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Gunpowder trail (Blue and Yellow)

Average Rating:    (3.63 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 16

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.
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Latitude
39.429828885207755
Longitude
-76.43935203552246
Trail Directions
695 to rt. 1 North (towards Belair)approx. 8-10 miles on Belair road, park on the right. Bikers are only allowed on the trails to the right!
Trail Length
7.5 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Baltimore
   


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Review Date
October 11, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Bunny5b ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Loch Raven (Seminary Loop)



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Review Date
September 19, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Seaschell ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Try the Gunpowder river trail near Sweet Air. It is located off of Mountain Road in Fallston.



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Review Date
August 17, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Tom ,  Cross Country Rider , from Baltimore

Summary:
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.

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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
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.



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Review Date
December 29, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Brad , from Crofton, MD

Summary:
Great mix of single and double track with technical rocky sections. Good hour or two of fun riding. This area can get a little crowded with hikers and bikers on the weekends but nothing that would hold you back from tearin up the twisties. A bunch of deep stream crossings also add to the mix, so don't be scared to get a little wet. Not a ton of trails but something for everyone. Check it out if your in the area.

Recommended Route:
Couple good loops and the long down and back along the river on the opposite side of the parking area. Check the trail map at the first parking lot. There is also one loop past 95 and the railroad which isn't on the map.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lach Raven, Providence and Warren loops. Also, anything in Patapsco State Park, Avalon, McKeldin, ect.



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Review Date
November 21, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: GunPowder Falls - Belair Road , from Perry Hall, Md, USA

Summary:
The blue route going east has some nice technical parts. Lots of rocks, fallen logs, and fairly deep ditches and one stream. This is for intermediate to advanced riders, or brave beginners with a high tolerence for pain. The blue trail is about 4 miles long and ends at some old dam abutments from the mid-1800's. It is an out and back single trail. A yellow trail branches from the blue trail about 1/4 of a mile east of the trail head. The yellow trail offers a hard climb, a nice view from the top, and a fun downhill zoom back to the blue trail. These trails are fairly busy on the weekends and are popular with walkers (many with dogs) and even horses. There is also a great deal of wildlife, including an eagle, numerous heron, ducks, geese, and deer.

Recommended Route:
Take Route 1 (Belair Road) north from I-695 about 6 miles. Trailhead is on the right. Bikes must stay to the east of Route 1 (to the right going north).



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