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Hiking Rating Scale

Gathland to White Rocks AT Day Hike

Crabtree Falls to Spy Rock Furry Friendly Backpacking Trip

Crabtree Falls Day Furry Friends Hike

Cranberry Wilderness Two Night Backpacking Trip

Hazel Mountain Trail Day Hike

Soapstone Valley Trail Evening Meditation Hike

Seneca Creek State Park Half-Day Hike

Sunfish Pond via Appalachian Trail Backpacking Trip

Gold Mine Loop Half Day Hike

Forks of Red Creek & Lion's Head Dolly Sods Backpacking Trip

Maryland Heights Day Hike

Backpacking Committee Meeting & Social

Bear Church Rock Day Hike

Volcano and Dinosaur Half-Day Hike

Lewis Fork Wilderness Mt Rogers Area Multi Night Backpacking



Rating Scale:
Level N: <3 miles with no elevation change.
Level B: 3-5 miles with no elevation change.
Level 2: 3-5 miles with some hills, stream crossings, and/or rock scrambling.
Level 3: 5-8 miles with 0-500 ft. elevation change.
Level 4: 8-12 miles with 0-500 ft. elevation change.
Level 5: 5-8 miles with 500-1000 ft. elevation change.
Level 6: 8-12 miles with 500-1000 ft. elevation change.
Level 7: 8-12 miles with 1000-1500 ft. elevation change.
Level 8: 8-12 miles with 1000-1500 ft. elevation change.
Level 9: 5-8 miles with 1500-2000 ft. elevation change.
Level 10: 8-12 miles with 1500-2000 ft. elevation change.
Level 11: 5-8 miles with 2000+ ft. elevation change.
Level 12: 8-12 miles with 2000+ ft. elevation change.

The times identified for each hike are approximate. The times given for day hikes include driving times to and from a meeting place.


Gathland to White Rocks AT Day Hike
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Burkittsville, MD
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 8, 8.0 miles

This hike starts at Gathland State Park, which has a 50-foot-high arch commemorating Civil War newspaper correspondents. We will hike up and along the wooded mountain ridge and relax at the scenic White Rock Overlook. If weather permits, we will reverse our steps to pick up the side trail that takes us down to Bear Springs Cabin, then go back up (very steeply) to White Rocks a second time.

Registration Deadline: Friday, May 11, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Crabtree Falls to Spy Rock Furry Friendly Backpacking Trip
Saturday-Sunday, May 19-20, 2018
George Washington National Forest
Montebello, VA
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$25 members, $35 non-members
Level: 10, 14.0 miles, Intermediate and advanced.

Join us on this fairly challenging ascent which combines Virginia's best waterfall with the Appalachian Trail and a stunning 360-degree panorama view atop Spy Rock. Said to be the tallest cascade east of the Mississippi, Crabtree Falls consists of five major cascades and a large number of smaller ones, all together totaling a vertical drop of more than 1,000 feet. Spy Rock is an incredible rock dome on the east side of Maintop Mountain with breathtaking views of the entire Religious Range, Mt. Pleasant, Three Ridges, St. Mary's Wilderness area, and the eastern foothills. From Crabtree Falls, we will follow the Appalachian Trail to some nice campsites at the base of the summit in time for a spectacular sunset.

We are planning an out and back hike. The elevation change on the Crabtree Falls Trail and Appalachian Trail are steady climbs.

Gear sharing, meal planning, carpooling and all other details will be worked out by email the week before the trip. WWO has a limited amount of equipment to lend as a member benefit.

Your furry friend is invited.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Crabtree Falls Day Furry Friends Hike
Saturday, May 19, 2018
George Washington National Forest
Montebello, VA
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 10, 2.5 miles, Intermediate and advanced.

We will be joining the WWO backpackers for a fairly challenging ascent up Crabtree falls trail to Virginia's best waterfall. Said to be the tallest cascade east of the Mississippi, Crabtree Falls consists of five major cascades and a large number of smaller ones, all together totaling a vertical drop of more than 1,000 feet. The elevation change on the Crabtree Falls Trail and Appalachian Trail are steady climbs. The backpackers will continue to Spy Rock and we will continue our loop along on moderate to steep switchback to the parking lot.

Your furry friend is invited on this hike.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, May 17, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Cranberry Wilderness Two Night Backpacking Trip
Saturday-Monday, May 26-28, 2018
Elkins, WV
8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
$30 members, $35 non-members
Level: 12, 18.0 miles, Intermediate.

We will hike what Backpacker Magazine has called the "crown jewel" of Monongahela National Forest, through what "feels like the Canadian taiga wrapped in the South's homeyness." Cranberry Wilderness is a mix of alpine balds, rhododendron thickets, quartzite slabs, red spruce, and trout streams where you can expect to pass by the relics of old mining and logging camps. We will follow a trail that is completely encompassed by the backcountry with streams that are described as crystal clear, cold and sparkling.

Gear sharing, meal planning, carpooling and all other details will be worked out by email the week before the trip.

WWO has a limited amount of equipment to lend as a member benefit.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Hazel Mountain Trail Day Hike This event is Metro accessible
Saturday, June 2, 2018
Shenandoah National Park, VA
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 8, 7.5 miles

Join us for a strenuous 7.5-mile hike in Shenandoah National Park. We'll follow a stream to a waterfall, peek into a cave, and ascend 1500 feet on Hazel Mountain. We'll cross our fingers for good views of the valley, and maybe even some wildlife.

The park charges $10 per person for this hike. Please bring this fee with you on the day of the hike.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, May 31, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Soapstone Valley Trail Evening Meditation Hike
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Rock Creek Park
Washington, DC
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
$7 members, $10 non-members
Level: 3, 4.0 miles

This is an introduction into meditation and provides an opportunity to communion, "With Your Inner Self" and "Unwind" from your day and hectic work week. We'll take a peaceful walk through an area named, "Best Place in Rock Creek" and listen to the sounds of nature, silence, and your inner wisdom. Learn a simple yet powerful way to meditate by "walking with your self" through silence. Let this experience with nature invigorate your mind, body, and spirit.

The trail descends to a riffling creek, a tributary of Broad Branch that looks positively unpolluted in the right light. The trail follows the creek for a bit and then you cross it by hopping the stones (probably granite, since most of the actual soapstone was quarried out some time ago). You'll crisscross the creek several times as the valley grows deeper, greener, and more dense. The trail ends at Broad Branch Road after a mile-and-a-half.

The walk includes: - A Pre-walk "Intro to Meditation" to prepare you for the walk with suggested mediation techniques to use - Walking in silence along the paths - A Post-walk reflection and time for sharing

Registration Deadline: Sunday, June 3, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Seneca Creek State Park Half-Day HikeNovice Program
Sunday, June 10, 2018
Gaithersburg, MD
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
$7 members, $10 non-members
Level: 2, 5.0 miles

Come out to one of Maryland's beautiful state parks. We'll walk about 5 miles, making use of four different trails, through the forest, alongside a stream, around part of Clopper Lake, through fields, and over gently rolling hills.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, June 7, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Sunfish Pond via Appalachian Trail Backpacking Trip
Saturday-Sunday, June 23-24, 2018
Dunnfield Creek Natural Area, Worthington State Forest
Columbia, NJ
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$25 members, $35 non-members
Level: 7, 10.0 miles

This trip includes waterfalls, lots of wildlife, broad views of the Delaware Water Gap and a glacial pond! Nestled deep in the Worthington State Forest near the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, is Sunfish Pond, a quiet glacial lake accessible via the Appalachian Trail and one of several protected natural areas in New Jersey. Although there is no swimming allowed, the lake is a perfect place to visit on a summer day. This is an out and back hike with gradual climbs through open forest. We will camp at a backpacker campsite near the pond.

Gear sharing, meal planning, carpooling and all other details will be worked out by email the week before the trip.

WWO has a limited amount of equipment to lend as a member benefit.

This trip is Saturday to Sunday.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 5:00 p.m. TRIP IS FULL

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Gold Mine Loop Half Day Hike
Sunday, July 1, 2018
Great Falls National Park
Potomac, MD
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
$7 members, $10 non-members
Level: 3, 5.1 miles

This hike strings together 5.1 miles of several little used trails east of the C&O Canal. We will stroll through the woodlands over gentle hills, with a stop at the Great Falls overlook. We will return again through the quieter, shaded side trails.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, June 28, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Forks of Red Creek & Lion's Head Dolly Sods Backpacking Trip
Wednesday-Sunday, July 4-8, 2018
Monongahela National Forest
Petersburg, WV
8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
$40 members, $50 non-members
Level: 12, 24.0 miles, Intermediate and advanced.

Celebrate Independence Day in the Dolly Sods Wilderness in the Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia! This is a multi-night backpacking circuit camping along the Forks of Red Creek, exploring Blackbird Knob and Breathed Mountain by Lion's Head, the iconic craggy wind-carved protrusion. On the trail to Lion's Head, we will wade across the Red Creek, the heart of the Canyon of the Dolly Sods Wilderness. Enjoy spectacular views of West Virginia's high mountain meadows and unique vegetation that Dolly Sods is known for, cooling off in swimming holes along Red Creek and the chance for an evening mountain sunset and sunrise viewing from the Lion's Head Overlook.

Participants should have prior backpacking experience and be prepared to spend four nights backcountry.

Gear sharing, meal planning, carpooling and all other details will be worked out by email the week before the trip. WWO has a limited amount of backpacking equipment to lend as a member benefit.

This trip is Wednesday to Sunday over Independence Day Holiday.

Registration Deadline: Monday, June 25, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Maryland Heights Day Hike
Saturday, July 7, 2018
Harper's Ferry, WV
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 7, 5.0 miles

This 5-mile hike features history and a spectacular overlook of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. Maryland Heights, which towers 1,448 feet above the rivers, is the area's most strenuous and rewarding hike. We'll pass the remains of fortifications built by Union Forces in 1862. The town of Harpers Ferry has many restored buildings and interesting exhibits.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, July 5, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Backpacking Committee Meeting & Social
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Rockville, MD
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Free!

Join the WWO Backpacking Committee at its quarterly meeting to find out how trips are planned and how to become a WWO Leader. The Fall trip schedule will be explored. Your ideas and suggestions are most welcome so bring your wish list, trail maps, ipads and website links as we delve into snacks, socialization and the world of outdoor adventure.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Bear Church Rock Day Hike This event is Metro accessible
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Shenandoah National Park, VA
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 8, 10.0 miles

The Bear Church Rock circuit is not nearly as well known as many of the other picturesque hikes in the Shenandoah National Park. This hike starts along the beautiful Rapidan River, then heads up alongside Staunton River with small falls and pools, before making a steep climb to the panoramic outcropping of views at Bear Church Rock.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, August 2, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Volcano and Dinosaur Half-Day Hike
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Dumfries, VA
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
$7 members, $10 non-members
Level: 5, 7.0 miles

This hike is named for the geology walk in Prince William Forest National Park. The hike starts on the North Fork of Quantico Creek. Along the trail are markers discussing the geologic history of the area from 57 million years ago through the Jurassic period to the present. If you have no interest in geology, it is also a very pretty walk along the river. After the geology walk, we will continue the hike along the South Fork of Quantico Creek to finish the loop back to the trailhead.

The park may charge an admission fee of $10 per car. The leader has a park pass, if we'd like to meet locally & carpool.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, August 16, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Lewis Fork Wilderness Mt Rogers Area Multi Night Backpacking
Friday-Tuesday, August 31-September 4, 2018
Lewis Fork Wilderness
Troutdale, VA
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
$45 members, $55 non-members
Level: 9, 21.0 miles, Intermediate and advanced.

Take a mini vacation to Lewis Fork Wilderness within the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area in southern Virginia. This area is unique and known as the "Mount Rogers High Country", with acres of high elevation northern hardwoods, red spruce and Frazier fir, and the Appalachian Trail weaves in and out throughout the area. We will hike connect sections of the Appalachian Trail and other trails within the Lewis Fork Wilderness to complete a three night circuit while enjoying breathtaking panoramas, rocky outcroppings reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands, and perhaps fields with wild ponies!

Participants should have prior backpacking experience and be prepared to spend the first night at a campground and then three nights backcountry.

Gear sharing, meal planning, carpooling and all other details will be worked out by email the week before the trip. WWO has a limited amount of backpacking equipment to lend as a member benefit.

This trip is Friday to Tuesday over Labor Day Holiday weekend.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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