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Very fun trail - mostly in the woods with a lot of ups and downs. The view at the end is great, and is an awesome picnic spot.

hiking
10 days ago

Great trail, well maintained but may be muddy at the start. The parking lot is small so get there early & you’ll be awarded not only a parking spot but solitude on the rocks. We think this hike is probably best in winter as you get many more views than you would with leaves on the trees.

Beautiful trail and area. Probably my favorite in the area. Very wet in places. About the perfect length for a January afternoon hike when it gets dark early.

A little muddy but very enjoyable. All the dogs we saw were on leashes, which I appreciated.

hiking
11 days ago

Love this trail.Its my bestie and I’s favorite spot. Lots of photo ops on this one. I highly recommend the ridge too, don’t stop & enjoy the views.

Very rocky terrain which slows you down...but a fun challenge. Up and down throughout the whole hike. Hiking poles and good boots are helpful. View is gorgeous and has a few spots for a hammock if you bring one along.

Great trail, not as crowded as other parts of the park. Parking is limited, but seemed sufficient for the morning crowd. Mainline trail is a nice easy walk along the river with some opportunities to scramble up some rock cliffs. The ridge loop is more challenging but offers some fantastic views. Be sure to check out the Camel Den "cave" near Daniels rd!

I did this hike in mid April 2018, it was a good trail clearly marked a little rocky and muddy for spring. In the mornings you can expect to see maybe one dog walker but only on that part of the trail that intersects the mine trail. The remainder of the trail takes you pretty close to dolefield road, housing and at one point right on the boundary of someone’s home. Not a good trail if you’re looking for quiet solace and to commune by yourself with nature.

Amazing hike. Challenging but I wouldn't say hard. Parking is very limited so try to get in early. Pretty rocky but manageable.

Challenging and fun.

Varied terrain was nice.

No real overlook views. Suggest not doing the side loop that is really nothing to it. BTW, total distance is about 6.5mi. Really muddy due to record rain fall.

Would do again, when drier.

MESSAGE ALERT TRAIL CLOSED - The Grist Mill Trail is still CLOSED. We hiked the trail to survey the damage and to see if there has been any repairs. The Pond area parking lot is still trashed with concrete and wood debris. The Grist Mill trail itself is in fine condition. No damage except for the two washed out foot bridges. This is the only reason the trail is closed. You could get trapped between the two tunnels during a heavy rain storm. Water can flow through the tunnels super fast and can be 3 feet high. One of my pictures show the washed out foot bridge area. I also have a photo that shows a stone rocky mound at the bottom of the Back side of the Nun's trail.
For some reason the GPS tracking failed in this area. Not normal.
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Nice hike, some rocky spots

Great trail in great area, final section at V-turn on Dolfield Trail the trail has turned into a creek bed ~ 3-5in of water. Otherwise, well-marked and fairly vacant even on a Saturday morning.

Muddy. Hard day. Easy to get lost. Not worth the effort. Won’t do it again.

Great hike. Final view is spectacular. Lots of up and down, and some fairly steep grades. The view at the end makes it all worthwhile.

1 month ago

Great views from Buzzard Rock!!

A little bit of scrambling. Be kind to your knees. Don’t bring the little dogs. Good place for some bouldering. Nice view.

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

Overall a moderately challenging hike made a bit more exciting by some soggy, slippery conditions after a few days of rain in late October. I parked at the campground at the bottom of Quarry Gap Road and walked about 1/2-3/4 mile up to the trailhead; although, parking where the road dead ends is an option too. I completed the loop counterclockwise, but don’t see any which direction being more beneficial that the other. The loop took about 2.5 - 3 hours as I went pretty slow in some places (lots of slippery rocks) and I stopped to take a lot of pictures because this place is GORGEOUS! I’ll definitely be back. What a gem!

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

TRAIL CLOSURE NOTICE:
Officially the Grist Mill trail are still CLOSED. Some trails head down to it are legally Out and Back trails for now. The Bloede Dam is almost totally gone. You can walk on the Swinging Bridge but it now has a wooden door. No crossing over from one side to the Grist Mill trail on the other.

I have just completed creating a map of the OPEN trails on the Baltimore County side of the park. Red will indicate what is OPEN. Request a map: baltoken@yahoo.com

Went there in February of 2017 with a nephew and a couple of nieces. The weather was ridiculously 80°F. Gorgeous views, as the description says; and lots of ups and downs. But if you take your time and enjoy the walk, it’s just magnificent.

Moderate trail, views are so-so

hiking
3 months ago

Went on this hike last month. Don’t be mistaken by the first nice view. Make your way to the ridge line for great views. Good for a day when you need a good hike, but don’t have all day!

I don’t know if its ‘as good as it gets’ but its a really fun hike!

I’m a big fan of grasslands and bird watching, and there was plenty of both. I have a good time whenever I hike the trail. Probably not the best hike if you don’t tolerate muggy weather. It’s especially gorgeous when there’s fog.

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