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Thur. After Work Hike in Cromwell Valley Park! An Easy-Side-of-Mod 4 Mi (03/16)

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  • Thursday Sunset Hike in Cromwell Valley Park!  An Easy-Side-of-Moderate 4 Miles

    This hike provides then the opportunity for pleasant hiking within 371-acre Cromwell Valley Park. 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 a 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.

    Trail Information

    Nearby City: Parkville
    Length: About 4 miles
    Trail Type: Loop
    Scenery: Mature woods, Minebank Run, and plentiful wildlife
    Exposure: More shade than sunny areas
    Skill Level: Easy-Side-of-Moderate
    Season: Year-round
    Trailhead Elev: 260 feet
    Top Elev: 460 feet

    Park Entry Fee
    There is no park entrance fee.

    Gear Suggestions
    Click Here
     for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails.

    Special Gear Note: Headlamps (MAHG has Loaners Available)
    Flashlights are Highly Discouraged for Saftey Reasons
    We find that most people need a headlamp sometime between Civil and Nautical Twilight (times for this particular day are provided near the bottom of this page). Should you need a light source and have yet to purchase a headlamp, Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group will loan you one for this hike. We want to do all we can to make certain everyone is comfortable and has an enjoyable experience. 

    Weather Information
    We hike rain or shine. Click Here to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking.

    Hike Pace
    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.

    Our RSVP and Group Etiquette
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    to review our RSVP policies and group etiquette.

    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 additional locations, please post your location and needs in the comment section below. Click Here for a list of suggested carpool locations complete with directions and other details including other carpool information. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment — by just offering a ride!

    Directions to the Trailhead
    Click Here for Directions to Where We Meet for this Hike

    Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 5:15-5:25 p.m.

    The Hike is at 5:30 p.m.

    🌅Sunset Information 
    Click Here for an explanation of the three different evening twilights, if you are interested. Most people need a headlamp sometime between Civil and Nautical Twilight.

    Sunset: 7:15 pm
    Twilight (Civil): 7:41 pm
    Twilight (Nautical): 8:12 pm
    Twilight (Astronomical): 8:44 pm

    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 charitable organization, 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

    Mike:

    • Click Here to Chip In Now and Help Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group in Serving our Mission.

    • Donations to Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group are Tax Deductible: Tax ID[masked]. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization. 

    • Click Here to Learn more about Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission. 

    • 100% of Every Dollar Goes Directly to the Expenses of Serving our Mission.

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RSVPs close: Mar 15 at 11:45 PM

  • Michael H.
    Certified Hike Leader and Wilderness Medical First Responder, Co-Organizer,
    Event Host

    I am a proud member of the Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group leadership team.

Your organizer's refund policy for Thur. After Work Hike in Cromwell Valley Park! An Easy-Side-of-Mod 4 Mi (03/16)

Refunds offered if:

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Additional notes: Refund if you update your RSVP BEFORE NOON the day of this hike. Visit midatlantichikinggroup.org for MAHGs mission or click 'Pages' above. MAHG is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization & donations (not fees) ARE Tax Deductible. Tax ID: 47-5141831

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