Panther Trail to Gunpowder South Trail Loop

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Panther Trail to Gunpowder South Trail Loop is a 3.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Monkton, Maryland that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from September until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.9 miles Elevation Gain: 410 feet Route Type: Loop

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Take I-83 and get off at Mt. Carmel Road exit and head north on York Rd. After you pass Mama Cia's restaurant, look for the parking lots. The one on the left (southbound) side of York Rd. is bigger, but there are a few spaces along the northbound side as well.

hiking
2 months ago

we took Gunpowder South to the panther trail back to gunpowder South just to get back to the car. beautiful hiking! Gunpowder South is fairly well traffic. Panther trail was less trafficked. But we loved the trail and the scenery

hiking
3 months ago

Very nice trial but it records at 4.46 miles not 3.9. Beautiful trial that runs right along the Gunpowder River. Some scramble and some overgrowth in the trial but nothing you cannot get through easily. Trails are very well marked.

hiking
3 months ago

Walk down the steps from the street, trailhead is on the right not too far down. Lush, pretty trail in the woods and following a stream and the river for some sections. There is plant growth leaning into the path so wear pants if you don't want plants touching your legs, and there were a few spots where my arms were brushed. (It's more overgrown than the Mingo Forks trail). This was mostly along the Gunpowder portion of the trail along the river, but in a few other sections, too. A few easy stream crossings, a spot or two where you have to climb over a fallen tree. A couple of good hills. If you start counterclockwise, you'll head up hill for a bit. Saw 4 other hikers and some horseback riders. You can hear the road at the beginning and end. There's a nice, open grassy area at the beginning by the river.

running
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Ran this loop along with a loop combining the Gunpowder South and Mingo Forks Trails on the opposite side of York Rd for 50k training. Tl;dr: a challenging loop with scenic runs along a creek and up and down ridges and then along the Gunpowder River, which is very scenic. Mostly well-marked, save for end of Panther near junction with Gunpowder South. Very overgrown in parts, so think about doing this one in the fall and winter. Details: The trailhead is down a hill on the right and across a small gulley. You'll see the post. You can go either way, of course; for this review, I went counter-clockwise. The Panther Trail is marked blue and well-blazed, including turns. It begins with a good climb up the ridge and takes you away from the sounds of I-83. For much of this loop, you can't hear the traffic (although in the winter, with less vegetation to absorb sound, that might not be the case). The trailruns up and down some smaller ridges and then descends and then runs along a creek for a ways before climbing once more up a ridge and then down toward the river to meet the Gunpowder South Trail. The descent here is tricky, as the trail is fairly terrible in parts (not even single track) and all of it is overgrown. Some trail work is needed here to improve this section. There is a post marking the trail junction. Turn left to head along the river to complete the loop. The Gunpowder South Trail is blazed white and this trail is marked fine, but less well than Panther. Which is OK, since it's really you're only option and as long as the river is on your right, you're fine. But large portions of this trail are heavily overgrown. To the point where you can't see the trail. And portions run right up to the river; one slip and you're getting wet. Those sections tend to go right over large rocks or climb up big tree roots, so that is not ideal. Again, some trail work to re-route the trail slightly here would make this part much more enjoyable. But this trail is largely flat, given its route, and only ascends when it turns inland. You'll climb one big ridge and then head downhill back to the trailhead.

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