Milkhouse Ford Loop
ElevationAscent: 253' 77 m
Descent: -257' -78 m
High: 344' 105 m
Low: 147' 45 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)
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“Explore a less visited part of the park with several worthwhile historic points of interest.”— Megan W
Proceed downhill eastwards to the creek through brushy thickets. Upon turning north onto Black Horse Trail (Central), catch views of Rock Creek, picnic area #6, and Beach Drive. Soon you'll pass an open field and Miller Cabin (named after the eccentric poet Joaquin Miller who lived here in the 1880's). Continuing north, you'll arrive at Milkhouse Ford, a relatively shallow spot where vehicles used to drive across the creek. Up until 1950's, this was the only way to cross Rock Creek.
Join Cross Trail #5 heading uphill to the west. Take the Western Ridge Trail south, following the green blazes. Recross Military Road and complete the loop by ending back at the Nature Center.
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Land Manager: National Park Service, Rock Creek Park