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Hiking Rating Scale

Rachel Carson Conservation Park Half-Day Hike

Mason Neck Half-Day Hike

Annapolis Rocks AT Day Hike

Women's National Monument/Women in the Arts Museum Day Hike

Backpacking Committee Meeting & Social

Volcano and Dinosaur Day Hike

AT Section Pine Grove Furnace Furry Friend Backpacking Trip

Patapsco Valley - Cascade Falls Day Hike

AT Section Swatara Gap to PA 645 Backpacking Trip

Buck Ridge/Mary's Rock/Buck Hollow Day Hike

Gathland to White Rocks AT Day Hike

Crabtree Falls to Spy Rock Furry Friendly Backpacking Trip

Crabtree Falls Day Furry Friends Hike

Cranberry Wilderness Two Night Backpacking Trip



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.


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 5:00 p.m.

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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 5:00 p.m.

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Annapolis Rocks AT Day Hike
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Myersville, MD
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 5, 5.0 miles

This is an out-and-back hike on the Appalachian Trail. It starts near I-70 with a steep incline. The mid-point is Annapolis Rocks, an overhanging cliff with an excellent westward view that includes Greenbrier Lake.

Registration Deadline: Friday, March 9, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Women's National Monument/Women in the Arts Museum Day HikeNovice Program This event is Metro accessible
Sunday, March 18, 2018
Washington, DC
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: N, 6.0 miles
All levels welcome.

Pay tribute to International Women's Day. This city hike is an easy 5-6 miles that visits two iconic landmarks in DC that celebrate women. The Sewall-Belmont House & Museum was recently renamed the Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument when it became part of the National Park System and is only the second national monument that specifically commemorates women's history. It was named in honor of Belmont and Alice Paul who founded the National Women's Party in 1917 and would become key strategists of the campaign for the women's vote in the 1910s. Paul would go on to write from the National Women's Party headquarters on Constitution Avenue, what is known today as the Equal Rights Amendment, a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing equal rights for women. The Belmont-Paul National Monument is described as a small yet historic landmark full of authentic memorabilia from the early 1900's through present day where so much can be learned about Alice Paul and many other women who

From the Belmont-Paul Monument, we will walk less than 2 miles to the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) to tour the museum. This is a private museum housed in a landmark building near the White House and known as the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to celebrating women's achievements in the visual, performing and literary arts. The museum is described as small but elegant in a beautiful building which provides a great backdrop for the exhibits. The art collection includes more than 4,500 objects representing the work of women from the 16th century to the present created by more than 1,000 artists with a good mix of traditional and contemporary works, along with special collections of 18th century silver tableware and botanical prints.

This is a full day excursion with a break for lunch at a restaurant near the NMWA. WWO fee does not include museum admission fee. Admission ticket to the NMWA in the range of $10 can be purchased in advance on their website (https://nmwa.org/).

Registration Deadline: Friday, March 16, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Backpacking Committee Meeting & Social
Sunday, March 25, 2018
Alexandria, VA
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 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 Summer trip schedule will be explored. Your ideas and suggestions are most welcome so bring your wish list, trail maps and website links as we delve into snacks, socialization and the world of outdoor adventure.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Volcano and Dinosaur Day Hike
Sunday, March 25, 2018
Dumfries, VA
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 5, 7.0 miles

This hike is named for the geology walk in Prince William Forest National Park. The hike starts on the North Fork of Quantico Creek. Along the trail are markers discussing the geologic history of the area from 57 million years ago through the Jurassic period to the present. If you have no interest in geology, it is also a very pretty walk along the river. After the geology walk, we will continue the hike along the South Fork of Quantico Creek to finish the loop back to the trailhead.

The park may charge an admission fee of $7 per car. The leader has a park pass, we can make arrangements to meet locally.

Registration Deadline: Friday, March 23, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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AT Section Pine Grove Furnace Furry Friend Backpacking Trip
Saturday-Sunday, April 7-8, 2018
Pine Grove Furnace State Park
Gardners, PA
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$25 members, $35 non-members
Level: 7, 11.0 miles, All levels.

This section of the Appalachian Trail includes Pine Grove Furnace State Park, the Appalachian Trail Museum, and views from Pole Steeple. We will complete about 7.5 miles the first day and camp near the James Fry Shelter. Warm drinks by the campfire will finish our first day. We will complete the remaining miles on Sunday, exiting near PA 94, approximately 3.5 miles. The Appalachian Trail Museum reopens in April so we could stop in on Sunday before returning home.

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.

Your furry friend is invited.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Patapsco Valley - Cascade Falls Day Hike
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Ellicott City, MD
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 5, 6.3 miles

Patapsco Valley State Park is home to one of the loveliest and most isolated river valleys of Central Maryland. We'll explore about 6 miles of trails in the Patapsco Valley State Park, Orange Grove area. The circuit will take us through a variety of terrain and some stream crossings, past old mill structures with views of the sparkling Patapsco River, and end at a tranquil spot for a break or lunch at Cascade Falls.

Registration Deadline: Friday, April 13, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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AT Section Swatara Gap to PA 645 Backpacking Trip
Saturday-Sunday, April 28-29, 2018
Swatara Gap, PA
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$25 members, $35 non-members
Level: 7, 11.0 miles, All levels welcome.

This one-night backpacking trip in Pennsylvania includes views of two lakes. After passing through the Swatara Gap, there is an upward 725 feet elevation change over the course of a mile before leveling off the remainder of the trip with shorter ups and downs. We will complete 8.7 miles the first day and camp near the William Penn Shelter. We will complete the remaining miles on Sunday, exiting near PA 645.

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

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

This trip is Saturday to Sunday

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 5:00 p.m. TRIP IS FULL

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Buck Ridge/Mary's Rock/Buck Hollow Day Hike This event is Metro accessible
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Shenandoah National Park
Luray, VA
8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 10, 9.6 miles

This 9.6-mile hike takes us up a very steep initial ascent along Buck Ridge, across Skyline Drive up to a stretch of the Appalachian Trail that leads to the amazing rock overlook of Mary's Rock summit at 3,514 feet, then turning back for several stream crossings across the Thornton River as it descends through Buck Hollow.

Registration Deadline: Friday, April 27, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Gathland to White Rocks AT Day Hike
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Burkittsville, MD
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 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: Friday, May 11, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Crabtree Falls to Spy Rock Furry Friendly Backpacking Trip
Saturday-Sunday, May 19-20, 2018
George Washington National Forest
Montebello, VA
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$25 members, $35 non-members
Level: 10, 14.0 miles, Intermediate and advanced.

Join us on this fairly challenging ascent which combines Virginia's best waterfall with the Appalachian Trail and a stunning 360-degree panorama view atop Spy Rock. 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. Spy Rock is an incredible rock dome on the east side of Maintop Mountain with breathtaking views of the entire Religious Range, Mt. Pleasant, Three Ridges, St. Mary's Wilderness area, and the eastern foothills. From Crabtree Falls, we will follow the Appalachian Trail to some nice campsites at the base of the summit in time for a spectacular sunset.

We are planning an out and back hike. The elevation change on the Crabtree Falls Trail and Appalachian Trail are steady climbs.

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.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Crabtree Falls Day Furry Friends Hike
Saturday, May 19, 2018
George Washington National Forest
Montebello, VA
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 10, 2.5 miles, Intermediate and advanced.

We will be joining the WWO backpackers for a fairly challenging ascent up Crabtree falls trail to Virginia's best waterfall. 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. The elevation change on the Crabtree Falls Trail and Appalachian Trail are steady climbs. The backpackers will continue to Spy Rock and we will continue our loop along on moderate to steep switchback to the parking lot.

Your furry friend is invited on this hike.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, May 17, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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Cranberry Wilderness Two Night Backpacking Trip
Saturday-Monday, May 26-28, 2018
Elkins, WV
8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
$30 members, $35 non-members
Level: 12, 18.0 miles, Intermediate.

We will hike what Backpacker Magazine has called the "crown jewel" of Monongahela National Forest, through what "feels like the Canadian taiga wrapped in the South's homeyness." Cranberry Wilderness is a mix of alpine balds, rhododendron thickets, quartzite slabs, red spruce, and trout streams where you can expect to pass by the relics of old mining and logging camps. We will follow a trail that is completely encompassed by the backcountry with streams that are described as crystal clear, cold and sparkling.

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.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 5:00 p.m.

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