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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 Work Trip: Bull Run Occoquan Trail

8598 Wolf Run Shoals Rd.

Project: Trail maintenance, repair, and construction. Details: • We will have a safety talk before heading out to the work site. • The work site is about a half mile walk from the parking area. • We generally work from 9 to 3, with a break for lunch. Leave parking by 4pm. • There are NO rest rooms at the parking area or the work area. If you are not comfortable peeing in the woods, not a good trip for you 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. • It is always tick season, make sure to bring DEET or pre treat clothing with permethrin!! I Provide • tools, glasses, hard hats. • Wearing hard hats and safety glasses is required. Please email me to sign up or with questions. [masked] or [masked]

WEST CHAPTER - Two short circuit hikes: South-central Pennsylvania

*NOTE: This will be the LAST HIKE offered on this newly renovated Meetup* Two short circuit hikes in south-central Pennsylvania with a total distance for both hikes combined of approximately 12 kilometers (7½ miles). Meet 10:30 am at the Caledonia State Park parking area along US Route 30 (intersection of PA Route 233 & US Route 30). The first hike of 4.3 km (2.7 miles) will be along the historic Charcoal Heath Trail within Caledonia State Park. The second hike will be a short distance to the south starting at the Old Forge picnic area within the Michaux State Forest. This circuit hike of 7.7 km (4.8 miles) will ascend the Appalachian Trail (AT) to the scenic vista at Chimney Rock and then circle back on the blue-blazed side trail, going past the PATC Hermitage Cabin back to the AT near the Tumbling Run Shelters, then back to Old Forge. We can take a slight detour at the Hermitage Cabin to view the rock-climbing area (Shaffer Rocks) near the cabin. Carpool meeting location at Prospect Plaza in Frederick at 9:15 am. Meet near the Lube Center. Prospect Plaza is located on West Jefferson Street near the intersections of US Route 340, I-70, and U Route 15. https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/StateParks/FindAPark/CaledoniaStatePark/Pages/Hiking.aspx https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/pennsylvania/chimney-rocks-michaux-state-forest

WEST CHAPTER - Trail Day Work Trip at Sugarloaf Mountain

Mount Ephraim Road

Those hiking trails that we enjoy using at Sugarloaf Mountain (Dickerson, MD) do not maintain themselves! Installation of new and maintenance of existing erosion control structures on the blue-blazed Northern Peaks Trail will be the primary tasks. This will be the West Chapter's inaugural trail work session for the spring 2019 season. Dress in clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty appropriate for the weather. Shorts are NOT recommended. Bring work gloves, eye protection, water, and lunch or trail snacks. Session will cancel for steady heavy rains or thunderstorms, but not light rains or intermittent showers. We generally finish at 3:30 pm; however, stay for as long as you can. Later arrivals are welcome also, just inform the overseer in advance so that he can let you know the project site location. http://www.sugarloafmd.com/images/maps/102709_trailmap.pdf

WORKSHOP - Training for Trail Maintainers

Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center

Trail Maintenance Workshop Training for trail maintainers Learn about: • Work trip safety and planning • tools • Clipping, mowing • blazing • cleaning water bars • rolling grade dips • check dams • and more! This is on the job training. We will walk a trail section with tools and practice the tasks necessary for routine trail maintenance. We won't be walking far, probably less than a mile total. To Bring: • Water, snacks, lunch. • Gloves • Bug spray, sun screen • Clippers or loppers if you have them I will provide tools, hardhats, and safety glass. Use of safety gear is required. Email me with questions [masked]

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Trail Maintenance Worktrip - Prince William Forest Park

Prince William Forest Park, Turkey Run Education Center

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