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Burke Lake! An Easy 7 Mile Social Sneaker Hike

Burke Lake Park is Located ~20 Miles Southwest of Washington in Fairfax County

Burke Lake Park consists of a 220-acre human-made lake enveloped by almost 700 acres of woodlands remarkably, much of the 40-year-old, county-managed park remains undeveloped and unvisited. Our primary route primarily follows the lakeshore, so that hikers encounter few other people. This hike begins with a short but peaceful 1.35-mile trek from South Run Park to Burke Lake. Next, we enjoy a 5.1-mile circuit hike taking us around Burk Lake, utilizing most of the lakeshore path bringing our total mileage to 7 miles and some change. You’ll spend most of your trail time in the woods, surrounded by young oaks and other deciduous trees, as well as a scattering of conifers. In the warm-season months, expect to enjoy wildflowers and birds along most of the trail (the island in the lake is a state waterfowl refuge). You may even see a deer or two on the path from South Run to Burke Lake. Hiking boots are not necessary for this hike as sneakers will do just fine.

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Pre-Approval Required for this Very Strenuous Hike

(Requirement Waived for Members Who Have Earned Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s “Pre-Approved for Very Strenuous” Hikes Badge) You must contact the hike leader BEFORE signing up for this VERY Strenuous hike. The reason for this requirement is so that you and the hike leader can make an informed decision together as to whether this is a hike for you at this particular time. Hiking beyond your current physical limitations is dangerous and puts everyone, including yourself, at risk. At 48 hours before the hike, if anyone is signed up for this hike without first contacting the hike leader and gaining approval to attend will have their RSVP updated to “not attending” and no refund issued. (this is to encourage people not to fill up the hike without first getting approved). We appreciate your understanding and let's all have a great adventure!

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☞ TRACTION GEAR

Special Winter Gear Requirement for this Hike — Traction Gear

SPECIAL MEMBER DISCOUNT FOR SAFETY TRACTION GEAR!
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As a safety precaution, Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group requires traction gear for certain hikes during the winter season so we can enjoy hiking all four seasons!

The most dependable/reliable traction equipment, in our opinion, is either Kahtoola MICROspikes® (https://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/21726344/Kahtoola_Microspike_Ordering_MAHG_Member_Price/) (MICROspikes® are available to MAHG members at a great price directly through MAHG -- Click Here Now for Details and to Order Your Member Discounted Pair (https://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/21726344/Kahtoola_Microspike_Ordering_MAHG_Member_Price/)) or the brand STABILicers Hike XP (http://www.32north.com/icers/6-stabilicers-lite-hiker-ic.html).

* NOTE: Brands that use springs are highly discouraged due to the many experiences we have had with springs breaking and "clogging" with ice/snow.

Suggestion: To always be prepared, we recommend tossing your traction gear in your pack at the beginning of winter. This way, you will always have it with you while hiking should you unexpectedly end up in an icy situation or icy patches.

• Click Here Now to Order Your Member Discounted Pair of Kahtoola MICROspikes® (While Supplies Lasts) •

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Special Winter Gear Recommendation — Traction Gear (for Safer Winter Outings)

• SPECIAL MEMBER DISCOUNT FOR SAFETY TRACTION GEAR!!!
• Click Here Now to Order Your Member Discounted Pair of Kahtoola MICROspikes® (While Supplies Lasts) •

What is Traction Gear and Why does MAHG Consider it to be Essential Safety Gear for Icy/Snowy Conditions?

Click Here (https://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/21726344/Kahtoola_Microspike_Ordering_MAHG_Member_Price/) to learn about what traction gear is and why we consider it essential safety gear to have during winter months. Whether purchased specifically for winter hiking, getting the mail, commuting, walking the dog, or one of the many other outdoor activities where icy/snowy condition might be involved, traction gear allows you to get out and about much easier, proving you with a much safer experience.

The most dependable/reliable traction equipment, in our opinion, is either Kahtoola MICROspikes® (https://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/21726344/Kahtoola_Microspike_Ordering_MAHG_Member_Price/) (MICROspikes® are available to MAHG members at a great price directly through MAHG ☞ Click Here Now for Details and to Order Your Member Discounted Pair (https://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/21726344/Kahtoola_Microspike_Ordering_MAHG_Member_Price/)) or the brand STABILicers Hike XP (http://www.32north.com/icers/6-stabilicers-lite-hiker-ic.html).

* NOTE: Brands that use springs are highly discouraged due to the many experiences we have had with springs breaking and "clogging" with ice/snow.

Suggestion: To always be prepared, we recommend tossing your traction gear in your pack at the beginning of winter. This way, you will always have it with you while hiking should you unexpectedly end up in an icy situation or icy patches.
Bonus Suggestion: Consider keeping a pair in the glovebox, briefcase, or purse and you will likely be grateful on numerous occasions (pushing a car back on the road or simply getting to and from the car). Too many times to count I have been grateful for having them available both on and off the trail.

• Click Here Now to Order Your Member Discounted Pair of Kahtoola MICROspikes® (While Supplies Lasts) •

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• SPECIAL MEMBER DISCOUNT FOR SAFETY TRACTION GEAR! •
• Click Here Now to Order Your Member Discounted Pair of Kahtoola MICROspikes® (While Supplies Lasts) •

Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is proud to offer our members exceptional discounts for Kahtoola MICROspikes®. Click Here for More Information and How to Purchase Your Discounted Pair of MICROspikes® (https://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/21726344/Kahtoola_Microspike_Ordering_MAHG_Member_Price/)OR contact MAHGs office at[masked]. Not only will you receive the best price you are likely to find anywhere, but all proceeds go directly to support MAHGs initiatives so we can continue serving our mission! As a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-articles.html)(Tax ID[masked]) (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html) Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is dependent on public funding to exist and continue to serve our mission. All of us at MAHG are grateful to Kahtoola, the manufacturer of MICROspikes®, for their continued support for a third consecutive year. Click Here (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/index.html) to learn more about MAHG, including our charitable initiatives serving veterans and our outdoor STEM education for underserved youth, accomplishments, and more.

• Click Here Now to Order Your Member Discounted Pair of Kahtoola MICROspikes® (While Supplies Lasts) •

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☞ HEADLAMPS

Special Gear Requirement for this Hike — Headlamps (NO Flashlights)

Given the length and time of this hike, headlamps are required (For safety reasons, please, no flashlights so that you can have both of your hands available). To always be prepared, we recommend keeping a headlamp in your pack at all times. This way, you will always have it with you while hiking should you unexpectedly end up out on the trail later than planned or any other reason it could be of benefit.

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After Work Hike Addition (Seasonal)

Special Gear Note: Headlamps (Flashlights are Highly Discouraged for Saftey Reasons)

We find that most people need a headlamp sometime between Civil and Nautical Twilight (times for this particular day are provided near the bottom of this page). Should you need a light source and have yet to purchase a headlamp, Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group will loan you one for this hike. We want to do all we can to make certain everyone is comfortable and has an enjoyable experience.

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Trail Information

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Annandale
Scenery: Woodlands and Lake glimpses
Length: 7.35 total miles
Elevation Gain: Very Minimal
Exposure: Mostly shady; less so in winter
Trail Type: Loop (Lollipop)
Skill Level: Easy and Newbie Friendly Sneaker Hike
Trail Surface: Sneaker Friendly and mostly paved, some fine gravel; some dirt and sand.
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS Fairfax
Topo Map: Burke Lake Park Topographic Map
Facilities: Toilets, water, and phones available at the marina; additional restrooms located at the campground and picnic areas.

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 to view the forecast for the area of the venue.

Hike Pace
The goal pace of 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.

RSVP and Etiquette Policies
Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/RSVP_Rules_and_Etiquette/) to review MAHG RSVP policies and 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!

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Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Security Blvd. I-70 Park and Ride
To carpool or caravan from the metro Baltimore area, people can arrange to meet at the I-70 Park and Ride. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Directions%3A_I-70_at_Security_Blvd_Park_and_Ride/) for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Security Boulevard I-70 Park and Ride 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 from 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.

Columbia Area Suggestion - Broken Land Pkwy and Rt. 32 Park and Ride
To carpool or caravan from the Columbia area, people can arrange to meet at the Broken Land Parkway and Rt. 32 Park and Ride. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Dir.%3A_Broken_Land_Parkway_and_Rt._32_Park_and_Ride/) for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Broken Land Parkway and Rt. 32 Park and Ride location.

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Optional Post Hike Meal and Camaraderie
We will have an optional post-hike meal to be decided by group consensus, preferably settled before the hike so we can head straight there instead of spending time trying to decide when we are all tired and hungry-grin

Directions to the Trailhead
Click Here for Directions (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Directions%3A_Burk_Lake_Via_South_Run_Lot) 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 — 8:30 a.m.

Carpool Time from Centreville Park and Ride — 6:45 a.m.

Please remember that Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group 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 excursions are led by qualified, generous, dedicated MAHG constituents who graciously volunteer (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/9595722/How_To_Join_Our_Leadership_Team!/) their valuable time to serve on Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups 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 first and foremost 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 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:

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☞ FIDO OPTIONS

A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike!

Fido is Welcome on this Hike IF They are Already A Well-Seasoned and Conditioned Trail Dog with Toughened Paws. This Particular Trail is Tougher on Paws than Most Trails.

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 together if this is a good hike for your dog at this time.

Fido is Not Allowed on this Hike Due to Park Regulations

Fido is Not Allowed on this Hike Due to the Nature Conservancy Nationwide Policy Prohibiting Pets on All Preserves

Fido is Not Allowed on this Bird Hike Because of Birds Perceiving Dogs as Predators

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☞ REFUND POLICY

Refund Policy: 48 Hours Refund Policy:

Refund if you update your RSVP 48 hours before the start of this hike. Visit midatlantichikinggroup.org for MAHG's mission. MAHG is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization & donations (not fees) ARE Tax Deductible. Tax ID:[masked]

Refund Policy: Weekday After Work Outings:

Refund if you update your RSVP BEFORE NOON the day of this hike. Visit midatlantichikinggroup.org for MAHG's mission. MAHG is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization & donations (not fees) ARE Tax Deductible. Tax ID:[masked]

Refund Policy: Holidays and Holiday Weekends:

Holiday & holiday weekend events are non-refundable & non-transferable, period. Visit midatlantichikinggroup.org for MAHG info. MAHG is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization & donations (not fees) ARE Tax Deductible-Tax ID:[masked]

Refund Policy: Special Limited Seasonal Events and Special Hiking National Holidays such as National Trails Day, etc.

This special/seasonal event is non-refundable & non-transferable, period. Visit midatlantichikinggroup.org for MAHG info. MAHG is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization & donations (not fees) ARE Tax Deductible-Tax ID:[masked]

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☞ TRANSITION HIKES

Transition Hike (From Easy to Moderate Level of Difficulty)

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Should you have any questions or would like assistance with helping you decide if this is a hike for you at this time, please contact MAHGs office at[masked] and ask to speak with either Kellie Carlisle or Michael Harris. We are happy to help however we can.

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☞ Hike Pace

The goal for the pace of this hike is to be led with a focus on nature enjoyment and is considered a good choice for rehabbing an injury. This hike pace is specifically for those who either need (injury rehab, etc.) or prefer a hike without having to worry about being able to maintain a certain pace. The environment of this type of hike is supportive, and everyone works as a team, and no pressure is put on anyone to keep up. If you are new to hiking or rehabbing but still looking to hike, this one is for you. Having said all that upfront, we welcome any and all who are interested -- come on out and enjoy a change of pace and unparalleled camaraderie that thanks to our wonderful members and fantastic leaders make the MAHG charity the success that we are!

Pace Options

For your personal safety and overall enjoyment of the hike, please be mindful of your current level of fitness, overall wellness, and abilities when determining your preferred pace. Should you have any questions or would like assistance in helping you decide please contact MAHGs office at[masked] and ask to speak with either Kellie Carlisle or Michael Harris. We are happy to help however we can.

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☞ QUESTIONS FOR BOTTOM OF PAGE

Shuttle Question

If joining MAHG for this section hike, will you please help shuttle people from the hikes endpoint, where we meet, to the hikes starting point? Also, we will need to return shuttle drivers back to their cars after the hike.

Pre-Approval Questions for Very Strenuous Hikes

As posted, unless you have earned the “Pre-Approved for Very Strenuous Hikes" badge beneath your name, for safety reasons you must contact the leader BEFORE you RSVP. Thanks for understanding and let’s have a safe and fun hike - for the health of it!

Pre-Approval Questions for X-Treme Hikes

As explained in detail in the posting for this hike, for safety reasons you must contact the leader for this hike BEFORE you RSVP. Thanks so much for understanding and let’s have a safe, fun, and challenging training hike - for the health of it!

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Park Fee (SNP)
Entry Fee: $25.00 - Per vehicle, valid for unlimited entry from date of purchase and the following six consecutive days. Many of our members have annual park passes, so please coordinate together to share passes! Passes, which are valid for unlimited entries within a seven-day period, are issued. Payment may be made with cash, credit, or debit cards. If an annual pass holder uses their pass to gain you entry to the park, please remember to show your appreciation and gratitude.

Note: If you plan on visiting more than once a year, it is well worth it to purchase an annual pass. Shenandoah Annual Pass: $50.00 - Unlimited entry for one year to pass owner and passengers in the same vehicle.

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Important Note for Winter Hikes along Skyline Drive:

Please call the park's recorded information line (540)[masked], 1, 1 for the most current Skyline Drive status if there is any question about road conditions on the morning of the hike, or contact the hike leader at the number at the bottom of this listing. Please note that we do not have your phone number (but you have ours) to let you know or we would. Road conditions can change overnight, but we do check on the parks road conditions at 10 pm the night before the hike.

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☞ PRE-APPROVAL CATEGORIES

Pre-Approval Required for this Ultra Hike

You must contact the hike leader BEFORE signing up for this Ultra hike. The reason for this requirement is so that you and the hike leader can make an informed decision together as to whether this is a hike for you at this particular time. Hiking beyond your current physical limitations is dangerous and puts everyone, including yourself, at risk. At 48 hours before the hike, if anyone is signed up for this hike without first contacting the hike leader and gaining approval to attend will have their RSVP updated to “not attending” and no refund issued. (this is to encourage people not to fill up the hike without first getting approved). We appreciate your understanding and let's all have a great adventure!

Pre-Approval Required for Tough MAHG'R Team Hikes

You must contact the hike leader BEFORE signing up for this Tough MAHG'R Team training hike. The reason for this requirement is so that you and the hike leader can make an informed decision together as to whether this is a hike for you at this particular time. Hiking beyond your current physical limitations is dangerous and puts everyone, including yourself, at risk. At 48 hours before the hike, if anyone is signed up for this hike without first contacting the hike leader and gaining approval to attend will have their RSVP updated to “not attending” and no refund issued. (this is to encourage people not to fill up the hike without first getting approved). We appreciate your understanding and let's all have a great adventure training for the upcoming ultra hikes!

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☞ TRAINING HIKE SERIES FOR TOUGH MAHGERs

Tough MAHG’r Training Series - Hike 2: Shenandoah National Park: Nicholson Hollow, Hazel Mountain, and Mary’s Rock! An X-Tremely Strenuous 20 Miles

This hike is the 'x' in a series of training and conditioning hikes for members of the Tough MAHG'r team to prepare for upcoming ultra hikes and trail challenges. A couple of examples are Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group's 3rd Annual “MAHG 41”-- A Supported Ultra Hike of 41 Miles in One Day Across Maryland Along the Appalachian Trail, and our inaugural "SNP AT 100 Mile Trail Challenge".

Warning: The Tough MAHG’r Series are NOT ordinary hikes. Rather, these training hikes will challenge even the most seasoned hikers and have you begging for mercy. However, you will also be rewarded with some excellent views, a supportive team of fellow badass hikers, and a great sense of accomplishment.

This hike follows a unique route creatively designed by members of MAHG's volunteer leadership team. The hike plan aims to challenge you to push yourself in preparation for the upcoming supported super hikes and ultras this fall. The route takes you through some of the toughest, yet most scenic and historical parts of Shenandoah National Park for a relentless 22-mile adventure.

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