Old Man Line and Daniels Loop Trail

MODERATE 18 reviews
#13 of 31 trails in

Old Man Line and Daniels Loop Trail is a 6.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Ellicott City, Maryland that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
547 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

cave

forest

river

views

wild flowers

bugs

muddy

rocky

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4 days ago

Rachael, Just this year the DNR has been blocking off the parking here and down at Ilchester Rd. because the Hispanic people are invading the park. They are using the dams as water slides and having cookouts. They are leaving trash everywhere and the State is sick of it. They are parking in these areas because it's FREE. The State is now trying to force them inside the park so that they have to pay 3 dollars a head on Weekends. Regarding the Trails here. As a Pro member, start using the OCM layer to the maps. It shows ALL the trails other people don't see. The River trail is the main run but there are three great trails that brake off of it. The best trail is the backside trail up to the Top Ridge which is a Boulder Rock Scramble. When I do one side I hike 3 miles but you also have all the Church Loops on the opposite side of Daniels Rd. which can add 2 more miles.

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11 days ago

The parking here for one is a joke. So much trail and acreage here I'm astounded there's not more space available for parking. Is there a secret parking lot?? Anyway, there's no markers whatsoever for Mcdaniels which is fine if you're using the app and most of the trail is just along the river anyway. Some of the little loops weren't obviously marked. We literally had to stand looking at the map on the app walking step by step and look down to see where the trail picked up. Sort of odd. The trail is nice. It's quiet here.

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15 days ago

26 days ago

Great trail for the area!

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

I have now hiked this area many different ways and it's only getting better. As I look at other hikers recordings I see that everybody is missing the High Ridge. As you hike the stream section you have two options. One is the stone trail and the other is the sandy trail. If you stay on the sandy trail to long you may miss the best of all. Pro members need to load the OCM layer to see the additional trail. Watch for a quick switchback to go up to the top of the ridge. Don't cross the feeder stream. Stay on the left side. When you go up top simply go straight across the top of the ridge and rock hop the complete ridge top. Don't turn on the Switch plate trail. My last recording was a bit short on the ridge due to heavy rain. Had to hike sideways with trekking poles to get down. The Switch plate trail is easy because it's way below the ridge

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7 months ago

Not a loop more of an out and back.

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9 months ago

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Saturday, May 19, 2012