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Day Hiking
The waterfalls in White Oak Canyon. Mountain laurel in bloom on Massanutten Mountain. Civil War encampment ruins on Maryland Heights. Every year more people in the mid-Atlantic region are discovering the joys of hiking. We take to the woods to find those quiet spots to enjoy the beauty of nature and to get away from the bustle of daily tasks.

An increasing number of people sharing a finite amount of wild country means stress to the environment. We can help you learn new skills — or update your current skills — for enjoying our backcountry areas in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.


Hike Leader Classes

Trail Patrol offers two-day hike leader classes for hikers who are learning new skills as well as formal hike leaders of outing groups who are updating their group leadership skills. The course provides essential skills for leading safe, environmentally responsible, and enjoyable hikes. We cover how to handle backcountry medical emergencies, leadership development, trip planning, standard procedures, emergency procedures, gear and clothing, map reading and navigation, and Leave No Trace outdoor ethics. The training includes lectures with hands-on applications and trail-based scenarios. The course is open to all levels, from novice to experienced hikers.

Day Hiking Resources

Looking for ideas on how to improve your day-hiking skills? We have information on gear, techniques, safety, and how to enjoy the backcountry while minimizing your environmental impact.

Hike Leader Committee

Trail Patrol’s Hike Leader Committee is a group of skilled, experienced hikers who are dedicated to sharing their knowledge with others who are looking to improve their hiking skills and knowledge.

For More Information

Contact the Trail Patrol Hike Leader Committee Chair