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Hikes in The Washington Region Part B

The 2015 Fifth Edition of offers a variety of hiking experiences in Northern Virginia; it describes more routes, with more options for longer and shorter variations than previous editions, and extends beyond the immediate Capital Beltway to the Shenandoah River and close to Harpers Ferry. GPS trailhead coordinates (NAD83) have also been added.



PATC volunteers contribute tens of thousands of hours of volunteer service every year. Volunteers maintain trails, cabins, and shelters, teach Leave No Trace principles to hikers and backpackers, publish maps and guidebooks, and help manage a busy headquarters operation. In addition to volunteer opportunities, the club offers a busy calendar of recreational events, including hikes, excursions, cross-country ski weekends, and mountaineering trips. The club is always in need of enthusiastic volunteers.

The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club...

is a volunteer-based organization headquartered in Vienna, Virginia. The PATC was founded in 1927 by the visionaries who planned and built the Appalachian Trail. The club now manages more than 1,050 miles of hiking trails in the Mid-Atlantic region, along with cabins, shelters, and hundreds of acres of conserved land.

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Our Volunteer Partners such as the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and Corporate Partners such as REI provide invaluable cooperation and support for our mission.

2015 Appalachian Trail Conservancy Biennial
Registration is now open!  Visit

On July 17-24, 2015, the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and the Mountain Club of Maryland will host the next Biennial Conference of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, to be held at the campus of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., adjacent to Interstate 81. Our steering committee is headed by Lee Sheaffer and Rush Williamson and our planning is well underway.

Click here to view the Biennial Program and Registration Packet

A video describing key points of this event has been prepared, and can be viewed online
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We are seeking volunteers to help with the conference planning, to lead hikes and excursions, to help with registration, and many other needs. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete and return this form.

Would you like to participate in the 2015 ATC Biennial Conference as a Sponsor, Vendor or Exhibitor?

 If so, click here for information on the benefits of being a part of this amazing event and details on the various sponsor and vendor categories available. Exhibit hall spaces are going fast, so don’t wait. Send in your application TODAY!

April Volunteer of the Month
Jim Corwith

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Upcoming Events

For more details on these and other events, see our online calendar.

Upcoming Event
Event DateCategoryEvent
Apr 18 2015 9:00AMTrail WorkND Hoodlums Work Trip
Apr 18 2015 9:00AMClassHike Leader Training
Apr 18 2015 10:00AMSpecial EventLambert Cabin Earth Day Weekend
Apr 19 2015 8:00AMHikeWanderbirds: Old Rag Mountain, SNP, VA.
Apr 19 2015 9:00AMHikeWildflower Hike at Scotts Run
Apr 19 2015 10:30AMTrail WorkTrail Day Sugarloaf Mountain
Apr 20 2015 8:00AMShelter WorkWhiskey Hollow Shelter Construction
Apr 21 2015 8:45AMHikeVigorous Hikers - Rose River Bushwhack – Central District SNP
Apr 21 2015 9:00AMHikeMidweek Hike
Apr 22 2015 10:15AMHikeEasy Hikers--Greenbelt Park, Greenbelt MD
Apr 22 2015 7:00PMClassHikng the Appalachian Trail
Apr 23 2015 8:00AMShelter WorkWhiskey Hollow Shelter Construction
Apr 23 2015 7:00PMClassHikng the Appalachian Trail
Apr 24 2015 8:00AMShelter WorkNEW Whiskey Hollow Shelter Construction
Apr 24 2015 10:15AMHikeEasy Hikers--National Arboretum, Washington DC
Apr 24 2015 7:00PMClassHiking the Appalachian Trail
Apr 25 2015 8:00AMClassATC 2 day Chain Saw Class Scott Farm, PA
Apr 25 2015 8:00AMClassLeave No Trace Trainer Course
Apr 25 2015 8:15AMTrail WorkDC Crew- Rock Creek Park Work Trip
Apr 25 2015 8:30AMClassSNP/PATC Volunteer Chainsaw Class at SNP HQ [2 day]
Apr 25 2015 9:30AMTrail WorkCadillac Crew - Biennial Trail Preparation
Apr 25 2015 9:30AMSpecial EventCanoe Trip Catoctin Creek (MD)