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hiking
12 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
22 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.

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 ( 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.

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.

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