• Fast Urban Hike-Washington National Cathedral Area.

    3101 Wisconsin Ave NW

    We will start at the Cathedral-front steps, facing Wisconsin Ave, not any of the numerous side doors. Then walk through the gardens, Dumbarton Oaks, Grover Archibald park, and through neighborhoods. It will be dark in the woods, very uneven trail. BRING A LIGHT Distance 7 miles Duration: about 2 hours Hikers: I like a brisk pace 3.5 plus miles per hour. This NOT a good hike for new or out of shape hikers. Average walking pace for most people is 2.5, so be prepared. If you are not a fast hiker you may be left behind If you cannot keep up with the group there are several street crossing where you can head back to the starting point. BRING A LIGHT When: Hike LEAVES at 6:00 Please arrive a few minutes early. Where to Meet: Cathedral-front steps-center doors. Parking. There is on street parking all around the Cathedral and public in the parking garage under the front. Metro- One mile walk from Cleveland park Metro Facilities: There are restrooms in the cathedral café-open until 6, and in the underground parking garage. Arrive in time to use them before we leave at 6. Dogs: No Rain. I hike rain or shine-bring a raincoat of it looks like rain is a possibility. Fees: NO entrance fee. To Bring: Water. Smiles. BRING A LIGHT

  • Catoctin Mountain Park

    Rockville Metro Station

    Dear Hikers, Everyone of the 20 that signed up so far has a seat. Until we get more drivers we are out of seats. Sign up anyway and we’ll update you later. Join us to Hike Catoctin Mountains on Saturday, 23 November after satisfying all the requirements outlined in the announcement below (if the requirements are not satisfied, requestors will be moved to “not going”). You may reapply again after satisfying the requirements. We’re planning to form 2 different ability groups, with one group doing 5 miles and the other 8.5 miles. If the event goes as planned, both groups will start and end at roughly the same time +/- 15 minutes. The fast group will cover greater distance at a faster clip, while the “smell the flowers” will go the shorter distance at a more leisurely pace (and take time to take pics and more breaks than the fast group). You must satisfy the following requirements to go. 1) ONLY sign up when you are 100% committed to going (and will be on time). 2). Provide permission to at least the event organizer to message you via the meet up messaging feature. 3) Join the WhatsApp chat group for this event. Chat group link: https://chat.whatsapp.com/Er64sOOKHUd9PYH4LathwU 4). Thoroughly answer each additional question in the announcement. 5). Read on the internet about Catoctin Mountain Park, have an adventurous spirit, be ready for a workout and challenge, be flexible, and at ease with uncertainty. This event organizer promotes bringing children. 8 years and up is probably about the right limit for most hikes. Leashed dogs are ok on this trail. More details on this hike will be published here in subsequent updates or via WhatsApp. Estimate roughly 4 to 5 hours hiking time. We will pass out a few maps during the route briefing. The hike will start from the visitor’s center. We centrally organize ride sharing and publish the seating plan and hike updates on WhatsApp. We appreciate those that volunteer to drive. Contact me any time if you have questions or concerns. [masked] Rest stop en route: TBD 08:30 Show-time—we don’t wait. Rockville Metro Station (East side open air lot (see map above ). 08:40 Sharp. Depart Rockville Metro via convoy. Convoy route: https://goo.gl/maps/UzDPwraxaqxtZZCL7 More itinerary to be published later. Post-hike eats is a maybe for those interested. Location to TBD. Gas share: $5 per person Hikers should be prepared to bag their boots to protect drivers’ cars. Bring extra socks and clothes to change as needed. Bring a minimum of 2 liters of water and snacks on the trail. Although we currently plan to convoy from the meeting point at Rockville Metro, this May change as we learn more about where participants are coming from. Let us know your situation. Free parking in metro parking lots on the weekends. Safety—When unsure of an obstacle, never be rushed and always remember you are ultimately responsible for your own well-being. Challenge yourself but never exceed your ability when there is danger.

  • Shenandoah Hike, North Region

    Location visible to members

    Dear Winter Hikers, Should know by 20 Nov if we have to change the date of this hike. Stay tuned. This announcement is intended as a place marker on your calendar. A fuller description of this event will be published by mid-November. If we’re lucky there will be some snow on the ground. Our events are not postponed due to weather. Rather, we make adjustments and prepare for changing weather conditions. There is no such thing as bad weather. Plan on hiking 5 to 7 miles. You must satisfy the following requirements to go. 1) ONLY sign up when you are 100% committed to going (and will be on time). 2). Provide permission to at least the event organizer to message you via the meet up messaging feature. 3) Join the WhatsApp chat group for this event. Chat group link: https://chat.whatsapp.com/BIVCFqDWYYK4U9z8K9EChb 4). Thoroughly answer each additional question in the announcement. 5). Read on the internet about SNP, have an adventurous spirit, be ready for a workout and challenge, be flexible, and at ease with uncertainty. This event organizer promotes bringing children. 8 years and up is probably about the right limit for most hikes. Leashed dogs are ok on this trail. More details on this hike will be published here in subsequent updates or via WhatsApp. Estimate roughly 5 to 6 hours hiking time. We will pass out a few maps during the route briefing. We centrally organize ride sharing and publish the seating plan and hike updates on WhatsApp. We appreciate those that volunteer to drive. Contact me any time if you have questions or concerns. [masked] Rest stop en route: TBD 08:30 Show-time—we don’t wait. North Parking Lot, Vienna Metro. Don’t go to the South Lot (on the other side of I-66). 08:40 Sharp. Depart via convoy. Rest Stop en route. More itinerary to be published later. Post-hike eats is a maybe for those interested. Location to TBD. Gas share: $6 per person Hikers should be prepared to bag their boots to protect drivers’ cars. Bring extra socks and clothes to change as needed. Bring a minimum of 2 liters of water and snacks on the trail. Although we currently plan to convoy from the meeting point at Vienna Metro (South Parking Lot). We may add another pick up point depending on your situation. Free parking in metro parking lots on the weekends. Safety—When unsure of an obstacle, never be rushed and always remember you are ultimately responsible for your own well-being. Challenge yourself but never exceed your ability when there is danger.