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Want to go hiking near DC and not wake up at the crack of dawn? This group is for you. We'll be doing some great hikes in the DC area and exploring some of the best breweries and wineries the region has to offer several times a month with a happy hour in between to catch up. The goal is to do hikes with accessible, reasonable meeting times so that we can all enjoy the outdoors without losing too much shut-eye.

FAQ:

1) I'm over 45 or under 25 - can I still join?

Since the group is built around socializing and exercising, it is designed for people from age 25 to 45 who live in or near DC. However, we do not decline any members based on age.

2) What fitness level do I need to have to join this group?

Please use your discretion when signing up for meetup events considering your fitness and experience. The mileage and approximate hiking times will be included to the extent possible on each event. This meetup is not recommended for first time hikers unless you get regular exercise. If you are concerned that you are not fit enough to hike the whole itinerary, you should not join that particular hike. Events will vary, but probably be at least 4+ hours of hiking each time.

3) Can I come even if the meetup event is full? What is your cancellation policy? Can I bring a friend even if the hike is full?

The event is intended for those who reply "YES" only, or for those who make separate arrangements with the hike leader(s) personally (by private message on the meetup site).

The hike leader(s) will take attendance, so please change your reply if you cannot make it, preferably at least 48 hours in advance. The organizers do have the discretion to drop people from the meetup for repeated no shows without cancelling in advance and without an explanation.

4) Will we hike even if it rains/snows/etc?

Before each hike, the hike leader(s) will be monitoring the weather conditions. Please monitor your email before you head out. If there is a very strong chance of rain or snow or the trail conditions are likely to be hazardous, the hike may be postponed. Alternatively, if any experienced hikers want to go regardless of the weather conditions, a small group may be led, but at the discretion of the hike leader(s). However, no one will be penalized for not showing up in bad weather.

5) Can I bring my dog?

The plain answer is “No”. The main reason behind this is that we want to accommodate the comfort of all hikers. Additionally, not allowing pets facilitates carpooling and social events after the hikes.

Note that by participating in any Late Morning Hikers events, you agree to the waver of liability in the following link: https://www.meetup.com/Late-Morning-DC-Hikers-25-45/pages/12710332/Waiver_of_Liability (https://www.meetup.com/Late-Morning-DC-Hikers-25-45/pages/12710332/Waiver_of_Liability/?_locale=de-DE)/

Upcoming events (5+)

Hogback Mountain and Naked Mountain Winery (7.5 mi, 1200 ft)

East Falls Church Metro

$3.00

Hi all, Hogback Mountain in Shenandoah National Park features some spectacular views from its summit for us to enjoy! https://www.hikingupward.com/SNP/HogbackMountain/. Afterwards, we’ll stop at Naked Mountain Winery on our way back. Please make sure to wear/bring warm clothes, hiking boots, at least 2 liters of water, and the snacks you need to complete a hike of this length

Moderate 13mi/1,568ft: Fountainhead to Bull Run Marina Out and Back

Franconia Springfield Metro

$3.00

This is a 13 mile moderate local hike, which we will complete at a quick pace (2.5-3 miles per hour). Please sign up for this hike ONLY if you have hiked more than 10 miles recently and are absolutely confident in your ability to cover the distance and keep up with the pace. IF you are unsure of your ability or this is your first time hiking, please look for a shorter, more moderate hike in the future. Remember to bring water, whatever food/snacks you need to cover 13 miles, and appropriate clothing and shoes/boots for hiking. Please note the 9AM meeting time and be ready to arrive on time on the 30th to ensure we have time to cover the hike and get to the brewery. After the hike, we will go to the Forge Brew Works for drinks. The brew works has snacks and an order-in menu to get delivery from several restaurants. https://www.forgebrewworks.com

Appalachian 5mile Trail to Raven Rocks

East Falls Church Metro

$3.00

Appalachian Trail to Raven Rocks is a 5-mile out-and-back near Bluemont, Virginia. 1,604 ft elevation, rated as moderate to difficult with rolling rocky hills. Remember to bring water, whatever food/snacks you need to cover during the hike and appropriate clothing and shoes/boots for hiking. Post-hike we'll be visiting Twin Oaks Tavern Winery to enjoy some good wine and great views.

Strenuous 14mi/3,793ft: Robertson Mtn-Nicholson Hollow Loop

East Falls Church Metro

$3.00

This is a 14 mile very strenuous hike, with 3,793 feet of elevation gain. We will complete at a quick pace (3 miles per hour) and we will not stop to rest often. Please sign up for this hike ONLY if you have hiked more than 10 miles in the recent past and are absolutely confident in your ability to cover the distance and keep up with the pace. IF you are unsure of your ability or this is your first time hiking, please look for a shorter, more moderate hike in the future. ***Bring cash to chip in for parking/SNP entry fee (Park Pass if you have one)*** We will park in the Old Rag parking lot and make our way up Robertson Mountain. This is an arduous climb, with a rewarding valley view at the top. Next, we will come down the backside of the mountain, then make our way up to Skyline drive. We should be able to look back and see Robertson and Old Rag. Finally, we will take Nicholson Hollow Trail back to the parking lot. You will feel like you have earned your beer! Remember to bring water, whatever food/snacks you need to cover 14 miles, and appropriate clothing and shoes/boots for hiking. Please note the earlier meeting time and be ready to arrive on time on the 16th to ensure we have time to cover the hike and get to the brewery. After the hike, we will go to Wort Hog Brewing Company for drinks. The venue sells food. http://www.whbrew.com

Past events (202)

Old Buzzard Hill & La Grange Winery

East Falls Church Metro Station

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