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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). See the NVHC Hiker Guide under the "Pages" menu for more details.


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


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: Difficult (13 miles or more, with linear distance and elevation gain “miles” added together)
B: Moderately Difficult (Between 10 and 13 "miles")
C: Moderate (Between 7 and 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.


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 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+)

Fridley Gap (Rating: A)

Centreville Park & Ride Lot

A 10 mile hike with 2800 foot elevation gain in George Washington & Jefferson National Forests. From the trailhead at the end of Rte 636 west of Shenandoah, VA, we will follow the Massanutten South Trail to the Fridley Gap trail. We will use this trail to return south to rejoin the Massanutten South trail and return to the parking lot. There is a very steep climb for about 1 mile after lunch. We hike at a[masked] mph pace while moving. Dogs are permitted on this hike in accordance with the NVHC Dog Policy. https://tinyurl.com/nvhcdogpolicy Map for hike: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1e52Pr8zi3HrnTne4PtkHB8hos0fdmr7a Rating: A Leader: Ed Brimberg[masked] Carpoolers Meet: Centreville Park & Ride Lot @7:00am Carpool Fee: $8.00 Driving Time: Trailhead: 1 hour 45 minutes Park Entry Fee: $0.00 ****You must be experienced in hikes of this distance and elevation gain. ****

Buck Ridge-Mary's Rock-Buck Hollow (Rating: A)

Centreville Park and Ride

This is a very strenuous hike of 10 miles and 2,600 ft elevation gain. First we'll get the heart pumping by immediately climbing up the 700 steps of Buck Ridge (Karen Browning counted them!). The view from Mary's Rock is worth the effort! We'll descend via the gorgeous, stream-side Buck Hollow trail. *This hike is intended for experienced hikers who can keep up a moderately fast pace on difficult hikes. Please answer the screening question if you haven't hiked with me before. Need-to-know info: Distance: 10 miles Elevation gain: 2,600 ft. Pace: 2.5 mph. Carpool fee: $5 Park Entry fee: $0 Route Map https://www.hikingupward.com/SNP/BuckHollowMarysRock/images/Map.pdf Dogs: Permitted. Strict adherence to NVHC pet policy will be enforced. https://www.nvhc.com/geninfo.html#pets Directions to the trail head from Centreville Park-N-Ride https://goo.gl/maps/R8vbVfEAxLw Bring: Layers appropriate for the temperature, adequate food and hydration, rain gear, sunglasses, basic first aid kit, tick protection, sunscreen and your smile! Important note No 1: If the water level in the Thornton River is too high to cross we will instead go a mile or so up the road and do an out-and-back hike from Pass Mountain to Mary's Rock. Eleven miles, 3,300 elevation gain. Important note No 2: No hiking for me in all-day rain. So, in the unlikely case that the forecast calls for an all-day downpour, I will reschedule this hike. Very much looking forward to this beautiful hike! Any questions? Message or text me! Jennifer [masked]

Hazel Mountain Loop (Rating: A)

Centreville Park & Ride

We will be hiking from Skyline Drive down into the Hazel River valley, and then back up, with stops at a scenic overlook and Cave Falls. We will have lunch at one of the scenic stops, depending on how timing works. It is 10.4 miles, and approximately 2500 feet of elevation gain. Please message me if you are uncertain about your ability to do handle this. You can find a map and the trailhead location at: http://www.midatlantichikes.com/id169.html. Let me know if you plan to meet at the trailhead rather than at Centreville Park and Ride. Please bring *at least* two liters of water and snacks sufficient to maintain your energy throughout the day. You may also want to brink water shoes, as some of the stream crossings may be easier that way. Dogs are permitted on this hike in accordance with the NVHC Dog Policy: htpps://tinyurl.com/nvhcdogpolicy. Park Entry Fee: $30 per vehicle Car pool fee: $5.00 Please arrive at the Centreville Park and Ride before 8:00 to sign in and organize rides. If you have any questions, you can message me through Meetup, or call me after May 8th at[masked]

Franklin Cliffs Hawksbill Mountain Loop Hike (Rating: A)

Centreville Park & Ride Lot

1. Description: This is a 9.3-mile loop hike in Shenandoah NP that has a 1900 feet elevation gain that includes hiking to the top of Hawksbill Mountain (4,050 ft), which is the highest point in Shenandoah National Park. From the parking area we will start down the Cedar Run Trail for 50 yards to the intersection of the Big Meadows Horse Trail and then turn right on the yellow blazed Big Meadows Horse Trail. The first half of this loop hike is a forest walk that passes 2 feeder streams for Rose River, and the second half is vista after vista from both the Appalachian Trail and Hawksbill Summit. We will have lunch along the way at one of the vistas. The last leg of the hike is the final ascent/descent to the top of Hawksbill Mountain. We will try to respect everyone's individual pace by stopping at intersections, but be prepared for this hike to be conducted at a pace that is a moderate to fast pace 2.50 - 3.50 mph (this will slow down on elevation gain, difficult terrain, or where it isn't safe). 2. Maps for hike: Here is a trail map- through the Hiking Upward website: https://www.hikingupward.com/SNP/HawksbillFranklinCliffs/images/Map.pdf 3. Event Leader: Matt[masked] 4. Websites: Shenandoah National Park maps: https://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/maps.htm Hiking Upward site: https://www.hikingupward.com/SNP/HawksbillFranklinCliffs/ 5. Directions from Centreville Park and Ride to Trailhead: Use these directions from Centreville Park and Ride to the Lower Hawksbill Parking Area across from the trailhead to the Cedar Run trailhead: https://goo.gl/maps/XiS25tzRpGv 6. Safety: Hikers should bring appropriate footwear and socks and be comfortable walking on a variety of surface conditions including rocks and across streams. Bring sufficient amount of water (2-3 liters) and food. Wear appropriate clothing depending on the weather. 7. Carpool Location: We will meet at Centreville Park and Ride. Drive time from the carpool location to the trail head parking lot is around 1 hour and 45 minutes depending on traffic and time at the Thornton Gap entrance station. We will leave the Park and Ride promptly at 0715 am, so please arrive on or before 7:10 am. I am driving a grey Toyota 4 Runner. 8. Meeting at the Lower Hawskbill Mountain Parking Area If you are meeting us at the Lower Hawksbill Mountain Parking Area, please be there by 9:00 am. Here is the map with directions from the Centreville Park and Ride to the Lower Hawksbill Parking Area: https://goo.gl/maps/XiS25tzRpGv 9. Other Information: • Rating: A https://www.meetup.com/NVHC-Hiking/pages/22998158/NVHC_Hiker_Guide/ • Suggested Carpool Fee: $6.00 per person. • Shared Park Entry Fee: $ 30.00 per vehicle (BRING Your National Park Passes) https://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/fees.htm 10. Additional Important Info: • Emergency Phone Numbers: 911 or Shenandoah National Park[masked] • Dogs are able to use this trail but must be kept on a leash (see our rules on bringing a dog: https://tinyurl.com/nvhcdogpolicy • Park Fees: See above. Bring your National Park pass if you have one. MEMBERS MAY ONLY BRING ONE GUEST PLEASE PRINT OUT ANY MAPS THAT YOU THINK YOU MAY NEED ****REMINDER: Bring a minimum of 2 liters of water, good hiking shoes, as the terrain is difficult, and appropriate clothing depending on the weather. ****You must be experienced in hikes of this distance and elevation gain. We hike at a moderate to fast pace****

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