• P.O. Box 28, Round Hill, VA 20142

Hike – PHT from Roosevelt Island to Turkey Run Park/Backpack Training (8 mi)

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Date(s) - January 7, 2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Join us for a hike on one of the original sections of the PHT from Roosevelt Island to Turkey Run Park.  Along with the Mt Vernon trail, It is one of the two original segments of the PHNST in Virginia.  It is maintained by volunteers from the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. The trail is on National Park Service land.  It passes the Civil War fortress of Ft. Marcy. It features fine views of the river and Georgetown.


I limit the RSVPs to these events to 15 with a wait list. Since this event is posted to both the Imagine & “Lets Take a Hike…” meetup groups, I spread the available openings across both meetup groups. If this meetup is already wait listed, click ***THIS LINK***  to check the other meetup because it still might have some openings.

***IMPORTANT*** Please be certain you plan on attending before you RSVP. If you RSVP and your plans change… no worries. Just be sure to update your status so someone else on the wait list can jump in if they want. Your cooperation is appreciated.

The plan is to meet in parking area “C-2” at Turkey Run Park(see map link below) and run shuttle to our starting point just across from Roosevelt Island. We will need to retrieve vehicles at the end of the hike. 



If you’re new to backpacking (or have never been) and you want to attend one of the multi-day trips along the AT I plan on doing in 2017, this is a great opportunity to see if you’re up for the challenge. This is also a great way to try out a new backpack before you head to the wilderness.

Feel free to borrow or rent a backpack and fill it with water bottles or something else to get your weight up to 25-30 lbs (no cheating). In fact, since the AT is pretty hilly, I recommend that you build up to carrying as much weight in your pack as you can comfortably handle during these training hikes. Getting used to carrying an extra 20 lbs during these training hikes will go a long way to improving your level of physical comfort on a real trip.

If you want to go ahead and purchase gear, feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.


DIFFICULTY: Beginner+ (Intermediate if your carrying a backpack)

LENGTH: About 8 miles

ELEVATION GAIN: A few ups and downs to avoid cliffs but nothing of consequence. 

DURATION: Approximately 4.5 hours.

CLICK FOR ROUTE DESCRIPTION (Note – This description starts at Scott’s Run Park. We will be starting a few miles in at Turkey Run Park.) 


Afterwards, for those that care to,  a visit to

O’Malley’s Pub (Crowne Plaza Tysons Corner-Mclean, 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22102)

is planned. 


Ron has been a lover of nature and an outdoor enthusiast for the last few decades and back in 2009, left an 18 year career in information technology so he could pursue his dreams and passions in nature and the outdoors on a full time basis. Currently, he works as a Sr. Park Ranger for NOVAParks at Algonkian Regional Park. In addition to his day to day duties, he runs all of the parks guided kayak tours and also started the Algonkian Nature Preserve which is a long term labor of love of his. You can read more about the ANP by going to http://potomactrail.org scrolling down a little ways and clicking the graphic of a little girl looking through a magnifying glass. 

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