Go south (downstream) on the paved bike for 0.25 miles before picking up the Valley Trail on your left. Cross Beach Dr and Park Rd and follow the Valley Trail for 2.2 miles, crossing Broad Branch Rd, passing Pulpit Rock and Boundary Bridge, before reaching the park police station near Military Rd. Cross Rock Creek on Military Rd and pick up the trail paralleling Rock Creek (which will now be on your right). Follow this upstream to Milkhouse Ford and then bear left up the hill.
After a short climb along a creek, take a left onto the Western Ridge Trail trail and follow this south past Fort DeRussy, Military Rd, and the nature center, before dropping down to Broad Branch Rd and Beach Dr. Cross Rock Creek and pick up the trail on the left immediately after the bridge. Follow this trail 0.25 miles to Pulpit Rock, where you take a hard right back onto the Valley Trail and follow this back to Peirce Mill.
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Last updated January 22, 2023