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The Patapsco Hikers has moderate hikes most Thursdays centered in Howard, Baltimore, and Carroll counties. Most hikes are 7-10 miles in length and involve 500 – 1500 feet of climb at a pace of 2.5 – 3 mph. We also have occasional, easier (five miles or so, less than 800 feet of climb) hikes on Mondays.

Upcoming hikes are posted on the internet on Sunday or Monday for the following Thursday, weather permitting. We typically start at 9:30 sharp and end around 1 PM or so with an optional lunch at a modest nearby venue or trailside.

Note that the hike description gives the estimated length and cumulative climb of the hike along with some descriptive elements (rocky, rooty, muddy, etc). Please judge carefully if this hike will be a pleasant experience for you (we want to come back) or an unpleasant struggle that will kill your enthusiasm for hiking.

Hikes are limited to 10 attendees. “Yes” RSVP’s are required for each hike. We ask you to donate $1 per hike to pay Meetup fees but no one will be turned away if they choose not to donate.

Well-mannered dogs are permitted but only with prior approval from the group organizer.

Please note that I do not answer my phone unless I know who's calling. You can send me a message through the Meetup website.

WARNING Patapsco Hikers (PH) takes a common-sense approach to hiking/walking. We encourage participants use their best judgement and err on the side of caution when participating with the group. This is an outdoor activity and mishaps do occur. All participants assume responsibility for his/her own actions during our Meetup activities. You are 100% responsible for anything that happens to you. Patapsco Hikers accepts absolutely zero responsibility for any mishap or occurrence. Note that by signing up for the hike, you and your guests accept full responsibility for any mishaps that occur and you will absolve Patapsco Hikers of any and all liability with no exceptions.

Hike with us; it’s good for your heart and good for your soul. Hike more and you'll worry less.

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Howard County Along the River and Through the Woods W*E*D*N*E*S*D*A*Y

This is a figure-8 hike, about 7-8 miles in length with 1000 feet of ascent. This the same hike as the previous Monday, repeated so those on the wait list for Monday have another chance at it. There are several stream crossings, all of which are normally straightforward. The trails are rocky and rooty in places. Expect copious mud. Boots are recommended. Ticks are still out so insect repellent is also recommended. Some of the hills are long-ish but not particularly steep. There's varied terrain with enough hills to make you know you've done something at the end of the day. It's also a very quiet area of the park where one seldom sees others. By registering for this hike, you agree to the following waiver of liability: ***************************************************************************** “I am aware of the risks inherent in outdoor activities. Therefore, I will be responsible for my own well-being while participating in the activities of the Patapsco Hikers, and while traveling to and from these activities. I agree that the Patapsco Hikers Meetup Group, its officers, representatives, and trip leaders are not liable individually or collectively for any injury, disease, sickness, loss, or damage to my person or property, direct or consequential, arising out of the activities of the Group. Neither I nor anyone in my household is currently in quarantine, is awaiting the results of a corona-virus test, or has a fever, or any flu-like symptoms.” ***************************************************************************** Please do not register for this hike unless you have a reasonable expectation of attending. Please do not register if you think maybe you'll attend unless something better comes up. Signing up and then cancelling at the last minute is unfair to those on the wait list. You will receive an email with the parking/step-off site the day before the hike. Please PRINT it, LOOK at it and BRING it with you. Contact me if you need more information before the hike. You'll be sent a email before the hike with a link to a map where we'll meet up. We'll have an optional trail side brown bag lunch after the hike. Here's a link to the weather forecast: https://www.wunderground.com/forecast/us/md/ellicott-city/21041?cm_ven=localwx_10day Come hike with us. It's good for your heart and good for your soul. Hike More, Worry Less

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Howard County: along the river and through the woods

Baltimore County

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