Soapstone Trail

MODERATE 78 reviews

Soapstone Trail is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Catonsville, Maryland that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
524 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

muddy

rocky

washed out

Directions from Baltimore, MD: Travel Interstate 695 to U.S. Highway 40 / West Frederick Road exit. Proceed 2 miles. Turn left on South Rolling Road. Proceed just past the I-195 Park and Ride and park on the right side of the road. Trailhead is located just to the right of the wide section of the shoulder. Chances are cars will already be parked there.

hiking
2 days ago

Sweat-e Hike before the storm. 86 degrees but the feels like was 97. Boy was it Hot.
Check Out my Recent Recording. I decided to hike a few new sections of the Soapstone and Overgrown Trails. One section of the loop I hiked is a trail the bikers use quite a bit but the looping section is a New Cut trail. This section has just been shaved out and it looks like they are marking out even more.

hiking
14 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

This one was a workout! Definitely a "moderate" rated hike, not really a stroll through the woods. Lots of up and downs, rooted trails, cross creeks, and variations of terrain. On this Thursday I passed maybe six or seven folks throughout the whole loop during the four o'clock hour. Trails were a bit muddy in spots, two days after a rain. Sneakers were not the correct shoes to navigate through the mud; I was slipping quite a bit out there. I had to constantly watch the map on my phone, as the trail markings were not obvious in some spots. There were a lot of intersections that were not marked, so you either had to guess and backtrack, or check the map on the phone. Keep this in mind on your journey. The falls pictured on this trail's description are not seen on this loop, not sure where they are in this park.

hiking
25 days ago

A few parts of this loop were closed and/or overgrown. Several crossings are not well marked so we ended up doing a lot of backtracking. Ran into a few other hikers with the same problem. Would be a 4 star hike with better trail maintenance.

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backpacking
1 month ago

Check Out my Recent Recording.
Only in the Mid 60’s with a nice breeze outside. I am getting ready for a 65 Mile hiking trip on the Appalachian Trail so today I had a full pack on me. The Soapstone trail (PURPLE) is a gradual incline or decline pending your direction. There are many small stream crossings so beware of the weather. It’s smart to use Trekking pole when crossing. ¾ of the way up is a trail known as Overgrown. This trail will connect you to the top of Bull Run (ORANGE), Stay to the right and follow the trail down to the stream crossing. On the climb up you are now on the Bike Jumper Trail (YELLOW). When you get to the Fire Road go onto the Santee Trail, which is (WHITE) and on your right. This leads you to a Park Road and you are now heading back. You can take the Soapstone short or the long Inner trail back to the start.

backpacking
1 month ago

trail running
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hiking
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hiking
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hiking
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hiking
2 months ago

This was an ok trail just to start out with. Not a ton of great views. (your walking down into a valley). Tons of people with pets and bikers.

2 months ago

walking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Great terrain changes.Fun hike.

4 months ago