Long Pond Trail

HARD 17 reviews

Long Pond Trail is a 9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Flintstone, Maryland that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,394 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

hiking
3 days ago

It was a hard trail. But challenging. Had a lot of fun

hiking
12 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

I would rate this as definitely moderate to strenuous mostly due to the terrain and narrow footpath in places. Overall, it is thoroughly enjoyable if you enjoy remote and challenging adventures.

hiking
1 month ago

Long Pond Trail from Oldtown-Orleans Road to Long Pond Shelter. Approximately 4 miles one way. Difficult because of steep grades and loose rock caused by erosion from recent heavy rains.

After obtaining the $10 camping permit, we parked at the trail crossing on Oldtown-Orleans Road. The red blaze was easy to see and there was ample parking. The trail follows a small stream down the mountain. A series of beaver ponds can be seen on the left about 3/4 mile from the trailhead. Continue about another 1/4 mile, and turn sharply left onto an old woods road. Pass several wildlife clearings. After about 1 mile, leave the woods road and ascend steeply for about 1.5 mile. The trail turns and makes a steep descent for the next mile. The last part of this descent is extremely steep, eroded, and hazardous, with many exposed roots. You may want to back down, holding the tree roots as you carefully find safe footing. (We submitted a report to the forest office, and they will seek funding and manpower for a repair or relocation.)

The last quarter mile is a pleasant walk along the floodplain of Fifteen Mile Creek. There are a couple of campsites near the water, with decent swimming holes. We saw what we think is the "Oldsmobile" hubcap mentioned in a review on midatlantichikes.com, now moved downstream and lodged in the rocks on the far side of the creek.

The shelter is clean and in good repair, with a nice fire ring. Behind the shelter, there is a stand of trees, some of which would accommodate hammocks, and a few open spaces for tenting. Our bear bag was undisturbed.

The return trip up from the floodplain was less scary but still treacherous. Take care when walking the woods road, so you don't miss the sharp right turn where the trail leaves the road and goes up the last hill up to the trailhead. When we missed this turn, we didn't realize our mistake until we were just up the hill from at Long Pond. A quick swim refreshed us before we turned around.

We didn't see any animals, but there were lots of orange mushrooms that we thought were chanterelles. Not being mycologists, we admired them and continued on. There were also trumpet-shaped brown mushrooms that we had never seen before.

This hike would be good training for a hike in Vermont, New Hampshire, or Maine. We will return.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is hard, not moderate. There are many areas where the trail is very narrow (like a game trail) and it takes you up the side of mountains. Very steep mountains. I’m afraid of heights, so I opted to leave the trail a few times and followed the creek instead. Definitely take water shoes with you as you have to cross the creek several times. Plus, it’s too tempting not to swim, so they’ll come in handy for that too. I won’t do the whole trail again, but I’ll be back to do parts of it and to enjoy the creek more. Absolutely gorgeous.

hiking
3 months ago

One of the better hikes we've done. The terrain changes many times from stream crossings to steep uphill and narrow rocky crossings. Good time. The actual distance from the parking area to Long Pond and back is closer to 10.5 miles. Be prepared to change into dry socks and stop for a hammock break or a swim. Did see a few deer, but not much other wildlife. The "waterfall" is beautiful, and pay attention at that part, there is an uphill switchback that immediately follows, we missed it and ended up a tough dead end!

hiking
6 months ago

nice trail. really enjoyed our day. we didn't see anyone else on the trail. great views. lots of great pictures espcially along the creek. we will do again.

hiking
7 months ago

Fun, wet and soggy day trail on 24 Feb 2018. Didn’t do full trail, but made it to the falls. Little slick but the vegetation helps hold the soft ground well. No animals seen or heard.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

The trail is so narror,alongside a cliff, Did 2 miles and because it's so eroded and not safe.I took creek.then came back on it.views and water nice.I would not return .

walking
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

I'm a advanced beginner hiker and found the trail to be difficult but doable. It's pretty rocky at times with steep inclines and declines. A few stream crossings which were fun! Watch out for the scary bridge crossing 15 mile creek--it's not attached at the other end. Alternate route for crossing creek recommended (go through the creek).

hiking
5 months ago

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10 months ago

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