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Hiking Rating Scale

The "Other" Washington Monument Day Hike

Little Bennett Regional Park Half-Day Hike

Winter Backpacking at Sky Meadows State Park

Fountainhead Regional Park Furry Friend Hike

Cat Rock & Bobs Hill Day Hike

Hazel Mountain Trail Day Hike

Backpacking on the Maryland Appalachian Trail

Theodore Roosevelt Island Half-Day Hike

Backpacking Committee Meeting and Social

National Arboretum Half-Day Hike

North Fork Mountain Seneca Rocks Backpacking Trip

Rose River Falls 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.


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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Winter Backpacking at Sky Meadows State Park This event is Metro accessible
Saturday-Sunday, March 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.

Spring may be in the air but this is 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, February 20, 2019 5:00 p.m.

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Fountainhead Regional Park Furry Friend Hike
Sunday, March 3, 2019
Fairfax County, VA
9:00 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: Thursday, February 28, 2019 5:00 p.m.

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Cat Rock & Bobs Hill Day Hike
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Cunningham Falls State Park
Thurmont, MD
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 7, 8.0 miles

We begin our ascent to Cat Rock summit with a vigorous 1.5 mile hike up a slope of the Catoctin Mtn. The peak features jagged cliffs with a pile of boulders below. Although no one knows for sure if the namesake is from its resemblance to a cat or from the fact that bobcats have been seen there, we can contemplate that while we take in the views.

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

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Hazel Mountain Trail Day Hike This event is Metro accessible
Saturday, April 6, 2019
Shenandoah National Park, VA
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 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 $15 per person for this hike. Please bring this fee with you on the day of the hike. Additionally, if you are carpooling we ask that each passenger pay $5.00 to the driver. Thank you!

Registration Deadline: Thursday, April 4, 2019 5:00 p.m.

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Backpacking on the Maryland Appalachian Trail
Saturday-Sunday, April 6-7, 2019
Boonsboro, MD
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$25 members, $30 non-members
Level: 7, 11.0 miles, Advanced beginner and above.

If you are trying to knock out another section of the Appalachian Trail, this moderate one-night backpacking trip is for you. Although this trip has a fair amount of elevation changes, the views from several vantage points will be our rewards! We will hike to the lesser known but historic Washington Monument for some great views, and then to Rocky Run Shelter, for a total of about 5 miles the first day. We will set up camp in an area near the shelter, and complete about 6 miles on the second day as we head 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 a limited amount of backpacking equipment to lend as member benefit.

This trip is Saturday to Sunday.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 5:00 p.m.

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Theodore Roosevelt Island Half-Day HikeNovice Program This event is Metro accessible
Saturday, April 20, 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, April 18, 2019 5:00 p.m.

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Backpacking Committee Meeting and SocialNovice Program
Saturday, April 20, 2019
Rockville, MD
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 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 Summer 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, April 17, 2019 5:00 p.m.

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National Arboretum Half-Day HikeNovice Program
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Washington, DC
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
$7 members, $10 non-members
Level: 2, 3.0 miles

Visit one of DC's best kept secrets. The National Arboretum is 446 acres in North East Washington. It is a living museum where trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants are cultivated for scientific and educational purposes. We will walk around the grounds and explore the different collections. Much, but not all, of the walking will be on roads and paved paths.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, May 16, 2019 5:00 p.m.

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North Fork Mountain Seneca Rocks Backpacking Trip
Friday-Monday, May 24-27, 2019
Monongahela National Forest
Petersburg, WV
1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
$35 members, $45 non-members
Level: 12, 24.0 miles, Advanced.

Relentless! That's how hikers describe the North Fork Mountain Trail views! There are so many overlooks, this trail is one of the most scenic in WV. With its high point of 3,894 feet, North Fork Mountain is known for its vistas, rocky outcroppings and long cliffs. Elevations along the trail range from 1,300 feet to 3,800 feet. The Nature Conservancy and partners consider it to be one of the most ecologically and biologically significant areas in the Central Appalachian Forest ecosystem. Strenuous with tough climbing, trails that are a little difficult to follow, and lack of water make this hike extremely challenging - but the payoffs at the end make the effort well worthwhile.

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

This trip is Friday afternoon to Monday evening, Memorial Day Holiday Weekend. Participants should have previous backpacking experience with WWO. Space is limited to first 6 registrations.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 5:00 p.m.

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Rose River Falls Day Hike This event is Metro accessible
Saturday, May 25, 2019
Shenandoah National Park, VA
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 6, 4.0 miles

Rose River Falls is a delightful series of large cascades. We'll hike along the Rose River and the Hog Camp Branch trails both of which offer wonderful views of running water. We'll reach Rose River Falls about 1.3 miles in. The final leg of our adventure will be on the Rose River fire road. History has it that Thomas Jefferson once viewed these falls. We recommend strong knees and trekking poles.

The park charges $15 per person for this hike. Please bring this fee with you on the day of the hike. Additionally, if you are carpooling we ask that each passenger pay $5.00 to the driver. Thank you!

Registration Deadline: Thursday, May 23, 2019 5:00 p.m.

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