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SCPRO is a special activities section of the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter that organizes hikes and other events for the general public on behalf of the Sierra Club's Washington, DC chapter and the close-in groups of the Maryland and Virginia Chapters. No Sierra Club membership is necessary to participate. We welcome all people on a variety of outdoor adventures, nature walks, conservation outings, and exploration of our natural and regional history.

http://www.sierraclub.org/virginia/potomac-region-outings (http://www.sierrapotomac.org)

Upcoming events (5+)

Best Trails for Mushrooms and How to Find Them

Our region has some very fine trails, and some of those trails go through excellent mushroom-growing areas. William Needham (longtime Sierra outings leader, creator of the on-line Hiker's Notebook, and president of DC's Mycological Society) will share slides of his favorite trails and the succulent gems he has found along them. This one-hour session at the REI store in Bailey's Crossroads, VA, is free, but space is very limited and advance registration is required at www.rei.com/stores/baileys-crossroads (NOT ON THIS MEETUP SITE. WATCH FOR THE LISTING TO APPEAR ON THE STORE'S WEBSITE.)

Parade of Parks (difficult)

Fletchers Cove Lower Parking Lot

What a great way to discover the beautiful parklands of the Washington area! This unusual hike is a circuit of 14 or 25 miles (you choose) on natural- and unnatural-surface trails in DC and MD (long hike) parklands, with some gentle elevation change. The short version is difficult (3.6 blisters) and the long version is more difficult (4.9 blisters). Mud and/or ice on the trails have been known to occur. The hike will take you over a veritable Parade of Parks/trails: - C&O Canal National Historical Park - Capital Crescent Trail - Glover-Archibold Park - Whitehaven Park - Dumbarton Oaks Park - Rock Creek Park - National Zoological Park - Melvin C. Hazen Park (short version) - Georgetown Branch Trail (long version) See www.bit.ly/2019ParadePks to download and print copies of the hike trail notes and route map. Meeting Time & Place: We'll meet 8 AM at Fletcher's Cove Boathouse lower parking lot, off Canal Rd. (Location: http://goo.gl/IaE6Ao.) Please use caution driving into the Fletcher’s Cove area—the entrance driveway is narrow and you need to drive through the tunnel under the canal to get to the lower lot where there is more ample parking. What to Bring: Bring food and drink (short, 2 qts; long, 3 qts), or $$ to buy on the way. You’ll proceed at your own pace and you may stop (or not) anytime to eat. This hike occurs rain or shine, cold or warm, so dress appropriately. However, in case of hazardous weather, please check here for last-minute changes before leaving for the hike. Previous versions of this hike: http://bit.ly/ParadeofParks2017 http://bit.ly/ParadeofParks2016 http://bit.ly/ParadeofParks2015 http://bit.ly/ParadeofParks2014 http://bit.ly/ParadeofParks2013 http://bit.ly/ParadeofParks2012 Leaders: Mike Darzi and Jennifer Hine. ODH: Although open to all, this hike is part of a series of Saturday training hikes leading up to the One Day Hike (ODH)—100 or 50 km along the C&O Canal—on May4, 2019. (See the calendar for information about other training hikes and the ODH.) For official updates regarding registration and other information, join the ODH Yahoo discussion group by sending a blank email to [masked] and Like us on Facebook. For general information, check out www.onedayhike.org. If you would like to volunteer to help support the ODH, contact Mike Darzi ([masked]).

Early Spring 6 Miles hike at Little Bennett Regional Park MD

Shady Grove Metro Station Kiss & Ride

Join us for an fairly easy hilly 6 miles hike on the northern trails of Little Bennett Regional Park. Carpooling is strongly recommended as parking space is limited. This park is the largest in Montgomery county, MD, a few miles off I 270. It is a gem of a natural area preserved from the encroaching suburbs, and is very bio diverse. We'll start on a flat gravel road then go through woods up to the ridge, passing meadows, tobacco barns ruins, and near the end we will pass by an old restored school house: the Kingsley Schoolhouse which served the local, rural farming community until it closed in 1935. These are 'multi-use' trails (open to hikers, bikers and equestrians) mostly on natural surface. 2019 Little Bennett Trails map: https://www.montgomeryparks.org/uploads/2016/08/Little-Bennett-Regional-Park-Trail-Map-Jan-2019.pdf MEET: Parking space is limited so we will carpool. We will meet at the Shady Grove Metro station on the Kiss&Ride side at 9:15am and organize a carpool from there. Parking is free on week-ends. We will leave at 9:30 am for a 30 minute drive to the trailhead parking. We will aim to leave from the Kingsley Parking Area shortly after 10 am after a short introduction. When you reply, please let us know if you can offer a ride from Shady Grove Metro Station. If you need a ride from another metro station, please post it on Meetup. PARKING: Carpooling is strongly recommended as parking space is limited. If you choose to drive, please let us know. Kingsley Parking Area – 24758 Clarksburg Road, Clarksburg, MD 20871 Overflow: park at Wilson Mill Trailhead Parking Area and walk 5 min to the meeting point. Wilson Mill Trailhead Parking Area – 24825 Clarksburg Road, Clarksburg, MD 20871 HOW LONG: The hike is approximately 6 miles and should take about 3 hours depending on the group pace. We try to keep an average 2.5 miles/hour pace. The hike will go in light rain/snow but it will be canceled for heavy rain or snow. FACILITIES: There are no bathrooms at the trailhead, there will be portable bathrooms near our snack/lunch break spot near the 5 mile point. BRING: - Water and snacks/lunch, we will take a break part-way through the hike. - Sturdy sneakers or hiking boots - waterproof if possible - as the trails might be muddy. Note: SCPRO requests a $2/person donation to support its volunteer-led activities. If you are not already, please become a Sierra Club member by clicking "join" on the Sierra Club's site: http://www.sierraclub.org/. CONTACT: Fran:[masked]

The Cleveland Park-Glover-Archbold-Rock Creek Loop

Cleveland Park Station

Moderate but brisk-paced hike--7.5 miles through multiple parks and urban neighborhoods. We will start at the West entrance of the Cleveland Park Metro Station, hike west to Glover Archbold Trail and then down to Whitehaven Trail. We will then head back up to Cleveland Park walking through Dumbarton Oaks and Rock Creek Parks. We may encounter some snow and/or rain. Walking surface will be dirt and asphalt trails and sidewalks with several stream or creek crossings. Bring plenty of water and some snacks. Dress in layers, and be sure to wear sturdy, comfortable footwear. Well-behaved, leashed dogs welcome. Sierra Club Potomac Region Outings (SCPRO) appreciates a voluntary $2 per person donation to support our many volunteer-led activities. Also, you can become a Sierra Club member by clicking "join" on the Virginia Sierra Club's site.

Past events (864)

Kid-Friendly St. Patrick's Day Outing

11950 Clopper Rd

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