Holiday Weekend Hike in Patapsco Valley State Park -- Featuring the Daniels Dam Area! A Moderate 4.2 or 7 Miles with Optional Post Hike Meal
This is a NEWish hike in a remote area that truly is a hidden gem! We will make figure-8 out of two loops in an under-appreciated and little-used section of Patapsco Valley State Park on trails that take us over moderate, yet rewarding, terrain. We’ll be back at the cars and have lunch at the end of the first loop (4.2-mile option) so you can lunch with us then leave, OR stay for the second (somewhat easier) loop of just over three miles over rolling terrain bringing our total hike distance to about 7 moderate miles.
There is one small stream crossing on the second loop and it's usually very easy. While many developed areas inside Patapsco Valley State Park provide amenities for family outings, camping, and picnics, lucky for us the state park also offers huge tracts where you’re on your own as we will enjoy today. Since the area for this hike runs through unmaintained areas of the state park, it promises solitude, peace, and wildlife. You’re more likely to see horses than mountain bikes.
The first loop (4.2-mile option) will end where we’re parked so anyone joining us for shorter distance can opt out at that point. There are picnic tables nearby if you want lunch there. For those joining us for the 7-mile hike, we will continue on the second loop without lunch and then after the hike, drive/caravan to a nearby (about four miles) local popular and modest restaurant. You may want to bring a snack to tide you over.
Nearby City: Ellicott City, MD
Length: Your Choice of Either an Easy-Side-of-Moderate 4.2 Mile or a Moderate 7-8 total mile hike.
Elev. Gain: 800 feet with 600 feet for the first loop and 200' for the second. There are modest ups and downs on this hike but it is still on the easier side of moderate because of its short distance and none of the hills are very challenging.
Trail Type: Figure-8
Skill Level: Moderate
Park Entry Fee
There is no park entrance fee.
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We hike rain or shine. Click Here to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking.
The goal for this hike is to maintain an average moving pace of ~ 2.5 mph. This speed is frequently used in popular hiking publications to represent the pace of an average hiker. We welcome you to please sign up for another hike if you know that this is not a comfortable pace for you. We strive to offer a variety of hikes and pace options so we can always have something for everyone no matter their interest and ability.
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Carpool Suggestions and Information
Note that you are responsible for knowing how to get from carpool locations to the venue. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is not responsible for transportation to and from events or carpools. Suggested carpool times and places are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or unfamiliar with a particular hike or venues location. Please use the 'Comments' section below, or reach out via e-mail to make arrangements for carpooling needs and offerings.
Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Savage Station
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore area, people can arrange to meet at Savage Station. Click Here for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Savage Station location.
DC Area Carpool Suggestion - Centreville
To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, people can arrange to meet at the Centreville Park and Ride. Click Here for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Centreville Park and Ride location.
If you can drive or want to carpool from any particular place, please post your offer to help those in need of a ride, and those looking for a ride, in the comment section below. Click Here for a list of suggested carpool locations, each complete with a physical address, GPS coordinates, driving directions and additional carpool information.
For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment — by just offering a ride!
Optional Post Hike Meal and Camaraderie
We will have optional post-hike lunch at a nearby pub in Ellicott City, about 2-3 miles from where we'll park. Click Here for a menu for Kelsey's. We will likely finish our hike ~1:00 p.m., give or take, so you may want to bring a snack to tide you over until we reach the pub.
Directions to the Trailhead
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Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:45-9:55 a.m.
The Hike is at 10:00 a.m.
Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette and Leave No Trace principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer as leaders for Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups volunteer leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper” to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, with a focus on safety while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity, and donations ARE tax deductible. Tax ID: [masked].
A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike!
Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there
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