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Hiking Rating Scale

Bear Church Rock Day Hike

Volcano and Dinosaur Half-Day Hike

Lewis Fork Wilderness Mt Rogers Area Multi Night Backpacking

Ford Mine and River Trails at Great Falls Half-Day Hike

The Rocks: Wolf, Chimney, and Cat Rock Day Hike

Backpacking Committee Meeting & Social

AT Section PA 233 to Pen Mar Road Backpacking Trip

Manassas Battlefield Half-Day Hike

Crabtree Falls to Spy Rock Furry Friendly Backpacking Trip

Old Rag Day Hike

Sunset Rocks Backpacking Trip

Shenandoah Summit Sampler Day Hike

Maryland AT Section Furry Friendly Beginner Backpacking Trip

Burn Off the Turkey Sugarloaf Mountain Loop Day Hike



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.


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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Ford Mine and River Trails at Great Falls Half-Day Hike
Sunday, September 16, 2018
Great Falls National Park
Potomac, MD
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
$7 members, $10 non-members
Level: 3, 5.0 miles

From the great Falls Tavern Visitors Center parking lot, we will venture into the woods along the sparsely used Ford Mine Trail, then stop for snack/restroom break near the Visitors Center. Afterwards, we will head up the Tow Path, to connect to the River Trail which follows the Potomac River. If we are lucky, we may find some Paw Paws.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, September 13, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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The Rocks: Wolf, Chimney, and Cat Rock Day Hike
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Catoctin Mountain Park
Thurmont, MD
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 5, 4.9 miles

We will hike a moderately strenuous circuit in the National Park along a sometimes rocky trail, visiting Chimney Rock featuring outstanding scenic vistas and Wolf Rock with an optional rock scramble to visit Wolf Rock. We have an optional out-and-back trip in adjacent Cunningham Falls State Park to visit Cat Rock.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, September 20, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Backpacking Committee Meeting & Social
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Rockville, MD
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Free!
Level: All levels 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 Winter trip schedule will be explored. Your ideas and suggestions are most welcome so bring your wish list, ipad, trail maps, and website links as we delve into snacks, socialization and the world of outdoor adventure.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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AT Section PA 233 to Pen Mar Road Backpacking Trip
Saturday-Sunday, October 6-7, 2018
South Mountain, PA
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$25 members, $35 non-members
Level: 7, 13.0 miles, All levels.

Trying to knock out another section of the Appalachian Trail? This moderate one-night backpacking trip in lower Pennsylvania offers some elevation change and beautiful fall foliage. We will stage cars for this one-way hike, completing about 6 miles the first day and the remaining 7 miles on Sunday. We will find a campsite near the Antietam Shelter, which is about at the halfway point of our hike. Warm drinks by the campfire will complete our 1st 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 backpacking equipment to lend as a member benefit.

This trip is Saturday to Sunday.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Manassas Battlefield Half-Day HikeNovice Program
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Manassas Battlefield
Manassas, VA
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
$7 members, $10 non-members
Level: 3, 6.0 miles

We will be doing the 5-mile hike around the First Battle of Bull Run. There is also an optional 1-mile loop at the visitor center. The trail goes through rolling farmland and forests. Combine a relaxing walk with an opportunity to learn more about our local history. There is also a nice museum/visitor center located at the park. With luck, we might spot some whitetail deer.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, September 6, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Crabtree Falls to Spy Rock Furry Friendly Backpacking Trip
Saturday-Sunday, October 13-14, 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 trip. 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. The Spy Rock scramble may prove challenging for your furry friend.

This trip is Saturday to Sunday.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 3, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Old Rag Day Hike This event is Metro accessible
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Shenandoah National Park, VA
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 11, 7.0 miles

This perennial favorite is a challenging 7-mile hike, with 2200 feet of elevation gain. It features scrambling over and between boulders on the trail, as well as some hand-over-hand climbing. The reward at the top is a 360-degree view of peaks, valleys, and towns.

The park charges $15 entry fee per person for this hike. Please bring this fee with you on the day of the hike. If the weather is not appropriate for Old Rag, our back-up hike will be White Oak Canyon, another Level 11 hike nearby.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, October 18, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Sunset Rocks Backpacking Trip
Saturday-Sunday, October 27-28, 2018
Michaux State Forest
Gardners, PA
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$25 members, $35 non-members
Level: 7, 8.0 miles, All levels.

This trip offers several unusual features: Old Rag-style rock scrambles, ruins of an iron-working camp, a western-facing rock outcropping where we can watch the sun set, and last and by far not the least - it passes by the half-way point of the Appalachian Trail! At the top of the ridge, we can watch the sun set from west-facing Sunset Rocks, then return to our camp set up by an AT shelter. It is worthy to note that the rock scramble may make this trip unsuitable for anyone with mobility limitations.

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 Saturday to Sunday.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Shenandoah Summit Sampler Day Hike This event is Metro accessible
Saturday, November 3, 2018
Shenandoah National Park, VA
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 7, 7.0 miles

Bring your cameras because we are hitting new heights! We will first travel to Mary's Rock and hike 3.7 miles (1.8 miles up) with a 1,710 foot elevation change. This out-and-back hike offers views of hardwood forest, mountain laurel, ferns, a man-made shelf of rocks, rock monoliths, and a vista of Thornton Gap. We will drive 10 miles down the road to the Stony Man Overlook for a glimpse of the Stony Man formation, then on to the Stony Man Nature Trail, the second highest peak in the park, for a fairly easy 1.6-mile circuit hike with a 350-foot elevation change.

If there is time, we can sneak in one more hike. We can drive to the lodge and take a 1.6-mile out-and-back hike to Millers Head Lookout. This hike is fairly easy with some moderately steep sections on the way back. Our destination is an observation platform with a spectacular, nearly 360-degree view.

There is $15 fee entry fee per person to get into the park. Please bring this with you on the day of the hike.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, November 1, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Maryland AT Section Furry Friendly Beginner Backpacking Trip
Saturday-Sunday, November 3-4, 2018
Boonesboro, MD
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$20 members, $30 non-members
Level: 10.0 miles
Beginner and above.

This section of the AT offers a beautiful overlook and camping one night on the trail near an Appalachian Trail shelter. We will start at Turners Gap and the historic Old South Mountain Inn and head towards the Shelter, setting up our campsite and leaving our packs before day hiking to White Rocks Overlook and then back to our campsite. Campfire and star gazing should make this a memorable trip!

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.

This trip is Saturday to Sunday.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Burn Off the Turkey Sugarloaf Mountain Loop Day Hike
Friday, November 23, 2018
Dickerson, MD
8:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 8, 8.1 miles

Looking for a way to burn off the Thanksgiving turkey? Bring your Thanksgiving leftovers and join us for our annual "Burn Off the Turkey" hike on Sugarloaf Mountain. Sugarloaf Mountain stands 800 feet above the farmland below. We will hike an 8.1-mile loop with 4,000 feet of elevation gain and loss, through the woods and along ridges, stopping at overlooks with picturesque views of the surrounding area.

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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