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You are STRONGLY encouraged to read this page in its entirety before signing up. If you'd like to attend, we ask that you abide by our rules and procedures as a time/cost saving process (with an end result of keeping membership free and lower cost events).

Hike Delight: The Ultramafic Strikes Back!

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area
Date(s) & Time:Wed, Jul 27 2011  6:30 pm
Registration Opens: Wed, Jul 13 2011 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Jul 27 2011 12:59 pm
Event Duration:1.5+ hours
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Event Organizer(s):
Nate Payer
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:15
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 6 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Say what?!? Yes, now that I got your attention--can you handle hitting the ground against rocks so full of heavy metals the toxicity causes plants to lose their lunch? Yes? well, join us at Soldiers Delight, a MD Dept. of Natural Resources Natural Environmental Area. It's a place underlain by the uncommon serpentine rock. Serpentine is classified as "ultramafic" because of its very high metallic content and high pH (it's "basic" as opposed to acidic). Virginia pines, blackjack and post oaks dot a landscape interspersed with open grasslands. The thorny vine greenbrier twines in the understories. Fence lizards run amok.

Excited yet? I knew you would. Afterwards we'll head over to Green Turtle in Owings Mills or a similar such joint for refreshments.

Hike will be about 2.5 to 3 miles and last about 1.5 hours.

Please register by 3:30 PM the day of the event.

Required Items to Bring:
Sturdy, closed-toed shoes or boots
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Soldiers Delight is reached via I-795, to Franklin Blvd. West, right at Church Road, left on Berrymans Lane, then left on Deer Park Road. Continue to the main entance on right (past the overlook parking area).

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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our Cancellation Policy carefully!