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Sunset Rocks Backpacking Trip

Hazel Mountain Trail Day Hike

Burn Off the Turkey Sugarloaf Mountain Loop Day Hike

Maryland AT Section Furry Friend Backpacking Trip

Blockhouse Point Conservation Park Half-Day Hike

Backpacking Committee Meeting & Social

Riverbend Half-Day Hike

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

Cabin John Regional Park Furry Friends Half-Day Hike

Rachel Carson Conservation Park Half-Day Hike

Mason Neck 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.


Sunset Rocks Backpacking Trip
Saturday-Sunday, November 11-12, 2017
Michaux State Forest
Gardners, PA
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$25 members, $35 non-members
Level: 7, 8 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. Warm drinks around a campfire will complete our day. It is worthy to note that the rock scramble may make this trip unsuitable for anyone with mobility limitations.

This trip is Saturday to Sunday.

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.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 TRIP IS FULL

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Hazel Mountain Trail Day Hike This event is Metro accessible
Saturday, November 18, 2017
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, November 16, 2017

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Burn Off the Turkey Sugarloaf Mountain Loop Day Hike
Friday, November 24, 2017
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 21, 2017

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Maryland AT Section Furry Friend Backpacking Trip
Saturday-Sunday, December 2-3, 2017
Boonesboro, MD
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$20 members, $30 non-members
Level: 10.0 miles
Intermediate and advanced.

This section of the AT offers some historical Civil War sites, beautiful overlooks, optional loops and camping one night on the trail near an AT shelter. We will start at Turners Gap and the historic Old South Mountain Inn and head south to White Rock Overlook and Crampton Gap at Gathland State Park.

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 on this trip.

This trip is Saturday to Sunday.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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Blockhouse Point Conservation Park Half-Day Hike
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Potomac, MD
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
$7 members, $10 non-members
Level: 4, 5.0 miles

We will hike a series of out-and-back trails that wind through woods to spectacular viewpoints of the Potomac from cliffs above the C&O Canal. These bluffs are the spot where strategic fortification lined the river and protected the Union from attack by Confederate forces. Union soldiers camped in horrible conditions nearby at Muddy Branch. The hike is fairly easy, and given the vagaries of winter hiking, we can add more trails or shorten the hike.

Registration Deadline: Friday, December 15, 2017

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Backpacking Committee Meeting & Social
Sunday, January 7, 2018
rockville, MD
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Free!
Level: 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 Spring trip schedule will be explored. Your ideas and suggestions are most welcome so bring your wish list, your park guidebooks, trail maps and links as we delve into snacks, socialization and the world of outdoor adventure.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, January 3, 2018

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Riverbend Half-Day HikeNovice Program
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Riverbend Park
Great Falls, VA
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
$7 members, $10 non-members
Level: 2, 5.2 miles

Here's one we haven't done in awhile! Riverbend park has great up-close views of the Potomac River and its wildlife, but far fewer visitors than its downstream neighbors. We will start out hiking through the woods to the overlook at Great Falls, and then loop back northward along the river.

Registration Deadline: Friday, January 12, 2018

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The Rocks: Wolf, Chimney, and Cat Rock Day Hike
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Catoctin Mountain Park
Thurmont, MD
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 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 "the wolf." We have an optional out-and-back trip in adjacent Cunningham Falls State Park to visit Cat Rock.

Registration Deadline: Friday, January 19, 2018

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Cabin John Regional Park Furry Friends Half-Day HikeNovice Program
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Bethesda, MD
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
$7 members, $10 non-members
Level: 2, 5.0 miles

Parts of this trail are surprisingly secluded and wild, hidden away in suburban Bethesda. We'll follow Cabin John Creek about 5 miles, up and down rocky bluffs and wooded stream banks.

Registration Deadline: Friday, January 26, 2018

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Rachel Carson Conservation Park Half-Day Hike
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Brookeville, MD
10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
$7 members, $10 non-members
Level: 3, 6.0 miles

We will hike about 6 miles through the meadows and oak hickory forest of this large conservation park in northern Montgomery County. This hike follows the trails along the Hawlings River, part of the future Rachel Carson Greenway, where we'll see the remains of an old mill.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, February 8, 2018

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Mason Neck Half-Day HikeNovice Program
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Lorton, VA
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$7 members, $10 non-members
Level: 2, 3.5 miles

This park in southeastern Fairfax County provides protected habitat for wildlife and scenic trails for hikers. The trail wanders across a wooded bluff, then comes back along the shore of Belmont Bay, a Potomac River inlet. Park entrance fee of $5.00 per vehicle is not included in the trip price.

Registration Deadline: Friday, February 16, 2018

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