Hike Schedule Summer 2019

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.

June 16—Halfmoon Mountain, Great North Mountain, WV

This hike has outstanding views of the Trout Run Valley and Wilson Cove. Both hikes start from Trout Run Valley Road and will do circuits on Halfmoon Mountain. Long hikers take the Bucktail Trail to the Capon Trail, go along Waites Run Road, and ascendthe German Wilson and Halfmoon Trails to reach the Halfmoon Lookout to enjoy the views and watch hawks. They then descend on the Halfmoon and Bucktail Cutoff Trails to reach the Trout Run Valley Road and the bus. Moderate hikers follow the Bucktail Trail, ascend the German Wilson Trail, and continue on the path of the long hikers. (This includes the spectacular Halfmoon Lookout).

Est.: 13 miles, 2500’ elevation and 10 miles, 2100’ elevation. PATC Map F. Fare: $20/$25.

Leaders: Mike Ollinger, edward_ollieollie@yahoo.com, 301-933-2196 and Anna Ollinger, anika_o_99@yahoo.com, 301-933- 2196. (VA)


June 23—Doyle River and Jones Run Loops, SNP, VA

Both hikes are clockwise loops. All hikers start at Browns Gap and go north on the AT. After a short distance, long hikers turn left to complete Big Run Loop. Moderate hikers continue on the AT to Big Run Overlook, where they are rejoined by the long hikers. All hikers turn right to descend Doyle River Trail and then ascend Jones Run Trail. At the AT, they turn right to return to Browns Gap, completing the loops.

Est.: 11 miles, 2800’ elevation and 8.5 miles, 1800’ elevation. PATC map 11. Fare: $20/$25 plus park fee or pass.

Leaders: Robert Holley, reilex@yahoo.com, 571-247-2172 or Chris Bublitz, cbublitz4@comcast.net, 240-687-3390. (VA)


June 30—Shenandoah River State Park, VA Picnic hike

The moderate hikers will start at the picnic shelter and take the Allen Mountain and Point trails then head back to the picnic shelter. The long hikers will do a loop consisting of these trails: Hemlock, Overlook, Campground, Culler, Bear Bottom, Big Oak, Redtail, Big Oak, Culler, River, Bluebell.

Information About the Picnic

Est.: 9 miles, 1200’ elevation and 6.5 miles, 1200’ eleva- tion. Shenandoah River Park map. Fare: $20/$25.

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


July 7 - Pole Steeple and Fuller Lake, PA

Hikes cover a section of the AT in PA going south from the Boiling Springs area to Pine Grove Furnace. Long hikers start at PA 94, and moderate hikers start at PA 34. Hikes will travel south on AT. When reaching Pole Steeple hikers do a quick out and back to enjoy views from Pole Steeple before descending to the Pine Grove Furnace area. At the end hikers can visit the AT Museum, General Store and Swimming available at Fuller Lake

Est.: 10-11 miles, 1400’ elevation and 8-9 miles, 1300’ elevation. PATC map 2-3. Fare: $20/$25.

Leaders: Kiko Alvarez, kiko_a_c@yahoo.com, 607-279-3455 or Susana Mendez, susaname@yahoo.com, 607-279-4363. (MD)


July 14 - South River Falls, SNP, VA

Both hikes will wander past the old ruins/mission site on Pocsin Trail, then continue to South River Falls. After visiting the Falls (can do a quick swim), Ascend to the Bus. Long hikers start at the South River Falls Picnic area and travel North on the AT to join the moderate hikers at the Pocosin Fire Road. Both hikes will take the Pocosin Fire road, Pocosin Trail, the South River Falls Fire Road and Trail, before taking the AT back to South River Falls Picnic Area.

Est.: 10-11 miles, 2300’ elevation and 7-8 miles, 1000’ elevation. PATC map 10. Fare: $20/$25 plus park fee.

Leaders: JL Morris, morrisjl@msn.com, 240-507-3079 or Debbie Wallace, deborahawallace@hotmail.com, 301-318-1526. (VA)


July 21 - Corbin Mt to Nicholson Hollow, SNP, VA

Hikes will descend from the ridge using different paths before joining at the Corbin Mt Trail and descending to the Hughes River and the Nicholson Hollow Trail. From the Nicholson Hollow Trail hikers can enjoy a dip at the swimming hole before continuing to Nethers and the bus. Long hikers will start on the AT At Pinacles Picnic Area and Travel South to Corbin Cut-off Trail descending to the Corbin Cabin, then Ascend on Indian Run Trail to join the moderate hikers. Moderate hikers will start at the Skyland parking area taking the Skyland Big Meadows Horse Trail to the old Rag Fire road to the Corbin Mountain Trail.

Est.: 8.86 miles, 1000’ elevation and 7.8 miles with minimal elevation. PATC map 10. Fare: $20/$25 plus park fee.

Leaders: Bob Malkowski, bmalkowski@cox.net, 703-731-9983 or Susan Whiteman, Susanwhiteman1@gmail.com, 240-723-5091. (VA)


July 28 - Elkwallow Hike Circuit with Upper Knob Mt, SNP, VA

Hikes will start and end at Elkwallow. Long hikers will take the AT, Piney Branch, Pole Link, Sugarloaf and Tuscarora Trails to Matthews Arm Trail. Moderate hikers will use the Elkwallow Trail, Traces Nature Trail to Matthews Arm Trail. Hikers will join at Matthews Arm Trail,. Both hikes will take Weedlewood, and Heiskle Hollow to the Knob Mt Trail to Knob Mountain cutoff, Jeremys Run, then AT to Elkwallow. Elkwallow has a little wayside that has ice cream for sale for those who would like an ice cream as a reward.

Est.: 11.5-12 miles, 2500’ elevation and 8.6 miles, 1700' elevation. PATC map 9. Fare: $20/$25 plus park fee.

Leaders: Wendy Gasch, awtg@aol.com, 202-363-4446 or Kay Weston, kweston70@gmail.com, 240-381-7845. (VA)