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Call 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 bakpacker1@earthlink.net.

 

MULTI-DAY EVENTS

 

Trail Work in Rock Creek Park, one or two Saturdays each month, Apr.-Oct.  All meet at Rock Creek Park Nature Center on Glover Road, south of Military Road in northwest DC at 8:15 AM. Bring work gloves. Tools provided by National Park Service.  Learn to deal with erosion and other environmental concerns.  Protect nature while helping to make the park accessible to future generations, including your own.  Each day's project should be done by 11:30 AM. Leader: Walter Wells (202) 362-0250 mornings or eve. to 9:30 PM. Upcoming dates (subject to weather changes; call to confirm): Sat.,  Sept.   ; Sat.   , ; and Sat.

 

HIKE SERIES

 

 

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.

 

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 of.

 

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 elevation changes).  

 

EVENTS SPONSORED BY AFFILIATES

AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

 

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 jstover33@verizon.net;  www.ultrahike.com

 

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

 

Sat.-Sun. 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.

Sat. 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.

 

MULTI-DAY EVENTS

 

Sat.-Mon. 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.

 

Sat.-Sun. 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.

 

Fri.-Sun., 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, tartakd@hotmail.com, 301/770-9639.

 

SERIES HIKES

 

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.

 

Discover 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 elevation changes).

 

JUNE EVENTS

 

Tue. 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 or chrishiker@erols.com

 

Thu. 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 henricomeau@aol.com

 

Fri. 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.

 

Sat. 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.

 

Sat. 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.

 

Sat. 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.

 

Sun. 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.

 

Sun. 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 dmcheng@yahoo.com.

 

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.

 

Tue. 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 chrishiker@erols.com

 

Sat. 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. 

 

Sat. 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 Thorsen4@juno.com

 

Sat. 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.

 

Sun. 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 chrishiker@erols.com

 

Sat. 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 ronenviroed@aol.com.

 

Sat. June 19. Rated B. C&O Canal Towpath Shepherdstown to Snyder's Landing. Out and back for 8+ miles.  Exceptionally scenic area, can you count the caves?  Check out Killiansburg cave. Enjoy an ice cream cone at Barron’s Country Store, Snyder’s Landing. Optional stop in historic Shepherdstown.  Meet at Shady Grove metro garage, 8:30 .  Leaders, Carol Ivory , 703/476-8730, carolivory@verizon.net , and Dave Burd, dburd301@netzero.net .  Photos taken on scouting trip 1, 2 Killiansburg cave, 3, 4.

 

Sat. 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 wolfmk@comcast.net.

 

Sat. 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.

 

Sun. 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, dmcheng@yahoo.com.

 

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 chrishiker@erols.com.

 

Sat. 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, tartakd@hotmail.com or 301/770-9639.

 

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.

 

Tue. 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 or chrishiker@erols.com.

 

FUTURE EVENTS

 

Sat.-Tues., 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 lourich77@aol.com.

 

EVENTS SPONSORED BY AFFILIATES AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

 

The 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.

 

Sat. 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.

 

Tue. 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.