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    New question here. Baltimore area mtbing?

    Hi All,
    Looking for any input on mtbing in the Baltimore area. My SO was recently accepted in a graduate program there, so we may be moving. Is there anything within ride able distance from midtown? Where is the best riding? Should I expect to have to drive far to find good mtbing?

    Coming from Vt, trails are rocky and tight for the most part, with lots of ups and downs. What can I expect in Maryland.

    Thanks for helping me out with info. A quick Google search didn't turn up much.

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    2 Best options from mid-town will be Patapsco State Park to the west and Loch Raven Reservoir to the north. Loch Raven has currently has access issues that have been going of for years, so some of the best stuff is off limits and ticketing goes on (although I do not know the current status of things up there).

    If you want rocky, technical riding head 1 hour west to Frederick where you'll find Gambrill State Park and the Frederick Watershed. Gambrill is well marked, the Watershed is not (it has some access issues as well, recap here.)

    For general MD riding, you can check this list: Maryland Riding

    I'd also recommend the Lake Redman trails just south of York, PA. Should be a bit over 1 hour straight up I-83. Not technical, but up and down fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattgVT View Post
    Hi All,
    Looking for any input on mtbing in the Baltimore area. My SO was recently accepted in a graduate program there, so we may be moving. Is there anything within ride able distance from midtown? Where is the best riding? Should I expect to have to drive far to find good mtbing?

    Coming from Vt, trails are rocky and tight for the most part, with lots of ups and downs. What can I expect in Maryland.

    Thanks for helping me out with info. A quick Google search didn't turn up much.
    With all the current issues at Loch Raven, may want to check out Little Gunpowder. About 1/2 hour north of Baltimore and is turning into a very nice trail system. Probably the second best option behind Patapsco. However Patapsco can be extremely crowded on the weekends and nice days.
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    Thanks for the input guys. Patapsco looks nice, and it's not far away. The other options sound good to as they wouldn't take terribly long to get to.

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    Also Robert E. Lee park (off of Falls Rd near Mt. Washington) has some decent trails for a quick ride. I can't believe that no one has mentioned Fair Hill NRMA as well, it is near Elkton, MD and has many miles of trails that are very diverse in terrain, one of my favorite places.

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    Very few people have received tickets at Loch Raven; most people seem to get verbal warnings. I live ten minutes away from Loch Raven, so it's my go-to place. I used to live in Ellicott City and frequented Patapsco a lot. The riding in Baltimore is challenging, fast and great fun. There's a local guy who organizes group rides four to six times a week of varying skill levels. I'll PM you his info.
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    Schaefer Farm in Germantown is great fun. About 40 mins from B-more.

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    could you pls pm me his info, too? thanks

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    As everyone said there is some great riding around. You can go any direction but East and run into dramatically different riding experiences within an hour. Including some extremely technical riding to the west.

    The Patapsco system is a great place to ride and about 15-20 minutes from the city center.

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    Robert E Lee Park has some fun, short trails, not really well marked (some are way overgrown and seemingly go nowhere), but its rideable from downtown. Some nice brutal road climbs on the way back too, so you can definitely get a work out in...and some amazing houses to look at as well.

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    As I am so close to Avalon in Patapsco, I am partial to Ptap. Ptap has a little bit of everything, Rocks, roots, fast and flowy, steep down hills, killer hill climbs, stream crossings, a few small drops. Good times. Lots of up and down. In 20 miles i will have climbed around 1600 to 1800 feet of vertical, depending on the loop I put together. Lots of active groups in the area you can ride with also. You have MORE who is the group who represents IMBA in the DMV, and organize rides on their website. You have an old group named Old Line Velo, who organize rides, and race. You also have the MVD mountain biker group on meetup.com. Finally check out the multiple groups on facebook for the area trails: Patapsco Mountain Bikers, Seneca Mountain Bikers, Fairland Moutain bikers, etc...
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