Quarry Mirror Loop
ElevationAscent: 144' 44 m
Descent: -144' -44 m
High: 350' 107 m
Low: 218' 66 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)
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“Picturesque trail that graduates from beginner to intermediate to difficult.”— Cheryl Ladota
Family Friendly An easy hike along the river with lots to explore.
The first section of this ride is relatively easy. It begins in the forest and quickly meets up with the river. There are a few stream crossings with wooden bridges. The trail is only a few feet from the water's edge making for many beautiful views worth stopping for to snap a pic. There are a few tight switchbacks and thick roots, but a beginner should be able to handle it.
This section of the trail ends when you reach the tall concrete barrier of Bel Air Road bridge. Do not attempt to get to the Bel Air Road trailhead from here. Instead, follow the trail to the left as it runs along the barrier and then begins to ascend deeper into the forest.
This section is more challenging and you'll understand why it is a quarry trail. There are steep climbs, some rock gardens, and a few longer uphill climbs. You'll pass a nice viewpoint marked by a crumbling wooden shack. Head up to the shack to take a look down into the forest. Another steep climb will lead to the top of the trail, which is marked by another lookout spot.
The remainder of the trail moves into much more difficult territory. The descent back down to the river begins with a few steep rock gardens before the track levels out. There are tight switchbacks and some 6-10 inch logs to jump. You'll descend another rock garden before entering the final descent. It's a great spot to view the rushing river through the trees. Head down a very narrow, rocky track with a steep drop off on the left. This will take you back down to the river.
Land Manager: Maryland DNR - Gunpowder Falls State Park