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Belmont Trail

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A natural trail through a land trust.


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Map Key

1.6

Miles

2.6

KM

Singletrack

277' 84 m

High

134' 41 m

Low

43' 13 m

Up

147' 45 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

6%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

The park closes at dusk.

Description

From the Landing Road Trailhead, turn right and start on the Belmont Trail. A few hundred feet in, you'll see a left turn, that is Nacho Mama. Nacho Mama parallels Belmont, and Nacho Mama is the more intermediate/advanced route with logs, harder stream crossings, and much more winding. Belmont is the easier alternate.

Near the start of the trail, there are a few easier log overs, but don't be discouraged, it gets easier. After the log overs, cross a field under powerlines (downhill!), and then have a stream crossing followed by a slight uphill (a sort of switchback with some steep roots, but with ride arounds so you don't have to do the steps unless you want to).

Once at the top of this hill, you get a nice little downhill again to a small creek bed. This area is one of the notorious "wet areas" a lot of us talk about. Afterwards, there is a slight up/flat section which takes you to Belmont Road.

After crossing Belmont Road you get a flat, root-strewn section which parallels Belmont Road. This area is a swamp in the spring, and should be avoided (again a notorious usually wet area).

Once you get past this root-laden/flat section, you'll see a trail come in on your left (this is where Nacho Mama rejoins Belmont). Right after that, you'll see a sign which states you are on private property. This is where the Rockburn Trust begins, and the trail is no longer maintained by the state park.

After this sign, you get a downhill section in what effectively is a washed-out gully. During the winter and spring, this trail changes dramatically. It is not until mid-summer that a true singletrack line starts to emerge again. As such, care must be taken while flying downhill. There are spots where there are exposed roots which, if you do not clear or go around, will throw you from your bike. The downhill ends at a short, steep uphill, followed by some technical, flowing stuff with tons of roots.

Once at the bottom of the trail, you'll come to a stream crossing which is about 20' wide and usually is pretty deep (i.e. half a 29er tire / wet feet deep). During the summer, this is not usually an issue, but come fall/winter you better have waterproof/warm shoes on, or walk it.

After crossing the stream, you have a pretty steep, uphill climb with a couple of log overs (ramped) and some roots and then you meet up with the Rockburn loop.

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Craig Pool

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Photos

A full tour of Lower Patapsco
Nov 28, 2016 near West El…, MD
Fast section.
Oct 26, 2016 near West El…, MD
Mike braving the trails in the snow.
Nov 28, 2016 near West El…, MD
Just a video of the Belmon/Rockburn/Hop the Snake Trail I shot years ago.
Dec 15, 2016 near West El…, MD
Nice spot to take a breather along the stream
Oct 26, 2017 near West El…, MD

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Aug 23, 2020
Cory Dauses
Linked up to morning choice
Aug 11, 2020
Bob Woodruff
A bit muddy and quite rutted in sections. Water was 4-6 inches deep in the streams. — 2h 30m
Aug 27, 2018
Jon Guth
Oct 26, 2017
Cheryl Ladota
First time on this trail. Water running high.
Feb 24, 2017
Scott Woycio

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