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Colvin Run/W&OD Trail/Difficult Run Trail: A Moderate 10.7-Mile Hike

Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group — A 501(c)(3) Charitable Org.
Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group — A 501(c)(3) Charitable Org.
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Colvin Run/W&OD Trail/Difficult Run with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Moderate 10.7-Mile Hike

Directions: Click the link under “Directions to the Trailhead” located near the end of the event listing. The linked page has location/direction details, driving/parking info, including where to Meetup after you arrive. · , VA

How to find us

Use the link provided under the paragraph heading “Directions to the Trailhead” located near the bottom of the event posting. It provides important information such as directions to the event, where we Meetup after you arrive, and other helpful info.

Details

From Colvin Run Mill to the W&OD Trail to the Cross County Trail Along Difficult Run: A Moderate 10.7-Mile Hike

"This triangle-shaped circuit connects trails in Colvin Run and Difficult Run stream valleys via W&OD Regional Park. It begins with a downhill stroll through the grounds of Colvin Run Mill Park, past nicely preserved and restored mill facilities, to VA 7. After crossing VA 7, the hike takes Colvin Run Trail to the southwest end of Lake Fairfax Park, follows Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) rail-trails back to Difficult Run, and closes the circuit on the Cross County Trail.

Click Here (http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/crm/) for More Information Regarding the Mill.

"Most terrain on this moderately difficult hike is gently rolling or nearly flat. The surfaces vary from dirt to gravel to asphalt. Most of the asphalt is on the W&OD rail trail, and it can be avoided by taking parallel bridle trails. The closing lap on the Cross County Trail parallels the northbound flow of Difficult Run, with a couple of 'fair weather' stream crossings (usually dry but problematic after heavy rain) and some slippery footing along the floodplain." Information from Hikes in the Washington Area.

Trail Information

Nearby City: Great Falls, VA
Length: 10.7 Miles
Scenery: Stream valleys, woodlands
Skill Level: Moderate
Trail Surface: Dirt or gravel or asphalt, with some muddy stretches after recent rain
Season: Year-round
Facilities: Toilets, water, phone at the mill.

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.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=Great+Falls%2C+VA) to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking.

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.

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/colvin-run-mill.html) 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.

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!

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