Join Us for a Moderate 9.8 Miles Along Loch Raven Reservoir Plus a Winter Chili Tasting (Vegetarian Options), Wine Pairing, and Live Music at Boordy Vineyards!
Let's warm up after our hike and enjoy an optional chili tasting and red wine paring at Boordy Vineyards. There will also be live entertainment!
Arguably the prettiest trails in the Loch Raven Reservoir watershed. We head out to Merryman Point, where the reservoir spreads out in several directions. There are two fairly steep inclines, two very minor stream crossings, otherwise rolling terrain. This hike is a little of my own experience combined with a hike from "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Baltimore" by Evan Balkan, 2nd Edition as the 1st Editions is no longer accurate for this hike.
"So, let me think here....great temp, varying scenery, clean air, awesome diversity of personalities and stories, hot chili, local wines (enjoyed in a fantastic barn), hot waisel, and did anybody try the firepit with loaner prongs and freebie marshmallows for roasting, well, makes for a great day!! Superb hike"-A comment from a member from our last visit!
We break down into groups no larger than 15 hikers per leader/sweep team for a more enjoyable experience for all of us and is better for the environment. Large groups really take away from the hiking experience for everyone on the trail and not just our group. For this particular hike you have 2 to choose from so you can hike with others of a similar pace. Paces should be based on your preference but also please know your limitations.
Pace Option 1: A moderate pace of about 2.5mph and the average hiking pace used as a baseline in most hiking books. (most common pace).
Pace Option 2: A vigorous paced group of up to 4mph so no complaints about this pace being too fast because you know what you are getting into.
Please include your pace preference in your RSVP!
Nearby City: Timonium
Length: 9.8 total miles
Trail Type: Out-and-Back with a place to take a dip near the end of the hike (seasonable)
Skill Level: Moderate with two rather steep hills. Aside from those, the majority of the hike is rolling hills.
Trail Surface: Packed dirt, crushed rock
Duration: About 5 hours but varies by the pace, group, weather, etc.
Trailhead Elev: 170 feet
Top Elev: 420 feet
We hike rain, snow, or shine! Click here to see an up to the minute forecast for where we will be hiking.
Optional Post Hike Chili/Wine Tasting, and Live Music
Boordy Vineyards is Maryland's oldest family run winery and today they are having a chili tasting! "At Boordy we celebrate life, wine and good food. We enjoy the spirit of challenge and adventure. We treasure art and music, and love to dance. We marvel at nature's beauty. We value our community and our traditions. We are proud to farm and produce our wine for you."-from the Boordy website
Chase away the chills by sampling delicious hearty chili's paired with red wine to the tunes of live music! Sip piping hot Wassail as you tour the winery $15 per adult.
12820 Long Green Pike
Hydes, Maryland 21082
Click here for more information and to purchase advanced tickets.
Directions to the Winter Chili Days Post Hike Event
Click here for detailed directions to where we meet for our chili winter days event at Boordy Vineyards
Baltimore Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore metro area, meet at Savage Station. Click here for directions to Savage Station.
Annapolis Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the Annapolis area , meetup at the Harbour Center Mall Starbucks. Click here for Annapolis carpool directions for getting to the carpool location.
VA East Area Carpool (Fairfax Area METRO)
People can also arrange to meet at the Vienna/Fairfax Metro Station. Click here for directions to Vienna/Fairfax Metro Station.
Directions to the Trailhead
Click Here for Directions to where we meet for this hike.
Hike Meetup Time is at 10:00 a.m.
Carpool Meetup time at Savage Station is 9:00 a.m.
Vienna/Fairfax Metro Station 8:30 a.m.
Carpoool Time for Annapolis Area is 8:45 a.m.
Fido is Welcome on This Hike!
Please remember we are a social hiking group that values fellowship and camaraderie and practice good hike etiquette. We take breaks as necessary and have at least one guide in the front in addition to a "sweeper" in the back which means that no hiker is left behind. If you get upset because someone has to rest at the top of a hill etc. then please find another group! We are very supportive, encouraging, and focus on safety while getting or staying fit on the trail and practicing Leave No Trace outdoor ethics.
There are no refunds for this special event. We just want it to be clear that there are no refunds, exchanges, selling, or giving away your space, or applying the money for this hike to a future one if you pay and then are unable to go. Pretty please keep that in mind before signing up as we do not want any misunderstandings. If you disagree with this, please do not sign up. Thanks for your understanding and see you there for this fantastic annual tradition for our group!
Let's have good times and see you on the trail for this top rated Maryland trek!