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THE CLUB

The Northern Virginia Hiking Club (NVHC) offers a range of hikes of various difficulty levels in Virginia, Maryland, DC, and beyond. The club also offers other outdoor events occasionally. NVHC members reflect the rich diversity of the Washington DC Metro area. Annual membership fee is $5. Guests are welcome and enjoy a month’s free participation in the club events. NVHC is a nonprofit organization and donates much of the fees it collects to local parks and trail maintenance organizations (nearly $9,000 over the last three years).

Members are required to accept the liability disclaimer by typing “Accept” in the fields presented when they join the club.

DIFFICULTY RATINGS

NVHC hikes are assigned difficulty ratings. A combination of linear distance and elevation gain is used to determine the rating, with 400 feet of elevation gain considered to be equivalent of 1 mile of linear distance. With the “miles” derived from elevation gain added to the linear distance, following are the ratings:

A+= Very Difficult (19 miles or more)
A = Difficult (13 miles or more, but less than 19 miles)
B = Moderately Difficult (10 miles or more, but less than 13 miles)
C = Moderate (7 miles or more, but less than 10 miles)
D = Easy (Less than 7 miles)

For example, a nine-mile hike with 1,000 feet of climbing would be rated B (9 + 2.5 = 11.5).

Elevation loss is not measured in this system. Also, the difficulty rating is separate from the pace of the hike, which is determined by the leader, and is usually specified in the individual hike descriptions.

RSVP ETIQUETTE

Often there are limits on the number of participants on NVHC events, set by our leaders. This creates wait lists on Meetup. If you find yourself in this situation, we request that you keep in mind the interest of the leaders and your fellow hikers, and follow the guidelines below:

- If you RSVP’d “yes” for a hike, change your RSVP to “no” as soon as you decide not to go, so that someone else can go.

- If you RSVP’d “yes” to overlapping events on the same day, decide on one as soon as possible, and change your RSVP to “no” for all others.

- If you are on a wait list and decide not to go, remove yourself from the list.

DOGS ON HIKES

Dogs are welcome on NVHC hikes at the discretion of the hike leader. Several restrictions apply including advance notification to the leader, dogs being well behaved, and their being kept on a six foot leash. See dog policy located at [ https://tinyurl.com/nvhcdogpolicy ] for details.

Upcoming events (5)

AT—Gathland State Park to Weverton Cliffs (Rating: A)

Gathland State Park Parking Lot

You must read the following http://nvhc.com/CovidDocument.pdf and then answer the question that you will see when you RSVP with "I accept" to be permitted on the hike. An 11.2 mile out and back hike on the Appalachian Trail in Maryland. Total elevation gain is 2100 feet. The hike will begin at Gathland State Park and follow the AT south along South Mountain. The hike follows the ridge-line with 6 up and downs of[masked] ft each with a decent of 600 ft at the south end of the hike to the Weverton cliffs overlooking the Potomac where we will have lunch. From there we will retrace our path back to the start. Leader: Harvey Haines Meet: Gathland State Park at 8:30 AM, about ½ hr west of Fredrick, MD or ¾ hr north of Leesburg, VA. Map of the hike: pdf map https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gYPEeGdY7-nNOAWW4Ew6FzgNBn3KWQcV/view?usp=sharing GAIA-GPS interactive map https://www.gaiagps.com/map/?loc=12.6/-77.6548/39.3675&layer=GaiaTopoRasterFeet Rating: A Driving time to trail head: 1 to 1½ hours from northern VA. Dogs are permitted on this hike in accordance with the NVHC Dog Policy. https://tinyurl.com/nvhcdogpolicy ****You must be experienced in hikes of this distance and elevation gain.****

Burke Lake Masked! (Rating: D)

Burke Lake Park

REQUIRED: You must read the following information http://nvhc.com/CovidDocument.pdf and then answer the question that you will see when you RSVP with "I accept" to be permitted on the hike. BASICS: This hike is about 5 miles with essentially no elevation change. Pace will be about 2.4 miles an hour when moving. Good hike for a beginner. Please arrive a few minutes before 8:30 to allow time to take attendance, there will not be a sign-in. We will leave promptly at 8:30. MASKED HIKE: We will be wearing masks the entire hike, excepting when one is eating or drinking. We will socially distance at all times. DIRECTIONS: We will meet at the parking lot near the Marina. Enter the park at the Burke Lake Park Entrance on Ox Road (Route 123). If using a GPS to find the park, just key in Burke Lake Park. More directions are below. After entering the park, go straight following the road as it curves right and goes into the marina parking lot. This will be the first parking lot (not counting some parking along the side of the road) that you come to. We congregate at the area soon after entering the parking lot. DETAILS: There are restrooms if you continue into the parking lot where we meet, towards the lake, by the marina. Once we start, there is no place to get water or use the restroom until the very end of the hike. Bring water and something to eat. We will probably stop half way. Good time for a snack. Sneakers or hiking shoes. DOG POLICY: No dogs on this hike. Looking forward, Dotty Smith[masked] Admission to Burke Lake Park is free for Fairfax County residents at all times. There is no charge for out-of-county residents on weekdays, except for a few holidays during the warmer months. On the weekends during the warmer months and those couple of holidays, there usually is $10.00 a car fee for those from outside of Fairfax County. More Directions: From I-95 Take exit #160 (Route 123 North). The sign will say Woodbridge, Occoquan, and Lake Ridge. Follow 123 North (Ox Road) for 7.5 miles to the park entrance on the right. (If you see the golf course, then you have gone too far. The golf course entrance is the next right off Route 123; this is beyond the park entrance. Good place to turn around, if need be.) From the Beltway (495) and From Washington D.C. (395) Take the Braddock Road West exit (Exit 54, VA-620) and travel approximately 2 miles. Turn left onto Burke Lake Road (at Kings Park Shopping Center). Follow Burke Lake Road for 5 miles. Turn left onto Route 123 South (Ox Road). The golf course entrance is the first left off Route 123. The park entrance is the second left off Route 123. From Route 66 Take the Fairfax County Parkway, Exit 55A (Route 286 South towards Springfield). Continue on the Fairfax County Parkway for approximately 5 miles. Take a right onto Burke Lake Road. At the next light, turn left onto Ox Road (Route 123). The golf course entrance is the first left off Ox Road. The park entrance is the second left off Ox Road.

Manassas National Battlefield Park (Rating: D )

Manassas National Battlefield Park Visitor Center

You must read the following http://nvhc.com/CovidDocument.pdf and then answer the question that you will see when you RSVP with "I accept" to be permitted on the hike. We will do a moderate 5 miles around the battlefield with views of the historic old Stone Bridge. Optional lunch at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant. Dogs are permitted on this hike in accordance with the NVHC Dog Policy. https://tinyurl.com/nvhcdogpolicy Leader: Stu Shlafer[masked] (C) Meet at 10:00am at the Manassas National Battlefield Park Visitor Center, GPS Coordinates:[masked], [masked] No park entrance fees.

Strickler Knob (Rating: A)

Route 211 Park and Ride Lot

You must read the following http://nvhc.com/CovidDocument.pdf and then answer the question that you will see when you RSVP with "I accept" to be permitted on the hike. This is an 11 mile out and back hike with 2000 feet elevation gain in the Massanutten Mountains of the George Washington & Jefferson National Forests. We will start from Rte 211, near Luray on the Massanutten Connector Trail and then take the Massanutten Trail to Strickler Knob. The Strickler Knob trail is a unofficial trail (one mile each way) that requires a fair amount of maneuvering and scrambling on rocks and just a little bit of climbing. Your reward will be breathtaking views of the surrounding valley. No dogs are permitted on this hike. Rating: A Leader: Ed Brimberg[masked] Meet @ 8:30am at the Route 211 Commuter Lot GPS Coordinates:[masked], [masked] Map for hike: https://drive.google.com/file/d/11zEgFb424Yrb4q1Qol_8RxwaczJ4iYIX/view?usp=sharing Park Entry Fee: $0.00 ****You must be experienced in hikes of this distance and elevation gain. We hike at a moderate to fast pace****

Past events (1,901)

Middleburg Hike and Lunch (Rating: D)

Middleburg Community Center Parking Lot

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