Hike Schedule, Summer 2022
August 14—Potomac Heritage Trail, VA
Long hikers will start at Algonkian Regional Park. Moderate hikers will start at Seneca Park off of Seneca Rd. All hikers will follow the Potomac Heritage trail east to Great Falls National Park. At GFNP there is a visitor center and overlooks of the falls.
August 21—Seneca Creek, MD
Long hikers start at a parking area along Berryville Road and follow the Seneca Creek Greenway Trail. Moderate hikers will join the long hikers' route at the parking lot off of Rt. 28 (Darnestown Rd.). All hikers go north on the trail to the bus at the Park Office parking lot near the Grusendorf Log House.
Est.: 13.5 miles, 1200' elevation gain and 9.5 miles, 1000' elevation. For those who wish to do more, there is an option of adding an additional 3.7 miles, self-led, on the Lake Shore Trail loop around Clopper Lake. Seneca Creek State Park Map, MD-DNR. Fare: $30/$35.
August 28—Jewell Hollow Overlook to Nicholson Hollow, SNP, VA
All hikers start at Jewell Hollow Overlook and take the AT south. Moderate hikers will head east when they reach the connector trail for Nicholson Hollow. They will cross the drive and continue on Nicholson Hollow Trail to the swimming hole and the bus at Nethers. Long hikers will continue on AT to the Passamaquoddy Trail and go around Stony Man via a horse trail to get back to the AT. They will then head north to the Nicholson Hollow turn off and follow the path of the moderate hikers to the swimming hole and the bus.
Est.: 11.5 miles, 1000' elevation and 7.5 miles, 500' elevation. PATC Map 10. Fare $30/$35 plus park pass or fee.
September 4—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 Vineyard and 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 Vineyard and Winery without participating in a tasting.
Est.: 9 miles, less than 1000' elevation and 7 miles, less than 800' elevation. PATC Map 8. Fare $30/$35.
September 11—Antietam Battlefield, MD
Antietam was one of the major battles of the Civil War and also the bloodiest as more men were killed or wounded than on any other day in US military history. Our hike today will cover the major confrontations during the battle on September 17, 1862. Both long and moderate hikes have moderate elevation gain. The trails include the Three Farms Trail, Bloody Lane, Burnside Bridge and Final Attack Trail.
Est.: 9 and 6.5 miles, moderate elevation for both hikes. NPS Map. Fare: $30/$35.
September 18—Little Devils Stairs, SNP, VA
Hike revised -- This will be a Trailhead hike. See announcement for details.
Hikers begin at Little Hogback Overlook and take the AT, Keyser Run Fire Road, and Pole Bridge Link Trail to the Piney Branch Trail, which is followed down to the Hull School Trail. They then take the Hull School Trail and Keyser Run Fire Road to the beginning of the Little Devils Stairs Trail. Then comes the long, hard climb up the Stairs to the Keyser Run Fire Road, on which the climb is continued to the AT. The AT is then taken to Little Hogback Overlook.
Est.: 9 miles, 2000' elevation. PATC Map 9. Fare: $10 (plus driver compensation if you carpool) and park fee or pass.
Leader: Liz Festa, email@example.com, 202-491-1115 (VA)
September 25—Prince William Forest, VA
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. Fare: $30/$35 plus park fee or state pass.