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Hiking Rating Scale

Dark Hollow & Rose River Falls Day Hike

Cold Mountain-Mount Pleasant Two Night Backpacking Trip

Sherman Gap/Massanutten Mountain Day Hike

Soapstone Valley Trail Evening Hike

Backpacking Committee Meeting & Social

Dolly Sods North 2-Night Backpacking Trip

Fountainhead Regional Park Day Hike

Gold Mine Loop Half Day Hike

Rohrbaugh Plains Beginner Backpacking Trip

White Oak Canyon Day Hike

Crabtree Falls to Priest Shelter Backpacking Trip

Scotts Run Half-Day Hike

Rock Creek Park Wild Northern Section Half-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.


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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Sherman Gap/Massanutten Mountain Day Hike This event is Metro accessible
Saturday, June 10, 2017
GW National Forest
Front Royal, VA
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 8, 8.5 miles

This 8.5-mile circuit hike begins with a 1300 foot ascent up the Sherman Gap Trail, then follows the Massanutten Mountain East trail along the ridgeline. It loops back with a gradual descent through the woods.

Registration Deadline: Friday, June 9, 2017

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Soapstone Valley Trail Evening Hike
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Rock Creek Park
Washington, DC
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
$7 members, $10 non-members
Level: 3, 4.0 miles

This area was named "Best Place in Rock Creek." This is an evening hike in the middle of the week... why not! A good break from the hectic work week. It 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 seven or so more times as the valley grows deeper, greener, and more dense. After a last bit of stone-hopping, Soapstone Valley and the trail ends, spitting you out at Broad Branch Road after a mile-and-a-half.

Registration Deadline: Sunday, June 11, 2017

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Backpacking Committee Meeting & SocialNovice Program
Friday, June 16, 2017
Bethesda, MD
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Free!
Level: Everyone is 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 Fall and Winter trip 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 delve into snacks, socialization and the world of outdoor adventure.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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Dolly Sods North 2-Night Backpacking Trip This event is Metro accessible
Friday-Sunday, June 23-25, 2017
Monongahela National Forest
Laneville, WV
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$30 members, $35 non-members
Level: 20.0 miles
Advanced beginner and above.

Play hooky and escape from the city for a weekend of backpacking. On Friday, we start at Bear Rocks, wander the open balds of the northern region of Dolly Sods to the edge of the Allegheny plateau for fantastic views of the Canaan Valley below. We spend Saturday exploring the Central region of the wilderness: vistas, beaver dams, waterfalls and moss-covered streams. On Sunday we will break camp and hike out along the Blackbird Knob trail back to our cars.

With a maximum elevation gain/loss of 400 feet and less than 8 miles distance per day, this trip is perfect for advanced beginners and above.

WWO has a limited amount of equipment to lend. Group equipment such as cooking gear will be shared among participants so don't let a lack of equipment prevent you from joining this trip. Gear sharing, meal planning, carpooling and all other details will be worked out by email the week before the trip.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 TRIP IS CLOSED

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Fountainhead Regional Park Day Hike
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Fairfax County, VA
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 4, 6.0 miles

This area played a vital role at different times in our history from the Revolutionary to the Civil War. This is an out-and-back hike totaling 6 miles. The trail goes up and down through woods and along the Occoquan River, with a few stream crossings.

Registration Deadline: Friday, June 23, 2017

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Gold Mine Loop Half Day Hike
Sunday, July 9, 2017
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: Friday, July 8, 2017

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Rohrbaugh Plains Beginner Backpacking Trip This event is Metro accessible
Saturday-Sunday, July 15-16, 2017
Monongahela National Forest
Petersburg WVA, WV
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
$25 members, $35 non-members
Level: 4, 6.0 miles, Beginner and above.

Join us on a short loop backpacking trip in the Rohrbaugh Plains within the Dolly Sods Wilderness of West Virginia. The beauty of this trip is you get the best views in the Wilderness with minimal effort. It is only 3 miles from the trailhead to the lip of the Rohrbaugh cliffs, with stunning 270 degree views of the Red Creek Valley below. Our campsite is nearby so we should have a marvelous sunset for our evening entertainment. The fairly level terrain of this hike makes this adventure a great opportunity for first-time backpackers as well as experienced backpackers wanting to explore a unique trail in the Monongahela National Forest.

WWO has a limited amount of equipment to lend. Group equipment such as cooking gear will be shared among participants so don't let a lack of equipment prevent you from joining this trip. Gear sharing, meal planning, carpooling and all other details will be worked out by email the week before the trip.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, July 5, 2017

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White Oak Canyon Day Hike This event is Metro accessible
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Shenandoah National Park
Luray, VA
8:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 12, 8.5 miles

One of the most popular hikes in Shenandoah National Park, White Oak Canyon follows a beautiful stream with numerous waterfalls along the way. The ascent is steep and strenuous, but we will rest often and enjoy the waterfalls. The total length of this hike is 8.5 miles with an elevation gain of 2100 feet.

There is $10 fee per person to get into the park. Please bring this with you on the day of the hike.

Registration Deadline: Friday, July 14, 2017

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Crabtree Falls to Priest Shelter Backpacking Trip This event is Metro accessible
Saturday-Sunday, July 22-23, 2017
George Washington National Forest
Montebello, VA
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
$25 members, $35 non-members
Level: 10.0 miles
Intermediate and advanced.

Join us on this fairly challenging ascent to The Priest on the Appalachian Trail where the trail log at the Shelter serves as a satirical-confessional and hikers can "confess their trail sins to the Priest"! The Priest is a mountain in the Religious Range of the Blue Ridge Mountains - the tallest mountain in that range in fact, rising over 4,000 feet. The mountain can be ascended in a few different ways, but definitely the most varied is via Crabtree Falls. 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.

This trip offers one of the most varied and scenic in the state, potentially offering 180 degree views of landmarks nearly 70 miles away! We are planning an out and back hike where we will set up camp for the night just off-trail with an impressive overlook nearby.

WWO has a limited amount of equipment to lend. Group equipment such as cooking gear will be shared among participants so don't let a lack of equipment prevent you from joining this trip. Gear sharing, meal planning, carpooling and all other details will be worked out by email the week before the trip.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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Scotts Run Half-Day HikeNovice Program
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Great Falls, VA
9:45 a.m. - 12:00 noon
$7 members, $10 non-members
Level: 2, 5.0 miles

You won't find a closer waterfall hike to the Metro DC area. One mile from the beltway on Georgetown Pike, the Scott's Run Nature Preserve is a little piece of wilderness saved from urban sprawl. We will hike 4-5 miles on various trails in the park & enjoy spectacular views of the river.

Registration Deadline: Friday, August 11, 2017

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Rock Creek Park Wild Northern Section Half-Day Hike
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Washington, DC
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$7 members, $10 non-members
Level: 3, 7.0 miles

The northern section of Rock Creek Park is the largest chunk of unspoiled woodland in the park. This 7-mile loop takes us through upland woods and streamside flood plains. We'll primarily follow the Western Ridge and Valley trails to explore DC's version of Central Park.

Registration Deadline: Friday, August 25, 2017

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