Patapsco Valley State Park (mckeldin Area)

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AVERAGE RATING
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3.71 out of 5
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Intermediate
30
miles

Singletrack
↑ 1,400 ft
↓ 1,500 ft
346
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
Follow the Switchback trail (white) downhill and then along the river. Trail is a mixture of singletrack and doubletrack. Last 2/3rds of a mile is on Plantation Trail (Red) and mostly uphill. This is a great trail to push the grade from beginner to intermediate. Good downhill to begin, some challenging (to me) singletrack on the side of a slope and a short technical rocky descent (again challenging for beginners/intermediate). But there is also plenty of smooth singletrack and doubletrack next to the river to get your breath back. Quite a big climb near the end. I've ridden the trail a few times and have had to put my foot down each time. Still there's always next time.
added by AdrianMGranny Gear September 24, 2008
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Granny Gear

August 6, 2016
Daniel J Granny Gear  
 
Review: Fast flowy downhills with jumps, punishing up hills.

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Trailblazer

June 14, 2016
 
Review: Some reviews here have not ridden all of the trails in this area. If you go beyond the McKeldin area, you can ride a ton more miles, 30 plus miles. Trails are tough in a couple of spots, with a lot of climbing, but are rewarded with fun, flowy downhills. This area is one of the toughest when it comes to elevation gain. Check out Strava, you can pretty much do a 50 ride mile or close to 60 if you connect it all the way to Patapsco Avalon area. The possibilities are endless! Singletracks needs to rename this to Northern Patapsco, and fix the mileage.

Similar Trail: Patapsco Avalon Area

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Granny Gear

January 12, 2016
 
Review: Riding in Patapsco is a blast. It is not too difficult, but there are plenty of technical obstacles to keep you excited as you flow through the park. The park is not huge, but there are plenty of trails and connectors to fill a day. Definitely a good place to check out.

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Granny Gear

June 13, 2015
Bear0357 Granny Gear  
 
Review: New to mountain biking and found this trail to have good variety of terrain. There's plenty of climbing available. Watch out for horse crap on the flat trail that runs along the river.

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Trailblazer

July 12, 2013
 
Review: did this n the rain with a bunch of rocks.

Similar Trail: avalon

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Epic

August 17, 2012
 
Review: This is a warm up to the Avalon area trails in the park. Nothing special here. Just a run of the mill east coast singletrack. Roots, short climbs, etc...nothing too exciting.

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Granny Gear

November 28, 2011
brishel229 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Would be nice if not for the piles of "S" you can't always avoid. To be expected though since it's a multi use trail. This was my 1st time and may be my last. I usaually ride at Scheaffer in Germantown, but it is closed due to a managed deer hunt until the 10th of December.

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Poseur

November 8, 2011
jchris Poseur  
 
Review: You folks who complain this is just a small series of loops you can ride in an hour, listen up: First ride the loops near the entrance to the McKeldin Area. Then cross the river on the white trail and ride miles and miles of far more challenging trail. Some go straight down the river. Some are up in the ridges above the river. Stream crossings, rocky climbs, white knuckles descents (well, on a rigid bike anyway.) You can ride near the former site of the Blair Witch Project House. Abandoned cars and quarries. An old SAM site. Miles down the route you ride past the old ghost town of Daniels to a small parking lot off Dogwood Road. Then ride back. Twelve miles roundtrip or so if you take the direct route

Similar Trail: Patapsco Avalon Ridge Trail

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Gnarly

October 25, 2011
jfigel76 Gnarly  
 
Review: I used to ride this area a lot but over the years, I have come to not like this area. You have a fun downhill, then a long uphill, repeat about 3 times. Sometimes I overlap trails because some great downhills are great uphills too. Not too many miles of trails. Park at the train tracks to save entrance fees. Otherwise, $3 to enter.

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Granny Gear

June 29, 2011
agross Granny Gear  
 
Review: This is a fun ride, some nice jumps when you start and some good climbs. There are some slow boring areas that are rather flat but at least they are near the water so there is a nice view. All in all its a nice ride and you get a fair workout.

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Patapsco Valley State Park (mckeldin Area) MTB Trail 3.71 out of 5 based on 13 ratings. 13 user reviews.
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