Hike Cromwell Valley Park then into Loch Raven with post hike lunch

  • Feb 8, 2014 · 10:00 AM
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Yep, it's a repeat of last week's hike.  But it's a good one and definitely doable even with a little snow on the ground.  Also, nobody else has anything scheduled for this day so why not?  :)

Trail maps:

Look for the sign for Willow Grove Farm. The parking lot is about 500 feet from the road. The address above is correct but Google maps drops you about 1/8 mile North of the entrance to the park.

Let's explore an area that I am just learning to appreciate. This park and the adjoining Loch Raven system have some great trails, views of the reservoir and the dam, and a variety of wildlife. Also, the park is super close to the city and easy to get to. So let's explore!

We'll hike a 6-8 total mile out-and-back trail that I'd call an easy side of moderate difficulty. The hills are <100 feet climbs in most cases. The terrain has your typical roots and rocks to maneuver around plus a few minor stream crossings. This is not a paved trail. We'll maintain a pace of about 2.5 to 3 mph. We will step off EXACTLY at 10:30. If you are late or have any problems on the trail, txt or call me at 301-6five5-5327. Otherwise there is no grace period.

This is a rain or shine event. The recent cold weather will likely have snow on the trail and icy spots. Good hiking boots are a must. Microspikes in your pack are a definite plus. I just got these and they work great. http://www.rei.com/product/774966/kahtoola-microspikes-traction-system

Check the weather before you leave and dress appropriately. If you cannot attend please change your RSVP. Two no-shows will result in me asking you to remove yourself from future events that have a wait list.

Dogs are welcome but they must be well behaved and on lead at all times. For lunch let's go to Mc Faul's Ironhorse Tavern! Huge beer selection and great food. What more could you ask for after a nice hike? This event is cross posted on the Cecil and Harford County Outdoor Enthusiast group and the 20s/30s Hiking Around Maryland group.

See you on the trails!

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  • renee

    sorry to have missed you guys - didn't call because didn't want you to wait on me. pulled into to the parking lot at 10:38 and was on the trail 5 min later with hopes of catching up - i figured wouldn't need to stop to regroup - with a group of 1 :) - finally caught up to tom and one other at providence road. i continued on across the road, but clearly never found the rest of the you. next time i won't over-schedule myself before the hike...

    February 8, 2014

  • Wayne

    Heading out at 10:35 same path as last week

    February 8, 2014

  • Mia

    We are here in parking lot. Is there a restroom, port a potty ? :)

    February 8, 2014

    • Ben

      lol...walk up toward the house, you'll see it on the right

      February 8, 2014

  • Mia

    Leticia & I are on our way from Annapolis should be there right at 10a !

    1 · February 8, 2014

  • Ben

    was fun last week, so let's do it again. may need to head back early, though.

    February 6, 2014

    • Barbara

      Ben, Snow and 25 a little too cold for me, but looking forward to joining you soon - thanks for organizing,

      February 7, 2014

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