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It’s a good trail in part, but becomes difficult to follow along extended loops and takes you into deep mucky wetlands that are better for biking than hiking. Today, I tried to do a 2 hour loop and ended up walking for almost four hours, including several tough river crossings, before giving up on the trail entirely, tracking to the nearest road through thick thorny brush before humping back to the truck. Unless you known where you’re going, go somewhere else. I will be.

FYI -- hiking boots will almost definitively get filled with water at one of the stream crossings. The rest of them were shallow enough or had enough rocks, but for one stream, you either just step into deep water and fill your boots or risk falling in and getting more wet because the rocks are too far from each other. Pretty sticky mud at some spots, but otherwise it was a nice hike. Make sure you tie your boots on tight! :-)

Very muddy, but quite nice while walking along the water. A bit more challenging when going through the woods, but nothing extremely difficult.

Awesome trail that is very well maintained. Definitely a little confusing when you get to spots where there are other trails connected but as long as you have the map with you on your phone you’ll be good! Good variation of flat, uphill and downhills throughout the trail! Perfect for trail running if you want a moderate trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Lovely walk. Only did the first chunk from Savage park to Guillford, but looking forward to doing the rest soon! Pretty popular though so there were a lot of people on the trail. Also wasn't a huge fan of the sections that ran and crossed over a major road

Muddy and busy. Too many muscle heads wearing weighted vests trying to rough it on the few easy inclines. The river is pretty and there are some nice paths thru green forests. Better off going elsewhere.

Really beautiful trail but warning if you are trying it in July 2018 because all the rain we got has made the trail really muddy. Also I had to turn around about only a mile in because of a down tree blocking the trail. Will definitely come back during a drier time. Happy hiking!

This was a really great hike. It wasn't very challenging but if you aren't paying really good attention than you may have a problem as you go on three different trails. We did the longest part of the trail through the uphills first and then went to the swimming hole to relax, have lunch, and cool down in the water before finishing the trail; which was a nice easy flat trail all the way back to the parking lot. I would say get here early as there seemed to be a lot of people coming in as we were leaving around 1:30. Up until then though the trail was really quiet and beautiful.

walking
5 months ago

I've been taking my puppy here for awhile- nice walk and hike. Easy to get down to the patuxent river for him to cool down. A lot of runners and dogs - overall very peaceful.

Great hike took my sister and our dogs. My lab loved the access to the river and the trees provide amazing shade for a cool walk. Fantastic Day!

Awesome trail. Get there early for parking though.

My dogs and I love this hike and visit it often.

road biking
6 months ago

This trail is ideal for mountain biking. There are alot of abrupt stops and inclines and the trail towards Lake Elkhorn is mostly gravel and mud. I had to stop and turn around because it was too muddy for my bike.

Absolutely gorgeous views...def wear great hiking boots, and walking sticks would be useful as you will cross rocks, mud, and water

Great day and a great walk. Beech forest is lovely and down by the river the bluebells are blooming like mad. Stunningly beautiful.

Trail is discernible, however too many forks in the road that don't clearly indicate which trail you're on.

Very solid enjoyable loop that actually links several trails together. Good for hiking (saw many folks out with their dogs) but also good for trail running to rack up loops and miles. Heading clockwise, start on the Stocksdale Trail (blue blaze) along Gunpowder Falls. Keep left onto Sweathouse Trail (yellow blaze). A couple stream crossings with rocks and challenging elevation changes. Hang left at intersection to get back on Stocksdale Trail again (turn right to head back to the river). Turn left onto Wildlands Trail (pink/purple blaze) and follow that until you arrive back at trailhead.

The outer reaches of the loop are nice and removed; I encountered very few hikers/runners out that way. Stocksdale Trail along the river tends to get crowded.

I really enjoyed this trail today. I did the uphill first and finished along the Gunpowder. Sections were definitely muddy, even away from the river, making some uphills a little slippery. I also found some of the river crossings a little confusing, they could be better marked in that direction. It was moderately crowded on a lovely Saturday, moreso on the Gunpowder section of the trail. Every dog we passed was properly leashed, which was very nice.

hiking
Wednesday, December 06, 2017

we expected more things to do on the trail. just good for walk.

hiking
Thursday, November 30, 2017

nice hoke through the woods. a couple stream crossings as well

Great place to get lost in the woods for awhile.

hiking
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Laid back and fairly easy.

First try taking my hybrid "off road." Loved it. Nice loop trail with good variety and not too difficult for MB novices like me. Will like it even more when I take plunge into investing in a real deal mountain bike.

trail running
Friday, August 18, 2017

Nice trail, they could've done a better job marking where the trail continues in some areas (e.g. by Patuxent Branch Middle(or was it High?) School).

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