Explore the most popular forest trails near Ilchester with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
8 days ago

I posted this loop under Ridge Trail mainly because it Features the (NEW) Ridge Extension trail that connects you near the Rockburn loop and the Main Ridge Trail. The NEW trail starts across the road at the middle of the Playground parking lot. The trail was just completed. The old way up was the Ridge (Waterbars) trail that is washed out, rocky and tons of roots. I don't mine coming down that old trail but it gets muddy. The loop I hiked today could be shorten if you don't hike Morning Choice or cut out the Rockburn Loop. Nice breezy day so I did a bit extra. The Park continues to get crowded early.

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. - There is now one parking lot open on the Glen Artney side. - Right before the Lost Lake Pond. - The pond area is CLOSED. - You can hike the park road up to the Soapstone Trail. - 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. - Across the park road by the Playground is the NEW extension of the Ridge Trail. It is now OPEN.

hiking
18 days ago

Howard County side is your best option. If you entry the Park for Washington Blvd. you will want to drive to the split and turn LEFT. Towards the Playground. The road up to the Swinging Bridge is open plus all the trails on that side of the stream is good to go. The Swinging Bridge is completely roped off so that you can't go on the other side of the Park. The Grist Mill trail and foot bridges are totally destroy. The Lost Lake Pond area is completely CLOSED but one small parking lot is open. The Soapstone trail is now open but you have to hike all the way up to the trailhead. The road is damaged.

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

Absolutely gorgeous falls and trail! I would go again!

Rockburn trail got pretty muddy towards where it meets Belmont Woods Rd. There were also a lot of cut down trees and tire tracks as if there was work being done in that area. I ended up splitting off onto the Nacho trail - which zig zags through the Forrest and will definitely make you feel like you’re crossing over your own path for a bit. You get lots of different views from mountainous, to rivers, fields and large empty spaces on this trail. Even came across a beautiful mansion with some farmland and what looked like other houses on the property. Definitely a great hike if you have a few hours to kill!

Haven’t done the full loop yet, but the first part is very fun and runnable.

hiking
4 months ago

A great hike, however the distance should be revised to 7.5 miles.

We saw some horseback riders which was really fun for my kids. The creek was partly frozen and we had to find a place to cross it going out and then back. We did get off course walking back by 10 minutes at one point... the trail must have split and we didn’t see it! Rolling hills were beautiful and there were a couple openings to big, beautiful, open fields.

Rockburn trail is a moderate scenic forest ride with a few sand traps, lots of roots and 4-6 inch logs to jump. Morning Choice is a hard ride with berms, stream crossings, tight switchbacks and constant 6-12 inch logs. Definitely a chance to work on skills.

Rockburn trail is a moderate scenic forest ride with a few sand traps, lots of roots and 4-6 inch logs to jump. Morning Choice is a hard ride with berms, stream crossings, tight switchbacks and constant 6-12 inch logs. Definitely a chance to work on skills.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice after work hike. The trail was a little muddy from yesterdays rain.

hiking
11 months ago

My friend and I started our hike at the Lost Lake parking lot. We started out on Grist Mill Trail. This trail was entirely paved (which was a little boring), but along the way, we spotted little viewing spots of the Patapsco River, tunnels underneath the train tracks, and even a few little tunnel-like passages that while I wouldn't recommend going into, were fascinating to see. At the swinging bridge off of Grist Mill, we crossed onto the Cascade Trail, which was much more rugged. It crossed streams and waterfalls many times and had lots of opportunities to explore the surrounding areas. This hike was only about 5 or 6 miles long but one of my favorites so far. As well as hiking, I was taking time to photograph some of the views.

trail running
Monday, July 10, 2017

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.

on Cascade Falls Trail

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Always nice quick escape at the end of a long day to see the falls.

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