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Lake Bernard Frank Loop

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 4.3 (14) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A loop hike around Lake Bernard Frank in the Meadowside area of Rock Creek Regional Park.


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3.5

Miles

5.7

KM

Loop

400' 122 m

High

315' 96 m

Low

301' 92 m

Up

300' 91 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

A nice hike on well-maintained trails that makes a loop around Lake Bernard Frank with plenty of spots to view the lake and surrounding countryside.

Description

From the Trailway Dr. entrance of the park, the hike follows the Lakeside Trail north, first on an old road bed, then on a crushed gravel fire road. Just over a mile in, it crosses Rock Creek on rock hop (can be difficult in times of high water) and then joins the Muncaster Mill Trail on the far bank.

From the crossing, the hike proceeds north briefly before ascending to the Meadowside Nature center on a short unnamed spur trail. From the nature center, it then proceeds south/west on the Rocky Ridge Trail and Meadow Trail back to the Muncaster Mill Trail which it follows west to the Old Nasty Trail. The Muncaster Mill Trail parallels the North Branch of Rock Creek south on a dirt singletrack path eventually veering west away from the creek just above Lake Bernard Frank.

The hike continues south and west on the Old Nasty Trail which is a short but steep rutted singletrack trail leading from Lake Bernard Frank to the upper Muncaster Mill Trail. It eventually rejoining the Lakeside Trail at mile 1.7. On the far side of the lake, the trail crosses the dam, then passes a spur trail to the Rock Creek Trail before bearing back around to the north and rejoining the old road and proceeding back to Trailway Dr. Rock Creek Trail is a great leisurely trail to hike. It is maintained quite well and there are a few restrooms and water fountains along the trail. Be ready, however, as the trail is slightly hilly.

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  4.3 from 14 votes

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Photos

View of reservoir tower
Aug 25, 2015 near Rossmoor, MD
Crossing of the North Branch of Rock Creek.
Oct 14, 2015 near Rossmoor, MD
Lake Frank in the fall.
Oct 23, 2015 near Rossmoor, MD

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Apr 18, 2020
Rebecca Lawrence
The start point (and thus driving directions) is bad; no parking there. Ample parking in the lots to the north and west sides of the loop.
Apr 12, 2020
Hex Knouff
Apr 6, 2020
Md Ahsan
May 26, 2019
Justin Shore
May 5, 2019
JD Foster
Mar 5, 2019
Md Ahsan
Jul 9, 2018
William Smiley
4mi
May 12, 2018
Claire Sea
Nice trail, two stream crossings 3.5mi