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45 Bikes & Hikes: Cupcake Ramble

June 13, 2013
DC Cupcake Ramble When: Saturday, 11:30 am. Starts at: BicycleSpace, 1019 Seventh St., NW Pastry chef and cyclist Sol Schott leads this 20-to-25-mile ride around DC every Saturday and brings fresh-baked goodies—not always cupcakes—for the group. For more information,... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: DC Bike Party

June 13, 2013
DC DC Bike Party When: Second Wednesday of the month, 7:30 pm. Starts at: Dupont Circle fountain The route and theme of this two-wheeled party vary—past themes have included Mardi Gras and Halloween—but the slow pace always allows for... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: Lunch in Shirlington

June 13, 2013
Shirlington Lunch in Shirlington When: Sunday, 10 am. Starts at: Shirlington Branch Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington Ride, make friends, eat. That's the simple concept behind this 17-mile ride on the four trails that make up the Arlington Loop.... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: Introductory Commuter Ride

June 13, 2013
DC Introductory Commuter Ride When: Wednesday, 6 pm. Starts at: The Bike Rack, 1412 Q St., NW Don't be fooled by the name—this ride is a lot of fun. Led by experienced cyclists, it helps new cyclists learn to... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: Kidical Mass

June 13, 2013
Various Locations Kidical Mass When: Monthly through October. Photograph by Megan Odett. This family ride features trips of two to five miles through quiet neighborhoods and on trails to kid-friendly destinations such as the National Zoo. For more information,... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: Black Hill Regional Park

June 13, 2013
Germantown Great for Beginners Black Hill Regional Park Nearly 13 smooth miles of natural-surface trails and an elevation change of about 300 feet. For more information, visit Black Hill's website. @import url(http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Source+Sans+Pro:400,600italic,700italic); .bikes13 { border-left: 3px dashed #ffdd00; }... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: Fountainhead Regional Park

June 13, 2013
Fairfax Station Jump In Fountainhead Regional Park The recently renovated single-track trails form a natural roller coaster with continuous ups and downs, rock gardens, and amazing jumps. For more information, see the Fountainhead Regional Park website. @import url(http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Source+Sans+Pro:400,600italic,700italic); .bikes13... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: Patapsco Valley State Park

June 13, 2013
Ellicott City High Intensity Patapsco Valley State Park It's been called the Moab of the East for its variety of world-class trails and terrain. The park offers biking in three sections—Avalon, McKeldin, and Hollofield—along the Patapsco River. The hardcore... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: Torrey C. Brown (formerly Northern Central) and York County Heritage trails

June 13, 2013
Pennsylvania and Maryland Cross State Lines Torrey C. Brown (formerly Northern Central) and York County Heritage trails Distance: 41 miles one way. Don't want to do an 82-mile round-trip ride? Beg a favor from a friend in Baltimore—buy him... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: Covered Bridges Ride

June 13, 2013
Frederick County, Md. Take a Spin on Country Lanes Covered Bridges Ride Distance: 39.8-mile loop. Photograph by Michael Procario. This loop has challenging stretches along country roads, but the quiet lanes that lead to three covered bridges are worth... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: Arlington Loop

June 13, 2013
Arlington It's Both Arlington Loop Distance: 17-mile loop. Riders can do a fun loop of Arlington County by connecting four trails—the Custis Trail from Rosslyn to Bon Air Park (where you can take a break in the fragrant rose... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: Indian Head Rail Trail

June 13, 2013
White Plains, Md. It's a Bird Indian Head Rail Trail Distance: 26 miles round-trip. Completed in 2009, the area's newest "rail to trail" is a ten-foot-wide paved path that follows the route of a railway built in 1918 to... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: C&O Canal Towpath

June 13, 2013
Maryland The Canal Less Traveled C&O Canal Towpath Distance: 16 miles round-trip. Photograph by Andrew Propp. Suggested route: Poolesville to White's Ferry and back. The 185-mile C&O Canal towpath stretches from Georgetown to Cumberland, Maryland. In and around DC... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: W&OD Trail

June 13, 2013
Virginia Rural Near the City W&OD Trail Distance: 21 or 38 miles round-trip.Suggested route: Leesburg or Ashburn to Purcellville and back. The fairly flat Washington & Old Dominion rail trail chugs along 45 miles, from Arlington's Shirlington neighborhood to... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: Hains Point/Potomac River Loop

June 13, 2013
Arlington and DC Monument Tour Hains Point/Potomac River Loop Distance: Approximately 11-mile loop. Photograph by Jeff Elkins. On this ride, you can see five of Washington's monuments with just a modest effort. Where you start depends on where you... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: Baltimore and Annapolis Trail

June 13, 2013
Severna Park Planet to Planet Baltimore and Annapolis Trail Distance: 12.6 miles round-trip on suggested route. The B&A rail trail extends an easy 13.3 miles from Annapolis to Glen Burnie. Want a shorter jaunt? Start at the Earleigh Heights... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: Anacosita Tributary Trail System

June 13, 2013
Prince George's County Tributary Views Anacostia Tributary Trail System Distance: 10- or 13-mile round-trip on suggested route. Photograph by Cassi Hayden/M-NCPPC. The Anacostia Tributary Trail System spans 24 miles and follows Sligo Creek, Paint Branch, and the Northeast and... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: US National Arboretum

June 13, 2013
Northeast DC Pedal Past Petals US National Arboretum Distance: 3.5-mile loop or nine-mile ride. The arboretum, which comes alive with blooms from spring through fall, has nine miles of quiet roads to cycle. For a relatively easy loop with... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: Burke Lake and Lake Accotink

June 13, 2013
Fairfax County Made for Little Kids Burke Lake and Lake Accotink Distance: 4.7-mile loop and 3.8-mile loop, respectively. Fairfax County offers 320 miles of biking and jogging trails for all skill levels; the paths around Lake Accotink in Springfield... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: Capital Crescent Trail/Rock Creek Park

June 13, 2013
DC and Maryland Loop Through DC Capital Crescent Trail/Rock Creek Park Distance: Distance: 22-mile loop.Suggested route: Through Georgetown, Bethesda, and Rock Creek Park. You can start this moderately difficult loop at any point—on the Capital Crescent, in Bethesda, in... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: Mount Vernon Trail

June 13, 2013
Virginia River Views Mount Vernon Trail Distance: About 20 miles round-trip.Suggested route: Old Town Alexandria to Mount Vernon and back. The paved Mount Vernon Trail runs a rolling 18 miles from Theodore Roosevelt Island to George Washington's Mount Vernon.... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: Little Devils Stairs

June 12, 2013
Shenandoah National Park Who Needs a StairMaster? Little Devils Stairs Distance: 5.5-mile loop Forget the gym; this hike will work those quads. It begins near Sperryville, Virginia, with a gradual incline for the first mile; then it’s a mile... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: Old Rag Mountain

June 12, 2013
Nethers, Va Region’s Best Hike Old Rag Mountain Distance: 8.5-mile loop Old Rag is arguably the best day hike in the region, making it popular despite its difficulty. This mountain offers a panoramic view of the peaks along Skyline... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: Wolf Rock/Chimney Rock

June 12, 2013
Thurmont, Md Rock Hopping Wolf Rock/Chimney Rock Distance: 3.5-mile loop A rocky, wooded trail leads to great bird’s-eye views at Chimney Rock. Photograph by Andrew Propp. Located in 5,810-acre Catoctin Mountain Park, this strenuous, sometimes steep, 3.5-mile loop features... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: Cabin John Stream Valley Trail

June 12, 2013
Potomac Surprising Oasis Cabin John Stream Valley Trail Dog Friendly The Cabin John Trail surprises as it threads through major roadways. Diverse flora (oak, beech, sycamore)thrives among fauna darting about the stream and along the quiet trail. Dogs can... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: Potomac Overlook Regional Park

June 12, 2013
Arlington Down by the River Potomac Overlook Regional Park Dog Friendly It’s easy to search no further than the nature center and gardens in this park. But don’t overlook the 70 acres of woodlands crisscrossed by hilly paths that... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: Battery Kemble Park

June 12, 2013
Northwest DC A Fetching Park Battery Kemble Park Dog Friendly The high side of this Palisades-area park offers wide-open grassy knolls and shaded picnic tables for fetching and lounging, making it a popular dog-owner hangout. Down the hill lies... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: Wildcat Mountain Natural Area

June 12, 2013
Warrenton, Va Secluded Sanctuary Wildcat Mountain Natural Area Distance: 5.1-mile loop Though it’s minutes from I-66, you may well have the entire 655-acre preserve to yourself. This figure-eight-shaped hike within a Nature Conservancy holding starts with a lung-busting climb... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: Annapolis Rock

June 12, 2013
Boonsboro, Md The Other Annapolis Annapolis Rock Distance: 4.9 miles round-trip From a parking area near Route 40, follow the blue-blazed spur to the white-blazed Appalachian Trail and go north. After this ascent, the shaded path levels out and... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: Prince William Forest Park

June 12, 2013
Triangle, VA Chill Out in a Shady Forest Prince William Forest Park Distance: Seven-mile loop Photograph by Ann Hennessy. The small waterfalls on the north and south forks of the Quantico Creek swell with spring runoff, but by midsummer... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: Whiteoak Canyon

June 12, 2013
Shenandoah National Park Descend Into a Cool Canyon Whiteoak Canyon Distance: 4.6 miles round-trip Mountain streams rush over moss-covered rocks in Whiteoak Canyon. Photograph by Jerry Greer. This renowned hike—which starts from a parking lot off Skyline Drive (mile... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: Gunpowder Falls State Park

June 12, 2013
Kingsville, Md To Take a Swim Gunpowder Falls State Park Distance: 20 miles of pathways Photograph by Chris McClellan. This park has more than 120 miles of hiking trails. We suggest heading to the Sweathouse Branch Wildlands Area and... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: Manassas National Battlefield Park

June 12, 2013
Manassas To Step Into History Manassas National Battlefield Park Distance: 8 walking trails, from a half mile to more than 10 miles Open, rolling fields, whispering breezes, silent cannons and caissons: Manassas Battlefield, the first of many blood-soaked grounds... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: Difficult Run Trail

June 12, 2013
Great Falls To Watch Kayakers Difficult Run Trail Distance: 2.5-mile loop or 5-mile circuit This hike is aptly named. Some sections can be steep and rocky, and rains can render them impassable. But all comers are rewarded with peaceful... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: Western Ridge Creek Loop Trail

June 12, 2013
Northwest DC To See Horses Western Ridge Creek Loop Trail Distance: 4.2 miles (starts at Nature Center) Photograph via CQ Roll Call/Newscom Strolling through quiet, densely forested Rock Creek Park, it’s hard to believe you’re in the heart of... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: Cedarville State Forest

June 12, 2013
Brandywine, Md To See Rare Plants Cedarville State Forest Distance: loops of 2.5 to 7 miles Photograph by Krossbow/Flickr Creative Commons. This forest protects the headwaters of Zekiah Swamp, Maryland’s most ecologically diverse stream, known for its rare and... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: Oak Hill Cemetery

June 12, 2013
Georgetown To Get Quiet Oak Hill Cemetery Photograph by Thomas J. Dooley. Some of DC’s oldest trees shade the elaborate mausoleums and tombstones in this Civil War-era cemetery. Slate paths meander down to Rock Creek through gracious gardens with... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: Theodore Roosevelt Island

June 12, 2013
Northwest DC To Explore an Island Theodore Roosevelt Island Distance: Intersecting trails ranging from 0.4 to 1.3 miles Photograph by Roger L. Wollenberg/Newscom. Blocks from the Rosslyn Metro, this wooded oasis in the Potomac River offers three intersecting trails... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: Patuxent Research Refuge

June 12, 2013
Laurel To Spot Birds—and a Polar Bear: Patuxent Research Refuge Distance: 20 miles of pathways Photograph by Nell Baldacchino/USFWS. At this refuge, you can see nearly 250 species of birds, including bald eagles, great blue herons, wood ducks, geese,... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: BWI Trail

June 12, 2013
Glen Burnie, Md. It's a Plane BWI Trail Distance: 10.1-mile loop. Photograph by Andrew Propp. A surprisingly wooded and quiet start in the hardwood forest of Sawmill Creek Park may have riders thinking they're nowhere near BWI Thurgood Marshall... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: Maryland Heights

June 12, 2013
Harpers Ferry, W. VA Civil War Sights Maryland Heights Distance: 3.7 miles round-trip This hike is popular for a reason: It offers a breathtaking view of the town of Harpers Ferry, at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: Sugarloaf Mountain

June 12, 2013
Dickerson, Md Sneak a Peak Sugarloaf Mountain Distance: 3 miles round-trip There are 16 miles of trails at Sugarloaf, including several short paths to the often crowded summit. Avoid the throngs—and get a better view, with no vegetation in... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: Billy Goat Trail (B Section)

June 11, 2013
Carderock, Md Potomac Scramble Billy Goat Trail (B section) Distance: 2.5-mile loop Less crowded than the A and C sections, the B section offers spectacular views of rock formations along the riverbanks. Start at the Carderock parking lot and... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: Bull Run Mountains State Natural Area Preserve

June 11, 2013
Broad Run, Va A Real Kick Off Route 66 Bull Run Mountains State Natural Area Preserve Distance: Five-mile loop Photograph by Andrew Propp. From the trailhead—near an old gristmill off I-66—hikers can access ten miles of trails in this... more