Rock Creek Park Series: Part 1 of 3!
An Easy Side of Moderate Exploration in The Wild Northern Section: Multiple Pace Options!
This Hike is Great for newbies and experienced hikers both as it is 9.3 miles but has several shorter distance options thanks to mass transit, yay!
This is the first part of a 3 part Rock Creek Park in Spring Series, which will take us pretty much all throughout the entire park if you complete all three hikes! All are METRO accessible too!
Todays Hike: April 21st: The Wild Northern Section of Rock Creek Park (Metro Accessible): An Easy Side of Moderate 9.3 (Shorter options) Miles!
Click Here for Part 2: May 11th: The Rocky Central Section of Rock Creek Park (Metro Accessible): A Moderate 4.5 Miles
Click Here for Part 3: May 25: The Arboreal Southern Section of Rock Creek Park (Metro Accessible): A Moderate 8.9 (Shorter Options) Miles
The same year that Congress accorded national park status to the three big chunks of California known as Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon, it also preserved a piece of its own backyard. It decreed that Rock Creek’s valley would become “a pleasuring ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people of the United States. ”That was in 1890. Today, covering about 2,100 acres, the park consists largely of woodlands and stream valleys that protect the environment and provide habitat for assorted flora and fauna. Most visitors head for various recreation facilities. But informed hikers head for the hills and trails. The 9.2-mile hike consists of a modified loop that undulates enough to accumulate about 1,600 feet of elevation change © Copyright Paul Elliott Published by Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.
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 2 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 your 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 2.0mph.
Pace Option 2: A moderate pace of about 2.5-3.0 mph (Pace of an average hiker)
PLEASE put your pace preference in your RSVP so we can plan accordingly
Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Washington
Length: 9.3 total miles with shorter distance options by using Metro and Metro Bus
Scenery: Gently rolling woodlands and stream valleys
Exposure: Mostly shady; less so in winter
Trail Surface: Mostly dirt or stony dirt; some pavement; rocky, rooty in places
Elevation Gain: 1,600 feet
Trail Type: Modified Loop
Skill Level: Moderate Due to Distance - Shorter Options are Easy Side of Moderate
Duration: 5-6 hours
Local Maps: USGS Washington West; PATC Map N; ADC Metro Washington
Topo Map: Rock Creek Park: Wild Northern Section Topographic Map
facilities: toilets, water, phone at nature center (limited hours); toilets near the Riley Spring Bridge
Note Only to Hike Leaders: Use PATC Map N and the hike description from 60 Hikes within 60 Miles of D.C. 1st edition and NOT the newer 2nd edition. I have scanned the hike guide and it is available upon your request as a .PDF in case you do not have the older book. Please contact Kellie if you do not have the map as I will have one ordered and shipped to you right away because as a member of the leadership team you should have the PATC maps as one of your perks.
We hike rain, snow, or shine. Click here to see an up to the minute forecast for the area where we will be hiking.
There are 2 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. Use the comment section to discuss carpooling with other members.
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. Use the comment section to discuss carpooling with other members.
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 the Trailhead (Including Metro Directions)
Click here for directions to where we meet for this hike. Metro directions are included in this link!
Hike Meetup Time is at 10:00 a.m.
Annapolis carpool time is 8:45 a.m.
Carpool meetup time at Savage is 9:00 a.m.
Gear Information Click here for suggestions for what to wear and what not to wear for our hikes.
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.
Fido is welcome on this hike!
Be sure to take the hike leaders numbers with you just in case!