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Georgetown Loop, DC

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Distance Loop 7.12 miles
Trailhead Elevation 90 feet
Elevation Gain 190 feet
Accumulated Gain 647 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 10.36
Interest Historic & Perennial Creek
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35  2013-03-23 kingsnake
Author kingsnake
author avatar Guides 83
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Trips 637 map ( 5,893 miles )
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Location Sunnyslope, PHX
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Sun  5:52am - 6:12pm
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by kingsnake

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M Street NW and Wisconsin Avenue NW are the main streets in Georgetown, and their intersection is ground zero for this hike. Both are extremely traffic choked, so it is recommended that you only cross them at crosswalks with a light. (And that you take public transportation when not walking.) Otherwise you will discover Georgetown's favorite passtime (other than jogging and biking): Beeping. They beep like most people breath.

Note that all streets in the District are designated NW, NE, SW and SE, and when referring to location it is important to indicate quadrant. For the rest of this description, the quadrant will always be NW.

The walk starts off heading west on M St. West of Wisconsin Ave, it is mostly shops; east of Wisconsin Ave has more restaurants. Where the Key Bridge empties onto M St, turn north up the Exorcist Steps. (The opposite direction travelled by Father Karras.) At the top of the Exorcist Steps, turn left onto Prospect St. Take the next right onto 37th St, proceeding in front of Healy Hall (site of another Exorcist movie scene), then north across campus to Prospect St. Proceed west on Prospect St, past the French Embassy, to the corner of 44th St. Turn north up the obvious dirt path, into Foundry Branch Valley Park. You've gone about 1.5 miles.

Proceed north up the park as the city sounds quickly fade to silence. In a half mile, turn right onto the signed Whitehaven Trail. After a short, steep, climb, continue east, past Whitehaven Community Garden to 37th St. Cross, go up another short, steep climb, then continue east past Holy Rood Cemetery to Wisconsin Ave. You've gone about 2.75 miles.

Cross straight across Wisconsin Ave. Just past a few office buildings, turn south into Dumbarton Oaks Park. Continue on the dirt path until you get to the small wood bridge. Turn left, back north, behind the Danish Embassy, to the US Naval Observatory. Turn right onto Whitehaven St, proceeding past a number of smaller embassies (Danish, Polish, etc.). At Massachusetts Ave, turn left proceeding up Embassy Row, past some bigger embassies, and the statue of Winston Churchill. At the entrance to the USNO, cross the street, then return southeast along the opposite side, past the Khalil Gibran memorial, to the foot of Massachusetts Ave, at the Rock Creek Parkway bridge. You've gone about 4.3 miles.

Not sure where the best way to get down to the Rock Creek Parkway path is (I went south down Waterside Dr), but get yourself down there. Follow the paved foot/bike path until you see the Watergate Hotel. Side note: Rock Creek Parkway has great scenery on weekend mornings! You've gone about 6.0 miles.

Cross Rock Creek, proceeding west along the Potomac River walk. There are a number of historical markers, consisting of photos etched in granite, to enjoy. Just short of the Key Bridge, turn right up a small side street, across a pedestrian bridge, to the Francis Scott Key memorial. Cross back over the bridge, then proceed east along the C&O Canal pathway to the next pedestrian bridge. Cross it, then proceed up 33rd St to M St. From there, return to your start point. You've gone about 7.1 miles.

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2013-04-02 kingsnake
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Trip to the east coast to visit family in Philadelphia and Hagerstown (for Easter with our 3-year old grandaughter), so decied to stop for a few days of touristing in DC as well. As driving in DC is so difficult, me and my wife either walked or took public transportation. In three days, I logged (on my GPS) over 16 miles walking; my wife, with the bad feet, half that. (She's a champ!) First morning, I went on a solo tour around Georgetown, where we were staying, to see some of the local sites, such as the Exorcist Steps, Georgetown University, some cemeteries, Embassy Row, the Watergate Hotel, the Potomac River Walk, the C&O Canal path, and the Francis Scott Key Memorial, among others. Most of what there is to tell is in the description I created and the photos I uploaded.

    Things that stood out to me:

    1) Georgetown is like a combination of 1860s border-south and San Francisco in many ways: Architecture; cost; traffic; restaurants; hills; attractive, athletic, professional members of the opposite sex, etc. (If you are single, move there!) 8)

    2) Lots of people ride bikes (there is a bike share), jog, or walk dogs -- noticeably more so than in Phoenix. :wlift:

    3) They love beeping their car horns, often for no apparent reason. :oplz:

    4) There are cops everywhere, even well away from the White House. (I didn't take as many embassy photos as I planned, because I got paranoid someone would freak out.) :scared:

    5) Once you get into the parks, you don't hear traffic noise like you would on, say, Trail 100. (Probably because the trees abosorb it.) :FG:

    6) People wait in line, all day long for cupcakes. :roll:

    ... two weeks later ...

    7) p.s. Forgot to add that the Georgetown U campus has hand cleanser dispensers *everwhere*. You can't walk more than 100 feet without bumoping into one. :D

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    Easiest way to drive into Georgetown from outside DC is to avoid as much as possible driving through DC. That means taking the beltway to exit 43, onto George Washington Memorial Pkwy. Stay right. Go 8.3 miles east to Key Bridge (US-29). From there drive to your Georgetown Hotel and let the valet find you a space, because there are no public spaces to speak of, and the parallel-parked streets are usually full. Watch out for one-way streets: There's a ton in DC.

    If you are staying elsewhere in the metro area, you can 1) take the orange line Metro to Foggy Bottom/GWU, then the 32 bus west into Georgetown, or 2) the red line Metro to Tenleytown, then the 32 bus south into Georgetown, or 3) the blue line Metro to Rosslyn, then the 36B bus north into Georgetown. Whatever you do, make sure you purchase a Metro pass ($5 + $5 initial load) which is good on all forms of area public transportation. I got mine at CVS. See map here:
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