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After Work Hike! Middle Patuxent Environmental Area! 2-5 Mi. (04-09)

Price: $1.00 /per person

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Join Us For An Easy-Moderate 2.3 or 4.7 Mile Sunset Hike in Middle Patuxent Environmental Area

" O nce you hike this trail, you'll understand why people were so passionate about protecting the Trotter Road area from development. This walk in the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area is for everyone--especially nature lovers. It has a wealth of habitats and is home to many species of birds, butterflies, frogs and mammals. It is an easy 2.3 or 4.7 miles and is unpaved so if you have them, please wear sturdy footwear due to rocks and roots. The trail is mostly shaded, and very scenic. You'll enjoy the views and sounds of the river and the chorus of bird songs."

Hike Pace

The pace will be moderate. We will wait for everyone at the end of each segment and nobody will be rushed or left behind, per group policy.

Trail Information for 2.3 Option (The first loop of a modified figure eight)

Nearby City: Columbia, MD
Length: 2.3 total miles
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Easy with rolling hills and rooty/rocky terrain
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elev: 110 feet
Top Elev: 320 feet
Local Contacts: Middle Patuxent Environmental Area

Trail Information for 4.7 Option (The 2.3 Mile Option Above Plus an Additional more moderate than easy 2.4 Miles to complete a modified figure eight for a Total of 4.7 Miles)

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Columbia, MD
Length: 4.7 total miles and includes the 2.3 above option in addition to another area that covers 2.4 additional miles.
Trail Type: Modified Loop
Skill Level: Easy side of moderate and just a tad bit more hilly than the first 2.3 miles.
Duration: 1.5 hours
Trailhead Elev: 110 feet
Top Elev: 410

What Is A Designated Environmental Area?
Are you aware that Howard County has a number of sites designated as environmental areas? These are sites where no sports or organized athletic activities are allowed. They were set aside for the purpose of protecting and conserving the natural resources and are there for the enjoyment of those who take pleasure in passive recreational activities such as walking/hiking, bird watching, plant and animal identification, photography, etc. They all feature walking paths or trails and offer a broad variety of habitats and ecosystems for your viewing and hiking pleasure.

Weather Information
We go rain or shine! Click here (,%20MD&lwsa=WeatherLocalUndeclared&from=searchbox_typeahead) for up to the minute weather information for the trailhead.

Directions To The Trailhead

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Hike Meetup Time is 6:30 p.m.

Fido is Welcome on this hike!

Let's have good times and see you on the trail!

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