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PINE GROVE FURNACE/SUNSET ROCKS/POLE STEEPLE – 14H

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

A figure eight hike through Pennsylvania’s Michaux State Forest for 14 miles and an accumulated 2100 feet of elevation gain. Start at Pine Grove Furnace State Park and hike the southern loop through Tom’s Run Valley along the Appalachian Trail; traverses the half mile boulder scramble called Sunset Rocks. After lunch at Pine Grove Furnace, […]

LOCH RAVEN DAM – 9H

Hike Distance:
9.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Raymond Kirchner

Join us on a 9-mile hike in the highland area of the Loch Raven watershed as we follow a zig-zag route to the back side of the dam. There are several vistas of the reservoir along the hilly course. Elevation gain is approx. 1300 feet. The hiking pace will be 2.5 to 3.0 mph. Snack […]

PVSP HIKE FROM ORANGE GROVE ACROSS SWINGING BRIDGES – 7M+

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

This hike begins at the Avalon Area Orange Grove parking lot, follows the Cascade, and other trails weaving through the Howard County hills south of the Patapsco. We cross the footbridge past the old Bloede Dam site and up into the hills on the Baltimore County side. We descend to cross the second footbridge over […]

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: GATHLAND STATE PARK TO WEVERTON CLIFFS – 11 H

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

This 11 mile out-and-back hike on the Appalachian Trail in Washington County replicates the club's first hike, done in 1934. The trail has many very rocky sections, a total ascent of about 1,500 feet, no stream crossings, and lunch at the overlook. Our pace while hiking will be 2.5 - 3 mph.

WOODSTOCK HIKE IN PVSP – 7 M

Hike Distance:
7.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Dave Lyon

Because of July heat, I will be starting this hike a little early and include only a snack break so we will finish earlier than usual. This hike will be within the PVSP and will start at 9:30 from the trailhead that is at the back of the parking lot for the St. Alphonsus Church […]

FIRST SATURDAY HIKE: AT: SNICKERS GAP TO DAVID LESSER SHELTER – 15 / 21.6 S (FAST)

Hike Distance:
Over 15 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Strenuous
Hike Leader:
Bill Grubb

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 […]

BIG GUNPOWDER FALLS/SWEATHOUSE BRANCH AT BELAIR ROAD – 6.5M

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

From Belair Road, we start along the Gunpowder looping east north of the river, then turn west along the river past Belair Road, and north through the wooded hills above the river with interesting mix of terrain. Several stream crossings with a number of small waterfalls, and less than 400 feet of elevation. There will […]

🐶 Loch Raven WOOF! Hike – 3E

Hike Distance:
3.0 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, […]

PVSP: PVSP SOAPSTONE TRAIL – 9M

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

This 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 several stream crossings.

FREDERICK MUNICIPAL FOREST: 15 PONDS HIKE – 14H

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

This 13-14 mile hike with a car plant will visit all 15 ponds in the northern part of Frederick Municipal Forest (FMF). We will start at Hamburg Road and head north on the Catoctin Trail, passing 4 ponds before we branch off onto unmarked trails. We will then hike a loop around the northern part […]

SWINGING BRIDGE (ORANGE GROVE) – 7+M

Hike Distance:
7.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Rose Redd

This will be a moderate 7+ hike with several stream crossings . Pace will be 2.5. Leaving from parking area near Swinging Bridge at 9:30.

ROLAND PARK’S HISTORIC FOOTPATHS – 6 E/M

Hike Distance:
6.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Easy
Hike Leader:
Amy Huntoon

This hike will combine nature treks with a walk through the neighborhood of Roland Park (not Lake Roland, but not far away), which features Olmsted-designed footpaths that wind their way between streets and houses. We will also talk about the development and history of the area in the 1890s-1920s. Although no poles are needed (unless […]

LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR, MERRYMAN TRAIL AREA – 7M+

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

Moderate to fast-paced hike on Loch Raven trails. Should be done by 11:30 or 12:00 so you will have a lot of time the rest of the day to get things done.

PVSP: GNOME VILLAGE HIKE – 10.5H

Hike Distance:
10.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Raymond Kirchner

This hike will take us back to the Gnome Village as we follow the trails in the Hilton Area of PVSP including the Santee Branch, Buzzard’s Rock, Forest Glen and Gray’s Mill Trail. There are several stream crossings and a total elevation gain of approx. 1100 feet. The hiking pace will be 2.5 to 3.0 […]

SOUTHERN FREDERICK MUNICIPAL FOREST – 11H

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

This 10-11 mile hike starts at Hamburg Road and follows trails in the southern part of Frederick Municipal Forest and the northern part of Gambrill State Park. The hike includes at least one hard climb of 700+ feet over a one-mile section of trail. Please indicate whether you plan to carpool or meet at the […]

CUNNINGHAM/CATOCTIN – 11H

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

Join us on this ~11 mile hike starting at Cunningham Falls State Park Lake, meandering up to Cat Rock, over to Catoctin Park, up to Chimney Rock and Wolf Rock, before returning, past the Falls, to the lake. No significant streams. Total climb: ~1800 feet including 600 and 500 foot climbs. Our pace while hiking […]

PVSP: GRANITE AREA, EAST & WEST OF OLD COURT RD – 10M+

Hike Distance:
10.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate Plus
Hike Leader:
Kathy Souders

This hike in Baltimore County explores the Patapsco River on both sides of Old Court Rd. There is about 800 ft of elevation change and we will be moving at a pace of about 2.25 mph. There are a few minor stream crossings.

STONEY RUN – 5.5E

Hike Distance:
5.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Easy
Hike Leader:
Amy Huntoon

Beginning in Roland Park at Wyndhurst Station, 5 to 6 miles flat terrain walk along Stony Run stream through Wyman Park to Remington R House for a snack/lunch stop (rest rooms available) and then a stroll past the Baltimore Museum of Art through the Johns Hopkins campus back to Stony Run and Wyndhurst Station. Poles […]

BIG GUNPOWDER FALLS – WILDLANDS/STOCKDALE/SWEATHOUSE BRANCH LOOP – 5M

Hike Distance:
5.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Clare and Dave Hash

This 5-mile hike begins at the parking lot on Belair Rd. just after crossing the bridge (6.3 miles from the beltway). We will hike under the road to the Wildlands Trail, then follow it to the Stocksdale Trail, and then to the Sweathouse Branch Trail, at the end of which we will take a short […]

PVSP EAST OF OLD COURT ROAD – 10M+

Hike Distance:
10.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate Plus
Hike Leader:
Jon Hyman

We 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 rocky […]

🐶 Loch Raven WOOF! Hike – 3E

Hike Distance:
3.0 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, […]

IRVINE NATURE CENTER SUNFLOWERS – 6E

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

Mostly flat trails through a wonderful mix of woods, wetlands, ponds and meadows on reclaimed farmland with beautiful views in Caves Valley; aviary, nature center and native plant garden. Flexible hike if you want fewer miles. Restrooms at start of hike and along the way. Bring a snack; rain or shine! Admission is $5/person at […]

PVSP HILTON / AVALON LOOP – 11H

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

This 10-11 mile 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 TraiL in the Avalon area. There are several moderate stream crossings (you may want to bring hiking poles for the crossings) and an […]

AT: PENMAR TO RAVEN ROCKS – 11H

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

An out and back hike of a total of 11 miles going south from Pen Mar Park to Raven Rocks, with lunch on the rocks. Total elevation gain is 1,900' with the longest climb of 600' over .8 mile. Trail is very rocky in places. No stream crossings.  Our pace while hiking will be 2.5 […]

CUNNINGHAM/CATOCTIN – 10M+

Hike Distance:
10.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate Plus
Hike Leader:
Steve Kempler

Join us on this ~10 mile hike starting at Cunningham Falls State Park Lake, meandering up to Cat Rock, over to Catoctin Park, up to Chimney Rock and Wolf Rock, before returning to the lake. No significant streams. Total climb: ~1700 feet including 600 and 500 foot climbs. Our pace while hiking will be 2.25 […]

LITTLE GUNPOWDER – BOTTOM RD TO PLEASANTVILLE RD -5.5E

Hike Distance:
5.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Easy
Hike Leader:
Bill Bauer

Hike along the Little Gunpowder River from Bottom Rd. to Pleasantville Rd. There are a few hills, some small stream crossings and large stretches of flat. This hike includes the former Ma and Pa railroad bed. LEADER: Bill Bauer, carbauer@verizon.net or 410-661-3182. No calls after 8:00 p.m. please.

ROCKBURN PARK TO SWINGING BRIDGE – 7.5/8 M

Hike Distance:
8.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Larry Freeman

We will hike at a leisurely pace of 2.25-2.5 miles from Rockburn Park to Patapsco Park. Take Morning Choice trail to Cascade Falls trail. We will pass Cascade Falls to have lunch at the picnic tables near the Hanging Bridge. We will return a slightly different route. No significant elevation. There are several stream crossings, […]

PVSP: HOLLOFIELD AREA – 10H

Hike Distance:
10.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Raymond Kirchner

A 10-mile hike on scenic trails in Hollofield & Daniels area of PVSP with an elevation gain of about 1400 feet. There are a few small stream crossings, and we will be passing Gary Memorial Church and the Daniels Dam along the way. The hiking pace will be 2.5 to 3.0 mph. Plan for lunch […]

CATOCTIN TRAIL #1: NORTH END SOUTH TO CUNNINGHAM FALLS – 11/12H

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

This hike is the first in a series of 5 south hikes that will cover the entire Catoctin Trail (CT), starting at the northern end and hiking south. Starting at the Hunting Creek Lake parking lot in Cunningham Falls State Park, we will hike to Cunningham Falls and then continue north on a combination of […]

PVSP, ELLICOTT CITY TO HOLLOFIELD ON THE NEW OEC CONNECTOR TRAIL, 10M+

Hike Distance:
10.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate Plus

Join us on a 10 mile circuit hike on the new Old Ellicott City (OEC) Connector Trail which was recently constructed through the woods to the Hollifield area. We will view some grand old homes along the return route. Total elevation gain is about 1000 feet. Pace averages 2 - 2.5 mph.

SUGARLOAF – 12 H

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

We will hike about 12 miles starting in the East View Parking lot and winding our way up and down and around on the various trails there on Sugarloaf Mt. Lunch will be at White Rocks overlook. Some of the trails are steep and rocky in places but overall in very good condition. Please indicate […]

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 […]

BIG GUNPOWDER STATE PARK, MASEMORE RD – 5E/M

Hike Distance:
5.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Easy
Hike Leader:
Marsha McLaughlin

Hike both along the river and a ridgeline towards Prettyboy Reservoir dam, then back downstream. There is a rocky stretch along one section of the river and hilly, so poles are strongly recommended.

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 several trails in the Hilton area. There will be several moderate stream crossings (consider bringing hiking poles for the crossings), estimated total ascent of 900 feet.

APPALACHIAN TRAIL ACROSS MD SERIES – ALT US 40/TURNER’S GAP TO WHITE ROCK OVERLOOK AND BEAR SPRING CABIN – 10.5M+

Hike Distance:
10.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate Plus
Hike Leader:
Patty Williams

One of a series of 9 Moderate Plus hikes on the Appalachian Trail across Maryland. An out and back hike of a total of 10.5 miles going south from Alternate US-40 to White Rock Overlook and Bear Spring Cabin. Total elevation gain is 2,000' with the longest climb of 800' over 1.6 miles. Pace averages […]

ROCKBURN BRANCH PARK/PVSP – 7.5M

Hike Distance:
7.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Steve Kempler

This 7-8 mile 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 1200 feet of ascent, and our pace while hiking will be about 2.5 […]

BIG GUNPOWDER FALLS – (BLUE TRAIL HIKE) 4.5 / E

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

Hike upstream through woods along Big Gunpowder Falls to Stockdale Trail (BLUE) hiking along the upper ridge (flat after slight hill climb at first)> This is a loop hike. Wear hiking boots and bring poles in case muddy conditions.

FIRST SATURDAY HIKE – AT: SHERWOOD RD-HAWK ROCK – 14.4 / 23 S (FAST)

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

AT: SHERWOOD RD-HAWK ROCK- 14.4/ 23 S 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 […]

CROMWELL VALLEY/LOCH RAVEN – 8.5M+

Hike Distance:
8.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate Plus
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 pass by the upper and lower dams and have some excellent views of the water. There will be hills with about 800 feet of elevation including a few hard climbs and […]

🐶 Loch Raven WOOF! Hike – 3E

Hike Distance:
3.0 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, […]

GAMBRILL STATE PARK – 10/11H

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

This loop hike will start from the Upper Parking Lot in Gambrill State Park and use a combination of trails in Gambrill and the Frederick watershed. Please indicate whether you plan to carpool or meet at the trailhead.

PATUXENT RIVER PARK / JUG BAY – 14H

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

This 13-14-mile loop hike will use trails in the Jug Bay Natural Resources Area of Patuxent River Park in Upper Marlboro. Much of the hike will be on wooded trails with mild rolling hills, but there will be several miles of trail near the marshlands, and we will visit several observation decks and towers that […]

CROMWELL VALLEY/LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR – 5E/M

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

Hike mostly shaded trails in CVP and Loch Raven Reservoir. Several stream crossings and some hills. We will walk at a slow/moderate pace and stop for a lunch break along the way.

MA AND PA TRAIL -6M

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

The MA PA trail is a crushed gravel/paved trail with some rolling hills through fields and woodlands surrounding the residential areas of Bel Air and Fallston. We will have the opportunity to check out the historic Liriodendron Mansion and the eclectic Independent Brewing Company in Bel Air along the trail. If you decide to have […]

LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR NORTH – 6M

Hike Distance:
6.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Trudy Pojman

We will hike the Morgan Mill trail, a short path along the water, and various fire roads to do several loops. Some hills, stream crossing. Lunch stop. Pace 2 - 2 1/2 mph.

LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR, MERRYMAN TRAIL AREA – 7M+

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

Moderate to fast-paced hike on Loch Raven trails. Should be done by 11:30 or 12:00 so you will have a lot of time the rest of the day to get things done.

PVSP ST. JOHNSBURY RD TO PICKALL LOOP – 7.5M+

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

We begin at the St. Johnsbury Road trailhead along the Rockhaven trail through the woods and down the New Rocks and Jane trails to the Patapsco. Travel along the river, under the Route 40 bridge and the Festivus and School’s Out trails through the Pickall area and back. A few stream crossings, rocky trails, one […]

PVSP: MCKELDIN AREA – 8.5M

Hike Distance:
8.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Raymond Kirchner

The McKeldin area of Patapsco Valley State Park offers wonderful hiking trails and river views all within the park. This hike will consist of a meandering course on most of the marked trails in the park, some steep, for a total elevation gain of about 1000 feet. There will be a snack break at McKeldin […]

FREDERICK MUNICIPAL FOREST / HAMBURG RD – 12H / 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 […]

GREENBRIER STATE PARK TO ANNAPOLIS ROCKS – 12H

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

This 12-mile hike starts in Greenbrier State Park, heads up Bartman Hill to the AT, north to Annapolis Rocks, and back to journey through Greenbrier.  The hike has about 2,300 feet of ascent (including two 500 foot climbs), contains a number of rocky sections of trail, and no stream crossings.  Pace while hiking will be 2.5 […]

GUNPOWDER FALLS STATE PARK AT JERUSALEM MILL – 4.5 E

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

Hike a wooded loop very close to the Little Gunpowder Falls on mostly smooth trails, but there are a few rocky and rooted areas. You will have 1-2 stream crossings. Scenic short hike to the Jericho Rd covered bridge. Meet at 10am at visitor parking lot in the village.

RACHEL CARSON CONSERVATION PARK -7.5M

Hike Distance:
7.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Debbie Coble

Join us as we hike through the fields and deciduous forest of this conservation park. We'll spend some time along the Hawlings River and “discover” a hidden pond. The terrain is rolling with only minor stream crossings. Lunch will be along the banks of the Hawlings River. LEAVE at 10AM from the parking lot. DIRECTIONS: […]

PRETTYBOY RESERVOIR, FROG HOLLOW and PRETTYBOY MARINA – 8M

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

This hike on the east side of Prettyboy begins on Parsonage Road at Frog Hollow (a river/marsh that feeds into the reservoir) and crosses Spooks Hill Road to great water views of the Reservoir. Some hikers say our lunch spot has the best view of Prettyboy. A couple of stream crossings. Pace will be 2 […]

Postponed LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR, MORGAN MILL AREA – 6M

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

Enjoy this fun, casual morning hike through the beautiful wooded areas of Loch Raven. Some flat areas, some rolling hills, some hills a bit steeper, but they are short climbs. Highest elevation is 400 feet. One or two minor stream crossings. We will hike at a moderate pace. Refreshments on our deck after the hike. […]

Canceled 🐶 Loch Raven WOOF! Hike – 3E

Hike Distance:
3.0 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, […]

CATOCTIN TRAIL SERIES SOUTHBOUND #2: CUNNINGHAM FALLS TO MANOR AREA – 12/13H

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

This hike is the second in a series of 5 hikes that will cover the entire Catoctin Trail (CT) in a southbound direction. Starting at the Manor Area of Cunningham Falls State Park, we will follow the CT north for several miles to Cunningham Falls for lunch, then return to the Manor Area. The hike […]

GUNPOWDER FALLS STATE PARK AT JERUSALEM MILL – 4.5E

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

Hike a wooded loop very close to the Little Gunpowder Falls on mostly smooth trails, but there are a few rocky and rooted areas. You will have 1-2 stream crossings. Scenic short hike to the Jericho Rd covered bridge. Meet at 10am at visitor parking lot in the village.

PVSP, GLEN ARTNEY AREA TO OELLA, 10M+

Hike Distance:
10.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate Plus

Join us on a one way hike in Baltimore County through the Glen Artney, Hilton, and Grays Mill areas to Oella. The hike has numerous stream crossings and steep but relatively short climbs. The elevation gain will be approximately 1000 feet. Pace averages 2 - 2.5 mph. There will be a short car shuttle.

BIG GUNPOWDER STATE PARK / BELAIR RD – 7M

Hike Distance:
7.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Carolyn Bauer

Hike on both sides of Belair Road with some hills and stream crossings. LEADERS: Carolyn & Bill Bauer carbauer@verizon.net (preferred) or 410-661-3182. Registration required.

HAMMERMAN GUNPOWDER STATE PARK – 5E

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

7200 Graces Quarters Rd., Middle River, MD 21220 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 9:30. If it is […]

PVSP CARRIE WAY TO DANIELS DAM – 7.5M

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

From Carrie Way, the trail follows streams 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 9396 […]

PVSP OELLA-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 pavilion area before looping back down to the river and returning to the starting point. The estimated ascent is 1100 feet, […]

90TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: HOLD THE DATE

MCM will hold the 90th anniversary celebration at the Howard County Conservancy on Sunday, September 29. While details are still being planned, we anticipate food and speakers in the afternoon, followed by music and possibly dancing. Hikes may be offered in the morning. Please try to hold this date on your calendar so you can […]

APPALACHIAN TRAIL ACROSS MD SERIES – HARPERS FERRY TO WEVERTON CLIFFS – 10M+

Hike Distance:
10.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate Plus
Hike Leader:
Karen Ohlrich

Final hike of a series of 9 Moderate Plus hikes on the Appalachian Trail across Maryland. An out and back hike of a total of 10 miles going north from Harpers Ferry to Weverton Cliffs overlook. Total elevation gain is 550' with the longest climb of 550' over 1.3 miles. Pace averages 2.0-2.5 miles per […]

SKY MEADOWS STATE PARK LOOP VIA AT US 50 – 16S

Hike Distance:
Over 15 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Strenuous
Hike Leader:
Gwen Mahoney

Leaving the Liberty Hill parking lot, we head south on the Appalachian Trail for 1.5 miles, then drop down for 2 more miles into Sky Meadows Park to the visitor center and indoor bathrooms. We continue on a variety of well-marked trails across to the Lost Mountain area. Lunch is on a hillside with pastoral views […]

LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR NORTH – 5E/M

Hike Distance:
5.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Easy
Hike Leader:
Trudy Pojman

On this easy to moderate, hilly hike, we will hike on the Morgan Mill trail, fire roads, and others, with a stop at the shore of the Gunpowder. Pace 2 - 2.2 mph. Stream crossing, suggest a pole/s. Lunch stop.

PVSP – PICKALL – 7.5M

Hike Distance:
7.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Betsy Stephenson

This approx 7.5 mile hike starts at Drexel Woods Drive in Baltimore County.  The hike loops around on several trails in the Pickall area with lunch at one of the park pavilions. There are several moderate climbs with around 600 feet of elevation and only one moderate stream crossing.      

PROVIDENCE ROAD, LOCH RAVEN LOOP – 7M

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

This morning hike begins where Providence Road enters the Loch Raven watershed. We head through the hilly woods to the east past some secluded coves, then loop west along the water and back through the woods to Providence Road. About 600 feet of elevation. Pace 2.5 mph. There will be a 10 minute snack break […]

PRETTYBOY RESERVOIR – GEORGES CREEK TO SHAMBERGER’S PENINSULA – 8M or 9.5M

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

Join us on this hike that will begin on the west side of Georges Creek at Prettyboy Reservoir. We will follow the Prettyboy Trail & hike up to Shamberger’s Peninsula. The Shamberger Trail is an old “horse & buggy” road. We will hike part way down Shamberger's Pennisula, and will have an absolutely awesome lunch […]

PVSP HENRYTON AREA – 9M

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

This hike starts at Marriotsville Road parking area next to the railroad tracks, then hikes north towards Sykesville using the River Road Trail and side trails. There will be about 900-1000 feet of ascent.

LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR, MORGAN MILL AREA – 6M

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

Enjoy this fun, casual morning hike through the beautiful wooded areas of Loch Raven. Some flat areas, some rolling hills, some hills a bit steeper, but they are short climbs. Highest elevation is 400 feet. One or two minor stream crossings. We will hike at a moderate pace. Refreshments on our deck after the hike. […]

WHITE MOUNTAINS FALL HIKING, DAY 1: WELCH-DICKEY LOOP -4.5M

Hike Distance:
4.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Robert Llanso

Trip Overview 5-day hiking trip in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with moderate and hard day hikes: Welch-Dickey Loop (Oct. 7, this hike), Mt Chocorua (Oct. 8), Zeacliff (Oct. 9), Open Day (Oct. 10), Mt Lafayette (Oct. 11). Sign up for as many hikes as you would like. Attendees are responsible for making their […]

WHITE MOUNTAINS FALL HIKING, DAY 2: MOUNT CHOCORUA -7.6M

Hike Distance:
7.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Robert Llanso

Trip Overview 5-day hiking trip in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with moderate and hard day hikes: Welch-Dickey Loop (Oct. 7), Mt Chocorua (Oct. 8, this hike), Zeacliff (Oct. 9), Open Day (Oct. 10), Mt Lafayette (Oct. 11). Sign up for as many hikes as you would like. Attendees are responsible for making their […]

CATOCTIN MOUNTAIN PARK CIRCUIT-9M+

Hike Distance:
9.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate Plus
Hike Leader:
Brian Bare

This is a 9-mile circuit hike visiting Cunningham Falls, Hog Rock, Blue Ridge and Thurmont Vista, Wolf and Chimney Rocks. The elevation gain is 1700 ft. Our pace while hiking will average 2.0 to 2.5 MPH.  There are no significant stream crossings.

WHITE MOUNTAINS FALL HIKING, DAY 3: ZEACLIFF – 11H

Hike Distance:
11.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Robert Llanso

Trip Overview 5-day hiking trip in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with moderate and hard day hikes: Welch-Dickey Loop (Oct. 7), Mt Chocorua (Oct. 8), Zeacliff (Oct. 9, this hike), Open Day (Oct. 10), Mt Lafayette (Oct. 11). Sign up for as many hikes as you would like. Attendees are responsible for making their […]

MA AND PA HERITAGE TRAIL – 6.5E

Hike Distance:
6.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Easy
Hike Leader:
Clare and Dave Hash

This hike will start at the northern trailhead in Belair, just behind Independent Brewing Company, and go south to Annie's Playground. The trail is mostly along stream valley open space and adjoining rolling hills, the Harford County Equestrian Center, and a regional playground at the turnaround at 3.3 miles. The surface is hard-packed stone or […]

ROLAND PARK’S HISTORIC FOOTPATHS 6 E/M

Hike Distance:
6.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Easy
Hike Leader:
Debbie Jones

This hike will combine nature treks with a walk through the neighborhood of Roland Park (not Lake Roland, but not far away), which features Olmsted-designed footpaths that wind their way between streets and houses. We will also talk about the development and history of the area in the 1890s-1920s. Although no poles are needed (unless […]

WHITE MOUNTAINS FALL HIKING, DAY 4: OPEN DAY/MOUNT JEFFERSON – 5H

Hike Distance:
5.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Robert Llanso

Trip Overview 5-day hiking trip in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with moderate and hard day hikes: Welch-Dickey Loop (Oct. 7), Mt Chocorua (Oct. 8), Zeacliff (Oct. 9), Open Day (Oct. 10, this hike), Mt Lafayette (Oct. 11). Sign up for as many hikes as you would like. Attendees are responsible for making their […]

WHITE MOUNTAINS FALL HIKING, DAY 5: MOUNT LAFAYETTE LOOP – 9H

Hike Distance:
9.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Robert Llanso

Trip Overview 5-day hiking trip in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with moderate and hard day hikes: Welch-Dickey Loop (Oct. 7), Mt Chocorua (Oct. 8), Zeacliff (Oct. 9), Open Day (Oct. 10), Mt Lafayette (Oct. 11, this hike). Sign up for as many hikes as you would like. Attendees are responsible for making their […]

PVSP AVALON & HILTON AREA HIKE – 12H

Hike Distance:
12.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Raymond Kirchner

This hike will take in many trails in the Avalon and Hilton Area of PVSP including Santee Branch, Grist Mill, Bloede Dam, Garrett’s Pass, Ridge, Valley View, Morning Choice and Forest Glen, along with Cascade Falls. There are a couple stream crossings and a total elevation gain of approx. 1300 feet. The hiking pace will […]

🐶 Loch Raven WOOF! Hike – 3E

Hike Distance:
3.0 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, […]

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. 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 […]

AVALON LOOP BOTH SIDES OF PATAPSCO – 8M

Hike Distance:
8.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Norm Engelberg

This is a nice hike along both sides of the Patapsco River near the Avalon Area. The hike will start at the Lost Lake parking lot and go up the Ridge Trail to the swinging bridge, cross to the Grist Mill Trail, go up the Forest Glen Trail through the Hilton area to the Santee […]

PRETTYBOY TRAIL – GEORGES CREEK TO STACEY’S STORE ROAD 9.5M+

Hike Distance:
9.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate Plus
Hike Leader:
Caryn Joachim

Join us on this lollipop hike that traverse the Prettyboy Trail along the water 80% of the time, beginning on Georges Creek and then to the wider and open portions of the Reservoir. It doesn't get any better than this. A couple of stream crossings. Lunch overlooking Goose Island. Pace will be 2 to 2.5 […]

PINE GROVE FURNACE HIKE – POLE STEEPLE/BUCK RIDGE LOOP – 13H

Hike Distance:
13.0 Miles
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 using the Buck Ridge trail. The total estimated ascent is 1900 […]

PATAPSCO VALLEY STATE PARK / GRIST MILL TRAIL / LOST LAKE – 5.5E

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

Patapsco Velley State Park / Grist Mill Trail / Lost Lake – 5.5E HIKE: Patapsco Valley State Park, / Grist Mill Trail / Lost Lake, 5.5 Miles, walk to the second Swinging Bridge. This is a new hike, very easy all paved trail and awesome views along the way. This paved pathway runs parallel to […]

LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR, MERRYMAN TRAIL AREA – 7M+

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

Moderate to fast-paced hike on Loch Raven trails. Should be done by 11:30 or 12:00 so you will have a lot of time the rest of the day to get things done.

PVSP CHEVROLET LOOP – 7.5M

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 along the river, follow the north branch and eventually loop around and back to the church. Some minor stream crossings, some rocky and […]

APPALACHIAN TRAIL: GATHLAND TO WEVERTON CLIFFS – 12H or less – *ANNIVERSARY HIKE*

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

This out-and-back hike repeats the original hike led in October 1935 by the founders of the Mountain Club of Maryland to discuss the establishment of a Baltimore-based hiking club. We will retrace that hike, starting from Gathland State Park and hiking to the Weverton Cliffs overlook, where we will have lunch and then return. For […]

SHENANDOAH: CEDAR RUN, WHITEOAK CANYON, HAWKSBILL SUMMIT -10H

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

Starting at the Hawksbill Loop Trailhead, hike heads down the Cedar Run Trail and then up the Whiteoak Canyon Trail, past the Lower and Upper Whiteoak Falls to complete the circuit. Then we will head up and Hawksbill Summit Trail. Lunch will be at the Lower Whiteoak Falls. Rocky in places, with a few minor […]

SHENANDOAH: APPALACHIAN TRAIL FROM BIG MEADOWS TO HAZELTOP SUMMIT – 9M

Hike Distance:
9.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Steve Kempler

Starting at the Big Meadows Lodge, we will hop on the Appalachian Trail and hike South to Hazeltop Summit, noting the terrific views along the way. After lunch at the summit, we head back North, passing the Blackrock Overlook, as we complete our walk in the woods. ~1400 feet of elevation gain.

SHENANDOAH – AT FROM SKYLAND TO MARY’S ROCK – 9M

Hike Distance:
9.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Steve Williams

We will start at the Stony Man trailhead parking at the north entrance to Skyland, and hike north on the AT over Stony Man, Little Stony Man and the Pinnacle to Mary's Rock. We will then backtrack about 1/2 mile on the AT and exit via the Meadow Spring Trail to parking along Skyline Drive. […]

SHENANDOAH: ROSE RIVER, 2 WATERFALLS, APPALACHIAN TRAIL RIDGE WALK & HAWKSBILL SUMMIT -14.5H

Hike Distance:
14.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Strenuous
Hike Leader:
Mark Malby

Starting at the Upper Hawksbill trailhead parking, we will hike down the Horse Trail and hike South to the Rose River. We will be walking alongiside and up past beautiful runs and checking out the Rose River Falls and Dark Hollow Falls. once we get to Skyline Drive again we will take the story of […]

Marshy Point Nature Center Hike – 5-E

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

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

HILLTOP – 7.5M

Hike Distance:
7.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Rose Redd

Meeting at the new S Hilltop parking area at 10. This will be a moderate 7 mile hike with 4 challenging stream crossings. We will head towards the "All Saints Sisters of the Poor" and then over to Hilton for lunch.

🎃Trick or Treat Hike, Loch Raven/Morgan Mill Area – 6M

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

No tricks , but lots of treats, on this fun, casual hike. Moderate pace through the beautiful Morgan Mill Area of Loch Raven. We will meet at 9:00 a.m. in my driveway. After the hike, refreshments on our deck and treat bags to take home. 🎃 ( Note: This hike will be cancelled if it's […]

GREENBRIAR STATE PARK – 11H

Hike Distance:
11.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Raymond Kirchner

Starting at the parking lot above Greenbriar Lake, we will hike many of the trail loops within the park. The elevation gain is approx. 1500 feet. The hiking pace will be 2.5 to 3.0 mph. We will stop for lunch. Please indicate whether you plan to carpool or meet at the trailhead.

LITTLE GUNPOWDER FALLS/JESSE’S TRAIL – 5E

Hike Distance:
5.5 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 Mill. Hiking poles recommended. Few very minor creek crossings, but may be muddy in spots. Questions: sriddleberger@comcast.net or 410-978-0213

🐶 Loch Raven WOOF! Hike – 3E

Hike Distance:
3.0 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, […]

YORK, PA: LAKE WILLIAMS – 10H

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

After several years of dam reconstruction, the scenic Lake Williams has been refilled with water. This hike starts at the Richard Nixon Nature Center and hikes trails in the woods surrounding Lake Williams in the York, PA watershed, with moderate hills and pleasant views of the lake. We will hike at a moderate pace of […]

LIBERTY RESERVOIR: SHERVETTE’S CORNER – 12H

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

Pace will be about 2.5 mph for this circuit hike at Liberty Reservoir in Carroll County. There is about 800 ft of elevation change with lots of beautiful water views.

LITTLE GUNPOWDER FALLS/JESSE’S TRAIL HIKE – 5.5 E/M

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

In and out hike along wooded trails some along the falls and some 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. Rocky areas along parts of the trail.

PVSP: OFF GREEN CLOVER DRIVE AT ALLENFORD PUMPING STATION – 8M

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

This approximately 8-mile hike in Patapsco Valley State Park will begin at the pumping station on Green Clover Drive in the Allenford neighborhood which is off Rt. 99 (Old Frederick Rd). This hike will be hilly with about 1,000 feet of elevation, and several stream crossings. Hiking sticks are recommended. The pace will be between […]

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