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great trail, a bit rocky but me and the Roscoe had a ball !!!!

I traveled this Aug 4th, 2018. Bring bug spray, Mosquito's were moderately bad. Trail was outlined with an obviously cleared foot/bike path and the only confusing part was a fork for blue and red. The red had a big tree across it but seemed to be in the direction I wanted to took that route, it ended up being correct. Lots of little side trails to go down to the water. Only a couple other hikers, mostly secluded, ends at a peninsula on the river. Decent hills but nothing crazy.

1 day ago

Easy hike going down. Pretty steep coming up.

After heading down the trail (which, due to being a bit steep at times, was a little rough on the knees ... but otherwise enjoyable) we took time to sit and listen to the cascading waterfall at the bottom of the trail. (Along with about a billion other people ... okay, not really that many, but when you're trying to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature ... it kinda looked and sounded like it.

My Wolfpack and I conquered this trail... The river runs down beside the trail the entire way to the waterfall, are you strong enough to join my Wolfpack?

nature trips
3 days ago

In every season this trail is absolutely stunning. I enjoy this trail the most during Autumn season.

Great hike, even though it downpours on our return. Amazing views, beautiful flowers, somewhat challenging terrain on the salamander trail coming back to the parking lot. Be sure to return on Salamander Trail or you will end up at the wrong parking lot and have to walk a mile on skyline drive. We caught the error before we had gone too far and climbed back up.Dog friendly hike.

I went through on a Monday morning around 6:30 am. No one around until I was on my way out. Nice loop. Beautiful scenery and sounds of the falls.

well traveled hike. a lot of foot traffic. easy down. moderate up.

hiking
6 days ago

This is such a beautiful hike. Its fun going down it and it only takes like 15-20mins but once you’re ready to head back up its a bit of a climb. However it is really beautiful. The water fall goes all the way to the bottom right before the Rose River trail starts. Its a must see.

Nice area, good for one hour hike, part of it can be muddy right after rain.

hiking
10 days ago

The falls are lovely but this is a highly trafficked trail and many people go down this trail to see the falls and struggle hard to get back up. It won’t be a problem If you’re in good shape/hike a lot and it is definitely worth seeing. If you are taking small children, older family members or injured hikers with you, consider going to the lower falls via the horse trail. It is much easier with a pretty flat trail in and out. The lower falls are quite as spectacular but still pretty and much easier to access.

One of my favorite hikes! Went counterclockwise, (AT | Salamander | peak | Lower Hawksbill Trail). Perfect balance of great terrain, elevation and some of the best panoramic views. On the trail, you’ll cross over rock fields in the middle of the trail. To note... From this direction, you’ll come to a fork in the road. There is a wooden pole with an arrow spray-painted on it that points right. Going that way will continue on Appalachian Trail to Rock Spring Hut. To complete the loop (to Salamander), go left (opposite of the arrow). I went about .5 miles before realizing and having to backtrack. On course... great climb to the highest peak in SNP!

Very popular trail. Pretty short, I did it in an hour and a half. Good for beginners in good health. The water was very pretty all the way down and there was even a small pool of water at the bottom that you could swim in. Long drive to get to the trail head but there are several other trails to fill in the rest of your day.

An urban park trail as linear city trails should be: beautiful as well as usable. It combines access to nature with access to schools, libraries, shops, etc. The trail is used heavily by school kids & parents, dog walkers, runners, a few cross-country cyclists, people going to work. It makes my visits to the Johns Hopkins Library and Baltimore's Museum of Art greener and contemplative.

trail out about a mile in due to the rains, blew out a culvert

Nice wooded trail around Lake Roland. Mostly flat with options for more hilly treks.

hiking
14 days ago

Nice trail. It was the only trail we hiked with a packed parking lot. We did this trail after a morning on Marys Rock. The view of the falls from the bottom is really nice (with people everywhere). The trek back up was fine, even after a fall from the day before.

Great location, beautiful quiet trails , good variety of trails.

Hiking to the tallest point in SNP is a great experience! The trail is lovely and features some beautiful talus slopes. We went counter-clockwise, which left the view towards the end but went down the steeper trail. Overall, the elevation gain is not too strenuous and the trail is well maintained. The peak, even when crowded, has plenary of outcropping to sit and enjoy the view, including the built up observation deck. Look for Old Rag in the distance! This is such a great, quick hike. Highly recommend!

Beautiful hike, good workout on the way back up!

It was gorgeous! I loved it the whole way there! Worked up a good sweat on the way back up.

This trail is definitely more on the "easy" side of moderate. Lightly traveled with interesting flora at parts, especially in Summer months. Trail does get muddy after periods of extended rain.

Great, quick hike. Hiked trail clockwise --very steep at first, very gradual after the summit
Cloudy day, still had glimpses of beautiful vistas

After passing by this park for years to go hiking in parks further away, this is becoming my favorite hiking destination. It’s beautiful and there are so many trail options and possible loops to choose from! Maybe a few too many trails though. I have gotten turned around a couple times out in the woods and had to rely on the app to get back!

Perfect for some quality time with fantastic photo opportunities! The Falls were great but you still have to be physically fit to endure this trek round trip. Plan about 1.5 hrs with kids and fun at the Falls.

Was there today, did the trail clockwise, it starts with a steep climb, had to take several breaks on my way to the summit, but it was ok, and the summit wasn’t that far. The rest of the trail was mostly downhill so it was pretty easy too. It took me around 2,5 hours or so. I expect the trail to be a little harder counter clockwise, will be doing it that way next time. Definitely can recommend it. The summit view is amazing!

very nice trail. the main trail is wide and smooth so you can walk it in tennis shoes. However the side trails can be rocky & root and you should probably have hiking boots on. Alltrails shows the TH in a bad spot with very little parking right alongside a busy road. the other end of the trail is near the dam and has a nice parking lot. in the future I will park at the other end of the trail. I consider this trail as easy not moderate...not much of an elevation change and no difficult areas.

Great trail, lots of wildlife, beautiful waterfall

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