Annual Homemade Maple Syrup Pancake Breakfast and Easy Side of Moderate 4 Mile Hike at Oregon Ridge Park!
"Celebrate the end of sugar season with us at our annual Pancake Breakfast at the Lodge, from 8 AM to noon. You can buy your tickets at the door: $7.00. Enjoy a stack of hot cakes drizzled with real maple syrup and served with grilled sausage, OJ, milk/coffee. After you’ve had your fill, sit back and enjoy the fun raffles, live music and old friends. Before breakfast, our group will hike an easy side of moderate trek of 4.2 miles in the woods to get our metabolisms going to burn of the pancakes!
Hike up and down easy side of moderate hills in one of the Baltimore area's most packed with wildlife parks on uncrowded trails. Oregon Ridge is the largest county run park in Baltimore County. It has several miles of trails, a nature center, and picnic areas. Oregon Ridge is set in the hills of northern Baltimore county.
Although it is relatively short, at a little over 4 miles, it has a couple of very gradual, yet long hills, so it earns an easy/moderate instead of just an easy rating. Please wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes as this is not a paved trail and has four EASY stream crossings where you cross very shallow water on stepping stones or with the assistance of one of our guides.
There are several different trails running through Oregon Ridge Park and we found a way to hike most of them without any retracing of steps. The trails are generally wide and fairly even with a few relatively steep spots and perfect for a social hike. Trails travel through woodlands over hills and down along a small stream. There is also a small pond at the end of one trail where we usually stop for a group photo.
Click here to see some pictures from a past hike on this trail!
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. This also allows us to offer a variety of hike paces and for this particular hike you have 3 to choose from which allows us to be put together with those of a similar pace. Paces should be not only based on your preference but also ability needs to be taken into consideration.
Pace Option 1: A "walk in the woods" or "social" pace which is great for those who want to soak up the nature and/or transitioning to longer hikes and will be about 2.5mph.
Pace Option 2: A moderate pace of about 3.0mph (most common pace).
Pace Option 3: A VERY vigorous paced group of up to 4mph so no complaints about this pace being too fast because you know what you are getting into. Extra distance will be added to finish at the same time as the other paces.
PLEASE put your pace preference in your RSVP so we can plan accordingly
Length: 4.2 total miles
Scenery:Upland forest, Baisman Run, Historic Structures
Trail Surface: Packed dirt with many sections of exposed roots and four easy, very shallow stream crossings on stepping stones or the aid of your hike guide, if preferred.
Elev. Gain: 410 feet
Skill Level: Easy side of Moderate
Duration: 2-3 hours and depends on which group you hike with as the paces will vary.
Trailhead Elev: 260 feet
Top Elev: 610 feet
Facilities: Restrooms in the nature center and lodge at main park entrance where we meet
We hike rain or shine! Click here for up to the minute weather information for the trailhead
There are 3 carpools for this hike!
DC Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, meetup at the Centerville Park and Ride. Click here for informationand directions to the Centerville location.
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.
If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location in the comment section below. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment - by just offering a ride!
Directions to Where We Meet for This Hike
Click here for detailed directions to the trailhead.
The Hike is at 8:00 a.m. Followed by Breakfast
Carpool meetup time at Centerville Park and Ride is 6:45 a.m.
Carpool time from Vienna/Fairfax Metro Station 6:30 a.m.
Carpool Time for Annapolis Area is 6:45 a.m.
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 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.
Please note that this special event hike, as posted in the refund policy beneath the price in addition to requiring you to click a box that you agree with this policy before you pay, is not refundable due to too many people backing out at the last minute in the past for this special event. Sorry, but this is the only way to help make sure that there is a good turnout ...or the venue might no longer offer this annual event. Since we have made holiday and "special event" hikes non-refundable, it has boosted the attendance rate significantly and we often have perfect attendance, yay! Thanks so much for your understanding.
Fido Is Welcome on This Hike!
Please take the hike leaders number with you just in case!
Kellie Carlisle: [masked]
Mike Harris: [masked]