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Patapsco Soapstone

Let's run in the Glen Artney area of Patapsco Valley State Park.

The route I have in mind: Soapstone, Santee, down Convent/Nunnery, Grist Mill, up Vineyard Spring, Soapstone out with an optional trip up/down Bull Run. Changes from the last time are: reverses Vineyard Spring and Nunnery hills, skips the overgrown trail from the top of Bull Run.

Total distance should be 5-6 miles, with some hills, roots, rocks, and minor stream crossings. If it rains, water crossings might be interesting, and by that I mean I will try to get ahead in position for some pics of others. ;)

A trail map is available online, courtesy the MD DNR:
http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/pdfs/patapsco_avalonmap.pdf  The run is in the purple/yellow/red splotch in the upper right.

There is parking along South Rolling Rd, where the Soapstone trail starts. Approximate address is listed as the address of the meetup. If that lot is full, park at the nearby Park-n-Ride (195 @ MD-166) and walk over.

If people are interested in eating afterwards, we can head into Catonsville to Chef Paolino's (726 Frederick Rd, one block North of the Frederick Rd and Bloomsbury/Ingelside Ave intersection).

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  • Karl

    I see from Chuck's GPS map that you guys did all of Nunnery/Convent hill, which also explains the mention of crossing a meadow. About 3/4 the way up Nunnery is a turn to the right (if you are climbing) down the hill through the woods, a stream crossing, and a merger back into Santee.

    If you go all the way to the top of Nunnery you come out by a barn and then I've always taken the road around to the Hilton area of Patapsco, where you can rejoin Santee at the power line.

    But, everybody made it back and that's the main goal of trail running; exploration is part of it. You aren't really ever lost if you're on a trail. ;)

    If any map readers are curious, the intended loop (Vineyard, Grist, Nunnery, Santee) is on the left of this map:
    http://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/504430069

    Anyway, I hope my ankle is healed up for the next one and I can show the missed turn. Or try the new route from Nunnery to Santee!

    June 19, 2014

  • Aimee G.

    Thanks for the slow pokes that showed up as it has been a while since I had anyone to run with. Please come back as I usually run the short 3.5 mile loop by myself. I only ran the long route so I know where it is when I come back on my own to run longer. Also I'm glad I finally found the Nunnery trail. I wasn't sure where it was. And the freeze pops were awesome.

    2 · June 18, 2014

  • Karl

    OK, I see Garmin revamped their website. Anyway, here is a link to my activities if anybody is interested in some other routes in Patapsco. I name all the Patapsco runs by their starting point (e.g. Patapsco CCBC, Patapsco Rockburn, etc.)

    http://connect.garmin.com/profile/klbarrus

    June 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there easy parking?

    June 18, 2014

    • Mark T

      There's a wide spot on the shoulder where people park head-in (not visible from aerial view on Google maid but street view shows it clearly). If that's full there's a park and ride across the street.

      June 18, 2014

    • Mark T

      Google maps, not maid.

      June 18, 2014

  • Annette

    Got a car situation going on.. Blair has to take the Subaru for the evening..and our Jeep is barely roadworthy for Annapolis city travel.. :(

    June 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am getting back into the running groove and too will be going a bit slow.

    June 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    What's the pace?

    June 16, 2014

    • Karl

      Slow... don't worry about being dropped or lost. My ankle hurts from the weekend and I might wind up near a walking pace!

      June 16, 2014

    • Aimee G.

      I will be tailing at super slow too. I have been studying up on your maps and made a few trips to the park so I think I follow your plan. No need to wait for me but I can be the sweeper.

      June 16, 2014

  • Suzanne

    My brother is in town and he's not a runner :(

    June 10, 2014

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