What a great way to discover the beautiful parklands of the Washington area! This unusual hike is a circuit of 14 or 24 miles (you choose) on natural- and unnatural-surface trails in DC and MD (long hike) parklands, with some gentle elevation change. The short version is difficult (3.6 blisters) and the long version is more difficult (4.9 blisters). Mud and/or ice on the trails have been known to occur.
The hike will take you over a veritable parade of parks/trails:
- C&O Canal National Historical Park
- Capital Crescent Trail
- Glover-Archibold Park
- Whitehaven Park
- Dumbarton Oaks Park
- Rock Creek Park
- National Zoological Park
- Melvin C. Hazen Park (short version)
- Georgetown Branch Trail (long version)
Meeting Place: We'll meet at Fletcher's Cove lower parking lot, off Canal Rd. (Location: www.goo.gl/IaE6Ao.) For directions, see www.fletcherscove.com/directions.htm. Please use caution driving into the Fletcher’s Cove area—the entrance driveway is narrow and you need to drive through the tunnel under the canal to get to the lower lot where there is more ample parking.
What to Bring: Bring food and drink (short, 2 qts; long, 3 qts), or $$ to buy on the way. You’ll proceed at your own pace and you may stop (or not) anytime to eat. This hike occurs rain or shine, cold or warm, so dress appropriately. However, in case of hazardous weather, please check here for last-minute changes before leaving for the hike.
Previous versions of this hike:
- 2013: www.goo.gl/2poIsr
- 2012: www.goo.gl/EfXiu4
Leaders: Mike Darzi & Russ Norfleet.
ODH: Although open to all, this hike is part of a series of training hikes leading up to the One Day Hike (ODH)--100 or 50 km along the C&O Canal--on April 26, 2014. See the ODH listing for more information: www.meetup.com/WanderingSoles/events/[masked]/.