POSTPONED UNTIL SUNDAY MARCH 17th!!!!
Sorry everyone for the last minute change but the weather calls for more than just random showers. The weather will be showers followed by steady light rain, with temperatures reaching only into the high 30s, maybe low 40s.
I will repost this hike for tomorrow. I hope everyone is able to see this change and I apologize again for the last minute decision.
The weather tomorrow is actually dangerous because, if individuals do become immobile during the hike, there is a high risk of hypothermia. (based upon my training).
March 13 Update: I still plan to do this hike and the follow on event at the SLV even though showers are expected. I do not see a reason to cancel but please be prepared to bring rain protection.
If the weather becomes too difficult, we can adjust but currently there is a 50% chance of showers, with a temp of about 60 degrees or so.
Posting this info now, in case I am unable to before the hike. Any final updates will be posted by 5pm Friday but I do not expect anything to change. Please check back Friday to verify though.
See everyone then!
Car: Blue Audi
Winter is finally over and now is a great time to get outdoors! Join me for a hike on March 16th at 10am at Sugarloaf Mountain, followed afterwards by an optional glass of wine/soda at the Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard
For those who have not been on one of my hikes before, if you would like to attend this event, please be aware of the following rules:
This hike is NOT for beginners! It is a 5-6 miles loop hike with steep incline at some points. We walk at a moderate pace [masked] miles per hour) I will stop the hike if any participant incurs an immobilizing injury (ex: sprained ankle, dehydration) so the injured person can be attended to. Hikers will have the option of continuing the hike on their own or waiting to finish the hike with the group, after we are able to get the injured person to safety. I do not use a sweeper and I usually do not take a headcount. We always look out for one another as a group but I can not prevent individuals from leaving the hike, if that is what they decide, so my hikes tend to be more fluid than other meetup hikes. My hikes are geared towards individuals with moderate-expert hiking experience who are comfortable walking independently at times. If you would not be comfortable walking this trail/location with only a friend or two, this likely is not the hike for you. Bring snacks, plenty of water and dress in layers. Please also post a comment if you need a ride/offering a ride so other members can coordinate with you. Pets are OK but the rules of Sugarloaf Mountain state they must remain on a leash at all times. I will solicit for VOLUNTARY donations after the event. Please know that 100% of all donated funds will go towards funding the DC Metropolitan Hikers Meetup Website. Hike will be cancelled if rain is expected so please look for updates. I will post a final update no later than the night before and, if members still would like to walk regardless of weather, I'm game! Let me know.
We will meet at the West View Parking lot at 9:45am. It's a little tricky to get there so make sure you follow the directions below:
From N-270, take the Hyattstown exit, circle around and continue on Route 109; turn right on Comus Road to the Sugarloaf Mountain entrance. Once at the entrance, follow the 2nd road from the right (you have to pass a gate and there's a sign of private property). Go all the way up and turn LEFT when you see the sign of WEST VIEW. Proceed till you see the West View parking lot.
We will begin the hike at 10:00 am sharp from the parking lot, following the blue/white trail to the blue trail until we reach the White Rocks Overlook. We will stay at the WRO for no more than 10 minutes to allow people to grab some water, a snack and just take in the view. We will then continue along the blue trail until we return back to the Westview parking lot.
I plan to visit Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard afterwards for a glass of wine and for those who would prefer, wine tasting and possibly live music. There's a $5 fee for tasting. This was fun last time and feel to bring some snacks for the vineyard or you can buy from the store there.
Carpool is strongly encouraged to save gas money and save the environment. Please post carpool options as soon as you can! Riders need to contact drivers to discuss pick up time and location. Follow the directions provided below so you won't get lost.