What we're about

Want to go hiking near DC and not wake up at the crack of dawn? This is the hiking group for you!

LMH is a group of friends and volunteer organizers that enjoy hiking at some of the best sports and exploring some of the best breweries and wineries in the region. We offer hikes several times a month with a happy hour in DC held once per month.

Our goal is to do hikes with accessible, reasonable meeting times so that we can all enjoy the outdoors with each other without losing too much shut-eye.

FAQs: https://www.meetup.com/Late-Morning-DC-Hikers-25-45/pages/30127197/FAQs/

Attendance Policy: https://www.meetup.com/Late-Morning-DC-Hikers-25-45/pages/30127255/Attendance_Policy/

Disclaimer
Late Morning Hikers is an informal group initiating trips under the common adventurer model. While (many) of our events are not ultra strenuous hikes, we do expect our members to be familiar with the best practices of hiking – this is not a group for first time hikers and is NOT a group for those seeking hiking instruction.

Our volunteer organizers are not experts or professionals, nor are we trained hike leaders, nor do we scout out hikes. We plan hikes for fun. You are responsible for your own welfare and safety at all LMH events. Be sure to choose to attend hikes only within your own physical abilities and hiking knowledge; take maps, suitable clothing, provisions (at least two liters of water plus any food or medical supplies you might require) and equipment, and act responsibly and safely at all times. Acting responsibly and safely includes always making sure that you stay with a group (we advise using the buddy system) and staying on, or within sight of (if you need to answer the call of nature or avoid an obstacle on the trail), marked trails at all times. If you ever believe you may be lost, follow the advice of the US Forest Service.

LMH organizers and members shall not be liable for any injuries, loss or damage to persons or property, direct or consequential, arising out of any aspect of LMH activities. Just in case you haven’t memorized it yet, our waiver of liability is here.

Upcoming events (3)

Tea Mountain Bushwhack (Strenuous, 7-8 miles, 1400 ft) and Backroom Brewery

George Washington National Forest

For this hike we’ll be bushwhacking in George Washington National Forest between Tea Mountain and Little North Mountain before climbing to the Little North Mountain Ridge for great views of some of the other nearby peaks!

Because we are going off-trail and navigating in the woods, this hike is NOT open to first-time hikers with the group.

This hike is rated as "strenuous." Strenuous hikes will challenge most hikers. The hike includes one long ascent and about half of it is off-trail in the woods. It's 7 to 8 miles long (depending on how direct our path is), with 1,400 ft of elevation gain.

We'll move at an average speed of 2.0 mph (lower in the off-trail portions) and stop for a lunch break about halfway through. Expect the hike to take about 4 hours of active time.

We’ll head to Backroom Brewery on the way back to DC for a drink and something to eat. They serve beer, wine, cider and a full menu of food.

Hike Link: I'll send a custom map to registrants.
Brewery link: https://www.backroombreweryva.com

After you sign up I'll send you a link to an online registration form. YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED FOR THE HIKE UNTIL YOU FILL OUT THE FORM!

IMPORTANT COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS

When you sign up for this hike you'll be required to certify that you're fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and that it's been two weeks since your final shot. Boosted is better. We won't be checking vaccine cards, but will be relying on your integrity to do the right thing.

We're requiring this to keep everyone safe. Participants will be in close proximity (i.e. less than 6 feet apart) to each other during and after the hike, in carpools and at the brewery.

Hike leaders are fully vaccinated.

CARPOOLING

As is typical with hikes I lead, there are few parking spots at the trail head (it's unofficial and unmarked). Carpooling may be difficult if Omicron is still spreading as in early January. We'll revisit a few days week before the hike.

BACKGROUND INFO ABOUT THE GROUP:
Please remember that this group is an informal group of friends and volunteers initiating trips under the common adventurer model (http://www.ronwatters.com/CADefine.htm). We do expect our members to be familiar with the best practices of hiking – this is not a group for first time hikers and is NOT a group for those seeking hiking instruction.

We're also not experts or professionals, nor are we trained hike leaders, nor do we scout out hikes. We plan hikes for fun. You are responsible for your own welfare and safety at all LMH events. Be sure to choose to attend hikes only within your own physical abilities and hiking knowledge; take maps, suitable clothing, provisions (at least two liters of water plus any food or medical supplies you might require) and equipment, and act responsibly and safely at all times.

Acting responsibly and safely includes always making sure that you stay with a group (we advise using the buddy system) and staying on, or within sight of (if you need to answer the call of nature or avoid an obstacle on the trail), marked trails at all times. If you ever believe you may be lost, follow the advice of the US Forest Service (https://www.fs.fed.us/visit/know-before-you-go/if-you-get-lost)

LMH organizers and members shall not be liable for any injuries, loss or damage to persons or property, direct or consequential, arising out of any aspect of LMH activities. By attending this event, you represent that you have read, understand, and agree to the contents of our waiver of liability in the following link (https://www.meetup.com/Late-Morning-DC-Hikers-25-45/pages/12710332/Waiver_of_Liability/)

PinnaCorbiNichols Loop! (Moderately Strenuous, 11.0 mi, 2330 ft)

Old Rag Parking (Ranger Station)

Hiya!

This hike was originally planned for 9 January, but was rescheduled to the current date of 23 January due to cold air temps and heavy rain. Because of this, hikers registered for the original hike will be given priority in registering for this hike; we do not necessarily expect the attendance list to reach capacity, and we have expanded the number of slots to 16 to accommodate more people overall, but we will bump newly registered hikers to the waitlist to make room for people that were scheduled for the original hike.

Anyways, this time, hopefully the cold will hold out and the rain will hold off for us! Please see below for the actual hike details:

This hike is a moderately strenuous, 11-mile hike with approximately 2330 ft of elevation gain that takes us past Pinnacle Peak, Corbin Mountain, and Nicholson Hollow. The hike will start from the Old Rag Parking Area at 10:30 AM (probably from the overflow lot, located here: 38°34'15.0"N 78°17'13.0"W, since the upper lot is usually full) and will proceed up the Nicholson Hollow Trail from State Route 600. About 1.4 miles in, we will turn left onto the Corbin Mountain Trail, which summits Corbin Mountain approximately 3.6 miles in. At 5.0 miles in we will turn right onto the Indian Run Trail, which will circle Pinnacle Peak to the top of the Nicholson Hollow Trail at 6.8 miles in; from there we descend the Nicholson Hollow Trail back to the Old Rag parking lot. The hike will conclude around 5:00 PM for a total hike time of 6.5 hours, including time for water breaks and lunch.

The post-hike brewery will depend on the weather: if it’s warm enough, we’ll go to Penn Druid Brewery (outdoors, located here: 38°39'07.7"N 78°12'47.8"W, http://www.pendruid.com/) but if the weather is too cold, we’ll go to Headmasters’ Pub (indoors, located here: 38°39'29.8"N 78°13'30.0"W, https://www.headmasterspub.com/).

Please bring an adequate amount of water, pack a snack/lunch, and dress for winter weather; while you can always take clothes off on the hike, you can't add layers you didn't bring with you!

We hope you can join us!

CARPOOLING:

We encourage those with cars to be willing to drive - you're the ones who make LMH great!

If you're a driver that is willing to drive, please post a comment on the event page with the following information:
(1) Number of seats
(2) Meeting location
(3) Meeting time (recommended departure time from DC is 8:10 AM).

As a rider, please comment on the driver's post to take a seat or post in the comments that you need a ride so a driver can find you. Riders are encouraged to help their driver out with the cost of gas.

VACCINATION REQUIREMENT:

LMH requires hikers to be vaccinated to participate in the hike and the after-hike brewery stop. We will not be checking vaccine cards on the trust that you will report your vaccination status honestly when you answer the pre-hike question.

MOUNTAIN/TRAIL INFO:

The first and last 1.5 miles of this hike, on Nicholson Hollow Trail, are partially on private property. Please stick to the trail on this stretch and be respectful of the adjacent property owners.

We look forward to hiking with you!

BACKGROUNG INFO ABOUT LMH: Please remember that this group is an informal group of friends and volunteers intitiating trips under the common adventurer model (http://www.ronwatters.com/CADefine.html). We do expect our members to be familiar with the best practices of hiking. This is not a group for first time hikers and is NOT a group for those seeking hiking instruction.

We are also not professionals, nor are we trained hike leaders, nor do we scout out hikes. We plan hikes for fun. You are responsible for your own welfare and safety at all LMH events. Be sure to choose to attend hikes only within your own physical abilities and hiking knowledge; take maps, suitable clothing, provisions (at least two liters of water plus any food or medical supplies you might require) and equipment, and act responsibly and safely at all times.

Act responsibly and safely: if you ever believe you may be lost, follow the advice of the US Forest Service (https://www.fs.fed.us/visit/know-before-you-go/if-you-get-lost)

LMH organizers and members shall not be liable for any injuries, loss or damage to persons or property, direct or consequential, arising out of any aspect of LMH activities. By attending this event, you represent that you have read, understand, and agree to the contents of our waiver of liability in the following link (https://www.meetup.com/Late-Morning-DC-Hikers-25-45/pages/12710332/Waiver_of_Liability/)

Banshee Reeks (6.7 mi, Easy <500 ft gain) and Vanish Farm Brewery

West Falls Church Metro

Hey all,

Banshee Reeks is a 775 acre nature preserve in Loudon county with 20 miles of trails running through hills and fields. We won’t be doing all of those miles – but we’ll enjoy a nice walk through some of the highlights – including all three of the reserve’s ponds and Goose creek.

Afterwards we’ll check out Vanish Farm Brewery, which features beers brewed with Virginia grown ingredients and some excellent BBQ.

As usual, please post a comment on this page if you’re offering a ride or need a ride

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Hike: https://www.hikingupward.com/OVH/BansheeReeks/images/Map.pdf
Brewery: https://vanishbeer.com/

*****LIABILITY NOTICE*****
Please remember that this group is an informal group of friends and volunteers initiating trips under the common adventurer model (http://www.ronwatters.com/CADefine.htm) We do expect our members to be familiar with the best practices of hiking – this is not a group for first time hikers and is NOT a group for those seeking hiking instruction.

We're also not experts or professionals, nor are we trained hike leaders, nor do we scout out hikes. We plan hikes for fun. You are responsible for your own welfare and safety at all LMH events. Be sure to choose to attend hikes only within your own physical abilities and hiking knowledge; take maps, suitable clothing, provisions (at least two liters of water plus any food or medical supplies you might require) and equipment, and act responsibly and safely at all times.

Acting responsibly and safely includes always making sure that you stay with a group (we advise using the buddy system) and staying on, or within sight of (if you need to answer the call of nature or avoid an obstacle on the trail), marked trails at all times. If you ever believe you may be lost, follow the advice of the US Forest Service. https://www.fs.fed.us/visit/know-before-you-go/if-you-get-lost

LMH organizers and members shall not be liable for any injuries, loss or damage to persons or property, direct or consequential, arising out of any aspect of LMH activities. By attending this event, you represent that you have read, understand, and agree to the contents of our waiver of liability in the following link.
https://www.meetup.com/Late-Morning-DC-Hikers-25-45/pages/12710332/Waiver_of_Liability/

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Buzzard Rock (HARD: 6.2 mi / 1,381ft) and 2 Silos Brewing Co.

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