The Kooh-o-Dasht activities for the next four weeks are as follow :

Dear friends,

 
The Kooh-o-Dasht activities for the next four weeks arIMG_1918e as follow :
 
Splash hike at Middle Patuxent river in Columbia
Date/time:                   Sunday July 10th  10 am
Duration:                    2 hrs.
Difficulty:                     Easy
Location:                     5775 Trotter RD. Clarksville MD. 21029 
                                    (please park at the parking lot)

Cool down with a leisurely 2 hour walk in the middle of the river, through the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area.  Wear appropriate footwear like old sneakers, and be prepared to get wet. Optional restaurant lunch afterwards, so bring a change of clothes. Meet at 10am, 0.8 mile south of Rt. 108 on Trotter Road, at the MPEA parking lot on the left (east). Please bring water and snacks.

Sunday July 17th:

Splash hike at Patuxent river in Savage Park Laurel.

Date/time:               Sunday July 17th  10 am

Duration:                 3 hrs.

Difficulty:                 easy

Address:                  9271 Vollmerhausen road Laurel MD

3 hour walk in the middle of the river. Wear appropriate footwear like old sneakers, and be prepared to get wet. Optional restaurant lunch afterwards. Please bring a change of clothes, water and snacks.

Sunday July 24th.

White Oak Canyon in Shenandoah VA,

Date/time:            July 24  *(7 am at carpool place)

Duration:              8-9 miles, 4 hours and 30 minutes

Difficulty:              Strenuous

* The designated carpool place is at  Capital Beltway 495 and route 193 West, towards Great Falls. On 495  take exit 44 toward 193 (Langley Great Falls), at the traffic light turn right and stay on the shoulder until all the participants arrive. Please bring, water, snacks and lunch.

Sunday July 31st:

A day trip to visit Barnes Museum in Philadelphia.

Date/time:          July 31st   8 am *(carpool)

address:             2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy Philadelphia PA. 19130

Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia has a very valuable collection of Impressionist and post Impressionist paintings of well known artists like Van Gogh, Lautrec, Cezan, Renoir, Matisse and many more.

 
I think it is a trip worth making to Philadelphia for our group. The hours are everyday from 10:00 to 5:00 except for Tuesday. Tickets are $25:00 (senior citizens 65+ 23).
  
There is also a garden adjacent to the museum for those who are interested.
 
Please let me know if you are interested.
 
* We will all meet at Panera bread for carpooling and breakfast. 
   Panera bread
   6435 Dobbin Road
   Columbia MD 21045
 
If you have any question Please contact, Hessam Dahi (301)318-6243.

Maryland Heights, in Harpers Ferry WV

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Our hike for this Sunday July 3rd, will be Maryland Heights, in Harpers Ferry WV.
Time/Date:            9 am  July 3rd
Address:               799 Washington St, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425           
Duration:               7-8 miles  4-41/2 hrs.
Leader:                  Hessam Dahi
 
Please bring water/snacks. The weather forecast calls for a cloudy day with the temperature in the high 82 degree.
 
For carpooling and questions, please contact, Hessam Dahi (301)318-6243.

Biking at Rock Creek Par

IMG_1918Dear Outing Group,

Our activity for this Sunday May 29th will be biking at Rock Creek Park. We will start on Military Road off of Beech Drive to the Kennedy Center and return to Military Road again. The whole ride could be up to 30 miles. Please tune up your bicycles, bring a helmet, wear biking clothes and appropriate gear, water and snacks.

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Address:              5200 Glover Road NW, Washington, DC 20015, near the
                           intersection of Military Road and Glover Road.
                           We will meet at the Nature Center.
Time/date                              9:00 am June 29
Distance:                               30 miles
Duration:                                4 hours
Difficulty :                               Moderate
If you have any question please contact Hessam Dahi at: (301)318-6243.
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New York Tour – Sunday May 22nd 2016

Hiking group guided by such a devoted guides(Mr Dahi, Mr. Shoyooee, Mr. Mo, Nahid Khanoom  and all  other dear friends) have kept all the social gatherings really fun.

Dear friends,

The Koohdasht hiking group organizers are requesting your vote for three different activities for Sunday May 22nd. We would like to cast your vote by May 8th.
The options are as follows:
1- Day trip to New York City; where we can possibly visit the following places: Central Park, Metropolitan museum, Central Station, Chinatown, etc. Transportation would be via bus.
2- Hike at Old Rag Mountain, VA
3- Day trip to Lewes DE/Cape May NJ via ferry. Car pooling is required, ferry cost
    aprox. $20.00 round trip per person.
Your prompt response to our request will help us for planning purposes.
Hessam Dahi  (301)318-6243

Hiking Schedule up to next 18 weeks

I hope you all are well and enjoying the beauty of the snow.
Attached, you will find the most updated Hiking Schedule that is planned for up to 18 weeks of our hiking program. Please save it for your future reference. This schedule is subject to change with advance notification. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the following numbers.
Hesaam: 301-318-6243
Masood: 240-401-8979
Best Regard,
Nahid Moradi Pahlevan

C&O Canal Towpath along the Potomac River

Little Bennett Regional Park_Hessam_9This Sunday’s hike is at the C&O Canal towpath along the Potomac River. 

Date:                       19 July 2015
Meeting Location:   Parking Lot across from Old Angler’s Inn, 10801 MacArthur Blvd, Potomac, MD 20854.

Starting Time:         9:00 AM

Weather:                 Partly cloudy – 97 degrees

You will have the option of walking along the towpath (easy) or hike the Billy Goat trail (moderate). Please bring water and snack.  

For questions or carpool arrangement please contact Masood Shoyooee 240-401-8979.

Splash hike for this Summer in conjunction with Sierra club led by Ken Clark

IMG_1918This Sunday July 12th we will have the first splash hike for this Summer in conjunction with Sierra club led by Ken Clark. If you have any question please contact Masood Shoyooe at (240)401-8979, or Hessam Dahi at (301) 318-6243.
Splash Hike: Gorman Area Park, MD
Date: Sunday, July 12, 2015
Time: 9:30 AM
Presented by: Howard County Group
Leader: Ken Clark – 443-280-4050 kenclark7@live.com
Level: Moderate
Location: 7401 Old Columbia Road, Laurel, MD 20723, USA

Cool down with a leisurely 3-4 hour walk in the middle of the Middle Patuxent river, from Rt. 29 to Murray Hill Road. Wear appropriate footwear like old sneakers, and be prepared to get wet. Due to hidden slippery rocks in the river, this hike is not appropriate for people with bad ankles/knees/backs. Bring lunch and water, and a towel or change of clothes for the car. Depart at 9:30 from the west lot of the Broken Land Parkway Park & Ride at Rt. 32. Leader: Ken Clark, 443-280-4050kenclark7@live.com.

biking/hiking in Baltimore County at CNR trail

photoThe Koohodasht activity for Sunday July 5th will be biking/hiking in Baltimore County at CNR trail. The trail is graveled and extended to York PA with beautiful landscaping, companied with Gunpowder river along the trail. Please bring water and lunch, the forecast calls for partly cloudy and up to 82 degree.

Time/date: 9 am/July 5th
Activities: biking/hiking
Duration: up to 4 hrs.
Direction:

Take I-695 (Baltimore Beltway) to I-83 North. Take I-83 North to the Hunt Valley Exit at Shawan Road (Exit 20a – Shawan Road East). Follow Shawan Road for approximately a mile – through two traffic lights. At the third light you will have to either turn left or right – this is York Road (Rte. 45). Turn right and then immediately get in your left lane as you are going to turn left at the next light (approximately 200 yards or so). This is Ashland Road. Turn left at the stoplight onto Ashland Road. In approximately a half mile you will see a residential community on your right with a sign that says ASHLAND. Turn right into the community and follow this road straight back to the parking lot. Quite often in the summer you will have to park along this road leading to the parking lot as the lot fills up quickly. Be courteous of the residents and do not block any driveways or parking spaces.

If you have any questions please call Hessam Dahi, (301)318-6243.

Hope to see you.

Hessam Dahi

Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium

This Sunday’s hike will start from Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium.  The address is: 5200 Glover Road NW, Washington, DC 20015.  It is near the intersection of Military Road and Glover Road.

The hike starts at 9:00 AM and will take approximately 3.5 to 4 hours.  It is an easy to moderate hike.

The weather forecast calls for cloudy skies with scattered thunderstorms in the morning and the high temperature around 95 degrees.

Please bring water and snack.  Call Hessam Dahi 301-318-6243 for any questions or carpooling information.

The link http://www.nps.gov/rocr/planyourvisit/directions.htm will take you to the park’s website where you can get directions to and the map for the park.

Little Bennett Regional Park

Our hike this Sunday will be at the Little Bennett Regional Park and starts at 9:00 AM.  We will meet at the Hyattatown Mill Entrance Parking Lot off N. Frederick Road (MD 355.)  Address and directions from 270N are as follows:
15907 Hyattstown Mill Rd

Clarksburg, MD 20871

Take exit 22 toward Hyattstown

Turn left onto MD-109 N/ Old Hundred Rd

Turn right onto MD-355 N/ N Frederick Rd

Turn left onto Hyattstown Mill Road

The parking lot is immediately on your right.

We will start on Bennett Ridge Trail and chart our hike from many available trails. The hike will be easy, around 6 to 7 miles, and taking about 3 hours.

Weather forecast is partly cloudy in the morning followed by scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon with high temperature around 90 degrees.  Please bring plenty of water and snack.

If you have any questions or want to carpool please contact Masood Shoyooee at 240-401-8979.

A map of the park is attached for your reference.

Attachments area

Preview attachment Little Bennett Trails Map.pdf

Little Bennett Trails Map.pdf

 

Sizdehbedar (the Iranian traditional New Year picnic) at Seneca Creek State Park

IMG_1918Dear Friends,

The Koohodasht Hiking group will host Sizdehbedar (the Iranian traditional New Year picnic) at Seneca Creek State Park on April 5th at 10:00 am. We reserved the Bob White Pavilion, which has a maximum capacity of 50 people. There are picnic tables and a grill as well. The pavilion has handicap accessibility, a playground , it’s close to restrooms, and has many parking spaces. In addition, Seneca Creek Park has other activities such as hiking trails, boating, and fishing. At the pavilion we will of course eat, play backgammon and play dodge ball.
There is a $3.00 entrance fee per person at the entrance of the park. Please reply to all recipients in this email if you and your family will be attending. In your response, please indicate what you will be bringing to share (food/equipment/games). This will help to organize our event. If you have any question please contact Hessam Dahi (301) 318-6243.
Hope to see you there!
-Hessam

Sunday June 5th hiking at Great Falls VA

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This Sunday June 5th, we will be hiking at Great Falls VA.
Time/date:                                    9 AM/June 5th
Address:                                       approximate 8801 Georgetown Pike Mclean VA
Duration:                                       6 miles/ three hrs.
Difficulty:                                       easy-moderate
Direction:

From 495 take exit 43-44 for VA-193/George Washington Memorial Parkway/Georgetown Pike toward Great FallsVirginia/Langley/Washington.  Then take exit 44 on the left to merge onto VA-193 W/Georgetown Pike toward Great Falls, VA.  From exit 44 to the parking lot will be about 3.5 miles.  Look for parking lot on the left before the park.

The weather forecast calls for rain and temperature will be around 80 degree. Please bring water and snacks. If you have any question, please contact Hessam Dahi at, (301)318-6243.

Maryland Heights, in Hapers Ferry WV

Our hike for this Sunday April 24th, will be Maryland Heights, in Hapers Ferry WV.
Time/Date:            9 am  April 24
Address:               799 Washington St, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425           
Duration:               7-8 miles  4-41/2 hrs.
Leader:                  Hessam Dahi
 
Please bring water/snacks. The weather forecast calls for a sunny day with the temperature in the high 75 degree.
 
For carpooling and questions, please contact, Masood Shooyee (240)401-8979
and Hessam Dahi (301)318-6243.

Hiking Apr. 17th at Bull Run Regional Park

Hello Hikers,
the hike on this Sunday Apr. 17th will be at Bull Run Regional Park. Hikers are invited to my home after the hike for food and refreshments; please RSVP.
My home address is
13314 Point Rider Lane Herndon, VA. 20171
Directions to the Park From MD. Take 495 South towards VA, take exit 49 for I-66 West toward Front Royal, take exit 52 for Rt. 29 S. toward Centreville, turn left on Bull Run Post Office Rd., continue on Bull Run Dr.
We will meet at the Pavilion, the (first) parking lot on the left; don’t park at the camp store; see attached map, parking lot is circled.
Time:      9:00 AM
Location: Pavilion Parking lot
Distance: 7-8 miles
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Weather: Sunny, highs around 70
Contact:  Mohamad Jalali      703.899.8937
                Heasm Dahi           301.318.6243
                Masood Shoyooee 240.401.8979
Please bring water and snacks.
bull run park map

Billy Goat Trail Section A at the C&O Canal National Park

This Sunday April 10th, our hike will be at Billy Goat Trail Section A at the C&O Canal National Park.
The Billy Goat Trail offers spectacular view of the Potomac River.
Be prepared for Billy Goat Trail Section A because it’s rocky and requires physical exercises; however enjoyable.  
There is a $5 park entrance fee per vehicle.

Address: 10801 MacArthur Blvd, Potomac, MD 20854
Meeting Location: Parking Lot across from Old Angler’s Inn
Meeting Time: 9:00 AM
Distance: 3.7 miles via Towpath
Duration: about 3 hours
Weather Forecast: it is expected to be a sunny day with 39-50 degrees. 

Please bring water and snack. 

Questions: 
 
Nahid Moradi:  240-401-8427
 
Masood Shoyooee:   240-401-8979

Blockhouse Point Park in Potomac, Maryland

This week’s hike will be at the Blockhouse Point Park in Potomac, Maryland.  We will meet in one of the parking areas along Pennyfield Lock Road.  The address is: 12100 Pennyfield Lock Rd, Potomac, Maryland 20854.  There is no structure associated with this address so the GPS should bring you to the proximity of our meeting point.  Drive to the end of the Pennyfield Lock Road and turn left until you see the group.  We need to cross the Canal at Pennyfield Lock (Lock 22) to start our hike.
Direction:  Follow River Road West from I-495 toward Potomac, Maryland. Pass the town of Potomac and Falls Road and continue west to Pennyfield Lock Rd. Turn left (south) on Pennyfield Lock Rd. and follow until it dead ends into the C&O Canal. Turn left and park in an area with the rest of the group.

The hike is about 8 miles and will last around 4 hours with much of it along the tow path but with some uphills.  Weather forecast calls for a sunny day with highs around 65 degrees.

Please bring water and snack and meet us at 9:00 AM at the starting point.  For questions and carpooling information please call Masood Shoyooee at 240-401-8979.

Sugarloaf Mountain