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This hike follows the upper and lower grades of the rail line that once served the quarry site. Hiking south along the upper grade, you will pass the quarry sites, large sandstone blocks stacked like cordwood waiting for trains that will never come, and a section of horst. You will also find piles of smaller rocks along the trail. Too small for construction purposes, these were crushed to make cement or road-building material. Mosses, ferns, and liverworts grow on narrow ledges of the sandstone walls, moistened by water seeping from cracks in the rock. Small trees also grow out from the sheer wall where they can find a roothold. Bird’s-eye Primrose, which have been found in only one other place in Minnesota, grow in the quarry site.

About halfway along the upper portion of the Quarry Loop Trail, the hike leaves the river gorge on the Deadman Trail. On the higher ground beyond the rim of the river gorge is a northern hardwood forest of maple, oak, basswood, and some aspen, with little pine. This section of the hike contrasts with the landscape of the river gorge. After a 1.9 mile circuit along the Deadman, High Bluff, and Wolf Creek trails, the hike resumes on the Quarry Loop Trail.


On the leeward (downwind) southern and western slopes, Baltimore Metro Map conditions are drier. Wettest areas include the southern peninsula and northern plains and mountains. The driest Baltimore Metro Map parts of the country are in a belt that extends from the western part of the northern peninsula, southward to Port-au-Prince. In the far northwest, only about 20 inches (51 cm) of rain falls in some locations. The frequent tropical storms that strike Haiti often result in torrential rainfall that surges down deforested mountain slopes and causes massive flooding. In 1963, Hurricane Flora dropped as much as 57 inches (145 cm) of rain over parts of the country.

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