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   Places to hike in PATC's area, with maps and hiking guides that cover those areas.
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HIKE WITH THOSE WHO BUILT THE TRAILS!

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 - PATC Hikes Meetup Group
 - Hiking groups
 - Become a hike leader 
 - For hike leaders only (under revision - sign in required)


ABOUT THE HIKE PROGRAM


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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UPCOMING PATC HIKES

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
Apr 7 2020 7:00AMCANCELLED - 17th Redbud, Great North Mt.Bob Livezeybobbilbo@msn.com
Apr 8 2020 10:15AMEasy Hikers--Woodlawn Manor/Underground Railroad, Sandy Spring MD HIKE CANCELLEDLen Scensny, 301/351-7589lenscensny@gmail.com
Apr 14 2020 8:00AMCANCELLED - Vigorous Hikers-Dickey Ridge out and backMike Christianimike@cptrllc.com
Apr 21 2020 8:30AMCANCELLED - Vigorous Hikers - Seven Bends State Park and Powell and Green MountainsDave Greendkgreenva@hotmail.com
Apr 22 2020 10:15AMEasy Hikers--Seneca Greenway Ridge Trail, Poolesville MD HIKE CANCELLEDJean Phillips 301-785-8621 phllpsfarm@aol.com
Apr 28 2020 8:15AMCANCELLED - Vigorous Hikers - Sky MeadowsMina Goodrichlarrymina@gmail.com
Apr 29 2020 10:15AMEasy Hikers--Agricultural History Farm Park, Derwood, MD HIKE CANCELLEDTina Burke, 301/275-0584TinaBurke73@icloud.com
May 5 2020 7:30AMVigorous Hikers: CCT, Rail To River Trail, and W and OD Trail 17MilesMo Salehiagahmo@gmail.com
May 6 2020 10:15AMEasy Hikers--Meadowbrook Lane to Forest Glen Seminary and back, Chevy Chase MDAyana Touval, cell on the day of the hike 301 233 7867touval@his.com
May 12 2020 8:15AMVigorous hikers- New Market GapBruce Freedmanbfreedman58@aol.com
May 19 2020 8:15AMVigorous Hikers - AT/Sky Meadows State ParkEd Cookveetee76@gmail.com
May 20 2020 10:15AMEasy Hikers--C&O Canal Towpath, Pennyfield Lock to Swains Lock and Back, Potomac MDMerrily Sterns, 917/715-1962 (cell)merrilydsterns@gmail.com
May 26 2020 8:00AMVigorous Hikers - Great Falls and Riverbend Parks (VA) Bob Livezeybobbilbo@msn.com
May 27 2020 10:15AMEasy Hikers--Scott's Run Nature Preserve, McLean VAEdna Trimm, cell 703-304-5197edna.trimm@gmail.com
Jun 2 2020 7:45AMVigorous Hikers: Little Devils StairsJosh Silvermanbetula54@msn.com

PATC HIKING GROUPS

 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. Contact us at ed.brimberg@gmail.com to get added to our Midweek Hikers email list.
 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.


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PATC NEEDS HIKE LEADERS!


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
John Noss
Emeline Otey
Keith Troxell


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