Lake Montebello-Herring Run Park Trail

Baltimore, Maryland

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Stroll around the busy urban retreat of Lake Montebello and then plunge into the thick woods surrounding Herring Run, a forested marvel surrounded by a mass of humanity. Since I was heading left in my car, by natural inclination I headed left on foot as well, but I soon realized this was incorrect. Several signs along the route make the traffic pattern clear: automobiles on the farthest left, heading clockwise; bikers and in-line skaters in the next circle toward the lake heading clockwise as well; and then walkers in the innermost circle, closest to the lake, heading counterclockwise. I also soon realized that it didn’t much matter as there’s plenty of room in any case, and no one shot me dirty looks for heading in the wrong direction. But if you’re a stickler for order, head right, not left, after you park. That said, be aware that the mileage markers around the lake are clockwise.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore

by Evan Balkan (Menasha Ridge Press)

Stroll around the busy urban retreat of Lake Montebello and then plunge into the thick woods surrounding Herring Run, a forested marvel surrounded by a mass of humanity. Since I was heading left in my car, by natural inclination I headed left on foot as well, but I soon realized this was incorrect.

Several signs along the route make the traffic pattern clear: automobiles on the farthest left, heading clockwise; bikers and in-line skaters in the next circle toward the lake heading clockwise as well; and then walkers in the innermost circle, closest to the lake, heading counterclockwise. I also soon realized that it didn’t much matter as there’s plenty of room in any case, and no one shot me dirty looks for heading in the wrong direction. But if you’re a stickler for order, head right, not left, after you park. That said, be aware that the mileage markers around the lake are clockwise.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Baltimore
Distance: 3.7
Elevation Gain: 110 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 50 feet
Top Elevation: 130 feet
Local Contacts: Lake Montebello-Herring Run Park
Local Maps: USGS Baltimore East
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Montebello-Herring Run Park Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/20/2010
0

I felt vulnerable there as a woman alone- I walked to and from bus stops in tough neighborhoods in Philly for years my instincts are tuned. Other than that -what a joy to hear running water-see some sights there is nothing like being outdoors and walking to cure what ails you just stay alert


6/15/2010
0

I hike here weekly. The hiking through Herring Run Park is interesting. You can just stay on the main semi-paved trail which is easy but lovely or you can take some of the trails into the woods. Unfortunately none of them really connect and all end up on the street. (It is surrounded by city neighborhoods (safe neighborhoods.) The biggest problem is that the Herring Run stream is extremely polluted. It is also great for biking if you include Lake Montebello. It is a great space in the middle of the city.


6/23/2009
1

I entered the Herring Run Trail at the Park Entrance just off Harford Rd. It took me 40 minutes to walk the loop, crossing Herring Run at Bel Air Rd and returning. It was a lovely asphalt trail following Herring Run. Most of it was in the trees but it also skirted some open areas and athletic fields. Lake Montebello is a crowded recreation track and hikers may wish to avoid it.



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