[RESCHEDULED FROM JAN. 18]
Hike 5.3 miles at a moderate pace past old mines and along streams in unusual "serpentine barrens" with the co-writers who added a description of this special place to the latest edition of a popular guide to circuit hikes in the 4-state area. During colonial times, a British garrison protected the western approaches to Baltimore here, and in the 1800s its mines produced more chromite than anywhere else in the world.
DRESS for cold weather, as wintry winds can bite on exposed ridges, and BRING liquid and lunch to eat on the trail. Expect (usually shallow) stream crossings and possibly soggy or slick sections of trail.
METRO/CARPOOLS: Please message each other to form your own carpools. The Sierra Club takes no responsibility for such arrangements, which are voluntary and personal between drivers and their riders. Some suggest that riders give their drivers 10 cents per mile. The Metro station best positioned between DC and the trailhead west of Baltimore is the Red Line's Shady Grove station. Another convenient gathering place for carpoolers is the Rte 32 Park n Ride near Columbia, Md. The trailhead is about a 45 minute drive from either gathering place.
REGISTER: Please register on this Meetup site. IF YOUR PLANS CHANGE AND YOU CANCEL, BE SURE TO CHANGE YOUR STATUS TO "NOT GOING" ON THIS SITE.
DONATION: If you like attending any of the many volunteer-run Sierra Club's Potomac Region Outings events, please consider making a $2 per person donation. (Please bring two $1 bills.) Also, please consider joining the Sierra Club at www.sierraclub.org/virginia