• Shawl Gap to Massanutten Ridge Overlook (Rating: B)

    Signal Knob Trailhead

    Picture by Richard Stromberg:
    You must read the following https://nvhc.com/CovidDocument.pdf
    and then answer the question that you will see when you RSVP with "I accept" to be permitted on the hike.

    FULLY VACCINATED HIKERS ONLY
    'High end of a B' level hike! Join us for a 8.5 mile hike with 1,750 feet elevation gain hike in the Geo Washington National Forest. **Note: Most of the elevation gain is in the first five miles.**
    We start at the Signal Knob parking area on the Massanutten/Tuscarora Trail and head towards Elizabeth Furnace and up to Shawl Gap. From there we go north on the Buzzard Rocks Tr to a west facing overlook for lunch. After lunch, we retrace our steps back to Shawl Gap and use sections of the old Shawl Gap trail on our descent back to the cars. The old trail is unmaintained and may require some bushwhacking around downed trees.
    Need to Know Information:
    *Hike Starts: 9:00 AM (Please arrive a 10 minutes early to sign in)
    *Distance: 8.5 miles
    *Elevation: 1,750 feet elevation gain
    *Pace: Moderate Pace of[masked] mph when moving.
    You must be experienced in hikes of this distance, pace and elevation gain.
    *Park Entrance Fee: N/A
    *TRAILHEAD Location: Signal Knob Trailhead. [masked],[masked] Please use Map or coordinates to make sure you turn into the correct parking lot. After you turn in, go left and park. https://goo.gl/maps/W5ZPf78yjC6e2Ujz8
    *CARPOOLING: For those who are looking to carpool, feel free to use the comment section to organize.
    Neither the Club nor the hike leaders are responsible for coordinating transportation to/from the trailhead. Carpooling is organized by the participants and they participate at their own risk.
    *Dogs are permitted on this hike in accordance with the NVHC Dog Policy. https://tinyurl.com/nvhcdogpolicyhttps://tinyurl.com/nvhcdogpolic

    Leaders: Becky M. [masked] and David C. [masked]

    MAP: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CrsJJi87EqmSxlHfa7H_a2hiHc5zOL7h/view?usp=share_link

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  • Urban Woodlands (Rating: A)

    Tenleytown - AU

    You must read the following information http://nvhc.com/CovidDocument.pdf and then answer the question that you will see when you RSVP with "I accept" to be permitted on the hike.

    Length: 12 mi. Elevation: 800 feet. Pace: 2.5 - 3.0 miles per hour

    On this urban hike in DC, we explore some of the wooded areas and trails right in the middle of the metropolis. Starting on Wisconsin Avenue at the entrance to the Tenleytown Metro, we will walk along Glover Archbold Trail and then switch to Wesley Heights Trail. We will then explore Battery Kemble Park. Returning, we will resume Glover Archbold Trail and then turn left on Whitehaven Trail. At Wisconsin Avenue, we will break for lunch - there will be several options for hikers to choose from. After lunch we will continue on neighborhood streets to Dumbarton Oaks and Rock Creek Trail, passing the zoo. We will then take Klingle Valley Trail and walk through the Washington International School campus and neighborhood streets to make our way back to Tenleytown Metro. 12 miles of walking with about 800 feet of climbing. The pace will be 2.5 - 3.0 miles/hour. Mostly dirt trail with some walking on sidewalks on hard surface.

    Dogs allowed per NVHC policy:
    Policies – Northern Virginia Hiking Club (nvhc.com)

    VACCINATION: Mandatory.

    MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING: Optional.

    CARPOOLS: Not applicable.

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  • Hemlock Overlook to Route 28 on BROT (Rating: A)

    Hemlock Overlook Regional Park

    You must read the following https://nvhc.com/CovidDocument.pdf and then answer the question that you will see when you RSVP with "I accept" to be permitted on the hike.

    This is a hike along Bull Run and the adjoining forest area of rolling hills west of Hemlock Overlook Park on a lesser traveled (for NVHC) portion of the Bull Run Occoquan Trail (BROT).

    This will be an approximate 11.5 mile out-and-back hike with about 1300 feet of elevation change. I have previously done this hike in the past as a B-level hike. This is an extension distance and elevation of my previous hikes, and is therefore an A-level hike.

    Description: Starting from the Hemlock Overlook parking area, we will hike west along the BROT until we reach Rt. 28 and then return to our starting point. We will stop for lunch somewhere along the return path. There are several rolling hills. They are short and spread out, but some are steep. There are a few minor stream crossings. We will pass a Civil War artillery position used by both sides, and a former hydroelectric power plant.

    The pace will be about[masked] mph while moving.

    Fee: There is no parking/entrance fee at Hemlock Overlook Park.

    Dogs are permitted on this hike in accordance with the NVHC Dog Policy. https://tinyurl.com/nvhcdogpolicy

    Meet at the trailhead parking lot 15 minutes early so we can get everyone signed in and get ready to hike at 8:30am sharp.

    Trailhead/parking coordinates:[masked], [masked]
    Google map: Trailhead Parking Map

    Due to the local venue, no carpool location is being suggested. If anyone wishes to form a carpool, they may use the comment section to form their own. There is plenty of parking at the trailhead.

    Hike Leader: John H (phone number will be sent to attendees before hike)

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  • Eagle Rock - Tuscarora North of Route 55 (Rating: A)

    Centreville Park & Ride Lot

    You must read the following https://nvhc.com/CovidDocument.pdf
    and then answer the question that you will see when you RSVP with "I accept" to be permitted on the hike.

    This is a 9.3 mile in and out hike with 1500 feet elevation gain, low end of A rating. We will follow the Tuscarora Trail along the VA/WV border in the George Washington & Jefferson National Forests from route 55 north for <5 miles then turn around and retrace our path back to the cars. We will stop at Eagle Rock for lunch on the way back. Nice views from the ridge.

    Map: https://drive.google.com/file/d/12iIVpYqQ4LvP75xlm7NHc2SR0hEfrN13/view?usp=sharing

    AllTrails Map: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/map/map-324545e--56?u=i

    Dogs are permitted on this hike in accordance with the NVHC Dog Policy. https://tinyurl.com/nvhcdogpolicy

    Leader: Ed Brimbergmasked

    Park Entry Fee: $0

    Carpools: Meet at the Centreville Park and Ride at 8:00am. Suggested carpool fee is $8. The leader will be at the carpool location. Carpooling is recommended as trailhead parking is limited. GPS Coordinates:[masked], [masked] https://goo.gl/maps/hc3LRG7Hsy2wMJs18

    Driving time to trail head from the carpool location: 70 minutes

    Meet at the trailhead parking by 9:15am. GPS Coordinates:[masked], [masked] https://goo.gl/maps/bZYfxMBGdZshTpy7A

    Park on the left side of the road by the chain link fence. For your safety you may need to continue past the parking area to find a safe place to make a U-turn. Parking is on the shoulder of road and is limited.

    Neither the Club nor the hike leaders are responsible for coordinating transportation to/from the trailhead. Hikers are not guaranteed to get a ride to the trailhead from the carpool location. Carpooling is organized by the participants and they participate at their own risk.

    ****You must be experienced in hikes of this distance and elevation gain.****

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  • Mason Neck State Park - White Tundra Swans (Rating: D)

    Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge

    You must read the following http://nvhc.com/CovidDocument.pdf and then answer the question that you will see when you RSVP with "I accept" to be permitted on the hike.

    Distance: 4.6 miles
    Elevation: Approx 120 foot

    A nice hike at Mason Neck State Park which is situated on a peninsula formed by Pohick Bay on the north, Belmont Bay on the south and the Potomac River on the east. The peninsula is the site of an active heron rookery. The park also attracts several other migrating and non-migrating species of birds, including whistling swans and assorted species of duck. Bald eagles also inhabit the area.

    We will be doing the Woodmarsh trail which is approximately 2.6 miles loop we will be traversing trails around it to include encompassing middle trails to get to approximately 4.6 miles. This includes a stop at a bird overlook to see the white tundra swans. There is a great telescope available for use at the bird out look and bring binoculars if desired. There will be a great view of the bay area as well as a lake and marshes.

    The pace will be 2.5 - 3 mph.

    There is a restrooms at the trailhead and along the route.

    Bring adequate water/hydration (at least 2 liters), also snacks/lunch, The route is mostly level and there are no stream crossings. Some sections may get muddy after heavy rains. I recommend hiking shoes there are areas of the trail with many tree roots covered by fallen leaves. Also recommend insect repellent.

    Fee: No fee is required as the trailhead is before the ticket entrance booth,

    Dogs are permitted on this hike in accordance with the NVHC Dog Policy. https://tinyurl.com/nvhcdogpolicy

    https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/blog/come-see-the-swans-at-mason-neck-state-park-4862

    Mason Neck Hiking Upward:
    https://www.hikingupward.com/OVH/MasonNeck/

    Mason Neck State Park:
    https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/mason-neck#general_information

    Meet at the trailhead parking lot 15 minutes early to allow everyone to be signed in and get ready to hike at 9:45 am.

    Meeting Place Instructions: Mason Neck State Park, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton, VA. Access to the park is via U.S. 1, then five miles east on Route 242 (Gunston Road) to the park entrance.
    Continue into the park on High Point Rd, and turn into the first parking lot on your left about 1/2 to 3/4 mile into the park. You will see a big blue sign with Woodmarsh trail on it on the left as noted in pic below.
    Any questions, please message me here or text/call @[masked]. If you text me, please include your name.

    https://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/Mason%20Neck%20Tear%20Sheet.pdf

  • North Reston Full Snow Moon Walk (Rating: D)

    Lake Newport Tennis Courts

    You must read the following http://nvhc.com/CovidDocument.pdf and then answer the question that you will see when you RSVP with "I accept" to be permitted on the hike.

    The explanation behind February’s full Moon name is a fairly straightforward one: it’s known as the Snow Moon due to the typically heavy snowfall that occurs in February. On average, February is the United States’ snowiest month, according to data from the National Weather Service. In the 1760s, Captain Jonathan Carver, who had visited with the Naudowessie (Dakota), wrote that the name used for this period was the Snow Moon, “because more snow commonly falls during this month than any other in the winter.”

    This flat 4 mile walk on paved walkways is around the two lakes in North Reston: Lake Newport and Lake Anne. Flashlights should be used only as needed.

    Bathroom break: At the tennis court restrooms. (At the start and end of the hike)
    Also, at the Reston Community Center.
    Art Exhibit: Really Big Show!
    Acrylic and collage artworks by Livingston Rodgers

    We will stop and visit the "Free Little Art Gallery" along the hike.

    Weather forecast: Mostly Sunny, with a high of 54 degrees earlier in the day.

    Dogs are permitted on this hike in accordance with the NVHC Dog Policy. https://tinyurl.com/nvhcdogpolicy

    Leader: Rick Goulet[masked] (C)

    • On February 6, 1971, Alan Shepard became the first man to hit a golf ball on the Moon. (With a telescope you can still see that little ball flying around the moon! And if you believe that then let me sell you the moon, cheap.)

  • Dickey Ridge to Visitor Center (Rating: B)

    Centreville Park & Ride

    REQUIRED: You must read the following information http://nvhc.com/CovidDocument.pdf and then answer the question that you will see when you RSVP with "I accept" to be permitted on the hike.

    This is a brisk B-level Wednesday morning workout. The hike is about 8.6 miles with 1600 feet elevation gain in SNP.
    We will start from the Dickey Ridge trail outside Skyline drive. If you drive to the to park entrance, you have gone too far. We will hike to the visitor center, take in the view, and use the bathroom facility, return via Fox Hollow. Dogs are not allowed on Fox Hollow trail so we won't have 4-legged friends on this hike.

    We hike at a pace of [masked] mph when moving. Faster on flat/downhill sections. This is considered a fast hike. The plan is to complete before or around noon so you'll have a good part of Friday for other errands that life also calls for. You must be experienced in hikes of this distance, elevation gain and speed.

    Leader: David K. -[masked]
    The hike leader will meet at the trailhead at 8AM.

    For those wishing to carpool, the suggested carpool location is at the Centerville P&R. The driving time from there to the trailhead is about 1 hour. Please arrive at the Park and Ride a few minutes before 7AM to form carpool so all cars can leave at 7AM. The hike leader will not be at the carpool location. He will meet people at the trailhead.
    Suggested carpool fee is $7.
    PLEASE NOTE: Neither the Club nor the hike leaders are responsible for coordinating transportation to/from the trailhead. Hikers are not guaranteed to get a ride to the trailhead from the carpool location. Carpooling is organized by the participants and they participate at their own risk.

    Trailhead: Dickey Ridge parking outside park at 8AM
    GPS Coordinates:[masked], [masked] https://goo.gl/maps/qbtDXnK592QxvEf99
    Park Entry Fee: $0

    Rating: B

    Hiking Map: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ofxLeFFmHZ90xZKEleK_S6YaTbLx4OzO/view?usp=sharing

  • Lake Fairfax Park Reston- (Rating: C)

    Lake Fairfax Park Main Office

    You must read the following https://nvhc.com/CovidDocument.pdf and then answer the question that you will see when you RSVP with "I accept" to be permitted on the hike.

    This is a 8 mile hike with 472 feet of elevation. The Hike route is a loop consisting primarily of dirt trails. This is an enjoyable hike with the Lake, lots of graceful full growth trees and the fun of winding through multiple trails in this relatively compact Park with it's 476 acres of park land.

    Recommend you bring poles as there are tangled roots, rocks, potential for mud, if it has rained in the days before the hike, and multiple small stream crossings.

    We hike at a pace of approximately 2.5 -3.0 mph while moving. You must be experienced with hikes of this length and elevation gain.

    Dogs are permitted on this hike in accordance with the NVHC Dog Policy. https://tinyurl.com/nvhcdogpolicyhttps://tinyurl.com/nvhcdogpolic

    Leader: Steve Frith cell[masked]

    Park Entry Fee: $0.00

    Map for hike:

    https://www.alltrails.com/explore/map/map-january-18-2023-eb06b9d?u=i

  • Burke Lake (Rating: D)

    Burke Lake Park

    You must read the following https://nvhc.com/CovidDocument.pdf
    and then answer the question that you will see when you RSVP with "I accept" to be permitted on the hike. "Yes" or "Oaky" are not sufficient.

    BASICS: This hike is almost 5 miles with essentially no elevation change. Pace will be about 2.6 miles an hour when moving. Good hike for a beginner. Please arrive a few minutes early to allow time to sign-in. We will leave promptly at 9:00 a.m.

    DETAILS: There are restrooms if you continue into the parking lot where we meet, towards the lake, by the marina. Bring water and something to eat. We will probably stop half way. Good time for a snack. Sneakers or hiking shoes.

    Should many more than 20 people appear for this hike, we probably will divide into 2 groups. One group will go clockwise with a leader and the other group will go counter clockwise with the other leader.

    DIRECTIONS: We will meet at the parking lot near the Marina. Enter the park at the Burke Lake Park Entrance on Ox Road (Route 123). If using a GPS to find the park, just key in "Burke Lake Park." More directions are below. After entering the park, go straight following the road as it curves right and goes into the marina parking lot. This will be the first parking lot (not counting some parking along the side of the road) that you come to. We congregate at the area soon after entering the parking lot.

    DOG POLICY: No dogs on this hike.

    Looking forward,

    Dotty Smith[masked]
    Marty Rine[masked]

    PLEASE NOTE START TIME OF 9:00 a.m.!

    FREE
    Admission to Burke Lake Park is free for Fairfax County residents at all times. There is no charge for out-of-county residents on weekdays, except for a few holidays during the warmer months. On the weekends from April to October and those couple of holidays, there usually is $10.00 a car fee for those from outside of Fairfax County.

    More Directions:

    From I-95 Take exit #160 (Route 123 North). The sign will say Woodbridge, Occoquan, and Lake Ridge. Follow 123 North (Ox Road) for 7.5 miles to the park entrance on the right. (If you see the golf course, then you have gone too far. The golf course entrance is the next right off Route 123; this is beyond the park entrance. Good place to turn around, if need be.)

    From the Beltway (495) Take the Braddock Road West exit (Exit 54, VA-620) and travel approximately 2 miles. Turn left onto Burke Lake Road (at Kings Park Shopping Center). Follow Burke Lake Road for 5 miles. Turn left onto Route 123 South (Ox Road). The golf course entrance is the first left off Route 123. The park entrance is the second left off Route 123.

    From Route 66 Take the Fairfax County Parkway, Exit 55A (Route 286 South towards Springfield). Continue on the Fairfax County Parkway for approximately 5 miles. Take a right onto Burke Lake Road. At the next light, turn left onto Ox Road (Route 123). The golf course entrance is the first left off Ox Road. The park entrance is the second left off Ox Road.

  • Overall Run (Rating: A **FAST**)

    Centreville Park & Ride

    REQUIRED: You must read the following information http://nvhc.com/CovidDocument.pdf and then answer the question that you will see when you RSVP with "I accept" to be permitted on the hike.

    This is a brisk Friday morning workout. The total distance of this hike works a little differently. Please read!
    We will start outside the park at the Thompson Hollow TH and make a clockwise loop with the steep uphill to the overlook first. The total mileage of the hike will be determined when we reach the intersection with Beecher Ridge Trail. By this point, we'd be done with about 3.5 miles and 1600ft elevation with a couple of water crossings. If we reach this point by 9:30 or earlier, we will continue our hike to Weddlewood and Heiskell Hollow making the hike about 10 miles and 2400ft elevation gain. If we miss the time mark at the intersection, we will take the Beecher Ridge trail back, completing a 8-mile, 1800ft hike. In either event there will NOT be a lunch break. We will return to the car by noon so you'll have a good part of Friday for other errands that life also calls for.

    We hike at a pace of [masked] mph when moving. Faster on flat/downhill sections. This is considered a fast hike. You must be experienced in hikes of this distance, elevation gain and speed.

    Leader: Xiaobin[masked]
    The hike leader will meet at the trailhead at 8AM.

    For those wishing to carpool, the suggested carpool location is at the Centerville P&R. The driving time from there to the trailhead is about 1.0 hour 15.0 minutes. Please arrive at the Park and Ride a few minutes before 6:45AM to form carpool so all cars can leave at 6:45AM.
    Suggested carpool fee is $8.
    PLEASE NOTE: Neither the Club nor the hike leaders are responsible for coordinating transportation to/from the trailhead. Hikers are not guaranteed to get a ride to the trailhead from the carpool location. Carpooling is organized by the participants and they participate at their own risk.

    Trailhead: Thompson Hollow TH at 8AM
    GPS Coordinates:[masked], [masked]https://goo.gl/maps/8Zj4bDd3NE3sKTHJ6
    Park Entry Fee: $0

    Rating: A

    Dogs are permitted on this hike in accordance with the NVHC Dog Policy. https://tinyurl.com/nvhcdogpolicy
    Hiking Map: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kY7cwniIWIIjCjjmvsLbJgK9UYviST0o/view?usp=sharing