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THE BASICS

  • All trips require advance registration unless otherwise specified. If weather is inclement, call leader to confirm that hike is still on.
  • The Hike Grading indicates the estimated length of the hike and difficulty. It is located after the date and name of the hike. The first character is the estimated miles. The second character is the estimated difficulty: (E) Easy, (M) Moderate, (H) Hard, and (S) Strenuous.
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ACTIVITIES SCHEDULE
(A Fully Detailed Schedule Is Available To Paid-Up Members Who Are Logged In)

WEDNESDAY - FEBRUARY 21 - GUNPOWDER STATE PARK BELOW PRETTYBOY RESERVOIR - 5M

Hike is mostly flat along the river heading upstream towards Prettyboy dam, with some hills and a challenging, but pretty, rocky stretch along the river before looping back downriver to the parking lot. For more information, phone 410 206 5478.

WEDNESDAY - FEBRUARY 21-PATAPSCO STATE PARK-AVALON AREA-7M

This easy to moderate hike features a waterfall, some elevation, stream crossings and meadows at a moderate pace of 2 miles per hour. For more information, phone 410 536-1956.

WEDNESDAY - FEBRUARY 21 - GREENBRIER SP. TO WASHINGTON MONUMENT - 12H

This out-and-back 12 mile hike in Washington County begins in a far corner of the Greenbrier State Park, proceeds past Greenbrier Lake, ascends the Bartman Hill Trail to the Appalachian Trail, and then heads south for lunch at the Washington Monument. There are many rocky sections of trail, no stream crossings to speak of, and about 2,000 feet of total ascent . Our pace while hiking will be 2.5 - 3 mph. L For more information, phone 410-747-2868. CARPOOL COST: $6.00.

SATURDAY - FEBRUARY 24 - PRETTYBOY RESERVOIR - SPOOKS HILL TRAILS - 9.5 M

A hike in a remote area on the east side of Prettboy Reservoir. We will follow a loop trail down to Indian House Rock, a point of rocks extending into the lake which was actually the top of a cave where Native Americans lived. Then we’ll hike on an old horse & buggy road with interesting remains of an under road stonewall surrounding a spring, and hike more trails passing an old CCC (Civil Conservation Corp) Camp and to a great point of rocks for lunch with a great view of the end of the reservoir & dam. Two stream crossings. Bring water & a lunch. Pace will be 2.5 mph. For more information, phone 410-374-4879. Guests please call by 8 p.m. Thursday. CARPOOL COST: $1.00

SUNDAY - FEBRUARY 25 - ROCKBURN BRANCH PARK/PVSP - 7M

This Sunday morning hike will use trails in Rockburn Branch Park and the the nearby section of Patapsco Valley State Park. The hike has some stream crossings and hills and a few rocky sections of trail. Our pace while hiking will be about 2.5 mph. For more information, phone 443-805-5408.

WEDNESDAY - FEBRUARY 28 - BALTIMORE CITY - 4/5E

Walk the grounds of Clover Hill Mansion, The Peace Cross Memorial, Homeland neighborhood, Confederate Women of Maryland Monument, Homewood campus and sculpture garden, Homewood House, BMA sculpture garden, etc. Lunch in the Dell. Eat your bag lunch in Wyman Park Dell (Park). For more information, phone 410-340-7402 MW

WEDNESDAY - FEBRUARY 28- OELLA TO BANNEKER PARK-7.5M

Start in Oella and walk along the river past some nice rapids up to the location of the now-gone Union Dam US-40, returning via the Number 9 Trolley Line with lunch in Banneker Park. Pace will be 2.5-3 mph with one long hill of 600’. For more information, phone, 410-245-9843. No calls or text messages after 9 PM, please.

WEDNESDAY - FEBRUARY 28 - PVSP: DORSEY TUNNEL -13H

Join us on this 13.5 mile Patapsco Valley State Park hike in Howard and Baltimore Counties. The hike has four stream crossings, little by way of rocky terrain, some off-trail hiking, and 2,200+ feet of elevation gain, including a few steep ascents and descents. Our pace while hiking will be 2.5 - 3 mph, and we'll have lunch overlooking the Patapsco River. For more information, phone 410-747-2868.

SUNDAY - MARCH 4 - ROCKBURN / PVSP - 8M

Join us on this 8 mile Howard County hike that employs both the Rockburn Branch Park and the Patapsco Valley State Park.  The configuration of the hike looks like a 5.2 mile balloon on a 1.4 mile out-and-back string.  The hike has three stream crossings, a couple of sections of rugged trail, and 800+ feet of climbing.  Our pace while hiking will average 2.5 - 3.0 mph.  There will be no lunch on this hike but we will have a 10 minute snack break.  For more information, phone 443 603-7260.

SUNDAY - MARCH 4 - SUSQUEHANNA STATE PARK - 8M

There’s a little bit of everything in terms of scenery - old grist mill, river views, patches of dense forests, historic white oaks, open fields, and Steppingstone Museum grounds.  Pace averages 2.5+ mph.  For more information, phone (410) 948-9189.  No calls after 8:30 PM.

WEDNESDAY - MARCH 7 - GWYNNS FALLS / LEAKIN PARK - 5M

A circuitous 5-mile hike through woodlands and a neighborhood on woods trails, closed roads and sidewalks--including a mild hill or two.  A feature will be the former mill town of Dickeyville.  For more information, phone 410-486-8737.

WEDNESDAY - MARCH 7 -PVSP-HILTON / GLEN ARTNEY AREAS -6 / 7M

Fairly easy hike with some hills and a stream crossing.  For more information, phone 410-747-3346.

WEDNESDAY - MARCH 7 - AT ACROSS MD SERIES - 10H

One of a series of 9 hikes on the Appalachian Trail across Maryland.  An out and back hike of a total of 10.5 miles going south from Alternate US-40 to White Rock Trail and Bear Spring Cabin.  Total elevation gain is 2,000' with the longest climb of 800' over 1.6 miles.  Pace averages 2.5 miles per hour.  For more information, phone 301-933-8362.  COST: $5.00.

SATURDAY - MARCH 10 - LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR - 8H

This is a perfect hike for experienced hikers who like a continuous fast pace for the duration of the hike.  We walk the whole time as if we are in a hurry to get somewhere.  Enjoy the beautiful reservoir scenery while getting in a good hiking workout .  We will stop for a 10 minute snack.  The hike should take about 2.5 hours.  For more information, phone 410-593-7123.

SATURDAY - MARCH 10 - PAINTING AND OTHER WORK AT ALEC KENNEDY SHELTER

Volunteers will apply a fresh coat of paint to the interior of the Alec Kennedy shelter near Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania.  If there are enough volunteers, we also will begin preparatory tasks for building a rock retaining wall near the shelter.  No special skills are needed.  The departure place and time will be determined shortly before the work day.  For more information, phone 443-805-5408.

SUNDAY - MARCH 11 - PATAPSCO VALLEY STATE PARK: PICKALL HIKE - 8M

This 8-mile figure-eight hike in Baltimore County uses a combination of marked and unmarked trails to travel from Oella to the Pickall area and then return by different paths.  Total ascent will be 800+ feet, our pace while hiking will be 2.5 - 3 mph, and lunch will be near the Pickall pavilions.  The hike has a few stream crossings, a number of rocky sections of trail, a few steep but relatively short climbs, and numerous pleasant views of the Patapsco River.  For more information, phone 443-805-5408.

SUNDAY - MARCH 11 - LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR - 5M WOOF!'

Both 2 and 4-legged hikers will enjoy this moderate hike on the scenic Loch Raven trails.  We will take you with or without a dog, but dogs are encouraged.  They have a ball! Please bring snacks and water for you and the dog.  For more information, phone 410-593-7123.

WEDNESDAY - MARCH 14 - MARSHY POINT NATURE CENTER - 5E

All flat trails.  Some may be a little wet (marshy).  For more information, phone 410-887-2817.  MW

WEDNESDAY -MARCH 14-DICKINSON & GORMAN AREA TRAILS-7M

7-mile circuit hike along both sides of the Middle Patuxent River in Howard County.  Moderate pace and a few stream crossings.  For more information, phone (410) 905-1190.

WEDNESDAY - MARCH 14 - CATOCTIN TRAIL NORTH - 12H

Hike an 11.3 mile balloon circuit from the north end on the Catoctin Trail to the top of Cunningham Falls, climbing four hills 200’ or more vertical with moderate slopes totaling 1995 vertical feet between 1242’ and 1776’ elevation.  Moving pace averages 2.5 to 3.0 miles per hour Bring lunch and water.  For more information, phone 410 461-3659.  CARPOOL COST: $5.00.

SATURDAY - MARCH 17 - PATAPSCO VALLEY STATE PARK: DAVIS TUNNEL - 10H

Join us on this ten mile hike in Howard County.  The hike makes extensive use of unmarked bike trails, has a number of pleasant water views, a total ascent of 1,600+ feet, multiple stream crossings, a number of short but very steep ascents and descents, and a bit of off-trail hiking.  Our pace while hiking will be 2.5 - 3 mph.  For more information, phone 410 747-2868.

SUNDAY - MARCH 18 - ELIZA DORSEY DOWNRIVER - 8M

Join us on this 8 mile Patapsco Valley State Pak hike in Howard County.  This modified out-and-back hike has a few minor stream crossings, a couple of striking views of the Patapsco River, several sections of rocky terrain, some tilted trails, and 1,200+ feet of elevation gain.  Our pace while hiking will average 2.5 - 3.0 mph.  There will be a 10 minute snack break but no lunch break.  For more information, phone 410 747-2868.

WEDNESDAY - MARCH 21 - PVSP / AVALON / ORANGE GROVE - 5E

For more information, phone 410 519 4370 MW

WEDNESDAY - MARCH 21 - RED RUN STREAM VALLEY-8.5M

Hike Red Run, Stream Valley, Trout Transit and Soldiers Delight Trails.  Some out and back, some through.  A few rolling hills and minor stream crossings.  For more information, phone (410) 356-3833.  No calls after 9:00 pm

WEDNESDAY - MARCH 21— UNION MILLS AND HASHAWHA - 10H

This circuit hike begins at the Kowomu Trail parking lot in Union Mills.  We begin by hiking over Spiegle Hill to the bike trails beyond.  We will visit to the raptor cages before lunch near the Bear Creek Nature Center.  .  The pace will be moderate (2.5 - 3 MPH).  For more information, phone (410) 596-6421.  No calls after 8 PM, CARPOOL COST $ 5.00.

SATURDAY - MARCH 24 - PRETTYBOY RESERVOIR - LOWER LAUREL HIGHLANDS - 9M

Hike on the West side of the Upper Beckleysville Road Bridge up to Gunpowder Road and North.  This hike will be on Fire Roads with a pace of 2.5 mph.  This hike has great water views in the winter with no leaves on the trees.  We will hike down two narrow trails to points on the reservoir and to a historic graveyard with a decorated soldier of the Revolutionary War.  Bring water & a lunch.  For more information, phone 410-374-4879.  Guests please call by 8 p.m.  Thursday.  CARPOOL COST: $2.00

SATURDAY - MARCH 24 - PETERS MOUNTAIN END-TO-END—16S

Length: 16.6 miles; Elevation gain: 1,300 ft.  Hike on the PA AT in Duncannon, PA 15 miles north of Harrisburg.  Hike starts at the Clarks Ferry bridge and ends at St.  Anthony’s Wilderness.  Sections of the trail are very rocky.  Views from several overlooks of the Susquehanna River..  Breakfast stop.  CARPOOL FEE: $15.00.  For more information, phone, 443-676-1596.

SUNDAY - MARCH 25 - LIBERTY RESERVOIR: MINERAL HILL TRAIL - 12 / 13M

This out and back hike will cover the entire Mineral Hill trail at Liberty Reservoir, which consists of fire roads, foot trails, a couple minor bushwhacks, and many water views.  There are a couple easy stream crossings and a little over 1400 feet of total elevation gain.  Lunch will be near the water.  Our pace will be moderate (2.5 - 3 mph moving average).  For more information, phone (410) 876-7053.  CARPOOL FEE: $1.00

SUNDAY - MARCH 25 - PVSP: DANIELS DAM - 7M (FAST PACE)

Join us on this 7 mile Patapsco Valley State Park hike in Howard County.  The hike is for experienced hikers who can maintain a continuous fast pace for the duration of the hike and who are looking for a mid-morning workout.  Our pace while hiking will average 2.75 - 3.3 mph (which is 10% faster than the normal pace for my hikes).  The hike has some rocky terrain, a couple of minor stream crossings, a river walk of about a mile, some off-trail hiking, and 1,100+ feet of climbing.  There will be no lunch break but we will have a 10 minute snack break.  For more information, phone 410 747-2868.

SUNDAY - MARCH 25 - CATOCTIN MOUNTAIN NAT'L PARK - 9.5M

Nice overlooks, mountain streams and some hills on early spring trip.  Moderate, steady pace.  Time TBD.  For more information, phone, 410-744-6057.  CARPOOL COST: $6.00.

WEDNESDAY - MARCH 28 - GUNPOWDER STATE PARK - MINGO FORK AND BUNKER HILL LOOPS - 4M

We will hike for about 4 miles on the Mingo Fork and Bunker Hill loops in Gunpowder State Park.  The trail head is across from the park and ride.  There are some hills, a few trees to climb over, and a couple shallow stream crossings.  For more information, phone 443-386-0862.  MW

WEDNESDAY -MARCH 28-MCKELDIN NORTH /  SYKESVILLE-7M

We will hike the Carroll County side of the Patapsco River in the McKeldin North area of PVSP.  Highlights include visits to the ruins of 19th century Warfield College, and to historic Sykesville, which was named the Coolest Small Town in America by Budget Travel for 2016.  Some hills, stream crossings, and challenging-to-navigate deer paths are possible.  For more information, phone 410-608-0967.

WEDNESDAY - MARCH 28 - PA A.T.: WHITE ROCKS TRAIL - 10H

This is an out and back hike on trails in Pennsylvania maintained by MCM.  We will start at the White Rocks Trailhead near Boiling Springs and hike through some moderate rock scrambles and interesting boulder formations to the Appalachian Trail, stopping at the White Rocks Overlook and Center Point Knob.  Then we will hike south on the AT to Whiskey Springs Rd.  with a brief visit to the Alec Kennedy Shelter.  We will have lunch on the rocks of Little Rocky Ridge and then retrace our steps to the starting point.  There is one stream crossing.  The elevation gain is about 1600 feet.  For more information, phone 443-805-5408.  CARPOOL COST: $7.00.

SATURDAY - MARCH 31 - APPALACHIAN TRAIL WORK CREW - 4 TO 6 HR MODERATE WORK

We’ll be putting in puncheon, stepping stones and water bars on the section between PA850 and the Darlington shelter.  Other work includes refreshing blazes, removing invasive vegetation and trimming back encroaching limbs.  Plenty of work for all skill levels.  Bring lunch, water, work clothes, gloves and boots.  We will supply tools.  For more information, phone 443-803-5416

SATURDAY - MARCH 31 - SAND FLATS HIKE (FMF HIKE #3) - 9M

This new loop hike will start at the Sand Flats parking area at the Frederick Municipal Forest (FMF) and follow numerous trails in the northern part of FMF, including part of the Salamander Rock Trail.  We’ll pass several ponds and picturesque rock formations.  For more information, phone 443-805-5408.  CARPOOL COST: $5.00.

WEDNESDAY - APRIL 4 - CROMWELL VALLEY PARK, LOCH RAVEN RESEVOIR - 5M

Hike the trails of Cromwell Valley Park in Baltimore County with some hills & stream crossings.  For more information, phone 410-336-7887 MW

WEDNESDAY - APRIL 4 - PVSP / AVALON / ORANGE GROVE AREA-7M

This 7-mile hike includes several hills and stream crossings and will be led at a moderate pace (2-2.5 mph).  For more information, phone 410-991-2801.

WEDNESDAY - APRIL 4 - AT: HIGH ROCK TO ENSIGN COWELL SHELTER (with options) - 14H to 17S

Start at High Rock and go out (South) and back (North) on the AT: about 13.6 miles, 2 stream crossings and 2,500 feet of ascent, with lunch at Ensign Cowell shelter.  Option 1 adds at the front end a mile+ and 500 feet of climbing by dropping off High Rock to the AT, then looping back around High Rock to catch up at a faster pace with the core group on the AT.  Option 2 allows masochists to continue on beyond the shelter across Wolfsville Road to take in another mile+ out and back with an extra 500+ feet of ascent, returning to the main group for lunch at the shelter.  Total with option 1 and 2 is about 17 miles and 3,500 feet of ascent.  Pace averages 2.5-3.0 MPH.  For more information, phone 443-994-5848 .

SATURDAY - APRIL 7 - PRETTYBOY RESERVOIR - BOLLINGER TRAIL HIKE - 10M

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 hike in the past was only 6 miles but a new found foot trail & stream crossing allows us to hike in a new area (2016).  This may be the best hike at Prettyboy.  Pace will be 2.5 mph.  For more information, phone 410-374-4879.  Guests please call by 8 p.m.  Thursday.  CARPOOL COST: $2.00

SATURDAY - APRIL 7 - LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR - 8H

This is a perfect hike for experienced hikers who like a continuous fast pace for the duration of the hike.  We walk the whole time as if we are in a hurry to get somewhere.  Enjoy the beautiful reservoir scenery while getting in a good hiking workout.  We will stop for a 10 minute snack.  The hike should take about 2.5 hours.  For more information, phone, 410-593-7123.

SUNDAY - APRIL 8 - LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR - 5M WOOF!'

Both 2 and 4-legged hikers will enjoy this moderate hike on the scenic Loch Raven trails.  We will take you with or without a dog, but dogs are encouraged.  They have a ball! Please bring snacks and water for you and the dog.  For more information, phone 410-593-7123.

WEDNESDAY - APRIL 11 - BOWLEY’S QUARTERS HIKE - 5E

All flat nature trail, small beach, paved roads.  Tour the waterfront community.  Lunch stop will be indoors if weather bad.  For more information, phone; 410-335-2266 before 10 PM.  MW

WEDNESDAY -APRIL 11- REVISED PRETTYBOYHIKE / HEMLOCK GORGE-6 / 7M / H

We mostly will parallel the Gunpowder River upstream and later downstream from the traditional Hemlock Gorge section.  The Gunpowder River portions have views of: a beaver dam, remnants of the original Hoffman paper mill & other mills.  We will hike fire roads, old mill roads, & single tracks where there are briars, stickers, rocks underfoot, and muddy areas.  It's a challenging medium-level hike with two half-mile hills.  Pace 2-2.25 mph, distance 6 to 7 miles.  We should return to the cars by 2pm.  For more information, phone 410-374-5193.  No calls after 8:30 pm.

WEDNESDAY - APRIL 11- ROSARYVILLE SP IN PG COUNTY -SIDE TRAILS - 11M

This is not the usual perimeter trail hike, but a maze of unmarked trails that snake around inside of it.  Expect bush-whacking and stream crossings.  Pace averages 2.5-3 mph.  For more information, phone 410-721-1106.  No calls after 8:00PM.  CARPOOL COST: $3.

SATURDAY - APRIL 14 - YORK, PA: LAKE WILLIAMS #1 - 9 M

We will hike trails in the woods surrounding Lake Williams in the York, PA watershed, with moderate hills and pleasant views of the lake.  We will stop for a brief visit to the Nature Center and have lunch overlooking the lake.  We will hike at a moderate pace of about 2.5 mph.  For more information, phone 443-805-5408.  CARPOOL COST: $3.00.

SUNDAY - APRIL 15 - SAVAGE, MD HISTORY HIKE - 7+M

This 9 AM hike explores trails in historic Savage, MD.  F For more information, email garyrein8@comcast.net

SUNDAY - APRIL 15 - PVSP: CARRIE WAY - 7M (FAST PACE)

Join us on this 7 mile Howard County hike located near the Davis Tunnel Area of the Patapsco Valley State Park.  The hike is for experienced hikers who can maintain a continuous fast pace for the duration of the hike and who are looking for a mid-morning workout.  Our pace while hiking will average 2.75 - 3.3 mph (which is 10% faster than the normal pace for my hikes).  The hike has half a dozen minor stream crossings, some rocky and rugged terrain, many scenic water views, and 1100+ feet of climbing.  There will be no lunch break but we will have a 10 minute snack break.  For more information, phone 410 747-2868.

WEDNESDAY - APRIL 18 - SUSQUEHANNA STATE PARK - 6M

Hike along the river to see the beautiful blue bells in bloom at the Susquehanna State Park in Havre De Grace, MD.  For more information, phone 443-463-9232.  MW

WEDNESDAY -APRIL 18-PINEY ORCHARD NATURE PRESERVE IN ODENTON, MD-7E

For more information, email garyrein8@gmail.com

WEDNESDAY - APRIL 18 - CATOCTIN TRAIL  / GAMBRILL SP- 12H

Join us on this 12 mile out-and-back hike in Frederick County.  The hike includes some extremely rocky sections of trail, a number of stream crossings, and a couple of challenging climbs along the way to racking up a total ascent of 2,000+ feet.  .  Our pace while hiking will be 2.5 - 3 mph.  For more information, phone 410 747-2868.  CARPOOL COST: $5.00.

SATURDAY - APRIL 21 - THURSTON GRIGGS TRAIL TO GREENBRIER LAKE - 13H

Join us on this 13 mile out-and-back hike in Frederick and Washington Counties.  This hike celebrates the Thurston Griggs Trail (TGT), named in honor of one of our illustrious Club members.  The TGT is a rugged .9 mile trail that crisscrosses a stream and ascends 600 feet until it meets the Appalachian Trail.  Once we reach the AT, we'll head south to Greenbrier Lake, where we'll have lunch.  Total ascent is 2,200+ feet, including three 500+ foot climbs, two of which are after lunch.  Terrain is very rocky in many sections, there are six stream crossings, and our pace while hiking will be 2.5 - 3 mph.  For more information, phone 410 747-2868.  CARPOOL COST: $6.00.

SATURDAY - APRIL 21 - LITTLE DEVIL’S STAIRCASE, SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK—15S

Length: 15 miles; Elevation gain: approximately 3,700 ft.  Steep, rocky climb up Little Devil’s Staircase to Hogback Overlook and along the AT and Thorton River Trail in Shenandoah National Park.  For more information, phone.  Breakfast stop.  Possible dinner stop.  CARPOOL FEE: $15.00 Please bring SNP pass if you have one.  For more information, phone, 443-676-1596.

SUNDAY - APRIL 22 - GREEN CLOVER DRIVE (HIKE #1) - 6M

Join us on this 6 mile Patapsco Valley State Park hike in Howard County.  The hike has a few stream crossings, about 1,000 feet of climbing (including one rugged steep ascent), a little bit of bushwhacking, some rocky terrain, and a variety of river and tributary views.  Our pace while hiking will be 2.5 - 3 mph.  There will be a 10 minute snack break but no lunch.  LE For more information, phone 410 747-2868.

SUNDAY - APRIL 22 - LIBERTY RESERVOIR: LIBERTY DAM / OAKLAND TRAIL - 13M / H

This one-way car shuttle hike will start south of Liberty Dam and will follow the east side of Liberty Reservoir on a mixture of foot trails, fire roads, and a small amount of paved roads.  We will view the dam from below and above and see a former flint mill with waterwheel.  There are a couple easy stream crossings, plenty of water views, and there will be a few steep but short hills amounting to nearly 1600 feet of total elevation gain.  Our pace will be moderate (2.5 - 3 mph moving average).  For more information, phone (410) 876-7053.  We will have a short carpool to the trailhead.  CARPOOL COST: $2.00.

WEDNESDAY - APRIL 25 - LIBERTY RESERVOIR, BOLLINGER MILL - 5M

Out & back hike with hills at a casual pace.  For more information, phone 443-762-1219.  MW

WEDNESDAY -APRIL 25-HOWARD COUNTY LIVING FARM MUSEUM-7E

Hike through meadows and deciduous woods over rolling terrain along the perimeter of the park.  For more information, phone 410-489-9849.

WEDNESDAY - APRIL 25 - SAND FLATS AND SALAMANDAR ROCK TRAILS - 13H

This new loop hike will start at the Sand Flats parking area in the Frederick Municipal Forest (FMF) and follow numerous trails in the northern part of FMF, including the Salamander Rock Trail and sections of the Catoctin Trail.  We’ll pass several ponds and picturesque rock formations.  The estimated elevation change is 1600 feet.  For more information, phone 443-805-5408.  CARPOOL COST: $5.00.

APRIL 27-29 ASSATEAGUE ISLAND, MD & VA - 33H (BACKPACK)

Hike with the Ponies! Three day beach hike N / S on Assateague Island (11 / 10 / 12 mi) legs.  Remote barrier Island facing the Atlantic Ocean just as it was when the settlers first came ashore in 1650.  Expect an average pace of 2 mph in sand.  Water drops along the way.  No trees so bear canisters (have 1  /  need add’l) required due to hungry bobcat, fox, deer, seals & wild ponies.  Meet Ocean City Charter Boat Piers with a short skiff ride to (bay side) North End of Assateague Island.  End at Chincoteague Visitor Center VA on southern tip of island.  Carpooling TBD .  For more information, phone (443) 536-6813.  $10 Backcountry Park fee per hiker.  Limit 8.

SATURDAY- SUNDAY - APRIL 28-29 - GEO.  WASHINGTON NAT'L FOREST BACKPACK - 12-14M

Route TBD.  For more information, phone 410-744-6057.

SATURDAY - APRIL 28 - APPALACHIAN TRAIL WORK CREW - 4 HR MODERATE WORK

We will be removing graffiti at Pole Steeple and doing some routine maintenance on the trail.  Bring lunch, water, work clothes, gloves and boots.  We will supply tools.  For more information, phone 443-803-5416

SATURDAY - APRIL 28 - PRETTYBOY RESERVOIR - GUNPOWDER LOOP / HEMLOCK GORGE - 9.5 M / H

Join us as we hike at the top of the Reservoir on the Gunpowder River.  We will start on a fire road to a point up river passed Hemlock Gorge to see the remains of a mill / bridge.  After going to the graveyard that dates back to the 1700s we will go to the cave on the north side, flashlight recommended (biggest cave in Baltimore County - pictures on Google Earth) and go to the Betty’s Run waterfall.  We will continue on fire roads (different trails) and after seeing River Valley Ranch will continue on the south side of the river and end with the Hemlock Gorge loop, an unusual river gorge that makes you feel like you are in New England.  Two significant stream crossings and a slope side precarious rocky trail through the gorge.  Pace of 2.5 mph.  For more information, phone 410-374-4879.  Guests please call by 8 p.m.  Thursday.  CARPOOL COST: $2.00

SUNDAY - APRIL 29 - PVSP SOAPSTONE TRAIL - 7M

This hike in the Glen Artney area of Patapsco Valley State Park will follow the Soapstone Trail and adjacent trails, finishing shortly after noon.  There will be a short snack break but no lunch break.  The hike has some moderate hills and many stream crossings (although most are minor).  For more information, phone 443-805-5408.

WEDNESDAY - MAY 2 - PINEY ORCHARD NATURE PRESERVE, ODENTON - 5E

For more information, email garyrein8@gmail.com MW

WEDNESDAY -MAY 2-CROMWELL VALLEY PARK-7M / H

Hike the trails of Cromwell Valley Park in Baltimore County north of Towson.  We will hike most of the trails in the park including the newest addition the Barrens-Baldwin trail.  Stream crossings and lots of hills.  For more information, phone 410-377-5690.

WEDNESDAY - MAY 2 - APPALACHIAN TRAIL ACROSS MD SERIES - 11M

One of a series of 9 hikes on the Appalachian Trail across Maryland.  An out and back hike of a total of 10.4 miles going south from US-40 to Washington Monument State Park and on to Turner's Gap Campground.  Total elevation gain is 2,200' with the longest climb of 400' over .8 mile.  Pace averages 2.5 miles per hour.  For more information, phone 435 260-1236.  CARPOOL COST: $5.00.

SATURDAY - MAY 5 - LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR - 8H

This is a perfect hike for experienced hikers who like a continuous fast pace for the duration of the hike.  We walk the whole time as if we are in a hurry to get somewhere.  Enjoy the beautiful reservoir scenery while getting in a good hiking workout .  We will stop for a 10 minute snack.  The hike should take about 2.5 hours.  For more information, phone 410-593-7123.

SATURDAY - MAY 5 - MONOCACY RIVER CANOE AND KAYAK TRIP

We will paddle between 10 and 12 miles on the nearby Monocacy River.  This is a class I river.  Life jackets must be worn throughout the trip.  For more information, phone 410-871-0066.

SATURDAY - MAY 5 -CONESTOGA TRAIL, PA—16S

Length: 13 miles; Elevation gain: approximately 2500 ft.  Hike from the Holtwood Recreation Area to House Rock on this beautiful and challenging section of the Conestoga Trail.  Highlights are Pinnacle Overlook, Kelly’s Run, Tucquan Glen Nature Preserve and many rocky outcroppings with excellent views of the Susquehanna River.  For more information, phone 443-676-1596.

SATURDAY - MAY 5 - GUNPOWDER FALLS STATE PARK - SWEET AIR - 7M

Although relatively easy hiking, there are a few short climbs and we will be hiking at a quick pace with a short snack stop.  Pine forests, stream views,and open meadows make for a lovely morning time in the woods! For more information, phone (410) 948-9189.  No calls after 8:30 PM.

SUNDAY - MAY 6 - LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR - 5M WOOF!'

Both 2 and 4-legged hikers will enjoy this moderate hike on the scenic Loch Raven trails.  We will take you with or without a dog, but dogs are encouraged.  They have a ball! Please bring snacks and water for you and the dog.  For more information, phone 410-593-7123.

SUNDAY - MAY 6 - PVSP OELLA HIKE - 6M

This 6-mile Sunday morning hike in Baltimore County provides a brisk morning hike that returns to the starting point around noon.  We will hike at a pace of about 2.5 mph, much of the time along the Patapsco River, and encounter a couple of steep but relatively short climbs.  We will pause for a short snack break on the trail.  For more information, phone 443-805-5408.

WEDNESDAY - MAY 9 - OELLA - 4 / 5M

Walk in historic Oella, as well as along the Patapsco River and the wooded hills that surround it.  The hike follows the roadway within the historic mill town, then shifts to the mill race paralleling the Patapsco River before looping back along the Trolley Trail to the riverfront.  Some elevation change and parts of the millrace are narrow, and uneven.  For more information, phone 410-206-5478.  MW

WEDNESDAY -MAY 9- GUNPOWDER STATE PARK-MASEMORE RD-2M

Something different.  A nature hike with special attention to the plants that we see.  The Hereford area of the Gunpowder houses some rare and uncommon native plants.  The hike will be short and very slow.  For more information, phone, 551-486-8518.

WEDNESDAY - MAY 9-LAKE ROLAND-6E / M

Enjoy the trails of Lake Roland at a 2 ½ mph pace.  Some minor hills and one stream crossing.  For more information, phone 410-358-5414.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY - MAY 11-13 EASTERN SHORE CANOE TRIP

Deadline to Register is May 1st , but earlier registration is encouraged because of campground availability.  Paddle the quiet waters of two different rivers near Denton.  We will camp at Tuckahoe State Park and commute daily to selected rivers.  Group meals are available.  For more information, phone (410)569-3731, or (410) 828-8604

SATURDAY - MAY 12 - APPALACHIAN TRAIL WORK CREW - 4 HR MODERATE WORK

Save the date.  Location and project to be determined.  Pending approval of a reroute in PA.  For more information, phone; 443-803-5416

SATURDAY - MAY 12 - FREDERICK MUNICIPAL FOREST  /  HAMBURG RD - 11H

This 11-mile loop hike in Frederick County will start on the Catoctin Trail’s Hamburg Road parking area and then branch off onto the trails and paths that network this forest, passing three ponds and the tip of the Frederick reservoir.  The hike has one long steep climb and several moderate climbs for a total ascent of 1800 feet and several stream crossings.  Our pace while hiking will be 2.5 - 3 mph.  For more information, phone, 443-805-5408.  CARPOOL COST: $5.00.

SUNDAY - MAY 13 - LITTLE GUNPOWDER LOOPS IN CENTRAL AREA - 8+M

We begin walking on road into the woods.  Then river views, old railroad trestles, a few climbs and good company! Pace averages 2.5+ mph.  For more information, phone (410) 948-9189.  No calls after 8:30 PM.

SUNDAY - MAY 13 - PVSP: DREXEL WOODS DRIVE - 8M / H (FAST PACE)

Join us on this 8 1 / 2 mile Patapsco Valley State Park hike in Baltimore County.  The hike is for experienced hikers who can maintain a continuous fast pace for the duration of the hike and who are looking for a good mid-morning workout.  Our pace while hiking will average 2.75 - 3.3 mph (which is 10% faster than the normal pace for my hikes).  The hike has a couple of stream crossings, some rocky and rugged terrain, and 800+ feet of climbing.  There will be no lunch break but we will have a 10 minute snack break.  For more information, phone 410 747-2868.

WEDNESDAY - MAY 16 - CEDAR LANE PARK EAST - 6M

Hike through woods on pathways and easements to Wilde Lake and back, For more information, phone 410-730-5485.  MW

WEDNESDAY - MAY 16-SENECA CREEK STATE PARK - 7 / 8 M

Hike 7 to 8 miles around Clopper Lake and near Great Seneca Creek on part of the Greenway Trail.  A few moderate hills, some mud possible.  Mountain laurel and / or famous peonies may be in bloom.  Pace about 2-2.5 mph.  For more information, phone (410) 992-5707.  CARPOOL COST: $5.00.

WEDNESDAY - MAY 16 - GRIGGS TRAIL TO GREENBRIER LAKE - 13H

Join us on this 13 mile out-and-back hike in Frederick and Washington Counties.  This hike celebrates the Thurston Griggs Trail (TGT), named in honor of one of our illustrious Club members.  The TGT is a rugged .9 mile trail that crisscrosses a stream and ascends 600 feet until it meets the Appalachian Trail.  Once we reach the AT, we'll head south to Greenbrier Lake, where we'll have lunch.  Total ascent is 2,200+ feet, including three 500+ foot climbs, two of which are after lunch.  Terrain is very rocky in many sections, there are six stream crossings, and our pace while hiking will be 2.5 - 3 mph.  For more information, phone 410 747-2868.  CARPOOL COST: $6.00.

SATURDAY - MAY 19 - RTE 491 TO PEN MAR - 11H

Join us on this Frederick County hike and enjoy lunch at the Pen Mar pavilion.  Total ascent is about 1,800 feet (including two challenging 500+ foot climbs); some terrain is extremely rocky; there are no stream crossings to speak of; and our pace while hiking will average 2.5 - 3 mph.  For more information, phone 410 747-2868.  CARPOOL COST: $6.00.

SATURDAY - MAY 19 -WORK DAY AT ALEC KENNEDY SHELTER

Volunteers will help build a rock retaining wall and other tasks near the Alec Kennedy shelter near Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania.  No special skills are needed.  The departure place and time will be determined shortly before the work day.  For more information, phone 443-805-5408.

SUNDAY - MAY 20 - PVSP: CARRIE WAY - 7M

Join us on this 7 mile Howard County hike located near the Davis Tunnel Area of the Patapsco Valley State Park.  Elevation gain is 1100+ feet, and our pace while hiking will be 2.5 - 3.0 mph.  The hike has half a dozen minor stream crossings, some rocky and rugged terrain, and many scenic water views (streams and river).  There will be no lunch break but we will have a 10 minute snack break.  For more information, phone 410 747-2868.

SUNDAY—MAY 20--APPALACHIAN TRAIL--GATHLAND TO WHITE ROCK--7.5M

An out-and- back hike of 7.5 miles going north from Gathland State Park to White Rock overlook.  Only 800 ft up in 3.5 mi.; downhill after lunch.  For Civil War buffs there’s the General Reno monument and surrounding explanatory plaques.  For more information, phone 410-486-8737.  CARPOOL COST: $5.00.

WEDNESDAY - MAY 23 - GUNPOWDER FALLS STATE PARKING - 5M

East Hereford area downstream along a wild and winding stretch of river to Panther Branch.  Return through woods and farmland above the valley.  For more information, phone 410.340.7402.  MW

WEDNESDAY-MAY 23-GWYNNS FALLS / LEAKIN PARK-8M

A winding, circuitous 8-mile hike through woodlands and neighborhoods on woods trails, closed roads and sidewalks--including some hills.  Features include the former mill town of Dickeyville, a former streetcar right-of-way, and an historic mansion.  For more information, phone 410-486-8737.

SATURDAY- MONDAY - MAY 26-28 - WV WILDERNESS BACKPACK - 18-21M

Route TBD.  F For more information, phone 410-744-6057.

MONDAY - MAY 28 - 11 PONDS HIKE (FMF HIKE #5) - 11M / H

This loop hike will start at the Sand Flats parking area at the Frederick Municipal Forest (FMF) and follow numerous trails in the northern part of FMF, passing a total of eleven ponds.  The terrain is mostly rolling hills, with a few moderate climbs.  For more information, phone 443-805-5408.  CARPOOL COST: $5.00.

WEDNESDAY - MAY 30 - PRETTYBOY RESERVOIR HIKE FROM GEORGE’S CREEK - 4M

We will hike for about 4 miles in a loop on the Prettyboy Trail and forest paths along George’s Creek and Prettyboy Reservoir.  There are some hills, several stream crossings, and uneven footing on this sometimes rough trail.  For more information, phone 443-386-0862.  MW

WEDNESDAY -MAY 30- NATIONAL WILDLIFE VISITOR'S CENTER NEAR BOWIE, MD-7E

For more information, email garyrein8@gmail.com

WEDNESDAY - MAY 30 - GAMBRILL STATE PARK - 10H

Join us on this 10 mile hike in Frederick County.  The hike has many very rocky sections of trail, a couple of scenic overlooks, 1,600+ feet of climbing, and no stream crossings.  Our pace while hiking will average 2.5 - 3 mph.  For more information, phone 410 747-2868.  CARPOOL COST: $5.00

SATURDAY - JUNE 2 - LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR - 8H

This is a perfect hike for experienced hikers who like a continuous fast pace for the duration of the hike.  We walk the whole time as if we are in a hurry to get somewhere.  Enjoy the beautiful reservoir scenery while getting in a good hiking workout .  We will stop for a 10 minute snack.  The hike should take about 2.5 hours.  For more information, phone 410-593-7123.

SUNDAY - JUNE 3 - ROCK CREEK PARK - 9M

We will hike 9 miles in the gently rolling woodlands and stream valleys of the northern section of Rock Creek Park located in northwest Washington DC.  The pace will be moderate.  For more information, phone (410) 871-0066.

SUNDAY - JUNE 3 - LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR - 5M WOOF!'

Both 2 and 4-legged hikers will enjoy this moderate hike on the scenic Loch Raven trails.  We will take you with or without a dog, but dogs are encouraged.  They have a ball! Please bring snacks and water for you and the dog .  For more information, phone 410-593-7123.

SUNDAY - JUNE 3 - NCR BIKE RIDE - 21+M

Bike from White Hall to New Freedom or further and back.  Will depend on interest as to mileage and lunch stop.  For more information, phone (410) 948-9189.  No calls after 8:30 PM.

WEDNESDAY - JUNE 6 - NATIONAL WILDLIFE VISITOR'S CENTER - 5E

For more information, email garyrein8@gmail.com MW

WEDNESDAY -JUNE 6- LITTLE GUNPOWDER TRAIL-7M

Out & back hike in Baltimore County on the border with Harford County.  Some flat sections, a portion that is hilly, a few small stream crossings & a waterfall.  For more information, phone 410-661-3182.  No calls after 8.00 P.M.  CARPOOL COST: $1.00.

WEDNESDAY - JUNE 6 - APPALACHIAN TRAIL ACROSS MD SERIES - 8M

One of a series of 9 hikes on the Appalachian Trail across Maryland.  An out and back hike of a total of 7.8 miles going north from US-40 to Pogo Campground.  Total elevation gain is 1,500' with the longest climb of 500' over .9 mile.  Pace averages 2.5 miles per hour.  For more information, phone 410-259-6857 . CARPOOL COST: $5.00.

SUNDAY - JUNE 10 - ROCKBURN BRANCH PARK / PVSP - 7M

This Sunday morning hike will use trails in Rockburn Branch Park and the nearby section of Patapsco Valley State Park.  The hike has one moderate stream crossings and rolling hills.  Our pace while hiking will be about 2.5 mph.  For more information, phone 443-805-5408.

WEDNESDAY - JUNE 13 - LIBERTY RESERVOIR, BOLLINGER MILL - 5M

Out & back hike with hills at a casual pace.  For more information, phone 443-762-1219.  MW

WEDNESDAY -JUNE 13-AROUND LAKE WILLIAMS-7 / 8M

Hike around the York, PA watershed with a visit to the nature center in Nixon Park.  Moderate pace with some hills.  Fresh strawberry sundaes at Brown's a possibility! For more information, phone 410-653-3314.  CARPOOL COST: $2.00

WEDNESDAY - JUNE 13 - CUNNINGHAM FALLS S.  PARK AREA (CFSP#1) - 12H

This 12-13 mile lollipop hike will start at the Catoctin Furnace parking area.  We will follow the Catoctin Trail south for several miles, stop at the White Rock overlook, and then branch off onto a series of side trails, with lunch at the Mountaindale Overlook, before returning to the Catoctin Trail using other side trails,.  The hike has several long climbs and a total elevation change of about 1500 feet.  Our pace while hiking will be 2.5 - 3 mph.  For more information, phone 443-805-5408.  CARPOOL COST: $5.00.

SATURDAY - JUNE 16 - APPLACHIAN TRAIL WORK CREW - 4 HR MODERATE WORK

Save the date.  Location and project to be determined.  Pending approval of a reroute in PA.  For more information, phone 443-803-5416

SATURDAY - JUNE 16 -JEREMY’S RUN / NEIGHBOR MTN., SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK —14S

Length: 14 miles; Elevation gain: approx.  2,800 ft.  In the morning, we’ll have a steep hike to the top of Neighbor Mountain.  We’ll then follow the AT to Elkwallow for lunch.  In the afternoon, we’ll return along Jeremy’s Run, crossing the stream 14 times, with many opportunities to get wet.  For more information, phone 443-676-1596.

SUNDAY - JUNE 17 - GREEN CLOVER DRIVE (HIKE #1) - 6M (FAST PACE)

Join us on this 6 mile Patapsco Valley State Park hike in Howard County.  The hike is for experienced hikers who can maintain a continuous fast pace for the duration of the hike and who are looking for a mid-morning workout.  Our pace while hiking will average 2.75 - 3.3 mph (which is 10% faster than the normal pace for my hikes).  The hike has a few stream crossings, about 1,000 feet of climbing (including one rugged steep ascent), a little bit of bushwhacking, some rocky terrain, and a variety of river and tributary views.  There will be a 10 minute snack break but no lunch.  For more information, phone 410 747-2868.

SUNDAY - JUNE 17 - POTOMAC RIVER CANOE AND KAYAK TRIP

We will paddle 10 miles from Brunswick to Nolands Ferry.  This is a class I section.  Life jackets must be worn throughout the trip.  For more information, phone (410) 871-0066.

WEDNESDAY - JUNE 20 - LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR - GLEN ELLEN TRAIL - 4M

We will hike for about 4 miles in a loop on the Glen Ellen woods trails and fire road around coves beside Loch Raven Reservoir.  The woods trails are flat, but the fire road has some hills.  We will twice cross a culvert with running water on the fire road.  For more information, phone - 443-386-0862.  MW

WEDNESDAY - JUNE 20 - PATAPSCO VALLEY ST.  PARK: DAVIS TUNNEL - 10H

Join us on this ten mile hike in Howard County.  The hike makes extensive use of unmarked bike trails, has a number of pleasant water views, a total ascent of 1,600+ feet, multiple stream crossings, a number of short but very steep ascents and descents, and a bit of off-trail hiking.  Our pace while hiking will be 2.5 - 3 mph.  For more information, phone 410 747-2868

SATURDAY - JUNE 23 - CATOCTIN TRAIL  / GAMBRILL SP- 12H

Join us on this 12 mile out-and-back hike in Frederick County.  The hike includes some extremely rocky sections of trail, a number of stream crossings, and a couple of challenging climbs along the way to racking up a total ascent of 2,000+ feet.  .  Our pace while hiking will be 2.5 - 3 mph.  For more information, phone 410 747-2868.  CARPOOL COST: $5.00.

SUNDAY - JUNE 24 - PVSP: DREXEL WOODS DRIVE - 8M

Join us on this 8 1 / 2 mile Patapsco Valley State Park hike in Baltimore County.  The hike has a number of minor stream crossings, some rocky and rugged terrain, about 800 feet of climbing, and numerous and varied views of the Patapsco River.  Our pace while hiking will average 2.5 - 3 mph, and we’ll have a 20 minute lunch break.  For more information, phone 410 747-2868.

WEDNESDAY - JUNE 27- CENTENNIAL LAKE TO LITTLE PATUXENT WATERSHED - 6 M

For more information, phone 410-730-5485.  MW

WEDNESDAY-JUNE 27-PATAPSCO THRU TRAIL-7M

Enjoy this 7-mile hike on the Baltimore County side of the Patapsco River. For more information, phone 410-905-1190.

WEDNESDAY - JUNE 27 - CONESTOGA TRAIL IN PA - 10H

This is a 10 mile shuttle hike on Conestoga Trail starting at Pequea Camp ground and hiking south through many gorges such as Reed Run, Brubaker Run, Tucquan Glen Nature Preserve and Kelly’s Run where we will encounter some rock scrambling and end at Holtwood Pavilion.  Anticipate 5 or so stream crossings, amazing overlooks of the Susquehanna River, such as House Rock Overlook and Pinnacle Overlook and cool off at Wind Cave.  Elevation gain about 3,000 feet.  Pace about 2.5 mph.  For more information, phone 410-688-3013.  No calls after 8:00 PM.

SATURDAY- SUNDAY - JUNE 30 - JULY 1 - MASSANUTTEN BACKPACK - 15M

Route TBD.  For more information, phone 410-744-6057.


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A Baltimore-based volunteer organization that is centered on hiking. We support Leave No Trace principles, work on local trails and on the nation’s first National Scenic Trail, the Appalachian Trail. We organize and lead other outdoor activities, such as camping, seasonal canoe trips, and backpacking weekends. We have a year-round schedule with hikes for all fitness levels in local parks and paths, in State Parks, National Parks, National Forests, and sites in and around Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, and Delaware

 

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