Glen Ellen and Sam's Grave Trail Loop

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Glen Ellen and Sam's Grave Trail Loop is a 7.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lutherville, Maryland that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. 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
7.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
557 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wildlife

walking
16 days ago

Trailhead is easier to find than some say. It wasn’t as muddy as anticipated after raining the previous day. Glen Ellen Castle ruins are along the way. Beautiful hike along the reservoir.

2 months ago

a little muddy after rains... can be hard to get around. otherwise very nice!

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4 months ago

I'm surprised there aren't more reviews of this. It's a beautiful trail that follows the reservoir and has plenty of spurs to the water for a gorgeous view.

Sam's Grave is the more lightly-trafficked of the two. I'd rate it a moderate, not easy. There are some grassy bits, but for the most part it sticks to the forest, so you have a good chance of seeing wildlife. When it dips toward the water, you get panoramic views of the lake. It's one of the best local trails I've hiked.

Glen Ellen is easier and moderately trafficked. It seems to be popular for runners and bikers in the evenings.One thing to note is that part of it goes right past people's backyards, so it isn't as scenic. I ended up getting back on Sam's Grave instead of completing the loop.

One last thing: The trail-head can be a little hard to find, if you don't know where you're looking. If you park on the side of Seminary Ave with everyone else, you have to cross at the light to get to the path. I definitely wandered around a little!

5 months ago

great trail but a little muddy after rain.

recorded muddy

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