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Enjoy a Friday morning and afternoon hike along a beautiful wooded stream valley in nearby Fairfax County, Virginia. From our trailhead at the historic Colvin Run Mill, we hike along Colvin Run to Lake Fairfax Park near Reston. From here we will circuit through Lake Fairfax Park before returning back to Colvin Run Mill. Hiking Distance: 8 miles over flat to slightly rolling terrain. Optional lunch at the Great Falls Irish Brogue in the village of Great Falls after the hike. Meet at the parking lot of Colvin Run Mill Park on Colvin Run Road near Leesburg Pike (Route 7) at 10:AM. Leader: Glenn Gillis,[masked], [masked].
Enjoy a vigorous nine mile circuit hike at Sky Meadows State Park in beautiful Fauquier County, Virginia! We will hike at a *BRISK pace as we explore the hills, forests, open meadows and stunning views of the Virginia Piedmont in a long circuit hike combining trails starting from the main Visitor Center entrance on the west side of US-17. Carpools will form at 8:30am. Those wishing to drive directly to the park, plan to be there at 9:30am. Park address is 11102 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA 20144 *This hike is recommended for experienced, well-conditioned hikers who can move at a 2.5 to 3.0 mph pace. Cost: $5 entrance fee per car (or REI members can use an REI receipt with their membership number on it for entrance.) Note: Entrance is unmanned so bring change or leave receipt/ Voluntary $2 donation to SCPRO requested. Bring: Warm layers of breathable clothing, raincoat, hiking poles (optional), hat and gloves, snacks, lunch, and at least 2 liters of fluids including some electrolytes. Sign up restrictions: Sorry, no dogs allowed on this hike. Carpool: Riders can self-organize carpools by posting messages on this Meetup listing. Leaders will be at Centreville Park and Ride. Suggested car pool fee is $7 per person for the drive to Sky Meadows State Park (about 45 minutes) Note: Carpool transportation is at the sole risk of participants. Cancellation Policy: Activity is held rain or shine, but may be altered due to inclement weather. More information on Sky Meadows State Park: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/sky-meadows#general_information
MODERATE: Out-and-back, go-at-your-own-pace hike of 10.2 miles on former right-of-way of historic railroad through lovely wooded sections of Northwest DC, with optional indoor lunch stop in Bethesda, MD. Total of 350 feet of elevation climbed on a few hills, at your own pace. Level: Moderate Meet at Fletcher's Boat House - 4940 Canal Rd, NW Additional Directions: If there is no room in the first parking lot when you enter, proceed through the tunnel under the canal to a much larger parking lot.
Hike approximately ten miles (600 feet of elevation change) from Ft. Mahan to Anacostia along the eastern line of the Civil War defenses of Washington. See sites of Ft. Mahan, Ft. Chaplin, Ft. Dupont, Ft. Davis, Ft. Ricketts, and Ft. Stanton. Enjoy a spectacular view of the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument from the heights of Anacostia. Meet in Ft. Mahan Park, southwest corner of Grant St. and 42nd St. NE (.2 miles east of Minnesota Ave. Metro Station). End at Anacostia Metro Station. Wear hiking boots or trail shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring water and lunch. To meet group, take metro to Minnesota Ave. station and walk to Ft. Mahan Park. At the end of the outing, take metro from Anacostia station. If you drive, park your vehicle on street or in parking garage at Minnesota Ave. metro station; at the end of the outing, take metro back to your vehicle. No cost, but $2.00 donation to Sierra Club is appreciated