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River Bend - Potomac Heritage Trail Exploration Hike

  • Jan 25, 2014 · 9:45 AM
  • Riverbend Park Visitor Center

A mostly out-and-back 10-12 mile exploratory hike starting at Riverbend Park, and following the Potomac Heritage Trail north; we should have some nice views of the Potomac along the way.  We'll begin and end at the Riverbend visitor center (there are restrooms at the visitor center).  

Have not hiked this far north so this will be an exploration hike in large part.  We'll be heading towards the Seneca Tract, an area owned by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority but not an official park.

The trail will be mostly dirt path, may be muddy.  There may be some hills but mostly level with no significant elevation change. 

Riverbend park directions

WHERE? Riverbend Park visitor center

WHEN? Saturday, January 25, 9:45 a.m. (meet at 9:45, start hiking at 10)  

DISTANCE? Hike will be 10-12 miles.

DURATION? Should take around 4 1/2 to 5 hours.

WHAT TO BRING? Bring water - it's important to drink even in the winter! And snacks.  

CANCELLATION POLICY: Check the meet up site before leaving for the hike.

I will email my contact information out to those who have signed up.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Is the hiking most likely to be flat? I got used to hike 8-10 miles in flat trail, 6-8 miles in mountain with high elevation. I want to try a little bit more difficult hiking, like 10-12 miles in flat trail, however, 10-12 miles with high elevation will be beyond my ability.

    January 24, 2014

    • Phyllis

      Yes, mostly flat. May be a few little hills but no high elevation.

      January 24, 2014

  • Phyllis

    Update on winter adventure hike... Park is open, the parking lot and park roads are cleared. Jeffries Road, heading into the park, is not plowed but has been sanded. We can expect snow on the trail (may be icy in parts) so dress appropriately with good hiking boots etc.

    Visitor center will not open until 11 but restrooms are available.

    Christine, Jonathan, Bill - please confirm that you'll be coming in carpool. If someone drops out I can pick Karen up at Dupont too.

    January 23, 2014

    • Jonathan G.

      Hi Phyllis, thanks for offering to drive. I am going to give up my spot in the car, as I won't be able to make it. (I'm recovering from an illness, and judging from the forecast, this wouldn't be a great idea). Karen, that spot is yours!

      1 · January 23, 2014

    • Phyllis

      Thanks for letting me know; feel better!

      January 24, 2014

  • christine

    Hiya everyone, I don't have a car, live in Georgetown and would like to catch a ride from any metro station or anywhere sort of near where I could get to by cab.....

    January 19, 2014

    • Jonathan G.

      Hi Phyllis, I could be in Dupont. Let me know if you're still available. Happy to pay for gas and/or coffee or whatever.

      January 21, 2014

    • Phyllis

      Yes. Can pick up Christine, Jonathan and Bill at Dupont circle metro. Will email details later.

      January 21, 2014

  • Bill

    Need a ride, live in Dupont, happy to meet anywhere metro accessible and to contribute for gas. Thanks!

    January 21, 2014

    • Phyllis

      I can take you, Bill, along with Christine and Jonathan. Will email details later in the week.

      January 21, 2014

  • Jennie

    Hi everyone, if people can meet at the Dunn Loring metro, I can pick people up from there at 9:10.

    January 21, 2014

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