Transition to Moderate Hikes: 5 Miles in Gunpowder State Park Pleasantville Area

  • Aug 9, 2014 · 8:30 AM
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Join Us for a Moderate 5 Miles in Gunpowder Falls State Park: Pleasantville Area Trails with an Optional Post Hike Meal

"Hike along the Gunpowder River, then ascend to the exceedingly beautiful rail bed of the defunct Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad.This hike winds up being one of the prettiest anywhere around."

Transition Hike

This is a great hike for those looking to build stronger hiking legs because while it is still on the shorter side at just under 5 miles, it is pretty hilly. While there is nothing too steep or too long, they are a constant throughout the length of this beautiful hike. The rolling hills are what makes this a moderate and not an easy hike.

Trail Information
Nearby City: Baldwin
Length:[masked] total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Gunpowder Falls State Park
Local Maps: USGS Jarrettsville
Topo Map: Gunpowder Falls State Park Topographic Map

Pace Options
We break down into groups no larger than 15 hikers per leaderfor 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 this particular hike will be led at a moderate pace since there is only one leader, hence one group.

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

Carpool Suggestions

To carpool from the Baltimore/Laurel area, please meet at Savage Station. Click here for directions to Savage Station.

If you can drive or want to carpool from additional 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

Hike Meetup Time is 8:30 a.m. (To Beat the Heat)

Carpool from Savage Time is 7:15 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 a leader in the front in addition to a "sweeper" in the back which helps to make sure 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

Let's have good times and see you there!



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  • Alka A.


    August 11, 2014

  • Mark S.

    This was a great hike - an interesting trail through mature forest in a remote area along the Gunpowder. Everyone was friendly and talkative and Wayne and his dog Harley took care of everyone without appearing to do so. I enjoyed every minute of this hike. Thanks Wayne!!

    1 · August 10, 2014

  • Wayne M.

    Thanks everyone for the wonderful hike. And thank you Dave for leading us on this wonderful hike.

    August 9, 2014

  • mike z.

    Thanks so much Linda and Wayne ! See u tomorrow

    August 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have studied the maps and the trailhead is not inside the designated park green area shown on my Google map but north of it. The closest address that I can find for my GPS is: 13901 Bottom Road,Hydes, MD. See you tomorrow. Linda

    August 8, 2014

    • Wayne M.

      Hi Linda and Mike, I will send out an email tonight around 9 - 10 PM with information about our hike. The parking lot where we meet does not have a street address. Last weekend I used Mapquest to estimate a street address which got me close but not quite there. Your street address is very close but we meet on Guyton Rd not Bottom Rd. If you reach the intersection of Bottom and Guyton then you are within about 100 yards of the parking lot on Guyton.

      August 8, 2014

  • mike z.

    Hi All, Looking forward to a fun hike! I am looking for clearer directions to the trail head parking lot. Is this the park that is up near BelAir/Perry Hall area? I am leaving from Severna Park, MD.

    August 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Wayne, the listed time is 8:30 but further down it says Meetup is 8 am. Help.

    August 4, 2014

    • Wayne M.

      Thanks Jane, good catch. I corrected the Meetup time further down to 8:30. I kept the Savage Carpool time as is.

      1 · August 4, 2014

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