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Come ride our bus for day hike adventures to many beautiful area hiking locations! Experience the outdoors 52 weeks a year with the Capital Hiking Club, a non-profit hiking group celebrating its 80th year, who welcomes the public to join us on all hikes. We specialize in hiking options that challenge all 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 picks up hikers from centrally-located 16th and I Streets in downtown DC, and continues on to pick-up stops in VA or MD (VA or MD route depends on the hike location) for most Saturday hikes. Occasional trailhead or carpool hikes are offered. We also sponsor 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 http://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

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Upcoming events (5+)

Hike: Greenway Trail, Seneca Creek State Park, MD

16th & I Street NW, SE Corner, Washington DC

$26.00

Park Map / MD Bus $26. Long hike: 12 mi., 1300 ft. ascent, 1100 ft. descent. Moderate hike: 9 mi., 1100 ft. ascent, 900 ft. descent. You won’t believe you’re in Washington suburbs on this midwinter escape to surprisingly wild Seneca Creek State Park in Montgomery County. Our hike, most of it in forest, begins at Black Rock Mill and takes us east on the Seneca Ridge Trail, Greenway and Long Draught Trails. Near Clopper Lake, moderate hikers follow the Great Seneca and Old Pond Trails to the Visitors Center. Long hikers do a circuit around Clopper Lake on the Lake Shore Trail, then join the moderate hike route to the Visitors Center. Leaders: Ryan Wright and Stephanie Allgaier ------------- * RESERVATIONS * Capital Hiking Club is a non-profit group, and the public is invited to join on all trips. Reservations are accepted as late as Friday, but reserving before Wednesday evening helps ensure your seat on the bus and prevent cancellation of the hike due to low sign-ups. The only way to RSVP and pay is through Meetup. Please make sure your RSVP tells us 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 let the leaders know in advance so they can make sure you know where to meet the bus. Hikers need to 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 departure points are Metro accessible. If you're driving to meet the bus, we strongly advise using the Grosvenor departure point, as parking is extremely limited at the others. Departure points and times are as follows: —— DC: Southeast corner of 16th and I St. NW (http://bit.ly/16thandEye), bus leaves at 8 a.m. SHARP. 16th and I is near the Farragut West, Farragut North, and McPherson Square Metro stations. —— Connecticut & Porter: Northeast corner of Connecticut and Porter Streets, NW, (http://bit.ly/ConnecticutPorter). Bus will very briefly stop at the curb in front of the Broadmoor Apartments to pick up hikers at 8:10 AM. —— Connecticut & McKinley: Connecticut and McKinley Streets, NW, (http://bit.ly/ConnecticutMcKinley). Bus will stop at the bus shelter in front of the Safeway to pick up hikers at approximately 8:20 AM. ——Rockville / North Bethesda, MD: Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Station (http://www.wmata.com/rail/station_detail.cfm?station_id=14). Bus will stop at the bus shelter nearest to Metro Station entrance between Metro Station and parking garage (Wisconsin Avenue / Rockville Pike / Rt. 355 exit off I-495), at approximately 8:30 AM. * WHAT TO WEAR, WHAT TO BRING * Bring sufficient food and water for a day's outing in a pack along with individual first aid articles, a whistle, and extra clothing according to the season. Sturdy boots or shoes are a necessity. It's recommended to carry 8 oz. of water per mile to be hiked, and more in hot weather. Gatorade or other electrolyte drink is also advisable. ... Also bring cash for post-hike refreshments! * LIABILITY * By RSVP'ing for a CHC hike, you're 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. 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

Social: DC Public Library: Winter Camping and Backpacking 101: Free!

Northeast Neighborhood Library

**NOTE: CHC is reposting this event hosted by a different Meetup group: https://www.meetup.com/DC-UL-Backpacking/events/258076584/. Details Do you put away all your camping and backpacking equipment sometimes in November, hunker down, and wait for April before you take it out again? If so, this talk is for you! Camping and backpacking in the fourth season may not be everyone, but it can be rewarding. With cold weather comes solitude and an experience of the outdoors that's profoundly unlike the warmer seasons. Join Michael Martin, author of AMC's Best Backpacking in the Mid-Atlantic and AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Shenandoah Valley, to learn more about how to safely camp during the winter. He'll discuss the skills needed and will bring a selection of gear for people to try out. You may quickly discover that winter is your favorite season. Please RSVP for this free talk on Eventbrite.com under Winter Backpacking. After the talk, we'll head to Kenny's Smokehouse for libations and food. Do attend, as we always have fun at these talks!

Hike: Fredericksburg Battlefield, VA

16th & I Street NW, SE Corner, Washington DC

$26.00

Park Map / VA Bus $26. Long hike: 11 1/2 mi., rolling hills. Moderate hike: 6 mi., rolling hills. Maybe we’ll see Mr. Groundhog checking for his shadow on this always-popular trip to the site of one of the epic battles of the Civil War. After a stop at the Visitors’ Center to watch a short orientation film and view the exhibits, we’ll visit Mary’s Heights and the famous “Sunken Road” that shielded Confederate soldiers from Union fire. We’ll proceed to other sections of the Confederate lines. Moderate hikers will have time to spend in historic Fredericksburg before we return to Washington. Note: $2 fee at Visitors' Center for orientation film. Leaders: Ellen B. and Courtney ------- * RESERVATIONS * Capital Hiking Club is a non-profit group, and the public is invited to join on all trips. Reservations are accepted as late as Friday, but reserving before Wednesday evening helps ensure your seat on the bus and prevent cancellation of the hike due to low sign-ups. The only way to RSVP and pay is through Meetup. Please make sure your RSVP tells us 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 let the leaders know in advance so they can make sure you know where to meet the bus. Hikers need to 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 departure points are Metro accessible. If you're driving to meet the bus, we strongly advise using the Vienna departure point, as parking is extremely limited at the others. Departure points and times are as follows: —— DC: Southeast corner of 16th and I St. NW (http://bit.ly/16thandEye), bus leaves at 8 a.m. SHARP. 16th and I is near the Farragut West, Farragut North, and McPherson Square Metro stations. —— ROSSLYN METRO: (http://bit.ly/ros-metro) at approximately 8:10 a.m. 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 most likely at the south bus stop. * WHAT TO WEAR, WHAT TO BRING * Bring sufficient food and water for a day's outing in a pack along with individual first aid articles, a whistle, and extra clothing according to the season. Sturdy boots or shoes are a necessity. It's recommended to carry 8 oz. of water per mile to be hiked, and more in hot weather. Gatorade or other electrolyte drink is also advisable. ... Also bring cash for post-hike refreshments! * LIABILITY * By RSVP'ing for a CHC hike, you're 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. 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: AT: Annapolis Rocks / Washington Monument, MD

16th & I Street NW, SE Corner, Washington DC

$26.00

PATC Map 5 / MD Bus $26. Long hike: 12½ mi., 2200 ft. ascent, 2100 ft. descent. Moderate hike: 9 mi., 1400 ft. ascent, 1600 ft. descent. Shake D.C.’s February indoor doldrums by joining this invigorating leg-stretcher on the Appalachian Trail along the crest of South Mtn. We start with a climb to the Washington Monument (the other one) in Maryland’s Washington Monument State Park. There we hit the AT and follow it northbound. Views abound, climaxing with sweeping vistas from Annapolis Rocs and Black Rock after we cross the pedestrian bridge over I-70. Moderate hikers descend the Thurston Griggs Trail, long hikers continue north on the AT to Wolfsville Rd. Leaders: Michael Martin and ------------- * RESERVATIONS * Capital Hiking Club is a non-profit group, and the public is invited to join on all trips. Reservations are accepted as late as Friday, but reserving before Wednesday evening helps ensure your seat on the bus and prevent cancellation of the hike due to low sign-ups. The only way to RSVP and pay is through Meetup. Please make sure your RSVP tells us 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 let the leaders know in advance so they can make sure you know where to meet the bus. Hikers need to 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 departure points are Metro accessible. If you're driving to meet the bus, we strongly advise using the Grosvenor departure point, as parking is extremely limited at the others. Departure points and times are as follows: —— DC: Southeast corner of 16th and I St. NW (http://bit.ly/16thandEye), bus leaves at 8 a.m. SHARP. 16th and I is near the Farragut West, Farragut North, and McPherson Square Metro stations. —— Connecticut & Porter: Northeast corner of Connecticut and Porter Streets, NW, (http://bit.ly/ConnecticutPorter). Bus will very briefly stop at the curb in front of the Broadmoor Apartments to pick up hikers at 8:10 AM. —— Connecticut & McKinley: Connecticut and McKinley Streets, NW, (http://bit.ly/ConnecticutMcKinley). Bus will stop at the bus shelter in front of the Safeway to pick up hikers at approximately 8:20 AM. ——Rockville / North Bethesda, MD: Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Station (http://www.wmata.com/rail/station_detail.cfm?station_id=14). Bus will stop at the bus shelter nearest to Metro Station entrance between Metro Station and parking garage (Wisconsin Avenue / Rockville Pike / Rt. 355 exit off I-495), at approximately 8:30 AM. * WHAT TO WEAR, WHAT TO BRING * Bring sufficient food and water for a day's outing in a pack along with individual first aid articles, a whistle, and extra clothing according to the season. Sturdy boots or shoes are a necessity. It's recommended to carry 8 oz. of water per mile to be hiked, and more in hot weather. Gatorade or other electrolyte drink is also advisable. ... Also bring cash for post-hike refreshments! * LIABILITY * By RSVP'ing for a CHC hike, you're 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. 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

Past events (494)

**CANCELLED** Hike: Shenandoah River State Park, VA

16th & I Street NW, SE Corner, Washington DC

$26.00

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