Next QOC event - Orange Grove this Sunday
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Event: Orange Grove
Location: Patapsco Valley State Park, Orange Grove area.
Registration: 11am to 1pm
Out-of-woods time: 3pm
Directions: See bottom of message.
There is a $2 per person park entrance fee, and usually there is no
attendant at the entrance booth, so have exact cash or have a Maryland
State Parks all year pass.
WHITE 2.2 km 65 m climb 10 controls
YELLOW 2.8 km 85 m climb 11 controls
ORANGE 3.6 km 90 m climb 12 controls
BROWN 3.2 km 130 m climb 12 controls
GREEN 5.1 km 175 m climb 13 controls
RED 6.5 km 265 m climb 16 controls
BLUE 8.6 km 320 m climb 19 controls
Yellow and Orange courses are perhaps a little bit technically easier
than average Yellow and Orange.
There is a 400 m walk 60 m elevation gain from Registration to Start
to eliminate elevation gain during the course.
Finish is at the Registration pavilion.
A rather clean forest on the slopes of Patapsco river valley.
Green areas are not very terrible at this period of year.
1:7500 with 20 ft. contours interval
Mapping style in the northern and in the southern part (the later one
will be visited only by Red and Blue courses runners) of the map is a
little bit different.
Green color has only two gradations, not three; one may assume that
the "second green" on this map is equivalent to the "medium green" or
the "fight green" on other maps.
Rock features are shown (in the northern part of the map) up to very
small detail; you may fail to find some of them under the fallen
leaves. But do not be scared: those rock features that were chosen for
the controls are big; also I did not try to "hide" the controls. No
"find the clue first, then you will see the flag" game this time.
Some gulleys (in the northern part of the map) shown by solid brown
line are hardly noticeable at the terrain; on some other maps they
would be shown by a sequence of brown dots, if shown at all. On the
other hand, some larger gullies are not shown (especially those on the
bottom of reentrants).
Do not rely on fences; you may cross one without noticing.
Also what remains from old stone walls is sometimes hardly visible
under fallen leafs.
Blue color in the map is very dark, almost black. Do not take
intermittent streams for a trail!
Some CHANGES are shown in master maps in red; you may want to copy
some of them when copying your course. Trails that have vanished or
are destroyed by rangers are criss-crossed; this DOES NOT mean it is
prohibited to go there; if you find what remains of the trail, you can
follow it! One major trail destruction can affect route choice on Blue
course. Please, notice some new trails, and other small details in the
master maps, too.
Park is located between DC and Baltimore. From I-195 (Exit 47 off of
I-95) take Route 1 exit 3 towards Elkridge to South Street. Turn
right. The park entrance is on the left. Once on the park road turn
left at the "T" intersection onto Gun Road, then right onto River Road
and follow it to the end. Park at the Orange Grove lot.
PARK PET POLICY:
Pets are welcome throughout the park, with the exception of picnic and
camping areas due to high rates of visitation. Please help us maintain
the sanitation of these areas by avoiding trails that pass through
them. For the safety of your pet, other visitors and the park's
wildlife, please comply with the park's requirement that all pets
remain on a leash. Thank you!