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Tue. Newbie Friendly No.9 Trolley Trail, Banneker Park, Museum, Lunch, and Tour!

  • Aug 13, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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Joins Us for a 5-Mile Hike on the #9 Trolley Trail, Banneker Park and Museum Followed by an Optional Lunch at The Trolley Stop and Bonus Post Meal 2.5 Mile
Guided Walking Tour of Old Ellicott City!

Newbie Friendly Easy Sneaker Hike.  Active Seniors Welcome!!

Come and enjoy this social hike, the interesting museum, then a optional lunch with your hiking friends followed by a walking tour of old Ellicott City! Take in historic sites with a big dose of nature. After the hike, feel free to enjoy a good meal and followed a 2.5 mile historical walking tour of Ellicott City. The post meal guided walking tour will be a 2.5 mile hike to enjoy the very quaint Old Ellicott City downtown. You can bailout any time if you join us after lunch for the tour.

Benjamin Banneker, the foremost African-American man of science in the early years of the United States, lived his entire life on the land where the museum now sits. Open since 1998, the museum and park continue to grow and develop. Recently the “Molly Bannaky House,” a circa 1850 stone farmhouse, has been fully restored and now houses a library and meeting room. Other structures of interest on the property include an archaeological dig area, a nursery, the Banneker “Ice Pond,” and the Lee Family Farm Ruin. Banneker was born a free black in 1731 and lived until 1806. His life’s accomplishments included constructing a wooden striking clock and a projection of a solar eclipse, helping in the land survey for Washington, D.C., publishing six almanacs, and exchanging correspondence concerning opposition to slavery with Thomas Jefferson. The museum does an excellent job of illuminating the life and contributions of this underappreciated figure in American history, and it is definitely worth a long visit.

This is an easy trek and newbie friendly. Most paths are paved or wooden platforms/boardwalk but we will be doing some traditional trails as well.

Hike Pace
The pace will be that of the average hiker which is about 2.5 mph.

Trail Information

Nearby City: Ellicott City
Length: The pre-lunch hike is a total of about 5 miles and will be somewhat dependent on conditions. If joining us after lunch for the 2.5 Ellicott City historical walking tour, it brings our mileage for the day to a total of 7.5 miles (5 or so Miles in the park before lunch, with 2.5 miles through historical Ellicott City after lunch). Both the lunch and post lunch walking tour are optional.
Scenery: Historic sites, Cooper Branch, abundant bird life
Trail surface: Packed dirt at Banneker and asphalt on the old trolley line; some traditional trails
Skill Level: Very Easy Social Hike and Newbie Friendly Sneaker Hike
Season: Year-round
Facilities: Restroom, Water, and Phone at the museum which is open until 4PM to check out before or after our trek.
Trailhead Elev: 280 feet
Top Elev: 400 feet

Weather Information
We hike rain or shine! Click here for up to the minute weather information for the trailhead

Carpool Information

If you can drive or want to carpool from any locations such as the DC area, 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

Click Here for Directions to Where We Meet for This Hike

Meet and Greet: 8:45-9:00 am

Hike Step Off Time is at 9:00 a.m. Sharp!

I encourage you to plan to arrive a little early just to make certain that you arrive on time, for this most pleasant hike.

Optional Post Hike Meal

The nearby Trolley Stop Restaurant is a nice post hike place to grab a bite to eat following the walk for those interested in some great food and more camaraderie with your fellow hikers, and is near where we are hiking today, yay! We will ask for a show of hands during a break in the hike and give them a ring and let them know how many of us to expect at 410.465.8546. Click here for more information about the restaurant, it's menu and prices.

Optional Post Meal 2.5 Mile Historical Tour of Old Ellicott City!

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 helps to ensure 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.

A Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike

Please take the hike leaders number(s) with you just and case!

Keith:[masked]

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  • Keith K

    Thanks, guys and gals for another great hike. Compared to the last one, this was almost arid! My GPS says our moving speed was 3.0 mph and our overall speed was about 1.9 mph. The elevation change was about 400' but I don't trust my GPS for altitude changes. I'll include in the next day-before email for the next occurrence of this hike a suggestion to bring cash, including small bills, if you want to eat at the Trolley Stop to make bill-paying much easier, quicker and more equitable. I'll also bring a calculator (if I remember). The PVSP hike for the 22nd should be posted soon. The hike on the 24th still has openings also.

    August 13, 2013

  • Betsy L.

    Wet, muggy, muddy, and sprinkling a little as we started out, but then we were rain-free for the rest of the hike. Keith led our hardy, somewhat bedraggled looking band along the paved-over trolley trail, but also up and down various woodland trails to a deep ravine (overlooking it -- not into it), and back again (and giving us some history as we walked). And lunch was really good -- great sandwiches. Fun morning. Would like to do the hike on a crisp, sunny, fall day, finishing with lunch at the Trolley Stop again.

    1 · August 13, 2013

  • Rita G.

    Once again we have had a fun outing with Keith (how bored are you hearing this over and over?!).
    And lunch was a hit too.

    1 · August 13, 2013

  • KathleenW

    Started out in a light rain but it turned out to be a great hike! Lunch at Trolley Stop was once again a winner! Thx Keith!

    August 13, 2013

  • Michael

    Every time plan on doing this hike it rains "like this"'! <sigh>. Can't make it (again) this go 'round. We'll try next time....

    August 13, 2013

  • Tanya

    You hike rain or shine, but what about during t-storms? I live in Hanover, PA and it is storming badly here. The weather calls for t-storms in Ellicott City as well. Just want to make sure we are still on before I do the drive. Thanks!

    August 13, 2013

  • Keith K

    Actually, I'm not sure when we'll have lunch. The actual mileage of the hike will depend on the conditions we find tomorrow so it's hard to predict when we will arrive at the Trolley Stop. The first part of the hike can be modified to an easy 3-mile "out and back, you can't get lost" walk though most of us will take a longer route back through the woods. You could do that and wait for us at the Trolley Stop if you wish. The MAHG also offers several "something-for-everyone" hikes that offer multiple easy opt-outs at distances as short as (roughly) two miles, four miles, six miles or you can stay for the whole distance of 8 miles or so. One of those hikes may be better for you in that you might find that you're up to more miles than you think. Many people are. Check the website for our offerings.

    1 · August 12, 2013

  • Annette

    Will have to miss due to work so hoping someone can have my spot. Enjoy!

    August 12, 2013

  • Harper F.

    I'm interested but not up to a 5 mile hike yet. Maybe I could meet you for lunch at the Trolley Stop and then do the Ellicott City hike. What time do you meet for lunch?

    August 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am driving from Rockville if anyone wants to ride along.

    August 12, 2013

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