Cabin John Regional Park Walk 2
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Cabin John Regional Park Walk 2
Length: 2.9 miles
Surface: natural surface trail and paved walkways
and parking area
Exposure: mostly shade
Surroundings: woods, creek, athletic fields
The walk starts from the parking lot at the front of the
Indoor Ice Rink.
- Walk back towards the park entrance but turn right
to follow the access road in the direction of fields 5 and 6 (notice the
sign along the road).
- A service road intersects to the right before reaching
the fields. Turn right to follow the service road.
- You may notice several paths intersecting on the left.
Wait until you come to a path with gravel on it opposite the point where
the tennis courts on the right of the service road are separated. Turn left
and follow this path. (The map shows other paths that connect to point 5
on the map but this is one of the few informal connecting trails that is
either not muddy or slightly overgrown.)
- A trail intersects after a short distance. A baseball
field can be seen just beyond this trail intersection. Turn right and follow
this trail with the baseball field on your left.
- A trail intersects from the right. (The trail from
the right was somewhat muddy at the time of our visit because of its use
by construction equipment.) Turn slightly to the left to follow the present
- Turn left at the next trail intersection. The trail
signs indicate that this is the Gooseneck Loop Trail. After a short distance
the trail will cross a narrow creek. There is no bridge at this location
but the crossing is easy.
- A trail intersects from the right. Continue straight
on the present trail. The sign indicates that this is the Hawk Ridge Trail.
- The trail ends at the Cabin John Trail. Turn left to
follow this trail. You may notice blue marks on the trees indicating the
direction of the trail.
- A trail intersects from the left. Continue on the present
trail as it turns to the right and goes down a hill.
- The trail intersects with another trail at a bridge
across the creek. Turn left to cross the bridge. On the other side take
the middle of the 3 intersecting trails. Notice that the trail to the right
has branches across it indicating that it is closed. The middle trail should
have blue marks on the trees.
- After some distance you may notice a bridge below to
your right. You should see a blue marker on a tree indicating that there
is a turn at the next trail intersection. Take a sharp right at the next
trail intersection and walk down to and cross the bridge. Continue on the
trail on the other side of the bridge.
- The trail intersects with another trail with a large
park map at the intersection. Turn left to follow the Cabin John Trail up
the hill. There are wooden steps on this portion of the trail. The Cabin
John Trail used to go to the right at this intersection.
- Turn right at the next trail intersection to continue
following the Cabin John Trail. Note that this is a new alignment for this
trail and older maps show it taking a different route.
- A nature trail intersects from the left. Continue on
the present trail and notice numbered signs indicating points of interest
on the trail.
- The trail passes a storage building. In front of the
storage building the trail is paved. Continue straight as the trail passes
the nature center on the right. There are 2 intersecting trails on the left
but ignore them. The Cabin John Trail turns to the left but you should continue
straight on the paved trail as it crosses a bridge.
- After crossing the bridge walk through the Indoor Tennis
Facility parking lot to the other side. At the other end of the parking
lot a sign marks the Pine Ridge Trail. Follow this trail into the woods.
This is the only trail into the woods on the other side of the parking lot.
- The trail intersects with another trail just prior
to the Cabin John Creek. Turn right and stay to the right at the first trail
divide immediately after that turn. The trail follows the creek on the left.
- Turn left at the next trail intersection to follow
a trail across a bridge and through a field. The creek will continue to
be on your left.
- Turn left at the next trail intersection. Notice the
large trail map that you passed before. You will be retracing your steps
for a short distance. You are back on the Cabin John Trail and will see
blue marks on the trees.
- The trail crosses a bridge and turns to the right.
After a very short distance turn sharply to the left at the trail intersection
to continue on the Cabin John Trail.
- A trail intersects on the left with branches across
it. This trail is closed. Continue on the present trail to the right.
- Several trails intersect at the next bridge. After
crossing the bridge turn left to follow the trail along the creek. You are
leaving the Cabin John Trail at this point as it turns to the right.
- A steep narrow trail intersects from the right. Continue
straight on the present trail.
- The trail crosses a narrow creek. There is no bridge
but the crossing is easy.
- Turn right at the next trail intersection and follow
that trail up the hill.
- Turn left at the intersecting trail on the top of the
hill. You are now back on the Cabin John Trail.
- Two trails intersect from the left separated by a short
distance. Continue straight past both of them.
- A trail intersects from the left. Continue straight
on the present trail. A trail intersects from the right. Continue straight
on the present trail.
- The trail crosses an earth dam. After crossing the
dam take the intersecting trail to the right to join a dirt service road.
Turn right to follow the service road past the intersecting trail on the
left. At this point you have left the Cabin John Trail for a final time.
- Turn left at the park access road and follow it towards
the Indoor Ice Rink in the distance.
- As you walk towards the Ice Rink note the Shirley Povich
field on the right. Shirley Povich was a highly regarded sports columnist
for the Washington Post who continued to write his column until his death
at age 92. This concludes the walk.