Morning Choice and Rockburn Branch
ElevationAscent: 325' 99 m
Descent: -325' -99 m
High: 333' 102 m
Low: 137' 42 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)
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“A hike with decent singletrack, river crossings and some twisting, technical turns.”— Chris Freeman
About 500m past the second Old Track Loop trail entrance, take a left. It is not very obvious and not signposted. Carry on through the forest, into open land, hugging the edge of the field. You'll see a ruined building in the woods after this open area. Another open area comes up and then back into the forest for some twisty singletrack before heading down hill into the Avalon Area. At the intersection, continue straight on, now following the purple blazed trail.
Now on Rockburn Branch Trail, follow it round and when you come to a wooden bridge on the trail, keep to the left. Continue until you come to a thin tree with a purple blaze. The trail to the left isn't obvious, but you'll see it if prepared. Soon you'll come to a river crossing, and there are stepping stones to go across, or if the temperatures are good, just splash straight through!
Keep hiking along the trail, and at this point, there are some short and steep uphill sections with rocks. Cross the lane and carry on the trail for the home stretch. Beware that if the trail is wet at this point, it can be quite tricky to complete this without taking a few strategic navigation stops. I had to contemplate the best route a fair bit when it was too muddy to hike straight through. Furthermore, this section is popular with mountain bike riders so there will be tire tracks to contend with. Just watch your footing here. You'll soon come to a junction where you take a left and hike 100m to the finish.
Land Manager: Maryland Dept Natural Resources