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. We have a Hiking Coordinator (See Contact Us web page) but 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 email@example.com.
If you are an accomplished hiker, this type of hike might be for you. 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 so you must be "fit.". Group size is 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and he will put you on the invite list.
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).