Soapstone, Santee Branch, Bull Run Loop
ElevationAscent: 436' 133 m
Descent: -425' -130 m
High: 311' 95 m
Low: 96' 29 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)
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“This hike links up three fun trails into a challenging but short loop.”— Chris Freeman
The Santee Branch to Bull Run Connector is next, but this route deviates a bit from the published trail on maps. Parts are narrow as you go through meadows of wildflowers and butterflies. The downhill sections are steep, rocky, and with stuck out roots, so be careful here.
You'll eventually cross a larger stream over stepping stones before paralleling the Soapstone Trail for the final leg to the finish. Watch out for mountain bikers and other hikers, especially in the narrow sections.
Land Manager: Maryland Dept Natural Resources