Maryland Outdoor Club
Sun, Oct 7 2007 - Easy Oregon Ridge Hike (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Chris B.
Participants:Chris B., Nicki, Lee Anne Brutt, Lauren Decloe, Jeff Huesman

Write Up:
Fairly small turnout, but then again the temp was 90 degrees. We all arrived at the park in the middle of the "HONEY HARVEST FESTIVAL". Oregon Ridge Park puts on quite a show for the Honey Harvest Fest which included beehive demonstrations, reenactments of the "Honey Hunter," honey extraction, candle dipping, and mead making (honey wine). Special events included Civil War reenactments, early American crafts such as wool spinning and blacksmithing, and a local band entertained with folk and traditional music. The parking lot was rather full, but the group was lucky enough to find parking and we had no problem finding each other.

Given all the people attending the Honey Harvest Fest, there were very few other people on the trails. There was a slight breeze and the trails were shaded nicely by trees, which help keep the group from getting to hot. The trails at Oregon Ridge are all well marked and kept clean and open.

We started the hike on a bridge over a deep ravine, which is the remnants of an open pit mine dug in the 1840s. About half way through the hike we took a short break at Ivy Hill Pond, which has a nice bench and rocks to sit on while looking over the pond. A little further and we found ourselves at the top of an old ski slope looking out over Hunt Valley & I83. A short time later we came to the lake and a one log bridge w/hand rail over a ravine carved by waters feeding the lake.

-Chris Bowers

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