Winter Backpacking at Sky Meadows State Park, Saturday-Sunday, March 2-3, 2019

Backpacking

Winter Backpacking at Sky Meadows State Park
Saturday-Sunday, March 2-3, 2019
Delaplane, VA
Sky Meadows State Park
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

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Bike and Flight Bike Ride, Sunday, March 31, 2019

Bicycling

Bike and Flight Bike Ride
Sunday, March 31, 2019
Chantilly, VA
Cabell’s Mill
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
$7 members, $10 non-members
Level: 20.0 miles
In-shape beginners.


On this ride, suitable for in-shape beginners and above, we’ll explore some of the history of Fairfax County starting at Cabell’s Mill in Chantilly. The Mill was built in the mid 1700’s and operated as a mill until 1916. From the Mill we will ride to Sully Historic Site, also built in the 1700’s. Five original buildings remain on the site. We’ll walk around to see some of the buildings but not take a formal tour. We will then travel to more modern times with a visit to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center which is part of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. We will spend a little time in the museum (free) which has thousands of artifacts (including the Space Shuttle Discovery), before heading back to Cabell’s Mill.

The route will primarily be on sidepaths (sidewalks that are paved and wider than normal sidewalks) and residential streets. The “driveway” to Sully is a 2 lane road but the road only goes to Sully. The entrance way to the Udvar-Hazy Center is a wide road with little
traffic (only goes to the museum). Bring a good lock to lock up your bike at Sully and the Udvar-Hazy Center. There are bike racks at the Udvar-Hazy Center but none at Sully.

Registration Deadline: Friday, March 29, 2019

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Merkle Wildlife and Jug Bay Wetlands Bike Ride, Sunday, March 24, 2019

Bicycling

Merkle Wildlife and Jug Bay Wetlands Bike Ride
Sunday, March 24, 2019
Brandywine, MD
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 35.0 miles
Rolling hills. Suitable for intermediate to advanced riders.


We’re branching out and exploring the farms, woodlands and ther natural areas of southern Prince Georges County. This route of mostly gentle and rolling hills will include stops at the Merkle Wildlife Nature Center and the picnic area of Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary where we will have lunch.

Please arrive by 9:45 a.m. so we can roll out on time. There is a port-a-john in the parking lot of the park.

Registration Deadline: Friday, March 22, 2019

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Cat Rock & Bobs Hill Day Hike, Saturday, March 23, 2019

Hiking

Cat Rock & Bobs Hill Day Hike
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Thurmont, MD
Cunningham Falls State Park
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

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Furry Friendly Cabin Camping & Hiking Shenandoah Natl Park, Friday-Sunday, March 15-17, 2019

Special Events

Furry Friendly Cabin Camping & Hiking Shenandoah Natl Park
Friday-Sunday, March 15-17, 2019
Luray, VA
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$60 members, $80 non-members
Level: 5, 8.0 miles


Join us for a weekend in a PATC cabin near the boundaries of Shenandoah National Park. This trip includes two nights in a modern well-equipped cabin and the opportunity to hike trails in and around Shenandoah National Park. The cabin comes with mattresses, refrigerator, stove, microwave, running water, flush toilets, wood burning stove, and fireplace. We will depart the DC area Friday afternoon, enjoy a meal, fire, conversation and possibly even board games! Saturday, after a hearty breakfast, we will hike into Shenandoah National Park to do a 5-8 mile hike, and then return to the cabin for evening meal and social time! After breakfast on Sunday, we will pack up and head home after a short hike.

Trip fee does not include food or meals.

Carpooling, meal planning and all other details will be worked out by email the week before the trip. Due to cabin limitations, this trip is limited to the first 6 registrations. The cabin is pet friendly; we can accommodate one additional
furry friend.

This trip is Friday to Sunday with an option to join Saturday morning.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 6, 2019

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Lake Brittle and Warrenton Bike Ride, Saturday, March 16, 2019

Bicycling

Lake Brittle and Warrenton Bike Ride
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Warrenton, VA
10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 33.0 miles
Intermediate to advanced riders.


This ride starts at Lake Brittle and rides through the scenic countryside around Warrenton, passing a winery and Airlie House — a 1200 acre bucolic conference center created in 1960. We’ll also ride on the Warrenton Branch Greenway, by working farms, creeks and historic civil war sites. This ride has many rolling hills and a couple of challenging ones, as well — but it’s well worth it! The ride ends after passing through Vint Hill Farms Station which was an army intelligence station during the Cold War. The property was sold in 1999 to the Virginia economic development authority and several businesses have located there including a craft winery, a brewery, a cafe and the Cold War Museum. We’ll have the option of lunch in Vint Hill after the ride. Please arrive 15 minutes early so we can start out on time.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, March 14, 2019

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Meet the Author, Cheryl Suchors, Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Special Events

Meet the Author, Cheryl Suchors
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Bethesda, MD
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Free!
Everyone welcome


Meet Cheryl Suchors, Author of “48 Peaks: Hiking and Healing in the White Mountains.” Cheryl will read from her book and talk to us about her experiences in new Hampshire. She will talk about how she wrote what she learned while hiking each of the peaks that are 4,000 or more feet high.

This is a special free local mid-week event held in the Bethesda home of a WWO member.

Free parking and accessible by Metrorail or bus. Light refreshments will be served.

Due to space constraints, this event is limited to the first 15 registrations.

Registration Deadline: Monday, March 11, 2019




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Three Covered Bridges of Frederick County Bike Ride, Saturday, March 9, 2019

Bicycling

Three Covered Bridges of Frederick County Bike Ride
Saturday, March 9, 2019
Frederick, MD
10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 25.0 miles
Rolling hills on country roads. Not recommended for absolute beginners, but suitable for in-shape riders.


Join us on a road ride over the rolling hills and through the scenic valleys of Frederick County. We will ride over three historic covered bridges and take in great views of scenic farmland and the nearby Catoctin Mountains. We’ll meet in the parking lot of the Lewistown School near Thurmont, MD. Please arrive 15 minutes early so we can roll out on time.

We can stop for a late lunch after the ride.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, March 7, 2019

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Fountainhead Regional Park Furry Friend Hike, Sunday, March 3, 2019

Hiking

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

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Brentsville Rural Rogues Bike Ride, Sunday, February 24, 2019

Bicycling

Brentsville Rural Rogues Bike Ride
Sunday, February 24, 2019
Bristow, VA
10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Level: 35.0 miles
Rolling hills. Suitable for intermediate to advanced riders.


This ride is a beautiful tour of the rolling hills in the Virginia countryside surrounding Bristow and Nokesville. The majority of the Bristow Area was previously part of the Linton’s Ford plantation, owned by the Linton family from the 18th century. Rogues Road is so named because of the highwaymen that used to frequent this location. This route visits Rogues Road for four miles and is mostly traffic-free. (1,265′ elevation change)

Please arrive in time to be ready to roll at our departure time of 10:30.

Registration Deadline: Friday, February 22, 2019

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