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PVSP: Start Rockburn Branch Park-12H

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

This is a lollipop hike in Howard County from Rockburn Branch Park almost to Ilchester Road and back. There are many minor stream crossings and two significant stream crossings, some rocks, and about 1100 feet of elevation gain, and nice river views. Two crossings of Rockburn Branch use extended stepping stones and I myself prefer […]

*CANCELED* – THE FOUR CORNERS OF PATAPSCO – 14H

Hike Distance:
14.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Robert Bunch

*CANCELED 04/27/2022* Come and experience this challenging Patapsco Valley State Park hike that makes use of both Baltimore County and Howard County. On this hike we will touch the four areas of Avalon, Orange Grove, Glen Artney and Hilton. We will lunch on the water at an idyllic spot on the Sawmill Branch Trail. There […]

OELLA – 5M

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

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

PVSP: WOODSTOCK / GRANITE QUARRY LOOP – 5.6E

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

This 5.6-mile Baltimore County hike skirts the Granite Quarry area of the Patapsco Valley State Park. The hike is less demanding than the typical weekend hike since the distance is modest, the climbing is only about 400 feet total. There are no stream crossings to speak of, some sections of rocky terrain, some sections of […]

FIRST SATURDAY HIKE – 13.4, 20.6, 24.2S

Hike Distance:
Over 15 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Strenuous
Hike Leader:
Tom Hutchinson

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

CYLBURN ARBORETUM – 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. Some is flat, somewhat rocky/ hilly areas, should not be muddy. Rain or shine. If the weather is nice bring a picnic lunch and blanket for after the hike!

ROCKBURN BRANCH PARK/PVSP – 8M

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

This morning hike will use trails in Rockburn Branch Park and the nearby Avalon section of Patapsco Valley State Park. The route will vary, but the hike typically involves rolling hills and there may be several moderate stream crossings. Our pace while hiking will be about 2.5 mph. There will be a short snack break […]

Caledonia and Michaux Circuit – 11H

Hike Distance:
11.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Marc Schabb

We will climb north on the AT through the famous Rhododendron Tunnel to the luxurious Quarry Gap Shelter, then hike along the Hosack Run Trail, and lunch at Long Pine Run Reservoir. The planned hike includes a second hard climb to the top of Graefenburg Hill, which we may decide to skip depending on the […]

PINEY ORCHARD NATURE PRESERVE IN ODENTON MD – 5E

Hike Distance:
5.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Easy
Hike Leader:
Gary Reinoehl

This is a five mile hike in Piney Orchard Nature Preserve through woods and around ponds. The terrain is mostly flat. There are numerous opportunities to view flora and fauna.

LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR – 7.5M

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

Want to get in a good workout and then go about you day? Then this is the hike for you. We will hike for the entire time as if we are in a hurry to get somewhere, maybe 2.8-3.2 mph. on flat areas, slower on hills. We should be back by no later than 11:30.

OREGON RIDGE PARK – 7.5M

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

Oregon Ridge offers wonderful hiking trails and wooded sights near Hunt Valley. The 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 three stream crossings and a snack break […]

PVSP EAST OF OLD COURT ROAD – 8M

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

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

GUNPOWDER FALLS STATE PARK AT JERUSALEM MILL – 4E/M

Hike Distance:
4.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
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. LEADER: Susan Riddleberger Contact:sriddleberger@comcast.net or 410 […]

🐶 LOCH RAVEN WOOF! HIKE – 4E

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

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

FREDERICK MUNICIPAL FOREST / HAMBURG RD – 9M

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

This loop hike will start at Hamburg Road parking area, hike north and then and then cross south of Hamburg Road in a long loop using many trails. We will pass 4 ponds along the route. The estimated total ascent is 1100 feet and there will be several routine stream crossings. Our pace while hiking […]

AT: WOLFSVILLE RD TO ANNAPOLIS ROCKS – 13H

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

An out and back hike of 13 miles going south from Wolfsville Road (MD-17) to Annapolis Rocks on the Appalachian Trail. Total elevation gain is 700' with the longest climb of 500' over 2.5 miles. Very rocky in places, no significant stream crossings. Pace averages 2.5 MPH.  Leader:  Larry Freeman  lkfreeman64@gmail.com  

BIG GUNPOWDER STATE PARK, BELAIR RD – 5E

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

Hike along the north shore of the Big Gunpowder both east and west of Belair Rd. We will deviate from the flat trail only once to climb a short hill. This part could be skipped. There are a few minor stream crossings. The trail could be muddy depending on weather.

LIBERTY RESERVOIR/MINERAL HILL – 7.0M

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

This hike in Carroll county is out and back along the shoreline of Liberty Reservoir in the section located between Rt 32 and Oakland Rd. There are some hills which may be muddy, and minor stream crossings. Our moving pace will be about 2.5 mph.

*CANCELED* – PVSP HOLLOFIELD AREA – 10H

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

*CANCELED 06/26/2022* This hike will leave from the Hollofield area of Patapsco Valley State Park and cover trails in the Hollofield / Daniels area.

PVSP HILTON / AVALON LOOP – 11H

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

This 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 and an estimated total ascent of 1100 feet. LEAVE: 9:30 A.M. from the Hilton […]

PVSP: ORANGE GROVE / AVALON PERIMETER – 9M

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

Join us on this ~9 mile circuit hike around Orange Grove and Avalon Areas. After meeting at Rockburn Branch Park, we cross over to Patapsco Valley State Park to start our loop, crossing Cascade Creek before heading downhill. We will pass Cascade Falls and take the Ridge Trail and adjacent trails to find our way […]

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 1,200' with the longest climb of 600' over .8 mile. Trail is very rocky in places. Our pace while hiking will be 2.5 - 3 mph.  […]

LITTLE GUNPOWDER TRAIL – 7M

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

Out & back hike in Baltimore County on the border with Harford County. Some flat sections, a portion that is hilly, a few small stream crossings & a waterfall. LEADERS: Carolyn & Bill Bauer 410-661-3182 or carbauer@verizon,net. No calls after 8.00 P.M. LEADERS: Carolyn & Bill Bauer 410-661-3182 or carbauer@verizon.net. No calls after 8.00 P.M.

MA & PA TRAIL -4.5 E

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

Hike the paved/wooded Ma & Pa trail that follows the path of the old Ma & Pa Railroad through Harford County. Hike will include the new 2.4 loop through Bel Air.

LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR – 7.5M

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

Want to get in a good workout and then go about you day? Then this is the hike for you. We will hike for the entire time as if we are in a hurry to get somewhere, maybe 2.8-3.2 mph. on flat areas, slower on hills. We should be back by no later than 11:30.

BIG GUNPOWDER FALLS – SWEATHOUSE BRANCH AT BELAIR ROAD – 7.5M

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

From Belair Road, we start along the Gunpowder looping east to where the river meets I-95, then turn west along the river and, then 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: 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 900 feet. There will be a snack break at McKeldin […]

🐶 LOCH RAVEN WOOF! HIKE – 4E

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

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

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 […]

CUNNINGHAM FALLS STATE PARK AREA – 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 […]

GUNPOWDER FALLS STATE PARK AT JERUSALEM MILL – 4E/M

Hike Distance:
4.0 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 one or two stream crossings. Scenic short hike to the Jericho Road covered bridge.

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 […]

SOUTHERN FREDERICK MUNICIPAL FOREST – 11H

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

SATURDAY -JULY 30 - ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED This hike starts at Hamburg Road and follows trails in the southern part of Frederick Municipal Forest (including the Volkswagen Trail) and in the northern part of Gambrill State Park. The hike includes a hard climb of 700+ feet over a one-mile section of trail. Please email the […]

PVSP: AVALON CIRCUIT – 11H

Hike Distance:
11.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Marc Schabb

A circuit of Patapsco on both sides of the river starting at Avalon; then Soapstone, Santee, All Saints Sisters, Swinging Bridge, lunch stop at Cascade Falls, and Valley View back to the cars. Distance about 11.5 miles, Elevation gain 1500', pace 2.9 mph. Contact email mschabb@verizon.net, cell phone 410-833-5005.

OREGON RIDGE PARK – 5E/M

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

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

LAKE ROLAND – 7M

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

Hike along the Jones Falls above the lake, through the woods and serpentine barrens. Moderate pace but rocky in spots and could be muddy in spots.  E-mail jreckard191@gmail.com.

FIRST SATURDAY HIKE – 11.2, 16.6, 19.6, 23.2S

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

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

LOCH RAVEN- GLEN ELLEN & SAM’S GRAVE TRAILS – 7M

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

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

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

Hike Distance:
5.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
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. DEPART: 10 am from trailhead parking lot located […]

PVSP MCKELDIN / NORTH WOODSTOCK AREA – 8M

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

This hike starts at the McKeldin area of Patapsco Valley State Park, then hikes on trails between Woodstock Road and Marriotsville Road on the Howard County side of the river. There will be a 10-minute snack break.

AT: GATHLAND STATE PARK TO WEVERTON CLIFFS – 11H

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

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.

PVSP, ORANGE GROVE CIRCUIT – 8M

Hike Distance:
8.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate

Join us for a circuit hike from Orange Grove in Howard County to Ilchester Road and back through the Hilton area in Baltimore County. There will be numerous ups and downs and several stream crossings.

LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR – 7.5M

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

Want to get in a good workout and then go about you day? Then this is the hike for you. We will hike for the entire time as if we are in a hurry to get somewhere, maybe 2.8-3.2 mph. on flat areas, slower on hills. We should be back by no later than 11:30.

GAMBRILL STATE PARK – 9M

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

SATURDAY – AUGUST 13 – ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED This hike will start from the Upper Parking Lot in Gambrills State Park and perform a loop using a combination of trails.

🐶 L0CH RAVEN WOOF! HIKE – 4E

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

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

PVSP: Henryton

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

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

PATUXENT RIVER STATE PARK AT ROUTE 94 – 7M

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

Join us for this new hike in the Patuxent River State Park. We will hike along both sides of the river. Rolling hills and only one major stream crossing.

ROLAND PARK‘S HISTORIC FOOTPATHS 6E-M

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

This hike will combine a walk through Olmsted-designed Roland Park footpaths with nature treks. The Roland Park terrain has many hills and some of the footpaths include very steep stairways. Also features a hidden grotto in the woods, the grounds of St. Mary’s Seminary, and a section of the Stony Run trail, with one easy […]

LOCH RAVEN DAM – 8.5M

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

Join us on an 8.5-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 will be a number of vistas of the reservoir along the hilly course, along with a brief history of the area from the overlook above the […]

CARRIE WAY TO MAIN LINE – DANIEL’S DAM – 7.5M

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

The trail travels down toward the Patapsco, and turns east through the hills to the south of the river, then down to Daniels Dam for a 20 minute lunch and then back along the river. Pace 2.5 mph. Some stream crossings, some hilly terrain. LEAVE 9 a.m. trailhead just past 9396 Carrie Way.

FREDERICK MUNICIPAL FOREST / HAMBURG RD – 11H

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

This 10-11 mile 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 […]

PVSP, MCKELDIN AREA TRI-COUNTY HIKE – 11H

Hike Distance:
11.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard

Join us for a circuit hike from the McKeldin Area through Carroll, Howard, and Baltimore Counties. Bring water shoes to ford the South Branch of the Patapsco River. This hike will be led at a moderate past.

LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR- MORGAN MILL TRAIL – 4E

Hike Distance:
4.0 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 Canda Geese.

PATAPSCO VALLEY STATE PARK: PICKALL HIKE – 12H

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

This 11-12-mile figure-eight hike starts at Drexel Woods Drive in Baltimore County and uses trails in the Pickall area, and also trails south of the Route 40 bridge. The estimated ascent is 800 feet, our pace while hiking will be 2.5 - 3 mph, and lunch will be in the Pickall area.

OTTER CREEK TRAILS – 6M

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

Hike along Otter Creek and enjoy beautiful scenery with interesting rock formations. Hike up to Urey Overlook for a view of the Susquehanna River. Additional miles are an option on this hike for those who may want more exercise. Indian Steps Museum is an interesting stop about one mile from the parking area and is […]

BUCK RIDGE / VISTA TRAIL LOOP IN PA – 14H

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

This loop hike begins at Pine Grove Furnace State Park in PA. We will use the Buck Ridge Trail to hike to Hammond’s Rock Overlook for lunch, descend on the Vista Trail, and then climb to the Pole Steeple Overlook before returning on the A.T. The total estimated ascent is 2000 feet. Please email me […]

HARFORD ROAD TO JERUSALEM MILL AND BACK – 7M

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

Hike along the Gunpowder River between Harford & Baltimore Counties. Some hills & stream crossings. Optional one half mile each way can be added for those who want to see the covered bridge. For those who don't want to see the bridge, they can stay at the Jerusalem Mill and have an extra long lunch […]

HAVRE DE GRACE- 4E

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

Hike along the North Park Loop Trail along the Susquehanna River and through the town of Havre De Grace. Walk to the Historic Murals of Havre De Grace and the Riverwalk.

LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR – 7.5M

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

Want to get in a good workout and then go about you day? Then this is the hike for you. We will hike for the entire time as if we are in a hurry to get somewhere, maybe 2.8-3.2 mph. on flat areas, slower on hills. We should be back by no later than 11:30.

FIRST SATURDAY HIKE – 14.4, 16.8, 19.4S

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

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

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 perhaps we will observe marsh wildlife in their protected habitat. Waterproof […]

🐶 LOCH RAVEN WOOF! HIKE – 4E

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

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

PVSP HILTON AREA – 8M

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

This loop hike in Patapsco Valley State Park will use trails in the Hilton area including the Santee Branch, Buzzard Rocks and Grist Mill Trails. There are several moderate stream crossings and an estimated total ascent of 900 feet.

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 […]

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

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

Hike mostly flat areas both upstream and downstream along the river. There are some spots where the trail is hilly or narrow, so poles are recommended. Bring flip flops if you want to wade to cool off at lunch stop!

NORTHWEST BRANCH STREAM VALLEY, SILVER SPRING, MD – 7.5M

Hike Distance:
7.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Jane and Bob Warnick

This is an out and back hike. The trail is wide with a few rocky areas, mostly flat & follows a tributary of the Anacostia River. LEAVE 10:00 A.M. LEADERS: Jane and Bob Warnick 301-651-6743 or 301-651-8489. jwarnick4@gmail.com (preferred).

OREGON RIDGE PARK – 7.5M

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

Oregon Ridge offers wonderful hiking trails and wooded sights near Hunt Valley. The 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 three stream crossings and a snack break […]

ROCKBURN BRANCH PARK/PVSP AVALON AREA – 9M

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

This 9+ 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 […]

CROMWELL VALLEY/LOCH RAVEN – 8M

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

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

NORTHPOINT STATE PARK – 5E

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

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

AT: SOUTH MOUNTAIN INN TO GATHLAND SP – 14H

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

Join us on this 14 mile out-and-back hike on the Appalachian Trail. Starting at the South Mountain Inn, this trek crosses over Lambs Knoll before descending to Gathland SP for lunch. Then we return. Total climb: ~2000 feet. No stream crossings. Our pace while hiking will be 2.25 (on steeper hills) –3.0 mph. When signing […]

PVSP – WOODSTOCK – GRANITE QUARRY LOOP – 5.6M

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

This 5.6-mile Baltimore County hike skirts the Granite Quarry area of the Patapsco Valley State Park. The hike is less demanding than the typical weekend hike since the distance is modest, the climbing is only about 400 feet total. There are no stream crossings to speak of, some sections of rocky terrain, some sections of […]

FREDERICK MUNICIPAL FOREST / HAMBURG RD – 12H

Hike Distance:
12.0 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 use the Catoctin Trail and the Death March Trail as well as other adjoining trails. The hike has one long steep climb and several moderate climbs for a total ascent of 1800 feet, and several stream crossings. […]

Liberty Reservoir – 10/11 H

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

This hike is a mixture of fire roads and foot paths along Liberty Reservoir. Highlights: shade, water views, lunch by the water at the end of Coot Peninsula. Early in the hike we have a view of an old copper mine. About 10.5 miles, 1200 ft climbing, and one easy stream crossing. Our pace will […]

LITTLE GUNPOWDER FALLS /JESSE’S TRAIL- 5E

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

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

SPRING VALLEY COUNTY PARK – 7.5M

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

A 7+ mile hike at a moderate pace along the east branch of Codorus Creek and other trails in this York County park. 1 stream crossing.

CALEDONIA STATE PARK: A.T. AND WIGWAM TRAIL – 11H

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

This loop hike will begin in Caledonia State Park, PA and hike along the Appalachian Trail, Locust Gap Trail, and Wigwam Trail in Michaux State Forest. We will pass the Quarry Gap Shelter and its rhododendron “tunnel.” There are two steep climbs and several moderate stream crossings. The estimated total ascent is 1700 feet. Please […]

Cromwell Valley and Loch Raven

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.

HAMMERMAN GUNPOWDER STATE PARK – 5E

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

This is an easy 5-mile hike on mostly flat trails. Some of the hike will be in woods and some will be on paved trails. This is a waterfront park where those who want to walk less can have options. Address for this State Park is 7200 Graces Quarters Rd., Middle River, MD 21020. Park […]

PRETTYBOY RESERVOIR BOLLINGER TRAIL – 6M

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

Registration Required: Join us for a 6 mile hike in a remote area on the northeastern side of Prettyboy Reservoir on fire roads with some hills and several stream crossings. Multiple gorgeous water views & a fantastic view at lunch. Pace will be about 2.2 mph. Meet at 10:00 a.m. LEADER: Caryn Joachim, cjoachim@verizon.net.

FIRST SATURDAY HIKE – 13, 21S

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

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

LAKE ROLAND – 6M

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

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

PVSP SOAPSTONE TRAIL – 8 M

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

SUNDAY – OCTOBER 2 – ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED This 7-8 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 streams.

PATUXENT RIVER PARK / JUG BAY – 14H

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

WEDNESDAY – – ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED 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 […]

LIBERTY RESERVOIR, RED TRAIL – 5 E/M

Hike Distance:
5.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Norm Revis

Hike at a casual pace with some hills and two minor stream crossings. A loop hike with two short out & back side trails.

NEW PRETTYBOY HIKE – 5M

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

ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED Limited to 15 hikers by Baltimore City Hike leaves 10 am from Kything Croft Meadow and Woods* (private property adjacent to Prettyboy watershed) and meanders through and around Poplar Run Cove (also called Duck Cove) on fire roads, single tracks & no-tracks, with several stream crossings. There are some hills and ample […]

LOCH RAVEN/MORGAN MILL AREA – 7.5M

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

Enjoy this 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. One or two stream crossings. We will hike at a moderate pace. Refreshments on our deck after the hike. We will meet at my house, hike about […]

RED RUN PARK/SOLDIERS DELIGHT – 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 900 feet. There will be a snack break at McKeldin […]

SAND FLATS HIKE – 9M

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

SATURDAY – OCTOBER 9 – ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED This loop hike will follow numerous trails in the northern part of Frederick Municipal Forest, including part of the Salamander Rock Trail. We’ll pass several ponds and picturesque rock formations. Total elevation change is 1000 feet. Because of the small parking lot at the trailhead, hikers must […]

GUNPOWDER NORTH – 7M

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

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

COLUMBIA PATHWAYS – 6E

Hike Distance:
6.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Easy
Hike Leader:
Lynne Stott

We will walk on paved pathways through mostly shaded areas to various lakes. Lynne Stott (H) 410-730-5485. Cell day of hike: 443-518-6418. lynnestott@gmail.com.

STONY RUN -5/6E

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 Hampden and up through Johns Hopkins campus back to Stony Run. Poles not required, no stream crossings. It can be muddy. Bring lunch or snack. Hike leaders: Amy Huntoon (443-743-4982) amohunt@gmail.com and Rosemary […]

PVSP HIKE, OFF GREEN CLOVER DR AT ALLENFORD PUMPING STATION – 7/8M

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

This seven plus mile hike in PVSP will begin at Allenford Pumping Station on Green Clover Drive which is off Route 99. LEAVE: 10 AM. This hike will be hilly with some steep incline and several stream crossings. Hiking poles are recommended.

LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR – 7.5M

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

Want to get in a good workout and then go about you day? Then this is the hike for you. We will hike for the entire time as if we are in a hurry to get somewhere, maybe 2.8-3.2 mph. on flat areas, slower on hills. We should be back by no later than 11:30.

PRETTYBOY RESERVOIR, FROG HOLLOW & PRETTYBOY MARINA – 7M

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

Registration Required. 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 […]

🐶 LOCH RAVEN WOOF! HIKE – 4E

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

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

CUNNINGHAM FALLS SP/FREDERICK MUN FOREST – 12H

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

This 12-mile 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 […]

Liberty Reservoir: Oakland Mills/Deer Point

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

On this hike in Carroll county we will explore sections of Liberty Reservoir north and south of Liberty Road. Our moving pace will be 2.5-3 mph. There is about 600 ft of elevation gain with lots of beautiful water views. Along with a couple minor stream crossings, there is one crossing for which I recommend […]

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 […]

LOCH RAVEN/MORGAN MILL AREA – 7.5M

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

Enjoy this 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. One or two stream crossings. We will hike at a moderate pace. Refreshments on our deck after the hike. We will meet at my house, hike about […]

FREDERICK MUNICIPAL FOREST: HAMBURG ROAD / SAND FLATS LOOP – 12H

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

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

PINE GROUP FURNACE/SUNSET ROCKS/POLE STEEPLE – 14/15H

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

A figure eight hike through Pennsylvania’s Michaux State Forest for 14/15 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. The northern loop begins in an […]

MARSHY POINT NATURE CENTER – 5E

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.  Come early to visit the Nature Center exhibits - many interesting critters inside and birds outside.

PRETTYBOY RESERVOIR – UPPER LAUREL HIGHLANDS – 6M

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

Registration Required: Join us for a 6 mile hike on the northwestern side of Prettyboy Reservoir with some hills and several stream crossings. Many great water views and an interesting venture into a stream gorge with a small waterfall between two huge boulders that dump into a swimming hole that dates back 100+ years. Great […]

LOCH RAVEN DAM – 8.5M

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

Join us on an 8.5-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 will be a number of vistas of the reservoir along the hilly course, along with a brief history of the area from the overlook above the […]

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. […]

🐶 LOCH RAVEN WOOF! HIKE – 4E

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

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

GREENBRIAR STATE PARK – 11H

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

SUNDAY – OCTOBER 30 – GREENBRIAR STATE PARK – 11H ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED This 10-11 mile hike will start from the parking lot above the lake in Greenbriar State Park and hike many of the trails in the park. There are several long climbs and the total ascent is 1600 feet. Please email the hike […]

OREGON RIDGE – 5M

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

Hike the trails of Oregon Ridge park. There will be a few stream crossings. Hiking poles are recommended. Snack break at halfway. LEAVE: 09:30 AM at the Oregon Ridge Nature Center parking lot. 13555 Beaver Dam Rd. DIRECTIONS: I-83 N exit 20B onto Shawan Rd. L 1m onto Beaver Dam Rd. immediate R onto Kurtz […]