Ridge Trail

MODERATE 1 reviews
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Ridge Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ilchester, Maryland that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
869 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

forest

river

waterfall

rocky

Fun, challenging trail that runs along the top of the ridge along the Patapsco River. Parts are buffed out, but much of the trail is technical single track and can be quite rocky. Trail is used by both hikers/runners and mountain bikers. Not many views during the summer, but probably in the late fall or winter, when leaves are gone. Southern trailhead starts right off River Road ~0.25 mile from the shelter/campground. Northern trailhead intersects with the Cascade Falls Trail right at the falls. Cross the falls and ~0.25 miles down the ridge on the Cascade Falls Trail you come back to River Road at the swinging bridge.

trail running
13 days ago

Very fun and technical run along this trail. I started at the southern end, which begins right off River Road. The initial climb is tough, but not awful. Once up on the ridge, the trail gains and loses elevation and winds through the forest. Some really fun descents mixed in as well. There are a couple ruins along the way, which is cool. The trail ends and intersects with the Cascade Falls Trail right at the waterfall itself. There are a couple small creek crossings too that are probably more pronounced after good rains.

The falls were busy when I was there (Sunday late morning, about 11am), but probably much less so if you go during the work week.

While I encountered a few mountain bikers along the way, the trail was busiest within ~0.25 mile of the falls, unsurprisingly. More hikers and bikers here. The trail itself is mostly rocky, technical single track from the southern trailhead to about 0.5 mile from the falls, when it buffs out a bit more.

Highly recommended for hikers, runners, or bikers. Hard to believe you're 15 minutes from downtown Baltimore when you're in the middle of this trail.