PVSP: Dam Hike Series (6 of 9) Daniels Dam Area with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Moderate 7 Miles
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Patapsco Valley State Park - Daniels Dam Area! A Moderate 7-Mile Hike with Optional Post Hike Meal and Camaraderie
Another Dam Hike Series -- Featuring Patapsco Valley State Park and Dams!
This hike is the seventh in a series of ten hikes that follow the Patapsco River from Gun Road in Baltimore County, through Howard County to Liberty Dam in Carroll County. We will see one of the most scenic overlooks in the park. We'll also see remnants of the town of Daniels and the mill washed out by Hurricane Agnes in 1968. At the western extremity of the hike, we will see the continuation of the Thru Trail, which goes from East of the Daniels Dam all the way to the western-most border of the McKeldin section of the park.
This hiking route takes us through a remote area of the park that truly is a hidden gem! We will make a lollipop loop in a section of Patapsco Valley State Park on trails that take us over moderate, yet rewarding, terrain. 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 vast 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 trail bikes.
Nearby City: Daniels, MD
Length: About 7 total miles.
Elev. Gain: 600 feet. 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: Loop
Skill Level: Moderate
Park Entry Fee
There is no park entrance fee.
Click Here (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/gear-information.html) for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails.
We hike rain or shine. Click Here (http://www.weather.com/weather/local/21043?lswe=21043&lwsa=WeatherLocalUndeclared&from=searchbox_localwx) 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.
Our RSVP and Group Etiquette
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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.
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
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 (http://www.kelseysrestaurant.com/?q=menus) 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
Click Here for Directions (https://midatlantichikinggroup.org/patapsco---daniels-dam.html) to Where We Meet for this Hike
Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:15-9:25 a.m.
Hike is at 9:30 a.m.
Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/hike-and-trail-etiquette.html)and Leave No Trace (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/leave-no-trace.html) principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/9595722/How_To_Join_Our_Leadership_Team!/) 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 (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html) and donations ARE tax deductible (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/17107-fall-into-hiking-for-health). Tax ID:[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html).
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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