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Most of the rides in this region are rideable all year round. The Frederick Watershed, Gambrel State Park, Emmitsburg, and trails in the George Washington National Forest tend to do better when conditions are wet in other area trails. MORE has a "trail status" page which is updated by local riders, please check it, or better yet, submit your trail reports to alert other users of trail conditions.

Gems in Washington, DC - 5

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gem Favorite TR Island Great Blue Heron 2

Swamp Trail Overlook

(8) Washing…, DC
gem Favorite Cascading fountain.

Meridian Hill Fountain

(9) Washington, DC
gem Favorite Catch a view of the sky

Planetarium Programs

(3) Washington, DC
gem Favorite Catch a view of the sky

Discovery Hunt

(1) Washington, DC
gem Favorite Peirce Mill

Peirce Mill

(6) Washington, DC

Recommended Routes in Washington, DC - 11

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Favorite View of Rock Creek from the Valley Trail
Intermediate

Rock Creek Park Loop: Western Ridge to Valley Trails

8.8 mi 14.2 km 484' Up 147.49 m Up 485' Down 147.73 m Down

Washington, DC
Favorite Western Ridge Trail
Intermediate

Boulder Bridge Loop

3.1 mi 5.0 km 270' Up 82.22 m Up 263' Down 80.05 m Down

Washington, DC
Favorite TR Island Great Blue Heron 2
Easy/Intermediate

Roosevelt Island Loop

1.7 mi 2.7 km 36' Up 10.93 m Up 36' Down 10.85 m Down

Washing…, DC
Favorite Exploring the trail
Intermediate

Glover-Archbold Trail

3.0 mi 4.9 km 370' Up 112.89 m Up 53' Down 16.25 m Down

Washington, DC
Favorite View of Rock Creek from the Valley Trail
Intermediate/Difficult

Valley Trail - Entire Length

5.4 mi 8.6 km 293' Up 89.24 m Up 397' Down 121.01 m Down

Silver…, MD
Favorite Pine Trail.
Intermediate

North Rock Creek Park 5K Loop

3.2 mi 5.2 km 258' Up 78.6 m Up 245' Down 74.79 m Down

Washington, DC
Favorite Strolling through the National Arboretum.
Easy

National Arboretum Figure-Eight

2.0 mi 3.2 km 209' Up 63.73 m Up 207' Down 62.98 m Down

Washington, DC
Favorite Western Ridge Trail Moderate (upper). Some trunk-jumping and semi-steep descent/ascents.
Easy

TRACK Trail

1.9 mi 3.1 km 19' Up 5.66 m Up 19' Down 5.7 m Down

Washington, DC
Favorite Capitol stones in Rock Creek Park.
Intermediate

Rapids Bridge Loop

2.0 mi 3.1 km 241' Up 73.47 m Up 239' Down 72.99 m Down

Washington, DC
Favorite White-tailed deer in Rock Creek Park.
Intermediate

Milkhouse Ford Loop

1.7 mi 2.7 km 253' Up 77.07 m Up 257' Down 78.29 m Down

Washington, DC
Favorite Yellow Trout Lily.
Easy

Rock Creek Valley Loop

1.3 mi 2.1 km 35' Up 10.78 m Up 35' Down 10.76 m Down

Washington, DC

Washington, DC Hiking

  • 146 Miles 235 Kilometers of Trail
  • 11 Recommended Routes
  • 5 Gems Gems
  • 35 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 24 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 0 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Washington, DC - 48

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7.3 mi 11.8 km #1Capitol Crescent Trail
Easy
Bethesda, MD
Easy
Bethesda, MD
18.9 mi 30.4 km #2Mount Vernon Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Washington, D.C., DC
Easy/Intermediate
Washington, D.C., DC 18 
4.8 mi 7.8 km #3Custis Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Washington, DC
Easy/Intermediate
Washington, DC
3.1 mi 5.0 km #4Valley Trail - North
Intermediate/Difficult
Washington, DC
Intermediate/Difficult
Washington, DC
1.6 mi 2.5 km #5Black Horse Trail (South)
Intermediate/Difficult
Washington, DC
Intermediate/Difficult
Washington, DC
3.7 mi 6.0 km #6Western Ridge Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Silver Spring, MD
Intermediate/Difficult
Silver Spring, MD
1.0 mi 1.6 km #7Melvin C. Hazen Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Washington, DC
Intermediate/Difficult
Washington, DC
2.1 mi 3.3 km #8Valley Trail - South
Intermediate/Difficult
Washington, DC
Intermediate/Difficult
Washington, DC
1.2 mi 1.9 km #9Battery-Kemble Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Washington, DC
Intermediate/Difficult
Washington, DC
0.9 mi 1.4 km #10Normanstone Trail
Easy
Washington, DC
Easy
Washington, DC

Photos of Washington, DC - 79

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The entire capital, including the Vietnam Memorial, erupts in the bright blossoms of Japanese cherry trees come springtime.
Jan 4, 2017 near Washing…, DC
TR Island Great Blue Heron 2
Jan 21, 2016 near Washing…, DC
Western Ridge Trail Moderate (upper). Some trunk-jumping and semi-steep descent/ascents.
Mar 23, 2019 near Washington, DC
Fun and easy stream crossing along the Melvin C. Hazen trail, Nov. 2018.
Dec 12, 2018 near Washington, DC
Exploring the trail
Aug 25, 2015 near Washington, DC
A massive Theodore Roosevelt greets you on your way into the park.
Jan 26, 2016 near Washing…, DC
Theodore Roosevelt
Jan 18, 2016 near Washing…, DC
Melvin Hazen Trail between Conn. Ave & Rock Creek Park. Several rock-hopping stream crossings required.
Mar 23, 2019 near Washington, DC