Equestrian/Hiker Trail Day Hike,
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This 2 mile up, 2 mile back linear hike took place on Saturday, July 2, 2022. Particpants were Tom O'brien and Mike Cantaloni.
I was worried about the rain for this hike but it wasn't a factor. Tom and I met at
Prince of Peace Unitd Methodist Church
at the rear parking lot and left at 8:00 AM sharp. We got to Fountainhead Regional Park around 8:30 AM and immediately started the hike. The original intent was to do a loop consisting of the blue blazed Equestrian/Hiker Trail.
The recon of this hike in March, 2022 didn't go so well. Read all about it here.
However, between map deficiencies and blazing deficiencies we ended up doing about a mile on the blue blazed trail, about a mile on the white blazed trail, we took a break when we finally got to the Occoquan River around 9:30 AM, then we backtracked the way that we hiked in because we didn't want to get more lost.
The trail was all dirt with a lot of roots on it. There were also a lot of ups but they didn't last very long. The white blazed trail was not even on the map that I got from the park website and was hardly blazed at all. The intersection with the blue blazed trail was not very apparent. As far as scenery goes there was not a lot other than the river.
Going in we passed one runner. We had a nice conversation with a kayaker at the Occoquan and then we passed 2 couples and 2 runners, one with two dogs on
the way back. The weather was cool when we started out but got progressively warmer and humid. When we got to the Occoquan it cooled down and was pleasant. However, on the way back we were sweating profusely.
As far as blowdowns were concerned all was clear the first half mile. Then we passed three blowdowns on the blue trail. Then, on the white trail, we had to step around at least ten blowdowns. The park needs to get a chainsaw crew dipatched to these areas.
So overall this wasn't a bad hike. Tom and I had some great conversations along the way. We got to hike on a different trail today and sweated out a pound or two. And we got done around 10:30 AM. The rain was supposed to start at 11:00 AM. It didn't start until 5:00 PM. Oh well. Onto the next hike!
By Mike Calabrese
Where's the trail?
By Mike Calabrese
Map of where we hiked.
By Hiking Project