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Nooner Hike! Mod. 3 or 6.8 Miles: Cromwell Valley and Loch Raven Reservoir!

  • Mar 9, 2013 · 12:00 PM
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Moderate 3 with Optional 3.8 Additional Moderate to Easy Side of Strenuous Miles (Total 6.8) in Cromwell Valley Park + Loch Raven Add-On with Optional Post Hike Meal

An opportunity for pleasant hiking within 371- acre Cromwell Valley Park, as well as adding a more strenuous Loch Raven Keep your eyes open for abundant wildlife. It is a stream valley park comprised of pasture, cultivated gardens, open fields, woods, hedgerows, orchards and wooded piedmont hills. There are many species of raptors such as the Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, and Great Horned Owl, which prey on a healthy population of small mammals such as rabbits, deer mice, and meadow voles. Songbird populations include Baltimore Oriole, Bobolink, Eastern Meadowlark, Indigo Bunting, Eastern Bluebird, and many others. Belted Kingfishers and Great Blue Herons are often seen around the stream, Minebank Run.

The valley has been settled since the early 1700s. Some iron ore mining took place in the area with the largest of at least four mines located at the stream's starting point - hence the stream's name. Due to an easily quarried supply of Cockeysville marble, the valley became a production area for agricultural lime. Lime kilns were built, and used to heat the marble by firewood, eventually creating lime powder. The powder was then collected and bagged at the base of the furnace. The lime kilns in the valley operated until the 1920s. The remnants of several of these are still visible in the park today ( see photos ).

Hike Pace
This hike will be led at a moderate pace of about 2.5mph which is the speed of the average hiker!

Trail Information
Nearby City: Parkville
Length: 6.8 total miles
Trail Type: Combination

Trail Surface: Packed dirt, short stretches of asphalt and gravel
Scenery: Mature woods, Minebank Run, and plentiful wildlife
Exposure: More shade than sun
Skill Level: Moderate to easy side of strenuous
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elev: 260 feet
Top Elev: 460 feet

Facilities: Restrooms and water in park office
Special Comments: The hike described here leaves Cromwell Valley Park and includes several miles in adjoining Loch Raven Watershed property; if you prefer an easier an/or shorter hike, stay entirely within the park and leave before we hike over to Loch Raven.

Weather Information
We hike rain or shine!

Directions to the Trailhead

Click here for directions to where we meet for this hike.

Hike Meetup Time is at 12:00 p.m. (Noon)

Carpool meetup time from Savage Station is 11:00 a.m.

Gear Suggestions

Here are some 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 so 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 or attend the strenuous hikes! 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 number of the hiker leader(s) just in case!




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  • Rick O.

    Fantastic weather! Thanks to the organizers for making this happen.

    2 · March 10, 2013

  • Joanna

    I had a great time with great company!!! And Pixie too!! Thank you See ya all soon.

    1 · March 9, 2013

  • Michael H.

    Great weather! It was a lot of fun trying to figure out the trails and everyone was a good sport. I am glad everyone had fun.

    3 · March 9, 2013

  • Betsy L.

    Justin, thanks for a lovely loop-de-loop hike and a beautiful day. Pace was good -- thanks for putting on your brakes for those of us slowpokes who can only muster a moderate pace. Nice company, as usual.
    Alison, it was great to see you again, even if I can never quite get up to your pace.

    1 · March 9, 2013

  • Alison

    Justin, sorry we didn't get to thank you before we left! We had a really great time and the pace and people were excellent as always. Thank you Mike for leading as well and for waiting until our group got back. Betsy it was wonderful to see you again and Karen I hope to see you on another hike soon.

    1 · March 9, 2013

  • TINA W

    Sorry - have to cancel. Pulled lower back/glute muscle:( Need to take it easy.

    March 9, 2013

  • Keri

    I got suck behind a fender bender and there's no way I can make it on time.

    March 9, 2013

  • Dorie

    Me too! So sad!! Have a geat hike!!

    March 9, 2013

  • Marjorie B.

    Fighting a cold and losing the battle. I have to cancel. Sorry!

    March 9, 2013

  • Robin

    I need to cancel my RSVP as well.

    March 8, 2013

  • Batia B.

    I have to cancel my RSVP.

    March 8, 2013

  • William

    Driving from Bethesda. Can pick up a couple people at metro 10:45. Let me know.

    March 8, 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 8, 2013

  • liz

    still getting over a cold.

    March 7, 2013

  • Zakya

    Anyone driving from DC? I'd love to join .

    March 6, 2013

    • liz

      Zakya, i'm considering getting a rental car. If i do, do you want to join and chip in?

      March 6, 2013

    • Zakya

      I am sorry.... I thought your taking about Sunday's hike..for Saturday I already got a ride..thank you.

      March 7, 2013

  • Fatima

    I'm happy to take someone with me (provided I get off the wait list!). Pickup would be VA square or Ballston metro in Arlington.

    February 26, 2013

    • Bruna B.

      Hi Fatima. I am in Centreville. My sister and I would be happy to meet you at VA Square (better parking). Let me know if you are interested. Thanks!

      March 5, 2013

  • Doug

    Hi, I'm in SW DC if anyone could share a ride to the trail and back. I'll help with mileage. Thanks!

    March 4, 2013

  • Joanna

    I was able to RSVP, Thank you Justin for your help.

    1 · March 1, 2013

  • Joanna

    Hi, I just received a message that a spot has opened up and I would like to fill it, however I when I tried to RSVP it will not let me unless I pay online and I can not do that. I will pay when I get to the site if that is acceptable. Please let me know. Thank You Joanna & Pixie

    February 28, 2013

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