* THE REAL DIRT: Around Washington, it doesn't take much for off-road bikers to find good places to ride. One of the more popular areas is Wakefield Park in Annandale, site of two of the three events in this summer's Cranky Monkey Mountain Bike Race Series. On June 6, riders of all levels will test their skills in cross-country races held on a roughly five-mile, looping track that moves along a gravel road, through woods, across creeks and over hills, all of it a surprisingly short distance from the roaring Beltway. To register and for more details, visit http://www.ex2adventures.com/tcm/. . . .

The Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts will head to Schaeffer Farms at Seneca Creek State Park in Montgomery County for a night ride on Wednesday. Bikers will meet at the parking lot at the trailhead at 7:45 p.m. Non-members are welcome but contact Erin Gay at 301-294-6020 beforehand. For information about the club, visit http://www.more-mtb.org. . . .

The four-day, 14-event Tour of Canaan Stage Race starts on Thursday at Canaan Valley State Park in West Virginia. For more information about this off-road extravaganza, visit http://grannygear.com/index.shtml.

* UP THERE: Sportrock will host a clinic focused on how to properly use anchors in outdoor sport climbing on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at its Sterling gym. Visit http://www.sportrock.com/events

/events.asp to register. Cost is $5 for non-members. . . .

The Mountaineering Section of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club on June 6 will go to Old Rag Mountain in Shenandoah National Park for a day of multi-pitch climbing. Visit http://www.patc.net/chapters

/mtn_sect/schedule.html#oldrag for details.

* ROOM FOR ALL: The Fairfax County Park Authority, the Potomac Conservancy and REI will join forces on Saturday for a National Trails Day project at Riverbend Park in Great Falls. Volunteers are needed to help reshape a section of the Potomac Heritage Trail and pitch in with brush clearing. For more information, visit www.rei.com. To learn more about National Trails Day, visit http://www.americanhiking.org/.

-- John Mullen