Hike, Reds, Whites & Bluegrass Picnic! Loch Raven Reservoir: A 4 Mile Easy Hike

  • April 28, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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Hike, Reds, Whites & Bluegrass Picnic! Loch Raven Reservoir: Northwest Area Trails: An Easy 4 Mile Hike Plus Picnic to Enjoy A Wine Tasting to the Tunes of Baltimore's Best Bluegrass!

Let's enjoy a post hike picnic at Boordy Vineyards. They are having a Red, White, and Bluegrass event today. 

"A relatively unvisited—and beautiful—section of Loch Raven Reservoir, doing its best impression of Gunpowder Falls State Park’s Wildlands. Wide and prominent trails parallel each other along the hills. This hike stays fairly level while keeping the reservoir a few hundred feet to the right below." 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Baltimore" by Evan Balkan, 2nd Edition

Pace Options

This hike will be led at a moderate pace.

Trail Information
Nearby City: Monkton
Length: 4 miles
Trail Type: Out-and-Back with a place to take a dip near the end of the hike when the weather is warmer. 
Skill Level: Easy  
Exposure: Shade
Trail Surface: Packed dirt, crushed rock 
Season: Year-round
Elevation Gain: 500 feet

Weather Information
We hike rain or shine! Click here to see an up to the minute forecast for where we will be hiking.

Optional Post Hike Reds, Whites, and Bluegrass Group Picnic! 
Boordy Vineyards is Maryland's oldest family run winery! "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

"Enjoy Boordy's selection of red wines and white wines to the tunes of Baltimore's best bluegrass bands playing outdoors on the patio (inside the Boordy barn if the weather is bad). You may bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic - or purchase food from our caterer. Six wine samples and an engraved Boordy wineglass are included in your admission. $15 per adult".

12820 Long Green Pike
Hydes, Maryland 21082

Click Here for more information and to purchase advanced tickets.

Directions to the Optional Winery for Post Hike Event
Click here for detailed directions to where we meet for our wine tasting picnic and music special event at Boordy Vineyards

Carpool Information

There are 3 carpools for this hike!
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.

If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location in the comment section below. Click here for suggested carpool locations complete with directions. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment - by just offering a ride! 

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.  

Carpool Time for Annapolis Area is 8:45 a.m.  

Fido is Welcome on This Hike but not at the winery

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.

Note Regarding Refunds:
There are no refunds, exchanges, reselling, or applying the money toward a future event for this special event. Before you commit, I just want it to be clear so there would not be any possible future confusion. Please keep that in mind before signing up and have a great time.

Let's have good times and see you on the trail!

Ken:   [masked]

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  • Joanne

    Sorry to drop out at the last minute. Hope someone can take my spot.

    April 28, 2013

  • Steve

    I'm sorry to miss this one! Something came up unfortunately.

    April 27, 2013

  • Ken S

    BTW, the trailhead parking area is located on Warren Road (see Directions page) just past Sherwood Road (on the left). There is parking on both sides of the road. Don't forget to also get directions to Boordy Vineyards if you are joining us after the hike. You can use the intersection of Warren Road and Sherwood Road, Cockeysville, MD as your starting point if the GPS coordinates don't work. See you Sunday.

    1 · April 26, 2013

  • Joyce M.

    I would like to attend with my friend, Debby Weber, who is also available.

    April 22, 2013

  • Ken S

    FYI. Although this hike is on a wide trail with easy rolling hills most of the way, there are a few hills that are a little steep. Since there are some deep muddy spots on the trail (some are covered with several inches of leaves any hard to spot), we will have to be careful not to slip. I recommend bringing any walking poles you have for some of the slippery hills and the few streams that we have to cross on stepping stones. Also, if you are going to Boordy Vineyard afterward (I am), you might want to bring another set of shoes to change into. See you Sunday.

    1 · April 21, 2013

  • Ken S

    Just a reminder that you need to contact Boordy's to purchase tickets if you plan on joining us for this post-hike winery picnic and music.

    1 · April 13, 2013

  • kemeria

    if I can carpool with anyone from dc I will joing this hike.

    March 16, 2013

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