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The Connector Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 5.0 (2)

A smorgasbord of natural rock features and machine built trail linking Rainbow Lake to town.


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3.2

Miles

5.1

KM

Point to Point

935' 285 m

High

505' 154 m

Low

480' 146 m

Up

193' 59 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Unknown

During hunting season, the Emmitsburg trails are only open Sundaysbe aware of posted signage.

Description

The orange-blazed Connector Trail climbs over the ridgeline and brings users down to the foot of the mountain, connecting the road to downtown Emmitsburg with Rainbow Lake's trails via singletrack! The Trail Conservancy, the lead trail builder and community partner, went to great lengths to make this trails climbs and downhills very rewarding. Beginning with a rocky climb and ridge hike from Hampton Valley Road, the trail gradually descends and dials up the rolling nature of the trail becoming virtually rock free in the last mile or so of trail.

On the way down, the trail crosses Crystal Fountain Road before ending at the Annandale Road trailhead. Please use caution when crossing the road or turning around!

Once at the bottom of the trail, users can hike on he road into Emmitsburg for refreshments or double back up the trail or Hampton Valley Road and return to Rainbow Lake. Ultimately, this trail will continue past Annandale Road and connect to the town's Community Park, but for now it makes an awesome out and back. Check out the town and MORE's websites for updates!

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Ryan Delaney

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