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PVSP HILTON AREA – 9M

Hike Distance:
9.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Bill Saunders

This loop hike in Patapsco Valley State Park will use trail in the Hilton area including Santee Branch, Buzzard Rocks and Grist Mill Trails. Several moderate stream crossings (consider bringing hiking poles for the crossings), estimated total ascent of 1000 feet.

FREDERICK MUNICIPAL FOREST – 10M

Hike Distance:
10.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Bill Saunders

This 9-10 mile loop hike will start at Hamburg Road parking area and hike various trails in the area. The estimated total ascent is 1100 feet and there will be several routine stream crossings. Our pace while hiking will be 2.5 – 2.7 mph. Please indicate whether you plan to carpool or meet at the […]

GAMBRILL STATE PARK – 11H

Hike Distance:
11.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Bill Saunders

This loop hike will start from the Upper Parking Lot in Gambrills State Park and use several trails including the Catoctin Trail and the Yellow Poplar Trail. The estimated ascent is 1600 feet. Please indicate whether you plan to carpool or meet at the trailhead.

CATOCTIN MOUNTAIN PARK – 11H

Hike Distance:
11.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Bill Saunders

The 10-11 mile loop hike will begin at the Thurmont Vista parking area on Park Central Road in the Catoctin Mountain Park (CMP) and follow a long loop through the park, passing Chimney and Wolf Rocks, Hog Rock, the Blue Ridge and Thurmont Vista overlooks, and Cunningham Falls. There will be a total elevation gain […]

PVSP PICKALL AREA – 9M

Hike Distance:
9.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Bill Saunders

This hike starts at Drexel Woods Drive in Baltimore County, hikes south of the Route 40 bridge, and then loops around on several trails before heading north again. We will climb to the Pickall pavilions area before looping back down to the river and returning to the starting point. The estimated ascent is 1100 feet, […]

MANOR AREA / FREDERICK MUN FOREST – 12H

Hike Distance:
12.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Bill Saunders

This hike will start at the Manor Area of Cunningham Falls State Park. We will follow the Catoctin Trail south for several miles, stop at the White Rock overlook, and then hike on the Salamander Rock Trail and other trails in northern part of Frederick Municipal Forest before looping back to the Catoctin Trail and […]

PVSP HOLLOFIELD AREA – 11H

Hike Distance:
11.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Bill Saunders

This 10-11 mile hike will leave from the Hollofield area of Patapsco Valley State Park and cover trails in the Hollofield / Daniels area.

CARDEROCK / GREAT FALLS TRAILS – 13H

Hike Distance:
13.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Bill Saunders

This loop hike will begin at Carderock and follow a variety of trails (including Billy Goat A and C trails, the C&O Canal, and various wooded trails) in the Great Falls Area. The hike includes several very nice ridge views of the river from the Overlook Trail, and views of the falls from the Great […]

SOUTHERN FREDERICK MUNICIPAL FOREST – 12H

Hike Distance:
12.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Bill Saunders

This 11-12 mile hike starts at Hamburg Road and follows trails in the southern part of Frederick Municipal Forest (including the Volkswagen Trail) and in the northern part of Gambrill State Park. The hike includes two hard climbs of 700+ feet over a one-mile section of trail. Please indicate whether you plan to carpool or […]

PVSP SOAPSTONE TRAIL – 9M

Hike Distance:
9.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Bill Saunders

This 8-9 mile hike in the Glen Artney area of Patapsco Valley State Park will follow the Soapstone Trail and adjacent trails, finishing around noon. There will be a snack break but no lunch stop. The hike has some moderate hills and stream crossings.

ROCKBURN BRANCH PARK/PVSP – 11M/H

Hike Distance:
11.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Bill Saunders

This 10-11 mile moderate-to-hard loop hike will begin on trails in Rockburn Branch Park and then quickly cross over to the nearby Avalon section of Patapsco Valley State Park. The hike has numerous moderate stream crossings and rolling hills. There will be about 1300 feet of ascent, and our pace while hiking will be about […]

FREDERICK MUNICIPAL FOREST / HAMBURG RD – 11H

Hike Distance:
11.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Bill Saunders

This loop hike in Frederick County will start on the Catoctin Trail’s Hamburg Road parking area and then follow some of the many trails that network this forest. While the route will vary from hike to hike, there will be several moderate climbs for a total ascent of about 1500 feet and several stream crossings. […]

MANOR AREA/VANDAL TRAIL LOOP – 11H

Hike Distance:
11.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Bill Saunders

This lollipop hike starts at the Manor Area parking area of Cunningham Falls State Park and follows the Catoctin Trail south into Cunningham Falls State Park and Frederick Municipal Forest. There will be stops at White Rock Overlook and Mountain Dale Overlook, with a pleasant stretch along the Vandal Trail and Little Fishing Creek. Several […]

CALEDONIA STATE PARK – 11-12H – ANNIVERSARY HIKE

Hike Distance:
12.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Bill Saunders

In May 1935, MCM led a 12-mile hike to view wild flowers in Caledonia State Park. The original description stated that the group hiked north on the A.T. and returned back on trails near the Chambersburg Reservoir. We will try to recreate that hike, going north on the Appalachian Trail, then using the Wigwam Trail […]

PVSP MCKELDIN AREA – 8M

Hike Distance:
8.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Bill Saunders

This hike will cover most of the trails in the McKeldin area of Patapsco Valley State Park

PVSP HILTON AREA – 11M/H

Hike Distance:
11.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Bill Saunders

This moderate-to-hard loop hike in Patapsco Valley State Park will use trails in the Hilton area (including Santee Branch, Buzzard Rocks and Grist Mill Trails) plus the Ridge Trail and Cascade Train in the Avalon area. There are several moderate stream crossings and an estimated total ascent of 1200 feet.

CUNNINGHAM FALLS TO CATOCTIN TRAIL NORTH END – 11H

Hike Distance:
11.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Bill Saunders

This hike will start at the lake parking area near Cunningham Falls. We will hike to the falls and then north using the Catoctin and Horseshoe Trails, then return. The estimated total ascent is about 1900 feet. Our pace while hiking will be 2.5 - 2.75 mph. Please indicate whether you plan to carpool or […]

PVSP PICKALL AREA – 12H

Hike Distance:
12.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Bill Saunders

This hike starts at Drexel Woods Drive in Baltimore County, hikes south of the Route 40 bridge, and then loops around on several trails before heading north again. We will climb to the Pickall pavilions area before looping back down to the river and returning to the starting point. The estimated ascent is 1500 feet, […]

FREDERICK MUNICIPAL FOREST / HAMBURG RD – 12-15H *ANNIVERSARY HIKE*

Hike Distance:
15.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Bill Saunders

This hike will repeat most of a hike carried out by MCM in May 1935. We will start on the Catoctin Trail’s Hamburg Road parking area and then use the Catoctin and Death March trails as well as other adjoining trails to hike to the White Rocks overlook and return. The hike has several long […]

PA- POLE STEEPLE/BUCK RIDGE/BONG TRAIL LOOP – 13H

Hike Distance:
13.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Bill Saunders

This loop hike begins at Pine Grove Furnace State Park in PA. We will hike on the A.T. to the Pole Steeple overlook, then hike up Buck Ridge on the Bong Trail and have lunch on the rocks, then return to the parking lot on the Buck Ridge trail. The total estimated ascent is 1900 […]