Event Category: Hike
Start Date: Sunday, 5/14/2023
Start Time: 8:30 AM
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Wheaton Regional Park, Rachel Carson Greenway Trail and Northwest Branch, MD
Although we have often taken this hike during the Christmas season, Brookside Gardens is perhaps at its most colorful during the spring. Both hikes start at the Brookside Gardens Visitor Center and proceed through the Gardens to the Wheaton Park Nature Center. From there the moderate hikers take the Equestrian Loop Trail to the intersection of the Northwest Branch Trail. They will follow the west side of the Branch downstream to Route 29 (Colesville Rd.), turn left on the Road and then left onto the Rachel Carson Trail following the east bank of Northwest Branch upstream, joining the Wheaton Park Equestrian Trail and route back to the Brookside Nature Center. Long hikers follow the moderate route except at the Nature Center they take 3.5 miles of assorted wooded trails through Wheaton Park before joining the Northwest Branch Trail.
Est.: 11 miles, <300' elevation and 8 miles, <300' elevation.
Park map. Hike fee: $5.
Carpool meetup point: Grosvenor Metro, 8:30 AM
Trailhead point: 1800 Glenallen Ave., Wheaton, MD, 9:00 AM