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Lake Shore Trail

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Trail

3.3 mile 5.4 kilometer out and back
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 114' 35 m
Descent: -113' -34 m
High: 379' 116 m
Low: 351' 107 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 6% (4°)

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Follow the shore of Clopper Lake for a fast and fun three miles.

Kenneth Janosko

Features Fall Colors · Lake · Wildlife

Overview

Easily accessible singletrack location in Montgomery County, which can be hard to find. A fine trail with lots of smaller ascents and descents. Some technical sections with rocks and roots but otherwise a fast fun trail. Lots of access points in the park.

Intersects with the Seneca Creek Greenway if you're looking for more mileage.

If parking is full the trail can be accessed from multiple points including the Boathouse, Main Picnic area, and Kingfisher Overlook. It can also be accessed with about 0.1-0.2 miles on the Mink Hollow Trail from most of the picnic and pavilion sites.

Need to Know

This trail can be busy on weekends but is usually pretty quiet. Follow the blue blazes and you'll be fine.

Description

From the trailhead, you'll go down a short gravel path to the main trail. Cross the bridge to your right and get ready for a rooty section with some downed trees. A few hills later, you'll come out on a clearing at the boat house.

Cross the roundabout and look for a path going off through the meadow and back into the woods. The trail will split off to your right at a set of benches. You'll cross another opening then head back into the woods.

One more long climb and then you'll descend towards a gravel path across the dam. Keep an eye out for the trail at the other end of the dam. It's been re-routed recently.

A few trails intersect here, so keep an eye for the blue blazes and enjoy the roller coaster of rises and falls.

Follow the trail the rest of the way around the lake and you'll find yourself back at the gravel path you started on.

Flora & Fauna

Usually the standard deer and birds for the Maryland suburbs, but have also seen a few foxes and large turtles on occasion.

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Jun 9, 2019
J Weitzner
Very nice trail. Totally worth the $3 to get into the park. 3.7mi
Jan 1, 2019
Michael Wagner
Little muddy. Saw some bald eagles. 3.3mi — 1h 30m
Dec 17, 2018
Ricardas Balaisys
Oct 7, 2018
Ana Pedroso
3.5mi
Sep 8, 2018
yao Chen
3.4mi
May 28, 2018
Mary Hart
3.3mi
Apr 20, 2018
Erika Anderson
Feb 24, 2018
Laura D
3.3mi

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  4.3 from 15 votes

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Photos

Seneca Fall Reflections.
Jun 1, 2015 near Gaither…, MD
colorful wildlife
Jan 16, 2018 near Germantown, MD
View of Clopper Lake from the end of the trail near the parking lot.
May 8, 2015 near Germantown, MD
Clopper Lake Panorama
May 20, 2015 near Gaither…, MD
Clopper Lake Feeder Stream
Jun 1, 2015 near Gaither…, MD
Early morning trail
May 27, 2015 near Gaither…, MD

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