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The Avalon Section of the Patapsco Valley State Park has reopening. The Howard County side is still your best option. Only the Soapstone trail is open on the Baltimore County side. Today, the park was super crowded again. Weekend Mad House. I HIKED up to the dam via the old River Rd. trail which is all flat The dam will be removed this September. I also HIKED the Bike Buster and Cascade Trail. They are becoming very rocky due to all the wash out from the recently storms. The upper Garrett's Pass along the ridge is still your best option if you want to avoid the crowded Cascade Falls.

All trails on the Howard County side of the park ( LEFT-SIDE) are OPEN. - I entered the park at 9AM in a backup of traffic. - The cool breeze crowded the park so early that the place was overcrowded by 1PM. - They stopped cars from coming in. - Maybe best to show up 3 hours before the park closes, which is 8:20PM. - Update: 7/29/2018 The Glen Artney side road is NOW open. The pond area is CLOSED. - You can now drive up to the Soapstone Trailhead. - It's the only trail open on the Baltimore County side of the park. - Grist Mill trail is CLOSED. - It's in very bad shape. - All the footbridges are washed out.

This was a really nice trail. Some parts aren't marked very well, but it doesn't take a lot to figure it out. It connects with other trails, so use your trail map tracker to stay on the right path.

Amazing trail and absolutely beautiful. Some of the hills are steep, but overall an amazing tail.

I originally was going to head directly up Water Bars ( Ridge Sign Posted ) to the Three Sisters ( Morning Choice ) trail then rap around to one of the connectors then return back on the Valley View trail. You can extend this loop by simply hiking to the second (Green) connector. A bunch of people were digging and working on the NEW trail, which will be a extension of the Ridge trail which will work it's way over to the Playground. I am soon going to hike the Flagged trail to scope things out. My recent recording of that section is the right hook part of the track. Some of the trail section is completed but not open to pubic yet. I did shoot a few pictures that shows part of the NEW trails. It was Very Windy up top today.

11 months ago