Black Hill Picnic Ride – June 11, 2016

by Harold Goldstein

Our annual ride from Black Hill Regional Park is a club tradition; this year, the 21st annual edition will take place Saturday, June 11th. This multi-grade, pot-luck picnic ride has attracted 150-200 riders in recent years; it’s a great time for all. You can bring the family and let them play by the lake or hike the park trails while you blast the hills. Or have friends and family meet you after the ride. Rides are planned to end around 1:00-1:30 p.m.

We list a ride for everyone, from A through D, from 20 to 65 miles. The scenery is great, the ride start is one of the easiest to reach – only a few minutes off I-270. The riding is spectacular; hilly, yes, but spectacular. See the ride schedule for the complete list of rides and the ride leaders.

The rides will start at pavilion F which is on your left across from the visitor’s center. But that lot will only accommodate about ½ of our group. When it fills up park in the lower lots we’ve used in the past. Then grab your bikes and come up to the ride start. We’ll delay the start by 10-15 minutes to allow everyone to regroup. Ride leaders should park at the pavilion.

The real fun starts after the ride!! The pavilion seats ~50 so bring some extra chairs to share. There are plenty of tables and you can use the provided grills (bring charcoal). Plan to bring your favorite munchies and dishes to share. We count on the usual (and unusual) great and original fare that you bring. Extra ice and cold drinks are always appreciated. Ask anyone who has done this event before – it is a great time!

If the weather is uncertain, call your ride leader, but as long as there is no rain by 9 a.m. the rides should go. If rain is light at 9 but stops, there should be shortened rides at 10:30 – again, check with your ride leader.

For information call or email Harold Goldstein ( – cell (202) 997-2376. Or call any of the ride leaders listed.

Directions … several options, but easiest is: I-270 North, to exit 16, Rt 27N (Father Hurley Blvd), go 0.8 miles to a left at Rt 355 (Frederick Road), go 0.9 mile to a left onto West Old Baltimore Road, then 1.5 miles and left at the Park Entrance (Lake Ridge Rd.). Then go about 2 miles to the pavilion on the left or the upper visitor center lot on your right. No water/rest rooms by the shelter.

address: 20930 Lake Ridge Road, Boyds, Md. 20841


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