Event Category: Hike
Start Date: Saturday, 12/9/2017
Start Time: 10:00 AM
Contact: Larry Broadwell
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Description: Hike about 8 miles to explore ridges above the Patapsco River, the original path of one of the oldest railways in the country, and remnants of the mill town Daniels. When it was inundated by a hurricane-driven flood in 1972, Daniels was described in Life Magazine as "the last company town" in the USA. After the flood and a subsequent fire, only the mill's dam, a church, and small industrial area remain standing. Company-owned employee housing, a second church, the town schoolhouse, and other structures are ruins. Optional extra: Those who don't mind cold feet may -- if the river is as low as usual -- wade to the north bank of the Patapsco to visit more ruins.
The leaders, William Needham and Larry Broadwell, co-wrote the guide to this route as an entry in PATC's "Hikes in the Washington Region: Part C," and the hike will be under auspices of the Sierra Club's Potomac Region Outings program. A $2 donation will be requested, and all participants must complete a liability waiver/emergency contact form.
If planning to come, please register on the Meetup website. Carpooling may also be arranged on that website. All ride-sharing deals between participants are voluntary, private arrangements. (Suggestion: Riders pay their drivers 10 cents per mile for gas and other expenses)
The hike will begin promptly at 10am. Plan to arrive between 9:30 and 10 at the trailhead: in the last parking strip on the right, below the church on the hill by the end of Daniels Road (Ellicott City, Maryland). Bring liquids, lunch, and -- if planning to wade the river -- sandals. (In case of a slip in the river, consider bringing a change of clothes and towel as well.)