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MA AND PA HERITAGE TRAIL – 6.5E

Hike Distance:
6.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
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 […]

Bowleys Quarters hike – 5E

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

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

Loch Raven Reservoir, Merryman Trail Area – 7M

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

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

Prettyboy Trail – Georges Creek to Stacey’s Store Road – 9.5M

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

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

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

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

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. Rocky areas along parts of the trail.

Manor Area / Salamander / Trail -13H

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

This 13-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 […]

PVSP: HENRYTON- 12H

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

This hike along the Patapsco River is 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. Three or four additional areas containing ruins will be viewed. There is about 1000 feet of elevation gain, and a […]

PVSP, LOOP FROM AVALON – 8.5M

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

Hike from Avalon parking lot over Ridge Trail, then Morning Choice, then a blue trail to Landing Road, then down to Swinging Bridge area, finally, back along Ridge Trail. A few minor stream crossings, about 1000 feet of elevation gain. Pace while hiking will average about 2.5 mph.

Canceled PRETTYBOY RESERVOIR – GUNPOWDER LOOP/HEMLOCK GORGE – 9.5 M/H

Hike Distance:
9.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Caryn Joachim

Join us as we hike at the top of the Reservoir on the Gunpowder River. After going to the graveyard that dates back to the 1700s we will go to the cave on the north side, flashlight recommended and go to the Betty’s Run waterfall. We will continue on fire roads (different trails) and after […]

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

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

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

QUEHANNA TRAIL – WEST LOOP 20M

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

This will be a low daily mileage, 2mph pace backpack on a moderate trail through a deciduous forest and a highland bog. Some stream crossings and a few moderate climbs. Daily mileage is 7/8/5. Leave: 7:00am from the Mt. Carmel Rd. P&R off I-83 (exit 27), or meet at the trailhead. Leader: Steve Weber weber962@hotmail.com […]

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. […]

LITTLE GUNPOWDER FALLS TO BOTTOM RD – 5.5E

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

This is an out and back hike along Little Gunpowder Falls, with to a loop to the Waterfalls and view of two waterfalls. Some minor stream crossings and mostly flat hiking. Hiking poles recommended for stream crossings. NO Spot A Pot: Separation as requested.

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 […]

Manor Area / Vandal Trail Loop – 11H

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

This lollipop hike starts at the Manor Area parking area of Cunningham Falls State Park and follows the Catoctin Trail south into Cunningham Falls State Park and Frederick Municipal Forest. Stops at the White Rock overlook and the Mountaindale Overlook, with a pleasant stretch along the Vandal Trail and Little Fishing Creek. Several long climbs […]

CATOCTIN TRAIL/ BOB’S HILL – 13H

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

A hike of about 13 miles on the Catoctin Trail from the Manor Area to Cunningham Falls. 1250 feet climb over 1.75 miles an average of 16% grade to the top of Bob's hill. Pace 2.5 MPH. Lunch at the falls before we turn around and return the Manor area.

APPALACHIAN TRAIL ACROSS MD SERIES – WOLFSVILLE RD TO RAVEN ROCK SHELTER – 11M+

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

First in the Moderate Plus AT series. An out and back hike along the Appalachian Trail for a total of 11 miles going north from Wolfsville Road (MD-17) to Raven Rock Shelter. Total elevation is about 2,400′ with the longest climb of 600′ over 0.8 miles. There are several rocky areas and two unbridged stream […]

OREGON RIDGE PARK – 5E

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

This hike will follow much of the typical Oregon Ridge Mountain Club route but will include other well established but lesser known trails. A mile or so of the hike will be along Baisman Run. There will be a total of five or six minor stream crossings although four of them can be bypassed. Be […]

Big Gunpowder Falls – Wildlands/Stocksdale/Sweathouse Branch Loop – 5M

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

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

FIRST SATURDAY HIKE – AT: PEN MAR PARK TO CHIMNEY ROCKS – 14 / 17 / 19 S (FAST)

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

AT: PEN MAR PARK TO CHIMNEY ROCKS - 14.4/16.8/19.4 S (FAST/LONG) 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 […]

PVSP WOODSTOCK AREA – 10M+ — REVISED HIKE

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

NOTE: THIS HIKE REPLACES THE OELLA-PICKALL SCHEDULED FOR THIS DATE BECAUSE OF A BIKING EVENT AT PICKALL. This 10-mile hike starts at the Woodstock Road parking lot and hikes south on the Baltimore County side of the river before looping back on other trails. We will have lunch along the trail. The estimated ascent is […]

OREGON RIDGE – 7.5M

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

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

AT: SOUTH MOUNTAIN INN TO PINE KNOB SHELTER – 11.5H

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

Join us on this 11.5 mile out-and-back hike on the Appalachian Trail. Starting at the South Mountain Inn parking lot, we will hike North to Washington Monument SP, cross I-70, and continue on to Pine Knob Shelter for lunch. Then we return. Total climb: ~2100 feet, including a 1 mile, 400 foot ascent, followed shortly […]

AT IN PA – 14H

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

Join us as we hike a beautiful portion of the AT in PA. We’ll start from a small parking lot on Rt 16 and head north to Tumbling Run where we will take the Hermitage Trail to Chimney Rocks, returning the whole way on the AT. The hike is 14 miles and 2300 feet in […]

PVSP: Green Clover Drive – 7.5M

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

The trailhead for this 7.5 mile hike is located at the pumping station across the street from 10065 Green Clover Drive.  There are several stream crossings and almost 1,000' of elevation so hiking poles are strongly recommended.  Limited to 20 people.  LEADER: Kathy Lyon, email lyon.kathy@yahoo.com. Cell on day of hike: 443-904-7957.

Canceled LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR, MERRYMAN TRAIL AREA – 7M+

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

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

RED RUN PARK THROUGH 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 […]

DOWNS PARK – 5E

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

The flat, scenic hike winds through the woods with gorgeous views of the Chesapeake Bay, with paved and unpaved trails and beach, pond, gardens, aviary and ospreys. Discover this beautiful site at the end of the Pasadena peninsula in Anne Arundel County. Meet at the main parking lot near the welcome center, ranger station and […]

🐶 Loch Raven WOOF! Hike – 3E

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

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

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 […]

SUGARLOAF – 12 H

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

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

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

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

This is a scenic and relatively easy forest hike along the shore of the Loch Raven Reservoir. You’ll pass many awesome viewpoints where you can get great views of the water and forest of the Reservoir. Two easy stream crossings, hiking poles as desired. Lunch at the peninsula halfway point with awesome view of the […]

Prettyboy Reservoir, CCC Trails – 6M or 7.5M

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

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

PRETTYBOY RESERVOIR – BOLLINGER TRAIL HIKE – 9.5M

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

Join us as we hike in a remote area on the northeastern side of Prettyboy Reservoir on fire roads with some hills and several stream crossings.  Multiple (5+) gorgeous water views & a fantastic view at lunch.  This may be the best hike at Prettyboy.  Pace of 2.0 – 2.5 mph. Leave: 9:30 a.m. from […]

GUNPOWDER FALLS STATE PARK AT JERUSALEM MILL – 4.5E

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

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

🐶 Loch Raven WOOF! Hike – 3E

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

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

PVSP HILTON AREA – 10H

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) as well as the new Greys Mill Trail. There are several moderate stream crossings and an estimated total ascent of 1200 feet.

PVSP OELLA-PICKALL AREA – 12H

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

This 12 mile 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 […]

Oregon Ridge – 6M

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

Expect to hike on 5 colors plus an unmarked route and Baisans Run.  Numerous stream crossings, hilly terrain, 900' of elevation gain.  Poles recommended.  Lunch/snack break.  E-mail to register and for pre-registration questions.  Call or text cell on hike day only (443) 841-8488.

GUNPOWDER FALLS STATE PARK AT JERUSALEM MILL – 4.5 E

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

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

CROMWELL VALLEY/LOCH RAVEN HIKE – 8.5M+

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

Our hike begins at the white farmhouse in Cromwell Valley State Park, weaves through the wooded hills into the Loch Raven Watershed. We will pass by the upper and lower dams and have some excellent views of the water. There will be hills with about 800 feet of elevation including a few hard climbs. Moderate […]

PVSP: MCKELDIN AREA – 8.5M

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

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

MARYLAND A.T.: PENMAR TO RAVEN ROCK – 10H

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

This hike will start from the PenMar Park parking lot and hike south on the A.T. to Raven Rock Shelter and return, with stop at the High Rock overlock. The hike includes a long steep climb up the rocky High Rock slope. Please indicate if you plan to carpool or meet at the trailhead.

SOLDIERS DELIGHT / RED RUN STREAM VALLEY TRAILS – 7.5M

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

This hike will cover most of the red and orange blazed trails at Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area, as week as, the Red Run Stream Valley trails, which is primarily a paved trail. This combination of trails includes serpentine barrens, fields, and wooded areas. There are no significant hills to speak of (total elevation is […]

AT: WOLFSVILLE RD TO ANNAPOLIS ROCKS – 12H – “NEW DATE”

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

An out and back hike of 12 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.

JONES FALLS TRAIL-MEADOW MILL TO MT WASHINGTON – 5E

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

Starting at Artifact Coffee on Union Ave in Meadow Mill area of Baltimore, we will walk north, slightly uphill, on the Jones Falls trail to the Cylburn Arboretum. We will take a brief walk around the Cylburn grounds, with a snack/lunch stop, then return downhill on the Jones Falls trail to the Meadow Mill area.

PVSP – PICKALL – 7.5M

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

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

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

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

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

BIG GUNPOWDER FALLS – SWEATHOUSE BRANCH @BELAIR ROAD – 7M

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

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

ROLAND PARK’S HISTORIC FOOTPATHS 6 E-M

Hike Distance:
6.0 Miles
Hike Leader:
Debbie Jones

This hike will combine nature treks with a walk through the neighborhood of Roland Park (not Lake Roland, but not far away), which features Olmsted-designed footpaths that wind their way between streets and houses. Although no poles are needed, the terrain has many hills and some of the footpaths include very steep stairways. Also features […]

PVSP WOODSTOCK AREA – 8M

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

This hike starts at the Woodstock Road parking area next to the bridge, then follows trails on the Howard County side of PVSP. Total ascent will be about 800 feet. Because there is limited parking, the hike will be limited to 18 participants.

PVSP: Henryton – 10M+

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

This hike is in Howard County west of Mariottsville Rd and south of McKeldin. There are a few minor stream crossings, very few rocks, and about 1000 feet of elevation gain, an old barn and nice river views. Our pace while hiking will average 2.0 - 2.5 mph. Sections of the trail will be slippery […]

CATOCTIN TRAIL/GAMBRILL SP – 12H – “NEW DATE”

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

This is an out and back hike. We’ll start out on the green trail from the parking lot, hook up with the Catoctin trail and head to Hamburg Rd., returning solely on the Catoctin trail. Lunch will be pondside on the way back. There are hills (some steep), one stream crossing and a total ascent […]

OREGON RIDGE – 5E/M

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

Expect to hike on 5 colors plus an unmarked route and Baisans Run.  Numerous stream crossings, hilly terrain, 500'-600' of elevation gain at a moderate pace.  Poles recommended.  Lunch/snack break.  E-mail to register and for pre-registration questions.  Call or text cell on hike day only (443) 841-8488.

Canceled Prettyboy Reservoir – Georges Creek to Shamberger’s Peninsula – 8M or 9.5M

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

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

LAKE ROLAND – 8.5M

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

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

PVSP HOLLOFIELD AREA – 11H

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

This 10-11 mile hike will leave from the Hollofield area of Patapsco Valley State Park and cover trails in the Hollofield / Daniels area of the park.

LITTLE GUNPOWDER FALLS /JESSE’S TRAIL- 5.5 E/M

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

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

LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR, MERRYMAN TRAIL AREA – 7M+

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

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

HOLIDAY PARTY, MCM AWARDS, and Special Presentation

Hike Leader:
Leslie Marcuse

Join your hiking buddies for the MCM holiday party, the presentation of MCM Awards and a special presentation by Max Buffington, “The History and Artifacts of the Daniels area and the Old Mainline Trail”. Max is a volunteer ranger with Patapsco State Park. At the Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia. Schedule: 2:30 -3:30 Social […]

AT: GREENBRIER TO WASHINGTON MONUMENT STATE PARK -12H

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

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

APPALACHIAN TRAIL ACROSS MD SERIES – 9M+

Hike Distance:
9.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate

Join us on the northern most section of a series of 9 hikes on the Appalachian Trail across Maryland from Pen Mar to Harper’s Ferry. This series is in a new category designated as “moderate plus” (M+) and will be led at a moderate pace of 2-2.5 mph. We will hike out and back for […]

Stony Run – 5.5E

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

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

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 […]

IRVINE NATURE CENTER – 6E

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

Flat trails through a wonderful mix of woods, wetlands, ponds and meadows on reclaimed farmland with beautiful views in Caves Valley, aviary and nature center. Trails are usually dry. Restrooms at start of hike and along the way. Bring a lunch or snack. Rain or shine! Admission is $5/person. We will meet near the nature […]

🐶 Loch Raven WOOF! Hike – 3E

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

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

FREDERICK MUNICIPAL FOREST / HAMBURG RD – 9M

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

This loop hike will start at Hamburg Road parking area and hike various trails in the area. The estimated total ascent is 1100 feet and there will be several routine stream crossings. Our pace while hiking will be 2.5 – 2.7 mph. Please indicate whether you plan to meet at the trailhead or carpool.

PINNACLE OVERLOOK/KELLY’S RUN/CONESTOGA – 5.5M

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

Meet me 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 […]

SOUTHERN FREDERICK MUNICIPAL FOREST – 12H

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

This hike starts at Hamburg Road and follows trails in the southern part of Frederick Municipal Forest and in the northern part of Gambrill State Park. The hike includes two hard climbs of 700+ feet. Please indicate whether you plan to meet at the trailhead or carpool.

PINEY RUN EASTERN & WESTERN SHORELINE – 9M+

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

This hike starts on the eastern side of Piney Run Lake in Carroll County. We will hike around the lake into the developed part of Piney Run Park and hike some of the trails there. Our moving pace will be about 2.25-2.5 mph. There are lots of beautiful lake views with very minor stream crossings […]

LIBERTY RESERVOIR: MORGAN’S RUN LOOP – 8M

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

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

LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR – 8H

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

Join us on a meandering 8-mile hike in the Loch Raven watershed including the Morgan Mill trail, the Glen Ellen trail and the Sam’s Grave trail. We will also be crossing the Loch Raven Drive bridge. There are many vistas of the reservoir along the course. The elevation gain is approx. 500 feet. The hiking […]

PVSP: EAST OF OLD COURT ROAD – 10M+

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

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

MA and PA TRAIL – 6.5E

Hike Distance:
6.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Easy
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. The later start time of […]

PVSP MARRIOTSVILLE ROAD TO HENRYTON AREA – 10M/H

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

This moderate-to-hard hike starts at Marriotsville Road parking area next to the railroad tracks, then hikes north towards Sykesville using the HoCo Trail and side trails. There will be about 1000-1100 feet of ascent.

Canceled LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR, MERRYMAN TRAIL AREA – 7M+

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

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

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

Hike Distance:
5.5 Miles
Hike Leader:
Susan Riddleberger

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

Canceled GUNPOWDER FALLS STATE PARK/HEREFORD – 7+M

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

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

AT: WASHINGTON MONUMENT STATE PARK TO ANNAPOLIS ROCK – 12H

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

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

LOCH RAVEN – GLEN ELLEN & SAM’S GRAVE – 7 E/M

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

This morning pre-New Year’s hike starts in the Lutherville/Timonium suburbs, goes through a wooded, slightly hilly section of the Loch Raven watershed and loops back along the water with many great views. A few stream crossings. Pace 2.5 mph, 400 feet of elevation. There will be a 10 minute snack break. LEAVE: 9 a.m. from […]

LIBERTY RESERVOIR: WARDS CHAPEL/LIBERTY DAM TRAIL – 8M

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

This out and back hike is a mixture of fire roads and single track trails that are both north and south of Liberty Rd with many water views along shoreline trails. Lunch will be near the water. Our pace will be moderate (2.5 - 3 mph moving average). LEAVE: 10:00 AM from the parking area […]

🐶 Loch Raven WOOF! Hike – 3E

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

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

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. Please indicate whether you plan to carpool or meet at the trailhead.

APPALACHIAN TRAIL ACROSS MD SERIES – WOLFSVILLE RD TO POGO MEMORIAL CAMPGROUND – 9.5M+

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

This is the third of nine hikes in the Moderate Plus AT series across Maryland. An out and back hike of a total of 9.5 miles going south from Wolfsville Road (MD-17) to Pogo Memorial Campsite. Total elevation gain is 700'. Pace averages 2.0 to 2.5 mph. There is an extensive section of rocky trail.

PVSP: Avalon to Buzzard Rocks Loop – 11H

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

This loop hike will leave from the Avalon area of Patapsco Valley State Park and cross over to the other side of the river, then return. We will hike the Morning Choice, Cascade, Bloede Dam, Grist Mill, Buzzard Rocks, and Ridge Trails.

ROLAND PARK HISTORIC FOOTPATHS – 6E-M

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

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

Gunpowder State Park/Hereford, Maryland – 7M

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

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

Canceled FIRST SATURDAY HIKE – AT: SOUTH MOUNTAIN INN TO THURSTON GRIGGS TRAIL – 9.7 / 14 / 17.7 S (FAST)

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

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 […]

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: 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 9 a.m. trailhead just past 9396 Carrie Way.

Canceled PRETTYBOY RESERVOIR SHAMBERGER’S PENINSULA – 9M+

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

We will hike to the end of the Shamberger Trail, which is an old horse & buggy road. We will explore 4 side trails to different water views & historic remains. Lunch will be at the end of the peninsula with 3 different water views of the 2 largest islands in the watershed. Pace of […]

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 and […]

Canceled LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR, MERRYMAN TRAIL AREA – 7M+

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

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

ROCKBURN BRANCH PARK/PVSP – 10M

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

This 9-10 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 […]

Canceled PRETTYBOY RESERVOIR TRACEY’S STORE/PRETTYBOY TRAILS – 9M or 6M

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

This is a 2 loop hike with a new combination of trails starting at a different trailhead on Tracey’s Store Road.  We will hike fireroads & the Prettyboy Trail and have lots of water views. Lunch will have a great view of Goose Island. Some stream crossings.  A 9-mile hike with option to leave after […]

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”. Meet at 10 AM. Bring lunch for stop the trail. Come early to see the Nature Center exhibits - many interesting critters inside and birds outside.

PVSP: ILCHESTER ROCKS – 10.5H

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

The hike to Ilchester Rocks features a number of moderate hills and stream crossings on trails including Soapstone, Santee Branch, Bull Run, Sawmill Branch and Buzzards Rock. The elevation gain is approx. 1300 feet. The hiking pace will be 2.5 to 3.0 mph. Bring lunch or a snack.

🐶 Loch Raven WOOF! Hike – 3E

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

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

FREDERICK MUNICIPAL FOREST / HAMBURG RD – 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. […]

OREGON RIDGE-7M

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

We will hike up and down the hills of Oregon Ridge Park. There will be a few stream crossings. Hiking poles are recommended. 15 min snack break at halfway. Pace: 2.5 mph

AT PA: MICHAUX STATE FOREST CHIMNEY ROCKS -13H

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

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

PVSP: MCKELDIN NORTH – 8M

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

We will hike along the Patapsco River South Branch on the Carroll County side at a pace of about 2-2.5 mph. Parts of the trail are rocky, narrow, steep, and could be muddy or icy. There are a couple of minor stream crossings. Hiking poles are recommended.

Canceled 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 RESERVOIR, MERRYMAN TRAIL AREA – 7M+

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

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

CALEDONIA STATE PARK: A.T. AND WIGWAM TRAIL – 12H

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

This 11-12 mile loop hike will begin in Caledonia State Park, PA and will include 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 […]

PVSP: HOLLOFIELD AREA – 10H

Hike Distance:
10.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Bridget McCusker

Hike is in Hollofield area of PVSP. We will hike under both Route 40 and I-70. Rocky sections, muddy areas likely given recent rain, and 2 small stream crossings. Hiking poles recommended. Pace 2 - 2.5 mph.

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 and […]

LAKE ROLAND L’HIRONDELLE – 6M

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

Hike along the Jones Falls above the lake, through the woods and serpentine barrens, and visit the old rugby field. Moderate pace but rocky in spots and could be icy or muddy in spots. Route and distance may change based on weather conditions.  LEADER: John Eckard, jreckard191@gmail.com (preferred) or 443-286-6819

* Cancelled * SHENANDOAH NP: NORTH MARSHALL AND BIG DEVIL STAIRS – 11H

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

These two hikes off the Skyline Drive are among the most beautiful in the northern section of Shenandoah National Park. It is only 0.5 miles from the trailhead to the north summit of Mt. Marshall over a steep and rocky pathway, but a wholly satisfactory hike. North Marshall offers expansive views of distant ridges and […]

LOCH RAVEN DAM – 9H

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

Join us on an 9.0-mile hike in the highland area of the Loch Raven watershed as we follow a zig-zag route to the back side of the dam. There are several vistas of the reservoir along the hilly course, along with a brief history of the area from the overlook above the dam. Elevation gain […]

LIBERTY RESERVOIR: COOT PENINSULA TRAIL – 8.5M

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

This hike is a mixture of fire roads and foot paths with many water views. There are a few steep but short hills amounting to about 1000 feet of total elevation gain. Lunch will be at the water’s edge on Coot Peninsula. Our pace will be high moderate (~ 3 mph moving average). LEADER: Walt […]

🐶 Loch Raven WOOF! Hike – 3E

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

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

MANOR AREA AND FREDERICK MUNICIPAL FOREST – 11H

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

This 10-11 mile lollipop 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 branch off onto The Salamander Trail and other side trails before looping back to the Catoctin Trail and then returning to […]

MASON-DIXON/OTTER CREEK TRAILS/UREY OVERLOOK – 6.5M

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

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

AT: GATHLAND STATE PARK TO WEVERTON CLIFFS – 11 H

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

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

ROCKBURN BRANCH PARK – 5/6M

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

5-6 mile (easy to moderate hike) that may also cross over into Patapsco State Park across the road. Leader Susan Middaugh 410 536 1956 h landline; cell phone day of hike only 410 952-4357.

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

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

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

FIRST SATURDAY HIKE – AT: SOUTH MOUNTAIN INN TO ED GARVEY SHELTER – 13 / 20S (FAST)

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

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

PROVIDENCE ROAD LOCH RAVEN LOOP – 7M

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

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

LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR, MERRYMAN TRAIL AREA – 7M+

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

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

PVSP SOAPSTONE TRAIL – 8M

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

This hike in the Glen Artney area of Patapsco Valley State Park will follow the Soapstone Trail and adjacent trails, finishing around noon. There will be a snack break but no lunch stop. The hike has some moderate hills and stream crossings.

TRI-STATE OVERLOOK HIKE – 12.5H

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

This demanding 12.5 mile hike takes us to WV, MD, and VA and includes both a circuit hike and an out-and-back hike. There are rocks galore and 2800 feet of climbing on this hike. The hike includes spectacular overlooks and panoramic views of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. Our pace while hiking will average 2.4 […]

APPALACHIAN TRAIL ACROSS MD SERIES – US 40 to POGO CAMPGROUND – 8.5M+

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

An out and back hike of a total of 8.5 miles going north from US-40 to Pogo Campground with side trips to Black Rock and Annapolis Rocks. Total elevation gain is 1,500' with two long climbs of 500' over .9 mile. Pace averages 2.0-2.5 miles per hour. Please type 'Trailhead' or 'Carpool' on your RSVP, […]

BOWLEYS QUARTERS HIKE – 5E

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

All flat nature trail, small beach, paved roads.Tour waterfront and farm community. 10 AM start.

ROCKBURN BRANCH PARK – 6/7M

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

This easy to moderate 6-7 mile hike will be on the trails in Rockburn Park. No stream crossings. Our pace will be about 2 mph. There will be a lunch break. You will see along the trails a 1769 Clover Hill Farm House and a one room school building.

SHENANDOAH NP: NORTH MARSHALL AND BIG DEVIL STAIRS – 11H

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

These two hikes off the Skyline Drive are among the most beautiful in the northern section of Shenandoah National Park. It is only 0.5 miles from the trailhead to the north summit of Mt. Marshall over a steep and rocky pathway, but a wholly satisfactory hike. North Marshall offers expansive views of distant ridges and […]

PVSP: HOLLOFIELD AREA – 10.5H

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

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

🐶 Loch Raven WOOF! Hike – 3E

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

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

SOUTHERN FREDERICK MUNICIPAL FOREST – 11H

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

This hike starts at Hamburg Road and follows trails in the southern part of Frederick Municipal Forest and in the northern part of Gambrill State Park. The hike includes one or two hard climbs of 700+ feet. Please indicate whether you plan to carpool or meet at the trailhead.

PVSP: FREEDOM PARK TO MCKELDIN – 11H

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

This hike follows the South Branch Patapsco River on the Carroll County side from Freedom Park in Sykesville to the McKeldin area of PVSP. Our pace while hiking will be about 2.5 mph. There is about 1000 ft of elevation change and a few minor stream crossings.

Oregon Ridge – 6M

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

Expect to hike on 5 colors plus an unmarked route and Baisans Run.  Numerous stream crossings, hilly terrain, 900' of elevation gain.  Poles recommended.  Lunch/snack break.  E-mail to register and for pre-registration questions.  Call or text cell on hike day only (443) 841-8488.

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. Separation if require. Jim Foard : jim321@comcast.net or call 443-610-6112 the morning of hike.

PVSP: ST JOHNSBURY RD TO PICKALL LOOP – 7.5M

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

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

PVSP WOODSTOCK TO ALBERTON – 12H

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

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

GUNPOWDER NORTH – 7M or 13H

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 […]

AT: THURSTON GRIGGS TRAIL TO COWALL SHELTER – 11H

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

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

Hammerman Gunpowder State Park Hike – 5E

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

Easy 5 hike on mostly flat trails. Some in woods and some paved. This is a waterfront park where those who want to walk less can have options. Park gate may not open until 10, but I have requested that be opened by 9:30. If it is not open before 10, just wait until they […]

Howard County Living Farm Museum – 7M

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

We'll spiral into the center of the park and then back out as we hike through meadows and deciduous woods with glimpses of the Middle Patuxent River along the way. Only minor stream crossings. Directions: Across from the Howard County Fairgrounds on Rt. 144. From the Baltimore Beltway take I-70 west. Take Exit 80, Rt. […]

Canceled Prettyboy Reservoir Prettyboy Trail – CCC to Dam – 7M+

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

Hike the Prettyboy Trail all along the water from the CCC trailhead to Copperhead Point and then all the way to Prettyboy Dam. After Copperhead Point, this is the most challenging part of the Trail, with rock scrambles and a slope side trail that makes you feel like a mountain goat, but we will take […]

OREGON RIDGE – 7.5M

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

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

Canceled PRETTYBOY RESERVOIR LOWER LAUREL HIGHLANDS – 9M

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

This is a lollipop hike and starts just west of the Beckleysville Road bridge. We will be hiking wide fire roads with many diversions to water views. The hike follows a cove to Grave Run which runs into the reservoir. We will also visit an old graveyard with one grave being that of a decorated […]

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 […]

LIBERTY RESERVOIR: MINERAL HILL TRAIL – 9.5M

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

This is an out and back hike along the northwestern side of Morgan Run at Liberty Reservoir, which primarily consists of fire roads and some single track trails and has many water views. Like most Liberty Reservoir hikes, there are no significant climbs but there is quite a bit of up and down for a […]

GREENBRIER 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 Greenbrier State Park and hike many of the trails in the park. There are several long climbs and the total ascent is 1600 feet. Please notify the hike leader if you plan to meet at the trailhead rather than carpool.

Canceled LITTLE GUNPOWDER FALLS to Bottom Rd – 5.5 E

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

This is an out and back hike along Little Gunpowder Falls, with to a loop to the Waterfalls and view of two waterfalls. Some minor stream crossings and mostly flat hiking. Hiking poles recommended for stream crossings. NO Spot A Pot: Separation as requested.

Leakin Park, Dickeyville & Hunting Ridge Circuit – 5.5M

Hike Distance:
5.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Duncan & Maxine Hodge

This 5-6 mile circuit hike will take us through the charming mill village of Dickeyville, follow the Gwynns Falls river through Leakin Park then into the neighboring community of Hunting Ridge and back through the park to our start. There is some road walking but mostly wooded paths and some modest ups and downs. One […]

FIRST SATURDAY HIKE – AT: WOLFSVILLE RD TO WASHINGTON MONUMENT– 13 / 23S (FAST)

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

This First Saturday Hike offers an out-and-back, self-paced hike which allows the hiker to explore speed and endurance. The hike has several turn around points which allow you to see how far you can go or how fast, in a supervised framework, untethered from a group. All hikers MUST turnaround no later than 12 noon; then, after a […]

PVSP HILTON AREA – 9M

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

This loop hike in Patapsco Valley State Park will use trail in the Hilton area including Santee Branch, Buzzard Rocks and Grist Mill Trails. Several moderate stream crossings (consider bringing hiking poles for the crossings), estimated total ascent of 1000 feet.

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

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

One of a series of 9 Moderate Plus hikes on the Appalachian Trail across Maryland. An out and back hike of a total of 10 miles going south from US-40 through Washington Monument State Park to Turner's Gap at US Rt 40 Alternate South Mountain Inn). Total elevation gain is 2,200 feet; with the longest […]

**CANCELED** SUGARLOAF – 12H

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

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

WOODSTOCK HIKE – 7M

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

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

GUNPOWDER FALLS STATE PARK AT JERUSALEM MILL – 4.5 E

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

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

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

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

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

PVSP: MCKELDIN AREA – 8.5M

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

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

CYLBURN ARBORETUM DAFFODILS – 5E

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

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

🐶 Loch Raven WOOF! Hike – 3E

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

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

FREDERICK MUNICIPAL FOREST – 10M

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

This 9-10 mile loop hike will start at Hamburg Road parking area and hike various trails in the area. The estimated total ascent is 1100 feet and there will be several routine stream crossings. Our pace while hiking will be 2.5 – 2.7 mph. Please indicate whether you plan to carpool or meet at the […]

LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR- MORGAN MILL TRAIL – 4.5 E

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

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

ROCKBURN PARK TO SWINGING BRIDGE – 7.5M

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

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

CONESTOGA TRAIL: HOUSE ROCK TO PINNACLE OVERLOOK – 10H

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

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

LAKE ROLAND – 8.5M

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

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

PVSP EAST OF OLD COURT ROAD – 9.5M+

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

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

PINEY RUN LAKE – 10M

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

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

HARPERS FERRY AND MARYLAND HEIGHTS – 9M+

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

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

AT: HARPERS FERRY TO KEYS GAP – 11H

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

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

Marshy Point Nature Center Hike – 5-E

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

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

ORANGE GROVE (SWINGING BRIDGE) MODERATE – 7M

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

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

Canceled LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR, MERRYMAN TRAIL AREA – 7M+

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

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

Canceled OREGON RIDGE-7M

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

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

🐶 Loch Raven WOOF! Hike – 3E

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

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

GAMBRILL STATE PARK – 11H

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

This loop hike will start from the Upper Parking Lot in Gambrills State Park and use several trails including the Catoctin Trail and the Yellow Poplar Trail. The estimated ascent is 1600 feet. Please indicate whether you plan to carpool or meet at the trailhead.

Signal Knob – 10.5M+

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

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

Canceled AT: PENMAR TO RAVEN ROCKS – 11H

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

An out and back hike of a total of 11 miles going south from Pen Mar Park to Raven Rocks, with lunch on the rocks. Total elevation gain is 1,200' with the longest climb of 600' over .8 mile. Trail is very rocky in places. No stream crossings. Our pace while hiking will be 2.5 […]

Canceled AVALON LOOP BOTH SIDES OF PATAPSCO – 8M

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

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

LITTLE GUNPOWDER – BOTTOM RD TO PLEASANTVILLE RD -5.5E

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

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

CROMWELL VALLEY / LOCH RAVEN – 8.5M+

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

Our hike begins at the white farmhouse in Cromwell Valley State Park, weaves through the wooded hills into the Loch Raven Watershed. We will pass by the upper and lower dams and have some excellent views of the water. There will be hills with about 800 feet of elevation including a few hard climbs. Moderate […]

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 […]

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

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

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

CANCELED – CROMWELL VALLEY – 11H

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

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

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

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

This “1st Saturday of the Month” Appalachian Trail hike offers an out-and-back, self-paced hike targeting a moving pace average of 3.0 mph or better over 15 to 20+ miles. The hike has intermediate “distance/ascent” targets, so you can both track how far/fast you have walked and test/develop your pace and stamina. All hikers MUST turnaround […]

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

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

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

LITTLE GUNPOWDER FALLS /JESSE’S TRAIL- 5.5 E/M

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

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

BROOKSIDE GARDENS AND WHEATON REGIONAL PARK – 6E

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

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

PVSP PICKALL AREA – 9M

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HIKE: Patapsco Valley State Park, / Grist Mill Trail / Lost Lake, 5.5 Miles, walk to the second Swinging Bridge. This is a new hike, very easy all paved trail and awesome views along the way. This paved pathway runs parallel to Patapsco River that provides scenic views leading past numerous sites of historic interest.

WOODSTOCK HIKE IN PVSP – 7.25 M

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

This hike on Wednesday April 10 in Patapsco Valley State Park will start at a trail head in the Woodstock parking lot across the street from the Woodstock Inn. This 7+ mile hike is hilly with 780 feet of elevation. There are several stream crossings so hiking poles would be helpful. My pace will be […]

MANOR AREA / FREDERICK MUN FOREST – 12H

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

This hike will start at the Manor Area of Cunningham Falls State Park. We will follow the Catoctin Trail south for several miles, stop at the White Rock overlook, and then hike on the Salamander Rock Trail and other trails in northern part of Frederick Municipal Forest before looping back to the Catoctin Trail and […]

PVSP: GNOME VILLAGE HIKE – 10.5H

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

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

UNION MILLS / HASHAWHA / BEAR BRANCH TRAILS – 10M

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

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

ROLAND PARK HISTORIC FOOTPATHS – 6M

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

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

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

Hike Distance:
11.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate Plus

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

AT: PENMAR TO ANTIETAM CREEK VALLEY – 14H

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

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

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

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

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

GUNPOWDER FALLS STATE PARK/HEREFORD – 7+M

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

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

LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR, MERRYMAN TRAIL AREA – 7M+

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

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

PVSP AVALON-ORANGE GROVE-FOOT BRIDGES-7M+

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

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

BIG GUNPOWDER FALLS/ BLUEBELL HIKE – 4E

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

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

🐶 Loch Raven WOOF! Hike – 3E

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

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

PVSP HOLLOFIELD AREA – 11H

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

This 10-11 mile hike will leave from the Hollofield area of Patapsco Valley State Park and cover trails in the Hollofield / Daniels area.

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

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

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

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

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

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

CARDEROCK / GREAT FALLS TRAILS – 13H

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

This 12-13 mile loop hike will begin at Carderock and follow a variety of trails (including Billy Goat A and C trails, the C&O Canal, and various wooded trails) in the Great Falls Area. The hike includes several very nice ridge views of the river from the Overlook Trail, and views of the falls from […]

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

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

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

WOODSTOCK EAST, HOWARD COUNTY SIDE – 10M+

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

Join us on this ~10 mile hike starting at the Woodstock Inn parking lot, and heading up the hill (East, down river) on a hike that meanders through the blooming Spring-time hillsides above the Patapsco River.  We’ll return on a leisurely walk along the river. Several rock-hopping stream crossings, including two that are a little […]

CROMWELL VALLEY PARK/ LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR – 5E

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

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

NORTHWEST PRETTYBOY: HOFFMANVILLE – 6M

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

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

MASSANUTTEN EAST – 12H

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

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

MOUNT MITCHELL – 12H

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

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

GREENBRIAR STATE PARK – 11.0H

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

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

🐶 Loch Raven WOOF! Hike – 3E

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

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

SOUTHERN FREDERICK MUNICIPAL FOREST – 12H

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

This 11-12 mile hike starts at Hamburg Road and follows trails in the southern part of Frederick Municipal Forest (including the Volkswagen Trail) and in the northern part of Gambrill State Park. The hike includes two hard climbs of 700+ feet over a one-mile section of trail. Please indicate whether you plan to carpool or […]

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

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

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

ROLAND PARK HISTORIC FOOTPATHS, 6 E-M

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

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

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

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

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

Canceled PVSP SOAPSTONE TRAIL – 9M

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

This 8-9 mile hike in the Glen Artney area of Patapsco Valley State Park will follow the Soapstone Trail and adjacent trails, finishing around noon. There will be a snack break but no lunch stop. The hike has some moderate hills and stream crossings.

Change In Start Location: AT: KEYS GAP TO BLACKBURN TRAIL CENTER – 13H

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

Join us on a pleasant stroll on the Appalachian Trail that starts at Keys Gap parking lot, and crisscrosses the Virginia/West Virginia line several times until we reach the turnoff for and descend down to Blackburn Trail Center. We will eat lunch before hiking back up to the AT and retracing our step, back to […]

STONEY RUN – 5.5E

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

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

LIBERTY RESERVOIR: MORGAN’S RUN LOOP – 8M

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

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

HIKE ACROSS MARYLAND (HAM)

Hike Distance:
Over 15 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Strenuous

Registration for the 2024 Hike Across Maryland (HAM) is now open!  Anyone wishing to sign up for the HAM, or learn more, can do so by going to 2024 Hike Across MD.  Non-MCM members will need to copy and paste the following link:       ‘      https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-2024-hike-across-maryland-ham-on-the-appalachian-trail-at-tickets-788210818777      ‘ The HAM, […]

ROCKBURN BRANCH PARK/PVSP – 11M/H

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

This 10-11 mile moderate-to-hard loop hike will begin on trails in Rockburn Branch Park and then quickly cross over to the nearby Avalon section of Patapsco Valley State Park. The hike has numerous moderate stream crossings and rolling hills. There will be about 1300 feet of ascent, and our pace while hiking will be about […]

GETTYSBURG BATTLEFIELD / BILLY YANK TRAIL – 10M

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

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

GUNPOWDER FALLS PRETTYBOY DAM AND PANTHER BRANCH LOOPS – 12H

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

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

Hammerman Gunpowder State Park Hike – 5E

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

Easy 5 hike on mostly flat trails. Some in woods and some paved. This is a waterfront park where those who want to walk less can have options. Park gate may not open until 10 but I have requested that be opened by 9:30. If it is not open before 10, just wait until they […]

Canceled PATUXENT RIVER STATE PARK AT RT. 97 – 7.5M

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

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

LIBERTY RESERVOIR: COOT PENINSULA – 10M+

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

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

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

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

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

WAITES RUN/POND RUN/WHITE ROCKS 2-DAY BEGINNER BACKPACK – 12M

Hike Distance:
12.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Rick Royer

Enjoy the nearby scenic Waites Run, Pond Run, White Rocks loop on the VA/WV border as a 2-day (Sat/Sun) backpack. This backpack is intended for beginner/first time backpackers and they will be given preference for backpacking spots. If desired for new backpackers, a pre-trip mid-week evening backpacking gear, food, packing, and pack adjustment meeting can […]

LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR, MERRYMAN TRAIL AREA – 7M+

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

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

CARRIE WAY TO MAIN LINE; DANIELS DAM – 7.5M

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

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

🐶 Loch Raven WOOF! Hike – 3E

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

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

FREDERICK MUNICIPAL FOREST / HAMBURG RD – 11H

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

This loop hike in Frederick County will start on the Catoctin Trail’s Hamburg Road parking area and then follow some of the many trails that network this forest. While the route will vary from hike to hike, there will be several moderate climbs for a total ascent of about 1500 feet and several stream crossings. […]

MANOR AREA/VANDAL TRAIL LOOP – 11H

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

This lollipop hike starts at the Manor Area parking area of Cunningham Falls State Park and follows the Catoctin Trail south into Cunningham Falls State Park and Frederick Municipal Forest. There will be stops at White Rock Overlook and Mountain Dale Overlook, with a pleasant stretch along the Vandal Trail and Little Fishing Creek. Several […]

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

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

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

PVSP, GLEN ARTNEY AREA TO OELLA – 8M

Hike Distance:
8.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate

One way hike in Baltimore County through the Glen Artney, Hilton, and Grays Mill areas to Oella. The hike has numerous stream crossings and steep but relatively short climbs. There will be a short car shuttle.

BIG GUNPOWDER FALLS – SWEATHOUSE BRANCH – 7M

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

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

GUNPOWDER FALLS STATE PARK AT JERUSALEM MILL – 4.5 E

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

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

🐶 Loch Raven WOOF! Hike – 3E

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

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

CALEDONIA STATE PARK – 11-12H – ANNIVERSARY HIKE

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

In May 1935, MCM led a 12-mile hike to view wild flowers in Caledonia State Park. The original description stated that the group hiked north on the A.T. and returned back on trails near the Chambersburg Reservoir. We will try to recreate that hike, going north on the Appalachian Trail, then using the Wigwam Trail […]

PVSP: ROCKBURN BRANCH PARK TO BLOEDE TRAIL – 10M+

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

This is a lollipop hike in Howard County from Rockburn Branch Park to Bloede Trail and back. There are a few minor stream crossings, some rocks, and about 1000 feet of elevation gain. Two crossings of Rockburn Branch use extended stepping stones and I myself require two hiking poles for balance. Our pace while hiking […]

HAVRE DE GRACE – 5E

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

Hike the North Park Loop Trail along the Susquehanna River beginning at the Susquehanna Loch Museum. The hike continues through the town of Havre de Grace to view the murals.

PVSP- ELIZA DORSEY LANE – 7-8/M

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

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

FIRST SATURDAY HIKE – AT: WEVERTON CLIFFS PARKING LOT TO WHITE ROCKS – 13.4/20.6 MILES – S

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

This “1st Saturday of the Month” Appalachian Trail hike offers an out-and-back, self-paced hike targeting a moving pace average of 3.0 mph or better over 15 to 20+ miles. The hike has intermediate “distance/ascent” targets, so you can both track how far/fast you have walked and test/develop your pace and stamina. All hikers MUST turnaround […]