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hiking
2 days ago

Nice after work hike. Nice views of the river. Saw a snake.

hiking
2 days ago

Took the family on this hike and we enjoyed it. We never saw the cover photo, however, we were able to cross a nice stream a few times. Some of the trail were a bit overgrown and not well marked. After the field we followed the well worn footpath back to our starting point. We crossed a few hikers on there way out towards the field who said their path overgrown as well. All in all a good 3 mile hike.

walking
4 days ago

Easy trails but lots of horse feces. Not very scenic

walking
4 days ago

Easy and short trail but there are 1-2 steep areas where heavier set individuals may have trouble with footing.

walking
4 days ago

One of my favorites for a run. Also great for walking dogs. Lots of deer at dusk

hiking
5 days ago

Lovely trail. Took the extended loop all the way around; just over 2hrs with a couple stops for the dog to wade in the water. Lots of horse manure, but easy to just walk around it. The river was a very nice aspect to the trail, which was all very rustic and lightly travelled. Not obvious at first where to enter the trail, but thankfully some nice people helped us get on our way.

This is a very challenging trail system with a lot of elevation changes. - On the Elkridge County side of the Patapsco ( Howard County ) are multi trails that can be hiked in many ways. This loop could have been larger but 7 miles is enough for this old senior. There are two connector trails you can take if you wish to shorten the loop. You could also have hiked the Cascade Falls trail which is color coded ( blue ). The entire trail system is well marked and color-coded, except for Garrett's Pass but I would recommend a map as a backup. If you are biking this loop you are good to go. Bikes are not allow on the lower section directly where the falls are. You would stay on the upper Cascade and bike directly to the Ridge Trail. The only restroom and freshwater is located at the Swinging Bridge. The only other spot for water or restroom would be at the playground. You would have to go down the Water Bars or the NEW Ridge Extension trail and go to the Playground. The NEW Ridge Extension trail is right in front of the Restroom.

9 days ago

Pretty easy trail, wonderful views of the river and even some spots that you can get down on the banks. I guess people can swim there since there were a lot of sandals and trash thrown around on some areas. We took the trail further down than what was on the app and found some nicer spots to view the river from. Overall my 6 year old had no problems. The way back up was a little rough since we were so hot but it wasn't to bad. I don't know how easy it would be if it had just rained as it seems like it would be hard due to the steepness of some areas so it probably gets slippery.

Kinda hard to find. Enjoyable once you’re on.

hiking
12 days ago

It’s been a year since my last trip here. I brought my puppy for a nice hike and wasn’t disappointed. There is plenty of shade and places to sit for water breaks; it is kept almost completely trash free; and it’s secluded enough that, if you don’t want to run into people, you don’t have to. I can see how the parking could run out, but there is another parking area near the pier that has plenty of space.

MESSAGE ALERT REGARDING TRAILS: Most of the Baltimore County side including The main Grist Mill trail is CLOSED. The Soapstone trail is NOW OPEN but you have to hike up the park road to get to the Trailhead. The only lot to park on is a small lot right before the Lost Lake Pond. The entire area is blocked off for traffic. Grist Mill trail will be CLOSED for the rest of the summer.
Your best option is to hike on the Howard County side of the park. Turn LEFT at the split.
All trails on the Howard County side of the Park are OPEN. When entering, turn left toward the Playground. Across from the Playground parking lot is a NEW TRAIL. The Extension is The RIdge Trail. The road is OPEN up to the Swinging Bridge. The Swinging Bridge is CLOSED. ** If you need a special map I created it could help you learn the Howard County side or the entire Avalon area.. ** baltoken @ yahoo.com ( Ken )
PS: Go early or you are not getting in. Over Crowded. Only two rental pavilions are open and they need parking for them first.

hiking
12 days ago

MESSAGE ALERT REGARDING TRAILS: The Soapstone trail is NOW OPEN but you have to hike up the park road to get to the Trailhead. The only lot to park on is a small lot right before the Lost Lake Pond. The entire area is blocked off for traffic. Grist Mill trail will be CLOSED for the rest of the summer.
Your best option is to hike on the Howard County side of the park. Turn LEFT at the split.
All trails on the Howard County side of the Park are OPEN. When entering, turn left toward the Playground. Across from the Playground parking lot is a NEW TRAIL. The Extension is The RIdge Trail. The road is OPEN up to the Swinging Bridge. The Swinging Bridge is CLOSED. ** If you need a special map I created it could help you learn the Howard County side or the entire Avalon area.. ** baltoken @ yahoo.com ( Ken )
PS: Go early or you are not getting in. Over Crowded. Only two rental pavilions are open and they need parking for them first.

hiking
12 days ago

Very short trails but nice for a quick jaunt with the pups. Mix of wooded areas and meadows. Bubbling streams and a small river make pleasant sounds while hiking. And the "hidden pond" was alive with croaking frogs (toads?). And the berry bushes were a pleasant surprise! But beware a LOT of poison ivy so use common sense and normal safety precautions.

Part of this trail is closed due to construction along the river. Ended up turning back and taking a different trail to complete a shorter loop.

hiking
12 days ago

I posted this loop under Ridge Trail mainly because it Features the (NEW) Ridge Extension trail that connects you near the Rockburn loop and the Main Ridge Trail. The NEW trail starts across the road at the middle of the Playground parking lot. The trail was just completed. The old way up was the Ridge (Waterbars) trail that is washed out, rocky and tons of roots. I don't mine coming down that old trail but it gets muddy. The loop I hiked today could be shorten if you don't hike Morning Choice or cut out the Rockburn Loop. Nice breezy day so I did a bit extra. The Park continues to get crowded early.

Great place to take kids! Saw lots of wildlife and was a great loop.

Great little hike fascinating ruins. Wasn’t a fan of all the graffiti.

Loved this trail. There are also lots of conjoining trails that allow you to make this longer if you want to. It’s fun to go down to the river in hot weather too.

Once again I have found another great location to share and hike the Howard County ( Elkridge side ) of the Patapsco Park. The Park gates don't open until 9AM but by then the humidity is becoming unbearable. If you wish, you can hike earlier by driving up to Landing Rd. and parking along the side. I got there at 7:30AM and it was a bit crowded. There is two locations to park. One is for Cascade and the other is for Morning Choice Trails. The only trail that was a bit overgrown was the Barley and Hops. All the rest I looped are wide and well maintain. All the trails in this area are basically flat and easy to hike. If you park at the first location you can also hike the Rockburn side. If you want Help or a few special maps I made . - Message me at baltoken@yahoo.com

hiking
14 days ago

Easy, short hike can be made longer by taking the trail (fire road) til it dead-ends @ Coot's Peninsula. Summer time gave OK (Coot's Peninsula is more rewarding) views of the reservoir and lots of birds to see. For those with a knack for geology: This is the site of an Iron/Copper mine from around the time of the American Revolution.
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Park at the trail head just across the bridge on 26. All in all would do again.

hiking
16 days ago

While it was a nice little hike, we were all very disappointed about the state of the trail. I guess there are people that go horseback riding on these trails so they were pretty messed up in some sections from the horses going through the trail when it was wet and there were some sections that were very soft from the horses ruining them and my husband almost lost a shoe. Would expect things to get soft if it had rained recently but it has been weeks since it rained. Overall an easy well marked trail that my kids didn't have any problem with and there were some nice views of the Patapsco River.

This is a great place with many opportunities to branch off and add distance, plus the exercise stations along part of it. For a longer route, try the Route 108 trail. From parking to the end is about 5 miles and then you have the journey back. Great exercise.

Good two hour walk. Saw a great old abandoned house with a vulture sitting on the roof. Great river access. Will be back with our kayaks!

Superb...:first time hiking alone and using this app!! Trail so peaceful with highlight walking along the creek.Apparently this is the hottest day and it felt wonderful...nice and shady.

Agree with previous comments that this is not a hard trail. Maybe moderate. Went with my dogs and it was great!

MESSAGE ALERT: If you drive into the Avalon section off of Washington Blvd. Beware, Only the Howard County side of the Park and trails are OPEN. When entering, turn left toward the Playground. The road is OPEN up to the Swinging Bridge. The road is blocked off at the Lost Lake Pond, the other way. The paved Grist Mill trail is pretty much gone. All the footbridge have washed away. The Glen Artney area is even worse. The stream and the parking lot at the Soapstone Trailhead is now a 8 foot deep trench. The Swinging Bridge is CLOSED. The Baltimore County side (trails) may end up being CLOSED all summer. ** If you need a special map I created it could help you learn the Howard County side. ** baltoken @ yahoo.com ( Ken )
PS: With only one side open. Go early or you are not getting in. Over Crowded and they stop cars from coming in. Two rental pavilions are open and they need parking for them first.

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