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3 days ago

A very fun, but short, rock scramble, and the trail is a great hike.
The rock scramble was extra fun with snow on the ground (be careful!), water from melting snow was running (stay dry!) and made for some beautiful scenery.

Beautiful fall morning for a hike. Snow-covered trail on the way out. Muddy soup on the way back. Normally it’s very crowded, but the weather and snow keep the crowds down.

Beautiful overlook in November. Muddy in sections. Well marked

Ok trail - took us 90 minutes to finish a brisk walk with our dog. Very little foot traffic on a chilly day mid week. Parts of the trail are very wet and muddy (had rain earlier in the week) and poorly marked. Beautiful walk along the river with various vantage points. I would say the trail is moderate because of some steep stairs, but it’s listed as easy. I may try it again when it’s dry!

hiked this on 11/4 with a friend. loved it. many people on the trail and lots of dogs. made it fun. had lunch and hot coffee from my thermos at the Pinnacle rock. views beautiful. saw a bald Eagle!!!

Wet rocks and leaves made it a little sketchy. But worth it! A lot of recent rain had the tiny creek roaring! Beautiful !

One of my all time favorite hikes!

Was a well maintained trail with beautiful scenery but as others have said you could hear RT 70 noise for a portion of it.

Revisited.

Returned to the LR course I last ran on July 11th this year. What a revelation! It’s the exact same course I did in mid-summer with vastly different terrain in mid-fall. The run was slowed down due to blowdown, marshes and slip pits from rains the last 2 days, fallen leaves everywhere (more slips), hidden rocks, branches and other obstacles that you cannot see due to the fallen leaves (trip harzards), briars and pointy branches lining the trail that you now encounter due to midline marshes and slip pits, twigs everywhere — really, this was a much different run than in summer. Nonetheless, it is still a great 4-mile course! Managed to get in two out-n-backs for 8.4 miles total. Had two big slip-n-falls while trying to ante up on speed over unseen mud slicks. Walking around the deep marshes was also a challenge. Be prepared to get muddy when the trail is like this, from the shoes up. Still a great outing and I look forward to returning. My recording is posted.

Completed: 10 November 2018

Just did this with my daughter today. Had a ton of fun on this course! Very rocky between Pulpit and Pinnacle so a little slow going at times, but the views are worth it. Definitely need waterproof hiking boots too, as the return leg was quite muddy in spots. The spring on the last leg was flowing really well, so we stopped there to fill up.

A great little day hike. Take a lunch and sit at the pinnacle to enjoy views of hawks hunting over the valley

Nice walk on a beautiful day. Spots on the trail are muddy but there has been lots of rain lately. Fairly steep uphill but worth doing for the view.

We were visiting Gettysburg and found this trail via AllTrails app. Was a great Spring hike.

Arrived at 11:30am on Saturday, Nov. 3rd. If I didn't have handicapped tags on my car, I would not have gotten a parking space. In spite of the chilly, windy weather, the lot was full and the trail was very busy. Being 58 y.o. and disabled, it was a long, slow hike for me. But so worth the view from Annapolis Rock!

Heads up: LOWER PORTION OF TRAIL FLOODED 11/4/2018

hiking
15 days ago

The way I hiked, this was an out and back trail, not a loop. Followed temporary signs for Flat Rock Trail and parked in the upper lot by the horse area. The spur trail from the parking area to the rattlesnake trail is marked with blue ribbon. No indication where the trail joins the yellow blazed Rattlesnake Trail. Several other hikers were confused at this junction. Follow the yellow blazed trail, it winds in a circle until you find a sign pointing towards Flat Rock Trail. Lots of people on the trail on a Sunday afternoon in November but it didn’t feel overcrowded. Beautiful view from the top.

a zoo on the weekends

Short and sweet! I went to this beautiful hike this Fall Sunday and had a good day. I got there early, right after sunset, and only saw a few trail runners coming up and down (and a whole boy scout troop coming down). Some spots were muddy but not too bad. When I got to the top I was the only one there, for a long time too, then people started trickling in. Soon there were quite a few people there and I ventured further along the overlook and found peace and solitude.

Tip: if you get there in the middle of the day and its crowded, take a walk to the left past the rocks you immediately see and walk down a slope to the bottom of the group of second overlook rocks. Climb up on those rocks (it's not hard) and relax all by your self without the crowds and dogs, no one came over to that side while I chilled for awhile.

On my way down around 9:30 the crowds of people coming up made me immensely happy I rolled out of bed ( the clock rolling back an hour did not help). People and dogs galore. When I got back to the parking lot by a little after 10 the parking lot was full and people were waiting for spots. Another reason to get there early.

This hike was hilly and rocky, but enjoyable. Watch out for snakes

My husband and I did this trail yesterday and we loved it. The fall colors from Annapolis rock were breathtaking. Parts of the trail were quite muddy but it was a very enjoyable hike and not too strenuous.

How do you find the parking lot coming off 70?

Beautiful views on the blue trail! We got a little turned around at the white rock viewpoint but eventually found our way back to the trail. Would definitely hike this trail again!

Hiked there on a week day. There was light traffic and when I made it to the Annapolis Rock there were only 3 people there.

Love this trail. I don't have to get in my car to drive to a trail. And this place is beautiful

We walked counter-clockwise from the visitors center and saw the falls first, then hog rock, and then we turned south on the yellow trail before reaching thurmont. We had a 2 and 3 yr old with us and were taking our time. We recorded 5.7 mi on the yellow loop. It was a very nice hike with beautiful views and fall colors.

Loved this hike! The trails were very well marked and signage was posted accordingly. I would rate this as moderate. I started off counter clockwise and found this helpful as I went up the rockier parts and did not have as many rocks going down. That being said it is still a rocky trail. Loved seeing chimney rock and wolf rock. I would definitely like to return.

had a fun day with some brisk walking around 10+miles (we did a little extra walking here and there) in around five hours!

Very wet trail today - like a creek bed in many spots. Beautiful; rare savanna in Maryland

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