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December's Two Walks & a Hike: a river, a creek and a mountain


December Walks & Hike

December can be full of holiday fun and bustling with activity but often times the month leaves us feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. There’s too much of everything; too much to do, too much spending, eating, drinking, time inside. . .

It doesn’t need to be that way. Take ownership of your December. Commit to striking a balance. Commit to showing up as your most grounded, present, engaged you. Commit to exploring, getting outside and active. Imagine inhaling deep breaths of cold, crisp, fresh air. Imagine the smell of wood fires burning.

Join the Elements DC for a few hours of unique, local and regional adventure. We will get outside, active and grounded and send you back ready to tackle the 'to do's'.

  • $35: ‘Walk A La Carte’: choose the individual walks/hikes that suit your schedule.

Walk & Hike Schedule

Once registered you will receive an email the day before the walk/hike with any extra details. Email me at mrietano@theelementsdc.com and I can share deets and answer any q’s that are not covered here: FAQ’s 

A River Walk: Monday, December 9

  • 10:00 - 12:00 am (2 hr) 

  • Meet at Difficult Run Parking Lot (GPS: Difficult Run Parking or 8801 Georgetown Pike, McLEan, VA 22102) 

    • Please Note: The name of the primary creek along this trail is called Difficult Run. This walk is a gorgeous walk (not a run)

  • Route: Woods to Potomac River to Difficult Run route

  • Mileage and Trail Conditions; 5 (+/-) miles round trip. Mostly woodland trails, hilly, single and double track trails

  • Led by Margaret Rietano

A Creek Walk: Tuesday, December 10

9:30 – 11:30 pm (2 hour) 

  • Meet at Rock Creek Nature Center Parking Lot; 5200 Glover Road, NW DC .  We’ll gather in parking lot)

  • Route: North via Fort De Russy area to  Ross Drive to Rapids Bridge to Valley Trail to Boulder Bridge and return via Western Ridge Trail

  • Mileage & Trail Conditions: 4+/- miles. Woodland. Single track a & horse trails.  Hilly ups and downs

  • Led by Margaret Rietano

A Mountain Hike: Wednesday, December 11

10:00 - 3:00pm (a day hike)

  • Meet: Sky Meadows State Park Delaplane, VA (11012 Edmonds Ln, Delaplane, VA 20144)

    • $7 parking fee

  • Route: meadows to woods to Appalachian Trail to mountain vistas, more woods and meadows circuit

  • Mileage & Trail Conditions: 6+ miles of single and double track trails

  • Led: Margaret Rietano


Earlier Event: September 29
Week of Walks Autumn 2019
Later Event: January 12
Junior Crew