Mountain Loop Trail

MODERATE 4 reviews

Mountain Loop Trail is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Stronghold, Maryland that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
2.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
600 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

hiking
2 months ago

This is a delightful trail through the woods, with a couple scenic overlooks over the surrounding countryside. I especially liked the ferns. There was a particularly large and impressive rock formation at one spot, like a granite wall 20' high. Most of the trail was easy to walk on. Some was a little rocky - lots of stepping-stone sized rocks jutting out of the dirt, which isn't too bad but you have to watch your step and it slows you down somewhat. There were just a few muddy sections, and only one where it was bad enough that your shoes would sink in halfway, but it was short (maybe 10' long). Realize it had rained most of the day before. The beginning climbs relatively steeply (a 300 ft climb according to the map) - the only part I would call strenuous. You can pace yourself if it's hard for you. Going down that section would probably be a pain, so I would do this loop clockwise. I did this trail because I wanted a hilly workout, but it wasn't quite that. Much of the trail was dirt and didn't require much concentration, so you could just take in the woodsy beauty. All in all, a very pleasant trail that's pretty easy for anyone with good balance and not a total couch potato.

hiking
8 months ago

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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Saturday, August 25, 2012