Hike Like a Girl 2018 | Scenes from Patapsco Valley State Park, Maryland

Patapsco Valley State Park in May is a treat for the eyes and ears.   These photos of my May 5th, Hike Like a Girl adventure feature the park’s McKeldin area, a popular place for nature lovers, bikers, hikers, horseback riders, and picnickers to spend a little time.

 

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The Trailhead

Marked with white, the Switchback trail is about 4 miles and is the longest trail in the McKeldin area of the park.  The loop took me around 1.5 hours to hike.

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The lime green leaves of spring are just starting to dominate the landscape.

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Veering off of the main trail onto the footpath will allow you to avoid the bikers.

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A sample of the variety in the park’s foliage.

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About 3/4 miles in, the rocky path and landscape flattens.

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I was surprised to find this lily of the valley patch.

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The  Patapsco River, which flows through 16,000 acres in Frederick and Carroll counties, calls  me to “sit a spell.” With 3 more miles to go, I whisper, “next time.”

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About 2 miles in, the Switchback Trail takes hikers from the river bank, up into the hills, displaying a bird’s eye view of the water down below.

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This fallen tree is so big that it straddles both banks of the creek.

I eavesdropped on this feathered couple’s conversation. Soon after, they began fighting.

 

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A little over 3 miles in and the only way left to go is up. The trail’s end was waiting for me about 15 minutes on the other side.