Mount Washington Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"From its beginnings in the 1850s, Mount Washington was billed as a country place to escape the heat and grime of the city. With the advent of streetcars, Mount Washington became a place where one could do just that: enjoy the bucolic beauty and fresh air, but still be connected to downtown by the relatively short ride. H. L. Mencken’s family was just one of Baltimore’s many leading families who used to retreat to Mount Washington. (Even Al Capone, being treated at Union Memorial Hospital after his release from the Lewisburg Pen, got himself a house on Pimlico Road; ultimately, in a show of appreciation to the only hospital that would treat him, Capone planted a weeping cherry tree at the hospital, where it stands to this day. Only in Baltimore.) Walking around the tree-lined streets of Mount Washington, one is immediately struck by the obvious signs of community and neighborhood care. There is a palpable feeling here that the residents are all in on the same happy fantasy. Civility, tolerance, and diversity are buzzwords. The Mount Washington Improvement Association dates to 1885, making it one of the oldest such associations in the nation. It is as vigorous today as it has been for more than 125 years, and the signs of this are obvious all along this route."