for experienced hiker-writers: The
Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) is updating the guidebook on circuit
hikes in the Shenandoah, and Sierrans are pitching in. If you would like to
hike one or more of the 31 loops described in the 1996 edition and confirm
or update the text, email Larry Broadwell at email@example.com.
Series: This ongoing series is aimed
at both hiking and DC area newcomers. The outings typically combine exercise
with brief information-enhanced stops on underutilized hiking routes.
Hikes: This series is for those who
want to share techniques for using the satellite-based Global Positioning
System, check out receivers others are using, or just hike along and watch
the electrons play.
Write the Guidebook Series:
See how trail guides are written, help check distances and note changes
in landmarks to update the
popular PATC guide and enjoy a hike at the same time. This series covers
circuits in Shenandoah National Park of.
Hikes: This long-running offering is
intended for experienced, serious hikers. Good gear and excellent
conditioning are recommended as the ratings go beyond E (over 20 miles or
the equivalent degree of difficulty in elevation changes).
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The following events are not run by MWROP, and MWROP and/or the Sierra Club can take no responsibility and make no representations or warranties about the quality, safety, supervision or management of events they do not sponsor. They are published as a reader service because they may be of interest to recipients of this calendar.
Sat. September 11. 23 mile Bald Eagle Mountain Megatransect in Lock Haven, PA. This year will be the 2nd annual one. It is sponsored by the City of Lock Haven (central PA near Williamsport and State College). The course is really beautiful and has 5000 ft. of elevation gain. Jeff Stover firstname.lastname@example.org; www.ultrahike.com
June 5 & 6. Not rated. Shenandoah National Park, Basic Maintenance on as many shelters as time allows. Leader: Frank Turk
301/249-8243 or FrankTurk@aol.com.
June 5, 12, & 19.
Not rated. 26th Annual Seneca Creek Cleanup takes place
on June 19, with scouting (and fun) float trips on the two preceding Saturdays.
See entries below for each date. Leader: Jim Finucane 301/365-3485 before 9pm.
May 29-31. Not rated. Backpack Ramsey's Draft Wilderness Area. Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the national wilderness
preservation system with this Memorial Day weekend backpack through the Ramsey's
Draft National Wilderness Area. Enjoy the beautiful stream valley of Ramsey's
Draft, views from Shenandoah Mountain, and a virgin forest that is truly
timeless. Leader: Glenn Gillis 703/430-0568.
June 5-6. Not rated. Heart of the Shenandoah Backpack
from Milam Gap below Big Meadows to Hughes Gap above Skyland along the legendary
AT. Enjoy spectacular views from Hawksbill and Stony Man summits as well as
Little Stony Man cliffs. 2-day distance: 14 miles. Limit: 9 participants.
Leader: Glenn Gillis 703/430-0568.
June 11-13. Not rated. GPS Backpack: Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina. Unscouted. Highest peak on the Blue Ridge (5,792').
Mile-high bridge. 22 – 26 challenging miles in 2 - 2.5 days. Apply no
later than 2 weeks in advance. Leader: Dimitri Tundra, email@example.com,
2004 Four States Tour of the AT: Travel the Appalachian Trail through MD, PA, VA and a tiny
bit of WV this summer. The Series
hikes occur on Sundays through October, so check the weekly entries for details.
Loudoun County Series:
A new series designed to explore the Northern Virginia county's wealth of
remarkable but little-known preserves and other hiking venues--and to increase
public awareness of the environmental threats that come with Loudoun's ranking
as the second fastest growing county in the nation.
GPS Hikes: This series is for those who want to share techniques for
using the satellite-based Global Positioning System, check out receivers others
are using, or just hike along and watch the electrons play.
Help Write the Guidebook Series: See how
trail guides are written, help check distances and note changes in landmarks
to update the popular PATC guide and enjoy a hike at the same time. This series
covers circuits in Shenandoah National Park.
Get-to-Know-DC Series: This ongoing series is aimed at both hiking and DC
area newcomers. The outings typically combine exercise with brief
information-enhanced stops on underutilized hiking routes.
Tuesday Hikes: This long-running offering is intended for experienced,
serious hikers. Good gear and excellent conditioning are recommended as the
ratings go beyond E (over 20 miles or the equivalent degree of difficulty in
June 1. Rated H. Bear Church Rock. Grab a chance to view laurel in season by ascending the Jones
Mountain Trail to Bear Church Rock, continuing to Cat Knob, and returning on the
Fork Mountain and Staunton River trails. With side-trip options, we’ll go up
to 18 miles with 4,300 ft. of elevation gain. Leader: Chris Nolen 301/469-8931
June 3. Rated C. Scotts Run to Turkey Run Park.10
mi. over varied terrain near Langley, VA. From I-495, Exit 44, go W. on Va 193
(Georgetown Pike) 0.6 mi to Swinks Mill Rd., turn right into main parking area.
Start 10am. Bring lunch/water. No pets. Leader: Henri Comeau 703/451-7965 or firstname.lastname@example.org
June 4. Rated A/B. Moonlit Hike on the Mall.
Explore DC's beautiful Mall and monuments by almost-full moon. Meet 8pm at
parking lot off Constitution Ave. by Washington Monument (now closed to cars).
Park on Constitution Ave. NW near 16th Street. Nearest Metro is
Federal Triangle. Bring water. Kids who can walk 7+ mi. (or 3 mi.) on relatively
level terrain are most welcome. Leader: Jim Finucane, 301/365-3485 before 9pm.
June 5. Rated A-B. C&O Canal Towpath Stroll plus Carderock Picnic.
Out-and-back walk of up to 10 miles between Carderock and Great Falls and
between 9:30am and noon (choose your own pace and distance), followed by
optional potluck picnic to celebrate this year's OneDayHike (see May 1 listing
above). No pets. Call for details or if carless. Leaders: Pat Hopson
703/379-1795 (call before 10pm) and Paul Elliott 703/256-6351.
June 5. Rated E. Conestoga Trail in PA. Challenging 11 mile hike with 3,000 ft. of elevation
change. Great views of Susquehanna River. See one of the largest tectonic caves
in the eastern U.S. and cool off in streams along the trail. Co-leaders: Ted
Conwell, 301/589-1513, Russ Norfleet 703/294-6068. Call for details.
June 5. Not Rated. Scouting Trip by Canoe for the Seneca Creek Cleanup. See June 19
Calendar entry for details. Leader: Jim Finucane 301/365-3485 before 9pm.
June 6. Rated B. Rock Creek Park. Explore the beauty of Rock Creek Park in spring.
Meet at the Rock Creek Nature Center (Military Road and Oregon Ave. NW) at 1pm.
Bring water and a snack. Kids who can walk 7+ miles on relatively level terrain
are welcome. Leader: Jim Finucane 301/365-3485 before 9pm.
June 6. Rated C. Four States Tour 2004 AT Series (plus poetry). A 7-mile hike from Old Forge PA to Penmar. Bring poetry if
you like. Metro-accessible meeting point. Limited to 20 people. Leader: David Cheng 301/980-6112 before 10pm, or
Sun. Jun. 6. Unrated. Potomac Canoe Trip and Hike. In a joint event with the Potomac Conservancy, we'll paddle on the Potomac near Riley's Lock to explore the river's flora and fauna and learn about its conservation challenges. We'll stop at the Conservancy's low-impact camping area, Ten Foot Island. An optional hike (up to 3 miles) and cookout (prepared by grill maestro Rick Capriolo for a few dollars more) on the riverbank will follow the float. Bring your own canoe or kayak, or use one of the Conservancy's (first come, first served; call Matt Berres, 301/608-1188x203). No pets. Call the leaders for details, directions, or if carless--and to make a reservation (by June 4, please) for the Capriolo Cookout. Leaders: Mike Darzi 301/593-4551 and Paul Elliott 703/256-6351.
June 8. Rated H. Little Devil's Stairs. Begin with scenic ascent up the stairs, connect to the
Sugarloaf Trail to inspect the laurel in bloom, then return on the AT,
Elkwallow, Piney Branch and Hull School trails. 4,000 ft. of elevation changes
over 17 miles. Leader: Chris Nolen 301/469-8931 or email@example.com
June 12. Rated C. Lands of Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship in
Discover Loudoun County Series. Moderately hilly circuit hike of 8-10
miles in a superb private preserve on the forested eastern slopes of the Blue
Ridge just south of Harpers Ferry. As we'll see, the property is devoted to
providing opportunities for environmental learning and outdoor recreation, and
also includes a community-supported organic farm. Meet at 8:30am at Vienna Metro
station's north parking lot. No pets. Joint event with AMC/DC. Leaders: Glenn
Gillis 703/430-0568 and Paul Elliott 703/256-6351.
June 12. Rated G. Moorman River Trail and AT, South SNP. 16 miles and 3,000 ft. elevation change. Meet at Oakton Shopping Center
at 7:30. Inexperienced hikers call for requirements. Coleaders: William Needham
410/884-9127 or Needham82@aol.com and Jack Thorsen 703/ 339-6716 or
June 12. Not Rated.
Scouting trip by canoe for the Seneca Creek Cleanup project for 2004. See June
19 Calendar entry for details. Leader: Jim Finucane 301/365-3485 before 9pm.
June 13. Rated D. Four States Tour 2004 AT Series.
A 10.5-mile hike from Caledonia State Park to Old Forge. Limited to 20 people.
Leader: Russ Norfleet (703) 294-6068 before 9pm.
Tue. June 15. Rated G. South Shenandoah. Brown
Mountain Overlook -- Brown Mtn Trail, Big Run Portal Trail, Patterson Ridge
Trail, and AT. 13 mi. and 3,000 ft. of elevation changes with options for a
longer hike. Leader: Chris Nolen 301/469-8931 or firstname.lastname@example.org
June 19. 9am-noon. Rated A. Rachel Carson Conservation Park, Sunshine, MD. This park was nominated as a National Natural
Landmark in a report that says "the site contains the best known examples
of mature chestnut oak forest in the Middle Atlantic States and contains rare
orchids and other unusual plants." Walk about 3 miles, observe the natural
beauty of this little-known park and discuss County plans for its recreational
uses. Leader: Ron LaCoss 301/946-1106 before 9pm or email@example.com.
June 19. Rated B.
June 19. Rated E. Little Devils Stairs.
Moderate circuit hike in northern SNP of 10.7 miles with 2,800 feet elevation
change. Hike up scenic canyon along Keyser Run. Meet at north parking lot of the
Vienna Metro at 8am. Leader: Marcia Wolf 301/565-3165 before 9pm or
June 19. Not Rated. Seneca Creek Cleanup – by Canoe. Join Sierrans and many other volunteers to clean up Seneca Creek from
the park near Montgomery Village to its mouth at the Potomac River. Cut out
major logs, take out smaller branches, and de-trash this beautiful nearby creek
(full of wildlife) to make it canoe-accessible. Picnic celebration follows.
Leader: Jim Finucane 301/365-3485 before 9pm.
June 20. Rated E. Four States Tour 2004 AT Series (plus poetry). An 11-mile hike from Big Flat to Caledonia. Bring poetry
if you like. Metro-accessible meeting point. Limited to 20 people. Leader: David Cheng 301/980-6112 before 10pm,
Tue. June 22. Rated H. Runkles Gap, Massanutten Mtn. About 15 miles, 3000 ft climb. This year we will ascend pretty Morgan Run returning via Fridley Gap on the Massanutten SouthTr. and the Boone Run Trail. Leader: Chris Nolen, 301/469-8931 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 26. Rated H. GPS Hike: Austin Mountain and Surrounding Peaks. 17–19 miles, approx. 4,000 ft elevation gain. Explore a
very seldom visited area on western slope of the Southern SNP -- breathtaking
views of southern end of the Massanuttens and surrounding Blue Ridge peaks.
We’ll cover as many peaks in one day as possible. Partly unscouted. Short
bushwhacks to some peaks. PATC Map 11. Meet: Oakton Shopping Center near
McDonalds at 7:30am. Leader: Dimitri Tundra, email@example.com or
Sun. June 27. Rated D. Four States Tour 2004 AT Series. An 8.5-mile hike from Pine Grove to Big Flat. Meet 8:00 am at Shady Grove Metro in front of the pedestrian tunnel to the station, by the kiss-and-ride dropoff and bus kiosks. Leader: Frank Wodarczyk 703/569-6737 before 9pm.
June 29. Rated H. Strickler Knob. A 15-mile circuit in the Massanuttens featuring 1,100 ft.
bushwhack to the rocky top of Strickler Knob. Leader: Chris Nolen, 301/469-8931
Oct. 9-12, Not Rated. Fall-time
Rambling through the Endless Mtns & Loyalsock Country. On a memorable Columbus Day holiday weekend amidst
brilliant autumn foliage of hardwood forests, participate in two half-day hikes
and two full-day hikes on the challenging Loyalsock Trail in northcentral PA.
Wander through Lycoming and Sullivan Counties' Endless Mtns' rugged, scenic and
forested backcountry: sharp knobs, high plateaus and ridges, escarpments, and
steep-sided ravines. Capacity: 12. To avoid being wait-listed, reserve early.
Leader: Cliff Noyes. Details by prospectus: send e-mail request to
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following events are not run by MWROP, and MWROP and the Sierra Club take no
responsibility for and make no representations or warranties about the quality,
safety, supervision or management of events they do not sponsor. They are listed
as a reader service.
June 5, 8:30am to 2:30pm. Potomac Heritage Trail Restoration Project at
Riverbend Park (Not
a Sierra Club event). Celebrate National Trails Day with the Fairfax County
Park Authority, the Potomac Conservancy, and REI by working on a much-needed
relocation to move a 100-yard section of trail out of the eroded floodplain.
Tasks vary from clearing brush to stone construction. Tools will be provided,
but volunteers with pruning shears, shovels, or other trail tools are invited to
bring them. Groups and families are welcome, but pets are not. Registration is
necessary to ensure proper tools and materials available. To register, call REI
Customer Service at 703/379-9400, 301/982-9681, or 571/522-6568.
and Thu. Evening Canoe Lessons and Picnic.
June 10th & 24th at
Swain’s Lock; June 8th & 22nd at Fletcher’s Boat
House. (Not MWROP or Sierra Club events) Co-sponsored by NPS, with Canoe
Cruisers Association providing instructors.
Join one of these 6:30-8pm classes on the C&O Canal. Swain’s Lock is
in Potomac, MD, 5.5 miles out River Road beyond the beltway, and Fletcher’s
Boat House is off Canal Road near Chain Bridge in Northwest DC. (Note: Canal
road is one way going West out of Georgetown 3- 7pm weekdays). The class covers
canoeing at all levels. Bring food to share at the post-class potluck. Kids
welcome. Cost for canoe, paddle, life jacket, and lessons is $2/person. For
more, contact Jim Finucane 301/365-3485 before 9pm.