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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 man-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.


    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 and Have Hiked a Strenuous or Very Strenuous Hike with MAHG Within the Past 60 DaysYou 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!

    Special Winter Gear Requirement for this Hike — Traction Gear

    Traction gear allows you to hike easily on ice. As a safety precaution, Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group requires traction gear for certain hikes during the winter season. This requirement also helps us to enjoy hiking all four seasons! The most dependable/reliable traction gear, in our opinion, is either Kahtoola Microspikes (these are available at a great price directly through MAHG) or STABILicers Hike XP. Brands that use springs are highly discouraged due to accidents we have had with springs breaking and "clogging" with ice/snow. Traction gear also comes in handy for getting the mail or walking the dog, in addition to any other outdoor activity where there is ice involved. You can even run on the ice with them on! 

    Microspikes (ALL Kahtoola Gear) Now Available through MAHG! 

    ATTENTION!! In the market for traction gear? Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group proudly offers our members exceptional discounts for Kahtoola products, including Kahtoola MicroSpikes, purchased through MAHG! To purchase your pair, please contact me, Kellie ([masked] or call MAHGs main number at[masked]). Not only will you receive the best price you are likely to find anywhere, but ALL proceeds go directly to support Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group and our mission. *Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization - Tax ID 47-5141831.

    Kahtoola, the manufacturer of Microspikes, recognizes and supports MAHG's mission and our valuable contributions to the community. For over nine years and counting and over 21K members strong, MAHG serves the community with over 5000 events, thousands of hours of stewardship service, and many educational opportunities. 

    Hiker Tip — Be prepared for the possibility of unexpected icy segments on the trail by adding traction gear to your pack at the beginning of winter and leave them in your pack for the remainder of the season. 

    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. 


    After Work Hike Addition Depending on Time of Year

    Special Gear Note: Headlamps (MAHG has Loaners Available)
    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. 










    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
     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 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 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 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 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!



    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 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 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 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 for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Broken Land Parkway and Rt. 32 Park and Ride location.



    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 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 we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette and Leave No Trace principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer 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 deductibleTax ID: [masked].

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

    Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there

    Mike:


    • Click Here Now to Donate and Help Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group in Serving our Mission.

    • Donations to Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group are Tax Deductible: Tax ID[masked]. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization. 

    • Click Here to Learn more about Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission. 

    • 100% of Every Dollar Goes Directly to the Expenses of Serving our Mission.

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    Fido Options:

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

    Fido is Welcome on this Hike as Long as He/She is 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 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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    Refunds:

    Refund Policy: 48 Hours Refund Policy:

    Refund if you update your RSVP BEFORE 48 hours of this event. Visit midatlantichikinggroup.org for MAHG mission or click 'Pages' tab above. 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 MAHGs mission or click 'Pages' above. 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. Visit midatlantichikinggroup.org for MAHG info or the 'Pages' tab. 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 seasonal special event is non-refundable & non-transferable, period. Visit midatlantichikinggroup.org for MAHG info or the 'Pages' tab. MAHG is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. Donations (not fees) Are Tax Deductible: Tax ID:[masked]

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    Hike Pace

    The goal for this hike is to be led at a pace with a focus on nature enjoyment and rehabbing an injury. This 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.

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    Questions 

    Shuttle Question

    If joining MAHG for this section hike, will you please help shuttle people from the hikes end point, 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!





    Park Fee (SNP)
    Entry Fee: $20.00 - Per vehicle, valid for unlimited entry from date of purchase and the following 6 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 you plan on visiting more than once, it is well worth it to purchase a pass! If an annual pass holder uses their pass to gain you entry to the park, please remember to show your appreciation and gratitude. 


    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!




    Tough MAHG’r Team Training Series - Hike 1: Shenandoah National Park: Nicholson Hollow, Hazel Mountain, and Mary’s Rock! An X-Tremely Strenuous 20 Miles

    This hike is the first 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 2nd Annual “MAHG 41”-- A Supported Ultra Hike of 41 Miles in One Day Across Maryland Along the Appalachian Tail, the KTA Sponsored "KTA Super Hike" (formally the Susquehanna Super Hike) and the "MAHG SNP AT 100 Mile Trail Challenge".

    MAHG - Hiking for the Health of It!

    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 Mike Carlson, a member of Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s volunteer leadership team and MAHG trustee. 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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  • Kellie C. +1
    MAHG Founder, ED, and Certified Hike Leader, Organizer,
    Event Host

    Founder, Executive Director, and President of Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group, a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit....­ more

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    Certified Hike Leader and Wilderness Medical First Responder, Co-Organizer

    I am a proud member of the Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group leadership team.

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