Patapsco Valley State Park (mckeldin Area)

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AVERAGE RATING
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3.95 out of 5
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Intermediate
30.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 8,300 ft
↓ 7,700 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.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Doubletrack


October 15, 2019
rmap01 Doubletrack  
 
Review: The Patapsco Valley Park has a number of different trail sections. Some people link Mckeldin with Woodstock and Hollofield as they are all connected, along with a number of other areas of the park. The McKeldin (and surrounding areas) are a bit more technical than the Avalon, Orange Grove and Glen Artney areas. But there is serious fun to be had. Personally, I would not recommend certain of these trails to beginners starting out. The Avalon area is much better suited to the novice rider and will offer plenty of challenge.




Doubletrack


August 24, 2019
Ken Harris Doubletrack  
 
Review: This area has trails for everyone. The biggest problem with the beginner trails is that getting to them can be tough for a beginner rider because of the amount of downhill, loose gravel you go through to get there. Still the ride is worth the view and there's plenty of technical stuff to challenge all levels of riders




Granny Gear

October 1, 2017
 
Review: Lots of fun technical singletrack with some doubletrack. Well-maintained. Some very technical sections here & there.




Granny Gear

October 3, 2016
 
Review: I love these trails!! I grew up riding these and they've only gotten better! There's something for everyone!




Granny Gear

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




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




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.




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.




Trailblazer

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

Similar Trail: avalon




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.



Patapsco Valley State Park (mckeldin Area) MTB Trail 3.95 out of 5 based on 17 ratings. 17 user reviews.
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