Tue. Montgomery Co. After Work Sneaker Hike: Matthew Henson Trail: 4 Mi (10-22)

  • October 22, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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Join Us For a Newbie Friendly 4 Mile Sneaker Hike on The Matthew Henson Trail

Matthew Henson is a relatively new Maryland state park. It is a greenway along the Turkey Branch, and one of the major tributaries, of Rock Creek. The park takes its name from arctic explorer Matthew Henson.

Matthew Alexander Henson (August 8, 1866 – March 9, 1955) was an African American explorer and associate of Robert Peary on various expeditions, the most famous being a 1909 expedition during which he may have been the first person to reach the Geographic North Pole.

This stream valley park features a 4.3 mile, 8--foot-wide hard surface trail features 0.6 miles of wooden boardwalk. It is surrounded by parkland, forested area, thousands of trees and shrubs and the Turkey Branch Stream.

Trail Information

Nearby City: Silver Spring or Aspen Hills
Length: 4 or 8 total miles (Todays Hike is 4 Miles)
Trail surface: Paved and Boardwalk, wide paths provide for a great walk and talk environment
Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out and Back
Skill Level: Newbie Friendly and Very Easy
Exposure: Mostly shady; less so in winter
Season: Year-round

Hike Pace

Pace will be a brisk pace for a good workout on this newbie trail. We will wait for everyone at the end of each segment and nobody will be rushed or left behind per groups policy.

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Weather Information
We hike rain or shine! Click Here for up to the minute weather information the area where we will be hiking.

Gear Information
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Carpool Information

Baltimore Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan, people can arrange to meet at Savage Station. You should post that on the Comments section. Click here for Directions to Savage Station.

If you can drive or want to carpool from a different location, please post that 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

Hike Meetup Time is 6:30 p.m.

Savage Carpool Time is 5:30 p.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 please find another group! We are very supportive, encouraging, and focus on safety while getting or staying fit on the trail and practicing leaving no trace.

Fido is Welcome on This Hike!

Please take the hike leaders number with you and enjoy the hike!


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  • Sandra C.

    Lots of fun. Good company and a brisk walking pace. Thanks to Shmuel for leading this hike. I really look forward to it each week.

    October 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone going up from DC that I could catch a ride with? I am in in NoMa. I have two small fabulous non-shedding dogs I would love to bring, but can leave them at home also.

    October 20, 2013

    • Kaytura F.

      I'm not able to make this hike. So sad and sorry. It's right in my neighborhood.

      October 22, 2013

    • Shmuel

      You made it Bonnie and Kaytura, you have the next Tuesdays.

      October 22, 2013

  • Shmuel

    Another good hike with many hiker new to the trail. Good discussion and great weather. Wide variety of speeds: brisk, normal and slow. Thanks everyone for coming. Special thanks to the regulars.

    October 22, 2013

  • Mike G.

    Oh dear... It looks like my and Shmuel's lines got crossed. Oh well, have a great hike everyone! ... Maybe I'll better coordinate next week :-) .

    October 22, 2013

    • Shmuel

      Sorry Mike, but I didn't look at my email after 4pm. Next time, txt me.

      October 22, 2013

  • Nina

    Excellent trail, very well maintained

    October 22, 2013

  • Jenny

    I'm running late... Probably get there 6:45pm.

    October 22, 2013

  • Ben

    Will be coming from Odenton, MD if anyone needs a ride.

    October 22, 2013

  • Carole H.

    Sprained my ankle on Friday so I will not be hiking for a while. See you when I heal.

    October 22, 2013

    • Shmuel

      Fast healing!

      October 22, 2013

  • Bonnie S

    I can also scoop some people up from the Glenmont metro. Let me know if needed.

    1 · October 22, 2013

  • Shmuel

    flashlights or headlamp are a must. At least 2/3 of the way will be in the dark. Several of us hiked the trail in the last several weeks; the trail is paved and we did fine in the dark.

    See you tomorrow.

    1 · October 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was wondering about the time since it seems to get dark by 6:30. Do you bring your own lighting?

    1 · October 18, 2013

    • Shmuel

      Yes we do. We walk with flashlights or headlamps. We also bunch together, naturally not intentionally, generating a lot of light.

      1 · October 18, 2013

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