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ANITA C. LEIGHT ESTUARY CENTER – 5 E/M

Hike Distance:
5.0 Miles
Hike Leader:
Anita Tyler

Hike through quiet woodlands and lovely Harford County Park on the shores of Otter Point Creek. There’s abundant mountain laurel, hopefully in bloom. A few short, steep hills but there are wooden staircases with handrails. May be muddy in spots. Trekking poles suggested. There’s a very nice Nature Center you can visit after the hike. […]

PVSP: EAST OF OLD COURT ROAD – 8.4M

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

We start at St. Alphonsus Rodriques Church on Old Court Road following the trail down to Patapsco River, then turn east under Old Court Road and up through the hills to north of the river on a wide loop and back along the river. Several stream crossings, some rocky patches, a few muddy spots. Approx […]

LOCH RAVEN DAM – 8M

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

Join us on an 8-mile in the highland area of 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 dam. The […]

LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR – 4E/M WOOF!

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

Both 2-and 4-legged hikers will enjoy this moderate hike on the scenic Loch Raven trails. We will take you with or without a dog, but dogs are encouraged. They have a ball! Please bring snacks and water for you and the dog. Leave at 9:00 am. Leader: Ann Roberts, annmikeroberts@comcast.net or 410-593-7123 before 6:00 pm.

GAMBRILL STATE PARK – 9M

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

This hike will start from the Upper Parking Lot in Gambrills State Park and perform a loop using a combination of trails. CARPOOLS: leave at 8:30 AM from the Rt. 32 Park & Ride. DIRECTIONS: Exit 80, I-70 W and Rt. 32 N. GPS: 39.315819, -76.950542. Please notify the hike leader if you plan to […]

LITTLE GUNPOWDER TRAIL TO BOTTOM ROAD – 5.8E

Hike Distance:
6.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Easy
Hike Leader:
Tirzah Rom

This is an out and back along the river, with a loop to the waterfalls and a few stream crossings. Mostly flat with minimal elevation gain. There will be a ten-minute snack break at the turning point. Pace: 2.5 mph. Leave at 10:00 am from the parking lot on Harford Road. Leaders: Dror and Tirzah […]

NEW HIKE ADDED! PVSP, OELLA, ILCHESTER, ELLICOTT CITY – 11H

Hike Distance:
11.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard

Join us on an 11-mile circuit hike on trails in Baltimore and Howard Counties from Oella, down river to Ilchester and back through Ellicott City. We will visit St. Mary’s ruins, remnants of old home sites, and home plate. The hike has numerous small stream crossings and steep but relatively short climbs. A little bit […]

PVSP: HENRYTON – 8M

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

This hike is along the Patapsco River in Howard County between Marriottsville Road and Sykesville. We will visit the O'Neal family farm which comprises a stone house foundation, a log barn, and a small cemetery. There is about 700 ft of elevation gain, and a couple of minor steam crossings. Our moving pace will be […]

SUSQUEHANNA STATE PARK BLUE BELL HIKE – 5-6M

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

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

LAUREL FORK (VA) BACKPACK – 21H

Hike Distance:
Over 15 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Rick Royer

Backpack the beautiful, lightly visited, rhododendron-lined Laurel Fork of the Potomac River and its tributaries in the corner of VA and WV. Be prepared for many small and large stream crossings with full packs (bring your good water shoes This is the same three-day version of the previous year's well-liked trip covering miles of scenic […]

HAM TRAINING HIKE – MARYLAND AT SOUTH FROM I-70 FOOTBRIDGE TO CRAMPTON GAP, OUT AND BACK – 24.6S

Hike Distance:
Over 15 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Strenuous
Hike Leader:
Bridget McCusker

Hike starts at I-70 Footbridge parking area and goes south to Crampton Gap for lunch and turn around to return to start. This section includes at least three good climbs and no stream crossings. CARPOOL: LEAVE: 7:00AM from Route 32 Park & Ride, from I-70 take exit 80 north onto Rte 32, go short distance […]

APPALACHIAN TRAIL RELOCATION, DUNCANNON, PA – WORK TRIP

Hike Leader:
Jerry Wright

Approximately 1,000 ft of new trail will be constructed from the ridge crest above the parking lot to the intersection of the AT on the same contour line. This is to eliminate a PUD – pointless up and down. Moderate level of labor. Currently there is about 300 ft of trail to finish the reroute. […]

CATOCTIN TRAIL SERIES: CUNNINGHAM FALLS STATE PARK/FREDERICK MUN. FOREST – 12H

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

This lollypop hike is the third in a series of 5 hikes that will cover the entire Catoctin Trail (CT) in a southbound direction. We will leave from the Manor Area of Cunningham Falls State Park at 9:15 a.m., then follow the CT south to the Death March Trail. Then we will use the Salamander […]

BLUEBELL HIKE AT BIG GUNPOWDER FALLS – 4E

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

Hike both sides of the Big Gunpowder Falls off of Belair Road in Kingsville to view the beautiful wild 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 […]

PRETTYBOY RESERVOIR, UPPER LAUREL HIGHLANDS – 6M

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

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 view at lunch. […]

AT: HARPERS FERRY TO KEYS GAP

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.Expect about 1800 feet of climbing. Our pace while hiking will average 2.5 -2.8 MPH.

CYLBURN ARBORETUM / JONES FALLS TRAIL – 5E

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

Join us for a 5-miles hike beginning at Cylburn Arboretum and proceeding along the Jones Falls Trail. The JFT is a paved path that goes along the Jones Falls into Woodberry and Druid Hill Park with a snack break at the Zen garden. Leaders: Amy Huntoon, amohunt@gmail.com (preferred) or 443-743-4982 and Rosemary Hendricks, rbhendri@gmail.com or […]

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 Route 99. This hike will be hilly with some steep hills and several stream crossings. Walking sticks recommended. Cell on day of hike: 410-274-4940.

OLD LOGGERS PATH BACKPACK, PA – 27.3M

Hike Distance:
Over 15 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Stephen Weber

This loop features waterfalls, rock outcrops, and mountain streams. The trail can be muddy if there has been lots of rain. Speed will be 2 mph. Leave: 6:30 am on Friday, April 22. Leader: Steve Weber.

AT: HAM TRAINING, SNICKERS GAP TO ROD HOLLOW SHELTER – 21S

Hike Distance:
Over 15 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Strenuous
Hike Leader:
Bridget McCusker

This HAM Training hike will be sure to test your stamina. It is an out and back hike on the AT in northern Virginia, also known as "The Roller Coaster" for the continuous ascents and descents along the way. Though it is not the longest of the training hikes, many know it as the toughest. […]

LAKE ROLAND – 6M

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

We will take portions of the red, purple, yellow and/or white trails. Lake, dam and creek views and will see water birds and likely other creatures, mostly forest and the serpentine restoration area. Some is flat, somewhat rocky areas, some may be muddy, minor creek crossing. We will hike rain or shine! Email is preferred […]

LOCH RAVEN: GLEN ELLEN – SAM’S GRAVE – 7.2 E/M

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

This morning hike starts in Lutherville / Timonium suburbs, goes through a wooded, slightly hilly section of the Loch Raven watershed and loops back along the water with many great views. A few stream crossings. Pace. 2,5 mph, 400 to 500 feet of elevation change. There will be a 10-minute snack break. Leave from Seminary […]

LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR – 4E-M WOOF!

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

Both 2 and 4-legged hikers will enjoy this moderate hike on the scenic Loch Raven trails. We will take you with or without a dog, but dogs are encouraged. They have a ball! Please bring snacks and water for you and the dog. Leave at 9:00 am. Hike will last about 2 hours. Leader: Ann […]

CANCELED 04/24/2022 – UNION MILLS, HASHAWHA, BEAR BRANCH TRAILS – 10M

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

CANCELED 04/24/2022 This Carroll County hike is a mixture of some equestrian trails but mostly wide and single track foot paths that includes trails along several streams and near/around several ponds and a lake.  We will also stop at the Hashawha Raptor cages to see a variety of rescued birds of prey.  There are a few steep […]

PVSP: GLEN ARTNEY / HILTON AREAS – 11 M/H

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

This 10-11 mile loop hike in Patapsco Valley State Park starts at the Southwest Park and Ride and uses numerous trails including Soapstone, Santee Branch, Buzzard Rocks and Grist Mill Trails in the Glen Artney and Hilton areas. Many stream crossings, estimated total ascent of 1,200 feet. Lunch will be near the Ilchester Rocks overlook.

YORK, PA: LAKE WILLIAMS CIRCUIT – 12H

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

This 11-12 mile hike will start at the Lake Redman Boat Activities / Boat Ramp Area. We will hike around Lake Williams and on other adjacent trails, with a short visit to the nearby Nature Center. We will hike at a pace of 2.5 –2.7 mph. The total elevation change is approximately 1400 feet. Please […]

PATUXENT RIVER STATE PARK – 7+ M

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

Hike along the banks of the Patuxent River where it forms the border between Montgomery and Howard Counties. We will hike on both sides of the Patuxent River on both marked and unmarked trails with occasional glimpses of the river. The terrain is mostly rolling with a few steep hills. There are some minor stream […]

GUNPOWDER FALLS: SWEATHOUSE BRANCH TO BELAIR ROAD – 5.4M

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

From Belair Road, this morning hike starts along the Gunpowder, 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. We return along the river with a trail that can be muddy if there have […]

SPOOKS HILL TRAILS – 7M

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

A hike in a remote area on the southeast side of Prettyboy Reservoir. We will hike on an old horse & buggy road with stone foundations on both sides and interesting remains of an under-road stonewall surrounding a spring, and then hike more trails passing an old CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) Camp to a great […]

NEW HIKE: CALEDONIA STATE PARK: A.T. AND WIGWAM TRAIL – 11H — CANCELLED

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

This loop hike will begin in Caledonia State Park (north of Gettysburg, )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 […]

LIBERTY RESERVOIR: OAKLAND MILLS/DEER POINT – 12H

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 Rd. Our pace while hiking will be 2.5-3 mph. Expect about 600 ft of elevation gain, some minor stream crossings, and lots of beautiful water views. LEAVE: 9:00 AM from the Liberty Rd boat dock service road […]

BOWLEY’S QUARTERS – 5E

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

All flat nature trail, small beach, paved roads. Tour waterfront and farm community. Bring lunch for a stop at the waterfront.

PRETTYBOY HIKE / HEMLOCK GORGE – 6 to 7 M/H

Hike Distance:
7.0 Miles
Hike Leader:
Phil Lieske

We mostly will parallel the Gunpowder River upstream and later downstream from the traditional Hemlock Gorge section. The Gunpowder River portions have views of a beaver dam, 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 underfoot, […]

HAM – HIKE ACROSS MARYLAND – 41S

Hike Distance:
Over 15 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Strenuous

Hike from the Pennsylvania border to Harper's Ferry on the Appalachian Trail in 15 hours or less. It's our semi-annual HAM hike, which started in 1940. There are plenty of food and water stops along the way to keep you fueled. Overnight camping is available at Camp Round Meadow. Breakfast will be supplied by MCM […]

PVSP: WOODSTOCK AREA – 8M

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

This hike starts at 8:45 a.m. from the Woodstock Road parking area next to the bridge, then follows trails on the Howard County side of PVSP. Total ascent will be about 800 feet. Because of limited parking, the hike will be limited to 15 participants.

LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR – 4 E/M WOOF!

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

Both 2 and 4-legged hikers will enjoy this moderate hike on the scenic Loch Raven trails. We will take you with or without a dog, but dogs are encouraged. They have a ball! Please bring snacks and water for you and the dog. Leave at 9:00 am. Hike will last about 2 hours. Park on […]

GREENBRIAR STATE PARK – 11H

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

This 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. LEAVE: 9:30 AM from the parking lot above the lake. Take I-70 west to Exit 42; turn right at […]

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 […]

*CANCELED* PRETTYBOY RESERVOIR / TOWER TRAIL – 6M

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

*CANCELED* 5/2/22 Join us on what I like to call “The Tower Trail” at the Prettyboy Reservoir. We will have two views of the reservoir from just above the dam, no stream crossings; but we will have a couple of moderate hills to climb as well as some rocky sections. Email or cell 443-253-8947.

Gunpowder/Prettyboy Watershed

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

WEDNESDAY MAY 11, 2022; M+; (close to 6 miles) We mostly will parallel the Gunpowder River upstream and later downstream from the traditional Hemlock Gorge section. The Gunpowder River portions have views of beaver activity, remnants of the original Hoffman paper mill & other mills. We will hike fire roads, old mill roads, & single […]

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

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: OELLA–PICKALL AREA – 9M

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

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

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

THREE STATE CHALLENGE

Hike Distance:
13.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Tom Hutchinson

Hike from Maryland thru West Virginia to Virginia and back all on the A.T. This hike starts in Maryland, goes through Harpers Ferry and into the hills to the Virginia state line. There we will take a lunch break then head back. About 6 miles will be flat ground while hiking on the C&O canal. […]

AT: GATHLAND SP TO ROCKY RUN SHELTER – 11/12H

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

An out and back hike of a total of about 11.5 miles going north from Gathland State Park to the Rocky Run Shelter and return. Total elevation gain is 1600' with the longest climb of 750' over about 1.5 miles. Pace averages 2.5 – 3.0 miles per hour. LEAVE: 9:30 from Gathland State Park. DIRECTIONS: […]

PVSP: NEW TRAIL AND SOAPSTONE – 7+ M

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

This hike is in Patapsco Valley State Park. It starts at a new trail head and comes back on Soapstone Trail. There will be 2 or 3 stream crossings. Email preferred or 410-799-4273.

ALLEGHENY FRONT TRAIL BACKPACK

Hike Distance:
Over 15 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Stephen Weber

This loop features Black Moshannon Creek, fantastic vistas, and Wolf Rocks. Some boardwalks through the bogs can be slippery. Speed 2 mph.  NOTE: Hike is full.

HIGH ROCK AREA, SPRING CLEAN-UP – WORK TRIP

Hike Distance:
2.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Jerry Wright

This is a chronic problem spot because there is a popular county park adjacent to the AT and easily accessible by car with no ranger presence. We will clean up graffiti, pick up litter and do basic trail maintenance on the AT in the area of High Rock Park near PenMar. We will split into […]

LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR – 4 E/M WOOF!

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

Both 2 and 4-legged hikers will enjoy this moderate hike on the scenic Loch Raven trails. We will take you with or without a dog, but dogs are encouraged. They have a ball! Please bring snacks and water for you and the dog. Leave at 9:00 am. Hike will last about 2 hours. Trailhead is […]

CUNNINGHAM FALLS STATE PARK AREA (CFSP) – 11H

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

This 10-11 mile loop hike will start at9:15 a.m. at the Hunting Creek Lake parking lot in CFSP and use the Catoctin and Cat Rock Trails in Cunningham Falls State Park and several trails in Catoctin Mountain Park. The hike has numerous climbs and an estimated ascent of about 1800-2000 feet. Our pace while hiking […]

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: 10:00 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 […]

GAMBRILL STATE PARK

Hike Distance:
10.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard

This hike around Gambrill covers about 1500' of elevation over a rocky terrain, includes two scenic overlooks and the Civilian Conservation Core Memorial, with lunch at the upper loop of the park.

LITTLE GUNPOWDER FALLS – 5.5 E/M

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

Hike along Little Gunpowder Falls with some minor stream crossings with view of two water falls. Hiking poles recommended for stream crossings.

PVSP: AVALON TO ORANGE GROVE CIRCUIT – 7/8 M

Hike Distance:
7.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate

Join us for a circuit hike in Patapsco Valley State Park from Avalon to Orange Grove in Howard County and back through Glen Artney in Baltimore County. There will be numerous ups and downs and some minor stream crossings.  Email preferred or 443-983-9957.

CRANBERRY WILDERNESS BACKPACK – 30H

Hike Distance:
Over 15 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Rick Royer

Backpack the scenic Cranberry Wilderness in West Virginia on a four-day/three-night backpack trip on Memorial Day weekend. We'll hike in scenic, rugged river valleys while backpacking in these beautiful moss-covered forests. Keep in mind that very wet, cool weather conditions are typical in the area in May. Limited to 8 backpackers. Please register early.

PVSP: MARRIOTSVILLE ROAD TO SYKESVILLE AREA – 12H

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

This hike starts at 8:15 a.m. the Marriotsville Road parking area next to the railroad tracks, then hikes north towards Sykesville using the HoCo / River Road Trail and various side trails. There will be about 1200-1300 feet of ascent. We will have lunch at the stone ruins, then return. BECAUSE OF LIMITED PARKING SPACE, […]

Last Minute Addition: Roland Park’s Historic Footpaths – 5.75 E/M

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

This urban hike takes place in the neighborhood of Roland Park (not Lake Roland Park). Offering it again for those who were shut out of our Wednesday hike earlier in May. It combines a walk through Olmsted-designed footpaths and neighborhood streets with nature treks. The terrain has many hills and some of the footpaths include […]

CATOCTIN TRAIL / BOBS HILL – 10H

Hike Distance:
10.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Beth Cooper

A hike of about 10 miles on the Catoctin Trail from the Manor Area to Cat Rock and back. There is a 1,250' climb over 1.75 miles an average 16% grade to the top of Bobs Hill with a 1500’ total elevation over the hike. Pace averages 2.5 MPH. LEAVE: 8:45 A.M. from Howard County […]

BIG GUNPOWDER WILDLANDS SWEATHOUSE BRANCH TRAIL – 5.1M

Hike Distance:
5.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Stephen Weber

This is a circuit hike through the scenic Wildlands Area of the Big Gunpowder River. There are several hills and stream crossings. The trail can be muddy at times, so bring an extra pair of shoes for the car. Also, there are briar bushes close to the trail, so avoid clothes that snag easily. LEAVE: […]

**CANCELED** ANITA C. LEIGHT ESTUARY CENTER – 5 E / M

Hike Distance:
5.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Anita Tyler

**CANCELED**  Hike through quiet woodlands and lovely Harford County park on the shores of Otter Point Creek. There’s abundant mountain laurel, hopefully in bloom. A few short, steep hills but there are wooden staircases with handrails. May be muddy in spots. Trekking poles suggested. There’s a very nice Nature Center you can visit after the […]

NORTH FORK MOUNTAIN BACKPACK – 24H

Hike Distance:
Over 15 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Steve Williams

We will backpack all or portions of this high, dry, and scenic trail, with the exact route depending on the results of a scouting trip. With good weather, the views of the surrounding mountains and valleys are spectacular. The backpack is limited to 8 people. This is largely a dry trail, so we will do […]

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

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

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

Appalachian Trail relocation. Final work trip and opening.

Hike Distance:
2.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Jerry Wright

There are about 100 ft of treadway left to construct thru a rocky section. Based on previous trips, this will take between 2 and 3 hours depending on how many participate. There is additional work for opening including painting over the old blazes and using a distance wheel to get exact distances for a final […]

LOCH RAVEN DAM – 8M

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

Join us on an 8-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: CARRIE WAY TO MAIN LINE, DANIELS 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 at 9:00 am at trailhead just past 9396 Carrie Way. Email […]

PVSP: SOAPSTONE TRAIL – 8M

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

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 short snack break but no lunch break. The hike has some moderate hills and streams. We will start at 9:15 AM from the Southwest Park-N-Ride, I-195 […]

CUNNINGHAM FALLS STATE PARK/FREDERICK MUN FOREST – 12H

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

This 12-mile hike will start at 9:15 a.m. 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 the northern part of Frederick Municipal Forest before looping back […]

PVSP ORANGE GROVE AREA – 5E

Hike Distance:
5.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Easy
Hike Leader:
Marilyn Gower

Leave at 10:00 am from the parking lot in the swinging bridge area. We will hike the Ridge and Cascade trails. Leader is Marilyn Gower.

BALTIMORE CITY MURAL HIKE – 6E

Hike Distance:
6.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Easy
Hike Leader:
Susan Middaugh

See old and new murals in Baltimore in the vicinity of Waverly and the North Avenue Arts District. All city pavements, no need for boots or sticks.  If you need to use a restroom, available at McDonald’s on 29th and Greenmount so arrive a little early. Bring a bag lunch.

PICNIC HIKE – PVSP: PICKALL, HOLLOFIELD, ELLICOTT CITY, OELLA – 12H

Hike Distance:
12.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard

Join us on a 12-mile circuit hike in Baltimore and Howard Counties from the Pickall Area, through Hollofield, Ellicott City, and Oella. The hike has a few stream crossings, and several steep, but relatively short climbs. The hike will be led at a moderate pace. LEAVE: 9:30 AM from Shelter 708 in the Pickall Area […]

PICNIC HIKE – PATAPSCO STATE PARK/PICKALL – 8M

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

The hike will start from the Pickall picnic grounds pavilion 708, heading south, and eventually will cross under the Route 40 bridge. We will wind through hilly forests on a number of trails toward Oella. Most of the return route will be along the Patapsco. Total accent will be no more than 800 feet. Our […]

PICNIC HIKE – PATAPSCO STATE PARK/PICKALL – 5M

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

Enjoy 5 miles at a 2 to 2 1/4 mph pace. Part of the hike is out and back, part is a circuit, some flat sections, rocks scattered throughout. There are several moderate up hills and one steep, rocky downhill. Hiking poles helpful. Bring WATER and a snack if you wish. LEAVE: Promptly at 12:30 […]

LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR – 4 E/M WOOF!

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

Both 2 and 4-legged hikers will enjoy this moderate hike on the scenic Loch Raven trails. We will take you with or without a dog, but dogs are encouraged. They have a ball! Please bring snacks and water for you and the dog. Leave at 9:00 am. The Hike will last about 2 hours. Leader: […]

FREDERICK MUNICIPAL FOREST / HAMBURG RD – 10H

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

This 10-mile loop hike in Frederick County will start at 9:15 a.m. from 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 […]

AT: WEVERTON PARKING LOT TO GATHLAND – 13H

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

Join us on this 13 mile out-and-back hike on the Appalachian Trail. Starting at Weverton Parking Lot, this trek immediately climbs 800 feet, past the cliffs, before ‘smooth sailing’ to Gathland for lunch. On the return, we will stop at the cliffs, for a restful view and breadth of late Spring air, before descending to […]

PINNACLE OVERLOOK, KELLY’S RUN, CONESTOGA LOOP HIKE – 5.5H

Hike Distance:
5.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Kim Considine

Meet at the Pinnacle Overlook parking lot for a beautiful view of the Susquehanna River to start out our day. Hike down to Kelly’s Run for a magical hike along a tributary stream; two stream crossings and a rock scramble included. We will hike up to the Holtwood Recreation Area for a break and then […]

LAKE ROLAND PARK – 5 E/M

Hike Distance:
5.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Easy
Hike Leader:
Rosemary Hendricks

Join us for a hike on the trails in Lake Roland, which can be muddy. Some trails are rocky and rooted and there are some hills (not steep). No stream crossings. Poles are recommended. Bring a snack for picnic tables at the end.

PROVIDENCE ROAD / LOCH RAVEN LOOP – 7 E/M

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 at […]

FREDERICK MUNICIPAl FOREST CATOCTIN TRAIL LOOP HIKE – 13H

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

This 12-13 loop hike is the fourth in a series of 5 hikes that will travel the entire Catoctin Trail in a southbound direction. We will start at 9:15 a.m. at the Hamburg Road parking area and loop north on various side trails to the Death March Trail / Catoctin Trail intersection, then loop back […]

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 Antietam Shelter and 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 […]

** CANCELED** HARFORD GLEN ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER – 4E

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

** CANCELED** Hike Harford Glen through wooded trails along Winters Run. Some hills and a stream crossing. Leave at 10:00 am from the upper level of Environmental Center parking lot, 502 West Wheel Road, Bel Air, MD. Leader is Peggy Thomas, 443-463-9232.

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. Leave at 10:00 am from the Mt. Carmel Road Park & Ride. Leaders: Carolyn & Bill Bauer, email preferred or 410-661-3182. No calls after 8:00 pm please.

Appalachian Trail maintenance: stepping stones at Warner Hollow

Hike Distance:
1.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Jerry Wright

We will be replacing the planks with stepping stones using a grip-hoist to move them into place. We have a small crew with the hoist so we can use a few more to assist. We'll be using rock bars, pick-mattocks and shovels to maneuver stones into place. The work location is about 100 ft from […]

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. […]

LOCK RAVEN RESERVOIR – 4 E/M WOOF!

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

Both 2 and 4-legged hikers will enjoy this moderate hike on the scenic Loch Raven trails. We will take you with or without a dog, but dogs are encouraged. They have a ball! Please bring snacks and water for you and the dog. Leave at 9:00 am. Hike will last about 2 hours. Leader: Ann […]

PVSP: HOLLOFIELD AREA – 10H

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

This hike will leave at 9:30 a.m. from the Hollofield area of Patapsco Valley State Park and cover trails in the Hollofield / Daniels area.

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.

* CANCELED* 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 […]

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 […]

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. THIS HIKE HAS BEEN CANCELLED AND REPLACED WITH A HIKE IN THE HILTON AREA--SEE THE SEPARATE DESCRIPTION FOR THAT HIKE.

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.

**CANCELED** MA & PA TRAIL -4.5 E

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

**CANCELED** 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.

HARFORD GLEN ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER – 4E

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

Hike Harford Glen through wooded trails along Winters Run. Some hills and a stream crossing. Leave at 10:00 am from the upper level of Environmental Center parking lot, 502 West Wheel Road, Bel Air, MD. Leader is Peggy Thomas, 443-463-9232.

Canceled LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR – 7.5M

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

**CANCELED** 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 […]

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 […]

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 Brodnicki

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

LOCH RAVEN- 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.

🐶 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 […]

GAMBRILL STATE PARK – 9M

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

SUNDAY – AUGUST 14 – 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. NOTE: THIS HIKE HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM ITS ORIGINAL DATE OF SATURDAY, AUGUST 13.

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 […]

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.

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.

Wincoplin Trails

Hike Distance:
6.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Easy
Hike Leader:
Rose Redd

This will be a 6 to 7 mile easy hike in the Wincoplin Trails area . 9299 Vollmerhause Rd Jessup. Md 20794. 39.14986*N. 76.83397*W Rose Redd. 443 935 7149

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.

Canceled 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 Brodnicki

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

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 […]

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).

Appalachian Trail Crew at Tagg Run, Micheaux State Forest, PA

Hike Distance:
2.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Jerry Wright

This is a special project to block off an unauthorized road and camp sites in Micheaux State Forest that encroach on the Appalachian Trail. A park ranger will accompany the crew since we will be rearranging the forest floor. We'll be moving boulders with a grip hoist, breaking up fire rings and brushing in disturbed […]

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 […]

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 […]

ROCKBURN BRANCH PARK/PVSP AVALON AREA – 9M – RESCHEDULED FROM 9/10/2022

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 […]

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 […]

NORTHPOINT STATE PARK – 5E

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

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

PVSP – WOODSTOCK – 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 11-12 mile 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 […]

BACKPACK – MD AT

Hike Distance:
7.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Mary Moore

'7.5 miles out and back - starting at I-70 Footbridge heading south to Rocky Run Shelter. Comprised of ascends, descends and level hiking. Highest ascends - day one 300'+/-, day two 500+/-. Pace just under 2 miles/hr. Faster hikers welcomed to go ahead. Group will meet at Washington Mt. 3 miles in and again at […]

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:
Marc Lipnick

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.

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 […]

AT rehabilitation at Tagg Run

Hike Distance:
2.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Jerry Wright

The trip on Sept 8 was successful in blocking a rogue access road to in the forest. Now we have a lot of work left in rehabilitating about an acre of damaged land plus doing preliminary layout for a trail relocation and new bridge across Tagg Run. A variety of work for a wide range […]