What we're about

Come ride our bus to day-hike adventures at the region's many beautiful outdoor destinations! Experience the trails 52 weeks a year with Capital Hiking Club, a non-profit group that's been operating since 1937, welcoming the public to join us on all hikes. We specialize in hiking options that challenge a range of skill levels and fulfill the varied interests of our hikers. Saturday weekly hikes: Long hikes of 9-12 miles and shorter hikes of 5-9 miles, plus social time with post-hike refreshments. The Club's bus picks up hikers from centrally located 16th and I Streets in downtown DC and makes pick-up stops in either VA or MD (depending on the destination) for most Saturday hikes. Occasional trailhead or carpool hikes are offered. We also lead moonlight hikes on the C&O Canal Towpath as well as full-moon hikes downtown.

*** Find the complete quarter's hiking schedule by going to http://www.capitalhikingclub.org ***

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CAPITAL HIKING CLUB MISSION STATEMENT

To provide the Washington, DC metropolitan area with safe, quality hiking and outdoor activities, and to promote fellowship, the sport of hiking, and love and respect for natural environments.

Our values are:

Safety – to ensure that all Club activities are conducted in the safest possible manner

Inclusion – to welcome persons interested in the sport of hiking without regard to race, religion, sex, national origin, or economic circumstance

Accessibility – to provide hiking opportunities in the Washington, DC area, within reach by public transportation to the extent possible

Preservation – to promote love and respect for, and preservation of, natural environments

Community – to foster fellowship among those who take part in the Club's activities

Volunteerism – to develop a core group who support the Club by such means as leading hikes, serving on committees and the Executive Board, and assisting with other necessary tasks

Longevity – to employ sound management and financial principles to ensure the continued existence of the Capital Hiking Club as a going concern

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Upcoming events (5+)

Hike: Sky Meadows State Park, VA

16th & I Street NW, SE Corner, Washington DC

$26.00

Park Map / VA Bus $26. Long hike: 12½ mi., 2200 ft. ascent, 1900 ft. descent. Medium hike: 9½ mi., 1900 ft. ascent, 1600 ft. descent. Short hike 6 mi., 1000 ft. ascent, 700 ft. descent. Got the January blahs? Shake them with a bracing escape to this bucolic state park on the Blue Ridge featuring sweeping vistas, rolling meadows and extensive forest. We’ll begin in the Lost Mtn. section on the east side of the park with a counterclockwise loop on the Rolling Meadows and Lost Mtn. Trails, then move to the park’s west side for stints on the Corporal Morgan and Hadow Trails. Short hikers then head for the Visitors Center; long and medium hikers add other loops that include a stop at the Piedmont Overlook. Leaders: Jonathan P and Elizabeth G ------- * RESERVATIONS * Capital Hiking Club is a non-profit group, and the public is invited to join on all trips. Reservations are accepted as late as Friday, but reserving before Wednesday evening helps ensure your seat on the bus and prevent cancellation of the hike due to low sign-ups. The only way to RSVP and pay is through Meetup. Please make sure your RSVP tells us your full name and phone number and where you'll be boarding the bus. We don't want to leave you behind! * FIRST-TIME HIKERS * If you're a first-time hiker with us, please let the leaders know in advance so they can make sure you know where to meet the bus. Hikers need to be able to keep at least a 2 mph pace. * BUS STOPS: VIRGINIA ROUTING * Please arrive 10 to 15 minutes before times listed below. All departure points are Metro accessible. If you're driving to meet the bus, we strongly advise using the Vienna departure point, as parking is extremely limited at the others. Departure points and times are as follows: —— DC: Southeast corner of 16th and I St. NW (http://bit.ly/16thandEye), bus leaves at 8 a.m. SHARP. 16th and I is near the Farragut West, Farragut North, and McPherson Square Metro stations. —— ROSSLYN: Key Bridge Marriott Hotel bus stop (http://bit.ly/RosslynMarriot) at approximately 8:10 a.m. The stop is on Route 29 (Lee Highway) at the local Metro bus stop, NOT directly in front of the hotel. The bus will very briefly stop at the curb to pick up hikers. —— VIENNA METRO: NORTH parking lot (http://bit.ly/vienna-bus), last bus shelter (Nutley St. Exit off Interstate 66 on North/Vienna side of I-66) at approximately 8:25 a.m. Note: There is a "south" parking lot where there are also bus shelters. If by 8:15, you're not with a group of hikers who say they're Capital Hiking Club, you're likely at the south lot. There's a walkway over I-66 to the north lot. * WHAT TO WEAR, WHAT TO BRING * Bring sufficient food and water for a day's outing in a pack along with individual first aid articles, a whistle, and extra clothing according to the season. Sturdy boots or shoes are a necessity. It's recommended to carry 8 oz. of water per mile to be hiked, and more in hot weather. Gatorade or other electrolyte drink is also advisable. ... Also bring cash for post-hike refreshments! * LIABILITY * By RSVP'ing for a CHC hike, you're acknowledging and accepting that hikers are responsible for their own safety and must assume risks and liability for all outings. CHC leaders, officers, and representatives shall not be liable for any injuries, loss or damage to persons or property, direct or consequential, arising out of any trips or club activities. Participants will be asked to sign a waiver the day of the hike. * CANCELLATION POLICY * If you need to cancel and would like to request a refund, before 2 p.m. the day before the hike, BOTH: 1) Change your RSVP to "No" AND: 2) Email your request to [masked] . List the DATE YOU PAID and your FULL NAME. There's a $5 cancellation fee per seat canceled. * MORE DETAILS * http://www.capitalhikingclub.org/about-faqs

Hike: Appalachian Trail / Greenbrier State Park, MD

16th & I Street NW, SE Corner, Washington DC

$26.00

PATC Map 5 & Park Map / MD Bus $26. Long hike: 10½ mi., 1900 ft. ascent, 1700 ft. descent. Moderate hike: 5 mi., 900 ft. ascent, 1100 ft. descent, and option for additional distance. With trees bare of leaves and haze gone from the valleys, outstanding vistas await us as we tramp northbound on the AT atop South Mtn. from Turners Gap on Alternate U.S. Rt. 40. We’ll savor repeated views as we pass through Washington Monument State Park (site of the other Washington Monument) and then follow the Bartman Hill Trail west to Greenbrier State Park. There long hikers make a clockwise loop around the lake; moderate hikers can opt for a shorter distance on park trails. Leaders: Anne T. and Billy J. ------------- * RESERVATIONS * Capital Hiking Club is a non-profit group, and the public is invited on all trips. Reservations are accepted as late as Friday, but reserving before Wednesday night helps ensure your spot and prevent cancellation of the hike due to low sign-ups. RSVP through Meetup and pay through PayPal. Please be sure your RSVP gives your full name and phone number and where you'll be boarding the bus. We don't want to leave you behind! * FIRST-TIME HIKERS * If you're a first-time hiker with us, please notify the leaders in advance so they can make sure you have the info you need. Hikers must be able to keep at least a 2 mph pace. * BUS STOPS: MARYLAND ROUTING * Please arrive 10 to 15 minutes before times listed below. All our bus stops are Metro accessible. If you're driving to meet the bus, we strongly advise using the Grosvenor bus stop, as parking is extremely limited at the others. Bus stops and times are as follows: --- DC: Southeast corner of 16th and I St. NW (http://bit.ly/16thandEye) Bus leaves at 8 a.m. SHARP. --- Connecticut Ave. and Porter St,, NW, northeast corner (http://bit.ly/ConnecticutPorter) Bus briefly stops at the curb in front of the Broadmoor Apartments to pick up hikers about 8:10 a.m. --- Connecticut Ave. and McKinley St., NW, southeast corner (http://bit.ly/ConnecticutMcKinley) Bus stops at the bus shelter in front of the Safeway to pick up hikers about 8:20 a.m. --- Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Station, North Bethesda (http://bit.ly/Grosv_Metro) Bus stops at the bus shelter nearest to Metro Station walkway entrance between the station and the parking garage about 8:30 a.m. * WHAT TO WEAR, WHAT TO BRING * Bring sufficient food and water for a day's outing in a pack along with individual first aid articles, a whistle, and extra clothing according to the season. Sturdy boots or shoes are a necessity. It's recommended to carry 8 oz. of water per mile to be hiked, and more in hot weather. Gatorade or other electrolyte drink is also advisable. ... Also, bring cash for post-hike refreshments! * LIABILITY * By RSVP'ing for a CHC hike, you acknowledge and accept that hikers are responsible for their own safety and must assume risks and liability for all outings. CHC leaders, officers, and representatives shall not be liable for any injuries, loss or damage to persons or property, direct or consequential, arising out of any trips or club activities. Participants will be asked to sign a waiver the day of the hike. * CANCELLATION POLICY * If you need to cancel and would like to request a refund, before 2 p.m. the day before the hike, BOTH: (1) Change your RSVP to "No" AND: (2) Email your request to [masked] . List the DATE YOU PAID and your FULL NAME. There's a $5 cancellation fee per seat canceled. * MORE DETAILS * http://www.capitalhikingclub.org/about-faqs

Hike: Tuscarora Trail / Sleepy Creek WMA, WV

16th & I Street NW, SE Corner, Washington DC

$26.00

PATC Map L / VA Bus $26. Long hike: 11 mi., 1800 ft. ascent/descent. Moderate hike: 7 mi., 1400 ft. ascent/descent. Superb hiking awaits us in this return trip to a little-known, 23,000-acre wildlife management area in the mountains southeast of Berkeley Springs, WVA. From Rt. 45, we’ll head north the Packhorse Trail Rd. and the High Rock Trail. Long hikers depart the latter at the Equestrian–Bike Trail before turning south on the Tuscarora Trail. Moderate hikers stay on the High Rock Trail to the Tuscarora Trail, where the routes rejoin. After a southbound segment on the Tuscarora Trail, hikers turn west on the Millrace Trail and later meet the Packhorse Trail Rd. back to the bus. Leaders: ____________ and ____________ ------- * RESERVATIONS * Capital Hiking Club is a non-profit group, and the public is invited to join on all trips. Reservations are accepted as late as Friday, but reserving before Wednesday evening helps ensure your seat on the bus and prevent cancellation of the hike due to low sign-ups. The only way to RSVP and pay is through Meetup. Please make sure your RSVP tells us your full name and phone number and where you'll be boarding the bus. We don't want to leave you behind! * FIRST-TIME HIKERS * If you're a first-time hiker with us, please let the leaders know in advance so they can make sure you know where to meet the bus. Hikers need to be able to keep at least a 2 mph pace. * BUS STOPS: VIRGINIA ROUTING * Please arrive 10 to 15 minutes before times listed below. All departure points are Metro accessible. If you're driving to meet the bus, we strongly advise using the Vienna departure point, as parking is extremely limited at the others. Departure points and times are as follows: —— DC: Southeast corner of 16th and I St. NW (http://bit.ly/16thandEye), bus leaves at 8 a.m. SHARP. 16th and I is near the Farragut West, Farragut North, and McPherson Square Metro stations. —— ROSSLYN: Key Bridge Marriott Hotel bus stop (http://bit.ly/RosslynMarriot) at approximately 8:10 a.m. The stop is on Route 29 (Lee Highway) at the local Metro bus stop, NOT directly in front of the hotel. The bus will very briefly stop at the curb to pick up hikers. —— VIENNA METRO: NORTH parking lot (http://bit.ly/vienna-bus), last bus shelter (Nutley St. Exit off Interstate 66 on North/Vienna side of I-66) at approximately 8:25 a.m. Note: There is a "south" parking lot where there are also bus shelters. If by 8:15, you're not with a group of hikers who say they're Capital Hiking Club, you're likely at the south lot. There's a walkway over I-66 to the north lot. * WHAT TO WEAR, WHAT TO BRING * Bring sufficient food and water for a day's outing in a pack along with individual first aid articles, a whistle, and extra clothing according to the season. Sturdy boots or shoes are a necessity. It's recommended to carry 8 oz. of water per mile to be hiked, and more in hot weather. Gatorade or other electrolyte drink is also advisable. ... Also bring cash for post-hike refreshments! * LIABILITY * By RSVP'ing for a CHC hike, you're acknowledging and accepting that hikers are responsible for their own safety and must assume risks and liability for all outings. CHC leaders, officers, and representatives shall not be liable for any injuries, loss or damage to persons or property, direct or consequential, arising out of any trips or club activities. Participants will be asked to sign a waiver the day of the hike. * CANCELLATION POLICY * If you need to cancel and would like to request a refund, before 2 p.m. the day before the hike, BOTH: 1) Change your RSVP to "No" AND: 2) Email your request to [masked] . List the DATE YOU PAID and your FULL NAME. There's a $5 cancellation fee per seat canceled. * MORE DETAILS * http://www.capitalhikingclub.org/about-faqs

Hike: Greenway Trail, Seneca Creek State Park, MD

16th & I Street NW, SE Corner, Washington DC

$26.00

Park Map / MD Bus $26. Long hike: 12 mi., 1300 ft. ascent, 1100 ft. descent. Moderate hike: 9 mi., 1100 ft. ascent, 900 ft. descent. It’ll be hard to believe you’re in Montgomery County – the suburbs of Washington, no less -- on this midwinter winner in Seneca Creek State Park. Our hike, much of it in forest, starts at Black Rock Mill and heads east on the Seneca Ridge, Greenway and Long Draught Trails. Near Clopper Lake, moderate hikers take the Great Seneca and Old Pond Trails to the Visitors Center. Long hikers add a circuit around Clopper Lake on the Lake Shore Trail, then follow the moderate hikers to the Visitors Center. Leaders: Eleanor G. and Ellen B. ------------- * RESERVATIONS * Capital Hiking Club is a non-profit group, and the public is invited on all trips. Reservations are accepted as late as Friday, but reserving before Wednesday night helps ensure your spot and prevent cancellation of the hike due to low sign-ups. RSVP through Meetup and pay through PayPal. Please be sure your RSVP gives your full name and phone number and where you'll be boarding the bus. We don't want to leave you behind! * FIRST-TIME HIKERS * If you're a first-time hiker with us, please notify the leaders in advance so they can make sure you have the info you need. Hikers must be able to keep at least a 2 mph pace. * BUS STOPS: MARYLAND ROUTING * Please arrive 10 to 15 minutes before times listed below. All our bus stops are Metro accessible. If you're driving to meet the bus, we strongly advise using the Grosvenor bus stop, as parking is extremely limited at the others. Bus stops and times are as follows: --- DC: Southeast corner of 16th and I St. NW (http://bit.ly/16thandEye) Bus leaves at 8 a.m. SHARP. --- Connecticut Ave. and Porter St,, NW, northeast corner (http://bit.ly/ConnecticutPorter) Bus briefly stops at the curb in front of the Broadmoor Apartments to pick up hikers about 8:10 a.m. --- Connecticut Ave. and McKinley St., NW, southeast corner (http://bit.ly/ConnecticutMcKinley) Bus stops at the bus shelter in front of the Safeway to pick up hikers about 8:20 a.m. --- Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Station, North Bethesda (http://bit.ly/Grosv_Metro) Bus stops at the bus shelter nearest to Metro Station walkway entrance between the station and the parking garage about 8:30 a.m. * WHAT TO WEAR, WHAT TO BRING * Bring sufficient food and water for a day's outing in a pack along with individual first aid articles, a whistle, and extra clothing according to the season. Sturdy boots or shoes are a necessity. It's recommended to carry 8 oz. of water per mile to be hiked, and more in hot weather. Gatorade or other electrolyte drink is also advisable. ... Also, bring cash for post-hike refreshments! * LIABILITY * By RSVP'ing for a CHC hike, you acknowledge and accept that hikers are responsible for their own safety and must assume risks and liability for all outings. CHC leaders, officers, and representatives shall not be liable for any injuries, loss or damage to persons or property, direct or consequential, arising out of any trips or club activities. Participants will be asked to sign a waiver the day of the hike. * CANCELLATION POLICY * If you need to cancel and would like to request a refund, before 2 p.m. the day before the hike, BOTH: (1) Change your RSVP to "No" AND: (2) Email your request to [masked] . List the DATE YOU PAID and your FULL NAME. There's a $5 cancellation fee per seat canceled. * MORE DETAILS * http://www.capitalhikingclub.org/about-faqs

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