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What a beautiful day to be on trail. A bit breezy but it did get into the 50's today. Being nice out the park was a little bit more crowded then the weekdays. Lots of Bikers. With the Grist Mill Trail ( Balto. Co. side ) still CLOSED I continue to hike this side of the Avalon, Orange Grove section. This large loop does have a lot of inclines and descents but nothing super hard if you just take your time. There is multiple trails of this side of the park and it can be hiked in many ways. This loop is one of my favorite when you have time and the weather is nice.

With limited time I was able to get in a small hike. The Bloede Dam is basically gone and they are now grading the hill where the Grist Mill trail will reconnect. Even with the recent rainstorms the upper trails were dry. I didn't see a sole on trail today but I did see a few people at the Cascade Falls. Even the little cascading falls up stream had plenty of water flowing over it. This is a great loop when you are pressed for time and it's very easy to enlarge by going to the second connector loop.

somewhat muddy. decent trail system

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

Nice hike very dog friendly. Not marked well.

Love this trail! Beautiful and fun!!!

Beautiful views w. lots of history.

Hike along water streams, nice view.

hiking
19 days ago

the hike was beautiful and the Park Rangers or Volunteers were very helpful in getting me to the portion of trail I wanted to be at. I didn't see any rumored "ruins" but the trail has lots of waterfalls, a cool swinging bridge and lots of BIKES. The people on bikes were very friendly but they rode fast and you have very little time to move out of the way. I'd go again though.

Beautiful trail. Almost missed the waterfall after making the entire loop, but checked the map on this app and backtracked a bit to the falls. Glad we did! Definitely a moderate hike, not too much in the way of elevation, and all around enjoyable. We will be back!

MESSAGE ALERT REGARDING TRAILS:
All of the Soapstone Trails ( Inner and Outer ) is OPEN. The wife and I hiked with our two beagles. To avoid the large stream crossing at the bottom of the Soapstone trail we started from the top at S. Rolling Rd. We hiked down via the Overgrown trail and connected to the Bull Run loop. As we came down from the top of Bull Run we then connected to the Soapstone and headed back up. On our way up we made a right and got on the fairly new Star Struck trail.

Today's trip was a survey hike to review the condition of a few CLOSED sections. All of the Santee and Branch trail is in great shape for the 50 K run Nov. 27. A few mud spots but no standing water. The Vineyard Springs trail is only OPEN down to the Foot Path which is a hard rocky climb up to the Fire Rd.
The Vineyard Springs trail is CLOSED heading down to the Grist Mill trail, which is also CLOSED. You can hike down the Nun's trail from the Sister's Of The Poor but at the last 100 feet in front of the tunnel is totally destroyed. Right by the Tunnel is a giant rock slide about 20 feet high. The trail is gone and the stream is now on the other side. The damage in this location is un-real and the rocks have washing away the Grist Mill foot bridges. With out the bridges the key issue is flooding of water coming thru the tunnels during rainstorms. I have seen water flowing 2 feet deep thru the tunnels and it would wash you away.

The hike itself was beautiful, but I found the trail to be poorly marked and we missed the trail to do the full loop and had multiple other hikers ask us for directions back to their cars. I would definitely hike it again, but would use the map more instead of trusting the trail.

The entire Grist Mill Trail is still CLOSED but you can hike the River Rd. side, which is the Howard County side of the river. - After breakfast the wife and I once again took a small hike to check on the progress of the dam project. - Not very much of the dam is left. Only a small section on each side of the stream. - Although it was windy as heck the park was fairly crowded. - Lots of people with their dogs.

Not too muddy, nice valley and river

Perfect difficulty level with a nice variety of terrain for a shorter trail.

It was super breezy out but it was only cool in the woods. - All the trees were blocking the wind. - Be sure to watch the time if you are planning a hike late in the evening. - The sun is going down sooner every day. - The wife and I got at the park at 4:30 and we just finished in time. - Park closes at 6:30 right now but that will change to a earlier time as it gets darker soon. - Garrett's Pass is not marked so you need to learn the trail system. The entire Cascade System and Falls are marked in BLUE.
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Definitely got lost. Hiked for 3 hours through really pretty forest and along some beautiful creeks. Not a bad morning.

This trail has the classic, pretty woodsy look throughout Patapsco park. The only reason I wouldn’t give it more stars is because we had to go off this map and follow a different trail back. The section on the map that says “overgrown” yeah... they mean that, it’s not just a trail name :p So unless you want a hair full of spiders or some ticks to hitch a ride on you, I’d avoid this trail or go but prepare to detour when you hit the stretch on the map that says “overgrown”

Beautiful views and a good hike! We cut across at the last mile or so because of time, but enjoyed the entire trip!

MESSAGE ALERT REGARDING TRAILS:
All of the Soapstone Trails ( Inner and Outer Loops ) are OPEN. Plenty of access and parking in the Upper Glen Artney section. The entire pond area is still CLOSED. The Grist Mill Trail is CLOSED and so are any trails leading to it. Vineyard, Backside of Nun's are CLOSED and now completely fenced off. The Santee Branch Trail has been OPEN and so is the fire road access to the main Santee.

Had to use map to stay on trail and lots of mosquitos near the river. But a nice hike nonetheless.

nice views of the river for about 40% of trail. didn't see what made it hard other than it was difficult to find some turns.

Had a great time, only complaint is there wasn’t any signs to help out which way to go, in fact we walked the same route twice.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail is not well marked and parts of it are closed. it can be confusing especially where it intersects with other trails. The title is misleading as you're actually on a handful of different trails. I had to use AllTrails quite often to make sure I was going the right way and to find ways around closed or overgrown trails. Ultimately it ended up being over a 4 mile hike. Also, it's not very visually stimulating. There are some nice, small stream crossings but that's about it.

Apparently this trail is closed now due to flooding. It was a good trail. I wanted a quick bike ride after work before the sun went down, and this trail on a bike took me much less time than I thought, so maybe better for a walk than a bike until they stop construction and open up the whole trail. The trail is nice and paved though!

I ran this trail in preparation for a 1/2 marathon trail run. With close to 1,000 feet elevation gain, it is good practice for uphill (glutes) and downhill (quads) technique. Mostly shaded, it is a comfortable run. There are some sections that are fairly rocky so be prepared for your ankles to be a bit sore. You will have to park at the bottom of Quaker Hill and have someone pick you up at the Woodstock Inn.

After breakfast, The wife and I rode into the park. This is a great little loop that features the Cascade Falls, A climb on part of the Ridge Trail and a flat easy 2 miles up and back to the Bloede Dam Project. The dam is being removed. Super nice weather and the park was once again crowded. Limited parking due to half of the park still closed due to flood damage.

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