Vineyard Soapstone Loop

MODERATE 9 reviews
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Vineyard Soapstone Loop is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Glenartney, Maryland that features a lake 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
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
344 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

This trail loop has many options in regard to parking. You can park at the top of S. Rolling Rd., also Lost Lake Pond or drive through the Stone Tunnel straight up to the Soapstone Trail-head. There is a restroom and water fountain up at the Soapstone Trail-head and also a spot-a-pot at the pond (Lost Lake), which is location at the Gristmill Trail-head. The trail itself has many small stream crossings so beware of the weather due to stream flow. This entire loop is rated for bikers and hikers so be kind and share the trail. The Soapstone section can get a bit muddy in spots due to bikers riding through the water. This loop consists of multiple trails, which are well marked but you need to follow the record track unless you wish to shorten it. One of the easiest things about this loop is that a half a mile of it is paved, which can be a great ended to an enjoyable day.

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23 days ago

Wow, It's been quite a bit since I hiked the (Original) Soapstone and Overgrown. I truly recommend using a few of the new trails. The Soapstone is the most used and muddiest trail in the Glen Artney area of the park. There is multi stream crossing and they continue to get worse because of the bikers. If you are heading up the Soapstone, turn right onto the Starstruck (Alt.) trail. It's higher and dryer !! If you are hiking the old Overgrown then be sure to spray for ticks before you go. It's really Overgrown. The new Overgrown is in better shape but it connects to the Bull Run near the Switchbacks which is the opposite side if you are heading to the Bike Jumper. The Bike Jumper is your biggest climb but the stream is a great resting spot before you head up. When you get to the fire road intersection you can shorten your trip if you head back down the Santee Branch. I basically live in the park and hiked over 400 miles last year. I created a map a few years ago of this complete area of the park. Message me at baltoken@yahoo.com for a copy.

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