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Easy Hikers--W&OD Trail and Tamarack Park, Vienna, VA

CANCELLED - Yankee Clippers AT Work Trip

Wanderbirds: Shenandoah River State Park, VA

Vigorous Hikers: Fetzer Gap

Easy Hikers--Foggy Bottom to Rosslyn Metro

Tuscarora Central District Devil's Nose Crew Work Trip

Lincoln Loggers - Old Rag Cabin

Wanderbirds: AT, Black Rock to High Rock to Pen Mar, MD

Vigorous Hikers Bull Run

PATC Executive Committee

Easy Hikers--Seneca Bluffs MD

Midweek Hike

New Members Meeting

Learn To Cross-Country/NORDIC Ski In Laurel Highlands PA

SNP/PATC Annual Trails Meeting

CANCELLED - Charlie Irvin Shelter Work Trip

Wanderbirds: Appalachian Trail, Ashby Gap to Manassas Gap, VA

Vigorous Hikers - Elizabeth Furnace Hiking and Bushwhacking with Optional Overnight at Glass House

Easy Hikers--Glover Archbold Trail, DC

CANCELLED - Charlie Irvin Shelter Work Trip

Basic Wilderness First Aid

Meet the Trail Patrol Hike - Gathland/Weverton, AT, MD

Vigorous Hikers - Swift Run Gap to Simmons Gap and return

Cross-Country/NORDIC ski trip in Laurel Highlands PA

Easy Hikers--Northwest Branch Trail, Silver Spring, MD

Event Category: Hike

Start Date: Wednesday, 9/20/2023

Start Time: 10:15 AM

Contact: Nancy Holland, 240-482-9055

Email: hollandnanj@gmail.com


Northwest Branch Trail (Parking: Burnt Mills East Special Park)  10701 Columbia Pike, Silver Spring MD 20901This is a beautiful natural surface trail, 3.5 mile out-and-back hike, with a couple of stream crossings, steep climbs, rocks and tree roots. Please wear appropriate footwear and walking sticks are recommended.  We will start our hike just to the left facing the kiosk at the end of the parking lot. The narrow gorge requires a steep up and down hill section during the first 0.25 miles, following the sign for the Northwest Branch trail at the intersection with Copperhead Run. After going down the incline, we get on the flat Northwest Trail, adjacent to the Northwest Branch (of the Anacostia River) until the 1.2 mile mark, directly underneath the Beltway.  At that point, the trail climbs again (to get around another narrow section) returning to the water at our turnaround point at the 1.7-mile point.  

Amenities: No restrooms or water at trailhead, but there is a Starbucks available at the adjacent strip mall.