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Holiday Hike Along the River in Savage Park! Easy 2 with up to 9 Moderate Miles!

  • Mar 31, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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 Holiday Hike in Historical Savage Park with Optional Post Hike Meal

A Something for Everyone Hike!

Distances and Difficulties Range from Your Choice of 2 Easy/Newbie Friendly Miles Up to 9 Moderate Miles with Bailouts Along the Way

A beautiful hike along the Middle Patuxent River to its confluence with the Little Patuxent River, then upstream, with a return via an abandoned quarry road. Most of the hike follows the streams closely. Within minutes of setting off, you will be transported from one of the most densely populated suburbs in America to a lovely woodland along two former mill streams.

This trail takes you through beech, oak, and pine trees before confronting the rapids-filled Patuxent River. The Wincopin Trail begins as an asphalt path for a mere few yards and quickly turns to packed dirt. Consequently, the trail becomes narrower and tighter, but it’s well maintained and easy to follow. Very thick woods, beech, oak, and poplar crowd either side.

Pace Options
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 as well. 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 you to be put together with those of a similar pace. so you will not rushed or slowed down and can hike what is comfy for you. Paces should be not only based on your preference but your ability needs to be taken into consideration.

Pace Option 1: A "social" pace which is great for those who want to soak up the nature. Note, this is still a hike and not a stroll, so you need to be able to hike 2.5mph (pace of average beginner hikers). We simply cannot accommodate leisure strolls unless it is posted as such.

Pace Option 2: A moderate pace of about 3.0mph which just a little more brisk than the average hiker and our most in demand pace so we have two leaders for this pace on todays hike!

PLEASE put your pace preference in your RSVP so we can plan accordingly.

Trail Information

Nearby City: Old Historical Savage Area
Length: Your Choice of 2.4 Easy Side of Moderate Miles in the Wincopin area, 4 Moderate, or 8 Very Moderate Miles if you join us for the entire hike. You can decide while on the trail how far you want to hike as all paces will go all distances to provide you mix and match customization.
Elev. Gain: Rolling hills with a couple of steep climbs but we will stop to rest as necessary because we are all about the camaraderie.
Trail Type: Modified Loop
Pace:[masked] mph: Your choice of a social or workout pace
Scenery: Middle Patuxent and Little Patuxent River; Savage Mill Historic Sites
Exposure: Mostly shade
Trail Surface: Packed dirt with several sections even mulched!
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate depending on how far you hike with us. The hills are mostly further along the trail.

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

Carpool Information
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.

Metro Carpool
Click here for directions and information about Vienna Metro if you would prefer to carpool from there. It is highly recommended that if carpooling from a Metro that everyone chip in towards a Zip Car (information about Zip Cars is included on the link with directions to the Metro stop). I am not responsible for people using the Metro not having a ride to the trailhead so please make sure you have made arrangements for a way to get there once you arrive to a carpool location.

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 time from Vienna Metro stop is 8:45 a.m.

Carpool meetup time from Centerville is 8:30 a.m.

Optional Post Hike Lunch
We will have an optional post-hike lunch at nearby Rams Head (8600 Foundry St., Savage, Maryland 20763) Telephone: 301.604.3454. Click Here for the restaurant's home page with a link to their menu and additional information.

Points of Interest Nearby
Time should be saved to explore nearby Savage Mill (pictured above and also where the optional lunch is so if you join us for lunch you will see it anyway-grin). Nine buildings remain dating back to 1820. In 1974, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Take note that our post-hike meal restaurant is located inside Savage Mill, pictured above, and is a destination within itself for many people. If you like to shop in an artsy type mall, or antiquing, then plan on spending some time after lunch perusing these most unique shops and galleries.

A Leashed Fido Is Welcome On This Hike!

Gear Suggestions

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 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.

Please note that our holiday weekend hikes are not refundable due to too many people backing out of the at the last minute before the refund cut-off and keeping others from being able to go. Sorry, but this is the only way to help make sure that there is a good turnout and our leaders not offer to lead a hike on their holiday weekend and day in vain...or they might be burned enough that they will no longer offer to lead them. Since we have made holiday hikes non-refundable it has boosted attendance rate significantly and often have perfect attendance, yay! Please note that our refund policy is always listed just beneath the price, and you are required to check a box that you agree to it before you can pay, so I put it in three places to avoid any issues. Thanks so much for your understanding and have a great time.

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


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  • Lei

    Thanks for coming out everyone!! Hope to see you on the trails again!

    2 · April 1, 2013

  • Diana

    Fun hike and great company

    March 31, 2013

  • Tran T.

    Thanks Kevin for the carpool and Lei for great hike with friendly people. The drizzling rain was a bonus!

    March 31, 2013

  • Kevin M.

    Lei, thanks for leading the group. Lunch took a little long but it was fun.... On to more hikes!

    1 · March 31, 2013

  • Kenny

    Total distance hiked was 10.64 miles in 4 hours 55 minutes, average speed 2.2 mph.

    1 · March 31, 2013

  • Linda

    Nice hike. Thanks Lei!

    March 31, 2013

  • Kellie C.

    How to Move from the Wait list to a “Yes” - If you are on the wait list, you will get an e-mail as slots become available. It is a “first come first serve” system for available slots. Slots are open to everyone, whether on the wait list or not. However, being on the wait list will make certain that you are notified when open slots become available as well as letting me know to look for another leader if the trails (and parking) can accommodate it and still comply with our Leave No Trace pledge. Click the following link for how to get off the wait list and RSVP “yes”, Please don't hesitate to contact me if you need further assistance as that is what I am here for.

    March 30, 2013

  • Kevin M.

    I will be coming from Ashburn if any one wants to carpool. Mike, I will be the sweeper for you again!

    March 24, 2013

    • Tran T.

      Thanks Kevin. I'll be at the Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride @ 12530 Sunrise Valley Dr, Herndon, VA[masked]:45am. 571.384.9303. I'll be glad to chip in for gas. See you then!

      March 28, 2013

    • Kevin M.

      Perfect! I will be driving a black M45 Infinity 4 door.

      March 30, 2013

  • Lianne

    Me + dog are in for the short hike :)

    March 30, 2013

  • Ian

    This is my first organized hike, so I don't really know which pace option I'd be better suited for. Should I start with pace option one?

    March 29, 2013

  • Ben

    I'm driving in from Alexandria if anyone needs a ride. Pace preference - 2.

    March 29, 2013

  • Thao

    Pace 2, please.

    March 27, 2013

  • Robin T.

    Pace 2

    March 25, 2013

  • april

    i'd love to join if i can carpool with someone - i'm in dc. please let me know!

    March 19, 2013

  • Diana

    Pace 1

    March 17, 2013

  • Connie

    Pace 2, please.

    March 17, 2013

  • Kathy H.

    Looking forward to this hike and I would prefer Option #1. See ya then.

    1 · March 16, 2013

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