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Hike: Maryland Heights / Harpers Ferry Natl Park, WV & MD

Capital Hiking Club
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Dec 02 8:00AM - 6:30PM

PATC Map 7 / MD Bus

$30 (nonmembers $33) less $5 for national or senior pass holders.

Morning hike options: 4 miles with 1200 ft. ascent/descent, or 6 mi. with 1700 ft. ascent/descent. Optional afternoon hikes are available on your own, or explore the town.

Hiking, history and holiday atmosphere combine in what has become an annual early-December trip for us to Harpers Ferry. The town celebrates the season with hands-on activities (making tree ornaments), special tours, and demonstrations by folks dressed in period costumes. The town businesses also have special activities planned for visitors. This is a special weekend for this unique destination. Lunch and shops are available in the town, brimming with holiday ambiance.

In the morning, choose between two hikes climbing to Maryland Heights Overlook with its oft-photographed view of the town. In the afternoon, you can explore Harpers Ferry or choose to hike more on your own.

Leaders: Pat 301/[masked], Joe Sendry 202/[masked], and Bob **NOTE: Meetup has disabled the waitlist feature where members can be notified that a spot has opened for a full hike. You will need to check back on the event's page throughout the week to see if spots are available and RSVP.**


Please RSVP and pay for this hike on Meetup. You only need to call the hike leaders if you have questions regarding the hike.

However, if you are a first-time hiker with us, please let the hike leaders know so that they can ensure that you know where to meet the bus. If you've RSVP'd with us, we don't want to leave you behind.

If, after you make this reservation, you need to cancel and would like to request a refund, before 2:00 p.m., the day before the hike, BOTH:

1) Change your RSVP to "No"--AND--2) Email your request to [masked] .

List the DATE YOU PAID and your FULL NAME.

Please note: There is a $5 cancellation fee per seat on the bus.

For additional details, visit our website and refer to our Frequently Asked Questions at ( )

Maryland Bus Routing: Please arrive 10 - 15 minutes before departure time listed below. All departure points are Metro accessible; however, if you are driving, please use only the Grosvenor Metro departure point, as parking is extremely limited at other locations.

Bus departs from 16th and I (Eye) Streets, NW, (,+Washington,+DC+20005/@38.9013456,-77.037636,18z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x89b7b7be81a5f503:0xa56258cd2bbc2c57!8m2!3d38.9013456!4d-77.0365417 ) Washington DC (two blocks north of the White House), at 8:00 AM, and continues to:

National Cathedral Area - Wisconsin Avenue and Woodley Road (,+Washington,+DC+20016/@38.9318539,-77.0748442,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x89b7c9d8bbf9a6c1:0xc9b7dc3802be1c20!8m2!3d38.9318539!4d-77.0726555),departing at approximately 8:10 AM; then continues to:

Near Chevy Chase, MD - Friendship Heights Metro Stop (,-77.0879377,17z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xb12132c97db01069!8m2!3d38.9608007!4d-77.0857383 ) (Western Avenue/East side exit), departing at approximately 8:20 AM; then continues to:

Bethesda, MD - across from Bethesda Metro Stop (,-77.0955863,17z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xf0c46a6fe31e4a34!8m2!3d38.984198!4d-77.0940843 ) (northeast corner of East-West Highway and Wisconsin) (by request only--no stop here unless the hike leader has confirmed reservations), departing at approximately 8:25 AM; then continues to:

Rockville / North Bethesda, MD - Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Station ( ) bus shelter nearest to Metro Station entrance between Metro Station and parking garage (Wisconsin Avenue / Rockville Pike / Rt. 355 exit off I-495), departing at approximately 8:35 AM.

Reservations: The Capital Hiking Club is a non-profit group, and the public is invited to join on all trips. Early reservations are appreciated! While reservations are accepted Friday, making your reservation prior to Thursday evening helps to ensure your seat on the bus, and prevents the cancellation of the hike due to low sign-ups.

If contacting hike leaders during the week of the hike, please place calls prior to 9:30 p.m. As a courtesy to other hikers and to the hike leaders, please cancel as early as possible, so that your reserved spot may be given to someone else.

Cost, what to wear, what to bring: Transportation costs are listed for each hike. Bring sufficient food and water for a day's outing in a day pack or fanny pack with individual First Aid articles, a whistle, and extra clothing according to the season. Sturdy boots or shoes are a necessity. It is recommended to carry 8 oz. of water per mile to be hiked. Gatorade or other electrolyte replacement drinks are also recommended.

Liability: By RSVPing for a CHC hike, you are acknowledging and accepting that hikers are responsible for their own safety and must assume risks and liability for all outings. CHC leaders, officers, and representatives shall not be liable for any injuries, loss or damage to persons or property, direct or consequential, arising out of any trips or Club activities. Participants will be asked to sign a waiver on the day of the hike. Hikers are expected to be able to keep a 2 mph pace.

Membership Dues: Free membership is given for the first 6 months, and after that paying membership dues is required to attend club events, $10.00 per year. Click the "Member dues" link (on the left side of this page) to pay the $10 annual dues to support the Capital Hiking Club. Dues help pay for the administrative and web costs of running the club, and you will also benefit from a reduced rate for club hikes.

If the hike is listed as full and your 6 month free trial of the Capital Hiking Club membership has expired, Meetup may prompt you to pay the membership dues. If you choose to pay the membership, you are still not guaranteed a spot on the hike: you can only get a spot on the hike if one opens up. Dues are non-refundable.

If you choose not to pay the membership dues and are not a member, please change the amount due from $25 to $28 when making payment.

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