Patapsco Sawmill Trail

MODERATE 2 reviews
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Patapsco Sawmill Trail is a 2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Patapsco Woods, Maryland that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
160 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

muddy

rocky

scramble

snow

washed out

off trail

The Sawmill Trail (RED) has an up or down terrain pending your direction and features a stone tunnel you walk through if you start at the Swinging Bridge and walk up from the Grist Mill trail, there is a stream crossing at the very top of the trail where this main section ended. Beware of rainy conditions because you may NOT be able to cross safely. The trail is a Foot Trail ONLY due to being narrow and on the side of the mountain. There are roots, rocks, down trees and boulders to climb over. Tricky trail when wet and muddy. At the top of this section you can turn left and connect to the Sawmill Branch, which will take you to the HILLTOP area. If you cross the stream and go right you connect to the Santee Trail (White), which takes you up to the HILTON area. Note: Great section for TRAINING. Much like the AT. Trail.

hiking
1 month ago

After staying home for a few days because of the rain it was time to hit the trails. Temperatures today almost hit the 60 degree mark. I decided to hike the high trails today because they always dry out fast. Out of the 3.2 miles of this loop I completed today, only 5% of it had mud. This is by far my favorite loop in the Orange Grove and Hilton Area. Sawmill trail has water cascading on it and a cool rock hop boulder scramble. The Santee, Pig Run and Forest Glen are like hiking the AT with lots of rocks. If you like the best of the best then hike this loop. I created a map last year of this complete area of the park. Message me at baltoken@yahoo.com for a copy.

1 month ago