ElevationAscent: 156' 48 m
Descent: -142' -43 m
High: 1,029' 314 m
Low: 888' 271 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (1°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)
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“One of the nature trails near the Kensington Metropark Nature Center.”— Sarah Tr
As a warning, the managers at the Metropark seem to be making a change in how they label their trails. If you look at the maps online and at the older signs at some junctions, the Chickadee Trail is considered only a part of the trail mapped here, and the return loop goes down a different path entirely. However, new signs have been added at the parking lot and at every junction in the nature trail area, with 4 overlapping trail loops rather than several single-named trail sections.
The Chickadee Trail shown here represents the new trail, which matches the newest junction signs you'll see while running along the trail. Because of the changes in the trail labeling, the old signs can be very confusing; the new trail goes along what the old signs label as the Fox Trail, along the east side of the loop, and one of the legs of the old Chickadee Loop has been relabeled as a shortcut instead. See the trail photo of the center-north junction for help figuring out the right path to take to follow the trail as advertised.
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