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.

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!


NOTICE: Our apologies to everyone patiently awaiting approval of your membership request. In part, to keep group sizes relatively small, we have retained a 50-member limit. Unfortunately, with skyrocketing interest in getting outdoors, this has resulted in a rather long queue of pending membership requests.

Rest assured that your request has not been forgotten. We appreciate the interest in Silent Walkers and Hikers of DC-MD-VA. It's great to see more people than ever wanting to get out and enjoy quieter, more mindful walks in nature.

Expiring membership trials will gradually make room for new members on a first-come-first-served basis. We're also taking actions such as culling members who haven't been active for a year.

Finally, if you've enthusiastically requested membership in as many hiking groups as you could find, but have no particular interest in silent hikes, please consider voluntarily revoking your request as a gift to those who see walking in silence and smaller group size as important factors.

Meanwhile, feel free to reach out to the leadership team with any other questions you may have.

Upcoming events (2)

Becoming a classic: Pyrite Mine loop, 7 miles in Prince William forest park

Prince William Forest Park

A moderately difficult (547’ total incline) loop hike through a beautiful park- we may see some magical scenery thanks to winter weather! Note the map pin/starting point, we’ll meet at the park visitor center. There is a $20 fee to enter this federal park, so leave a message if you’d like to carpool and we’ll work it out. Forest, fields, streams, and clear air. Do join us!

Mountain-ing in March: Hogback Mt. loop in SNP (7.5 miles)

Piney Branch Parking area

Good hike description and comments : http://www.hikingupward.com/SNP/HogbackMountain/ A forest loop with mountain views in our local treasure of a national park. We'll carpool from the Vienna Metro north parking lot starting at 7:30am; travel time from there to the hike start is 1 hour 45 minutes (not counting any backups at SNP entry points). I have space for three (vaccinated) others in my car and a park pass. Otherwise you can meet us at the pinned parking area off Skyline Drive (see below) for a 9:30am start. Wear sturdy shoes and prepare for some climbing, elevation gain is 1,225 feet total and Hiking Upward rates this a 3 out of 5 for difficulty. Bring water and at least some snacks as we'll be walking through lunchtime. NOTE: the end time is my best guess for the end of the HIKE, not our return time to Vienna metro. We may be pleasantly surprised and finish earlier, but I'm accounting for a few breaks. Hope you'll join us!

Past events (238)

Difficult Run to Great Falls, variety and river views

Difficult Run Parking Lot

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