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Copperhead Run Trail

Intermediate
 4.0 (2)

A great short walking/running/biking trail above Northwest Branch Canyon.


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1.5

Miles

2.5

KM

92%

Runnable

258' 79 m

High

191' 58 m

Low

182' 55 m

Up

204' 62 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

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Need to Know

Park in the lot off northbound Colesville road just before the BP station.

Runner Notes

Excellent footing throughout.

Description

A packed dirt, 4-5 foot wide trail that skirts the northern rim of the Northwest Branch Canyon, with views to the south of the branch and occasional sightings of houses to the north. Excellent for the casual walker, runner or trail biker. Wooded and quiet throughout. Not very strenuous, but with enough ups and downs, excursions up stream chutes, and bumps and berms to keep things interesting.

The trail starts off the Rachel Carson Greenway Trail/Northwest Branch Trail a few hundred yards downstream of the parking lot on Colesville Road. If you want to descend to the canyon floor for a change of view or to make loops of different lengths you can take the short trails at Chutes 1, 2 and 3 that connect to the Rachel Carson Greenway Trail. (A more complete map is available at montgomeryparks.org/uploads…).

Flora & Fauna

Standard deer-browsed woodland, full of wild birds with an occasional deer.

Contacts

Shared By:

Michael Lichten

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Typical section of the Copperhead Run Trail.
Jun 13, 2020 near Four Co…, MD

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