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Easy thru Hard - Potomac Heritage Trail - Seneca to Riverbend Park

Ok looks like there is a lot of interest and given the temps this seems like a good idea to plan something fairly flat and "short".  I also know weve been a bit sparse on close-in on-leash hikes so here ya go :)

Where: This trail is actually part of the much larger Potomac Heritage Trail.  You can find some more great info here as well as a nice guide for the several popular sections (to include ours titled "Seneca to Difficult Run" for which we plan to stop at Riverbend Park)

When: I would like to get everyone there by 7:30 so we can start shuttling cars (see below) and be on the trail by 8:15.  Being early will ensure it is cool and the trails aren't too busy.

Directions: Drive to the very end of Seneca Rd (click link for custom google map directions) 

Length: Variable.  The distance from Seneca Rd to Riverbend Park is 6 miles one way.  So a round trip becomes a 12 mile hike.  That is quite a bit.  We have two alternatives from which everyone can choose with a little planning. 

 - First and simplest, walk as far as you feel comfortable, turn around and head back.  Anyone can choose this.

- Second is to run this hike as a point-to-point hike.  That will mean a little prior planning and cooperation.  Some folks will need to leave cars at the Riverbend Park parking lot, be shuttled to the start (~15 min drive), and then reverse the shuttle at the end.

- Please answer the questions about which option you think you will do when you RSVP. We can formulate a loose plan in the comments section.  Generally, if people are willing to let someone else hold their dog, we only need a few cars prepositioned to accomplish the shuttle 

Difficulty: This is as easy or hard of a hike as you want it to be.  If 6 miles is too much for you or your dog you are free to turn-around at any point and head back.  Anyone wishing to hike even further than Riverbend Park is also welcome, just remember you have to hike back or have a prepositioned car at Riverbend Park.

Leashes: This is an ON-LEASH hike.

Water: It is your call if you want to allow your dog to drink from any streams running into the Potomac, but you can rest assured I won't be.  Bring plenty of water for both you and your furry friend.

Foot Wear: Sturdy shoes are recommended, be prepared to possible get wet.  Synthetic socks are also a good idea so they don't become waterlogged and heavy.

Clothing: I expect it to be HOT, dress accordingly

Food: A snack for the trail is always a good idea and will go down nice while waiting for your shuttle ride at the park.  A cooler with ice is also quite nice at the end of the hike.  You are responsible for following local laws as to the contents of said cooler.

Contact Me: I will provide my cell number to attendees the day before the event.  Last minute cancellations are bad-enough, please let me know as soon as you can so I'm not waiting around for anyone.

PS: I have removed all "Yes" RSVP's to this event to start fresh.  If you are able to attend please change yourself back.



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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great trail, close in yet feels so remote! Roxy slept the rest of the day!

    June 24, 2012

  • Steve

    Perfect weather. Great dogs and people.

    June 23, 2012

  • Lorraine

    I am so happy I got there and went as far as I did. I must admit that with my first hike with you last year I was not as stressed with Tina because it was off leash and she was not pulling as much. I am going to have to get more training help to get to a point where I can enjoy this on leash hike. But thanks so much for being there. I love this group. I look forward to seeing any pics if they were taken.

    June 23, 2012

  • Lorraine

    Thanks Alex. See you soon

    June 23, 2012

  • Alex

    Lorraine, as with the difficulty, as long as you like, or as short as you like. But if you do the point to point option I would plan on about a 2-3 hr hike and another 30 min to get ourselves all shuttled around and back to our cars. Sooo *worst case* 12-noon you should be driving away, but probably closer to 11am. Of course, assuming we get started on time ;-)

    June 22, 2012

  • Lorraine

    How long into the day do you think the whole hike will be? I might have another dog event in the evening unless time is tight. No matter what I will be at this event-Tina is So excited

    June 19, 2012

  • Evelyn

    lapdog! ;)

    June 13, 2012

  • Alex

    PS: if your pup is small enough to sit on your lap, then of course there is no no need to leave them with someone while we shuttle cars.

    June 13, 2012

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