Hike Schedule Fall 2018

All outings depart 17th & K Streets at 8:00 am sharp unless otherwise noted. In the description VA indicates suburban pickup in Virginia while MD means suburban pickup in Maryland (see maps of pickup points). Hikes marked MD & VA will pick up at both suburban locations. Hikers should be at suburban pickup points by 8:20 am.

You don't need be a WB member to join us on a hike!

To reserve:

First time hikers please call a leader at one of the telephone numbers listed at the end of the hike description. All otheres can reserve by email or phone.

It is club policy that hikers new to the club will take the moderate hike. If you sign up for a hike, don't be a no-show! (click here for no-show policy). Please try to sign up before 4:00 pm Friday afternoon before the hike! Otherwise the hike may be cancelled due to low number of sign-ups. And PLEASE don't call leaders after 9:00 PM!

The distance and the elevation of the hikes are estimates.

September 23 - Sky Meadows and Lost Mountain, VA

We will do a series of trails in the seldom visited Lost Mountain section of Sky Meadows State Park. After the hike we will stop at Blue Valley Oak Winery (http://www.bluevalleyvineyardandwinery.com/) for a wine tasting. Tastings for those who wish to do so are $16. When signing up, please indicate if you will be doing the tasting. Note that you may purchase wine or snacks at Blue Valley Oak Winery without participating in a tasting.

Est.: 9 miles, less than 1000' elevation and 7 miles, less than 800' elevation. PATC Map 8. Fare $20/25.

Leaders: Larry Miller, prpltoupee@sprintmail.com 240-353-3143 and Laura Heaton, lauraheaton41@gmail.com 571-212-2592 (MD).


September 30 - Prince William Forest, VA (Jamboree)

No Bus Jamboree hike. All hikers start near the Visitor Center. Moderate hikers make a loop following the Laurel trail, North Valley, Lake One Rd, Mary Bird Branch, Old Black Top Rd, Taylor Farm Rd, South Valley and Laurel trail. Long hikers follow a loop consisting of the following trails: North Valley, Burma Rd, Taylor Farm Rd, High Meadows, South Valley, and Laurel trail.

Est.: 12.5 miles, 1000' elevation and 8.5 miles, 500' elevation. Map: Prince William Forest Park web site.

Leaders: Wendy Gasch, 202-363-4446 and Debbie Wallace, deborahawallace@hotmail.com, 301-318-1526 – NO BUS


October 7 - North Mountain, Hunkerson Gap, Orkney Springs and Falls Ridge Trails, GWNF, VA

Today’s hikes traverse a portion of the North Mountain section of the proposed Tuscarora-Allegheny Link Trail. Long hikers ascend Falls Ridge Trail from Dellinger Gap and go south on North Mountain Trail to Orkney Springs Trail, which they descend to the bus. Moderate hikers ascend Hunkerson Gap Trail to North Mountain Trail then go north to Orkney Springs Trail, and like the long hikers, descend it to the bus.

Est.: 14 miles, 2500' elevation gain and 9.5 miles, 2300' elevation gain. PATC Map F. Fare: $20/$25.

Leaders: Jaime Iranzo, jaimeiranzo@gmail.com, 301-503-3574 and Lindsay Dudbridge, lindsay.dudbridge@gmail.com, 703-731-2070 (VA)


October 14 - Catoctin Trail, Hamburg Road to Manor Area, MD

Long hikers start at the intersection of Gambrill Park and Hamburg Roads and follow Hamburg Road to the Catoctin Trail, which they go north over rolling hills and past picturesque lakes to the Manor Area. Moderate hikers follow the route of the long hikers, starting further along at Delauter Road.

Est.: 11 miles, 1200' elevation gain and 8 miles, 800' elevation gain. PATC Map 5. Fare: $20/$25.

Leaders: Robert Holley, reilex@yahoo.com, 571-247-2172 and Barbara Blaylock, b.blaylock@verizon.net, 301-564-1249 (MD)


October 21 - Laurel Lake, Michaux State Park, PA

Starting at Route 94, long hikers follow the AT south over Trents Hill, across Tagg Run and along the ridge of Piney Mtn. to the Pole Steeple Trail. There they turn right onto the Pole Steeple trail, and hike clockwise around Laurel Lake . Moderate hikers start at Rte 34 and follow the route of the long hikers to Laurel Lake. The bus will be parked at the base of the dam. There is an optional stop at Peters Orchard after the hike.

Est.: 10 miles, 1200' elevation gain and 8 miles, 1000' elevation gain. PATC Map 2-3. Fare: $20/$25.

Leaders: Josh Silverman betula54@msn.com, 703-582-3456 and Michael Roehm, miroehm@gmail.com, 301-223-7385 (MD)


October 28 - Robertson Mountain, SNP, VA

Moderate hikers walk around the mountain, starting at Nethers and going up the Corbin Hollow Trail and down the Old Rag and Weakley Hollow fire roads. Long hikers ascend the steep Robertson Mtn. Trail to the top, from which they can view the majesty of the mountains. They then descend the Corbin Mtn. and Nicholson Hollow Trails to Nethers.

Est.: 11 miles, 2700' elevation and 8.5 miles, 2300' elevation. There are options for both the long and moderate hikers to do shorter hikes. For example, the moderates can climb Robertson Mtn. from Old Rag fire road (about 8.5 miles, over 2000' elevation) or go out and back on Weakley Hollow fire road. PATC Map 10. Fare: $20/$25 plus park fee or pass.

Leaders: Jeff Thompson, jefferyathompson@comcast.net, 703-859-0157 and Ned Alford, nedinrus@yahoo.com, 703- 604-2744 (VA)

Other fall hikes coming soon.