Lostland Run Trail

MODERATE 23 reviews
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Lostland Run Trail is a 7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Oakland, Maryland that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
784 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

Great Trail! would love to do again not in the rain.

hiking
12 days ago

Awesome trail. One of, if not the most beautiful trails we’ve hike on the east coast. And we’ve hiked a lot. Similar to Otter Creek, but not as remote. We only passed two or three small groups. Lots of water crossings, but that was fun. We’re glad the trail isn’t more “domesticated.” Better maintained. As it is It gave us much more of a true nature experience. We saw a mother bear and her cub. We saluted and kept going. Fast.

We had allotted 4 hours and due to all the stream crossings we were behind by about 45 minutes so we decided to hike to the end on the trail and then back to parking via the gravel road. The long uphill hike took about 1-1/2 hours. We arrived precisely 4 hours after our start. If you can’t do the whole trail, at least drive down the road to near the end to some pullouts. The most awesome falls are down there. Loved it and we’ll return.

hiking
18 days ago

Great trail! Two waterfalls, two suspension bridges and lots of stream crossings. You will get wet.

1 month ago

Wow. This trail could be something really special. First, it is easy to access. And, it follows a stream, so the elevation changes are minimal. It’s mostly treed, too, which is perfect in the summer.

What’s missing, you ask? Oh my gosh. Bridges. There are so many stream crossings. A few have good bridges or wooden planks. The rest, you are on your own trying to step onto slippery wood or rocks. We had to make our own bridge from a fallen tree on one crossing. Another we had to take our boots off to cross. This state park could do a lot better trail maintenance. My husband and I are young and in shape, but we agreed that several people probably get hurt at crossings each year.

I would recommend this hike in the late summer or fall when the water levels are lower. Or hiking in your water shoes!!

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11 months ago

Went midday Monday so no-one on trail. Trail was a little hard to follow at times, just keep your eye on your white markings. I only went to the waterfall and came back, did it in an hour. Three small streams to cross, used rocks and logs to get over. saw a couple deer running and jumping through. Good hike and would like to go back and finish it.

11 months ago

Started from the bottom now we're here

We started at parking lot at the north branch end and walked uphill. Good mix of slippery rocks, roots, and flat easy trail. many picture opportunities. We also hiked the short distance from the lower lot(appx. 300yds) potomac overlook trail to overlook of river.

hiking
11 months ago

Great, close to the lake, interesting trail.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Good trail, challenging and interesting terrain with a beautiful waterfall and swimhole on the run. Getting down to the river also offers majestic views and more opportunities for swimming and bouldering. This is the best hikes get in Maryland!

hiking
Monday, July 03, 2017

This is a great trail. There is a nice cascade falls on the way towards the end. The river overlook as well as the cliffs at the end are fabulous for a swim, dip, fish, or just taking pictures and relax. Beware though that this trail requires going through some dense forests (w/ snakes) and river streams. So wear water proof shoes and keep looking for the trail markers as to not get lost and keeping your feet dry. But if you get to the end, the view is very rewarding.

Also very lightly trafficked. I did not see one person on the trail.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

the river here is beautiful great place to hike fish n swim

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Really nice trail. A number of stream crossings. Most you can rock-hop across but 2 or 3 will get your feet wet (at least at the water levels we had). No really significant ascents or descents but some sections of uneven, rocky ground. Very pretty and private. We hiked it on a weekday in June and did see another soul, except a couple deer

Saturday, January 21, 2017

i love lost lands great place to hike and swim

backpacking
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

10 mile loop altogether. Awesome and great experience for a sunny June day hike.

What I did was start my hike at State park managing building to South Prong bridge, to North Prong bridge, to Cascade Falls and then to the end Potomac river and Cliffs. I went past the overlook but it goes off into a old cabin and a old gravel road, that's where I turned around then hiked the Lostland Run road back. Half way up the road there was a trail called CCC Ponds, it's about a mile in and you'll come up to a sign telling the history and the abandoned ponds. From what I can remember it said the ponds were man made, attempting to make a fish hatchery with a valve gate system to open and stock the local rivers. Sadly the ponds were abandoned in 1937 or so after a accident from a mine leaking acid into the north prong creek . It also shows a small map of the ponds and where the water valve gate was at.

Be prepared to cross a couple small creeks were you'll get your feet wet. Bring extra clothing or swim wear for at the end of at Potomac River for cooling off and swimming. I suggest bringing lunch for after the swim and enjoy nature.

hiking
Monday, October 14, 2013

A hike through a hemlock-laurel canyon, following Lostland Run route to the Potomac. There are stream crossings on footbridges, a waterfall, and many opportunities to view wildlife. You can lose your cares amid the hemlock and laurel along the swift Lostland Run. The trail crosses the run several times, and there are several scenic falls. Special considerations: In the first mile of the hike, there are two sections of rough and rocky terrain. They are passable by hikers of most abilities, but they make for slow going for a time with small children. water proof boot were a big help where there were no bridges.

hiking
Sunday, September 16, 2012

Beautiful trail, pretty well marked. 2 pretty falls (on the smaller side .)

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