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Terrapin Beach and Cross Island Trail (2.4 blisters)

  • Jan 12, 2013 · 9:00 AM

A winter island hike to make you yearn for summer! It starts with a three-mile loop (the "candy" part of the "lollypop" route) around the Terrapin Beach Park/Nature Area, which includes a tropical-like sandy beach, marshlands, and expansive views of the Chesapeake Bay, with duck blinds and a gazebo thrown in for good measure. That loop will be followed by an out-and-back, at-your-own-pace hike along Kent Island's Cross Island Trail (the "stick" of the "lollypop"). You can walk up to about 4.5 miles on this beautiful and relatively new, paved, hiker/biker trail, or turn around sooner (or later) if you want to do less (or more) than a total of 12 miles (2.4 blisters or moderate).

Bring two quarts of water and a bag lunch or heavy snacks. For those interested, we'll have a mid-afternoon lunner (lunch/dinner) after the hike at Rustico Restaurant (www.rusticoonline.com) in historic (and very tiny) Stevensville, MD.

To carpool, meet at 9 am at the New Carrolton Metro Station Park & Ride Lot #2, near the entrance of that lot (www.tinyurl.com/a25laro). Note that if you take the Metro, this lot is on the south/east side of the station (toward Garden City Dr), just across the Kiss & Ride lot. To meet at the trailhead, be at the dirt parking lot (www.tinyurl.com/bctu7dt; 191 Log Canoe Cir, Stevensville, MD) by 9:45 am. In case of inclement weather, please check here for last-minute changes before leaving for the hike.

Leaders are Gary Kosciusko and me.

Although open to all, this hike is part of a series of training hikes leading up to the One Day Hike (ODH)-100 or 50 km along the C&O Canal-on April 27, 2013. Registration for the ODH will open on February 1, 2013, at 12 PM. See www.onedayhike.org for more information.

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  • Mike

    Some fabulous pix of the hike from Joe Ardizzone:
    http://www.frameofreferencephotography.com/p506249350!

    January 13, 2013

  • Nanks

    I've added some of my photos to the album. To see them all, go to https://picasaweb.google.com/107961402856949005450/KentIslandLollipopHike?noredirect=1#

    Had a great time!

    January 13, 2013

  • Mike

    Turned out to be very nice weather for the middle of January. For full foto album, see https://picasaweb.google.com/113258319599232463581/KentIsland2013#slideshow
    Thanks to all that came.

    January 13, 2013

  • Gretchen C.

    Perfect weather. Nice vistas. Well maintained trail. And great beer at the restaurant after the hike--couldn't ask for much more.

    January 12, 2013

  • 'CB'

    Thanks for the great hike! I really feel like I accomplished something today. :)

    January 12, 2013

  • Heather

    Great walk and really enjoyed meeting new people.

    January 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll meet at the trailhead.

    January 11, 2013

    • Isabel S.

      thinking about that, but it does look like its an easy shot.

      January 11, 2013

    • Isabel S.

      I'm in Logan Circle - U St area, off Florida. not sure about the metro and dont want to be left behind. [masked] call if you like- or [masked]

      January 11, 2013

  • Mike

    Manabu,

    We will carpool from the Metro, so you can get a ride from there to the hike. There is no fee, but you can share gas cost with your driver. The trail is about a 45-minute drive from the Metro station.

    January 9, 2013

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