Loch Raven - Trail, Towson, Maryland

Loch Raven - Trail, Towson, Maryland

DESCRIPTION

mostly smooth, hilly terrain. much of it is double track, with scattered singletrack. some roots and rocks, but generally on the easier side, technically speaking. some challenging and steep hills, but most are fairly short. the downhills can get very fast. these trails are crowded, so watch for other users!

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 30, 2009]
tcapri87
Cross Country Rider

Easily the best place to ride in northern baltimore county. Three main loops to do in this area. The easiest and most used is where people park on Seminary at a church on Seminary Ave right near Dulaney Valley Road. Known as the Seminary section, has nice flat singletrack with a variety of technical parts to test your skills. About 15-17 miles of singletrack between Seminary ave without crossing over to the Providence road side of the trail. The singletrack starts off the fire road when you start. Make a left and go for two miles until you reach the main creek crossing. Cross over and continue down singletrack left. About 2 miles after the creek, you can start choosing different sections to ride. Features to check out are the big log rollovers all along the main singletrack, slalom trail, point trail and the log park. All are right off the fire road.
The Providence Road trails are the hillier sections of trails that are on the southern part of the reservoir. A mix of singletrack and fire road. Can also go into Cromwell, which doesnt allow bikes to get to the top of the ridge. Pretty straight foward for the first two miles. Can also go to cromwell bridge road and make a left. Keep following the road around over the bridge and make a left into the first driveway. At the end of the driveway is a fire road that leads to the backside portion of the trails. Pretty hilly as well with mostly fire road as the main trails. Pretty hard considering all the hills. Pretty straight foward and hard to get lost. Dont forget to go up the ridge trail which is a right about 2 miles into the providence fire road and go up to the top of the ridge. Make a right and follow the singletrack around to the rocky downhill. The most fun feature in this part of the trail. It is hard as it is steep and very rocky. With providence connected to the backside, about 12-13 miles are accessible in this part of the trail.
The hardest trails at Loch Raven are up the road at the split of Dulaney Valley Road, right over the bridge. Make a U turn after making a left over the bridge and park on the shoulder of the road. This trail is on both sides of the reservoir north of the bridge. Very hilly and technical no matter which route you take. Merryman's route is given below.

Customer Service

For the merryman's route, go into the first singletrack right after the guard rail on jarrettsville pike. Runs parrallel the whole lenght of the first fire road. On some parts of the fire road, but the singletrack is easily accessible and hard to miss off of the fire road. Coming to the final fire road make a right and then a left to go down a downhill leading to Warren Road Bridge. Go across the bridge and downhill until the trailhead about a half mile down the road. Very hilly section with a wicked downhill at the end of the fire road. When getting to the first intersection make a left or right. Either way will take you back. Making a right you go under a log and take a nice singletrack climb up followed by a very fun section of rolling singletrack. Going left, it leads you to technical singletrack along the shore of the reservoir lake.
Doing the Tour de Raven is a 30+ mile ride that links all the trails together. Do Seminary followed by Providence and the backside. Take Loch Raven Drive by making a right when done the backside and you get to the road. Continue straight onto dulaney valley road and this leads you to the merryman's loop. Take dulaney valley back to church.

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Patapsco, Jerusalem Mills, Robert E Lee maybe. Sweet Air. Gunpowder off of bel air road. About an hour drive up I95, but well worth the ride is the trails at fair hill.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 14, 2004]
kenjiprice
Cross Country Rider

CLAIFICATION: previous comments on this review address 3 different start points/trail heads. While all reviews give great insight, they may be confusing as there are many LOCH RAVEN trails systems.

Customer Service

see "Loch Raven - area".

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Any of the Patapsco Valley State Park Areas.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 16, 1998]
Drevil

It is mostly fire road and this is a great place if you just want to crank on your mountain bike. There are a lot of hills and gravel so check your speed.

Customer Service

The St. Mary's loop, starting at the church.

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The trail around the lake a little further north up the road. I think it is called the Merryman's loop. This is also a lot of fun, but less crowded. You do have to ride on the road to make it a complete loop, but it is worth the 5 minute longer drive up the road from the church.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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[Oct 18, 1998]
Bikebreath

[Please note: Directions should say Providence Rd. north,Exit 28 from 695, rather than Dulaney Valley RD.]

Customer Service

Leave from the car and continue north, as paved road bends left and decends, enter the woods on the right.
There are trails on both side of the roads.

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North on Dulaney Valley Rd. exit ,appox. 3.25 miles. Jsut past Bosley Rd., park on the left, [cautious crossing to small parking area]. Proceed stright into woods.

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3
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 08, 1998]
RedRover

Great trails for beginners or anyone who wants a good aerobic workout without killing themselves. Decent variety of trails on fire road with only about 10-20% single-track. There are numerous other entrances to the trail system that I would recommend finding, especially because riders entering from Seminary have been known to come back on occasion with tacks stuck in their tires. Apparently, somebody doesn't want us there. It goes without saying, but don't ride without patch, pump and extra tube.

Customer Service

Take 695 to Dulaney Valley Rd (exit 27). Take Dulaney Valley North to Seminary Ave. Turn left onto Seminary and park on the street or in the church parking lot. Entrance to trail is across Dulaney Valley Rd. about 100 feet on the left.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 16, 1998]
Dawn

I am a beginner and i love Loch Raven, it is so much, fun, just watch for other bikers. Also, watch for pedestrians on the trails

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Dec 01, 1998]
Darren Weagly

This can be a hard ride, depending on how you pace yourself. Too many bikers do just the Seminary side, and never see what's over on Providence...and hardly anyone makes it back through Cromwell State Park. As far as I know, I have seen no signs banning bikers in Cromwell, and it definitely adds to the ride. After Cromwell, make your way down "the luge," a short but fun downhill that bottoms you out by the damn. Overall, a good ride with lots of singeltrack, logs, a few good uphills, and decent downhills. When I do this ride I feel Loch Raven can be as good as anyplace else near Baltimore. Behind the damn are a couple steep hills, which should challenge most riders. Overall this loop should take most riders between 1.5 and 3 hours....alot of fun!

Customer Service

I suggest the Seminary Ave route, but with a few significant changes. Take Dulaney Valley north about 1/2 mile, and park at the church on Seminary Ave. Once on the fireroad, find your way thru singletrack or fireroad to Providence Road. Cross Providence, and pick up the trail on the other side. Back here, take the singletrack and fireroads downhill for about 15 minutes, and then make your way into Cromwell Valley State Park. Cromewell Park has lots of horse trails and footpaths that not many people know about, as well as some good hills. Bike through there, and then make your way across the resorvoir by the damn, and do the trails back there (a couple of decent hills). Cross back over the resorvoir on the bridge, and get back on the trails back to Seminary and your car.

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Merrymans Trail, a few miles farther north on Dulaney Valley. More singletrack and roots, and a real fun downhill by the powerline towers, with a great view.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Mar 18, 1999]
Darren

I think this trail is intermediate if you bike all the possiabilities. Make sure to go down to the lake on the small twisty trail and take a left and follow the lake (roots! roots!) to work your suspension.

Customer Service

I go from Loch Raven Rd. and park at Morganhill rd. and do the trails here and then go across the Loch Raven bridge to do the seminary route. Email me if you want a map of the trails I know of(not complete)but helpful.

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I also do the trails across the bridge that start at MorganHill rd. I think I have done part of the MerryHill loop, but I found the trail to end into someone's back yard. I anyone know's what I'm talking about email me with the way to get around the lake.

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 15, 1999]
yoder

This trail has some difficulties and is easy to get lost in so try to remeber which way you bike on the trail and don't get lost.

Customer Service

A trail starting at the intersection of Dulaney Valley and Seminary gives riders many different kinds of riding and the skill levels can vary from beginner to intermediate. I like starting at this point of the trail because it is less crowded than the Loch Raven starting point. You can park at the church.

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I suggest going to Robert E. Lee Park on the outskirts of Baltimore City and County

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 27, 1999]
B

Some trails are doubletrack that turn into singletrack some fireroads there are some very technical trails with lots of roots and embedded rocks in areas but is mostly on the easy side

Customer Service

seminary Rd. will lead you through a good trail which ends on resevoir which has a good road that can lead to many other trails

Similar Products Used:

all the trails around loch raven

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4
VALUE
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