ADVENTURING: A DC-based Gay and Lesbian Outdoor Group

Calvert Cliffs State Park Hike

Date(s): Apr 06 (Sat)
Leader: Joe
Phone: (202) 276-5521


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Calvert Cliffs, clay bluffs up to 120 feet high lining 30 miles along the Western Shore of Maryland's Chesapeake Bay, have been world-famous for centuries, thanks to their rich deposits of fossils from the Miocene period 15 million years ago. Fossils from some 600 paleo-species have been identified here, including numerous sharks' teeth and shells of extinct oysters, clams and other mollusks. A portion of this unique landform has been set aside for public use as Calvert Cliffs State Park, where we will hike an easy 4.5-mile loop with 230 feet of elevation gain through rolling woodlands, wetlands, and the beach beneath the fossil-bearing cliffs. An optional visit to nearby Solomons for snacks and/or libations follows. Bring beverages, snacks, some warm layers, good shoes (the trail can be a bit swampy, especially in early spring) and about $10 for transportation and trip fees. We'll stop at a WaWa en route where they can make you a sandwich. Meet at 9 a.m. at the New Carrollton Metro Station, at the foot of the clocktower facing Route 50.

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