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Vigorous Hikers
Tuesday Hikes Schedule


NOTE: Additional information and details on each hike will be emailed to those on the group list 2 to 4 days before each hike. After it is emailed to the list it will be the top message at http://groups.google.com/group/Vigorous-Hikers. Anyone is welcome to visit the group site and signup for the weekly emails. These hikes and many more for everyone are listed on the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club [PATC] Calendar of Activities. Sierra Club's Potomac Region Outings [PRO], http://www.sierraclub.org/virginia/potomac-region-outings also lists many interesting hikes open to everyone. 

Tuesday, December 3 - Off Trail Venture to the Waterfalls off the Mt. Marshall and Bluff Trails – Starting at Jenkins Gap on Skyline Drive, we will attempt to locate the falls on Waterfall Branch.  As time permits, we will also visit the falls on the Jordan River and descend the Big Devils Stairs Trail and ascend the falls in the stream bed.  A significant amount of bushwhacking is required to visit these falls, but a non-bushwhacking option will be available; about 15 miles with 3000 feet of ascent.
Leader: Dave Green, dkgreenva@hotmail.com – 703/536-5189

Tuesday, December 10 - Fairfax County Lake Trails. Starting at South Run Park, we will explore the South Run Valley Stream Trail, part of the Pohick Stream Trail, and loop trails around Burke Lake and Lake Mercer.  19.3 miles with 500 ft of gain.  
Leader: Bruce Freedman - bfreedman58@aol.com

Tuesday, December 17 -- Prince William Forest. We will do a counter-clockwise circuit of the Prince William Forest Park starting on the east side of the park and covering several trails. The two main trails we will do include North Valley and South Valley Trails. We will have lunch somewhere along the South Valley Trail. The estimated mileage is 18.5 miles with about 1700' of elevation. 
Leader: David Saah davidm.saah@gmail.com

Thursday- December 26 - Arlington Triangle hike - From Bluemont Park, the hike will follow local bike trails with a loop around Roosevelt Island for a total of 18.5 miles at a fast pace, with negligible elevation change.
Leader: Tom Kloster  twk07@comcast.net  

Thursday - January 2 - Reston Area - (W&OD, CCT, Lake Fairfax) Starting at Meadowlark Gardens, the hike will make a loop using sections of the W&OD horse trail, the Fairfax Cross County Trail, Reston Association trails, Lake Fairfax Park trails and connecting trails for a total of 19 miles and 850 feet elevation gain. 
Leader: Andrew Heron cfcfan1966@gmail.com 

Tuesday, January 7 – AT Out and Back from Rt. 55 – (PATC Map 8) (PATC Map 8) Appalachian Trail out and back from Rt. 55 south past the Jim and Molly Denton AT Shelter to Route 522; about 18 Miles and 2500’ ascent.
Leader: Ed Cook. veetee76@gmail.com

Tuesday, January 14 – Harpers Ferry - Starting at the School House Ridge Battlefield, this hike in the Harpers Ferry area will include battlefield and riverside trails as well as a climb to the heights.  The distance will be about 16 miles with a little over 2000 feet of ascent.
Leader: Tom Kloster,  twk07@comcast.net 

Tuesday, January 21 – McLean Loop - We will begin at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve, taking the Potomac Heritage Trail down to Pimmit Run.  From there we will cross the stream, take the Pimmit Run Trail to various neighborhoods and regional park trails within McLean, completing the loop via to the trail along the quiet side of the I-495 soundwall to Georgetown Pike and Scott’s Run.  About 16 miles and 2000’ elevation.
Leader:  Josh Silverman, betula54@msn.com

January 28, 2020 – Off Trail Venture in White Oak Canyon –  We will do a circuit starting at the White Oak Canyon parking area.  Provided the weather has been cold enough to form ice, it will include about a mile of bushwhacking to get a close-up view of the frozen falls on White Oak Run and the frozen seeps on the canyon wall.  Other trails may include the AT, Bettys Rock, Bushytop, and the Old Rag Fire Road.  About 15 miles with 3000 feet of ascent.
Leader: Dave Green, dkgreenva@hotmail.com

Tuesday, February 4  - Piney Ridge–AT–Hull School Trail Loop - (PATC Map 9) Starting at the Keyser Run Fire Road at the end of VA614, we’ll take the Hull School Trail to the Piney Branch Trail and Piney Ridge Trail then climb to the Appalachian Trail and take it south to Beahm’s Gap.  Return via the Hull School Trail to parking. Approximately 17 miles with 3,500’ elevation gain.
Leader - Marshall Wilson, marshallwilson770@gmail.com

Tuesday, February 11 - AT/Neighbor/Knob - Northern District, Shenandoah NP (PATC Map 9):  A clockwise loop from the Elkwallow Picnic Trailhead of the Appalachian Trail near Mile 24 of the Skyline Drive; about 16.5 miles and 3500' ascent.
Leader: Bob Livezey 

Tuesday, February 18 - Staunton River Trail Loop – Central District SNP - (PATC Map 10): We will climb the Staunton River Trail and on to the AT. We’ll then head north on the AT and descend the Mill Prong Trail through Rapidan Camp and return to the start. Approximately 20 miles with 4600 ft of climb. A shortcut for a 15 mile hike is available. 
Leader: Gene Whitaker  genewhit@gmail.com 

Tuesday, February 25 -  Cabin John Trail in Bethesda, Md. - We will do 17.6 miles in an out and back on the Cabin John Trail in Bethesda, Md. Start on MacArthur Blvd and go to Goya Drive and return.
Leader: Lou Hurwitz  lou.nutshell@hotmail.com