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To suggest a new
hike, to update any of the information
about these hikes, to be added to the Casual Sports email list, contact me at:
Schedule of Hikes:
If you prefer an organized hike with a leader, I'd suggest you contact one
of the hiking clubs listed elsewhere on this page. I am developing this list of
hikes to be used by hike leaders and event planners and although I've listed the
hikes on these pages with specific dates and times, this is not an indication
that it is an organized hike and you should plan on doing the hike by yourself
with one or more friends. Obviously, you may do any of these hikes at any time
that is convenient for you.
All of the hikes listed are
Self/Group guided hikes
and all persons participate at their own risk. Because there is not a designated
leader for any of these hikes, and because different people enjoy different
hiking conditions; the scheduled hikes are never cancelled.
The schedule of Virginia hikes is the most complete, but there are still
hikes that may be added. One of the problems I've attempted to solve with this
particular hike order is to spread the hikes out into the different geographic
areas of Northern Virginia so that there are monthly hikes in each area.
The first step was to research the different hikes
and to break them into hikes that would not be more than eight-miles or into a
maximum of approximately three-hours at a 2-mile per hour pace. I then listed
the hikes in a consecutive hike order. For instance I listed the Heritage Trail
hikes along the Potomac in order from Roosevelt Island upriver. Once I had an
acceptable list of hikes, I numbered the hikes from one to twelve in repeating
groups and then created the schedule by picking the first hike from each group,
then the second hike, and so on. The final result is the schedule of Virginia
Maryland Hikes Update:
I have identified seventy-six hikes in Maryland and have completed the hike
descriptions for more than half of these hikes. The online schedule is more or
less a list of consecutive hikes and the final step of listing them in groups
will not happen until I complete the descriptions of the hikes. One of the
things that I can see from what I have so far is that the Maryland hikes will be
divided into two major sections; Montgomery County and west, and Prince Georges
County and east.
C&O Canal Hikes:
Most of the C&O canal hikes are in Maryland, but since the terminus of the
typical barge trip was in Alexandria, the schedule includes a couple of hikes in
Virginia and DC. I've also picked a couple of the more scenic hikes and included
them in the schedule of Maryland hikes so there will be some duplication of
these hikes. I also did not see an advantage of shuffling these hikes and have
left them in a geographic hike order.
DC Hikes Update:
Once the Maryland calendar is completed, I will focus on the DC hikes. As
you can see by reviewing the online list, these hikes will include all of the DC
landmarks, but it will also include many other hikes that have been identified
but not yet included on the hike list.
Appalachian Trail Hikes:
I've taken all of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club maps and broken them
down into casual point-to-point hikes and/or loop hikes. The schedule of hikes
is in a South-to-North route to keep the sun at your back and for better
lighting for photographs. Because of the distance to get to these hikes these
hikes will be listed in geographic sequence.
Online TOPO Maps:
Most of the TOPO maps have been hand drawn and may not be 100%
accurate. Since I started doing the TOPO maps, I have changed the symbols for
marking the start, stop, and turn-around points so the following information may
not be correct for each hike. Eventually I'll redo all of the maps so that a
yellow diamond marks the start point, a yellow triangle will mark the end point
for point-to-point, and a yellow circle will mark a turn-around for loop hikes. Circuit hikes
are more or less large circular hikes and will normally only have a diamond
which will represent both the start and ending point of the hike.
Gear, Water, Food, Etc.
Some trail conditions may
require the use of hands for holding or climbing so either a backpack or a
waist-pack is recommended for carrying water, snacks, cameras, or other
items. Hiking boots and layered clothing are suggested in warm or cold weather.
Although participation in the hikes is free, there may be fees for carpooling
and/or park entrance fees.
Hikes vary in length and difficulty and participants are encouraged to hike
at their own pace. While there is an effort to hike as a group, faster hikers
may move on ahead and slower hikers may be left behind. Under these conditions,
all participants are responsible for their own safety and should not participate
in an activity that exceeds their physical condition or limitations.
Hiking Clubs in DC Metro Area:
Club, DC Chapter
/Center Hiking Club
Mountain Club of Maryland
Potomac Appalachian Trail Club
Potomac Heritage Trail
Hiking Related Organizations:
Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail
David Brickley at 703-590-3569
Friends Wilderness Center