Dulaney Valley Loop - TRAIL

Dulaney Valley Loop - Trail, Lutherville, Maryland

enter the woods on the left and start the climb up the fire road. When you cross the first stream crossing you can either turn right and head down by the water or stay kind of straight( a little left) and climb up to the top on some fun singletrack. Both ways eventually get you to the power lines. Half way up (or down) is a fire road entering the woods again. You can follow this all the way to Merryman's Road and turn right. After crossing a unique metal bridge you can enter the woods a mile or so down the road at a red metal, fence.( I believe this is the second fence you see?!?) This fire road takes you all the way to another road where you turn right and descend to the reservoir, cross the bridge, and return to your car. It is really a nice diversion to Loch Raven if you are burned out on it. If anyone is interested in going here, but doesn't want to get lost email me and we can hit it together!

User Reviews (14)

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Jllaclair   Cross Country Rider [Sep 14, 2003]

I ride this trail twice a week, unfortunatly their is not a slection for this. There are 3 distinct loops at Loch Raven to ride. The first posting will be on what's known as the Seminary Loop. This is a great single track trail ride and can take you from 13 miles round trip or more.

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Take Dulaney Valley exit off 695 and head North to Seminary Rd. Turn Left onto Seminary and park on the Shoulder. Once your on your bike, go to the instersection of Dulaney and Seminary, cross the intersection, you will see a short trail that runs parallel to Seminary Rd. As soon as you start going up the first hill, there is a trail of single track to your left. Follow this trail - there is a point on the trail that comes to a Y. Bear to your left and then you come to another Y. Bear to your right. You should be following the single track near the water. The trail then comes to sometimes a swampy area if it has been raining. go high and around the swampy area and pick up the trail. The trail will dump you out at the big stream crossing on the fire road. Cross the stream and go up the hill. Bear to your left and enter the single track... Always follow the route closesrt to the waters edge. You will cross over a small stream and come to an instersection. Turn left to follow the water - this will take you to Sam's Grave. Continue to follow the waters edge and you will go up a Large hill. There are many side trails to take off the fire rd at this point from the L or R

Similar Products Used: Another large loop 15 miles is Further down Dulaney Valley rd. You will see a small parking area near the bridge that spans over Loch Raven Resevoir. Park if you can at the parking lot. Cross the brid
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alanB   [Sep 29, 1999]

Definitely fun and challenging. Less crowded than Seminary Loop.

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I like this loop as a substitute for the Seminary Loop. It has great views, nice climbs, few horses, and some tight technical singletrack.

Similar Products Used: Gunpowder, Robert E. Lee Park, Mckeldin area
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Mark S.   [Jan 16, 2000]

Good mix of fire trail, single track and climbs. For intermediate skilled riders.

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Enter trail off of Jarrettsville Pike just n. of bridge.

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tony   [Feb 23, 2000]

this is a good work out. it can be done as a loop as originally explained or done as an out and back. i prefer the later, it is more challenging as an out and back. as originally described, once you cross the first stream crossing and climb the hill to the left (straight ahead) you can go staight ahead and you will be on the spider web trail (self explanatory) a fun trail that has some technical spots. this will bring you out by the power lines at the top of the hill. If you turn right once you start up the hill (before the spider web trail) you will have a nice (short) downhill that brings you out on the white rocky fire road. go across the road and follow the trail into the woods again. this is all single track that will bring you out by the power lines by the water. continue across the power lines and back into the woods and follow the single track to the double track. make a right and after some climbing make a right across the stream and continue. this will eventually bring you out on merryman mill rd.(i believe). take a break and head back.

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Dave Matlin   [Mar 05, 2000]

a smooth, fun trail with varying conditions, from singletrack to fire roads. can be difficult at times. we did it in about an hour, but we stopped a lot.

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i took the trail to the right (when your in the parking lot) and it was a somewhat tough singletrack to a stream, where it branches off in 3 or 4 places. i took the far right trail, and stayed right along the resivior pretty much until i hit the power lines, where it weaves in and out of the woods, then branches off to the bottow of a fun looking downhill in the field, really steep. if you go right at the intersection, you take a trail up around the hill through the woods into the field where the powerlines are, where you can go to the top of the downhill, or go right and up to a single track into the woods that eventually takes you down a really fun downhill singletrack that meets up with the trailhead after the stream, near the parking lot. follow the trail to the road and youre back. im sure there are a thousand ways to do this section, since many trails branch off and meet one another along the way.

Similar Products Used: other loch raven trails (possibilities are endless if you are in the loch raven area), gunpowder trails (especially the ones off of belair road, near kingsville)
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Darren   [Apr 02, 2000]

This trail is excellent. The singletrack begins with a very steep technical downhill, and proceeds to work back thru the watershed. Lots of good views, lots of logs, but unfortunately lots of glass near the fisherman trails. A couple killer climbs to get your legs working, too. Overall, a nicer loop than the Seminary Ave loop, because it is much more technical and much more challenging. Alot of the trail is little more than a footpath, but every bit of it is ride worthy.

Customer Service

Park on the far side of the bridge, and bike up Jarretsville Pike about a mile. Enter fireroad on the left with the metal gate. Singletrack starts about 100 yards on your left. Stick to singeltrack until you get to Warren Road, then make a left and cross bridge. Take singletrack up long hill and work your way back to your car. 12 miles.

Similar Products Used: Seminary & Avalon.
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phil mccracken   [Jul 06, 2000]

this section of loch raven is virtually undiscovered and comtains some of the best technical singletrack around. i'm not sure if maps are available for many of the smaller trails, but we rode a brutal 12 mile loop that ended at the parking area on the south side of the dulaney bridge. first of all, many of the trails ride along ridges overlooking the resovior and the veiws are awesome. as for the trails, we saw some of everything from stream crossongs, narrow technical singletrack, steep steep down hills, killer climbs, logs, built up logs, etc... definitely not for beginners! i would rate this trail avanced only or for very brave intermediates. there is a downhill under the powerlines that is as tough as it gets! steep trail with loose dirt, big rocks, rain gulleys, drop off's ect. me and my buddy both crashed pretty hard. for experts only! i've never made it all the way down but i'll keep trying!

Customer Service

park on north side of dullaney valley bridge. bike 1 mile up the hill and look for chained off trail on the right. follow the fire road for a little bit and watch out for the narrow singletrack on the left.

Similar Products Used: park south of the bridge and try the loop the other way. not as fun because you have to go up some of the best down hills comming the other way but still a great choice!
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  [Feb 22, 2001]

Great trails. A litte bit of everything. Not for beginners.

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From 83N take the Timonium Rd exit and head east. Cross over York rd. and take Timonium all the way until you come to a stoplight. Turn left onto Dulaney Valley Rd. and follow it all the way until you get to the bridge. After you cross the bridge if you yield left the rd. becomes Jarretsville Pike. About 1.3 miles up the road there will be a red or orange gate on the left hand side of the road. Start there. Head to the right. Follow it for a while and you will come out on Merrymans Mill rd. Turn left and cross this bridge. After you cross about 1 mile or less on the left there will be another red or orange gate. Continue here. Make only left turns. You will end up at the south side of the Dulaney Valley Rd bridge. Cross the bridge and bike back to your car.

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tim finnegan   [Apr 13, 2001]

not as technical as some would have you believe. perhaps i am retarded, but i could not find a way to get to the top of downhill under the power lines besides walking up it with my heavy ass bike on my back. that's the only difficult part.
but it is very nice and fast, there's like one rocky part that is technical, but that's for less than a quarter mile.
i like beans.

Customer Service

make a delicious sandwich, go to the trail head, it is clearly marked by a dropkick murphys sticker, take the trail to the left and eat delicious sandwich at some point before it gets nasty.

Similar Products Used: robert e lee if you have absolutely no time, the other side of the damn at loch raven, and the stairs behind bloomberg at hopkins.
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Darren   [Oct 18, 2001]

This trail has always been the best that Loch Raven has to offer, but in the last year it has gotten even better. The singletrack that begins after the guardrail on Jarretsville Pike is brand new, and very technical. You pretty much follow fast singletrack the whole way around the resorvoir to Warren Rd. Whenever possible, keep making lefts and aim to stay near the water, and you will never get lost.

The best new stuff is North Shore type ramps and dropoffs towards the Warren Rd area. There are 6 or so ramps built up, some as high as 10' in the air. Someone even built a teeter-totter on a fallen tree, which you ride for 40-50' or so. Excellent stuff. Some nice drop-offs, too.

Overall, a great trail, just as good as anything at Patapsco...technical, scenic, some long hills for climbing and descending, lots of logs, and plenty of stream crossings. You will feel tired when you finish it, it's an up and down 14 miles, especially the second half. Go ride it before the City of Baltimore closes down the resorvoir for good.

Customer Service

Park at north end of Dulaney Valley Road bridge, where Dulaney Valley splits into two roads (there is a flashing traffic signal). The trail actually begins immediately on Jarretsville Pike, on the left, where the road guardrail ends, about 50' from your car. Follow singletrack counter clockwise, around water, to Warren Rd. Cross old iron bridge on Warren Rd, and make left onto fire road. Follow trails back to Dulaney Valle rd. Roughly a 14 mile trail, 70% singletrack, 30% fireroad.

Similar Products Used: Gunpowder off of Harford Rd is cool: flat, but has some good rock gardens. Robert E Lee is fun to mess around with. Patapsco rules.
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