June Newsletter

New Members’/Applicants’ Month: A Smashing Success!

DC UL Backpacking hosted 28 new members this month on 8 low mileage (LM) trips. That’s a record — mostly because we’ve never had a month like this before. Thanks to our assistant organizers (AOs) who planned, coordinated, and led the trips, and welcome to our new members!

Events in July

There are already some trips posted in July and look for more in the near future. Wednesday, July 7, at 6 p.m., join others from DC UL at Courthaus Social in Arlington, VA, to bid Maggie farewell.

June Stats

  • 279 miles hiked, biked, & paddled
  • 28 new members
  • 10 trips
  • 66 people

We Asked, You Answered!

In our first Question of the Week, we asked you about your favorite trails in Pennsylvania. Here are some of your answers:

The Loyalsock Trail

“It’s a great combo of gentle stretches, rewarding climbs, nice streams & waterfalls. It’s also so well marked!!” – Kylie

  • Part of the Loyalsock State Forest
  • About 5 hours from DC
  • 114,552 acres
  • 200 miles of marked and unmarked trails
  • Old Loggers Path and Loyalsock Trails are here

Photo credit: Kylie

The Black Forest Trail

  • Part of the Tiadaghton State Forest
  • About 4 hours from DC
  • A 42-mile loop with shorter options available
  • Steep trails with views of Pennsylvania’s Pine Creek Gorge (aka the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon)

Photo credit: Evan

The Susquehannock Trail System

  • Part of the Susquehannock State Forest
  • About 5 hours from DC
  • 85-mile loop trail
  • Located on the Allegheny Plateau

Photo credit: Nicholas T from Wikimedia

The Quehanna Trail

“My favorite is the Quehanna Trail but I think I’m a touch biased because I went through it in peak fall colors.” – Kyle

  • A 72.6-mile loop trail through the Moshannon and Elk State Forests
  • About 5 hours from DC

Photo credit: Kyle

Bikepacking and Packrafting

The month of June saw us diverge from the usual and add two unique trips to our calendar. Carrie and Ali led a bikepacking trip on the Great Allegheny Passage, while Kyle hosted an “Intro to Packrafting” that used the Shenandoah as part of its route.

Bikepacking over the Eastern Continental Divide. Photo credit: Liz T

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