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Hiking Rating Scale

Scotts Run Half-Day Hike

Rock Creek Park Wild Northern Section Half-Day Hike

Otter Creek Wilderness Furry Friendly Backpacking Trip

Backpacking Committee Meeting & Social

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

Assateague Island Backcountry Backpacking Trip

Shenandoah Summit Sampler Day Hike

Lake Frank Furry Friends Half-Day Hike

Alexandria Ghost & Graveyard Public Walking Tour

Sky Meadows Hoop & Hike

AT Section Backpacking in Shenandoah National Park

Sunset Rocks Backpacking Trip

Hazel Mountain Trail Day Hike

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.


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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Otter Creek Wilderness Furry Friendly Backpacking Trip
Saturday-Monday, September 2-4, 2017
Monongahela National Forest
Elkins, WV
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$30 members, $35 non-members
Level: 15 miles
Intermediate and advanced.

Otter Creek Wilderness lies in a bowl formed by Shavers Mountain and McGowan Mountain with numerous streams flowing into Otter Creek, a scenic river with large rock outcrops, falls, chutes and rapids. We will follow the trail to the top of the ridge towards Shavers Mountain before descending to Otter Creek. The area, logged extensively between 1897 and 1914, now sports a second-growth forest, dense thickets of rhododendron and mountain laurel along the streams and a variety of mosses in damper regions. We can expect some moderate to challenging crossings and spectacular views. We will follow the loop back to the parking lot, camping at very nice camp sites along the way.

This trip is Labor Day Holiday weekend, Saturday through Monday.

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.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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Backpacking Committee Meeting & SocialNovice Program
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Rockville, MD
5:00 p.m. - 7:30 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 Winter and Spring 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: Friday, September 22, 2017

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Ford Mine and River Trails at Great Falls Half-Day Hike
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Great Falls National Park
Potomac, MD
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
$7 members, $10 non-members
Level: 3, 5 miles

Think of it as a Winter Meander at Great Falls. We will hike approximately five miles, depending on weather and cold. From the Great Falls Tavern Visitors Center parking lot, we will venture in to the woods along the Ford Mine Trail, then along the C&O towpath and, after a stop for lunch on proper benches by the Visitors Center, an amble along the River Trail.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, September 28, 2017

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Assateague Island Backcountry Backpacking Trip
Saturday-Sunday, October 7-8, 2017
Assateague Island National Seashore
Berlin, MD
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$25 members, $35 non-members
Level: 9 miles
Beginner and above.

Assateague Island, a barrier island bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and on the west by Sinepuxent Bay, is best known for its wild ponies. Our visit will take us into the island's backcountry for a wilder beach experience few people know about. On this 9 mile round trip, we will hike to a backcountry campsite on the ocean side, then return along the bay separating the island from the mainland. Between the ponies and the waterfowl, wildlife sightings are guaranteed!

Since our route is relatively short and completely flat, this trip is suitable for novices as well as more experienced backpackers looking for a unique beachside experience.

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.

Participants need sand stakes. There is NPS entrance fee of $20 per vehicle and a backcountry permit fee of $10 per person. Please bring this with you on the day of the trip.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, September 27, 2017

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Shenandoah Summit Sampler Day Hike This event is Metro accessible
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Shenandoah National Park, VA
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 7, 7 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 $10 fee per person to get into the park. Please bring this with you on the day of the hike.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, October 12, 2017

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Lake Frank Furry Friends Half-Day HikeNovice Program
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Derwood, MD
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
$7 members, $10 non-members
Level: 3 miles

Once again, hiking is going to the dogs. Join us at Lake Frank for a 3-mile hike with swimming in the lake and stream to cool off your tail wagging friend. Come hiking with us even if you don't have a dog but love them anyway. 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: Thursday, October 19, 2017

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Alexandria Ghost & Graveyard Public Walking TourNovice Program
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Ramsay House Visitors Center
Alexandria, VA
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 3 miles

Follow an 18th century costumed guide by lantern light through the charming streets of Alexandria's historic district known as Old Town. On this entertaining tour, you'll hear ghost stories, legends and folklore. You will also hear about unsolved mysteries, tales of romance and angry ghosts looking for revenge.

The tour price is $13.00. Please bring cash with you.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, October 19, 2017

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Sky Meadows Hoop & Hike
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Fauquier County, VA
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 2, 3 miles

Experience a new approach to hiking and a different connection to the outdoors by learning some of the elements of a new yet old playful prop -- the hula hoop! We will have a fall hike at Sky Meadows State Park, using a weighted hula hoop to stretch our minds and body, and incorporate some waist hooping for a fun challenge. Expect beautiful vistas across meadows and woodlands with abundant fall colors. Collapsible travel hula hoops will be provided for the hike.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, October 19, 2017

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AT Section Backpacking in Shenandoah National Park
Saturday-Sunday, October 28-29, 2017
Shenandoah National Park
Elton, VA
8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
$25 members, $35 non-members
Level: 10 miles
Intermediate and advanced.

Have you always wanted to backpack a section of the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park? If so, join us on this backpacking trip when colors will be spectacular! Our route covers a 10 mile section of the AT in the southern portion of Shenandoah National Park. We will start near Loft Mountain, pass by Blackrock Hut and exit near Rip Rap Trail. We will have an opportunity to take in Blackrock Summit, known for the most expansive views to the north and south and ideal for watching sunsets and sunrises.

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

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

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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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

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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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