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Intermediate Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.0 (2)

A mountain trail, well-maintained, beautiful scenery, including leafy woods and misty reservoir.


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Map Key

1.5

Miles

2.5

KM

Point to Point

1,021' 311 m

High

770' 235 m

Low

252' 77 m

Up

282' 86 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

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

September through February: only open on Sundays due to hunting season. Closed in extreme weather (d'oh); and after heavy rains.

Description

A beautiful trail in all seasons, with wildflowers in the spring and summer months, classic East Coast autumns, and sparsely green, snowy winters. The trail begins near the Rainbow Lake Reservoir; a misty vista is visible from higher points on the trail.

This trail is part of the Emmitsburg Multi-Use Trails, stewarded by M.O.R.E. (Maryland Off-Road Enthusiasts). Also featured on the sister site, MTB Project, the Intermediate Trail is part of a larger tour in the Catoctin Mountains.

Frequented by trail-runners, hikers, and mountain-bikers alike, the trail is gaining in popularity but still mostly under the radar (was featured in Dirt Rag Issue #189 in 2015).

You'll be happy to claim this trail as your new favorite: for bragging rights, the gorgeous landscapes, the climb, and the next-day soreness after said climb.

It's probably the prettiest "hill" hike you'll do; take advantage ASAP.

Flora & Fauna

Turkeys! (For real.)

Wildflowers galore, all sorts of trees and brush; woodsy. Also, it's a mountain trail, so please dress appropriate should you try the ill-fated "hike-and-'gram" and end up in an off-trail thicket.

Contacts

Land Manager: Town of Emmitsburg

Shared By:

C/M/L O'Donnell

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  4.0 from 2 votes

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#176

in Maryland

#12,148

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Feb 10, 2019
philip lz
Dec 29, 2018
Dan Hunter
Rained nite before. A bit muddy. Plenty of wildlife. Not much of a vista as indicated.
Jul 9, 2018
Erika Anderson
1.6mi