A well-marked trail I decided to do after a torrential flood through Great Seneca Stream Valley Park, following yesterday's pouring downpours for rainstorms. Nevertheless, I moved forward the whole time except for some pics I took and the fall I will shortly explain. I got a lot of motivating speedwork in, and I reckon I got spoiled by it. I encountered illusion mud toward the end -- path dirt that looks solid and packed hard but is oh so slippery mush! During the slamming fall that resulted, I inadvertently pressed "stop" on my recorded track about 1/2 mile from the end of my out-n-back. I was a muddy mess, but I'm good with that.

Its a great trail, but not so good after a flood, and if you don't like getting muddied up.

Germantown Rd to Rifle Ford Rd 2.5 miles. Great network of trails but I was disappointed in how overgrown this section of the trail is and how very poorly it is marked in this section.

Great trail; consistent light blue blazes on trees just above eye-level; good trail markers (posts) with directional signage, good trail condition and fabulous views of the creek and forests. Perfect day to see fields of wild flowers and enjoy the fragrance of the flowering bushes. Plenty of bird activity with woodpeckers, towhees, , flickers, and a Great Blue Heron in the creek. Some hills, too.

Well maintained. Lots of fun.

hiking
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Nice trail, easy hiking and biking. We only did the partial trail from Brink to Watkins Mill. At Watkins Mill it becomes a sidewalk, rather than a trail. The trail is popular, so we looked for an off peak time over Labor Day.

Good mix of hills, rocks, roots and gliding trail. No one else on trail. Great time

mountain biking
Thursday, November 29, 2012

From 355 to Damascus is a great bike ride. You meet up with the paved portion of the Magruder trail on the far end. Nice remote(ish) scenery. As stated below the trail is closed to bikes west of 355, but you can pick it up again at Clopper lake and make a GREAT route via Clopper - Brink - Seneca Ridge (New MORE trail) - Schaeffer farms & back. Too bad there isn't a bike option so you could go from Damascus - Schaeffer farms & back. As a side note, with a little stint of road riding (from Black Rock Mill to 28 is closed, again, to bikes) you can hook up to the Seneca Bluffs trail and make it all the way to the Potomac!

Edit - Clarity

mountain biking
Monday, May 28, 2012

Did the 355- Brink Rd section.... nature in its truest form. Deer, rabbits and even a tortoise. Great time. One caution... at the Brink Rd entry point, there are two trails leading into the woods.... please do not follow the one to the right(near the river) ... a thick batch of poison ivy variant (these were not vines... just tall plants with flat leaves). Couldn't stop until I was in the thick of it.

What's with the shady looking building with a diesel generator and five (5) huge antennas near Watkins Mill Rd ? Anyone know ....

mountain biking
Monday, May 21, 2012

Loved it... did the Brink Rd - Damascus leg. Even, smooth ride. This trail was well marked and very hard to veer off track. Planning to go back and do the Brink - 355 leg soon.

hiking
Sunday, March 18, 2012

Walked this trail yesterday on an incredibly warm and nice day for mid-March! It was my first time there. I entered the trail from the 355 side and followed the "blue dot" trail. It wasn't that challenging, moderate ups and downs, as well as "ankle twisters" to watch out for as someone else who reviewed this pointed out. Saw lots of wildlife, and other hikers (people on bikes, with dogs, with kids, joggers). The trail was really dry but some places may be prone to getting muddy due to it's location next to the creek. I took 2 photos which I posted in the pictures section.

Your typical DC area wooded trail. Moderate ups and downs, myriad of ankle twisters, great views of Seneca creek, stream crossing some not trivial are some of the elements of this trail. Don't take your kids.

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