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Occasionally, there are schedule changes, so please check back for the latest information.
For more information on a trip listed below, call the trip leader, whose phone number is included with the trip description.
- 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.
- If you have not already, please visit our Hiking Policy page before joining a trip. There are also some helpful suggestions for hikers there.
- Joining a hike but don't know where to meet your hiking group? Click here for directions to most of the common hike meeting points.
- Guests may hike for free without joining the Mountain Club of Maryland.
(A Fully Detailed Schedule Is Available To Paid-Up Members Who Are Logged In)
SATURDAY - SEPTEMBER 23 - PRIVY CONSTRUCTION AT ALEC KENNEDY SHELTER
MCOM is scheduling one work day each month to work on construction of our new privy at the Alec Kennedy shelter on the A.T. in PA. If you are able to use a hammer or saw or can carry boards and other supplies, you can be helpful. This is a rare opportunity to be directly involved in building an A.T. structure that will be used for decades. For more information, phone 443-805-5408.
SATURDAY - SEPTEMBER 23 - CATOCTIN FURNACE TO CATOCTIN MOUNTAIN - 13H
Come enjoy this challenging out-and-back hike in Frederick County. Highlights of this hike include the 1,000+ foot ascent of Bob’s Hill, the overlooks from Bob’s Hill, and lunch on the water at an idyllic spot on Hunting Creek. There are many rocky sections of trail, no stream crossings to speak of, and 2,500+ feet of total ascent. Our pace while hiking will be 2.5 - 3 mph. For more information, phone 410-747-2868. CARPOOL COST: $5.00.
SUNDAY - SEPTEMBER 24 - PVSP: HOLLOFIELD AREA - 6M
Join us on this 6 mile Patapsco Valley State Park hike in Howard County. The hike has a few minor stream crossings, some rocky sections, and a total ascent of 1,000+ feet, including a couple of steep climbs. There will be a 10 minute snack break but no lunch. For more information, phone 410-747-2868.
WEDNESDAY - SEPTEMBER 27 - PRETTYBOY RESERVOIR AT TRACEY STORE ROAD - 4M
We will hike on the Prettyboy Trail beside Prettyboy Reservoir and will loop back on forest trails. The hike has one uphill climb, some inclines, and no notable stream crossings. These forest trails are less cleared than park trails, and the footing is uneven at times. For more information, phone 443-386-0862. MW
WEDNESDAY-SEPTEMBER 27- LAKE ROLAND-6E/M
Enjoy the trails of Lake Roland at a 2 ½ mph pace. Some minor hills and one stream crossing. MEET 10 AM at the parking lot near the dam. For more information, phone, 410-358-5414.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY - SEPTEMBER 29-OCTOBER 1 CANOE/KAYAK TRIP, PINE BARRENS, NJ
Paddle two Rivers. Arrive Friday night and camp two nights. at the campground in Wharton State Forest. You provide lunches. Two breakfasts, one dinner and cookie breaks provided. Cost est. $25.00. Toll roads $15.20 est. Prior Registration required by September 18th. For more information, phone (410) 569-3731, or 410- 828-8604.
WEDNESDAY - OCTOBER 4 - MARSHY POINT NATURE CENTER HIKE - 5-E
All flat trails. Some may be a little wet (marshy). Bathrooms available in Nature Center. For more information, phone; 410-335-2266. MW
WEDNESDAY-OCTOBER 4- PATAPSCO SP-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 - OCTOBER 4 - 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 8 miles going north from Gathland State Park to White Rock overlook via Bear Spring Cabin. Total elevation gain is 950' with the longest climb of 450' over 1.5 miles. Pace averages 2.5 miles per hour. For more information, phone 410-259-6857. CARPOOL COST: $5.00.
SATURDAY - OCTOBER 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. 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, OCTOBER 7—BUZZARD ROCKS, MASSANUTTEN MOUNTAINS, VA.—16S
Length: 16 miles; Elevation gain: 3600 ft. Hike on the Buzzard Rock trail to Elizabeth Furnace in the Northern Massanutten Mountains. Return from Elizabeth Furnace on the Sherman Gap Trail and the Massanutten East Trail. Nice views from Buzzard Rocks and the Massanutten East Trail. Sections of the trail are very rocky. For more information, phone, 443-676-1596.
SUNDAY - OCTOBER 8 - NCR BIKE RIDE - 21 MILES
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.
SUNDAY - OCTOBER 8 - SOLDIERS DELIGHT - 7M
This hike will cover all of the blazed trails at Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area and will include a mixture of trails through serpentine barrens, fields, and wooded areas. There are a few easy stream crossings and no significant hills (total elevation < 700 feet). We will have a brief lunch/snack break. Our pace will be moderate (2.5 - 3 mph moving average). For more information, phone (410) 876-7053.
WEDNESDAY - OCTOBER 11 - COLUMBIA MD DOWNTOWN PATHWAYS - 6M
This leisure hike includes the History of Oakland Manor. The hike is mostly on paved pathways For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org MW
WEDNESDAY-OCTOBER 11- 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.
SATURDAY-MONDAY - OCTOBER 14-16 - DOLLY SODS BACKPACK - 20H
This is the usual post-Columbus Day Dolly Sods backpack. The registration period is September 11th to October 11th. Limit of 10 participants. For more information, phone 410-259-8623. ESTIMATED CARPOOL COST: $25.00.
SATURDAY - OCTOBER 14 - PATAPSCO VALLEY STATE PARK: PICKALL HIKE - 10M/H
This 10 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 1000+ 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 - OCTOBER 15 - PVSP: DREXEL WOODS DRIVE - 8M/H (FAST PACE)
Join us on this eight 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). There is a bailout point near the two mile mark. The hike has a number of minor 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 - OCTOBER 18 - MIDDLE PATUXENT RIVER VALLEY - 5-6E
Hike on pathways, trails and sidewalk. For more information, phone 410-730-5485. MW
WEDNESDAY - OCTOBER 18-PANTHER BRANCH/GUNPOWDER-5/6M
A beautiful hike in Northern Baltimore County from Camp Puh'Tok through the Gunpowder SP with small stream crossings & varied terrain (hills included). For more information, phone 410-429-4954.
SATURDAY - OCTOBER 21 - PRIVY CONSTRUCTION AT ALEC KENNEDY SHELTER
MCOM is scheduling one work day each month to work on construction of our new privy at the Alec Kennedy shelter on the A.T. in PA. If you are able to use a hammer or saw or can carry boards and other supplies, you can be helpful. This is a rare opportunity to be directly involved in building an A.T. structure that will be used for decades. For more information, phone, 443-805-5408.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21 - PRETTYBOY RESERVOIR - GUNPOWDER LOOP/HEMLOCK GORGE, 9.5 M/H
Join us on a 3 loop hike at the top of the Reservoir on the Gunpowder River. We will hike along both sides of the river, first on the west side of Gunpowder Road to River Valley Ranch. After lunch we will go into a cave on the north side, flashlight recommended (biggest cave in Baltimore County - pictures on Google Earth) and go to the Betty’s Run waterfall. Then we will hike another loop on the east side of Gunpowder Road to Hemlock Gorge, 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. Pace of 2.5 mph. For more information, phone 410-374-4879. No calls after 8 p.m. CARPOOL COST: $2.00
SUNDAY - OCTOBER 22 - LOCH RAVEN: SHERWOOD TRAIL - 6H
The third in a series of Loch Raven hikes to trails not lead by the Mtn Club. This is a hard ~6 mile hike on the less used Loch Raven Sherwood Trail starting from the Warren Rd trailhead on the west side of Loch Raven opposite side of the Poplar Hill trail. The trail loops around Sherwood Hill with views of the Hunt Valley area. The hike is rugged, steep, with off-trail sections and many ups and downs totally 1200+ ft of elevation gain. This trip is much harder than the distance implies. For more information, phone 410-828-5038.
WEDNESDAY - OCTOBER 25 - PRETTYBOY RESERVOIR AT GEORGE'S CREEK -4M
We will hike for about 4 miles along George's Creek and Prettyboy Reservoir and will return through the woods with some inclines and several small stream crossings. These forest trails are less cleared than park trails, and the footing is uneven at times. For more information, phone 443-386-0862. MW
WEDNESDAY -OCTOBER 25-LIBERTY RESERVOIR DEER POINT TRAIL-8M
This new hike in Carroll Cnty is a circuit of the peninsula cut-off by the Rt. 26 reservoir bridges. Mostly footpaths and some fire roads. Some hills & minor stream crossings. For more information, phone 410-608-0967 (cell).
SATURDAY - October 28 - AT MAINTENANCE WORK CREW -M
We will be dealing with persistent problem spots near Cove Mountain. This will involve setting stepping stones in a seasonal wet spot and making a rogue campsite unusable because of continuing problems with fire rings and trash. There are other, less physical, jobs at that location including brush trimming, blaze refreshing, water bar cleanout and other routine chores to assist the local maintainer. For more information, phone; 443-803-5416
SATURDAY - OCTOBER 28 - PVSP: DANIELS AREA TO HOLLOFIELD AREA - 12H
Join us on this 12 mile Patapsco Valley State Park hike in Howard County. The hike includes some nice river views, a total ascent of 1,800+ feet, a couple of sections of irregular trail, some minor stream crossings, and lunch at the river. Our pace while hiking will be 2.5 - 3 mph. For more information, phone 410-747-2868.
SUNDAY - OCTOBER 29 - PVSP: DAVIS TUNNEL AREA (#1) - 6M
Join us on this 6 mile Patapsco Valley State Park hike in Howard County. The hike has two minor stream crossings, a couple of sections of rocky terrain, and plenty of climbing — almost 1,000 GPS-measured feet, including 155 feet in the last .15 mile. Our pace while hiking will be 2.5 - 3 mph. There will be a 10 minute snack break but no lunch For more information, phone 410-747-2868
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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