Soapstone Trail

MODERATE 14 reviews

Soapstone Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Glenartney, Maryland that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.

DISTANCE
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
406 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

21 days ago

Hiked in dusting of snow with medium pack and micro spikes (not really needed but the description of this route was severe). Several frozen creek crossings. Very nice hike but this is NOT AT ALL DIFFICULT. This trail is easy to moderate at worst. Not sure where the description above came from. There have been changes to this trail over the years - perhaps this description was of an older version that was much more difficult.

The purple blazes were well marked. Because the route was much easier than expected, I also took the advice of another post and added Bull Run trail which branches off left as a yellow blaze about half way down the Sandstone outbound leg. That leg was great but beware marking issues at extreme northwest end.

walking
2 months ago

Excellent views of plant life and wildlife.

4 months ago

Beautiful. Challenging. Fun. Fantastic trail and so peaceful. Try the Bull Run Trail for steep elevation to mix it up a bit.

hiking
5 months ago

I hiked the loop late in the evening on a weekday and this trail was crowded with hikers and lots of bikers. The new trail section is in way better shape then the old one. Even two days after a storm and the trail is in very bad shape with washouts everywhere. The mud is also being spread out due to all the bikers in this area. You have many feeder stream crossings and in some spots the trail is also becoming the stream.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice hike.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice scenery and very polite people there.

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

9 months ago