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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 funds to local parks and trail maintenance organizations from time to time. The selection of the parks and organizations is based on club usage - it is our way of giving back. Monies vary each time - $11,000 were donated in 2021.

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 (4+)

Shenandoah River 8 plus 2 (Rating: B, Optional A)

Centreville Park & Ride Lot

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.

This is a brisk B-level Friday morning workout. The hike is about 8.3 miles with 730 feet elevation gain in Shen River State Park.
We will make a loop along the outer perimeter of the park. This hike is rather flat so we will keep a relatively fast pace to keep the heart pumping. From past experience, I am expecting this loop to be completed no later than shortly after 11am. For those interested in an extension to an A-rated hike, once we return to parking, you are welcome to join me for an out-and-back to the overlook at the end of wildcat ledge trail. This will add about 2.3 miles with 450 feet elevation, and under an hour. With the A-extension, we should still be back to the parking lot not too long after noon.
We hike at a pace of[masked] mph when moving. The plan is to complete before or around noon so you'll have a good part of Friday for other errands that life also calls for.

Leader: Xiaobin[masked]

*The hike leader will meet at the trailhead at 8:10AM.

*For those wishing to carpool, the suggested carpool location is at the Centerville P&R. The driving time from there to the trailhead is about 1 hour. Please arrive at the Park and Ride a few minutes before 7:10AM to form carpool so all cars can leave at 7:10AM.

PLEASE NOTE: Neither the Club nor the hike leaders are responsible for coordinating transportation to/from the trailhead. Hikers are not guaranteed to get a ride to the trailhead from the carpool location. Carpooling is organized by the participants and they participate at their own risk.

Suggested carpool fee is $5.

Trailhead: Visitor center at 8:10AM. Please note, the park opens at 8AM.
GPS Coordinates:[masked], [masked]https://goo.gl/maps/Um96sTWngNzCYxwV9

Park Entry Fee: $10 or free if you have a Virginia State Park Pass or a receipt from participating REI stores in Virginia (details: https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/pr-relz-detail?id=2016-05-18-14-32-37-164146-2x3)

Rating: B

Dogs are permitted on this hike in accordance with the NVHC Dog Policy. https://tinyurl.com/nvhcdogpolicy

Hiking Map: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kmqRDnFXJtRbkQWdHuT7u595daxkIxJy/view?usp=sharing
Shenandoah river park trail guide:
https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/document/data/trail-guide-shenandoahriver.pdf

****You must be experienced in hikes of this distance and elevation gain.****

Buzzard Rock to Shawl Gap (Rating: B)

Gainesville University Blvd Park and Ride

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.

**FULLY VACCINATED HIKERS ONLY** Join us for a 8 mile hike with 1,700 feet elevation gain in the George Washington National Forest near Front Royal. We start at the Buzzard Rock Trailhead and go south along the ridge to Shawl Gap. After a turnaround at Shawl Gap, we go back to an overlook of Fort Valley for lunch and then proceed back to the cars. Note: Very rocky trails.

We hike at a Moderate Pace of[masked] mph when moving.

Dogs are permitted on this hike in accordance with the NVHC Dog Policy. https://tinyurl.com/nvhcdogpolicy

Leaders: David C. [masked] and Becky M. [masked]

Carpools: Meet at the University Park and Ride by 7:45AM so you can leave at NLT 8:00 AM.

If you drive directly to the trailhead, be at Buzzard Rock Parking on RT619 Mountain Rd by 9:00 AM - GPS coordinates[masked],[masked] Please let us know if you are driving directly to the trailhead.

Suggested carpool fee is $5. THE HIKE LEADERS WILL NOT BE AT THE CARPOOL LOCATION.

Neither the Club nor the hike leaders are responsible for coordinating transportation to/from the trailhead. Hikers are not guaranteed to get a ride to the trailhead from the carpool location. Carpooling is organized by the participants and they participate at their own risk.

Park Entry Fee: N/A

****You must be experienced in hikes of this distance, pace and elevation gain..****
MAP: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NKTUmUOwaJjiKtno_ZQGsYD9_JfgDIZr/view?usp=sharing

Burke Lake (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 almost 5 miles with essentially no elevation change. Pace will be about 2.6 miles an hour when moving. Good hike for a beginner. Please arrive a few minutes early to allow time to sign-in. We will leave promptly at 10:30 a.m.

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. These are the only restrooms 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]
Marty Rine[masked]

FREE
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) 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.

Buck Hollow, Hazel Mountain and Buck Ridge (Rating: A+)

13675 University Blvd

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 A+ hike due to distance and elevation. PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE POST BEFORE RSVPING.

PLEASE NOTE: **** This hike is only suitable for those who have recent experience hiking this distance and elevation gain. If I don’t know you, you MUST message me within 24 hours of signing up with a recent A or A+ hike you have done or a hike leader who can vouch for you. Otherwise, you will be moved to “Not Going”. ***

************* THE GOOD STUFF **************************
Join me on this strenuous hike of approximately 13.2 miles and 3,000 feet of elevation, give or take. We’ll head up Buck Hollow to the Hazel Mountain Trail, get on the Catlett Spur to the Catlett Mountain Trail, back to the Hazel Mountain trail and then down the 600+ steps of the Budge Ridge trail to the cars.

NOTE: There are several water crossings so please be prepared. You MUST have microspikes to attend this hike.

Need to know details:
CARPOOL: Gainesville University Blvd Park and Ride (13675 University Blvd, Gainesville). The driving time from there to the trailhead is approximately 1 hour. Please arrive at the Park and Ride a few minutes before 6:40 AM to form carpools so all cars can leave at 6:40 AM sharp.
Carpool Fee: $5.00

PLEASE NOTE: Neither the Club nor the hike leader is responsible for coordinating transportation to/from the trailhead. Hikers are not guaranteed to get a ride to the trailhead from the carpool location. Carpooling is organized by the participants and participation is at your own risk.

The leader will NOT be at the carpool location and WILL BE MEETING EVERYONE AT THE TRAILHEAD. Parking is VERY limited off 211 at the trailhead, so carpooling is encouraged.
Trailhead meetup time: parking lot 7:45 A.M.
Parking Coordinates at trailhead:[masked],[masked]
Hike starts: 8:00 A.M. Sharp
Park entry fee: $0.00
Pace: 2.25 -2.75 mph when moving
Terrain: Rocky, Steep. There are several water crossings.
Bring: MICROSPIKES REQUIRED, adequate water, food/snacks, hat, layers, basic first aid kit, map, rain/snow gear (depending), hiking poles, hiking shoes, water shoes or boot covers, additional pair of socks/liner Pets: Not allowed

PLEASE PRINT OUT ANY MAPS THAT YOU MAY NEED AS I DO NOT PROVIDE COPIES OF MAPS. ALL THE LINKS AND COORDINATES YOU WILL NEED ARE PROVIDED BELOW.

All Trails MAP: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/map/map-january-24-2022-2-05-pm-d693d55

AND FINALLY!
1) PLEASE USE COORDINATES PROVIDED, NOT THE MAP PIN
2) Don't come if you’re not feeling well.
3) Avoid the most severe, unspeakable bad karma by CHANGING YOUR RSVP if you're not able to attend within a reasonable time - not hours before - so someone on the wait list can have your spot.

Any questions? Message or call the Hike Leader
Susan M (703)[masked]

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