What we're about

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 picks up hikers from centrally located 16th and I Streets in downtown DC and makes 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 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: AT: Michaux State Forest / Chimney Rock, PA

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

$26.00

PATC Map 4 / MD Bus $26. Long hike: 11 mi., 1900 ft. ascent, 2000 ft. descent. Moderate hike: 6 mi., 700 ft. ascent, 1400 ft. descent. Can’t get enough of the Appalachian Trail? You’ll get another shot at it today. From picturesque Caledonia State Park, long hikers head southbound on the trail along Rocky Mtn. (aptly named) and join the route of the moderate hikers., who earlier join the trail farther south near Rocky Mountain Road... Both hikes cross Buzzard Peak and pass by Chimney Rocks, which offers a luscious view. Hikes end at Rattlesnake Rd. Leaders: Frona Hall and ____________ ------------- * 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: Southeast corner of 16th and I St. NW (http://bit.ly/16thandEye) Bus leaves at 8 a.m. SHARP. --- 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. * 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 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: Little Devil Stairs, Shenandoah National Park, VA

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

$26.00

PATC Map 9 / VA Bus $26 + park fee/pass. Long hike: 11½ mi., 2600 ft. ascent/descent. Short hike: up to 8½ mi., up to 1600 ft. ascent/descent. One of Shenandoah’s premier attractions, Little Devils Stairs is the drawing card on this gem. Starting at Hogback Overlook on the Skyline Drive in the park’s North District, we’ll descend the Sugarloaf Trail .Moderate hikers then take the Pole Bridge Link Trail and Keyser Run Fire Rd. to Bolen Cemetery, and retrace their steps. Long hikers reach the cemetery via the Pole Bridge Link Trail, Piney Branch Upper and Hull School Trails.. After another stretch on the Hull School Trail, they’ll climb Little Devil Stairs and return to Hogback Overlook on Pole Bridge Link Trail and Sugarloaf Trail back to Hogback Overlook. Leaders: Michael Martin and Marika ------- * 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: 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. * 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: Big Schloss / Tibbett Knob, GWNF, VA/WV

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

$26.00

PATC Map F / VA Bus $26. Long hike: 9 mi., 2900 ft. ascent, 2200 ft. descent. Moderate hike: 6 mi., 1900 ft. ascent, 1200 ft. descent. Two rocky summits, both with glorious views, for the price of one today! First up is Big Schloss, the most famous landmark George Washington National Forest. We’ll get there from Forest Road 92, climbing the Big Schloss Cutoff Trail to the Mill Mtn. Trail A southbound jaunt on the latter and a short side trip take us to Big Schloss. We then continue to Wolf Gap, from where long hikers add a roundtrip to Summit No. 2, Tibbett Knob. Leaders: Peter F. and Bao L. ------- * 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: 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. * 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

Moonlight Hike: C&O Canal Towpath, Great Falls, MD

Across from Old Anglers Inn

Hike in the moonlight along the C&O Canal towpath to Great Falls, Maryland, 4 miles Time: Hike starts promptly at 8:15 p.m. and goes to approximately 10:15 p.m. (2 hours). It’s best to arrive about 10-15 minutes before the start of the hike (around 8:00 – 8:10 p.m). Meeting Place: Parking lot across from Old Angler's Inn, 10801 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac, MD. Reservations: Unlike CHC's Saturday bus hikes, signing up for Moonlight Hikes is not required. However, if you do sign up, you can be notified of a possible change in plan. Usually, light rain alone will not cancel the hike--for safety reasons, severe weather or a thunderstorm will. Leaders: ------- Directions: a. From the Beltway (I-495), take exit # 41, which is immediately north of the American Legion Bridge. When taking exit # 41, take it west towards Carderock / Great Falls, Maryland. b. This puts you on the Clara Barton Parkway, heading west. Stay on the Clara Barton Parkway for 1.7 miles until you come to a flashing stoplight. c. Make a left turn at the flashing stoplight onto MacArthur Blvd. Go for 1 mile until you see the Old Anglers Inn on your right side. Park in the parking lots across the street from the Old Anglers Inn. What to bring: a. A flashlight b. A small bottle of water c. Insect repellent d. Comfortable walking shoes (tennis shoes are fine) Cost / Donation: There is no charge for this hike, in accordance with CHC’s permit from the National Park Service. Difficulty / Terrain: This hike is mostly over flat terrain along the C&O Canal towpath and the Berma Road. This hike is considered to be an easy hike. Ages: This hike is open to all ages, so long as they can comfortably walk 4 miles. Parents need to be mindful of small children during the hike for their safety. Dogs: Dogs are welcome, so long as they are kept on a leash at all times, are friendly around people and other dogs, and are not taken out on the walkway to Olmstead Island.

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