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Loch Raven

Average Rating:    (3.85 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 26

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!
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Latitude
39.429828885207755
Longitude
-76.57470703125
Trail Directions
Baltimore beltway (695) north towards Towson, take Delaney Valley Rd north. go approx. 4 miles there is a John Deere retailer on the left. park along the road here. the trailhead is on the right side of the road. (there are many other starting points for this trail system)
Trail Length
15+ miles
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Towson
   


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Review Date
December 30, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: tcapri87 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
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.



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Review Date
October 14, 2004

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: kenjiprice ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
see "Loch Raven - area".

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Any of the Patapsco Valley State Park Areas.



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Review Date
May 19, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Jim , from Cockeysville

Summary:
Much more technical than the Seminary Road loop. If you enter at the end of Pot Spring Road, follow the fire road.. cross a little wooden bridge, and a few hundred yards on the right you will see a trail leading across the stream and up a rocky hill. This will lead you to the cliffs . There is also an eagles nest at the top iof the rocky hill facing the water

Recommended Route:
www.geocities.com/baltimoremountainbiking

Other recommended trails in the same area:
we need to get more info on trails in this area. especially Loch Raven / Cockeysville area. so many trails.. where do they go??



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Review Date
May 14, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: SAVAGE , from TOWSON

Summary:
I have come accross 2 grave yards on this trail,,,the first is the MERRYMAN'S CEMETERY. Can anyone tell me a history of this grave yard?
The second grave area I believe is just after the power lines,,,,what is this one? It is very old and on the right hand side only haveing stone foundatiouns,juxtapositioned w/loch raven,,,as the Merryman's cemetery was on the left of this trail toward the beginning of it. Can anyone help me w/my questions? I have looked all over and can not come up w/nothing. Thank you.

Recommended Route:
From Dulaney Valley Rd.,headed out of towson,take a left on Pot Springs. Drive all the way to the end,,and the first street before the fenced in area is where you park,,(a side street). Walk down 40 feet and you will see a road that is chained off,,but it leads right into Loch Raven in a big way.



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Review Date
May 27, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Chris W , from Baltimore

Summary:
www.geocities.com/marylandmountainbike

Recommended Route:
www.geocities.com/marylandmountainbike

Other recommended trails in the same area:
www.geocities.com/marylandmountainbike



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