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This group is a place for people who want to get together and have fun enjoying active outdoor activities with like-minded people regardless of their age, sex, race, orientation, country of origin, etc. Our members are diverse, interesting, and friendly. If you want to host activities, just let me know, and I'll set you up as an Event Organizer.  The objective for this group is to have a diverse schedule of activities such as hiking, camping, backpacking, fishing, rock climbing, bouldering, caving, etc., that cover a wide spectrum of interests.  Come join our great group of members, have fun with us, and bring your talents and interests to share with us too. We look forward to meeting you.

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Upcoming events (4+)

Rachel Carson Greenway - 6 miles

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DESCRIPTION: This out and back hike will be approximately 6 miles on the beautiful Rachel Carson Greenway Trail. Elevation gain is approximately 285 ft. Trail will be natural surface with the usual tree roots, rocks, downed tree branches, etc. There are a few small stream crossings on rocks and one stream crossing on a log or rocks (see photo below.) Some areas of the trail can get muddy. Most of the hike winds along with the stream. The very start of the trail (approx 0.1 mile) is paved until you get to the woods where there is natural surface trail. Please only sign up for the hike if you have hiked similar distances. No bathroom facilities at the trail.

PARKING: Park near the intersection of Valley Brook Drive and Borges Ave which is near Springbrook High School. Do not park in the school parking lots. There is street parking on Borges Ave, but watch for the "no parking" signs. Please be respectful of those who live in the area and don't park in front of their mailboxes. Thank you!

HIKE START TIME: 9:30am - please arrive earlier so you will be ready to start hiking at 9:30am.

MEETING PLACE: The sidewalk at the start of the path which will be to left of the mailbox for the home at 101 Valley Brook Drive. (See photo below with our meeting place.)

LEADER: Kathy - I will be wearing a mask, but it is not required.

ALLTRAILS MAP: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/map/rachel-carson-greenway-6-miles-c8be3be?u=i

BRING: hiking boots or trail shoes, 2-liters of water, sunscreen, bug repellent, and snacks.

****When signing up for hike, please remember to answer "Yes" to the question regarding hydration, liability, and COVID-19 vaccine agreement as detailed below. Thank you!

Hydration: With the onset of warmer weather, please only sign up for this hike if you will bring water on the hike and stay hydrated. Thank you!

RELEASE OF LIABILITY & ASSUMPTION OF RISK AGREEMENT: By attending this hike, I acknowledge that hiking in nature carries the risk of potential harm to myself up to and including the risk of injuries such as broken bones or muscle/tendon injuries, illness, disability, or death. These can be caused by slipping or falling off rocks due to loss of balance or lack of coordination; twisting ankles on rocks, brush, limbs, or ice; Acts of nature such as rock falls, inclement weather, lightning, strong wind, extreme temperatures; drownings in rivers, streams, or other bodies of water; drinking unfiltered contaminated water or becoming dehydrated; succumbing to heat exhaustion; getting bit or stung by venomous reptiles, or insects; and my own or other’s negligent or risky behaviors. This list is not exhaustive nor is it inclusive of all risks. In response, I release and hold harmless with respect to all injury, disability, death, or loss of property, whether caused by negligence or otherwise, the “Active Adventures” meetup group’s leadership as well as the designated hike leaders for this hike.

COVID-19: This event is for people who have been FULLY VACCINATED against COVID and are NOT showing any symptoms of sickness, or who have not had recent exposure to COVID. If you have been exposed or are sick, please stay home. There will be plenty of future opportunities to hike with us. Masks and social distancing are not required while outdoors but may be required for indoor portions of events.

Rocky Top and Big Run Portal Loop Hike (13 mi., 2,516' elevation, Stenuous)

DESCRIPTION: This 13-mile loop hike has a little of everything: Rock scrambles, fantastic vistas, stream crossings, wildflowers, swimming holes, steep climbs, and beautiful nature walks. It's a fun and challenging hike that you will enjoy. We will start out to the left and work our way around clockwise and then back up the steep trail back to the parking lot.

ALLTRAILS MAP: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/virginia/rockytop-and-big-run-loop?u=i

BRING long lightweight fast-drying hiking pants with elastic leg cuffs and long sleeve lightweight wicking shirt to avoid Tics, hiking boots or trail shoes, trekking poles (important on this hike), camera or phone camera, plenty of water, snacks, and a good lunch.

NOTE: We will cross Big Run 7 times along the way. In the Springtime if it has rained recently the water will be higher. This means wading barefoot or with beach shoes through an ankle-deep to knee-deep stream in some places and hopping across stones or crossing logs in others. The water will be a little chilly in April, but it should feel good on your feet. So be forewarned. Also, if you don't have good balance, bring trekking poles to stabilize yourself while you're crossing the stream.

AFTER HIKE FOOD/DRINK: Anybody interested in stopping after our hike for a little food, drink, and fun conversation just let us know. We will plan to stop somewhere near the trailhead to eat. If you have a recommendation, let me know.

CARPOOLING/CARAVANING: For those interested in carpooling (either getting a ride or giving rides) please leave a comment in the comments section of this event. Be sure you coordinate at least the day before with who you are riding with to ensure you are in sync. Some of us will be leaving from the Vienna Metro-North Parking Lot (not the adjacent garage) at 7:15 AM (It's just under a 3-hour drive to the trailhead). If you want to give or receive rides or caravan there, this is a good starting point. With the price of gas as high as it is these days, if you are receiving a carpool ride, please chip in $10 towards fuel per person (since this drive is a little longer).

PARKING: We will gather at the Rocky Top Trailhead at Brown's Gap Parking [masked], [masked] McGaheysville, Virginia) at 10:15 AM at the intersection of Skyline Drive and Browns Gap Turnpike. There is a cost to enter Skyline Drive if you don't have a National Park annual card. I would recommend carpooling with someone in the car having a card.

RELEASE OF LIABILITY & ASSUMPTION OF RISK AGREEMENT: I acknowledge that hiking in nature carries the risk of potential harm to myself up to and including the risk of injuries such as broken bones or muscle/tendon injuries, illness, disability, or death. These can be caused by slipping or falling off rocks due to loss of balance or lack of coordination; twisting ankles on rocks, brush, limbs, or ice; Acts of nature such as rock falls, inclement weather, lightning, strong wind, extreme temperatures; drownings in rivers, streams, or other bodies of water; drinking unfiltered contaminated water or becoming dehydrated; succumbing to heat exhaustion; getting bit or stung by venomous reptiles, or insects; and my own or other’s negligent or risky behaviors. This list is not exhaustive nor is it inclusive of all risks. In response, I release and hold harmless with respect to all injury, disability, death, or loss of property, whether caused by negligence or otherwise, the “Active Adventures” meetup group’s leadership as well as the designated hike leaders for the hikes I am participating in.
COVID-19: This event is for people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID and are not showing any symptoms of sickness, or who have not had recent exposure to COVID. If you have been exposed or are sick, please stay home. There will be plenty of future opportunities to hike with us. Masks and social distancing are not required while outdoors but may be required for indoor portions of events.

Riverbend-Great Falls-Difficult Run-Black Pond (9.34 mi., 906' elevation)

FEATURES: Local Hiking & Swimming in nature. This is an amazingly fun event for hot weather. Wear shorts and a t-shirt that will dry quickly or a swimming suit.

DESCRIPTION:
We will park and assemble at Riverbend Park in the parking lot (see map below) at 9:45 am and then at 10:00 am will start hiking south along the Potomac Heritage Trail to the River Trail at Great Falls Park. There are too many beautiful overlooks to count and we will stop at many of them to enjoy nature and take some pictures. We will keep going till we get to the mouth of Difficult Run where it empties into the Potomac. Then we will head upstream on Difficult Run till we get to the waterfall and pools and go swimming there. This is loads of fun due to the cool flowing water and deep pool.

After swimming here, we will cross Difficult Run and hike up to a beautiful overlook at the confluence with the Potomac River, and then down to Black Pond where there is a floating dock, deep water, and great diving cliffs. Then, it's back via the Difficult Run Trail, to the Ridge Trail, the Swamp Ridge Connector Trail, the Swamp Trail to the Old Carriage Road to the Mine Run Trail to the Bootlegger Trail to the Follow the Hollows Trail right back to our Parking Lot.

TRAIL MAP: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/map/riverbend-to-black-pond-loop-bc6dc48?u=i

BRING: 2 liters of water, lunch and snacks, trail shoes, water shoes, swimsuit, and trekking poles if desired.

AFTER HIKE FOOD/DRINK: Anybody interested in stopping after our hike for a little food, drink, and fun conversation just let us know. We will gather at the Village Grille. It has outdoor seating and follows COVID safety measures. It is located at 9899 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, VA 22066

RELEASE OF LIABILITY: I acknowledge that hiking in nature carries the risk of potential harm to myself up to and including the risk of injuries such as broken bones or muscle/tendon injuries, illness, disability, or death. These can be caused by slipping or falling off rocks due to loss of balance or lack of coordination; twisting ankles on rocks, brush, limbs, or ice; Acts of nature such as rock falls, inclement weather, lightning, strong wind, extreme temperatures; drownings in rivers, streams, or other bodies of water; drinking unfiltered contaminated water or becoming dehydrated; succumbing to heat exhaustion; getting bit or stung by venomous reptiles, or insects; and my own or other’s negligent or risky behaviors. This list is not exhaustive and inclusive of all risks. In response, I release and hold harmless with respect to all injury, disability, death, or loss of property, whether caused by negligence or otherwise, the “Active Adventures” meetup group’s leadership as well as the designated event leader(s) for this particular hike I am participating in.

COVID-19: This event is for people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID and are not showing any symptoms of sickness, or who have not had recent exposure to COVID. If you have been exposed or are sick, please stay home. There will be plenty of future opportunities to hike with us. Masks and social distancing are not required while outdoors but may be required for indoor portions of events.

Cedar Run/White Oaks Canyon Hike & Swim (11.9 mile, 3,192' gain, Strenuous)

DESCRIPTION:
The first 4 miles of this hike are all uphill with no break following Cedar Run from the bottom all the way up to Hawksbill Mountain. I won't lie. It's tough. But we will take it slow and stop to jump in some pools to cool off on the way up so it's not a slog. Bring your bathing suits along with plenty of water to drink.

Once at Hawksbill, we will head over to Crescent Rock to have lunch. It's a beautiful overlook looking out over the west. From there, we will head back down via White Oak Canyon where we will pass a slew of large beautiful waterfalls. Again, jumping in and swimming is part of the plan. The upper falls are quite large and feature small pools to swim in. If you're interested in swimming, the biggest swimming holes are close to the lower falls and the White Oak parking lot. I grew up going to White Oak Canyon multiple times every Summer. It's a lot of fun.

The White Oak Canyon Lower parking lot is free; however, they are often full and the nearby private lots charge $10 per car. National Park passes allow 4 guests. Otherwise, you'll have to pay an SNP entrance fee, so I recommend carpooling with someone who has a pass.

ALLTRAILS MAP: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/map/white-oak-canyon-trail-712a3c9?u=i

BRING: Swimsuit, towel, pool shoes if you want them, Good Hiking Boots or Trail Shoes, trekking poles if you have them, plenty of water, snacks, and a lunch.

DIRECTIONS AND CARPOOLS: If you need a ride or can give a ride, please say so in the comments section below. Coordinate beforehand so everyone knows who they are going with. Some of us typically gather at the Vienna Metro-North Parking Lot (beside the North Garage) to carpool at 7:45 AM and leave at 8:00 AM. The drive is 1 hr, 45 minutes from Vienna Metro out route 66 to the West. Gather at the Lower Whiteoak Canyon Fee Station, 187 Chad Berry Ln, Syria, VA 22743 at 10:00 AM to get started.

RELEASE OF LIABILITY & ASSUMPTION OF RISK AGREEMENT: By attending this hike, I acknowledge that hiking in nature carries the risk of potential harm to myself up to and including the risk of injuries such as broken bones or muscle/tendon injuries, illness, disability, or death. These can be caused by slipping or falling off rocks due to loss of balance or lack of coordination; twisting ankles on rocks, brush, limbs, or ice; Acts of nature such as rock falls, inclement weather, lightning, strong wind, extreme temperatures; drownings in rivers, streams, or other bodies of water; drinking unfiltered contaminated water or becoming dehydrated; succumbing to heat exhaustion; getting bit or stung by venomous reptiles, or insects; and my own or other’s negligent or risky behaviors. This list is not exhaustive nor is it inclusive of all risks. In response, I release and hold harmless with respect to all injury, disability, death, or loss of property, whether caused by negligence or otherwise, the “Active Adventures” meetup group’s leadership as well as the designated hike leaders for this hike.

COVID-19: This event is for people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID and are not showing any symptoms of sickness, or who have not had recent exposure to COVID. If you have been exposed or are sick, please stay home. There will be plenty of future opportunities to hike with us. Masks and social distancing are not required while outdoors but may be required for indoor portions of events.

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