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Muddy Branch Trail

Intermediate
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A muddy trail from Gaithersburg down to the Potomac.


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9.5

Miles

15.3

KM

Point to Point

362' 110 m

High

179' 55 m

Low

487' 149 m

Up

615' 188 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek

Park hours are sunrise to sunset.

Description

This trail is not typically used by hikers and is more heavily used by mountain bikers. Hikers tend to favor other trails in the park as this one is commonly very muddy and can be a bit of challenge if you're looking to keep your feet dry.

Start at the small parking lot on the south side of 28 (1/2 of a block west of 28 and Dufief Dr.). The trail stays pretty much level along the Muddy Branch Creek and is well marked. The trail crosses Quince Orchard Road and then Turkey Foot Rd, and upon meeting Esworthy, you have to hike along that road (in a northwest direction) for about 4 blocks to pick the trail up again off to the left. The trail keeps following the Muddy Branch Creek, with more ups and downs in places until it reaches Blockhouse Point Park. From there, hike down to C&O Canal parking area at Pennyfield Lock Rd.

In all, this hike encompasses an almost 9 mile journey on mostly singletrack in the thick of Gaithersburg/Potomac. It's popular with mountain bikers though so be aware of your surroundings and of other users on the road.

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Mar 20, 2021
Matt G
Apr 6, 2020
Cheyenne Matthews
Dec 18, 2018
Ricardas Balaisys
Apr 29, 2018
Stephanie Cash
Started at Muddy Branch, walked 4.5 miles to Query Mill bridges and returned to parking lot. Few hikers, about 10 bikers. Trail is well marked. 9mi
Dec 4, 2017
Tonya Sue