01/03/2009- Patapsco Valley State Park,
MD McKeldin Area Day Hike
This 5 mile day hike took place on Saturday, January 3, 2009. We met around
9ish at the McKeldin Area of Patapsco Valley State Park, MD. This area of the
park was named for Theodore McKeldin, who was mayor of Baltimore and later
governor of Maryland during the 1950's.
6 of us showed up for this hike: Mike C, John C, Charlie J, Suzie J, Chris I
and Bill I. We waited until about 10:10 and then started the hike. We would be
hiking the Switchback Trail for about 4.6 miles, then along the park road for
about .5 miles to return to our cars. The weather was in the high 30's, low
40's and sunny. The hike was mostly small ups and downs along the Patapsco
River. The river was very scenic and had bits of ice in it. We either passed
or were passed by 6 day hikers and 2 trail runners. We saw 6 small very dark
colored deer along the ridge above us while we were stream bed hiking.
We hiked along the river for about 4 miles, then turned left and did a 490
foot ascent. We stopped half way up to take a break. Then we continued to the
top and a view of Liberty Dam off in the distance. We then hiked the
remaining .5 miles along park roads back to our car. We finished around 12
This was a perfect length for a day hike. It was also very good to see
Charlie, Susie, Bill and Chris again. Afterwards, we went to the Macaroni
Grill In Frederick, MD for a great lunch. This was a fantastic way to spend a
cool Saturday in January.