Hiking Policy



Observance of the following guidelines will enhance the enjoyment of everyone: Register before the deadline, unless otherwise specified, no later than 9 PM the night before for day trips and Wednesday night for overnight weekend trips.  Early registration is helpful.

Trips are seldom canceled, even for inclement weather.  Check with the leader when conditions are questionable.  If you must cancel, call the leader before he or she leaves for the starting point.  Members and guests who cancel after trip arrangements have been made are billed for any food or other expenses incurred.

Arrive early.  The time posted on the schedule is for departure, not assembly.

Check with the leader before bringing small children. The consent of a parent or guardian is required for unaccompanied guests under 18 years of age.

Please consider completing a Voluntary Emergency Information Sheet.  (Click HERE for details).

Dog policy:

The symbol below denotes the only hikes where dogs are permitted:

The trip leader must be informed when a dog will be attending.

Dog owners are not expected to participate in a car pool with non-dog owners (unless two dog owners and dogs agree).

Dogs must be on a leash at all times and under control.

Rules of the venue pertaining to pets must be followed.

Owners must clean up after their dogs.

Owners must keep dogs away from other people during snack or lunch breaks.

Dogs must be friendly to other dogs and people on an outing.

Dogs do better in cooler weather. Be sure that your dog is up to doing the hike as described in the schedule.

The use of radios, cell phones, alcoholic beverages and drugs is not in harmony with our program.

Smoking is permitted only at break time.

Adjust to the leader's pace, neither forging ahead nor falling too far behind.  The leader should be told if you drop out, even temporarily.

Leave all flowers and other plants for others to enjoy.  Do not litter; take trash with you if proper disposal is not available.  Stay on the footpath.  MCM supports Leave No Trace principles.  "Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time."

Courtesy to the leader, your fellow hikers, and the landowners is a primary consideration.

The Mountain Club of Maryland, Inc. and/or its leaders, officers, or representatives, shall not be liable for any injury, loss or damage to persons and/or property, direct or consequential, arising out of any trips and/or activities of the Club.  The assumption of risk, which is inherent in this type of rugged outdoor activity, is implied on the part of each person who attends any club trip; and every person participating in any of said trips and/or activities assumes all risk and liability in connection therewith.

All trips, unless otherwise specified, require registration before the trip date to allow the leader to make preparations.  Leaders may close registration early when necessary to limit the size of the hike.  The leader may also refuse registration to persons who may not be sufficiently strong to stay with the group.

Suggestions To Hikers

  •  It is important to bring an adequate amount of drinking water—especially on hot, humid days. At least two quarts are recommended, and in addition, a sports drink, to help restore electrolytes.
  •  Clothing that will stand rough usage is essential.
  •  Wear enough to keep warm while walking and carry a jacket or sweater for inactive periods.
  •  Sturdy footwear is a must.
  •  On long trips, it is advisable to bring a change of shoes and clothing, and carry a flashlight.
  •  Bring your own lunch and other foods as the length of the trip warrants to sustain your energy.
  •  A daypack is recommended for hiker convenience.
  •  On overnight trips, check with the leader concerning equipment needed.