What we're about

Our silent hiking group is ideal for people interested in turning down life's volume by walking quietly through Nature, listening only to the wind in the trees, birdsong, and our footsteps (plus the inevitable overhead airplane or nearby highway, of course). We travel in small groups, up to 10 people, and will range from shorter walks along flatter trails to more challenging hikes with hills and elevation gain. We walk silently, but we're not antisocial - conversation is great on breaks and before and after the journey.

We generally walk at about 3mph - it's not a fitness group, but not a freeze-and-center-yourself-for20-minutes group either. If you have read the book 'Quiet', this group should be right up your alley. Also due to the nature of the walks, dogs are not welcome. Sorry to our furry four-legged friends.

The group is limited to 50 members. If you think you'd like to listen to the natural world and your inner self as you move through the fields and forests of the Capital region, please join us when you get the chance!

Upcoming events (3)

Long forest walk and the view from Hawksbill Summit, 10 miles

Hawksbill Gap Parking

This is a lovely forest walk with views and a good climb to the top of Hawksbill Mt. for a finish. We'll meet at the Vienna Metro South lot to carpool at 7am, and ideally start the hike by 9:30am at the Hawksbill trailhead. The finish time is when I expect to be back in Vienna at the latest, but we may take more breaks or go more slowly than expected due to heat. (Normal pace is 2-3 miles an hour maximum) Bring hydration and energy snacks! ** Cell reception in the Park is pretty bad so if you're coming, make sure I know how to find you at the Hawksbill parking area, or at the Vienna South lot meeting point at 7am. Hike description: https://www.hikingupward.com/SNP/HawksbillFranklinCliffs/

Member-recommended - James River North Bank and Buttermilk Loop Trail, Richmond

Reedy Creek Trail Parking Lot

A 7-mile loop, listed as easy to moderately difficult, on the banks of The James river in the VA capital. We'll depart from Northern VA at about 8am (our normal carpool collection point is the Vienna Metro NORTH parking lot) and head south, meeting at the The Reedy Creek parking area, on Riverside Drive at Hillcrest Road, at 9:30am. This comes highly recommended by a couple of our members, and I for one know have never hiked near there so i'm game for new steps!. There is a description on alltrails.com. If everyone has time, we'll stop for lunch and maybe a little Richmond exploring once we're done walking. As always, bring water and snacks!

Sugarloaf Mountain, 7 miles with great views

Sugarloaf Mountain East View Parking Area

How about a nice climb at a popular spot with nice views at the top? Here's the hike description: https://www.hikingupward.com/OMH/SugarloafMountain/ We'll carpool from NOVA or meet at the parking area at 8:30am. Sturdy shoes, snacks and water would be wise. This is a good workout, there are several steady climbs. I hope you'll enjoy it with us!

Past events (190)

Roosevelt Island to Fletcher's Boathouse - 7 miles

Theodore Roosevelt Island Parking

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