Hikers Interest Group

Come with us and explore the wonders of nature: the breathtaking waterfalls, wildlife, various plants and vegetation, not to mention historic urban settings. Our hikes run from September through June and cover an array of venues from the Shenandoah National Park to urban hikes, and all points in between. Our hikes generally run between four and seven miles in length with varying degrees of difficulty and elevation change. We generally leave around 8 a.m. and return by 5 p.m. For more information, contact the group coordinator: Lex Bailey, alexander.neale.bailey@gmail.com.

All participants are required to sign a liability release form. Also, we strongly recommend that all participants complete and bring with them on the hike an Emergency Information Sheet. Upcoming hikes will be posted in the Osher Office and on the Osher website and announced to group members via email.

Spring 2022 Hike Schedule

The Planning Committee is excited to announce the hiking schedule for the fall season, but due to the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19 we will continue several of the changes incorporated last spring and implement an additional hiking parameter. The protocols we will follow to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus this fall are as follows:

  1. All hikers must be vaccinated
  2. The meetup locations will be at the trailheads
  3. Hiking groups will be limited to 15 participants including leaders and sweepers

At the discretion of the Planning Committee a second hike could be offered, based on participants’ interest and the availability of leaders, for most outings. Note that the Hightop Mountain Trail and the Smithfield Urban Hikes will not offer a second hiking date.

Following is the hiking schedule for the fall season:

Date Location
February 16 Slave Trail
March 9 Holiday Lake State Park
March 30 Patricia Byrom Forest Preserve
April 14 Fort Monroe Urban Walk
May 3 Whiteoak Canyon
May 19 Hazel River Falls Trail
June 7 Leesylvania State Park Picnic

Guidelines for Hikers

  • You must be an Osher member or a guest of an Osher member to participate in a hike.
  • We will meet and depart promptly at the times stated in the hike email.
  • Please do not veer off or leave a hike without informing a member of the hiking committee.
  • We try to pick hikes that appeal to a wide range of hikers, but due to difficulty and elevation, may not be possible for all hikers.
  • For safety reasons and as a courtesy to the other hikers, everyone on the hike must be able to maintain a steady pace and stay with the group. All hikers will be required to sign release forms before departing for the hike.
  • There is generally a waiting list for hikers so if you find you cannot go on a hike, please inform Lex Bailey at alexander.neale.bailey@gmail.com ASAP so another person can fill your slot.
  • Be sure to dress appropriately for a day out of doors and wear comfortable shoes. A day pack and walking stick are recommended. Also, all hikers are strongly encouraged to carry a listing of emergency contact information.
  • The hiking committee is always looking for new ideas and members. If you would be interested in having a voice on hiking issues, please email Lex.