Trail Run Project Logo

Loose Rock Loop

Extremely Difficult

Trail

0.5 mile 0.8 kilometer point to point
88% Runnable
Extremely Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 7' 2 m
Descent: -134' -41 m
High: 335' 102 m
Low: 204' 62 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)

Dogs

Leashed
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Patapsco Heritage Greenway

Difficult singletrack with long stretches of loose rocks that make for challenging footing.

Patapsco Heritage Greenway

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek

Runner Notes

Loose footing on western half of trail; take care especially on slopes.

Description

This trail branches off of the Charcoal Loop Trail and offers something of the opposite to the easy-going Charcoal. The path is generally flat with minor obstacles for the east half of the way, until the trail takes a sharp turn right and heads downhill. This descent is particularly steep in sections and the trail surface is often covered in loose stones.

This combination makes for a precarious run, and even experienced runners should take care with their footing along this trail. With little vegetation in the understory, even in the summer, this trail can also be easily lost as it is not clearly blazed in all areas. The final stretch of this trail parallels a small stream with a pronounced gorge, offering views and the occasional swimming spot.

If you are staying in the Hilton Campground and are looking for a more challenging alternative to the Charcoal Loop Trail, this is it.

Run this trail?

We need help with the following missing trail information:

Need to Know, Flora & Fauna

Is something wrong? Let us know. Have photos to share? Help fellow runners know what's here.

Contacts

Rate This Trail

Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Trail

Check In

Check-Ins

none

Trail Ratings

  3.0 from 1 vote

#27052

Overall
  3.0 from 1 vote
5 Star
0%
4 Star
0%
3 Star
100%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Trail Rankings

#475

in Maryland

#27,052

Overall
4 Views Last Month
11 Since Jul 29, 2019
Extremely Difficult

0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
100%

Photos

Water feature along the Sawmill Branch Trail.
Jul 30, 2019 near Ilchester, MD
Small waterfalls and cascades just upstream from the Santee Branch Trail.
Sep 14, 2019 near Ilchester, MD

0 Comments

Trail Run Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Running