HIKING CLUB MISSION STATEMENT

To provide the Washington, DC metropolitan area with safe, quality hiking and outdoor activities, and to promote fellowship, the sport of hiking, and love and respect for natural environments.

Our values are:

Safety – to ensure that all Club activities are conducted in the safest possible manner

Inclusion – to welcome persons interested in the sport of hiking without regard to race, religion, sex, national origin, or economic circumstance

Accessibility – to provide hiking opportunities in the Washington, DC area, within reach by public transportation to the extent possible

Preservation – to promote love and respect for, and preservation of, natural environments

Community – to foster fellowship among those who take part in the Club's activities

Volunteerism – to develop a core group who support the Club by such means as leading hikes, serving on committees and the Executive Board, and assisting with other necessary tasks

Longevity – to employ sound management and financial principles to ensure the continued existence of the Capital Hiking Club as a going concern

www.capitalhikingclub.org

Upcoming events (4+)

Trailhead Hike: Gunpowder Falls State Park – Hereford Area, MD

Masemore Water Trail

$5.00

Trailhead hike / No Bus

****** Meet at Masemore Water Trail parking area at 10:00 a.m. ******
--- We'll meet at the small parking area on Masemore Road just south of the bridge over the creek. Google Maps has a pin there called "Masemore Water Trail."
--- No longer meeting at Bunker Hill south parking area because road there is too rough

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$5. Long hike: 12.5 mi., 1,200 ft. ascent/descent. Moderate hike: 9.5 mi., 900 ft. ascent/descent.

From Bunker Hill South parking lot, we’ll begin our exploration of the park’s scenic Hereford Area by heading east on the Gunpowder South and Panther Branch Trails to the Big Falls area at the end of the park. Then we head west on the Gunpowder North Trail. Moderate hikers will cross the the river at Masemore Rd. and complete the circuit via the Gunpowder South Trail eastbound. Long hikers will cross the river at Falls Rd., continue on the Gunpowder South Trail with a rock scramble by the rapids, ascend the Highland Trail, and then follow the Gunpowder South Trail eastbound.

Leaders: Ellen B. and Peter F.

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Please RSVP for this hike on Meetup. You only need to contact the hike leaders if you have questions regarding the hike.

Everyone will be responsible for arranging their own transportation to the trailhead. Carpoolers are encouraged to ensure drivers are appropriately compensated for mileage costs and that any park fees are divided fairly. Leaders will have scouted the hike as usual and will provide maps.

Cost, what to wear, what to bring: There is a $5 nonrefundable charge for this hike. We will not be needing the bus and will meet at the trailhead. Bring sufficient food and water for a day's outing in a day pack or fanny pack with individual First Aid articles, a whistle, and extra clothing according to the season. Sturdy boots or shoes are a necessity. It is recommended to carry 8 oz. of water per mile to be hiked. Gatorade or other electrolyte replacement drinks are also recommended.

Liability: By RSVPing for a CHC hike, you are acknowledging and accepting that hikers are responsible for their own safety and must assume risks and liability for all outings. CHC leaders, officers, and representatives shall not be liable for any injuries, loss or damage to persons or property, direct or consequential, arising out of any trips or Club activities. Hikers are expected to be able to keep a 2 mph pace.

* MORE DETAILS *
http://www.capitalhikingclub.org/about-faqs

Trailhead Hike: Shenandoah River State Park

Shenandoah River State Park Visitors Center

$5.00

Trailhead hike / No Bus

******Meet at Massanutten shelter parking at 10 a.m.******

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$5. Long hike: 10 mi., 1100 ft. ascent, 1100 ft. descent. Moderate hike: 7 mi., 700 ft. ascent, 700 ft. descent.

This relatively new Virginia state park south of Front Royal is well known for its boating access to the South Fork of Shenandoah River. But it also has an extensive network of hiking trails. Both hikes start from the Massanutten Shelter. The long hike follows the Hemlock Hollow, Overlook, Campground, Culler’s, Bear Bottom, Big Oak, Redtail Ridge, Culler’s, Tulip Poplar, and Bluebell Trails. The moderate hike follows the Cottonwood, Allen’s Mountain, and Point Trails, with an option to go along a rock scramble to the view at Wildcat ledge.

Leaders: David K. and Frona H.

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Please RSVP for this hike on Meetup. You only need to contact the hike leaders if you have questions regarding the hike.

Everyone will be responsible for arranging their own transportation to the trailhead. Carpoolers are encouraged to ensure drivers are appropriately compensated for mileage costs and that any park fees are divided fairly. Leaders will have scouted the hike as usual and will provide maps.

Cost, what to wear, what to bring: There is a $5 nonrefundable charge for this hike. We will not be needing the bus and will meet at the trailhead. Bring sufficient food and water for a day's outing in a day pack or fanny pack with individual First Aid articles, a whistle, and extra clothing according to the season. Sturdy boots or shoes are a necessity. It is recommended to carry 8 oz. of water per mile to be hiked. Gatorade or other electrolyte replacement drinks are also recommended.

Liability: By RSVPing for a CHC hike, you are acknowledging and accepting that hikers are responsible for their own safety and must assume risks and liability for all outings. CHC leaders, officers, and representatives shall not be liable for any injuries, loss or damage to persons or property, direct or consequential, arising out of any trips or Club activities. Hikers are expected to be able to keep a 2 mph pace.

* MORE DETAILS *
http://www.capitalhikingclub.org/about-faqs

TBA

17th Street Northwest & K Street Northwest

$26.00

COVID PRECAUTIONS:

- Masks are required on the bus at all times.

- No eating is allowed on the bus. If you need to take a drink of a beverage, it's OK to briefly lower your mask for that.

- The leaders will not supply drinks and snacks during post-hike social hour, but you're welcome to bring your own, so long as it's consumed before you get back on the bus and you take care of your trash/recycling.Park Map / VA Bus

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Leaders: ___ and ___

NOTE: The bus no longer starts at 16th and I. The DC starting point is now near 17th and K NW, on the east side of Farragut Square (may vary slightly due to parking availability). This is also where the bus ends on the return from the hike.

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* RESERVATIONS *
Capital Hiking Club is a non-profit group, and the public is invited on all trips. Reservations are accepted as late as Friday, but reserving before Wednesday night helps ensure your spot and prevent cancellation of the hike due to low sign-ups. RSVP through Meetup and pay through PayPal. Please be sure your RSVP gives your full name and phone number and where you'll be boarding the bus. We don't want to leave you behind!

* FIRST-TIME HIKERS *
If you're a first-time hiker with us, please notify the leaders in advance so they can make sure you have the info you need. Hikers must be able to keep at least a 2 mph pace.

* BUS STOPS: VIRGINIA ROUTING *
Please arrive 10 to 15 minutes before times listed below. All our bus stops are Metro accessible. If you're driving to meet the bus, we strongly advise using the Grosvenor bus stop, as parking is extremely limited at the others. Bus stops and times are as follows:
—— DC: Near 17th and K St. (https://bit.ly/17thandK) downtown DC (west side of Farragut Square). Bus leaves at 8 a.m. SHARP, so it's essential to arrive well before 8.
—— ROSSLYN: Key Bridge Marriott Hotel bus stop (http://bit.ly/RosslynMarriot) at approximately 8:10 a.m. The stop is on Route 29 (Lee Highway) at the local Metro bus stop, NOT directly in front of the hotel. The bus will very briefly stop at the curb to pick up hikers.
—— VIENNA METRO: NORTH parking lot (http://bit.ly/vienna-bus), last bus shelter (Nutley St. Exit off Interstate 66 on North/Vienna side of I-66) at approximately 8:25 a.m. Note: There is a "south" parking lot where there are also bus shelters. If by 8:15, you're not with a group of hikers who say they're Capital Hiking Club, you're likely at the south lot. There's a walkway over I-66 to the north lot.

* LIABILITY *
By RSVP'ing for a CHC hike, you acknowledge and accept that hikers are responsible for their own safety and must assume risks and liability for all outings. CHC leaders, officers, and representatives shall not be liable for any injuries, loss or damage to persons or property, direct or consequential, arising out of any trips or club activities. Participants will be asked to sign a waiver the day of the hike.

* CANCELLATION POLICY *
If you need to cancel and would like to request a refund, before 2 p.m. the day before the hike,
BOTH:
(1) Change your RSVP to "No"
AND:
(2) Email your request to [masked] .
List the DATE YOU PAID and your FULL NAME.
There's a $5 cancellation fee per seat canceled.

* MORE DETAILS *
http://www.capitalhikingclub.org/about-faqs

Hike: Greenway Trail, Seneca Creek Park, MD

17th Street Northwest & K Street Northwest

$26.00

COVID PRECAUTIONS:

- Masks are required on the bus at all times.

- No eating is allowed on the bus. If you need to take a drink of a beverage, it's OK to briefly lower your mask for that.

- The leaders will not supply drinks and snacks during post-hike social hour, but you're welcome to bring your own, so long as it's consumed before you get back on the bus and you take care of your trash/recycling.Park Map / VA Bus

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Park Map / MD Bus

$26. Long: 12 mi., 1300 ft. ascent, 1100 ft. descent. Moderate hike: 9 mi., 1100 ft. ascent, 900 ft. descent.

It’ll be hard to believe you’re in Montgomery County – the suburbs of Washington, no less – in Seneca Creek State Park. Our hike, much of it in forest, starts at Black Rock Mill and heads east on the Seneca Ridge, Greenway and Long Draught Trails. Near Clopper Lake, moderate hikers take the Great Seneca and Old Pond Trails to the Visitors Center. Long hikers add a circuit around Clopper Lake on the Lake Shore Trail, then follow the moderate hikers to the Visitors Center.

Leaders: ___ and ___

NOTE: The bus no longer starts at 16th and I. The DC starting point is now near 17th and K NW, on the east side of Farragut Square (may vary slightly due to parking availability). This is also where the bus ends on the return from the hike.

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* RESERVATIONS *
Capital Hiking Club is a non-profit group, and the public is invited on all trips. Reservations are accepted as late as Friday, but reserving before Wednesday night helps ensure your spot and prevent cancellation of the hike due to low sign-ups. RSVP through Meetup and pay through PayPal. Please be sure your RSVP gives your full name and phone number and where you'll be boarding the bus. We don't want to leave you behind!

* FIRST-TIME HIKERS *
If you're a first-time hiker with us, please notify the leaders in advance so they can make sure you have the info you need. Hikers must be able to keep at least a 2 mph pace.

* BUS STOPS: MARYLAND ROUTING *
Please arrive 10 to 15 minutes before times listed below. All our bus stops are Metro accessible. If you're driving to meet the bus, we strongly advise using the Grosvenor bus stop, as parking is extremely limited at the others. Bus stops and times are as follows:
—— DC: Near 17th and K St. (https://bit.ly/17thandK) downtown DC (east side of Farragut Square). Bus leaves at 8 a.m. SHARP, so it's essential to arrive well before 8.
—— Connecticut Ave. and Porter St,, NW, northeast corner
(http://bit.ly/ConnecticutPorter) Bus briefly stops at the curb in front of
the Broadmoor Apartments to pick up hikers about 8:10 a.m.
—— Connecticut Ave. and McKinley St., NW, southeast corner
(http://bit.ly/ConnecticutMcKinley) Bus stops at the bus shelter in front
of the Safeway to pick up hikers about 8:20 a.m.
—— Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Station, North Bethesda
(http://bit.ly/Grosv_Metro) Bus stops at the bus shelter nearest to
Metro Station walkway entrance between the station and the parking garage about 8:30 a.m.

* LIABILITY *
By RSVP'ing for a CHC hike, you acknowledge and accept that hikers are responsible for their own safety and must assume risks and liability for all outings. CHC leaders, officers, and representatives shall not be liable for any injuries, loss or damage to persons or property, direct or consequential, arising out of any trips or club activities. Participants will be asked to sign a waiver the day of the hike.

* CANCELLATION POLICY *
If you need to cancel and would like to request a refund, before 2 p.m. the day before the hike,
BOTH:
(1) Change your RSVP to "No"
AND:
(2) Email your request to [masked] .
List the DATE YOU PAID and your FULL NAME.
There's a $5 cancellation fee per seat canceled.

* MORE DETAILS *
http://www.capitalhikingclub.org/about-faqs

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