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Morning Choice Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.8 (5) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A fun singletrack with two river crossings and some nice twists and turns.


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3.8

Miles

6.1

KM

96%

Runnable

375' 114 m

High

234' 71 m

Low

363' 111 m

Up

359' 109 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Wildlife

Overview

Highlights of the run include crossing a river in two locations either over stepping stones or just running through. There is a particularly fun section in the final mile where it gets quite twisty with plenty of tree branches to jump over. This section is quite technical really.

Description

Start the trail on soft, sandy singletrack before heading down a gnarly rooted descent to the first river crossing. Carry on up hill for a while and take the left turn for the Cascade Trail (signposted). Carry on this section and then go right and run along Old Track Loop, joining the Morning Choice Trail again before taking a left and getting back on to Old Track Loop.

Rejoin the Cascade Falls Trail and carry over some fallen trees then cross Norris Lane, where you may find a deer or two. Keep on the trail and be careful on the gnarly descent to a wider path, where you can go left or right. Right goes to the Cascade Falls, so turn left to carry on this route. Beware of mountain bikers too, as this looks like a fast section of the trail.

Go uphill towards Landing Road, and take a left where the trail narrows and carries on up a gently but long gradient. This part of the trail gets tricky, and you can easily lose the trail, so keep an eye on the map. The trail gets quite twisty at this point, which is super technical, but be careful if it has recently rained as some of the turns will be muddy and you might slip. Also, look out for fallen tree branches and overgrown foliage.

You'll come to the second river crossing after the twisty section, and you'll get wet here. Cross the river and head uphill on a fairly steep gradient, with added difficulty of some sandy bits at the beginning. This is the Lower Patapsco Connector. The trail widens a bit here and you're on the home stretch to rejoin Morning Choice Trail and reach the finish.

Flora & Fauna

Deer, butterflies.

Contacts

Shared By:

Chris Freeman

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  3.8 from 5 votes

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Stream cutting through Morning Choice Trail.
Sep 25, 2017 near West El…, MD
Morning Choice on a foggy morning
Sep 13, 2019 near Ilchester, MD
Great little hike to burn off some energy!
Nov 4, 2020 near West El…, MD

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Jun 22, 2020
Hendrik H
11h 38m
Dec 30, 2018
Kelcy Newell
Walked with Darwin 3.4mi
Nov 23, 2017
Kelcy Newell
Jogged first 3.5 miles
Nov 5, 2017
Kelcy Newell
Walked it this time. Be back to run it next 3.8mi
Oct 1, 2017
Cassie Kelly
Beautiful well maintained trail (really good visibility), just the trail markers disappear so it gets a little confusing. Had to keep checking map. 3.1mi