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Hiking Rating Scale

Furry Friends Black Hill Half-Day Hike

The "Other" Washington Monument Day Hike

Lincoln Memorial to Lincoln Park Day Hike

Volcano and Dinosaur Day Hike

Chopawamsic Backcountry Beginner Backpacking Trip

Weverton Cliffs and Harpers Ferry Day Hike

Backpacking Committee Meeting & Social

Backpacking Committee Overnight Cabin Weekend

Maryland AT Section Furry Friendly Backpacking Trip

Furry Friends Half-Day Hike at Lake Accotink

Billy Goat Sections B and C Half-Day Hike

Piney Branch Day Hike

Little Bennett Regional Park Beginner Backpacking Trip

Dark Hollow & Rose River Falls Day Hike

Cold Mountain-Mount Pleasant Two Night Backpacking Trip



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.


Furry Friends Black Hill Half-Day HikeNovice Program
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Boyds, MD
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
$7 members, $10 non-members
Level: 3, 6.0 miles

This hike samples all of what Black Hill Regional Park has to offer - meadows, woodlands, gentle hills, and the shores of Little Seneca Lake. From the observation deck of the lake, we'll keep an eye out for bald eagles and ospreys.

After the hike, Black Hill Regional Park has a half-acre dog park where your 4-legged hiking companion can run around with his/her new furry friends!

Per park regulation, dogs must display current licenses and rabies vaccination tags and be older than four months. All dogs should be on a leash before entering and exiting the park.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, February 9, 2017

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The "Other" Washington Monument Day Hike
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Myersville, MD
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 5, 6.0 miles

This is an out-and-back hike on the Appalachian Trail. The trail winds through the woods along South Mountain, with colorful mountain laurels in the spring and spectacular views of the hawk migration in the autumn. There is a great view from the top of the juglike Washington Monument.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, February 16, 2017

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Lincoln Memorial to Lincoln Park Day Hike This event is Metro accessible
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Washington, DC
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 3, 8.0 miles

Pay tribute to one of our country's greatest presidents on this moderately easy but vigorous 7-8 mile walk that starts at Lincoln Park and concludes at the National Building Museum. We will see numerous sights of historic and cultural interest including the Lincoln Memorial and a side trip to view Ford's Theatre and Petersen House. We will stop for lunch at a restaurant near Ford's Theatre. This is a full day hike easily accessible by Metro.

The terrain is predominantly pavement and should be suitable for most people. Anyone can exit the hike at any time at the nearest Metro.

Registration Deadline: Friday, February 24, 2017

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Volcano and Dinosaur Day Hike
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Dumfries, VA
9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
$10 members, $15 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 $7 per car. The leader has a park pass, we can make arrangements to meet locally.

Registration Deadline: Friday, March 3, 2017

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Chopawamsic Backcountry Beginner Backpacking Trip This event is Metro accessible
Saturday-Sunday, March 18-19, 2017
Prince William Forest Park
Dumfries, VA
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$25 members, $35 non-members
Level: 6, 10.0 miles, Beginner and above.

Join us on this early season beginners backpacking trip in nearby Prince William Forest Park. This is a great trip for those who are new to backpacking, want to try out new gear or brush up on backpacking skills to prepare for the 2017 season! This wilderness area, although close to the DC metro area is reputed to be less popular and crowded than others and offers 37 miles of hiking trails in the Park.

It is a 2 mile loop to one of the backcountry camp sites which accommodate up to 4 tents per site, so participants could share tents. We also share group equipment, such as backpack stoves and cooking gear, so don't let a lack of equipment prevent you from coming as WWO also has a limited amount of backpack gear to lend as a member benefit.

After setting up our campsite, we will decide which trails to hike, which range from 1 mile to over 10 miles. On Sunday, after we break camp, we have an option to take in another hike and then meet up for a meal on our way home.

Please plan to share the cost of driving and entry to the National Forest. Gear sharing, meal planning, carpooling and all other details will be worked out by email in the week before the trip. This trip is a weekend, Saturday through Sunday.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 8, 2017

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Weverton Cliffs and Harpers Ferry Day Hike
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Burkittsville, MD
8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 6, 9.0 miles

This out-and-back hike will combine both the rewards of climbing upward and a leisurely stroll. We will ascend on the AT to Weverton Cliffs, where there is a wonderful view of the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers and the town of Harpers Ferry. After relaxing on the cliffs, we will descend and pick up the AT on the level C&O canal towpath, which we will follow until we cross the river on the footbridge and go in to the town of Harpers Ferry. We will hike in town as far as Jefferson Rock then folks can explore town for a while in the afternoon - get ice cream, go shopping, or take in one of the museums - before meeting up later to return along the towpath.

Registration Deadline: Friday, March 24, 2017

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Backpacking Committee Meeting & Social
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Buena Vista, VA
4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Free!
Everyone welcome!

Join the WWO Backpacking Committee at its quarterly meeting to find out how trips are planned and how to become a WWO Leader. The Summer and Fall backpacking schedule will be explored. Your ideas and suggestions are most welcome so bring your wish list, your park guidebooks, trail maps and calendar as we share an evening meal, socialize and delve into the world of outdoor adventure.

Bring an hors d'oeuvre to share and $5 contribution for the evening meal which will be prepared by WWO Backpacking Leaders.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, March 23, 2017

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Backpacking Committee Overnight Cabin Weekend
Saturday-Sunday, March 25-26, 2017
Fort Valley, VA
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$45 members, $65 non-members
Level: 5.0 miles

The Backpacking Committee has added something special to our quarterly meeting! Come just for the meeting or stay for the cabin overnight experience! Join us for a weekend getaway as we explore the Summer and Fall backpacking schedule and beyond! Your ideas and suggestions are most welcome so bring your wish list, your park guidebooks, trail maps and calendar.

We are renting a PATC cabin that has limited sleeping accommodations but plenty of personality as each cabin is unique.

Come early to settle into the cabin or arrive by 4:00 pm when the Backpacking Committee meeting will start. Join us for our traditional Happy Hour and an evening meal prepared by your WWO Backpack Leaders.

For the overnight, you must bring your own sleeping equipment and food, other than the meal prepared for the meeting.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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Maryland AT Section Furry Friendly Backpacking Trip This event is Metro accessible
Saturday-Sunday, April 1-2, 2017
Boonesboro, MD
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$20 members, $30 non-members
Level: 5, 6.0 miles, Beginner and above.

This is an out and back trip on the AT on South Mountain in western Maryland. We will ascend the trail towards Weverton Cliffs which is probably the most difficult section of the trip with a long series of switchbacks, but the superb views of the Potomac River and surrounding area is the reward for this strenuous climb. This is followed by a relatively easy ridgetop trail segment as we follow the spur trail towards the Ed Garvey Shelter. We will spend one night at a campsite on the AT near the shelter, returning along the same route the next day.

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 backpack equipment to lend as a member benefit.

Your friendly dog is invited on this weekend trip, Saturday through Sunday.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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Furry Friends Half-Day Hike at Lake AccotinkNovice Program
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Lake Accotink, Virginia
Springfield, VA
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
$7 members, $10 non-members
Level: 3.7 miles

Once again, hiking is going to the dogs. Join us at Lake Accotink for a 3.75 mile hike. Come hiking with us even if you don't have a dog but love them anyway. This is a short hike for any beginning hiker. Your dog must get along well with others and must be kept on a leash while hiking. There will be a limit of 10 dogs allowed on the hike. Each owner is responsible for the actions of her dog.

Registration Deadline: Friday, April 7, 2017

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Billy Goat Sections B and C Half-Day HikeNovice Program
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Potomac, MD
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 5, 6.0 miles

We'll explore the two less crowded, but just as scenic, downriver loops of the Billy Goat Trail. These two sections offer terrific views of the Potomac with a little rock scrambling. The trails take you along the canal towpath, through the woods, and along the Potomac River.

There will also be a short 3-mile option suitable for novices.

Registration Deadline: Friday, April 21, 2017

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Piney Branch Day Hike This event is Metro accessible
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Shenandoah National Park, VA
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$7 members, $12 non-members
Level: 10, 8.0 miles

Earth Day in Shenandoah! Join us for a vigorous 8-mile hike up the Piney Branch trail. We will ascend along a stream, with several stream crossings and two waterfalls along the way. Then we will descend down a fire road, with views from the ridge of the valley to the east. Total elevation change is 1750 ft.

There is no park fee the weekend of April 22-23, 2017.

Registration Deadline: Friday, April 21, 2017

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Little Bennett Regional Park Beginner Backpacking Trip
Saturday-Sunday, April 22-23, 2017
Little Bennett Regional Park
Clarksburg, MD
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$30 members, $40 non-members
Level: 2, 5.0 miles, Beginner and above.

This is a great trip for beginner backpackers and anyone who has ever wanted to try backpacking. We will meet up at the trailhead at the Park to pack and adjust our backpacks, review group gear needs for the weekend and go over hiking protocol before backpacking a short 1-1/2 miles to our campsite. After setting up our campsite, we will go for an afternoon hike and then settle down for a backpackers meal, evening campfire and Q&A session all about backpacking. After a backpackers breakfast, we will break camp and head home.

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 backpack equipment to lend as a member benefit, and we will share equipment among participants, so don't let a lack of gear or know-how discourage you from joining.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, April 12, 2017

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Dark Hollow & Rose River Falls Day Hike This event is Metro accessible
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Shenandoah National Park, VA
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 7, 8.0 miles

Come see two 70-foot waterfalls on a single hike. Rose River Falls is a delightful series of large cascades, while Dark Hollow Falls is a series of terraced cascades that are reached by a steeply descending trail. History has it that Thomas Jefferson once viewed these falls. We recommend strong knees and trekking poles.

Registration Deadline: Friday, May 5, 2017

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Cold Mountain-Mount Pleasant Two Night Backpacking Trip This event is Metro accessible
Saturday-Monday, May 27-29 2017
George Washington National Forest
Buena Vista, VA
8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
$30 members, $40 non-members
Level: 12.0 miles
Intermediate and advanced.

Can't make it to Scotland or Switzerland anytime soon to hike those spectacular high mountain meadows? We have the next best thing just a few hours from DC! Join us on this backpacking adventure that offers spectacular high mountain meadows and an ever-changing landscape - a perfect sampling of Virginia's varied scenery from lush green beds of ferns sheltered by old hardwoods to tunnels of pine trees to wide meadow-like clearings.

Our route will combine the Cold Mountain and Mount Pleasant loops to make a Figure Eight where we will enjoy multiple mountain vistas with 360 degree views. The saddle between the two peaks is cited as some of the best on the east coast!

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 takes place Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday through Monday.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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