Statement on COVID-19

Wanderbirds’ Hikes Canceled Until Further Notice

The last time the Wanderbirds had to cancel our bus charters for an extended period, the reason was World War II and its associated gas rationing. The coronavirus has necessitated canceling our bus since mid-March, with no way to predict when we may safely start up again.


Please check back with our website as our Board of Directors continues to monitor the situation and can recommend ways that the Wanderbirds may re-institute group hikes safely. We realize it’s more important than ever to exercise and get outside, and encourage hikers to do so on their own, following CDC guidelines on distancing, sanitizing, and masks.


Thanks for your patience and please stay safe,
Susan Whiteman
Wanderbirds President



Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Founded in 1934, the Wanderbirds Hiking Club is a 501 (c) non-profit, all-volunteer club that organizes day hikes every Sunday, year-round, for energetic folks in the Washington, DC area. With only a couple of exceptions during the year, you do not have to be a member of the Club to hike with us!

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Hikes

Our hikers range in age from 7 to over 80, and we welcome fast, experienced hikers as well as slower or beginning hikers. There's room for all on the trail! more info

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Membership

The best thing is that you don't have to be a member of the club to hike with us! Just sign up to a hike and come out with us. If you enjoy hiking with us and want to become a member of the club, you can do so on the bus (talk to the leader). Membership is $20 per calendar year. more info

Frequently Asked Questions


How fit do I need to be for a Wanderbirds hike?

You should be able to walk 7 miles within 4-5 hours, including going up hills which may be steep and rocky at times. Our moderate hikes usually have between 1000 and 2000 feet of elevation gain. That's like climbing the Washington Monument 2 to 4 times! Easier options are often available.

Do I need to be a club member to hike?

The best thing is that you don't have to be a member of the club to hike with us! Just sign on to a hike and come out with us. If you enjoy hiking with us and want to become a member of the club, you can do so on the bus (talk to the leader). Membership is $20 per calendar year. You can also contact us and request a schedule and application form which you can mail back.

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