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Ten Mile Creek is the healthiest stream in Montgomery County and one of the healthiest of the Chesapeake Bay region. The stream feeds into beautiful Little Seneca Lake, a reservoir that serves as a back-up drinking water supply for the 4.3 million people of the greater Washington area. Yet massive development plans within the creek’s watershed threaten the water quality of Ten Mile Creek and its ecosystem.
Our hike will take us along the creek itself and the land area next to the arm of Little Seneca into which the creek runs—all in one of the less visited sections of Black Hill Regional Park. We’ll discuss the current health of Ten Mile Creek and the animals and plants it supports, as well as what we can do to help protect this precious water resource from the dangers posed by development.
The Hike: The hike route (easy, 0.9 blisters) will be up to 4 miles, will include small, gentle hills, and will be over easy, natural surface trails. Some spots may be muddy. The pace will be leisurely, with frequent stops.
What to Bring: Dress for potentially cold weather and bring rain gear if there is a chance of precipitation. Bring a bottle of water and snacks. You may also want to bring binoculars and a camera.
Meeting: Because of the limited amount of parking at the trailhead, we will carpool from the Shady Grove Metro station. We’ll meet at 1 pm in the east side (the side with the parking garages) Kiss & Ride lot ( http://goo.gl/2dK4P8 ). If you would prefer to meet at the trailhead, contact the leaders in advance for the exact location and time.
Weather Cancellation: If there is potential for hazardous road conditions, check here before leaving home for notice of cancellation and rescheduling of the hike.
Leaders: Mike Darzi & Tenley Wurglitz.