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PVSP WOODSTOCK TO ALBERTON – 12H

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

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

AT: WOLFSVILLE RD TO RAVEN ROCK SHELTER – 11H

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

An out and back 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 one unbridged stream crossing. Our pace while hiking will average 2.5 […]

Lower Laurel Highlands – 8M

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

Wednesday, January 4, 2023: Lower Laurel Highlands, 8 M Registration Required. 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. Pace will be 2.3 […]

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.

FIRST SATURDAY HIKE –13.6, 15.9, 21.6 S

Hike Distance:
Over 15 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Strenuous
Hike Leader:
Rich Palladino

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

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. We […]

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 suburb, 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 […]

NORTHPOINT STATE PARK – 5E

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

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

PVSP WOODSTOCK AREA – 9M

Hike Distance:
9.0 Miles
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 between Woodstock and Daniels Roads. Total ascent will be about 1100 feet.

🐶 Loch Raven WOOF! Hike – 4E

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

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

PVSP: Henryton – 10H

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

This hike is in Carroll 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 2.5 - 2.8 mph. Sections of the trail will be slippery […]

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.

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, jeckard@comcast.net (preferred) or 443-286-6819.

Tracey’s Store/Prettyboy Trails – 9M

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

Saturday, January 14, 2023: Tracey’s Store/Prettyboy Trails, 9M Registration Required. 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 […]

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 will include one or two hard climbs of 700+ feet over a one-mile section of trail.

MASON-DIXON/OTTER CREEK TRAILS/UREY OVERLOOK – 6M

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

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

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 […]

OREGON RIDGE PARK – 5E/M

Hike Distance:
5.0 Miles
Hike Leader:
Marsha McLaughlin

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

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. We […]

CROMWELL VALLEY/LOCH RAVEN – 7.5M

Hike Distance:
7.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
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 visit the upper dam and have some excellent views of the water. There will be hills with about 800 feet of elevation, if recent rains, there will be muddy areas. We […]

🐶 Loch Raven WOOF! Hike – 4E

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

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

CUNNINGHAM FALLS STATE PARK MANOR AREA – 11H

Hike Distance:
11.0 Miles
Hike Leader:
Bill Saunders

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

WEDNESDAY- JANUARY 25 – PINEY RUN PARK – 9M

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

Join me for a hike in Carroll County starting in the undeveloped part of Piney Run Park. We will use mostly single track trails for about 2.5 miles until we reach the developed part of the park. There we will do 4 miles of mostly wide, easy trails, before hiking the 2.5 miles back to […]

Marshy Point Nature Center Hike -5E

– 7130 Marshy Point Rd, Middle River , MD 21220
Hike Distance:
5.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Easy
Hike Leader:
Deanna Phelps

Easy 5 mile hike. All flat trails through woods. Wear hiking boots and bring sticks in case it’s “marshy”. Meet at 10 AM. Come early to see the Nature Center exhibits - many interesting critters inside and birds outside. Bring lunch for stop in woods.

GREENBRIAR STATE PARK – 11H

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

This 10-11 mile hike will start from the parking lot above the lake in Greenbriar State Park and hike many of the trails in the park. There are several long climbs and the total ascent is 1600 feet. Please notify the hike leader if you plan to meet at the trailhead rather than carpool.

OREGON RIDGE – 6M

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

Hike the hilly trails of Oregon Ridge park. There will be a few stream crossings. Muddy trails likely. Hiking poles recommended. Snack break at halfway. Pace 2.5 mph

YORK, PA: LAKE REDMAN HIKE – 11 H

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

This 10-11 mile hikes is on trails in the woods near Lake Redman in the York, PA watershed, with some hills and occasional views of the lake.  We will hike at a pace of about 2.5 – 3 mph and have near the lake. The total elevation change is approximately 1500 feet.

Canceled LIBERTY RESERVOIR: QUARRY TRAIL & MORE – 9M

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

This hike is a mixture of fire roads and single track foot paths that includes trails along the shoreline south of Liberty Road and the south side of Liberty Dam, including quarry areas used as a fill source during the building of the dam, and has many water views. There are a few steep but […]

HASHAWHA ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER – 8M

Hike Distance:
8.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Mike O’Connor

We will hike 8 miles at a moderate pace in this Carroll County Park. We will use Hashawha trails and adjoining Union Mills trails. Elevation gain is approximately 700 feet. We will stop for lunch. Meet at the Bear Branch Nature Center parking area at 10:30am. Note: The nature center restrooms do not open until […]

AT: Weverton Cliffs to Gathland State Park – 12.5H

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

This is an out and back along the Maryland AT.  Starting from the Weverton Cliffs Parking area we will hike North on the AT to Gathland State Park, have lunch there, and return. There is an initial steep climb up to Weverton Cliffs to warm us up, then rolling trail to Gathland.  Several rocky areas […]

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 […]

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

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

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

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 […]

🐶 Loch Raven WOOF! Hike – 4E

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

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

PVSP HILTON AREA – 8M

Hike Distance:
8.0 Miles
Hike Leader:
Bill Saunders

This 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 900 feet.

THURSTON GRIGGS TRAIL TO COWALL SHELTER – 11H

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

This is an 11 mile out-and-back hike in Frederick County. This hike celebrates the Thurston Griggs Trail (TGT), named in honor of one of our illustrious 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 it […]

Prettyboy Reservoir, CCC Trails – 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 fireroads and trails that were actually built by the Civil Conservation Corps (President Roosevelt). These trails are some of the most popular trails at Prettyboy. We will also hike the Prettyboy Trail to another small peninsula to get the best view of Goose […]

Hammerman Gunpowder State Park Hike – 5E

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

Hammerman Gunpowder State Park, 7200 Graces Quarters Rd., Middle River, MD 21020 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 […]

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 […]

GUNPOWDER NORTH – 7M OR 13H

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 […]

PVSP Avalon Area: 9-10 Mile M/H Hike

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

This moderate-to-hard hike loop hike will cover a distance of 9-10-miles on trails in the Avalon area of Patapsco State Park.

Southern Frederick Municipal Forest Trails – 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 a hard climb of 700+ feet over a one-mile section of trail. Please email the hike leader if you plan […]

Loch Raven Reservoir Trail – 4.5 E

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

This is a scenic and relatively easy forest hike along the shore of the Loch Raven Reservoir. You’ll pass many awesome viewpoints where you can get great view of the water and forest of the Reservoir. One stream crossing (easy) hiking poles as desired. There are not any rest rooms or Porta-Potty. Separation will be […]

PVSP – Rockburn Branch Trail – 7M

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

Rockburn Branch Trail features 7.4 miles of trails that wind through scenic woodlands, freshwater marshes and stream valleys.  Some stream crossings.  LEADER:  Rose Redd

PVSP CHEVROLET LOOP – 7M

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

We start at St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Church on Old Court Road and follow the trail near the church past what was Woodstock College and down to the Patapsco. We then turn west and eventually loop around and back to the church. Some minor stream crossings, some rocky and muddy patches. Approx. 600 feet of elevation. […]

🐶 Loch Raven WOOF! Hike – 4E

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

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

CATOCTIN TRAIL SERIES #1 – GAMBRILL STATE PARK TO HAMBURG ROAD– 12H

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

This 12-mile loop hike is the first of a series of 5 hikes that will cover the entire Catoctin Trail) in a northbound direction. We will start from the Upper Parking Lot in Gambrills State Park and follow the Catoctin Trail north to Hamburg Road. Then we will return to Gambrills using the Power Line […]

GWYNNS FALLS/LEAKIN PARK – 5E

Hike Distance:
5.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Easy
Hike Leader:
Jim Floyd

This approx. 5-mile circuitous hike goes through this Baltimore City woodland, starting from Leakin Park entrance parking lot (1920 Eagle Drive, 21207). Registration not required. Questions: Jim Floyd,  jimdorisarnold@yahoo.com

PVSP: HENRYTON – 12 H

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

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

Gunpowder West – 8M

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

Explore the area between Prettyboy Reservoir and I-83 via the Mingo Forks, Bunker Hill, Gunpowder South and Highland trails at a moderate pace, Route/mileage may vary with trail conditions. No carpool -- we start hiking from the Park & Ride. Email jreckard191@gmail.com or call 443-286-6819 for more information.

COMPTON PEAK – 13H

Hike Distance:
13.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Patty Williams

Note:  Start Time is TBD (not as indicated) This is an out and back hike on the AT in the northern section of Shenandoah National Park from Rt. 522 to Compton Peak and back. The total elevation gain is roughly 2500 feet. The trip will be lead at a moderate pace and is suitable for […]

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. We […]

Prettyboy Reservoir – Bollinger Trail Hike – 9M

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

Saturday, February 25, 2023: Prettyboy Reservoir – Bollinger Trail Hike – 9M Registration Required: Join us for a 10 mile 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 […]

MARYLAND A.T.: – PENMAR TO RAVEN ROCK – 11H

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 side trips to the High Rock overlock and the Devils Race Course. We will have lunch at the shelter. Please email me at trailsaunders@gmail.com if you plan to meet at the trailhead […]

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 […]

PVSP: FREEDOM PARK TO MCKELDIN- 11H

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

This mostly out and back hike with a couple of loops in the middle, will follow the South Branch Patapsco River on the Carroll County side from Freedom Park to the McKeldin area of PVSP. Our pace while hiking will be about 2.5 mph. There is about 1000 ft in elevation change.

GEORGES CREEK TO SHAMBERGER’S PENINSULA – 8M

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 the Prettyboy Watershed. 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 […]

Fort McHenry, Water Taxi, Riverside Park Hike – 6E

Hike Distance:
6.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Easy
Hike Leader:
Linda Speaker

Easy 6 mile flat, urban walk. No sticks or heavy duty boots needed. Fort McHenry entrance is free. We’ll circle the Fort, then head to Under Armour, (Tide Point Landing), catching the 10:45 water taxi to Canton. We’ll walk a quick 1 mile back and forth along the river, and take the 11:15 taxi back. […]

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

Hike Difficulty:
Strenuous
Hike Leader:
Jen Merriman

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 […]

PROVIDENCE RD 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: […]

Catoctin Mountain Park (West Side) – 8M

Hike Distance:
8.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Mike O’Connor

We will hike in the less-traveled west side of the park. We will start at Camp Round Meadow and follow the Browns Farm Trail, Owens Creek area trails, and the Catoctin Trail. The pace will be moderate (around 2.4 mph). The elevation gain is approximately 800 feet. We will stop for lunch at one of […]

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 north of Woodstock Road 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.

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".

ROCKBURN PARK TO CASCADE FALLS – 7M

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

Beginning at Rockburn Park we will hike to Hanging Bridge for lunch, and hike back passing Cascade Falls. Only 1 moderate stream crossing we will cross twice. Hiking poles will be helpful. No significant elevation.

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. We […]

Prettyboy Reservoir – Spooks Hills Trails – 8.5M

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

Saturday, March 11th: 7M or 8.5M hike in a remote area on the southeast side of Prettyboy Reservoir. We will hike on an old horse & buggy road with stone foundations on both sides and interesting remains of an under road stonewall surrounding a spring, and then hike more trails passing an old CCC (Civil […]

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 […]

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

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 – 4E

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

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

PVSP OELLA-PICKALL AREA – 9M

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

This hike starts at Drexel Woods Drive in Baltimore County and hikes north to the Pickall pavilions area before looping back down to the river and returning to the starting point. The estimated ascent is 1100 feet, with several moderate climbs. Our pace while hiking will be 2.5 – 2.7 mph.

GREAT FALLS AREA AND BILLY GOAT TRAIL – 12H

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

This hike will begin at Carderock and follow a variety of trails (including the Billy Goat A and C trails, the C&O Canal towpath, and various wooded trails) in the Great Falls Area. The hike includes several overlooks, including a walk on the Great Falls Overlook boardwalk. Note that the Billy Goat A Trail is […]

GREAT FALLS AREA AND C&O CANAL – 11M/H

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

This hike is a companion hike to the 12H harder version that includes the Billy Goat A Trail. This less strenuous version will also begin at Carderock and follow a variety of trails (including the Billy Goat C trails, the C&O Canal towpath, and various wooded trails) in the Great Falls Area. The hike includes […]

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

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 one or two stream crossings. Scenic short hike to the Jericho Road covered bridge.

PVSP ST. JOHNSBURY RD TO PICKALL LOOP – 8M

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

We begin at the St. Johnsbury Road trailhead through the woods and down trails to the Patapsco. Travel along the river and the loop trail through the Pickall area and back. A few stream crossings, rocky trails and nice river views. Pace 2.5 mph. There will be a 20 minute lunch break at the pavilion […]

CATOCTIN TRAIL SERIES: FREDERICK MUN.FOREST TRAIL LOOP HIKE – 13H

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

This 12-13 loop hike is the second in a series of 5 hikes that will travel the entire Catoctin Trail) in a northbound direction. We will start on the Hamburg Road parking area and then follow the Catoctin Trail north to the Death March Trail, then loop back to Hamburg Road on various side trails. […]

HARPERS FERRY AND MARYLAND HEIGHTS – 9H

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

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 […]

GLEN ELLEN TRAIL/LOCH RAVEN – 7M

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

Robert Gilmor III built a three-story early Gothic Revival mansion in 1833 which was to resemble a Scottish castle. He named it Glen Ellen. The trail is named after this mansion. The beginning of the hike will follow the shoreline of Loch Raven. We will pass Maggie's Point, Sam's Grave, the final resting place of […]

CROMWELL VALLEY/LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR – 5E/M

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

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

AT maintenance – Tagg Run bridge replacement

Hike Distance:
2.0 Miles
Hike Leader:
Jerry Wright

After years of planning and getting project approvals from multiple agencies, we finally have permission to start replacing the bridge at Tagg Run near Mt. Holly Springs, PA. The span is 38 ft with side rails 4 ft high. Over 600 board feet of lumber will be milled on site and placed on stringers. We […]

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, where we will explore nearby trails, before settling down for lunch. Then we return. Total climb: ~2100 feet, […]

LOCH RAVEN DAM – 9.0M

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

Join us on an 8.75-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 […]

2023 Patapsco FUN Series – Day 1 – Woodstock – Volunteer Opportunity

Hike Leader:
Steve Kempler

Go to registration at: https://x.gldn.io/e/0tCH30BRayb DESCRIPTION Kicking off the 2023 Patapsco Fun Series in the Woodstock area of the park! Pre-registration only. Warning, there is a 3-mile hike to the work site!                Purpose Helping build and maintain over 240 miles of trail in one of the country's largest […]

LIBERTY RESERVOIR: QUARRY TRAIL & MORE – 8.5M

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

This hike is a mixture of fire roads and single track foot paths that includes trails along the shoreline south of Liberty Road and the south side of Liberty Dam, including quarry areas used as a fill source during the building of the dam, and has many water views. There are a few steep but […]

Fort McHenry, Water Taxi, Riverside Park Hike – 5E

Hike Distance:
5.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Easy
Hike Leader:
Linda Speaker

Easy 6 mile flat, urban walk. No sticks or heavy duty boots needed. Fort McHenry entrance is free. Park in the lot nearest to the Visitor Center. We’ll circle the Fort, then head to Under Armour, (Tide Point Landing), catching the 10:45 water taxi to Canton. We’ll walk a quick 1 mile back and forth […]

PINEY RUN PARK- 11H

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

Join me for a hike in Carroll County starting in the undeveloped part of Piney Run Park. We will use mostly single track trails for the first 2.5 miles until we reach the developed part of the park. There we will do 6 miles of mostly wide, easy trails, before hiking the 2.5 miles back […]

LITTLE GUNPOWDER FALLS/JESSE’S TRAIL – 5E

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

In and out hike along wooded trails, some along the falls and on Jesse's trail. We will leave from Harford Rd, cross Belair Rd and go a short distance toward Jerusalem Mill. Hiking poles recommended. Few very minor creek crossings, but may be muddy in spots. Questions: sriddleberger@comcast.net or 410-978-0213

First Saturday Hike— AT: WOLFSVILLE ROAD TO WASHINGTON MONUMENT–13/17.6/23.4

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

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. Think "personal best" or "surprise myself!" All hikers MUST turnaround no […]

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. We […]

PVSP EAST OF OLD COURT RD – 8.5M

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

April Fools Hike starts 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 […]

Appalachian Trail – Tagg Run bridge replacement

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

This trip will be focused on preparing the stringer logs for later use plus cutting slabs from other logs to make bridge decking. There is about 80 linear feet of logs that need to be debarked by hand and elevated off the ground. We have a variety of hand tools to work with and space […]

🐶 Loch Raven WOOF! Hike – 4E

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

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

ROCKBURN BRANCH PARK/PVSP – 9M

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

This 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 mph. There will […]

AT: WOLFSVILLE RD TO ANNAPOLIS ROCKS – 12H

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

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.

Big Gunpowder Falls – Central / Belair Rd-Perry Hall – 4.5E

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

Pass thru the tunnel and take a scenic hike along the Big Gunpowder Falls and surrounding hills (taking blue to orange trails). One minor stream crossing. Lunch next to the creek. Creek crossing optional. Can be muddy in places. Hiking poles recommended. This could be considered an easy to moderate hike.

Patuxent River State Park at Rt. 97 – 7+M

Hike Distance:
7.0 Miles
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.. We will hike on both sides of the Patuxent River on both marked and unmarked trails with occasional glimpses of the river. The terrain is mostly rolling but does have a few steep […]

OREGON RIDGE PARK – 7.5M

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

Oregon Ridge offers wonderful hiking trails and wooded 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 […]

FREDERICK MUNICIPAL FOREST – 10M

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

This 9-10 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 email me at trailsaunders@gmail.com if you plan to meet at the […]

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 […]

Appalachian Trail – Tagg Run bridge replacement

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

This trip will be focused on foundation and rock work with a few people assisting with cutting slabs from oak trees to make into decking. We'll be laying out the foundations, digging pits for foundation stone, breaking up stone for crush & fill in the bottom of the pits and splitting a couple of boulders […]

CYLBURN ARBORETUM – 5E

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

We will walk through the grounds and gardens and the trails through the woods, and a bit of Baltimore history. Some is flat, somewhat rocky/ hilly areas, should not be muddy. Rain or shine. If the weather is nice, it's a great place for a picnic after the hike!

GAMBRILL STATE PARK CIRCUIT VIA CATOCTIN TRAIL– 12H

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

This 12-mile loop starting from the Upper Parking Lot in Gambrills State Park and following the Catoctin Trail. After lunch near a pond, we will return via the Power Line and Yellow Poplar Trails. There will be about 1800 feet of ascent, including one 700-foot climb over 1.3 miles. Average pace 2.5 - 3.0.  When […]

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.

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.

PVSP: SYKESVILLE TO MARRIOTTSVILLE – 13H

Hike Distance:
13.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard

We will be hiking on both sides of the river, in Carroll and Howard Counties. There will be some bushwhacking, minor stream crossings, and about 1000 feet of elevation gain. The hike will be led at a moderate pace.

BIG GUNPOWDER / BLUEBELL HIKE 5/E

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

Hike along both sides 0f the Big Gunpowder Falls off of Belair Rd in Kingsville to view the beautiful wild Virginia bluebells 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. Separation […]

PVSP MARRIOTSVILLE ROAD TO SYKESVILLE AREA – 13H

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

This 12-13 mile hike starts at the Marriotsville Road parking area next to the railroad tracks, then hikes north towards Sykesville using the HoCo / River Road Trail and various side trails. There will be about 1200-1300 feet of ascent. We will have lunch at the stone ruins, then return. BECAUSE OF LIMITED PARKING SPACE, […]

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 […]

PVSP: START ROCKBURN BRANCH PARK – 12H

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

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

FORT MCHENRY TO FEDERAL HILL – 5-6 E

Hike Distance:
5.5 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Easy

An urban walk from Fort McHenry National Park through Tide Point to Federal Hill Park for lunch stop, then a return through the Federal and Locust Point neighborhoods to the Fort McHenry National Park site. If you have a NPS Golden Age pass, you and 3 guests can tour the fort for free after the […]

PVSP: MCKELDIN NORTH – 8M

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

Explore the Patapsco River South Branch on the Carroll County side from Sykesville to McKeldin. We will hike at a pace of about 2.5 mph along trails that are often muddy, narrow and steep. There are a couple of small stream crossings. Hiking poles are recommended.

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. We […]

Canceled Prettyboy Trail – Georges Creek to Stacey’s Store Road – 9M

Hike Distance:
9.0 Miles
Hike Leader:
Caryn Joachim

Join us on this 9 mile 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 […]

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 […]

🐶 Loch Raven WOOF! Hike – 4E

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

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

GREENBRIAR STATE PARK – 10-11H

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 email me at trailsaunders@gmail.com if you plan to meet at the trailhead rather than carpool.

OREGON RIDGE – 6M

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

Hike the hilly trails of Oregon Ridge park. There will be a few stream crossings. Muddy trails likely. Hiking poles recommended. Snack break at halfway. Pace 2.5 mph

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 […]

MARSHY POINT NATURE CENTER – 5E

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

All flat trails through woods, with some water views. Wear hiking boots and bring sticks in case it's "marshy". Come early to see the Nature Center exhibits - many interesting critters inside and birds outside. Bring lunch for stop in the woods.

RUINS OF MERRYMAN’S MILL/LOCH RAVEN -7M

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

This is a loop in one of the prettiest sections of Loch Raven. The hike will feature views of the lake, a few minor stream crossings, and a few hills, one is very steep. We will also check out the foundations for various buildings once belonging to the Merryman's, a smoke house, well, and their […]

Backpack – 19 miles – Caledonia State Park/Michaux State Park, PA

Hike Distance:
Over 15 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Mary Moore

SCOUTING BACKPACK - 19 mile loop, includes part of the PA - AT. Moderate - elevation gain of 3,379'. Pace will try to stay together. However, faster hikers can go forward. No one currently signed up for this backpack has hiked this trail before. Day one - 7 miles, Days two and three to be […]

CROMWELL VALLEY – LOCH RAVEN – 8M

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

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

ACLT Parkers Creek Preserve Barn to Barn Hike – 10H – CANCELLED

Hike Distance:
10.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Hard
Hike Leader:
Christina Lansford

ACLT Parkers Creek Preserve Barn to Barn Hike 10H Hike Leaders: Christina Lansford and Gerry Sneeringer The Barn to Barn barbell hike begins on the north side at the Double Oak Farm trailhead, crossing reclaimed farmland to Parkers Creek. A 3-person pulley-drawn raft (with guardrails and PFDs) ferries hikers across the creek. From there the […]

CANCELLED – Prettyboy Trail. CCC to Prettyboy Dam 8H

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

CANCELLED - A hike on the Prettyboy Trail all along the water from the CCC Trailhead to Copperhead Point and then all the way to the Dam where we will have lunch.  Past Copperhead Point is the hardest part of the trail with extended rock scrambles and a slope side narrow trail that makes you […]

CATOCTIN TRAIL SERIES: MANOR AREA TO FREDERICK MUN FOREST – 12H – CANCELLED

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

This lollypop hike is the third in a series of 5 hikes that will cover the entire Catoctin Trail (CT) in a northbound direction. We will start at the Manor Area of Cunningham Falls State Park, then follow the CT south for several miles. After a stop at the White Rock overlook, we will use […]

Canceled ROCKS STATE PARK – 6M

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

This is a loop hike of about 6 miles with around 800 ft. elevation gain. Note that the elevation gain may make this hike more challenging than many other moderate hikes. We will visit the Queen and King’s Seat, a high rock outcropping with expansive views of farmland around the area and a view of […]

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 […]

PRETTYBOY TRAIL – GEORGES CREEK TO STACEY’S STORE ROAD – 8M

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

Join us on this 8 mile lollipop hike that traverses 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 […]

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 […]

Old Ellicott City to PVSP – Hollifield Area – 9M

Hike Distance:
9.0 Miles
Hike Difficulty:
Moderate
Hike Leader:
Bridget McCusker

There will be some road walking as we walk/hike from Old Ellicott City to the Hollifield area of PVSP. We will meet at the parking lot behind the former location of the Howard County Circuit Court building, 8360 Court Ave., 21043. It is a large parking lot that is usually empty these days. You can […]

CHESAPEAKE BAY ENVRONMENTAL CENTER IN GRASONVILLE, MD – 5E

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

This flat hike has history, marsh, beach, woods, birds of prey and great views. After the hike, you can go on a led paddle tour with commentary about local flora and fauna. kayak rentals are $20.

Otter Creek WV Wilderness Backpack – 20H

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

Hike the beautiful damp rhododendron-filled Otter Creek Wilderness in WV. We will start from lower Otter Creek Dry Fork trailhead backpacking upstream. On day 2 we will day hike a large loop consisting of the middle portions Otter Creek and the Shaver's Mtn and Green Mtn trails in varying terrain from the Otter Creek trail […]

AT: WEVERTON CLIFFS PARKING LOT TO ROCKY RUN SHELTER – 13.4/20.6/24.2 MILES – S

Hike Difficulty:
Strenuous
Hike Leader:
Bill Grubb

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

LOCH RAVEN DAM – 9.0M

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

LITTLE GUNPOWDER FALLS /JESSE’S TRAIL- 5E

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

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

The Patapsco Fun Series

All the rain requires the FUN day to be rescheduled to Sunday, May 7. If you registered but can't make it please cancel your registration. If you had not registered, here is another chance. If you registered and can make it, no further action is necessary. Please see the following link for additional information, registration, […]

PVSP MCKELDIN AREA – 8M

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

This hike will cover most of the trails in the McKeldin area of Patapsco Valley State Park.

Canceled MASON-DIXON/OTTER CREEK TRAILS/UREY OVERLOOK – 6M

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

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

PATUXENT RIVER PARK / JUG BAY – 14H

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

This 13-14-mile loop hike will use trails in the Jug Bay Natural Resources Area of Patuxent River Park in Upper Marlboro. Despite the length of the hike, the trails are not difficult; there are no rocks and few large hills. Much of the hike will be on wooded trails with mild rolling hills, but there […]

Wednesday, May 10: Prettyboy Trail, CCC to Dam, 8H

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

Wednesday, May 10: Prettyboy Trail – CCC to Dam 8H Registration Required. This hike was canceled April 29 per the weather & rescheduled per the request of a member. 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, […]

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. Bring lunch. 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 […]

PVSP – McKeldin – 7.5M

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

This hike has plenty of hills and water views. We'll cover about 7 miles with only minor stream crossings and approximately 900 ft. elevation gain. Bring water and lunch. LEAVE: 10.00 A.M. from the parking lot at Gate House. From Liberty RD.(Rt.26) south on Marriottsville Rd. drive 4.4 miles to park entrance on the left. […]

Canceled SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK: BUCK HOLLOW TO MARY’S ROCK – 9H

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

This beautiful loop hike offers wonderful views of Lourey’s valley from Mary’s Rock. The trail starts at U.S. Route 211 near Sperryville, Virginia, crosses two streams on boulders and soon splits. We will go clockwise, taking Buck Ridge Trail to Skyline Drive and continue on the Meadow Spring Trail to Mary’s Rock (all the way […]

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. We […]

Red Run Trail,Soldier’s Delight Fire area – 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 (now the Red Run Trail) and wanders down through a quiet valley surrounded by development. We eventually enter Soldiers Delight, take a loop trail through the park past wooded and brush areas badly damaged by the major April fire. Then loop around past the […]

🐶 Loch Raven WOOF! Hike – 4E

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

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

PVSP HOLLOFIELD AREA – 10H

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

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

SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN – 11H

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

This 10+ mile hike in Montgomery County starts from Sugarloaf ’s East parking lot. There is approximately 2000 ft of elevation gain with some very rocky sections of trail. The hiking pace will be 2.5 – 3 mph. Lunch will be at White Rocks Overlook. L

Loch Raven Reservoir Trail – 4.5E

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

This is a scenic and relatively easy forest hike along the shore of the Loch Raven Reservoir. You’ll pass many awesome viewpoints where you can get great view of the water and forest of the Reservoir. One stream crossing (easy) hiking poles as desired. There are not any rest rooms or Porta-Potty. Separation will be […]

GUNPOWDER FALLS STATE PARK – HEREFORD ZONE – 8M

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

The hike will be 8 moderate miles along the Mingo Forks Trail to the Gunpowder South Trail. We will hike up to the Prettyboy Dam and return along the Highland Trail. Be prepared for a few minor stream crossings, possible slippery rocks in places, and a few moderate hills. LEADER: Steve Weber, weber962@hotmail.com

Antietam Kayak/Hike/Camping Trip – 9 kayak / 5-6E

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

Antietam Kayak/Hike/Bike – Camping Trip - 9 mile kayak - M / 5-6 mile hike E  Friday – Arrive at Antietam Creek Campsite (along Canal) – check-in any time after 1pm. Site #10 - across from camp manager. No schedule for Friday - hike or bike C&O Canal Path that borders the campsite or hang […]

GUNPOWDER FALLS – SWEATHOUSE BRANCH – 7.5M

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

Ok From Belair Road, we start along the Gunpowder looping east, then turn west along the river and, then north through the wooded hills above the river with interesting mix of terrain. Several stream crossings with a number of small waterfalls, and less than 400 feet of elevation. There will be a 20 minute lunch […]

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 (including the Volkswagen Trail) and in the northern part of Gambrill State Park. The hike will include one or two hard climbs of 700+ feet over one-mile sections of trail. PLEASE NOTIFY THE HIKE LEADER WHETHER YOU PLAN […]

AT: GATHLAND STATE PARK TO WEVERTON CLIFFS – 11 H

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

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