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Hiking Rating Scale

Shenandoah Summit Sampler Day Hike

Maryland AT Section Furry Friendly Beginner Backpacking Trip

Burn Off the Turkey Sugarloaf Mountain Loop Day Hike

Crampton Gap/White Rocks AT Day Hike

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Winter Walk of Lights

Theodore Roosevelt Island Half-Day Hike

Frosty Backpacking on the Appalachian Trail

Cabin John Regional Park Furry Friends Half-Day Hike

Gambrill State Park Day Hike

Winter Backpacking at Sky Meadows State Park

The "Other" Washington Monument Day Hike

Little Bennett Regional Park 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.


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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Crampton Gap/White Rocks AT Day Hike
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Burkittsville, MD
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 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: Thursday, December 6, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Winter Walk of Lights
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Vienna, VA
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
$14 members, $14 non-members
Level: 2, 0.5 miles, All levels welcome.

Every year, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens transforms the garden into a half-mile, walk of lights. Perennial favorites include the animated Lakeside Lights, the Fountain of Lights, and the Holiday Nature Walk-new displays each year. Afterwards, we can enjoy hot beverages and roasting marshmallows which are available for purchase at the S'more Snack shop.

WWO Leader will be purchasing the tickets online, please bring $14.00 for your ticket.

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

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Theodore Roosevelt Island Half-Day HikeNovice Program This event is Metro accessible
Saturday, January 5, 2019
Washington, DC
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Free!
Level: 2, 3.5 miles

We are inviting women to come hike with us for free and learn about Washington Women Outdoors. For members, get outdoors for a brief hike in the winter and share your Washington Women Outdoor stories. This morning hike will take you through a small wilderness area on Theodore Roosevelt Island along the Potomac River nearly across from the Kennedy Center. This is an easy walk of 3.5 miles.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, January 3, 2019 5:00 p.m.

Premium Annual Member or alt. payment:

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Frosty Backpacking on the Appalachian Trail
Saturday-Sunday, January 5-6, 2019
Gathland State Park
Burkittsville, MD
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$25 members, $30 non-members
Level: 7, 8.0 miles, Advanced beginner and above.

Let's knock out another section of the Appalachian Trail in lower Maryland! Although this moderate one-night backpacking trip on the AT could prove to be a frosty outing, there are some major treats on this trip! We will hike about 4 miles on Saturday, enjoying some continuous views of the valleys below through the bare trees, before stopping at the Ed Garvey Shelter. Known as one of the nicer shelters on the entire AT, Ed Garvey Shelter offers another lovely view, an upstairs level and a perfect setting to camp. Hot drinks and s'mores by the campfire will complete the day! We will hike the remaining four miles on Sunday back to our cars.

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

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

This trip is Saturday to Sunday. This trip is not metro accessible.

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

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Cabin John Regional Park Furry Friends Half-Day HikeNovice Program
Saturday, January 12, 2019
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: Thursday, January 10, 2019 5:00 p.m.

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Gambrill State Park Day Hike
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Frederick, MD
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 5, 7.0 miles

Come hike the Yellow Poplar trail at Gambrill State Park. This trail allows us to walk in the farther reaches of the park not ordinarily traversed. The trail passes two beautiful stone overlooks built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, January 24, 2019 5:00 p.m.

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Winter Backpacking at Sky Meadows State Park This event is Metro accessible
Saturday-Sunday, February 2-3, 2019
Sky Meadows State Park
Delaplane, VA
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$30 members, $45 non-members
Level: 7.0 miles
Experienced beginners and above.

Winter backpacking at its best! Sky Meadows is only an hour from the DC area, and offers many primitive camping amenities that other campsites do not offer. It is a short one mile to our base campsite, and then we will day-hike the wintry pastures and woodlands of the Park that are particularly picturesque this time of the year. After hiking, we will enjoy a campfire and campsite cooking. On Sunday, we will break camp, hike back to our cars and stop a local Virginia winery before heading 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 backpacking equipment to lend as member benefit.

This trip is Saturday to Sunday. This trip is metro accessible.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 5:00 p.m.

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The "Other" Washington Monument Day Hike
Saturday, February 9, 2019
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 7, 2019 5:00 p.m.

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Little Bennett Regional Park Half-Day HikeNovice Program
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Boyds, MD
10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
$7 members, $10 non-members
Level: 2, 4.0 miles

This 3,700-acre park offers over 21 miles of natural surface trails. The park is mostly forested and lies among the tributaries of Little Bennett Creek. We will hike about 4 miles, making use of several short footpaths in this large regional park in the Maryland Piedmont.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, February 21, 2019 5:00 p.m.

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