Gunpowder trail (Blue and Yellow) - Trail, Baltimore, Maryland

Gunpowder trail (Blue and Yellow) - Trail, Baltimore, Maryland

DESCRIPTION

100% technical singletrack for intermediate/advanced riders. Can get muddy all year round except summer. Blue loop (5 miles) has lots of rocks, fallen trees and a fairly deep (depending on time of year, 10"-24" deep) steam crossing. Yellow loop (1.5 miles) is a nice, fairly steep loop up and back down.

USER REVIEWS

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[Feb 24, 2008]
Stu
Weekend Warrior

I thought this trail sucked. The markings are poor and I did get lost. Eventually found my way back. Lots of hikers etc which took some of the fun out of the traverse. The really rocky sections are almost unridable, the overlook to the swimming area was cool. Definitely a nice place to ride and cool off on a hot day but I will not bother again when I have such great other trails.

Customer Service

Beats me...I got lost a couple of times...the trail markings just vanished.

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Seminary rules. McKeldin is fine too.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 11, 2007]
Bunny5b
Weekend Warrior

The trail condition was okay. Not very muddy. There were a couple crazy down hill descents, but nothing really worth while. If you have never ridden there, it's worth checking out just for a change.

Customer Service

Get away from the river unless your looking for a senic route.

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Loch Raven (Seminary Loop)

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 19, 2003]
Seaschell
Weekend Warrior

Although I am an interemediate rider, I have ridden the Gunpowder trail in Perry Hall at least 7-8 times. Overall, it is fairly flat on the blue trail (towards Rt. 7) and white trail (towards Harford Road)...but their are parts with tons of jagged rocks. Some of these sections are so rocky, that you probably should pick up your bike and just walk over the rocks (or at least I am not good enough yet to peddle over these rocks). The course winds along the Gunpowder river which is very nice in the hot summer. If you like, you can stop and take a dip in the river. I asked some of the locals and a lot of folks swim in the calmer river areas during the summer.

Customer Service

I recommend the white trail which heads towards Harford Road. It seems a lot less rocky than the blue trail. However, if you take the blue trail, there is a yellow trail that does provide a great climb and descent back to the blue trail.

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Try the Gunpowder river trail near Sweet Air. It is located off of Mountain Road in Fallston.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Aug 17, 2003]
Tom
Cross Country Rider

This trail is ok, its single/double track, there are lots of small stream crossings, but they may dry up if it hasn't rained. The trail isfairly short, and can be very crowded on nice days. There is a cool rope swing that is over the water about a mile into it, although i wouldn't try it unless the river is high. The trail is well groomed, but with lots of mud pits. It was hard to get a good ride in because of all of the hikers.

Customer Service

Go all the way to the end of the blue trail, and then ride out on the loops on the way back.

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loch raven is a killer tail (do the one by semminary road) And also try rober e lee park, because the halfpipe, and the jumps section is great.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Nov 17, 1998]
Bikebreath

The Blue is mostly flat, but tough and technical. I was reluctant to post this trail for fear it would get over used. Please treat it with care. Maryland Association of Mountain Bike Operatores, {MAMBO], have done extensive work to be proud of, as you will see. No ride arounds and no sikding please. Of course no ridding on the hikers, stop and say hello. You will only see hikers for the first 2 miles anyway. Only Hans Rey can ride this trail with no dabs.

Customer Service

I usually ride the Blue Trail on the north side, east and come back the south side north, [clockwise]. But, I rode it the in the other direction for the first two weeks ago and it was like a new trail. Both ways are 4 star!!!

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Bikes are allowed on one other area and that is catty corner from the parking lot. That's and out and back that is also flat and technical. Worth the effort if you want an additional 9 mile ride.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 30, 1998]
Pat

Considering this trial is only a ten minute drive from 695, it is great. Much more rocky than any trail i have ridden in northern Balitmore County. If only it was longer. All in all a good trail.

Customer Service

Just follow the trail markers.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 22, 1999]
Woog

I considered myself to be an intermediate rider but this trail kicked my but. Being only 5 miles it did not wear me out, but it had everything from rocks, roots, logs, trees, and mud to two feet deep streams, big dips into mud and water and extremely technical riding all throughout. I was not sure what to think and was not in the right frame of focus at first but the first mile sharpened me up quick.
Having gone down hard once, and stopping to assess the situation a couple of times, this trail kicked my but (but now that I know what to expect I'll be back).
Very Challenging Trail, not for the beginner. Excellent to build technique and form. Stay focussed!
Another reviewer commented on another trail caty-corner across the highway for an extra 9 miles. Excellent ride!

Customer Service

Blue

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[May 26, 1999]
Gunpowder rider

I don't think this is not a very technical trail. Which means I am either very good or that who ever else wrote the other reviews is riding another trail.
I towards the end of the trail it does get a bit rocky but not that bad. There are hikers everywhere till the first stream ( its really just a trickle of water that runs across the trail that is easily ride-able)where they decide to turn back. It is one of my favorite trails but be warned! after a place called pot rocks the trail on the right side of the river the last time I rode it was in pretty bad shape.

Customer Service

The left side.

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OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Mar 05, 2000]
Dave Matlin

lots of fun either way you go, but also can get really rocky and tough, too.

Customer Service

go to parking on belair road. you're only supposed to go on the trails to the right side of the road, but if it isnt too crowded, go on the left side up the stocksdale (sp?) trail, or any of the trails that go up that hill, they are fun to go down on. otherwise just hit the trails on the parking lot side of the road. i took the white trail to I-95 and it was hard enough.

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two words: LOCH RAVEN!!!!!!!!, also try the gunpowder over on the harford road side, theres a parking lot there too, right by the harford road bridge, norh of cub hill road

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 29, 2000]
matt

This trail is not too difficult, a nice one to get started on though. Don't expect to ride the entire way flawlessly. There are a few areas with some pretty rocky conditions, and some very muddy parts. This trail stays wet for a long time, so don't go after a rainstorm if you don't want to get really dirty. There is a fun stream to cross, as well as a deep puddle of mud. There is a bridge you can cross if you don't want to ride in the mud puddle, but what fun is that. You can't go on the other side of the road, because it's an animal reserve, but you can go on the other side of the creek. Just cross via the bridge right at the parking lot.

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lock raven-fast and long.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
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