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FIRST SATURDAY HIKE – 13, 16, 23S SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3 | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Hike Distance:
Over 15 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Strenuous
Hike Leader:
Mariayne Brodnicki

This is a self-paced hike that offers the opportunity to explore your endurance and speed. Two or more intermediate points are offered in these out and back hikes on the Appalachian Trail. The leaders will begin with the group but each hiker will proceed at their own pace and proceed to their turn around point. […]

Loch Raven Reservoir, Merryman Trail Area – 7M

Hike Distance:
7.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Ann Roberts

Want to get in a good morning workout and then go about your day? Are you a fan of fast hiking? Then this is the hike for you. We will hike for the entire time as if we are in a hurry to get somewhere, maybe 2.8-3.2 mph. on flat areas, slower on hills. We […]

PVSP EAST OF OLD COURT RD – 8M

Hike Distance:
8.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Jon Hyman

We start at St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Church on Old Court Road following the trail past what was Woodstock College and down to the Patapsco, then turn east under Old Court Rd. and up through the hills to the north of the river on a wide loop and back along the river. Several stream crossings, some […]

🐶 Loch Raven WOOF! Hike – 4E

Hike Distance:
4.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Easy
Hike Leader:
Ann Roberts

🐕‍🦺🦮🐕 Young dogs, old dogs, wild and crazy dogs, shy dogs. Well-trained, not so well-trained dogs. Easy going or grouchy, big or little. We accept all dogs, and humans, of these descriptions. Once we start moving, WE ARE A PACK! Please bring snacks and water for you and the dog. No dog? Well, hopefully a […]

PVSP PICKALL AREA – 9M

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

This figure-eight 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 […]

SOLDIERS DELIGHT – 7M

Hike Distance:
7.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Walt Miller

This hike will cover all of the blazed trails at Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area and will include a mixture of trails through serpentine barrens, fields, and wooded areas. There are a few easy stream crossings and no significant hills (total elevation < 700 feet). We will have a brief lunch/snack break. Our pace will […]

Tracey’s Store – Prettyboy Trails, 9M or 6M

Hike Distance:
9.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Caryn Joachim

Tracey’s Store/Prettyboy Trails, 9M Rescheduled from Nov. 30th Registration Required. This is a 2 loop hike with a new combination of trails starting at a different trailhead on Tracey’s Store Road. We will hike fireroads & the Prettyboy Trail and have lots of water views. Lunch will have a great view of Goose Island. Some […]

AT: GREENBRIER TO WASHINGTON MONUMENT STATE PARK – 12H

Hike Distance:
12.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
John Barrett

This 12 mile hike in Washington County begins with a stroll through Greenbrier State Park, proceeding past Greenbrier Lake, ascending the Bartman Hill Trail to the Appalachian Trail, and then heading south along the AT for lunch at the Washington Monument. There are many rocky sections of trail, no stream crossings and about 2,100 feet […]

LITTLE GUNPOWDER FALLS-HARFORD RD TO BOTTOM RD – 5.5E

Hike Distance:
5.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Easy
Hike Leader:
Jim Foard

Little Gunpowder Trail to Bottom Rd this is an out and back hike along the river, with a loop to the two waterfalls and a few stream-crossing. Mostly flat with minimal elevation gain. There will be a ten-minute break at the turning point. Hiking Poles are recommended There will be a separation if required. Questions: Jim321@comcast.net […]

ROCKS STATE PARK – 6M

Hike Distance:
6.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Kim Considine

This is a loop hike of about 6 miles with around 800 ft. elevation gain. Note that the elevation gain may make this hike more challenging than many other moderate hikes. We will visit the Queen and King’s Seat, a high rock outcropping with expansive views of farmland around the area and a view of […]

GAMBRILL STATE PARK – 9M

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

This hike will start from the Upper Parking Lot in Gambrills State Park and perform a loop using a combination of trails. Please email me at trailsaunders@gmail.com if you plan to meet at the trailhead rather than carpool.

LITTLE GUNPOWDER FALLS /JESSE’S TRAIL- 5E

Hike Distance:
5.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Easy
Hike Leader:
Susan Riddleberger

In and out hike along wooded trails some along the falls and on Jesse’s trail. We will leave from Harford Rd, cross Belair Rd and go a short distance toward Jerusalem Mills. Hiking poles recommended. Few very minor creek crossings but may be muddy in spots.

HOLIDAY PARTY, MCM AWARDS, and Special Presentation

Join your hiking buddies for the MCM holiday party, the presentation of MCM Awards and a special presentation by Karen Ohrlich, Stephanie Carpentier and Beth Cooper, “Hiking in Utah’s Slot Canyons”.  The party is from 2:30 - 5:00 at The Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia.   Schedule: 2:30 -3:30 Social Hour, 3:30 - 4:00 MCM […]

Hamburg Road / Salamander Rock / Death March Loop – 14H

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

This loop hike, which I estimate to be 14 miles in length, will start at the Hamburg Road parking lot, hike north through Sand Flats to the Salamander Rock Trail, then return using the Iceberg and Death March trails. The estimated total ascent is 1900 feet and there will be several routine stream crossings. Our […]

Stony Run Walking Path – 5E

Hike Distance:
5.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Easy
Hike Leader:
Janet Rohde

Beginning in Roland Park at Wyndhurst Station, walk along Stony Run stream through Wyman Park.

PVSP: Off Green Clover Drive at Allenford Pumping Station – 7/8M

Hike Distance:
7.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Kathy Lyon

This seven-mile plus hike in Patapsco Valley State Park will begin at Allenford Pumping Station on Green Clover Drive which is off Rt. 99. This hike will be hilly with some steep hills and several stream crossings. Walking sticks recommended. E-mail lyon.kathy@yahoo.com. Cell on day of hike: 410-274-4940

Loch Raven Reservoir, Merryman Trail Area – 7M

Hike Distance:
7.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Ann Roberts

Want to get in a good morning workout and then go about your day? Are you a fan of fast hiking? Then this is the hike for you. We will hike for the entire time as if we are in a hurry to get somewhere, maybe 2.8-3.2 mph. on flat areas, slower on hills. We […]

LOCH RAVEN GLEN ELLEN – SAM’S GRAVE – 7M

Hike Distance:
7.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Jon Hyman

This morning hike starts in the Lutherville/Timonium suburbs, goes through a wooded, slightly hilly section of the Loch Raven watershed and loops back along the water with many great views. A few stream crossings. Pace 2.5 mph, 4-500 feet of elevation. There will be a 10 minute snack break. LEAVE: 9 a.m. from Seminary Avenue […]

🐶 Loch Raven WOOF! Hike – 4E

Hike Distance:
4.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Easy
Hike Leader:
Ann Roberts

🐕‍🦺🦮🐕 Young dogs, old dogs, wild and crazy dogs, shy dogs. Well-trained, not so well-trained dogs. Easy going or grouchy, big or little. We accept all dogs, and humans, of these descriptions. Once we start moving, WE ARE A PACK! Please bring snacks and water for you and the dog. No dog? Well, hopefully a […]

FRED. MUN FOREST: HAMBURG ROAD / SAND FLATS LOOP – 12H

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

This 11-12 mile loop hike will start at the Hamburg Road parking lot, hike north to the Sand Flats area and then return on a variety of trails including the Catoctin, Sand Flats, Iceberg and Death March trails. The estimated total ascent is 1600 feet and there will be several routine stream crossings. Our pace […]

AT: North from Penmar to Deer Lick Shelter – 10H

Hike Distance:
10.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Chuck Randall

This is an out and back hike on the AT in PA.  Starting North from Pen Mar we will hike to Deer Lick shelter, have lunch there, and then head back South. There are several relatively steep climbs, a few rocky sections, and no significant stream crossings.  The pace will be 2.5-3 mph.  Please indicate […]

PVSP – S Hilltop Rd Thru Hoco To Oella – 7M

Hike Distance:
7.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate

This is a one-way hike requiring a 5 minute shuttle. We will hike on seldom used trails, mostly in Howard County, with two very rocky stream crossings.  LEADERS: Doug and Marcie Schubert.  e-mail:  marciedoug2000@gmail.com; 443-983-9957.

Shamberger’s Peninsula – 9M

Hike Distance:
9.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Caryn Joachim

Saturday, December 24, 2022: Shamberger’s Peninsula, 9M: Registration Required. We will hike to the end of the Shamberger Trail, which is an old “horse & buggy” road. We will explore 4 side trails to different water views & historic remains. Lunch will be at the end of the peninsula with 3 different water views of […]

CATOCTIN MOUNTAIN PARK – 11H

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

The 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 of about […]

River Valley Ranch/Hemlock Gorge – 6.5M

Hike Distance:
6.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate

An interesting hike in the Prettyboy Reservoir watershed in Balto. County.  There are several hills but this route avoids the challenging rock scramble without sacrificing a view of the gorge.  Leaders:  Carolyn & Bill Bauer, carbauer@verizon.net (preferred), 410-661-3182.  No calls after 8 pm please.

LITTLE GUNPOWDER FALLS /JESSE’S TRAIL- 5E

Hike Distance:
5.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Easy
Hike Leader:
Susan Riddleberger

In and out hike along wooded trails some along the falls and on Jesse’s trail. We will leave from Harford Rd, cross Belair Rd and go a short distance toward Jerusalem Mills. Hiking poles recommended. Few very minor creek crossings but may be muddy in spots.

AT: WASHINGTON MONUMENT STATE PARK TO THE ROCKS: ANNAPOLIS AND BLACK – 12H

Hike Distance:
12.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Steve Kempler

Last Wednesday of the year hike: Join us on this 12 mile out-and-back hike on the Appalachian Trail. Starting at Washington Monument SP, this trek crosses I-70 before ascending to Annapolis Rock, and then on to Black Rock for lunch. Total climb: ~1900 feet, including a 1 mile, 500 foot slope. No stream crossings. Our […]

PVSP WOODSTOCK TO ALBERTON – 12H

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

This 11-12 mile hike starts at the Woodstock Road parking area next to the bridge, then goes south on the Baltimore County side of the Patapsco River. We will hike all the way to the Alberton Trail and view the ruins of the old Guilford community, then return to the starting point. The total ascent […]

AT: WOLFSVILLE RD TO RAVEN ROCK SHELTER – 11H

Hike Distance:
11.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Leise Ballou

An out and back along the Appalachian Trail for a total of 11 miles going north from Wolfsville Road (MD-17) to Raven Rock Shelter. Total elevation is about 2,400' with the longest climb of 600' over 0.8 miles. There are several rocky areas and one unbridged stream crossing. Our pace while hiking will average 2.5 […]

Lower Laurel Highlands – 8M

Hike Distance:
8.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Caryn Joachim

Wednesday, January 4, 2023: Lower Laurel Highlands, 8 M Registration Required. This is a lollipop hike and starts just west of the Beckleysville Road bridge. We will be hiking wide Fire Roads with many diversions to water views. The hike follows a Cove to Grave Run which runs into the Reservoir. Pace will be 2.3 […]

Bowleys Quarters Hike – 5E

Hike Distance:
5.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Easy
Hike Leader:
Deanna Phelps

All flat nature trail, small beach, paved roads.Tour waterfront and farm community. Bring lunch for stop at waterfront. 10 AM start. Leader Deanna Phelps, dlphelps1946@yahoo.com, ; 410-335-2266 before 10 PM; or after 9:30 AM morning of hike.

FIRST SATURDAY HIKE –13.6, 15.9, 21.6 S

Hike Distance:
Over 15 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Strenuous
Hike Leader:
Mark Malby

This is a self-paced hike that offers the opportunity to explore your endurance and speed. Two or more intermediate points are offered in these out and back hikes on the Appalachian Trail. The leaders will begin with the group but each hiker will proceed attheir own pace and proceed to their turn around point. All […]

Loch Raven Reservoir, Merryman Trail Area – 7M

Hike Distance:
7.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Ann Roberts

Want to get in a good morning workout and then go about your day? Are you a fan of fast hiking? Then this is the hike for you. We will hike for the entire time as if we are in a hurry to get somewhere, maybe 2.8-3.2 mph. on flat areas, slower on hills. We […]

CARRIE WAY TO MAIN LINE, DANIELS DAM – 7.5M

Hike Distance:
7.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Jon Hyman

From a Howard County suburb, the trail travels down toward the Patapsco, and turns east through the hills to the south of the river, then down to Daniels Dam for a 20 minute lunch and then back along the river. Pace 2.5 mph. Some stream crossings, some hilly terrain. LEAVE 9 a.m. trailhead just past […]

NORTHPOINT STATE PARK – 5E

Hike Distance:
5.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Easy
Hike Leader:
Susan Riddleberger

Hike the flat trails of this historic and scenic wooded area along the shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay. View the remains of the turn of the century amusement park such as the 1,000 foot Bayshore Pier, Trolley station and Fountain. While on the trails, you may see wildlife in their protected habitat. Waterproof footwear advised.

PVSP WOODSTOCK AREA – 9M

Hike Distance:
9.0 Miles
Hike Leader:
Bill Saunders

This hike starts at the Woodstock Road parking area next to the bridge, then follows trails on the Howard County side of PVSP between Woodstock and Daniels Roads. Total ascent will be about 1100 feet.

🐶 Loch Raven WOOF! Hike – 4E

Hike Distance:
4.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Easy
Hike Leader:
Ann Roberts

🐕‍🦺🦮🐕 Young dogs, old dogs, wild and crazy dogs, shy dogs. Well-trained, not so well-trained dogs. Easy going or grouchy, big or little. We accept all dogs, and humans, of these descriptions. Once we start moving, WE ARE A PACK! Please bring snacks and water for you and the dog. No dog? Well, hopefully a […]

PVSP: Henryton – 10H

Hike Distance:
10.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Brian Bare

This hike is in Carroll County west of Mariottsville Rd and south of McKeldin. There are a few minor stream crossings, very few rocks, and about 1000 feet of elevation gain, an old barn and nice river views. Our pace while hiking will average 2.5 - 2.8 mph. Sections of the trail will be slippery […]

NORTHPOINT STATE PARK – 5E

Hike Distance:
5.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Easy
Hike Leader:
Susan Riddleberger

Hike the flat trails of this historic and scenic wooded area along the shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay. View the remains of the turn of the century amusement park such as the 1,000 foot Bayshore Pier, Trolley station and Fountain. While on the trails, you may see wildlife in their protected habitat. Waterproof footwear advised.

Lake Roland L’Hirondelle – 6M

Hike Distance:
6.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
John Eckard

Hike along the Jones Falls above the lake, through the woods and serpentine barrens, and visit the old rugby field. Moderate pace but rocky in spots and could be icy or muddy in spots. Route and distance may change based on weather conditions.  LEADER: John Eckard, jeckard@comcast.net (preferred) or 443-286-6819.

Tracey’s Store/Prettyboy Trails – 9M

Hike Distance:
9.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Caryn Joachim

Saturday, January 14, 2023: Tracey’s Store/Prettyboy Trails, 9M Registration Required. This is a 2 loop hike with a new combination of trails starting at a different trailhead on Tracey’s Store Road. We will hike fireroads & the Prettyboy Trail and have lots of water views. Lunch will have a great view of Goose Island. Some […]

SOUTHERN FREDERICK MUNICIPAL FOREST – 11H

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

This hike starts at Hamburg Road and follows trails in the southern part of Frederick Municipal Forest and in the northern part of Gambrill State Park. The hike will include one or two hard climbs of 700+ feet over a one-mile section of trail.

MASON-DIXON/OTTER CREEK TRAILS/UREY OVERLOOK – 6M

Hike Distance:
6.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Kim Considine

Hike along Otter Creek and enjoy beautiful scenery with interesting rock formations. Hike up to Urey Overlook for a view of the Susquehanna River. Additional miles are an option on this hike for those who may want more exercise.

AT PA: MICHAUX STATE FOREST CHIMNEY ROCKS – 13H

Hike Distance:
13.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
John Barrett

This hike generally proceeds along the Pennsylvania AT from the Old Forge Picnic Area north over Chimney Rocks toward PA Route 233, while also following several side trails. We begin by climbing 1,100 feet over the first 3 miles to the top of Chimney Rocks, passing Tumbling Run Shelter along the way. Once on the […]

OREGON RIDGE PARK – 5E/M

Hike Distance:
5.0 Miles
Hike Leader:
Marsha McLaughlin

Hike hilly, wooded trails through Oregon Ridge Park, with several stream crossings. There are some rocky and rooted areas, so poles are advised

Loch Raven Reservoir, Merryman Trail Area – 7M

Hike Distance:
7.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Ann Roberts

Want to get in a good morning workout and then go about your day? Are you a fan of fast hiking? Then this is the hike for you. We will hike for the entire time as if we are in a hurry to get somewhere, maybe 2.8-3.2 mph. on flat areas, slower on hills. We […]

CROMWELL VALLEY/LOCH RAVEN – 7.5M

Hike Distance:
7.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Jon Hyman

Our hike begins at the white farmhouse in Cromwell Valley State Park, weaves through the wooded hills into the Loch Raven Watershed. We will visit the upper dam and have some excellent views of the water. There will be hills with about 800 feet of elevation, if recent rains, there will be muddy areas. We […]

🐶 Loch Raven WOOF! Hike – 4E

Hike Distance:
4.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Easy
Hike Leader:
Ann Roberts

🐕‍🦺🦮🐕 Young dogs, old dogs, wild and crazy dogs, shy dogs. Well-trained, not so well-trained dogs. Easy going or grouchy, big or little. We accept all dogs, and humans, of these descriptions. Once we start moving, WE ARE A PACK! Please bring snacks and water for you and the dog. No dog? Well, hopefully a […]

CUNNINGHAM FALLS STATE PARK MANOR AREA – 11H

Hike Distance:
11.0 Miles
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. Stops at White Rock overlook and Mountaindale Overlook, with a pleasant stretch along the Vandal Trail and Little Fishing Creek. Several long climbs and total […]

GREENBRIAR STATE PARK – 11H

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

This 10-11 mile hike will start from the parking lot above the lake in Greenbriar State Park and hike many of the trails in the park. There are several long climbs and the total ascent is 1600 feet. Please notify the hike leader if you plan to meet at the trailhead rather than carpool.

WEDNESDAY- JANUARY 25 – PINEY RUN PARK – 9M

Hike Distance:
9.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Kathy Souders

Join me for a hike in Carroll County starting in the undeveloped part of Piney Run Park. We will use mostly single track trails for about 2.5 miles until we reach the developed part of the park. There we will do 4 miles of mostly wide, easy trails, before hiking the 2.5 miles back to […]

Marshy Point Nature Center Hike -5E

– 7130 Marshy Point Rd, Middle River , MD 21220
Hike Distance:
5.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Easy
Hike Leader:
Deanna Phelps

Easy 5 mile hike. All flat trails through woods. Wear hiking boots and bring sticks in case it’s “marshy”. Meet at 10 AM. Come early to see the Nature Center exhibits - many interesting critters inside and birds outside. Bring lunch for stop in woods.

YORK, PA: LAKE REDMAN HIKE – 11 H

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

This 10-11 mile hikes is on trails in the woods near Lake Redman in the York, PA watershed, with some hills and occasional views of the lake.  We will hike at a pace of about 2.5 – 3 mph and have near the lake. The total elevation change is approximately 1500 feet.

LIBERTY RESERVOIR: QUARRY TRAIL & MORE – 9M

Hike Distance:
9.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Walt Miller

This hike is a mixture of fire roads and single track foot paths that includes trails along the shoreline south of Liberty Road and the south side of Liberty Dam, including quarry areas used as a fill source during the building of the dam, and has many water views. There are a few steep but […]

AT: Weverton Cliffs to Gathland State Park – 12.5H

Hike Distance:
12.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Chuck Randall

This is an out and back along the Maryland AT.  Starting from the Weverton Cliffs Parking area we will hike North on the AT to Gathland State Park, have lunch there, and return. There is an initial steep climb up to Weverton Cliffs to warm us up, then rolling trail to Gathland.  Several rocky areas […]

Gunpowder State Park/Hereford, Maryland – 7M

Hike Distance:
7.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Mike Serdehely

Join us for a seven-mile hike starting at 10 am at the trail head at route 45 (York road). We will travel west along the Gunpowder “North” trail crossing over the Masemore road bridge, along the Highland trail, follow the power line to a fire road leading to a secluded waterfall. We will return along […]

AT: GATHLAND SP TO WASHINGTON MONUMENT – 12.8 / 14.8 / 18.8 S (FAST)

Hike Distance:
Over 15 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Strenuous
Hike Leader:
Zach Coleman

This "1st Saturday of the Month" Appalachian Trail hike for HAM Has-beens and Wannabes offers an out-and-back, self-paced hike targeting a moving pace average (MPA) approaching 3.0 mph or better over 15 to 20+ miles. The hike has intermediate "distance/ascent” targets, so you can both track how far/fast you have walked and test/develop your pace […]

RED RUN PARK/SOLDIER’S DELIGHT HIKE – 7.5M

Hike Distance:
7.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Jon Hyman

This “lollipop” hike begins on what used to be Dolfield Road and wanders through a quiet valley surrounded by development. We eventually enter Soldiers Delight, take a loop trail through the park and return the way we came. Pace 2.5 mph. Paved surface while on the abandoned roadway, then some hilly, rocky areas, minor stream […]

🐶 Loch Raven WOOF! Hike – 4E

Hike Distance:
4.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Easy
Hike Leader:
Ann Roberts

🐕‍🦺🦮🐕 Young dogs, old dogs, wild and crazy dogs, shy dogs. Well-trained, not so well-trained dogs. Easy going or grouchy, big or little. We accept all dogs, and humans, of these descriptions. Once we start moving, WE ARE A PACK! Please bring snacks and water for you and the dog. No dog? Well, hopefully a […]

PVSP HILTON AREA – 8M

Hike Distance:
8.0 Miles
Hike Leader:
Bill Saunders

This 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 900 feet.

THURSTON GRIGGS TRAIL TO COWALL SHELTER – 11H

Hike Distance:
11.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
John Barrett

This is an 11 mile out-and-back hike in Frederick County. This hike celebrates the Thurston Griggs Trail (TGT), named in honor of one of our illustrious Club members and two-time MCM past president. The TGT is a rugged 0.9 mile trail that crisscrosses a small and easily crossed stream while ascending 650 feet until it […]

Prettyboy Reservoir, CCC Trails – 7.5M

Hike Distance:
7.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Caryn Joachim

A 7.5 mile hike on the west side of Prettyboy Reservoir on fireroads and trails that were actually built by the Civil Conservation Corps (President Roosevelt). These trails are some of the most popular trails at Prettyboy. We will also hike the Prettyboy Trail to another small peninsula to get the best view of Goose […]

Hammerman Gunpowder State Park Hike – 5E

Hike Distance:
5.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Easy
Hike Leader:
Deanna Phelps

Hammerman Gunpowder State Park, 7200 Graces Quarters Rd., Middle River, MD 21020 Easy 5 hike on mostly flat trails. Some in woods and some paved. This is a waterfront park where those who want to walk less can have options. Park gate may not open until 10 but I have requested that be opened by […]

LAKE ROLAND – 6M

Hike Distance:
6.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Sydney Dy

Lake, dam and marsh views and a bit of Baltimore history; we will see water and other birds and creatures, mostly forest and the serpentine restoration area. Some is flat, somewhat rocky areas, some may be muddy, minor creek crossing. Optional 2 mile extension to the pink trail around the top of the lake which […]

GUNPOWDER NORTH – 7M OR 13H

Hike Leader:
Kim Considine

These are two out and back hikes from the Bunker Hill Parking lot. You can do one or both! 1st loop: Hike out to the Panther Branch trail and take Gunpowder South trail back: 7 miles, approximately 1000 ft. elevation gain. This includes beautiful views of the Gunpowder River and a nice hike along a […]

PVSP Avalon Area: 9-10 Mile M/H Hike

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

This moderate-to-hard hike loop hike will cover a distance of 9-10-miles on trails in the Avalon area of Patapsco State Park.

Southern Frederick Municipal Forest Trails – 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 a hard climb of 700+ feet over a one-mile section of trail. Please email the hike leader if you plan […]

Loch Raven Reservoir Trail – 4.5 E

Hike Distance:
4.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Easy
Hike Leader:
Jim Foard

This is a scenic and relatively easy forest hike along the shore of the Loch Raven Reservoir. You’ll pass many awesome viewpoints where you can get great view of the water and forest of the Reservoir. One stream crossing (easy) hiking poles as desired. There are not any rest rooms or Porta-Potty. Separation will be […]

PVSP CHEVROLET LOOP – 7M

Hike Distance:
7.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Jon Hyman

We start at St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Church on Old Court Road and follow the trail near the church past what was Woodstock College and down to the Patapsco. We then turn west and eventually loop around and back to the church. Some minor stream crossings, some rocky and muddy patches. Approx. 600 feet of elevation. […]

🐶 Loch Raven WOOF! Hike – 4E

Hike Distance:
4.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Easy
Hike Leader:
Ann Roberts

🐕‍🦺🦮🐕 Young dogs, old dogs, wild and crazy dogs, shy dogs. Well-trained, not so well-trained dogs. Easy going or grouchy, big or little. We accept all dogs, and humans, of these descriptions. Once we start moving, WE ARE A PACK! Please bring snacks and water for you and the dog. No dog? Well, hopefully a […]

CATOCTIN TRAIL SERIES #1 – GAMBRILL STATE PARK TO HAMBURG ROAD– 12H

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

This 12-mile loop hike is the first of a series of 5 hikes that will cover the entire Catoctin Trail) in a northbound direction. We will start from the Upper Parking Lot in Gambrills State Park and follow the Catoctin Trail north to Hamburg Road. Then we will return to Gambrills using the Power Line […]

PVSP: HENRYTON – 12 H

Hike Distance:
12.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Kathy Souders

This hike along the Patapsco River is in Howard County between Marriottsville Rd and Sykesville. We will visit the O'Neal family farm which is comprised of a stone house foundation, a log barn, and a small cemetery. Three or four additional areas containing ruins will be viewed. There is about 1000 ft of elevation gain, […]

Gunpowder West – 8M

Hike Distance:
8.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
John Eckard

Explore the area between Prettyboy Reservoir and I-83 via the Mingo Forks, Bunker Hill, Gunpowder South and Highland trails at a moderate pace, Route/mileage may vary with trail conditions. No carpool -- we start hiking from the Park & Ride. Email jreckard@gmail .com or call 443-286-6819 for more information.

COMPTON PEAK – 13H

Hike Distance:
13.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Patty Williams

Note:  Start Time is TBD (not as indicated) This is an out and back hike on the AT in the northern section of Shenandoah National Park from Rt. 522 to Compton Peak and back. The total elevation gain is roughly 2500 feet. The trip will be lead at a moderate pace and is suitable for […]

Loch Raven Reservoir, Merryman Trail Area – 7M

Hike Distance:
7.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Ann Roberts

Want to get in a good morning workout and then go about your day? Are you a fan of fast hiking? Then this is the hike for you. We will hike for the entire time as if we are in a hurry to get somewhere, maybe 2.8-3.2 mph. on flat areas, slower on hills. We […]

Prettyboy Reservoir – Bollinger Trail Hike – 9M

Hike Distance:
9.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Caryn Joachim

Saturday, February 25, 2023: Prettyboy Reservoir – Bollinger Trail Hike – 9M Registration Required: Join us for a 10 mile hike in a remote area on the northeastern side of Prettyboy Reservoir on fire roads with some hills and several stream crossings.  Multiple (5+) gorgeous water views & a fantastic view at lunch.  This may […]

MARYLAND A.T.: – PENMAR TO RAVEN ROCK – 11H

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

This hike will start from the PenMar Park parking lot and hike south on the A.T. to Raven Rock Shelter and return, with side trips to the High Rock overlock and the Devils Race Course. We will have lunch at the shelter. Please email me at trailsaunders@gmail.com if you plan to meet at the trailhead […]

LIBERTY RESERVOIR: WARDS CHAPEL/LIBERTY DAM TRAIL – 11M

Hike Distance:
11.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Walt Miller

This 11+ mile hike is a mixture of fire roads/single track and paved roads (75%/25%), though all of the paved section is along Liberty Dam Road, which has a wide grass shoulder to walk on. There will be many water views. The total elevation gain is a little over 1400 feet. Lunch will be near […]