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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.

APPALACHIAN TRAIL ACROSS MD SERIES – US 40 TO TURNER’S GAP/ALT US 40 – 10M+

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

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 miles going south from US-40 through Washington Monument State Park to Turner's Gap at US Rt 40 Alternate South Mountain Inn). Total elevation gain is 2,200 feet; with the longest […]

**CANCELED** SUGARLOAF – 12H

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 […]

WOODSTOCK HIKE – 7M

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

An easy to Moderate hike along the river, with some stream crossings, This hike could be between 6 1/2 miles to 7 1/2 miles.

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.

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 […]

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 […]

CYLBURN ARBORETUM DAFFODILS – 5E

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

We will walk through the grounds and gardens and the trails through the woods, and a bit of Baltimore history. Some is flat, somewhat rocky/ hilly areas, should not be muddy. Rain or shine, restrooms available. If we are lucky the fields and woods should be full of daffodils and we may see early signs […]

🐶 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, […]

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 […]

LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR- MORGAN MILL TRAIL – 4.5 E

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

Loop through the Reservoir and walk along the shoreline enjoy the abundance of Pines and Big Tooth Aspens and of course, the Canada Geese.

ROCKBURN PARK TO SWINGING BRIDGE – 7.5M

Hike Distance:
7.5 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, […]

CONESTOGA TRAIL: HOUSE ROCK TO PINNACLE OVERLOOK – 10H

Hike Distance:
10.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Gwen Mahoney

Starting at the trailhead parking we will begin by taking a short trail to Wind Cave (note: hike leader is not planning to enter the caves). We will pick up the Conestoga Trail with great views of the Susquehanna River to Pinnacle Overlook where we will have lunch. We will head back using a slightly […]

LAKE ROLAND – 8.5M

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

The trails in the Lake Roland area offer a local hike with a wide variety of scenery near the first dam and reservoir in Baltimore. This hike will consist of a meandering course on all the marked trails in the park, some rocky and others potentially muddy, with a total elevation gain of about 600 […]

PVSP EAST OF OLD COURT ROAD – 9.5M+

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

We begin 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 […]

PINEY RUN LAKE – 10M

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

This hike is a mixture of well-maintained trails on both sides of the lake and some single-track trails in between. There will be many water views along shoreline trails. There are no significant hills (cumulative elevation gain is just over 1000 ft) and several easy stream crossings. Lunch will be on the maintained side of […]

HARPERS FERRY AND MARYLAND HEIGHTS – 9M+

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

This demanding hike in West Virginia and Maryland proceeds from the banks of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers and climbs 1,000+ feet to the very peak of historic Maryland Heights and the ruins of Civil War gun emplacements – the Stone Fort. There are no stream crossings on this hike and about 1800 feet of […]

AT: HARPERS FERRY TO KEYS GAP – 11H

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

Hike 11.0 miles out and back on the Appalachian Trail from the south end of the US-340 Shenandoah River Bridge at Harpers Ferry to WV-9. Some rocky sections, about 1800 feet of climbing no stream crossings. Our pace while hiking will average 2.5 – 3.0 mph. When registering please indicate "Carpool" or "Trailhead"

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.

ORANGE GROVE (SWINGING BRIDGE) MODERATE – 7M

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

This will be a moderate 7 mile hike with several stream crossings. Leaving from Swinging Bridge to Nuns Run, connecting to Santee trail to Vineyard Spring over to Lost Lake then to Avalon where we will have a 20 minute break. Heading back to the cars on Ridge trail. There are porta potties at the […]

LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR, MERRYMAN TRAIL AREA – 7M+

Hike Distance:
7.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate Plus
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. […]

OREGON RIDGE-7M

Hike Distance:
7.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Tirzah Rom

We will hike up and down the hills of Oregon Ridge park. There will be a few stream crossings. Hiking poles are recommended. 15 min snack break at halfway. Pace: 2.5 mph. Elevation gain about 1000 ft. LEAVE: 10:00 AM at the Oregon Ridge Nature Center parking lot. 13555 Beaver Dam Rd. GPS: Type: Oregon […]

🐶 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 – 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.

Signal Knob – 10.5M+

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

This is a circuit hike in the Massanutten range in northern Virginia. With clear weather, we will have views of the surrounding mountains, valleys, and rivers. Several rocky sections. Roughly 2000 feet of elevation gain.

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 […]

AT: PENMAR TO RAVEN ROCKS – 11H

Hike Distance:
11.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Larry Freeman

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 1,200' 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 […]

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.

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. Moderate […]

LITTLE GUNPOWDER FALLS /JESSE’S TRAIL- 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 on Jesse’s trail. We will leave from Harford Rd, cross Belair Rd and go a short distance toward Jerusalem Mills. Boots and hiking poles recommended. Few very minor creek crossings but may be muddy in spots.

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 […]

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 […]

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

CROMWELL VALLEY – 11H

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

Join us as we explore the trails in Cromwell Valley Park and the Loch Raven Watershed. This 11 mile hike is on mostly earthen trails, has several stream crossings and a total ascent of 1700 feet. We will have lunch overlooking the reservoir. Our pace while hiking will be 2.5-3 mph.

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

Hike Distance:
Over 15 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Strenuous
Hike Leader:
Jen Merriman

This “1st Saturday of the Month” Appalachian Trail hike offers an out-and-back, self-paced hike targeting a moving pace average of 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 and stamina. All hikers MUST turnaround […]

PVSP ST. JOHNSBURY RD TO PICKALL LOOP – 8M+

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

We begin at the St. Johnsbury Road trailhead through the woods and down the New Rocks trail to the Patapsco. Travel along the river and the loop trail through the Pickall area and back. A few stream crossings, some very rocky trails, one pretty steep climb and nice river views. Pace 2.5 mph. There will […]

BROOKSIDE GARDENS AND WHEATON REGIONAL PARK – 6E

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

Wooded and paved trails, mostly flat, beautiful manicured gardens (including Aquatic Garden, Butterfly Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Style Garden, and sculptures) and a nice pond and natural area in the Regional Park. We will meet at the entrance to the Brookside Gardens Visitors Center (restrooms available). (Also an easy short walk from the Glenmont Metro […]

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, […]

SKY MEADOWS STATE PARK LOOP VIA AT FROM ASHBY GAP – 14H

Hike Distance:
14.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Gwen Mahoney

We begin by heading south on the Appalachian Trail for 1.5 miles, then drop down for 2 more miles into Sky Meadows Park where there is a visitor center and indoor bathrooms. We will continue on a variety of well-marked trails across to the Lost Mountain area with lunch on a hillside with pastoral views […]

Patapsco Velley State Park / Grist Mill Trail / Lost Lake – 5.5E

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

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 Patapsco River that provides scenic views leading past numerous sites of historic interest.

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: GNOME VILLAGE HIKE – 10.5H

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

Join us for scenic views and a visit to the Gnome village as we hike 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 […]

UNION MILLS / HASHAWHA / BEAR BRANCH TRAILS – 10M

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

This circuit hike is a mixture of wide and single-track foot paths that includes trails along several streams. No significant stream crossings to speak of but some of the trails are perpetually muddy (the final trail back to the cars is appropriately named Muddy Lane). Lunch will be near the Bear Branch Nature Center (real […]

ROLAND PARK HISTORIC FOOTPATHS – 6M

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

This city hike will combine nature treks with a walk through the historic neighborhood of Roland Park (not Lake Roland, but not far away), which features Olmsted-designed footpaths that wind their way between streets and houses. The terrain has many hills and some of the footpaths include very steep stairways. Also includes a hidden grotto […]

PVSP, OELLA, ILCHESTER, ELLICOTT CITY – 11M+

Hike Distance:
11.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate Plus

Join us on an 11-mile circuit hike on seldom used trail in Baltimore and Howard Counties from Oella, down river to Ilchester and back through Ellicott City. The hike has numerous stream crossings and steep but relatively short climbs with a total elevation gain of 1300 ft. Our pace while hiking will average 2.0-2.5 mph.

AT: PENMAR TO ANTIETAM CREEK VALLEY – 14H

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

An out-and-back hike along the Pennsylvania AT from Pen Mar Park north over Mount Dunlop to the Old Forge Picnic Area. Start by descending into Falls Creek Valley, cross the bridged creek and then immediately climb to the top of Mount Dunlop. Proceed across undulating terrain then descend into Antietam Creek Valley for lunch, then […]

SUSQUEHANNA STATE PARK BLUE BELL HIKE 5-6 E/M

Hike Distance:
5.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Easy
Hike Leader:
Peggy Thomas

Hike along the Susquehanna River, beginning at the Old Grist Mill through a path of natural bluebells. The hike continues to the Conowingo Dam for lunch and to view eagles.

GUNPOWDER FALLS STATE PARK/HEREFORD – 7+M

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

This hike has some hills and small stream crossings. It covers Mingo Forks, Bunker Hill, and Gunpowder South trails. The pace will be about 2 1/4 mph. LEADERS: Carolyn & Bill Bauer (410) 661-3182 or carbauer@verizon.net (preferred). No calls after 8:00 p.m. please.

LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR, MERRYMAN TRAIL AREA – 7M+

Hike Distance:
7.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate Plus
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. […]

PVSP AVALON-ORANGE GROVE-FOOT 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 […]

BIG GUNPOWDER FALLS/ BLUEBELL HIKE – 4E

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

Hike both sides of the Big Gunpowder Falls off of Belair Rd in Kingsville to view the beautiful Bluebell spring flowers in bloom. It is mostly flat terrain with a few minor stream crossings. Be prepared to be amazed by the beauty of nature! Boots and poles recommended. No facilities available at trailhead. Royal Farm […]

🐶 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 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.

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NP, DAY 1: MOUNT LE CONTE – 12H

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

Trip Overview 5-day hiking trip in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina. The trip consists of four hard hikes: Mt. Le Conte (April 22, this hike), AT Newfound Gap to Charlies Bunion (April 23), Kephart Prong to Smokemont Loop (April 24), Transition Day (April 25), and Mt. Mitchell (April 26). Mt. Mitchell is […]

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NP, DAY 2: AT NEWFOUND GAP TO CHARLIES BUNION – 10.5M+

Hike Distance:
10.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate Plus
Hike Leader:
Robert Llanso

Trip Overview 5-day hiking trip in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina. The trip consists of four hard hikes: Mt. Le Conte (April 22), AT Newfound Gap to Charlies Bunion (April 23, this hike), Kephart Prong to Smokemont Loop (April 24), Transition Day (April 25), and Mt. Mitchell (April 26). Mt. Mitchell is […]

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 […]

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NP, DAY 3: KEPHART PRONG TO SMOKEMONT LOOP – 11.5H

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

Trip Overview 5-day hiking trip in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina. The trip consists of four hard hikes: Mt. Le Conte (April 22), AT Newfound Gap to Charlies Bunion (April 23), Kephart Prong to Smokemont Loop (April 24, this hike), Transition Day (April 25), and Mt. Mitchell (April 26). Mt. Mitchell is […]

WOODSTOCK EAST, HOWARD COUNTY SIDE – 10M+

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

Join us on this ~10 mile hike starting at the Woodstock Inn parking lot, and heading up the hill (East, down river) on a hike that meanders through the blooming Spring-time hillsides above the Patapsco River. We’ll return on a leisurely walk along the river. A few minor stream crossings. Total climb: ~1100 feet. Our […]

CROMWELL VALLEY PARK/ LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR – 5E

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.

NORTHWEST PRETTYBOY: HOFFMANVILLE – 6M

Hike Distance:
6.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Phil Lieske

We will hike the Gunpowder River upstream and later downstream from the traditional Hemlock Gorge section, but not the gorge itself. There will be views of beaver activity, remnants of the original Hoffman paper mill & other mills. We will hike fire roads, old mill roads, & single tracks where there are briars, stickers, rocks […]

MASSANUTTEN EAST – 12H

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

This is a one-way hike along the scenic Massanutten East ridge from its northern end to south of Veach Gap, using the Buzzard Rocks and Tuscarora trails. With good weather, we will have numerous spring-time views from the ridge. Total elevation gain is roughly 2800 feet. The hike will be led at a moderate pace, […]

MOUNT MITCHELL – 12H

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

Trip Overview This hike is part of a 5-day hiking trip in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina. The trip consists of four hard hikes: Mt. Le Conte (April 22), AT Newfound Gap to Charlies Bunion (April 23), Kephart Prong to Smokemont Loop (April 24), Transition Day (April 25), and Mt. Mitchell (April […]

GREENBRIAR STATE PARK – 11.0H

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.

🐶 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, […]

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 […]

AT: SOUTH MOUNTAIN INN TO BEAR SPRING CABIN – 12H

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

We will hike South on the AT from the parking lot at South Mountain Inn, over Lambs Knoll and then about a half mile off the AT to the Bear Spring cabin for lunch. We will then return to the South Mountain Inn for a total of about 12 miles hiked. The parking can become […]

ROLAND PARK HISTORIC FOOTPATHS, 6 E-M

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

This city hike will combine nature treks with a walk through the historic neighborhood of Roland Park (not Lake Roland, but not far away), which features Olmsted-designed footpaths that wind their way between streets and houses. The terrain has many hills and some of the footpaths include very steep stairways. Also includes a hidden grotto […]

LIBERTY RESERVOIR: SHERVETTE’S CORNER-7/8M

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

This hike will explore sections of Liberty Reservoir, both north and south of Liberty RD, in Carroll County. Our pace while hiking will be about 2.5 mph. About 600 ft of elevation gain, some minor stream crossings, and lots of beautiful water views.

GETTYSBURG BATTLEFIELD / BILLY YANK TRAIL – 10M

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

This hike is primarily on paved roads but does have some off-road trails and one easy stream crossing. We will visit many of the monuments (will climb a couple) and famous battlefield locations associated with the 2nd and 3rd days of the 3-day battle. Come learn about this 1863 battle that was a turning point […]

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.

AT: SNICKERS GAP TO TURNOFF FOR BLACKBURN TRAIL CENTER – 14H

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

Join us on a fairly hilly hike on the Appalachian Trail that starts at Snickers Gap parking lot, and crisscrosses the Virginia/West Virginia line several times until we reach the turnoff for Blackburn Trail Center. We will eat lunch before retracing our step, seeing the trail from the opposite direction. A few minor stream crossings. […]

Stony 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 […]

LIBERTY RESERVOIR: MORGAN’S RUN LOOP – 8M

Hike Distance:
8.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Karen Ohlrich

A loop hike on the western end of Liberty Reservoir. A short highway walk to start, several moderate hill climbs by the water and in the woods, 2 stream crossings (poles would be most helpful for the stream that's 12 ft wide,) and plenty of water views as we loop back to the start. We’ll […]

HIKE ACROSS MARYLAND (HAM)

Hike Distance:
Over 15 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Strenuous

Registration for the 2024 Hike Across Maryland (HAM) is now open! The HAM, which is conducted every two years, is a 41-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail across the entire state of Maryland in a single day. This year the HAM will take place on Saturday, May 11, 2024. This hike is for strong, experienced […]

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 […]

GUNPOWDER FALLS PRETTYBOY DAM AND PANTHER BRANCH LOOPS – 12H

Hike Distance:
12.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Gwen Mahoney

Starting at Bunker Hill parking lot we will head upstream towards the Prettyboy Dam. We’ll take a short break to view the dam, then head up a connector trail to pick up the Highland Trail, looping back to the Gunpowder. Lunch will be at Bunker Hill picnic area. (Option at lunch to end hike early). […]

LIBERTY RESERVOIR: COOT PENINSULA – 9M+

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

This hike in Carroll County is on fire roads and foot paths through wooded areas with lots of water views. Expect about 1000 ft of elevation change. There are no stream crossings. Our moving pace will be about 2.25-2.5 mph, but we will be stopping to admire and identify the spring ephemerals that we see.

Hammerman Gunpowder State Park Hike – 5E

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

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 not open before 10, just wait until they […]

PATUXENT RIVER STATE PARK AT RT. 97 – 7.5M

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

Join us for this hike along the banks of the Patuxent River where it forms the border between Montgomery and Howard counties. The terrain is mostly rolling with only a couple of minor stream crossings. Most of the hike will be on maintained trails. Under 500ft of elevation. Leader: Debbie Coble preferred contact hkcharlie2000@msn.com cell […]

LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR, MERRYMAN TRAIL AREA – 7M+

Hike Distance:
7.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate Plus
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. […]

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 residential neighborhood, the trail weaves down toward the Patapsco, and turns east and up through the hills to the south of the river past signs of long-gone communities, then down to Daniels Dam for a 20 minute lunch and then back along the river. Pace 2.5 mph. Some stream crossings, some […]

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.

🐶 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, […]

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 […]

PATAPSCO VALLEY STATE PARK ORANGE GROVE BIG TREE HIKE – 5E

Hike Distance:
5.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Easy
Hike Leader:
Marc Lipnick

This hike will begin at the Orange Grove parking lot. We will head up the Cascade Falls Trail, hop onto the Garretts Pass Trail, merge onto the Bloede Dam Trail before returning via the River Road Trail. Along the way, I will show you some of the Big Trees I measured there over the past […]

PVSP, GLEN ARTNEY AREA TO OELLA – 8M

Hike Distance:
8.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate

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. There will be a short car shuttle.

ANTIETAM KAYAK (9) / HIKE (6E) / CAMP WEEKEND

Hike Distance:
6.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Easy
Hike Leader:
Mary Moore

Friday - Arrive at Antietam Creek Campsite after 1pm, hike/walk/bike along Canal Path. Saturday - Kayak Antietam Creek - 9 miles – Class 1. Cost $50 day rental – Cash – website states credit card; last Spring the outfitters asked for cash or PayPal. Bring cash to be on the safe side. Sunday – Break […]

BIG GUNPOWDER FALLS – SWEATHOUSE BRANCH – 7M

Hike Distance:
7.0 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 under 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 […]

PVSP: HOLLOFIELD AREA – 11.5H

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

This is a 11.5-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.

🐶 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, […]

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: START ROCKBURN BRANCH PARK – 12H

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

This is a lollipop hike in Howard County from Rockburn Branch Park to Ilchester Road and back. There are a few minor stream crossings, some rocks, and about 1400 feet of elevation gain, and nice river views. Two crossings of Rockburn Branch use extended stepping stones and I myself require two hiking poles for balance. […]

OELLA -5E

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

Walk in historic Oella, along the Patapsco River and surrounding hills. The hike follows the roadway through much of this historic mill town, with a short stretch along the mill race paralleling the Patapsco River, later turning onto the Trolley Trail to reach Banneker Park, then back to the riverfront. Some elevation change and parts […]

PVSP- ELIZA DORSEY LANE – 7-8/M

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

This hike will take us in the direction of Daniels and then back on the Main Line Path by the river. Parts of this 7- 8 mile hike are hilly with some stream crossings. Other parts of the hike are flat on the Main Line Path by the river. The pace will be between 2.25 […]

LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR, MERRYMAN TRAIL AREA – 7M+

Hike Distance:
7.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate Plus
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. […]

🐶 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, […]

US NATIONAL ARBORETUM – 8M

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

https://www.usna.usda.gov. We will walk the full grounds and woods and visit pretty much all the areas that are open including azaleas, dogwoods, fern valley, conifers, magnolias, perennials, and Asian collections, and a short walk along the Anacostia. Flexible hike if you want to do fewer miles. Mild hills, paved and manicured trails. Save time at […]

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

MICHAUX STATE FOREST – 12H

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

Join us as we traipse through miles of beautiful blooming mountain laurels. We will hike both the Rocky Knob trail and Beaver Trail. More details to come soon!

PROVIDENCE ROAD – LOCH RAVEN LOOP – 7M

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

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. LEAVE: […]

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.

GAMBRILL STATE PARK CIRCUIT VIA CATOCTIN TRAIL – 12H

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

This 12-mile loop starting from the Upper Parking Lot in Gambrills State Park and following the Catoctin Trail. After lunch near a pond, we will return via the Power Line and Yellow Poplar Trails. There will be about 1800 feet of ascent, including one 700-foot climb over 1.3 miles. When registering please indicate "Carpool" or […]

MT. CARMEL RD. GUNPOWDER LOOP 6-7M

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

Hike will descend the west side of the Mingo Fork trail loop to the Gunpowder River trail. We then head east past Bunker Hill Rd. and hike a loop on the Green trail. We will visit the substantial ruins of an old Mill. Ascent will be via the east branch of the Mingo Forks trail. […]

Loch Raven Reservoir -Glenn Ellen Trail – Sam`s Grave– 6 E

Hike Distance:
6.0 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. Two easy stream crossings, hiking poles as desired. Lunch at the peninsula halfway point with awesome view of the […]

OREGON RIDGE – 7.5M

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

Oregon Ridge offers wonderful hiking trails and wooded scenery near Hunt Valley. This hike will consist of a series of loops on a hilly course, with a total elevation gain of about 900 feet, as we take in all the marked trails in the park. There will be four stream crossings and a snack break […]

NORTH POINT 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 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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Harford Glen Environmental Center -4E

Hike Distance:
4.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Easy
Hike Leader:
Peggy Thomas

Hike the Harford Glen Environmental Center through wooded trails along Winters Run. Hike will include some hills and stream crossings.

WOODSTOCK TO DRIVER LOOP – 8M

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

This 8 mile hike will loop around the trails from Woodstock to Driver Road and back. The trails have rolling hills with several small stream crossings. We will explore some old house ruins, have lunch across from McKeldin falls and the option to explore a small cave. Trail can be muddy in spots. Poles recommended. […]

LOCH RAVEN AREA – 10.0H

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

Join us for a fast-paced hike on a meandering 10-mile hike in the Loch Raven watershed including the Morgan Mill trail, the Glen Ellen trail and the Sam’s Grave trail. We will also be crossing the Loch Raven Drive bridge. There are many vistas of the reservoir along the course. The elevation gain is approx. […]

PVSP CHEVROLET LOOP – 7.5M

Hike Distance:
7.5 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. […]

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 […]

Jones Falls Trail from Mount Washington to Cylburn – 5E

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

We will leave from the Whole Foods parking lot in Mount Washington (park near Amazing Glaze) and walk from there to the Jones Falls trail to Northwest Park on Rogers Ave in Mount Washington and then to Cylburn, where we will tour the mansion gardens and eat lunch/snack at the new education center. Then we […]

PATUXENT RIVER STATE PARK AT RT. 97 – 7.5M

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

Join us for this hike along the banks of the Patuxent River where it forms the border between Montgomery and Howard counties. The terrain is rolling with only a couple of minor stream crossings with most of the hike is on maintained trails. Leader: Debbie Coble preferred contact hkcharlie2000@msn.com cell phone 443-415-1056 (day of hike […]

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 […]

Holiday Party

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