Easy Hike: Seneca Creek State Park, MD, 6.1 miles

  • June 29, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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Summer is finally here, and Baloo is itching to explore some new turf. We will be hiking the Clopper Lake section of Seneca Creek State Park, and the main feature of the hike will be an undulating 2.7 mile loop around the lake. While I've never been in this park before, my guide book says to expect gentle hills and a trail that has portions that are covered in roots. I expect that the hike will take about 2.5 hours.

Dogs must be ON LEASH AT ALL TIMES on this hike. Please bring plenty of water for you and your dog, and don't forget your poop bags.

While I chose this hike because it will be mostly shady, we will do our best to beat the summer heat by hiking early, before the heat of the day. We will plan to hit the trailhead and be on our way at 8:15, so please plan to be there at 8 AM to join the group, do introductions, etc.

Here are some directions, lifted from the park's website:

DIRECTIONS:
From Washington, D.C, Virginia and points south, take I-270 north towards Frederick, Maryland. Take Exit 10, Clopper Road (Route 117). Turn right at the light at the bottom of the ramp. The park is approximately 2 miles on the left.
From points north, take I-270 south towards Washington, D.C., take Exit 11 (MD Route 124 west). Turn right at the light at the bottom of the ramp. At the second light, turn right onto Clopper Road (Route 117). The park is approximately 1.5 miles on the left.

See you there!

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  • Bekki

    Had a wonderful time, as did my dog!

    June 29, 2013

  • jeremy

    We are at the park, do you know where we are meeting?

    June 29, 2013

    • Allie E.

      We are at the Visitors center. First parking as you come in.

      June 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to change my rsvp so late but unfortunately I don't think we're going to be able to make it. :( I messed up my ankles so hiking wouldn't be a good idea. Hope everyone has fun and we look forward to next time!

    June 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It's a little late, but can we still plan on meeting up with the group? I see there are two spots still open, but I missed the RSVP window...

    June 28, 2013

  • Liz

    hi all! Happy Friday. Shadow and I were looking forward to this hike and meeting new peeps and pups...but I RSVP'd too late and on the waiting list:/
    We are probably still going to head up that way, maybe a bit later avoid crowding the trail, in the case we are on the same path...

    June 28, 2013

    • Cristina

      Hi Liz, I've given up my spot so feel free to RSVP! Have a great time!

      June 28, 2013

    • Liz

      thanks!

      June 28, 2013

  • Cristina

    I was so looking forward to this hike but I tweaked my back and I won't be able to make it tomorrow! :( Have fun guys!

    June 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks like I'm coming down with something...rather than power through, I'm going to drop out and let somebody else enjoy this hike. Hope you all have fun!

    June 28, 2013

  • Amber

    Hey everyone! I'm looking forward to this hike! Dogs on a leash are welcome the park, correct? If someone could confirm that would be great! :)

    June 28, 2013

    • jim c.

      Correct I confirmed

      1 · June 28, 2013

  • Pawnee

    My dog is a beginner, but loves to walk. We're looking forward to this hike and meeting new people and dogs!

    June 27, 2013

  • Tham

    We will only be able to do part of the walk with you and leave early. Hope that is still ok.

    June 26, 2013

    • Allie E.

      Hi Tham, that's just fine. I suggest printing a park map to bring with you for when you split off from the group. See you Saturday!

      June 26, 2013

  • Agi

    sounds great - unfortunately I have out of town guests for the weekend

    June 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry. Unfortunately we will not be able to make it now. :(

    June 25, 2013

  • jim c.

    Ok Ali I called them. Dogs permitted on a leash. Just not in the playgrounds or cabin

    June 25, 2013

  • jim c.

    You might want to check with the Park. They normally don't permit dogs. There is a big herd of deer in the park

    June 25, 2013

    • Allie E.

      Hi Jim, the website says that pets are welcome as long as they are on leash at all times. Did you find different information elsewhere?

      June 25, 2013

    • jim c.

      Ali it also says..Pets - are not permitted in Clopper Day Use area.

      June 25, 2013

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