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This is a group for anyone who is interested in volunteering with the PATC.

The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) is a volunteer-based organization, headquartered in Vienna, Virginia and founded in 1927. PATC is one of 31 organizations that maintain the Appalachian Trail for the enjoyment of present and future hikers.

Through its 7,000+ members and volunteers, PATC builds and maintains 240 miles of the Appalachian Trail and over 800 miles of other trails in the Mid Atlantic Region, along with cabins, shelters, and hundreds of acres of conserved land.

PATC volunteers contribute tens of thousands of hours of volunteer service every year. Volunteers maintain trails, cabins, and shelters, teach Leave No Trace principles to hikers and backpackers, publish maps and guidebooks, and help manage a busy headquarters operation.

The club is always in need of enthusiastic volunteers!

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Trail Construction Workshop

Hemlock Overlook Regional Park

Trail Construction Workshop Learn the basics of sustainable trail construction Learn about: • Crew trip safety and planning • Tools • Maximum grade, trail out slope, back slope. • Grade reversals • Full bench construction • Why not to line the trail with rocks/logs • and more! This will be on the job training. We will be building new trail on the Bull Run Occoquan Trail. 2/10th mile walk into work site This is fun. Really Class starts at 8:30 am, please arrive by 8:15 to get yourself ready. To Bring: • Water, snacks, lunch. • Gloves, clippers if you have them • Work boots or hiking boots. Sneakers, running shoes not appropriate for trail work. • Weather appropriate clothing. • Sun screen, tick repellent. Mask. We will be close enough together some of the time that mask use will be required. If you don't want to wear one, don't sign up. I will provide hard hats, safety glasses, the use of which is required. Meet up basic courtesies Don't sign up unless you are sure you are coming. If you can't come , change your RSVP to NO so someone else can come. Be on time. Late arrivals are disruptive and miss the introduction. Email me with questions [masked]

Trail Day at Sugarloaf Mountain

Sugarloaf Mountain, West View Parking Area

Being the closest mountain to the DC metro area, the trails at Sugarloaf get a lot of use, hence need a lot of maintenance. Trails don’t maintain themselves! Maintenance of existing and installation of new erosion control devices will be the primary project. Secondary project will be removal of invasive exotic vegetation at one specific locale on the east side of the blue trail. Bring your OWN work gloves, (i.e., heavy duty work gloves, not garden gloves) and eye protection. Maximum number of participants will be ten working in two groups of five. Session will cancel for heavy rain or thunderstorms, but not light rain; thus, dress appropriately in clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. I will contact participants the evening prior if weather conditions dictate that cancellation is warranted. Trail tools will be provided, and disinfection procedures taken prior to and after use. Face masks should be worn when two-meter social distance cannot be maintained, but that should be rare. Meet at the West View parking area. Trail map: http://sugarloafmd.com/images/maps/102709_trailmap.pdf

work trip-trail building Widewater State Park

Widewater State Park

Project: Building new trail in Virginia’s newest state park. This will be clearing vegetation, raking off the leaf mold and duff, and digging trail side hill. The trip will be lead by park staff. There are rest rooms at the trail head. Walk in to work site is ¼ mile or so. All gentle rolling shoreline along the Holly Marsh.To Bring: • Water • Snacks, lunch, work clothes, work gloves. • Work or hiking boots. Sneakers or trail running shoes are not appropriate for trail work. • Rain gear if weather looks damp. • Clothing appropriate for the weather. • Any medications that might be needed, inhaler, epi pen, etcetera. • Clippers or loppers, hand saw, if you have them. Park will provide other tools. Rain Policy: Rain or shine Meeting area is the picnic area on the Potomac river, not the visitor center.*Appropriate covid restrictions required* Event sponsored by Widewater State Park, not PATC* Park Contact: Ranger Knepper[masked]

Trail Day at Sugarloaf Mountain

Sugarloaf Mountain, West View Parking Area

Being the closest mountain to the DC metro area, the trails at Sugarloaf get a lot of use, hence need a lot of maintenance. Trails don’t maintain themselves! Maintenance of existing and installation of new erosion control devices will be the primary project. Secondary project will be removal of invasive exotic vegetation at one specific locale on the east side of the blue trail. Bring your OWN work gloves, (i.e., heavy duty work gloves, not garden gloves) and eye protection. Maximum number of participants will be ten working in two groups of five. Session will cancel for heavy rain or thunderstorms, but not light rain; thus, dress appropriately in clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. I will contact participants the evening prior if weather conditions dictate that cancellation is warranted. Trail tools will be provided, and disinfection procedures taken prior to and after use. Face masks should be worn when two-meter social distance cannot be maintained, but that should be rare. Meet at the West View parking area. Trail map: http://sugarloafmd.com/images/maps/102709_trailmap.pdf

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Trail Day at Sugarloaf Mountain

Sugarloaf Mountain, West View Parking Area

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