Gunpowder Falls State Park in the Lost Pond Area Trails! An Easy Side of Moderate 4.3 Miles with Optional Post Hike Meal
"Hike through the most beautiful floodplain along Gunpowder River and then traverse upland forest to the sight of an abandoned millpond, now lost to the forest floor. The trail is mostly single-track, dirt surface; with varied terrain, and most really a fantastic get-away-from-it-all hike. It follows the floodplain (level) then climbs some hills to loop back for its return." There are minor stream crossing on this hike so some might prefer to wear water shoes in the summer, although there are stepping stones for getting across and the water is usually not even over the ankle and I have never seen it above my calf. Levels are lower to non existent in the winter.
Click here to see photos from a past hike on this trail!
We break down into groups no larger than 15 hikers per leader/sweep team for a more enjoyable experience for all of us and is better for the environment. Large groups really take away from the hiking experience. This also allows us to offer a variety of hike paces and for this particular hike you have 2 to choose from which allows us to be put together with those of a similar pace. Paces should be not only based on your preference but also ability needs to be taken into consideration.
Pace Option 1: A "walk in the woods" or "social" pace which is great for those who want to soak up the nature and/or transitioning to longer hikes and will be about 2.0mph.
Pace Option 2: A moderate pace of about 2.5mph (most common pace).
PLEASE put your pace preference in your RSVP so we can plan accordingly
Nearby City: Perry Hall
Length: 4.3 total miles
Trail Type: Out-and-Back with a loop (otherwise known as a lollipop configuration)
Scenery: Gunpowder River, Upland Forest and lot of interesting rocks, including pot rocks (see natural features below)!
Exposure: Mostly Shade
Traffic: Light to Moderate
Trail Surface: Packed Dirt
Skill Level: Easy to moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Trailhead Elev: 110 feet
Top Elev: 140 feet
Local Contacts: Gunpowder Falls State Park
Piedmont river valley gorge along the Big Gunpowder Falls, beech hardwood forest, trail crosses the Broad Run, a large scenic tributary. A rapids section along the river is nicknamed "Pot Rocks," due to deep potholes created in the river bedrock from water action/erosion.
A nearby trail passes the site of the Carroll Sawmill ruins and mill race c. 1833. The Lost Pond Trail visits an abandoned mill pond. The trail passes Long Calm, a fort on the Big Gunpowder Falls used before 1692. In 1754 a ferry was used to cross the river at this spot. Lafayette with his troops camped at Long Calm while passing through during the American Revolution.
We hike rain, snow, or shine! Click here to see the forecast for where we will be hiking!
Savage Station Carpool
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If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location in the comment section below. Click here for suggested carpool locations complete with directions. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment - by just offering a ride!
Directions to the Trailhead
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Hike is at 10:00 a.m.
Carpool time from Savage is 9:00 a.m.
Please remember we are a social hiking group that values fellowship and camaraderie and practice good hike etiquette. We take breaks as necessary and have at least one guide in the front in addition to a "sweeper" in the back and which means that no hiker is left behind. If you get upset because someone has to rest at the top of a hill etc. then find another group! We are very supportive, encouraging, and focus on safety while getting or staying fit on the trail and practicing leaving no trace.
Fido is Welcome on this Hike!
Let's have good times and please remember to take the leaders phone number with you in case you have trouble locating us!