Patapsco Valley State Park Glen Artney Area

Catonsville, Maryland

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Take in the best of the Glen Artney Area: two branches of the Patapsco River, mature forest, and Lost Lake. The trailhead leads onto Soapstone Branch Trail. A long, flat ridge drops off both sides of the trail, with Soapstone Branch to the right and very big beech trees all around. Just before 0.2 miles, the trail heads into a very deep gully; follow it down to level ground. Soapstone Branch is just a trickle here—small and narrow, but running clear.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore

by Evan Balkan (Menasha Ridge Press)

Take in the best of the Glen Artney Area: two branches of the Patapsco River, mature forest, and Lost Lake. The trailhead leads onto Soapstone Branch Trail.

A long, flat ridge drops off both sides of the trail, with Soapstone Branch to the right and very big beech trees all around. Just before 0.2 miles, the trail heads into a very deep gully; follow it down to level ground. Soapstone Branch is just a trickle here—small and narrow, but running clear.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Catonsville
Distance: 4.9
Elevation Gain: 300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5–2 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Patapsco Valley State Park
Local Maps: USGS Relay
Driving Directions: Directions to Patapsco Valley State Park: Glen Artney Area

Recent Trail Reviews

1/1/2010
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Peaceful escape from suburbia. Some stream crossings require some balancing. I "jogged" the trail in "road running" shoes when the snow was melting so you won't need any hardcore gear. The directions I found useless other than to get to the trail head. There's some park BBQ spots with asphalt parking smack in the middle. Buzzkill. I pretty much said screw the directions and just explored. Maybe the third go I'll have the trail/map mastered and can take some friends. Don't take this as complaining. I love being in the outdoors. Just want to prepare any of you control freaks that expect things to go as planned. :) The author could have made the map better by drawing the streams. The land marks/reference points weren't enough.



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