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Patapsco Valley State Park,
MD McKeldin Area Day Hike

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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 noon.

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.

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