Gambrill Yellow Trail is a 6.8 mile moderately 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.
dogs on leash
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.
Well maintained trail that has enough elevation changes to give you a good workout but nothing that can't be completed for anyone in fair shape. You can hike just the lower trail or add in the upper trail for an extra 2.5 miles. Today was extremely foggy but there are a couple of overlooks (of what I couldn't tell). Total numbers of miles: 8.0 but I added in a little bit of the Catoctin Trail (blue blazes)
I hiked both the lower and upper yellow trails. Other than North Frederick Overlook, there are no vistas on the yellow trails. In order to get a good view, one should leave the lower yellow trail and enter the High Knob Visitor Center area, rejoin the lower yellow trail afterward.
Good trail. Well marked with easy slopes. A little rocky but great over all.
Truly the hike is difficult as the path is fairly rocky through out . We are novice hikers and found trail markings a bit sparse . Thank goodness for the app and phone service or we might still be out there in the yellow loop. The elevation was not a problem. There's not much to interest you along the way.
We may have been better of not doing the upper loop but we came we conquered and will be back! Oh and saw a downy woodpecker
Really nice hiking trail, but the dog and I did it during our humid heat wave this week, so it wasn't as enjoyable as it could be during cooler weather. Wish it didn't have so many sections close to the road, but other than that I really liked this trail