7/19/14: Patapsco Valley State Park

posted Jul 18, 2014, 8:27 AM by Emily Clay

Meet Up

This is one of my favorite locations that HMT visits, and the weather should be beautiful this weekend! We'll meet at 8 AM under the railroad on Ilchester Road. There's a small parking lot here. If it's full there are other places to park along Ilchester. Keep an eye out for "no parking" signs, though. If using GPS, the address "98 Ilchester Road, Ellicott City" should take you where you want to go. 

There are full bathrooms on this route as well as a pit toilet. There is also a water fountain by the bathrooms. 
 

Patapsco parking


Route

Marathon

This week is a step up to twelve miles. You might want to think about carrying a gel or other form of calories. Definitely bring water!


This route is pretty straightforward: 
  • Follow the Grist Mill Trail till it ends at a back road.
  • Follow this road until you get to Gun Road (no street sign), which crosses the river on your right. 
  • Cross the river and make a right onto River Road. 
  • Follow River Road till it ends at the swinging bridge, and continue onto the paved/gravel trail that picks up at the road's terminus.
  • The trail ends at the dam. Turn around and come back the way you ran out.

Half Marathon


You'll run a little over 6 miles, mostly with the marathoners (but you get to take a shortcut back).
  • Follow the Grist Mill Trail till it ends at a back road.
  • Follow this road until you get to Gun Road (no street sign), which crosses the river on your right. 
  • Cross the river and make a right onto River Road. 
  • Follow River Road till it ends at the swinging bridge. Cross the bridge.
  • Take a left back onto the Grist Mill Trail and follow it back to the parking area.


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