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Nice trail, unfortunately the red trail part was closed.

simple trail to get fresh air before spring arrives.

Beautiful day out and the park got super crowded. It was so crowded the DNR was working the gate. Bikers and Hikers where everywhere. Great to see so many people out and about. I first hiked up old River Rd. to check on the dam removing progress. On my way back I decided to climb the Bike Buster trail to short cut my way to the Falls. To avoid much of the Cascade Falls trail I took the upper trails then came back down the Cascade. This way I did have to go up and back on the crowded Falls trail.

Great Saturday morning hike. I wouldn’t call the loop a hard hike, maybe a medium hike.

Nice views easy flat trail

Great walk a few stream crossings
Looking forward to coming back once grass is greener

I have hiked this trail quite a few times. There are a few steep hills but overall it’s a great hike!

Started from the Carderock Recreation Area, combined Billy Goat Trail A, B, and C with the Overlook Trail, made a nice 10 mike hike. Carderock has a lot more parking spaces than Anglers.

Really easy Hike! I was looking for a quick hike to take my dogs on today to let them blow some energy and this was perfect for it! Trails are easy to follow. Loved that there was water so my Aussie could swim!

Not a tough hike, but it's different than most hikes in MD that I've done. The terrain changes at several different parts of the trail, which is a nice change of scenery on a decently long hike! Really beautiful and bonus - there's a little history here, so if you have time it's worth stopping to read the signs and check out the sights for a little MD history!

Views weren’t great. the waterfall was nice, but wasn’t part of the extended loop

The falls were a disappointment, and it was difficult to get a good view anyway because there were railings preventing you from getting close.

just beautiful...watch your ankles...but.just beautiful

8 days ago

Great hike. Started off on the purple trial and then completed the white trail. Broke my ankle at the end but would definitely hike it again.

Takes about an hour and half. Great views of the Potomac. Could be slippery after a rain event. Technical sections require climbing over downed trees and crossing over water in at least 2 areas.

First attended the Maple Syrup Festival at Cunningham Falls State Park, then I hiked this trail. There were nice views of the waterfalls. This was a very nice hike.

Great hike with beautiful scenery and nice trails

This loop truly has 3 parking options. You can park on S. Rolling Rd. or use 2 locations inside the park. 1 spot would be near the Lost Lake Pond and you would hike up through the tunnel. Another option is to drive through the tunnel and go straight up to the end where the Soapstone main trailhead is. There is a restroom and water in that location but it's closed in the winter. The Soapstone trail has many small feeder streams so beware of the weather. It can and stay muddy for days. The main Soapstone trail is very heavily use due to the college track team and also bikers. I recommend using the New Alternate Soapstone trails. There is also a New Overgrown trail that now connects to the mid-switchback section of the Bull Run. At the bottom of Bull Run heading to the Bike Jumper is a larger stream crossing. Manageable under normal conditions. The Bike Jumper is a good climb up which leads you to the main intersection of the trail junction. The Vineyard Trail, Fire Rd., Santee Branch and main Santee. If you take the Vineyard trail you can expand this loop by including the Grist Mill back to the pond and up. The Santee Branch or Fire Rd. leads you back towards the Park drive which you will hike on for a small section. There are a few break off trail you could choose to make this loop a bit smaller. When I hike this loop in the evening I park at the Trailhead in the park so when I finish I have dinner at one of the Pavilions. There is even a playground area for the kids.

on White Trail

12 days ago

Easy/moderate trail. Great view!

Went on a gorgeous early March day. Saw tons of birds and the river/canal/falls were all beautiful. Unfortunately section A was closed due to flooding, and sections B and C were fun but pretty easy. All in all a nice day!

15 days ago

Went here for a hike with my husband and even though part of the trail was closed due to flooding it was a nice hike.

Easy hike. Beautiful falls

Juno the Golden Retriever loved the trail. Nice ups and downs, nothing too strenuous and for kids (and kids at heart) there is a Gold Mine to see from the outside. if you are hiking with little folk, turn left at the loop, the gold mine is closer that way.

we did the whole loop. Beautiful Forrest and ridges.

15 days ago

I can see where this would be a difficult trail to follow during full foliage. I loved this hike, and we added the green blazed trail toward the end. The easiest place to park and pick up the trail is at the Nature Center, not the entrance as marked on the AllTrails map. Recommended for leashed pups. Be warned, the trail may not be officially open for the season yet and the insane windstorms this week downed trees which makes for a bit of awkward and sometimes difficult bushwhacking to get around the obstacles. This was a serene, quiet and gorgeous hike on a 50 degree winter day. Note: it is about 50% wilderness, 50% obviously suburban with homes along the park. It did not significantly detract from the experience, since the beautiful river, marsh, stream and pond views more than made up for it.

15 days ago

Good loop on a beautiful afternoon. Views of the river with the sparkling sun were photo worthy.
The mill race was interesting to see. Next time I think I will go down stream to the mill. Saw hikers, runners, and a couple of bikers. It was not crowded. Trail in good shape.

15 days ago

It’s more of a moderate trail rather than easy because the walk back up is terrible

Well marked trails. Good parking. No bathrooms.

17 days ago

We took the Patapsco-Thru Trail north to Route-40 Bridge, went under the bridge, connected with Pickall Trail, stayed along the Patasco River the whole time, then went under the I-70 Bridge, until reached the Hollifield Road Bridge. 4.1 miles long each way. The trail is easy to follow and fairly leveled. 1/3 mile of the trail south of Route-40 is on a paved road (Oella Ave). It took us 3 hours to complete the 8.2-mile out&back hike.

Some nice views of the Potomac. Watched a few kayakers doing their thing. Section A was unfortunately closed due to flooding, so section B was the backup hike. Only bumped into 2 other people on the trail. Saw a good number of deer on the towpath back to Anglers.

The weather has been great ( High 50's ) for 2 days but they are calling for rain again. The park is getting more crowded and there was quite a few hikers on the trails. I am still dealing with foot pain so my speed and mileage is limited at this time. If you are a Pro member of All/Trails you may want to load the OCM layer before you hike. Garrett's Pass is an unmarked / unlisted trail and only shows up on that layer. I hiked this loop in reverse to knock out the hard climb first but there is a bunch of switchbacks that make it easy that way. ( Want a Map: baltoken@yahoo.com )

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