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I hiked two different locations in one day. Although it was extreme hot at the other location I got a break here. Garrett's Pass and most of the Cascade Trail was shaded and there was a nice breeze. This side of the river (in the heat - 92 Degrees ) is the best shade area up to about 2PM. I hiked ALL of both trails. Garrett's Pass is 2.6 miles just one way so I took a break at the stream up by Landing Rd. and soaked my feet in the cold stream. The last half a mile of this loop was all rocks leading to the Falls. When the Falls gets crowded I hike the bypass trail right after them. The trail goes directly down to the Restrooms. It's a steep downhill run. **** I found one baby TICK on me today. **** Start spraying !! Beware of any hanging bushes that you may bush up on during your hike.

21 days ago

The easiest section of my track today was the loop around Rochburn ( Purple ) trail. There are many big ups and downs on this trails. The Ridge trail section near the Old Connector is extremely rocky. The Three Sister's trail is truly the Morning Choice because it's brazed in (Yellow ). So is the Old Connector. As an option you could also choose to hike the View Valley ( White ) trail because it has better views of the Valley. The Ridge ( Orange ) is in the middle of the woods.

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!

I originally was going to head directly up Water Bars ( Ridge Sign Posted ) to the Three Sisters 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.

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

3 months ago

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

It straight to my point.

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.

4 months ago

Beautiful hike. Short but worth it. Parking is not abundant. the ruins are beautiful even as they are, defaced by graffiti. It all has an halo of mystery around. Totally worth checking it.

absolutely amazing..well worth going to explore

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.

I love this spot. There aren't any markings on the trail. I always just follow the stairs up as far as I can go and at the very top of the hill make a right. It says no dogs, but I have brought mine both times- there aren't any signs that say dogs aren't allow. Very interesting spot.

7 months ago

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

9 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
10 months ago

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

10 months ago

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

10 days ago

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