The SCWDC Recreation Program offers a variety of hikes suited for the casual as well as the more hardy and adventurous hikers. The program also offers multiple day excursions to local, state and national parks, and to more remote national and international locations.  


& "Due to COVID-19, hikes are presently suspended. We hope to resume the program later in spring or summer 2021 when national authorities state that group meetings, 10 and over, are safe.  When that occurs, this page will be updated with a contact person.

Casual Hikes

The Casual hikes are approximately five miles in length through Washington Metropolitan area parks, woods, and forests. The casual hikes are perfect for those who can't devote a full day to hiking or who are just beginning to hike and feel comfortable walking at a brisk pace for at least two hours.  Anyone can lead their favorite local hike.  Hikes can be after work or half-day weekend hikes.  We'll have a long list of hikes that we have sponsored before, so you, as a new hike leader, do not need to write the hiking plan from scratch. Call or write the office at 703-532-7776 or  

Challenging Hikes

If you are an accomplished hiker, I plan to hike most weekends with ski club friends. Hikes are in the range of 7 to 10 miles with 1500’ to 2000’ vertical but could be more or less. We hike at a fairly fast pace and would welcome other skiers to join us. I expect to limit the group to about 10. Hikes are in the Shenandoah Park & George Washington National Forest from 1-2 hours west of the Beltway. I generally select a hike from Hiking Upward and send an invite and link about Wednesday. If you are interested, send an email to Bill Rakow at and he will put you on the invite list.

Natural History Hikes 

These 7 to 9 mile hikes, often in the Shenandoah National Park, focus on nature, with numerous stops along the way to learn about what we are seeing around us; what is happening to the inhabitants of our forests this time of the year, and what may be beneath that log.  These day-long hikes routinely end up with dinner at some local restaurant (optional).

Weekend Hiking Excursions

Multi-day excursions to either local or national parks and mountains, as well as other exotic international locations may be offered occasionally, depending on demand and willing volunteer leaders.

Ski & Sports Club of Washington DC
5309 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA 22207    MAP
Office Hours: M-F, 9 AM - 5 PM

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