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Oregon Ridge Park

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Hop into Oregon Ridge Park for a forested respite from urban life.


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4.4

Miles

7.0

KM

Loop

632' 193 m

High

358' 109 m

Low

523' 160 m

Up

524' 160 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views

Overview

This hike is a modified loop that combines Loggers Trail, Ivy Hill Trail, and Lake Trail. Along the loop, enjoy great views and a good bit of exercise. In summertime, the park offers an art and wine festival, so you can pencil in your hike for the morning and enjoy the wine festival in the afternoon.

Need to Know

There are several stream crossings, but water levels are normally low. As such, waterproof footwear is generally not needed.

Colored arrow markers were installed on the trails so the Red Trail, Tan Trail, Purple Trail, etc. is what we are calling the trails now. I am a trail guide and council member. We have plans for improvements to many of the trails with Austin Steo with Trails Conservancy.

Hikers have expressed their interests in having descriptions of the trails, length, difficulty and installing railings on the Orange Trail above the lake. I have asked if Justin can help with this so we can post on our website and have printed trail descriptions in the nature center for hikers to review before heading out into the park.

Description

Start from the parking lot and hike toward the Nature Center, then cross the bridge and turn right onto the red-blazed Loggers Trail. Turn right at the following T-intersection. In mid-July, keep your eyes peeled for a bunch of wild red berries growing just a few feet from the intersection. In less than a quarter mile, you'll cross a path over a gas pipeline to find the Shortcut Trail.

Turn right onto the white-blazed Shortcut Trail. After only a few minutes, the trail converges with the yellow-blazed Ivy Hill Trail.

Follow the Ivy Hill Trail for less than a quarter mile before crossing another pipeline path and descending the hill to hit a junction with the S. James Campbell Trail. Take a left and hike up to the hill to see a small pond, take a water/snack break, and enjoy the pleasant view.

When you're ready to continue on, head back on the trail to the junction and take a left onto the S. James Campbell Trail. This yellow-blazed trail will cross Baisman Run four times as it ascends a hill for less than a mile or so.

After eventually crossing another pipeline path, bear right onto the Loggers Trail at the following junction. The old ski slope will be on your right, which affords beautiful views of the Hunt Valley.

Now descending a hill, continue hiking along the Logger Trail to cross another pipeline path and reach a large junction.

At the junction, look for the orange-blazed Lake Trail. Follow the orange-blazed trail to cross a bridge and head uphill, with the lake on your right side, to end near the parking lot where you started.

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Shared By:

Moe Myint with improvements by Karen Jackson

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Photos

The trail travels along a small pond.
Jun 29, 2017 near Cockeys…, MD
The tread is quite smooth near the trailhead of the Oregon Ridge Logger Trail.
Feb 11, 2017 near Hunt Va…, MD

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Mar 6, 2022
Ryan Barnes
2h 00m
Oct 14, 2021
Loren O'Brien
4.9mi
Jul 5, 2021
Ryan Curran
Mar 8, 2021
Molly Stone
Jun 14, 2020
Karen Lips
Mar 23, 2019
S So
Little middy after it rains. Nice couple slow hills and a couple river crossings. Definitely wear hiking boots & waterproof ones preferred. Great hike 3.7mi — 1h 33m
Mar 3, 2019
S So
Very muddy. This has 3 river crossings & slow hills. Love it though. 3.5mi
Feb 16, 2019
David Gill-Boucher