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Welcome to Lake Needwood! This will also be our sixth event ever at Lake Needwood, and it will feature a full slate of beginner through advanced courses. Course lengths and detailed course setter comments are now posted below. Event timing will be our standard: register between 10:45 - 1:15, start any time between 11 - 1:30, and be back before 3pm.
As with all QOC events, we will have free newcomer instruction at this event. A QOC member will show you how to read a map, teach you how to use a compass with your map and give you hints on how to navigate your choice of course. Besides that, just wear a smile and the clothes you would for a hike or run in a local park. Bring a compass, if you have one, or borrow one at the event. And dogs (on leash) are welcome at Lake Needwood too. Driving directions are below; we will be in Shelter C (just up from A).
Please be aware that Lake Needwood and its environs have, in the past, been susceptible to the development of microcystin, a toxin produced by algae that may grow in the lake. Although primarily an issue in late summer when water temperatures rise, we want everyone to be fully aware of the issue. The park authorities recommend not letting dogs swim in the water and of course, nobody should drink the water. Here is a link to last summer's information (dated August, 2016) from Montgomery Parks.
Any youth or large groups attending, please contact the Event Director so that we can coordinate pre-registration for your group; the group registration and waiver form is part of the information on our Group Leaders page.
Nearby attractions include:
- Scenic Lake Needwood itself - for a panoramic photo by mapper Nadim Ahmed of part of the lake, click here
- Park map - a Rock Creek Regional Park trail map with plenty of amenities can be found here, and a brochure here
- A Go Ape treetop adventure course is also in this park.
Lake Needwood, Circle Parking Area, Derwood, MD (Classic)
|Registration||No advance registration required. Just show up and have fun!|
|Start Times||You may start your course at any time during the start window listed below for your event.|
|Schedule||Sunday, April 9 |
|Location Details|| |
|Course Details||Classic |
|Course Notes||Classic |
The woods are open and quite runnable – there are only a few spots where there are brambles. The map is in great shape, although it has been a few years and you should exercise a healthy skepticism about rootstocks. he ones that are mapped are pretty old and rotten now, and there are a great many new ones that aren’t mapped.
Red and blue courses will cross Rock Creek at the south end of the map. While the map-maker graciously indicated a crossing just north of Route 28, don’t count on it being a dry water crossing. When the course was set, it looked like an up-to-the-shins crossing. Route 28 is usable but the shoulder is narrow and the traffic is fast, so it is not recommended. The blue course also passes near the “Go Ape” ropes course location. It’s marked as out-of-bounds; please give it a wide berth.
|Entry Fees||Individual Entries
Note: juniors = under 21
Team or Group Entries
Participants are welcome to compete together as a single team entry. Teams containing one or more nonmembers are charged the nonmember individual rate. Teams containing one or more adults are charged the adult individual rate. For teams to receive member or junior rates, all members of the team must be members or juniors, respectively. Each extra team map beyond the first is an additional $2. Individuals or teams desiring to compete on a second course can do so for a reduced fee of $2/map.Important Notes