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Hike Along the Potomac

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Rosslyn, VA
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Nov 14 2010  9:30 am
Registration Opens: Thu, Oct 28 2010 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Nov 11 2010 12:59 pm
Event Duration:4 - 5 hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Event Organizer(s):
Cynthia Hildenbrand
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:15
Minimum Group Size:10
Number Registered So Far: 13 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Join the MOC for the famous Key-Chain hike along the mighty Potomac.

The hike will start at the Theodore Roosevelt Island parking lot. The group will meet at the river side (as opposed to island side) of the footbridge onto the Island. We’ll walk across the Key Bridge and head into Georgetown. There we'll hook up with the C&O Canal Towpath. We'll then take the towpath north about 4 miles to Chain Bridge where we'll cross back into Virginia.

Turning south, we'll hike along the secluded Potomac Heritage Trail, following it high on the river's bluffs and down along the river's edge, back to Roosevelt Island.

Total mileage is around 8.5 miles. The towpath and the trails are very flat and even. The trail portion will have a few ups and downs. Wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes. Much of the PHT is rocky and is muddy and slippery.

Required Items to Bring:
sturdy hiking boots or shoes
warm clothes
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
scarf, hat, gloves
change of shoes for afterward

How to Get There:
Event Directions:The parking lot at Roosevelt Island is only accessible from northbound GW Parkway, thus the long way is given:
From Baltimore:
I-95 south to I-495 WEST
Take Exit 43 and merge onto George Washington Memorial Parkway southbound.
Follow the Parkway past the island and under the Roosevelt Bridge. Exit at Memorial Bridge (just after stone arch), and head toward the Lincoln Memorial. There is a traffic circle just prior to crossing the bridge. Follow the circle 3/4 the way around, and get back on the parkway heading NORTH.
Keep to the right and turn right into the parking lot after about a mile.

From DC:
Take Constitution Ave west. Follow signs to I-66. This will take you across the Roosevelt Bridge. Once on the bridge, get in the right lane and take the very first exit on the far side of the river. The parking area is just beyond the bottom of the ramp. The Island is also convenient to the Rosslyn Metro station.

We'll meet just to the left of the bridge entrance. Parking is limited so carpooling is encouraged.

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