Gambrill Yellow Trail

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Gambrill State Park

Gambrill Yellow Trail is a 6.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Frederick, Maryland that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,013 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Hike or Bike the Catoctin Mt Ridgeline There are 14+ miles of loop trails on Catoctin Mountain beginning and ending at the Gambrill State Park parking lot. The trails are named after colorful trees and are blazed accordingly. The trails vary from easy to strenuous and from 1 to 7 miles in length. They are quire popular with hikers, bikers, and the occasional equestrian. The lot is frequently nearly full, so get there early. The Yellow Poplar trail is the longest. Bikers consider it one of the most "technical" trails in Maryland. There are some steep sections and the trail is very rocky in places. Since this trail runs parallel with the ridgeline on both sides, you can catch some nice views of the Monocacy Valley toward Frederick and the Cactoctin Valley toward South Mountain. If you catch it a the right time, Cactoctin Mountain is covered with beautiful laurel.

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8 days ago

Did anyone mention that your feet will really be sore after walking over stones and roots for 7 miles? It would be really helpful to have some markings besides a splash of yellow paint on the occasional tree. How about some markings that tell you how many more miles till the end? More directional markers would make this a better hike. What is the difference between the upper and the lower loop?

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9 days ago

This trail is quiet and peaceful. Narrow at times, but there we passed only a handful of other pairs and families along the way on Memorial Day morning. While there are some scenic overlooks at the trail head, there aren’t any along the trail. It’s very shady.

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no shade
rocky
11 days ago

This trail has a lot of ascending and descending parts to it. It’s very rock with some tight spots outside of maybe working a little harder this is a great trail.

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rocky
24 days ago

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rocky
26 days ago

I’d say this trail is on the easy end of moderate, however not one of my favorite trails. I didn’t find it particularly beautiful. Maybe one or 2 spots and I’m sure when the ferns open fully it will add to the beauty but for 8 miles a lot of which follows a road that gets regular traffic doesn’t do it for me. I like to feel like I’m in the middle of nowhere and I didn’t feel this way on the lower yellow trail and didn’t feel this way much on the upper yellow trail. It’s also very rocky, but we did it with a kid on our back so it’s doable, but watch your footing.

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1 month ago

Long trail which didn’t have a particular destination so it was kind of boring in a sense. First bit of trail hugs the side of the road which made it feel like weren’t really hiking.

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1 month ago

nice relaxing hike with good amount of elevation and options to choose longer or shorter loops.

2 months ago

Definitely a stomping ground of mine. Get it? Great hike, can be adjusted to what you like.

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rocky
2 months ago

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3 months ago

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rocky
3 months ago

Fun trail! All Trails said 6.7 miles, but it ended up being 7.7 miles. And I would love to know how they expect you to walk it in just over two hours. lol The trail and views are beautiful. The only downside is it runs near the road for a good portion of the trail. And keep an eye out for the bicycles. Some of them come flying out of nowhere.

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muddy
rocky
4 months ago

Pretty rocky at first and sporadically throughout the trail. Muddy, but not terrible.

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4 months ago

Fun trail. Fairly easy. Good moderate hike

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snow
4 months ago

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6 months ago

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rocky
7 months ago

I loved this trail. My dogs, Mei'lei and Hina enjoyed every bit of it as well.

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8 months ago

Our first moderate trail and it was awesome. Beautiful day and the trail was great. I loved the different paths with some rocky and some overgrown. The view from spots was great!

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rocky
8 months ago

recorded part yellow n part cotoctin

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8 months ago

West on yellow .8 miles and back to car. Then east on cotoctin .1 miles. Back to car . All flat and easy

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rocky
9 months ago

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over grown
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9 months ago

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bugs
over grown
rocky
9 months ago

Loved the elevation. Very green all around. It was a challenging hike for me but the overgrown trail areas is not very pleasant especially combined with the bugs. Rocky all over most of the trail- not sure if it is intended that way to prevent erosion or avoid plants to over grow on the trail. No scenic views (I suspect it may be due to the season) or attractive water ways but still highly recommend all around.

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