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Hike with those who built and manage the trails! The PATC hike program is run by the same organization that built and maintains many of the hiking trails in this area.

PATC hikes are conducted by trained hike leaders. The hikes offer various levels of difficulty and distance. PATC hikes are an opportunity to understand the club and its important trail maintenance work. You need not be a PATC member to hike with us, but we hope you will consider joining after getting to know us. Come join us on the trails!

This website has all you need to know about our hiking program. To learn more, follow the links below:

 - About the hike program
 - Upcoming hikes
 - Sign up for a hike - check back soon for our PATC Hikes Meetup Group!
 - Hiking groups
 - Become a hike leader 
 - For hike leaders (under revision)


The first stated purpose of PATC is "to support and encourage the ... proper recreational use of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and other trails".  This is done partly through the sponsorship of hikes on trails in PATC's area and on other trails. 

The club has a wide-ranging hiking program which includes local area hikes and excursions into other geographical areas. Hikes can range from short, close-in day hikes to extended excursions. Hikes can be for physical conditioning, social interaction, nature walks, history lessons, to reach a viewpoint, or any of a number of purposes. The club encourages a wide variety of hikes, and provides training and support to hike leaders.
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See our calendar for full descriptions and more hikes.
Also visit our Charlottesville Chapter and Southern Shenandoah Chapter for regional chapter hikes.
Hike DateHike NameContactContact email
Aug 27 2019 8:30AMVigorous Hikers - Nethers, Passamaquoddy, Skyland and BackGene Whitakergenewhit@gmail.com
Sep 3 2019 8:30AMVigorous Hikers - Pine Hill Trail to AT – Back on Broad HollowGene WhitakerGeneWhit@gmail.com
Sep 4 2019 10:15AMEasy Hikers--Great Falls Park. McLean VA Doris Mattraw, 703-727-8211Dorismattraw@gmail.com
Sep 10 2019 8:00AMVigorous Hikers: Buzzard Rock/North MassanuttenJoan DAlonzojoandalonzo@gmail.com
Sep 11 2019 10:15AMEasy Hikers--Germantown MD Jean Phillips 301-785-8621Phllpsfarm@aol.com
Sep 17 2019 9:00AMVigorous Hikers - Austin Mt BlackrocksTom Klostertwk07@comcast.net
Sep 18 2019 10:15AMEasy Hifkers--Bull Run/Occoquan Trail, Clifton VAAlan Day 571-888-4952 • Mobilew.alanday@gmail.com
Sep 24 2019 8:45AMVigorous Hikers: Little Schloss and Big Schloss LoopJosh Silvermanbetula54@msn.com
Sep 25 2019 10:15AMEasy Hikers--Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington VAElisa Braver: 301/793-4935. elisabraver@gmail.com
Oct 1 2019 8:30AMVigourous Hikers - North of New Market GapSteve Brownswbmit77@verizon.net
Oct 2 2019 10:15AMEasy Hikers--Kensington, MDSteve Brickel, 240/743- 9478 (cell)sbrickel3003@gmail.com
Oct 5 2019 9:30AMWest Chapter Hike - AT in northern VADave Jordahlwestpatc@hotmail.com
Oct 8 2019 8:00AMVigorous Hikers - Fast tour of Rock Creek Park and D.C. TrailsBob Livezeybobbilbo@msn.com
Oct 9 2019 10:15AMEasy Hikers--Battery Kemble, DCJennifer Newton 202/543-3039 (mobile)jennifernewton700@gmail.com
Oct 9 2019 10:15AMEasy Hikers--Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna VAEdna Trimm, cell 703/304-5197edna.trimm@gmail.com
Oct 15 2019 8:45AMVigorous Hikers--Browns HollowDavid Saahdavidm.saah@gmail.com
Oct 16 2019 10:15AMEasy Hikers--Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg MDMargaret Chapman, 301/977-8988 (Between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.) MargtChapm@aol.com
Oct 22 2019 8:15AMVigorous Hikers-Dickey Ridge, ATMike Christianimike@cptrllc.com
Oct 23 2019 10:15AMEasy Hikers--Wakefield Park, Annandale, VAAngela and Chris Ehemann 703/893-3578, or 571/239-3111 on day of the hike only.acehemann@verizon.net


 Vigorous Hikers   Tuesday hikes for any age in good physical condition; average 16 miles and 3000+ feet climb. 
 Easy Hikers    Wednesday hikes of 3-5 miles in length. Contact us at patceasyhikers@gmail.com to get added to our Easy Hikers email list.
 Midweek Hikers  
Wednesday hikes provided by PATC members, often with multiple options for each hike; e.g. 7 miles or 14 miles.
 Charlottesville Chapter    The Charlottesville Chapter hosts Saturday hikes in Shenandoah National Park, George Washington National Forest, the Blue Ridge Parkway, or in other regional areas.
 Southern Shenandoah Chapter    The SSV Chapter hikes several weekends each month. We also have a short hike one Wednesday each month. Most of our hikes are in the George Washington National Forest or Shenandoah National Park.
 Other PATC Hikes   Natural History hikes, Civil War Hikes, and other hikes of general interest may be run at any time. Look for such hikes on our Calendar.


 Sierra Club Potomac    A special activities section of the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter that organizes hikes and other events for the general public on behalf of the Sierra Club's Washington, DC chapter. 
 Wanderbirds     Founded in 1934, the Wanderbirds Hiking Club is a non-profit, all-volunteer club that organizes at least 2 day-hikes every Sunday, year-round, for energetic folks in the Washington, DC area.  Membership not required to hike.
 Capital Hiking Club    Local hiking club with options for all skill levels, 52 weeks a year including destination hiking.   Public welcome. 
 KTA Hiking Federation    Keystone Trails Association is a federation or group of different Pennsylvania hiking clubs & individuals who advocate to protect the trails of Pennsylvania.
 Mountain Club of Maryland    The oldest hiking club in Maryland, a Baltimore-based group offering hiking options mid-week & weekends of differing distance & difficulty.   Also maintain portions of the Appalachian Trail & other regional trails.

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PATC is expanding its hiking program and is in need of hike leaders to lead hikes in our area (Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia).
If you have a special trail you would like to share or a special talent like photography, geology, botany, history, or other area in which you excel, consider leading a hike or a series of hikes.

If you are able to lead a hike, please let us know by emailing the Hikes Committee chair, at hikes@patc.net.  We will make sure you get all the information and material you need to lead a hike.

Leading a hike for PATC is a great way to familiarize both members and the general public of PATC and the work it does.

Thank you, and lets go on a hike!

Already a Trained Hike Leader and want to lead PATC hikes?
Contact the PATC Hikes Committee Chair  

Interested in PATC Hike Leader class?
Get more info on the PATC Hike Leader Class

Our Hikes Committee:
Rush Williamson, Chair
Deb Coleman
Chris Firme
Jeff Monroe
Emeline Otey

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