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Dulaney Valley Loop

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No. of Reviews: 14

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!
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Latitude
39.42664661015889
Longitude
-76.59221649169922
Trail Directions
495 to Dulaney Valley North. Pass the popular parking spot for the Seminary Trail at Seminary Rd. and keep going. Just before a big bridge over the reservoir, park on the left. There are not alot of spaces so be prepared for that on weekends.
Trail Length
10 mile loop
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Lutherville
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Review Date
September 14, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Jllaclair ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
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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Review Date
September 24, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: salsasteve , from Towson

Summary:
As you go down the hill before the big stream, there is a cool little ridge downhill part that goes right into the stream. try it going up for a challenge. After you cross the big stream go immediately right, thru the semi tech rock garden and out to the point.
are some cool roll overs and eventually after you get thru the trash dump you will end up on the big main trail again. take that for two hills then at the switchback there is another cool single track that goes along this fence line with a fun series of downhills - short uphills. its fast. then go back to the big stream. a fun little work out when you dont have a lot of time.

Recommended Route:
Park on left south of the big bridge. Take winding single track over a couple of hills across the little stream and check out the bald eagles' nest next to the water at the top of the hill before you get to the big stream.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Take out what you pack in and respect mother nature



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Review Date
June 19, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Schmedley , from parts unknown

Summary:
Best route: Stay close to the resevoir, you will be doing a counter-clockwise loop. Lots of singletrack and killer hills (both up and down). Cross steel bridge, and hang left into trail system at bottom of the hill. Get ready to climb again. As you get closer to Dulaney Valley Rd., you'll hit some sweet singletrack along the resevoir, a few climbs, and one great ridge trail down.

Recommended Route:
Park on right after going over Dulaney Valley bridge (approx. 5.5 miles from Beltway). Ride up to Dulaney Valley Rd, cross street, and enter trail system at the end of the guard rail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Loch Raven - Seminary Rd., Big and Little Gunpowder, and any trail system in the Patapsco Valley.



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Review Date
December 29, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Brad , from Crofton, MD

Summary:
Basicaly it is a mix of single, double track and fire roads that follow along the water between the two bridges on both sides of the resiviour. This loop has it all; rocks, logs, twisties, fast descents and tiring climbs. And the best part is that it's a LOOP, no doubling back, unlike Seminary. The north side of the loop is primarily technical singletrack with some short sections of fast fire roads. The south side has a little of everything, including some annoying rocky climbs which can't be avoided. Just keep in mind, the closer you are to the water the better the trail, i.e. twisty singletrack. I have been riding this loop for years and never get sick of it. A must ride when in the Lach Raven area.
I do have one final comment. Whoever destroyed the mile long stunt section of this loop with a chainsaw should die a slow and painful death. This section was incredible and took many hours of building throughout the summer to create. I was horrified to see it massacured in such a brutal way. It was great while it lasted and hopefully there will be new areas like this one cropping up in the future around MD.

Recommended Route:
There are a bunch of places to enter this loop. Both Dulaney and Warren Roads have places to park. There are two trail entrances on Dulaney and a number on Warren starting just before the metal bridge and continuing past it for a mile or soo. On Dulaney park just before the bridge and enter the woods there or ride across the bridge and turn in just past the gaurdrail on the left. On Warren you can park at one spot before the bridge or a couple after, I would suggest the ones after.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lach Raven, Seminary and Providence. Gunpowder off Belair Rd. and anything at Patapsco!



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Review Date
December 27, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Gum Brains

Summary:
It's pretty hard to explain, but if you keep the res. to your right, you eventually hit a road. Hang right, cross grate bridge, enter return trip at far left climb of parking lot. Keep res. to right. It get's pretty vaugue here, but as long as you keep veering right (except for this very important down hill to the left!!!), take all roads to right and trails to right, until you come to Dulany Valley Rd back across the bridge to your car. Pretty confusing? Yep, plan on spending a little time out here, IT'S WORTH IT.

Recommended Route:
park on left before bridge. enter center of clearing. ride bike.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Seminary Rd entrance



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