60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore
by Evan Balkan (Menasha Ridge Press)
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Nice variety of terrain and nice scenery even in February. Moderate level of difficulty. Some hills and rocks to climb over and there are sections where the trail isn't clearly marked. Some sections of the trail are narrow and there were some icy patches on this trip. I started and ended at the Bunker Hill road trail head. Headed around the west loop towards Pretty Boy Dam. Round trip about 3.5 hours.
A wonderful hike we take many times, and the seasonal changes always provide something new to see. We usually do just one side of the loop, not the whole thing. That makes for a pleasant few hours. We've put a Google Earth kmz file up with the east loop and some pictures. http://www.zakar.com/images/hikes/GunpowderFalls1July07/gpf.kmz
Very nice trail along the river most of the time. Except for 2 short uphills at the beginning very leveled. Great for hot summer days - the trees provide nice shade. You can even take a dip in the river as the locals do. Easy to follow trail except for couple of places where the vegetation took over.
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