The Washington Wilderness Hike
“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the Earth
are never alone or weary of life.”
--Rachel Carson, “The Sense of Wonder”
After a cozy, filling day of feasting and giving thanks, #optoutside with us on Black Friday! The route followed during this two-hour ramble through northwest D.C. parkland is never far from city streets and busy neighborhoods, yet we guarantee participants will be hard pressed to know exactly where they are much of the time, such is the remote and peaceful nature of the hiking trails traversed. All we’ll reveal is that the hike starts in Woodley Park and concludes in Georgetown. Between those two points, the scenery is picturesque, featuring creeks, woodlands and unexpected sites like the New Zealand Embassy, Divine Science Church, and the park where renowned scientist and writer Rachel Carson enjoyed bird watching. If you still possess energy to burn by the end, follow guide Brian Kraft up the Exorcists Steps to The Tombs, the legendary local watering hole, for a celebratory beer.
Wear hiking shoes and be prepared to walk uphill and down, climb some stairs and (possibly) cross over a stream.
Procedes from the walk will be donated to the Rachel Carson Council, which is headquarted in Washington, D.C.
Out of an abundance of caution in regard to the coronavirus (COVID-19), Washington Walks will not be offering walking tours in 2020.
$20 per person (kids 3 and younger free). $5 discount with U.S. military or federal government ID. Pay the walk fee in cash or with a credit card when you arrive.