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Loose Rock Loop

Very Difficult
 3.0 (1)

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


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0.5

Miles

0.8

KM

88%

Runnable

335' 102 m

High

204' 62 m

Low

7' 2 m

Up

134' 41 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Leashed

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Patapsco Heritage Greenway

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#475

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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
Loose Rocks to Sawmill Branch river crossing.
Sep 1, 2020 near Ilchester, MD

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