2013-03-09: Hikes with Howard County Recreation and Parks

The Howard County department of Recreation and Parks provides experienced hike leaders and vans to trailheads in Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Most are on the Appalachian Trail, but there are also others. They have been leading hikes since at least 1998. We started with them in March 2013. Their website contains descriptions of the hikes and their schedule.

The Howard County program awards patches and “certificates suitable for framing” for participants who walk all seven sections of the AT in Maryland (about 42 miles) within a three-year period; 100 miles of the AT, including sections in Virginia and Pennsylvania; and all four sections of the Catoctin Trail. Their director, Matt Medicus, is very accommodating for people who are nearing these milestones, and schedules hikes to ensure everyone has an opportunity to achieve them. The hike leaders have said that only about 130 AT MD patches have been issued in over 20 years.

As of 2016-03-19, we’ve gone on (or scheduled) the walks listed below. Pictures of the patches and certificates suitable for framing are below the table.

DateNameNotes & GPS MilesOfficial Miles, Rating
2013-03-09AT MD #16.76, Moderately difficult
2013-04-13AT MD #47.86.5, Moderate
2013-05-11AT MD #67.37, Moderate
2013-06-08Great Fallsno GPS7, Moderate
2013-09-28AT VA #3 Roller Coaster18.36.8, Moderately difficult
2013-10-26Catoctin on the RocksGPS quit after 1.17, Difficult
2013-11-09Billy Goat Trail & C&O Canal6.04, Difficult
2013-11-23Catoctin #37.76, Steep terrain
2013-12-07AT PA #18.49.5, Moderate
2014-03-15AT MD #310.08.4, Moderately difficult
2014-04-12AT MD #67.47, Moderate
2014-04-26Sunset Rocks, PA7.87.8, Moderate
2014-05-10AT MD #76.15.5, Flat
2014-06-14AT VA #4 Roller Coaster28.07.8, Moderate
2014-06-28Dark Hollows7.08, Moderately difficult
2014-09-13Susquehanna Grist Mill5.85.5, Moderate
2014-10-11AT VA #110.310.2, Moderate
2014-11-08Catoctin #28.77, Moderately difficult
2014-11-22AT PA #48.87.7, Moderate
2015-01-10AT MD #4Susan only6.5, Moderate
2015-02-07AT MD #57.26.5, Moderately difficult
2015-03-28AT VA #29.98.4, Moderate
2015-04-25Catoctin #18.58, Moderately difficult
2015-05-09AT MD #28.0 - AT MD patches6.2, Moderate
2015-06-13AT MD #7Susan only5.5, Flat
2015-06-27AT PA #3cancelled - AT 100mi patches9.8, Moderate
2015-09-26AT VA #57.5 - AT 100mi patches6.8, Moderate
2015-10-10Catoctin #2Susan only7, Moderately difficult
2015-10-24AT MD #39.58.4, Moderately difficult
2015-11-07Catoctin #46.6 - Catoctin Trail patches7, Moderately difficult
2015-11-21Gunpowder Falls circuit7.256.5, Strenuous terrain
2015-12-05Sugarloaf Mountain6.55, Moderate
2016-01-09AT MD #56.86.5, Moderately difficult
2016-02-20AT MD #39.58.4, Moderately difficult
2016-03-12AT PA #26.76.3, Moderate
2016-03-19AT MD #47.86.5, Moderate
2016-04-09AT MD #26.86.2, Moderate
2016-04-23AT VA #3 Roller Coaster17.66.8, Moderately difficult
2016-05-14AT MD #75.55.5. Flat
2016-05-21AT MD #1cancelled - rain6.0, Moderately difficult
2016-06-11AT MD #66.97.0, Moderate terrain
2016-06-25AT PA #311.09.8, Moderate
2016-09-24AT VA #66.35.5, Moderately difficult
2016-10-22AT MD #16.26.0, Moderately difficult
2016-11-19AT PA #110.09.5, Moderate
2016-12-03Catoctin on the Rocks7.4 - Susan only7, Difficult
2017-05-13AT PA #5cancelled8.7, Moderate
2017-06-10AT MD #1Susan onlyModerately difficult
2017-09-23Antietam Battlefield8.658.9, Moderate
2017-10-14AT PA #59.38, last hike before moving to Shoreline8.7, Moderate

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