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Hike the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge
|Event Location:||Patuxent Wildlife Refuge--North Tract. Maryland City, MD.|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sun, Feb 5 2012 10:30 am|
|Registration Opens:||Sat, Jan 21 2012 12:00 am|
|Registration Cut Off:||Sat, Feb 4 2012 12:59 pm|
|Event Duration:||3+ hrs|
|Difficulty Rating:||D2: Easy to Moderate|
|Event Organizer(s):||Nate Payer|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 18 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||20|
|Minimum Group Size:||7|
|Number Registered So Far:||5 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||Yes|
|The Pats suck and the Ravens are out, so route for the New Jersey Giants! Build your appetite for all your inevitable overindulgences to be had later in the evening with a midday jaunt in the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge. You'll be home in plenty of time for the big game. |
This facility is operated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The hike will be in the North Tract area, the section of the refuge acquired more recently, in 1991, from the adjacent Ft. Meade installation. Youíve probably driven by this facility countless times while on MD-295. Come on, admit it, you never knew this place was here.
This hike continues the MOC series of hikes on the Coastal Plain that lack the high elevation vantage points, but are generally free of the swarming crowds. The coastal plain also offers a different ecology than the mountains having a rock-less environment with many small ponds and pools. Here, pine trees are common, with 4 different species overlapping. The loblolly pine, a southern tree, marks its appearance near the edge of its range.
There is a small complex of trails where several have been converted from old forest and military roads. The hike will lead us to the Blue Heron Pond for our turnaround spot. The trails may be muddy or wet, so be wear waterproof shoes or boots, or just be prepared to get a little muddier than normal.
The hike is scheduled to start at 10:30 am, but plan to arrive by around 10:15 am as everyone will need to check in at the Visitor Contact Station for a pass. BE AWARE! Bald Eagle Drive, the entrance road, is very bumpy with DEEP potholes! If you donít have a truck you must drive slowly and carefully!
I anticipate the hike to be 8 to 9 miles. There will only be mild elevation changes along the way.
Here's a link to the Refuge.
|How to Get There:|
|Event Directions:||230 Bald Eagle Drive. Laurel, MD. 20724. This facility is located just south of MD-198 and close to MD-295, MD-32, and MD-175. Centrally located between Baltimore and DC.|
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