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- Reconnecting People with the Natural World - for the Health of It -

Founded in 2007 by IT executive, Kellie Carlisle, Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group (MAHG) aka Outdoors for Health was inspired by a passion for promoting and providing low cost opportunities for people to get up and outside to connect with the natural world and enjoy the health benefits it provides. Today, our organization has grown to become a very active 23,000+ member strong 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html)dedicated to serving our mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/index.html) of providing education, awareness, and opportunities for people to experience the variety of health benefits provided by spending time outdoors, “just for the health of it!” Our organization has hosted over ~6000 events ranging from 2-mile newbie sneaker social hikes all the way up to 50+ mile one day fully supported hikes, and educational/awareness offerings, paddle trips, and more. So no matter your preference, we have something for you. We are a diverse organization filled with members who enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities including - but not limited to hiking and educational opportunities related to the natural world. MAHG also promotes the importance of being good outdoor stewards through environmental awareness activities.

We enjoy exploring an incredible variety of locations throughout Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group (MAHG) appreciates Mother Nature’s diversity and the diversity of people.ALL people are welcome and encouraged to join. Whether you are a newbie or a very seasoned outdoor enthusiast, we are sure to have an event for you on our very active and varied calendar.

Our focus is on safety, camaraderie, and having a ton of fun while connecting with the natural world. So a sense of humor is a must with us!

*** WARNING! — Our Calendar (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/calendar/) is VERY Active ALL Four Seasons and Can be Beneficial to Your Health ***

Today’s fast-paced and technologically dominated society can take a toll on a person’s psychological, physical, and emotional well-being. Many people are trapped within an indoor and plugged-in lifestyle that is overwhelming and very stressful. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group promotes reconnecting people with nature by providing plentiful and varied opportunities for people to enjoy the outdoors.

Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s activities are a healthy and fun way to relieve stress and “unplug” while enjoying the variety of what Mother Nature has to offer throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Decrease stress - get fitter - get healthier, and get nature empowered, all while knowing you are supporting an important cause with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group.

Click Here (https://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/about/)for information about our current charitable initiatives and programs/studies serving our mission.

• Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group offers many opportunities to give back by helping with maintaining trails throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and hosting in addition to participating in other environmental stewardship and community building events and workshops. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group offers educational classes and certifications in Leave No Trace outdoor ethics and our own highly regarded Outdoor Leadership Certification program. Additionally, MAHG has an active outreach program to help with educating others regarding the many health benefits of hiking and the importance of taking care of our trails and our overall environment.

• Youth Education and Re-Connecting with the Natural World - We are currently preparing to expand our program that benefits under-represented and inner-city youth by combining connection with nature and education. Our solutions-based approach begins with a full immersion experience of hiking and other fun, unplugged and screen-less outdoor activities. We combine the activities while educating tomorrow's workers regarding the abundant employment opportunities the natural world offers in the booming field of green collar jobs. "For references and more, please visit our main website (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group provides opportunities for increased confidence, self-esteem, and hope for a better tomorrow. Today's youth will be the earth's stewards of tomorrow, so it is imperative that they become familiar with the world outside of their screens."

Why Hike with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group? — As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html), when you hike with MAHG, you are also helping us with serving our mission to benefit the health of others! Every step you take with MAHG is also a step for recipients of our initiatives and programs. We bring people together to have fun and make friends while enjoying the many health benefits of the great outdoors in a safe and welcoming environment. Hiking not only connects people with the natural world, but it also fosters an appreciation and respect for the environment and overall sense of community. Whether you are looking to lose weight, have never hiked a mile in your life, or are looking to rise to the challenge of hiking 30+ or miles in one day, we have a hike for you, all seasons. Remember, we were all newbies once, and we enjoy introducing others to hiking and other outdoor pursuits - in fact, it is a core part of our mission to reconnect people with the natural world.

Who Can Hike with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group? — Simply put, you! Whether you are young, old, working, single, in a committed relationship, retired, laid off, shy, talkative, energetic, geeky, lazy, recovering from an injury, social, or a competitive hiker, Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is for you. We do more than just embracing our diversity — we thrive on it!

When We Hike? — We do it in the morning, afternoon, after work, evening, darkest of night, every weekend day, and all year ‘round and average 20 times a week. Get your mind out of the gutter ‘cause we are talking about hiking, stewardship, and outdoor education here. Seasonally, we offer weekday day hikes in addition to our variety of after work hikes.

Where We Hike? — We hike throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond! We visit Shenandoah National Park, George Washington National Forest, and the Appalachian Trail almost every weekend. We strive to offer at least one easy, moderate, and strenuous hike within 60 miles of Baltimore, DC, and Northern Virginia each weekend day. MAHG hosts cookouts, white water floats, hike out/paddle backs, cave trips, natural water slides hikes, hikes to view frozen waterfalls, Appalachian Trail section hikes, camping trips, volunteer offerings, and last but certainly not least, our very popular Monuments in the Moonlight hikes.

How We Hike — Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a mission-driven (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/index.html) nonprofit charitable organization. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/about/) to learn about our mission, programs and initiatives, and our accomplishments! We are committed to connecting people with the natural world, community building, giving back/stewardship, and providing educational opportunities. MAHG is a well-established and highly regarding organization well known for its excellent camaraderie — all with safety in mind while emphasizing having fun out on the trails! We limit our hikes to small groups for the comfort and consideration of others and to better enjoy and respect the environment.

We have many partnerships. A sample of a few and how we work with them - as a partner with Leave No Trace (https://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/9596032/Leave_No_Trace_Hiking/) (LNT), we practice, encourage, and educate others about the importance of practicing proper outdoor ethics and teach LNT certification courses several times every year. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is also proud to be a Gold level Alliance Member of the American Hiking Society (http://www.americanhiking.org/). MAHG participates in the "Adopt and Acre" program by adopting land in the Appalachian Mountains to support The Nature Conservancy (http://www.nature.org/). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group provides volunteer and trail maintenance opportunities and other community-building events throughout the entire Mid-Atlantic Region. Contact our office at 410.480.5000 or see our main website (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org) for more information regarding our cause and our accomplishments, initiatives, partnerships, and programs.

Our leadership team consists of qualified, dedicated, and very appreciated volunteers who are some of the best in the region!

We hope to see you on the trail soon for great times while enjoying all the health benefits of connecting with the natural world - remember to bring your sense of humor (a must with us) and be prepared to have a ton of fun!

Kellie Carlisle - Founder, MAHGs Board of Directors, and the MAHG Volunteer Leadership Team

Upcoming events (5+)

Famous Bluebells Hike: Bull Run-Occoquan Trail: An Easy-Side-of-Strenuous 18 Mi

Bull Run Occoquan Trail (Full Distance: Point-to-Point) with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! An Easy-Side-of-Strenuous 18 Miles

$5.00

Let's Check Out The Famous Bluebells of The Bull Run-Occoquan Trail (BRPT)! An Easy-Side-of-Strenuous 18 Miles with Optional Post Hike Meal Located in Fairfax County, the Bull Run-Occoquan Trail (BROT) is an excellent 18-mile point to point hike. The trail follows the valley carrying Bull Run and the Occoquan River to the Potomac River. It threads through wooded hills and floodplains and is marked by a rich assortment of flora and fauna, including large stands of hemlocks and of course, the magical carpets of springtime bluebells. Because of the significant elevation change (3,400 feet) and trail length, it is a very vigorous workout. ***Note*** While this is on the easy-side-of-strenuous, it is not for inexperienced hikers as it is still strenuous due to the length of the hike. Please contact the hike leader to help you make an informed decision if you have not hiked a hike over 10 miles with significant elevation change. Hike leaders reserve the right to turn hikers away at the trailhead if they come unprepared (flip flops, no water). Trail Information Activity Type: Hiking Nearby City: Fairfax Station/Centerville Length: 18 total miles Elevation Gain: 3,400 feet Trail Type: Point-to-point with shuttle service Skill Level: Easy side of strenuous Season: Year-round Local Contacts: Bull Run Regional Park; Bull Run Marina Regional Park; Hemlock Overlook Regional Park; Fountainhead Regional Park Local Maps: USGS Manassas, Independent Hill, Occoquan Topo Map: Bull Run-Occoquan Trail (BROT) Topographic Park Entry Fee There is a $8 fee if unless you’re from Alexandria, Arlington, City of Fairfax, Fairfax County, Falls Church and Loudoun County. Gear Suggestions Click Here (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/gear-information.html) for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails. Weather Information We hike rain or shine. Click Here to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking. Hike Pace The goal for this hike is to maintain an average moving pace of ~ 2.5 mph. This speed is frequently used in popular hiking publications to represent the pace of an average hiker. We welcome you to please sign up for another hike if you know that this is not a comfortable pace for you. We strive to offer a variety of hikes and pace options so we can always have something for everyone no matter their interest and ability. Our RSVP and Group Etiquette Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/RSVP_Rules_and_Etiquette/) to review our RSVP policies and group etiquette. Carpool Suggestions and Information Note that you are responsible for knowing how to get from carpool locations to the venue. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is not responsible for transportation to and from events or carpools. Suggested carpool times and places are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or unfamiliar with a particular hike or venues location. Please use the 'Comments' section below, or reach out via e-mail to make arrangements for carpooling needs and offerings. Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Savage Station To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore area, people can arrange to meet at Savage Station. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Carpool_Directions_for_Savage_Station/) for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Savage Station location. DC Area Carpool Suggestion - Centreville To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, people can arrange to meet at the Centreville Park and Ride. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Directions_to_Centerville_Park_and_Ride_Carpool/) for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Centreville Park and Ride location. If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location and needs in the comment section below. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Suggested_Carpool_Locations/?name=Suggested_Carpool_Locations) for a list of suggested carpool locations complete with directions and other details including other carpool information. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment — by just offering a ride! Directions to the Trailhead Click Here for Directions (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/14477822/Directions%3A_Bull_Run_Regional_Park/) to Where We Meet for This Hike Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 8:45-8:55 The Hike is at 9:00 a.m. Carpool Time from Savage Station — 7:15 a.m. Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/hike-and-trail-etiquette.html)and Leave No Trace (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/leave-no-trace.html) principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/9595722/How_To_Join_Our_Leadership_Team!/) as leaders for Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups volunteer leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper” to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, with a focus on safety while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html) and donations ARE tax deductible (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/17107-fall-into-hiking-for-health). Tax ID:[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). Fido Must be Pre-Approved BEFORE Attending This Hike. Our Hikes Route is much Tougher on Paws than Most trails. Contact the leader to discuss the route and your dog's experience to determine if this is a good hike for your dog at this time. Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there! Greg:[masked] Kevin:[masked] • Click Here to Chip In Now (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/18298-for-the-health-of-it)and Help Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group in Serving our Mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/index.html). • Donations (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/18298-for-the-health-of-it) to Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group are Tax Deductible: Tax ID[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization. • Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/about/) to Learn more about Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission. • 100% of Every Dollar Goes Directly to the Expenses of Serving our Mission.

C&O Canal Nat’l Hist. Park - Billy Goat A & C! An Easy-Side-of-Strenuous 9.5 Mi

C&O Canal National Historical Park: Billy Goat ‘A’ and ‘C’ with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! An Easy-Side-of-Strenuous 9.5 Miles

$5.00

C&O Canal National Historical Park: Billy Goat Sections ‘A’ and ‘C’ Plus Olmsted Island (Great Falls) with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! An Easy-Side-of-Strenuous 9.5 Miles Unlike most popular hiking trails, Billy Goat Trail 'Section 'A' offers up lots of scrambles around or over boulders, plenty of rocky terrain, a short but steep scramble up a cliff face, and heaps of breathtaking views of the Potomac River. We are going early to beat the crowds due to the popularity of this fantastic hike. Because of where we begin today's planned hiking route, we will be able to enjoy the scenic overlook of Great Falls, MD from Olmsted Island and is a not-to-miss experience! We begin this adventure along the towpath of the historic Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, completed in 1850 after 22 years of work and mishap, and operated for 73 years between Georgetown and Cumberland, MD. The blue-blazed Billy Goat Trial turns toward the Potomac River at Widewater (a natural wide basin where the barges were able to pass) and leads backward in history 180 million years to the time when the palisades of the Potomac were first forming. The trail skirts the edge of Bear Island, passing giant potholes as it follows along the top of the cliffs of Mather Gorge. This portion of the hike is quite rugged and necessitates a good bit of rock scrambling, however, it is optional and the remainder of the hike is on along the very scenic, easy and newbie friendly towpath! What is Rock Scrambling? What is rock scrambling you might ask? Anytime you have to use your hands to get over rocks or steep parts, we call it rock scrambling and it rocks (pun intended-grin) Please note that this is not rock climbing and no special gear is necessary for scrambling. Additionally, the scramble is only a portion of the hike. Please contact the leader(s) or myself, with any questions for this hike at the numbers below with any questions or concerns you might have as that is part of what we are here for. Remember there was a first time each of us, so if you are up to the challenge, we welcome you to RSVP and look forward to seeing you there for this adventure! What are the Billy Goat Trails and What is the Difference Between the Sections (‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’’)? The Billy Goat Trails have been popular with hikers since the mid-1800s. Comprised of three separate trails, all accessible from the towpath, and designated as Sections “A”, “B”, and “C”, the Billy Goat Trails offer beautiful views of the Potomac River. Please choose the appropriate trail by its difficulty level as we offer Billy Goat Trail hikes frequently and are sure to mix and match the three sections (our hikes vary from offering only one or all the sections) so there is a Billy Goat combination for everyone! Section “A” (This Section is Part of Today's Hike Plan) is strenuous and involves a lot of rock scrambling and the need for good balance. With its difficult terrain, the 1.7-mile hike, while short, is much more challenging than other trails of the same distance. Hikers in less than optimal health or those not experienced or properly outfitted, should consider other trail hiking options. NOTE: Dogs are NOT permitted in this area (section A) of Billy Goat trail. Section “B” (NOT Part on Today's Hike - Included for Informational Purposes) is a moderate hike. Located just downstream from section ‘A’, and is located in the Marsden Tract area. Section “B” contains fewer and smaller rock scrambles and provides a quieter atmosphere than section “A”. NOTE: Dogs ARE permitted in this area (section B) of Billy Goat trail. Section “C” (This Section is Part of Today's Hike Plan) is more like a “regular” hike in our area. Although there are still a few rock outcroppings, most of the trail is wooded (a great section for when it is hotter outside). It is located just downstream from “A” and “B”, in the Carderock area of the park. NOTE: Dogs ARE permitted in this area (section C) of Billy Goat trail. Special Note About Bear Island Section ‘A' traverses one of the most biologically diverse areas in the country, Bear Island. Topography, geography, and regular flood events have created some of the rarest and most sensitive habitats. Because of this, the National Park Service and The Nature Conservancy jointly own and manage Bear Island. Please lessen your impact by remaining on the blazed trail and staying off the island when the trail is closed. This precaution will help preserve the uniqueness of the island and the trail for future generations of hikers. Trail Information Nearby City: Potomac, MD Scenery: Mather Gorge and Great Falls from the Maryland Side Distance: 9.5 miles round trip Elevation Gain: 200 ft. (although there is not a lot of elevation gain on this hike, the optional rock scrambling makes it seem more challenging) Difficulty: Very Easy on the towpath to more of an Easy-Side-of-Strenuous if you join the optional rock scramble Trail Condition: OK, but a few difficult spots Hike Type: Loop Park Entry Fee There is no park entrance fee. Gear Suggestions Click Here (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/gear-information.html) for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails. Weather Information We hike rain, snow, or shine. Click Here (http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMD0325?lswe=Potomac,%20MD&lwsa=WeatherLocalUndeclared&from=searchbox_typeahead) to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking. Hike Pace The goal for this hike is to maintain an average moving pace of ~ 2.5 mph. This speed is frequently used in popular hiking publications to represent the pace of an average hiker. We welcome you to please sign up for another hike if you know that this is not a comfortable pace for you. We strive to offer a variety of hikes and pace options so we can always have something for everyone no matter their interest and ability. Our RSVP and Group Etiquette Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/RSVP_Rules_and_Etiquette/) to review our RSVP policies and group etiquette. Carpool Suggestions and Information Note that you are responsible for knowing how to get from carpool locations to the venue. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is not responsible for transportation to and from events or carpools. Suggested carpool times and places are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or unfamiliar with a particular hike or venues location. Please use the 'Comments' section below, or reach out via e-mail to make arrangements for carpooling needs and offerings. Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Savage Station To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore area, people can arrange to meet at Savage Station. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Carpool_Directions_for_Savage_Station/) for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Savage Station location. If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location and needs in the comment section below. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Suggested_Carpool_Locations/?name=Suggested_Carpool_Locations) for a list of suggested carpool locations complete with directions and other details including other carpool information. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment — by just offering a ride! Directions to the Trailhead Click Here for Directions (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/gfp---carderock-3.html) to Where We Meet for this Hike Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 8:45-8:55 a.m. The Hike is at 9:00 a.m. Carpool Time from Savage Station — 8:15 a.m. Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/hike-and-trail-etiquette.html)and Leave No Trace (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/leave-no-trace.html) principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/9595722/How_To_Join_Our_Leadership_Team!/) as leaders for Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups volunteer leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper” to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, with a focus on safety while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, and Donations ARE Tax Deductible. Tax ID:[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). Fido is Not Welcome on the Optional Billy Goat Section 'A' (Rock Scrambling) Portion of this Hike, Per Park Rules. However, Fido is Welcome on all other parts of our hike, including Billy Goat Section ‘C’. Please note that if bringing your dog, you will need to wait while we complete Billy Goat Section ‘A’. Be sure to take the hike leader's numbers with you just in case! Wendell:[masked] • Click Here Now (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/18298-for-the-health-of-it)and help Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group in Serving our Mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/index.html). • Donations (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/18298-for-the-health-of-it) to Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group are Tax Deductible: Tax ID[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization. • Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/about/) to Learn more about Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission. • 100% of Every Dollar Goes Directly to the Expenses of Serving our Mission.

Catoctin Mountain: Wolf & Chimney Rocks! An Easy-Side-of-Strenuous 5 Miles

Catoctin Mountain Park: Wolf Rock and Chimney Rock Vistas with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! An Easy-Side-of-Strenuous 5 Mile Hike

$5.00

Catoctin Mountain Park: Wolf Rock and Chimney Rock Vistas! A Really Easy-Side-of-Strenuous 5-Mile Hike Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of west-central Maryland is a beautiful place known as Catoctin Mountain Park. Managed by the National Park Service, this area of pristine hardwood forests, wild mountain streams, abundant mountain laurel, and rocky vistas is only 50 miles north of Washington, DC. This hike plan is a somewhat rugged route to two outstanding vistas and a fascinating rock formation known as Wolf Rock. The park is arguably best known for Camp David — the presidential retreat — and Cunningham Falls State Park, home to a spectacular 78-foot cascading waterfall. While Camp David is, of course, off limits, this hike loops through highlights of the best that Catoctin has to offer. Also, it does so in a shorter trek than most we typically offer in this area so that more of our members can enjoy this beautiful area. Trail Information Activity Type: Hiking Nearby City: Thurmont Length: 5 total miles Elevation Gain: 500 feet with almost all of it gained in the first hill at the start of the hike. Trail Type: Circuit Trail Surface: Naturally packed dirt, rocky; Appalachian Piedmont. Sturdy footwear is recommended. Skill Level: Easy Side of Strenuous due to the one hill at the start of the hike where almost all of the 500 feet of elevation gain is made. Other than that one particular hill very near the beginning, the remainder of the hike is moderate. Season: Year-round but very clear views in winter Local Contacts: Catoctin Mountain Park Local Maps: USGS Blue Ridge Summit; Cunningham Falls State Park Map Land Status: Catoctin Mountain Park, a unit of the National Park Service (NPS), Frederick County, MD, about 50 miles northwest of Washington, DC Special Considerations: With two outstanding vistas, add plenty of time to your itinerary for enjoying the views. Facilities: Water fountain outside the visitor center, bookstore, museum, restrooms, and water fountain inside the visitor center. Park Entry Fee There is no park entrance fee. Gear Suggestions Click Here (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/gear-information.html) for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails. Weather Information We hike rain or shine. Click Here (http://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Catoctin-Mountain/forecasts/100) to view the mountains forecast for the area where we will be hiking. Hike Pace The goal for this hike is to maintain an average moving pace of ~ 2.5 mph. This speed is frequently used in popular hiking publications to represent the pace of an average hiker. We welcome you to please sign up for another hike if you know that this is not a comfortable pace for you. We strive to offer a variety of hikes and pace options so we can always have something for everyone no matter their interest and ability. Our RSVP and Group Etiquette Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/RSVP_Rules_and_Etiquette/) to review our RSVP policies and group etiquette. Carpool Suggestions and Information Note that you are responsible for knowing how to get from carpool locations to the venue. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is not responsible for transportation to and from events or carpools. Suggested carpool times and places are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or unfamiliar with a particular hike or venues location. Please use the 'Comments' section below, or reach out via e-mail to make arrangements for carpooling needs and offerings. Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Savage Station To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore area, people can arrange to meet at Savage Station. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Carpool_Directions_for_Savage_Station/) for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Savage Station location. Annapolis Area Carpool Suggestion - Starbucks To carpool or caravan from the Annapolis area, people can arrange to meet at the Harbour Center Mall Starbucks. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Carpool%3A_Starbucks_at_Harbour_Center_in_Annapolis/) for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Annapolis area carpool location. (Metro) VA East Area Carpool Suggestion - Vienna/Fairfax Area METRO Station To carpool or caravan frotm the Vienna/Fairfax area, people can arrange to meet at the Fairfax Area METRO Station. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Directions_to_Vienna-Fairfax_Metro_Station/) for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Vienna/Fairfax Metro Station location. If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location and needs in the comment section below. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Suggested_Carpool_Locations/?name=Suggested_Carpool_Locations) for a list of suggested carpool locations complete with directions and other details including other carpool information. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment — by just offering a ride! Directions to the Trailhead Click Here for Directions (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/catoctin-visitors-center.html) to Where We Meet for this Hike. Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 8:45-8:55 a.m. The Hike is at 9:00 a.m. Carpool Time from Savage Station — 7:15 a.m. Carpool Time from Centreville Park and Ride — 7:30 a.m. Carpool Time from Annapolis Starbucks — 7:00 a.m. Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/hike-and-trail-etiquette.html)and Leave No Trace (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/leave-no-trace.html) principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/9595722/How_To_Join_Our_Leadership_Team!/) as leaders for Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups volunteer leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper” to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, with a focus on safety while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html) and donations ARE tax deductible (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/17107-fall-into-hiking-for-health). Tax ID:[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike! Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there! Steve:[masked] • Click Here to Chip In Now (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/18298-for-the-health-of-it)and Chip-In to Help Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group in Serving our Mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/index.html). • Donations (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/18298-for-the-health-of-it) to Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group are Tax Deductible: Tax ID[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization. • Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/about/) to Learn more about Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission. • 100% of Every Dollar Goes Directly to the Expenses of Serving our Mission.

Rock Creek Park Series (Part 3) Arboreal Southern Area! Up to A Moderate 8.9 Mi

Rock Creek Park Series: (Part 3) The Arboreal Southern Area with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! Up to A Moderate 8.9 Miles

$5.00

Rock Creek Park Series: (Part 3 of 3) — The Arboreal Southern Area! A Moderate 8.9 Miles with Shorter Options (METRO Accessible) This hike is great for newbies and experienced hikers alike because while it offers a total mileage of 8.9 miles, it also has the option for several shorter distance options thanks to mass transportation. Washington, DC, has long been called the City of Trees. Despite a net tree-cover loss of roughly 60 percent since 1980, the name still applies. The parks remain mostly wooded. Residential streets, yards, and gardens sport canopies of leaves. Vacant lots, rights-of-way, and nooks quickly follow suit if left alone. This hike celebrates the District's arboreal heritage. We pass the zoo, and if others are interested we can spend some time there as well! It winds through the well-wooded parklands and residential areas of Northwest Washington. Administratively, the parklands are all part of the National Park Service's Rock Creek Park. However, like the hike, they also include four separate units; Melvin Hazen, Glover-Archbold, Whitehaven, and Dumbarton Oaks Parks. Most of the trees along the hike route are deciduous, such as oaks, hickories, maples, dogwoods, and sycamores. Hikers will also find more exotic varieties along the way, with wildflowers and birds adding further color and interest to the trailside parklands. © Copyright Paul Elliott Published by Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved. Rock Creek Series This hike is the final hike in our three-part series of hikes - each one dedicated to a different and unique section of Rock Creek Park and will take us almost throughout the entire park -- if you complete all three hikes! All hikes are METRO accessible. Part 1: April 6 — The Wild Northern Area of Rock Creek Park (Metro Accessible): An Easy-Side-of-Moderate 9.3 Miles (With Shorter Options) Part 2: April 20 — The Rocky Central Area of Rock Creek Park: A Moderate 4.5 Miles (Metro Accessible) Today's Hike! Part 3: April 27 — The Arboreal Southern Area of Rock Creek Park (Metro Accessible): A Moderate 8.9 Miles (With Shorter Options) Trail Information Nearby City: Washington, DC Scenery: Mostly wooded parklands with intervening street scenes Trail surface: Roughly half pavement; rest mostly dirt; rooty, muddy in places Length: 8.9 total miles with shorter distance options via Metro/Mass Transit or Uber. There are several Metro stops within a short distance of the trail at various points along our route, allowing for a shorter hike by returning to your vehicle via Metro/mass transit or Uber. Exposure: Mostly shady Elevation Gain: 1,600 feet Trail Type: Circuit Skill Level: Moderate Only Due to Total Distance - Shorter Options are Easy-Side-of-Moderate. The elevation changes come in fits and spurts, and you can clearly see them coming. Most of the hike is along gently rolling terrain that is easy on the legs and knees. Local Contacts: National Zoological Park, Melvin Hazen Park, Glover - Archbold Park, Whitehaven Park, Dumbarton Oaks Park, Montrose Park Local Maps: USGS Washington West; PATC Map N; ADC Metro Washington Facilities: Toilets, water, phones near Pierce Mill, at eateries on an intersection too. Park Entry Fee There is no park entrance fee. Gear Suggestions Click Here (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/gear-information.html) for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails. Weather Information We hike rain or shine. Click Here (http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=38.9837&lon=-77.0429#.Vqlv7scRXdp) to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking. Hike Pace The goal for this hike is to maintain an average moving pace of ~ 2.5 mph. This speed is frequently used in popular hiking publications to represent the pace of an average hiker. We welcome you to please sign up for another hike if you know that this is not a comfortable pace for you. We strive to offer a variety of hikes and pace options so we can always have something for everyone no matter their interest and ability. Pace Options Pace Option 1 : A "walk in the woods" or "social" pace which is great for those who want to soak up all the nature and will be about 2.0mph and great for people who take tons of pics or just looking for a peaceful walk in the woods but this is not a stroll. Pace Option 2: A moderate pace of about 2.5mph-3.0mph and the average hiking pace used as a baseline in most hiking books. (most common pace). PLEASE put your pace preference in your RSVP so we can plan accordingly. Our RSVP and Group Etiquette Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/RSVP_Rules_and_Etiquette/) to review our RSVP policies and group etiquette. Carpool Suggestions and Information Note that you are responsible for knowing how to get from carpool locations to the venue. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is not responsible for transportation to and from events or carpools. Suggested carpool times and locations are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or unfamiliar with a particular hike or venues location. Please use the Comments section below, or reach out via e-mail to make arrangements for carpooling needs and/or offerings. Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Savage Station To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore area, people can arrange to meet at Savage Station. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Carpool_Directions_for_Savage_Station/) for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Savage Station location. Annapolis Area Carpool Suggestion - Starbucks To carpool or caravan from the Annapolis area, people can arrange to meet at the Harbour Center Mall Starbucks. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Carpool%3A_Starbucks_at_Harbour_Center_in_Annapolis/) for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Annapolis area carpool location. If you can drive or want to carpool from any particular location, please post your offer to help those in need of a ride, and those looking for a ride, in the comment section below. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Suggested_Carpool_Locations/?name=Suggested_Carpool_Locations) for a list of suggested carpool locations, each complete with a physical address, GPS coordinates, driving directions and additional carpool information. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment — by just offering a ride! Directions to the Trailhead Click Here for Directions (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Rock_Creek_Park-Arboreal_Southern_Section/) to Where We Meet for this Hike Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:45-9:55 a.m. The Hike is at 10:00 a.m. Carpool Time from Savage Station — 9:00 a.m. Carpool Time from Annapolis — 8:45 a.m. Please remember we are a volunteer supported nonprofit charitable organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/hike-and-trail-etiquette.html)and Leave No Trace (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/leave-no-trace.html) principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/9595722/How_To_Join_Our_Leadership_Team!/) as leaders for Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups volunteer leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper” to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, with a focus on safety while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity, (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html) and donations ARE tax deductible (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/donate.html). Tax ID:[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike! Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there! Mike: • Please Click Here (https://secure.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/contribute/)and Chip-In to Help Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group in Serving our Mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/index.html). • Donations to Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group are Tax Deductible: Tax ID[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization. • Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/about/) to Learn more about Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission. • 100% of Every Dollar Goes Directly to the Expenses of Meeting our Mission.

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