Past Meetup

Hike: Catoctin Mountain Park, MD / Pizza Party

This Meetup is past

35 people went

Price: $25.00 /per person
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PATC Map 5 / MD Bus

$25 (nonmembers $28). Long hike: 8½ mi., 2100 ft. ascent/descent. Medium hike: 7 mi., 1700 ft. ascent/descent. Short hike: 5½ mi., 1500 ft. ascent/descent. Optional side trip for short/medium hikers to Cunningham Falls adds 2½ miles and 300 ft. ascent/descent.

A hike and a party! That’s the double-barreled attraction for our first hike of the New Year. The hike, in Catoctin Mountain Park, begins at the Visitors’ Center and climbs to the panoramic overlooks of Chimney and Wolf Rocks for magnificent winter views. From there, short hikers return directly to the Visitors’ Center and its cozy fireplace. Others continue to Thurmont Vista, from where medium hikers return, while long hikers hoof it farther past Hog Rock to Cunningham Falls. The bus then takes us to Bethesda for pizza, libations, and fellowship. [Note: the pizza party is optional; bus continues on to our regular drop-off locations.]

Leaders: Roslyn Rubin 703/[masked] and Brian O’Konski 202/[masked]


You must RSVP and pay for this hike on Meetup. Only call the hike leaders if you have questions regarding the hike.

If after you make this reservation, you need to cancel and would like to request a refund, before 2:00 pm, the day before the hike, BOTH: 1.) Change RSVP to "No" --AND-- 2.) Press "Request Refund" link, and include your FULL NAME, and DATE YOU PAID.

note: there is a $5 per seat processing fee for cancelling a reservation.

However, if you are a first-time hiker with us, please let the hike leaders know so that they can ensure that you know where to meet the bus. If you've RSVP'd with us, we don't want to leave you behind.

For additional details, visit our website and refer to our Frequently Asked Questions at

Maryland Bus Routing: Please arrive 10 - 15 minutes before departure time listed below. All departure points are Metro accessible; however, if you are driving, please use only the Grosvenor Metro departure point, as parking is extremely limited at other locations.

Bus departs from 16th and I (Eye) Streets, NW, Washington DC ( (two blocks north of the White House), at 8:00 AM, and continues to:

National Cathedral Area - Wisconsin Avenue and Woodley Road, ( departing at approximately 8:10 AM; then continues to:

Near Chevy Chase, MD - Friendship Heights Metro Stop ( (Western Avenue/East side exit), departing at approximately 8:20 AM; then continues to:

Bethesda, MD - across from Bethesda Metro Stop ( (northeast corner of East-West Highway and Wisconsin) (by request only--no stop here unless the hike leader has confirmed reservations), departing at approximately 8:25 AM; then continues to:

Rockville / North Bethesda, MD - Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Station ( bus shelter nearest to Metro Station entrance between Metro Station and parking garage (Wisconsin Avenue / Rockville Pike / Rt. 355 exit off I-495), departing at approximately 8:35 AM.

Reservations: The Capital Hiking Club is a non-profit group, and the public is invited to join on all trips. Early reservations are appreciated! While reservations are accepted Friday, making your reservation prior to Thursday evening helps to ensure your seat on the bus, and prevents the cancellation of the hike due to low sign-ups.

Cost, what to wear, what to bring: Transportation costs are listed for each hike. 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: 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 must be able to keep a 2 mph pace.

(Optional) Membership $12.00 per year. Mail a check to our Membership Director to receive a quarterly hike schedule and reduced rates. More info at: