December 25, 2018
Avalon Section South of River Only Review: Meh, it's alright. You know what they say about expectations- set them low and you won't be disappointed. I kinda broke that rule based on a lot of the reviews on here. I'd heard so much about Patapsco, and I was looking for some techy, gnarly trails without having to go out to Frederick, and was sure this would be it. Well, it isn't. There are a few gnarly sections here and there, but they're pretty short. Basically there are too few gnarly bits and not great flow. Although some mountain bikers (gawd bless em) tried to add some obstacles by putting fallen trees across a few trails, there aren't a lot of other technical features (and eventually hopping up and over logs, some quite big, every twenty feet gets a little old). Just mostly some roots here and there and a few rocky bits- Cascade Falls trail near the falls was good and gnarly but pretty short. And the non-technical trails (Morning Choice for ex) are pretty much like riding on a wide sidewalk but don't have very good flow- you can tell they were originally hiking trails. There was really only one drop of significance (on Morning Choice where it turns to head over to Rockburn Loop). Rockburn Loop was pretty fun but not that long. Ridge trail is a misnomer- I rode it from Cascade Falls to the Connector Trail back to Morning Choice and it was never on the ridge, just a lot of ups. The little Connector Trail going from Morning Choice down to Ridge would be cool- kinda steep and a bit more technical- unfortunately for me I went the wrong way and it sucked. A nice circuit ride to get in tech and downhills and fun bits would be start at Patapsco Trailhead at Landing Road, Dropped pin
Near 5569-5539 Landing Rd, Elkridge, MD 21075 https://goo.gl/maps/jmEAfqFgqQL2 take Morning Choice to the Connector Trail (I think its marked Green) down to Ridge Trail, turn right onto Ridge Trail, do the Rockburn loop each way a couple times, then back up Morning Choice. When you get to intersection of Morning Choice and Connector Trail (green) again turn around and bomb that downhill and drop a couple times- it's fun- if you can hit that drop without having braked beforehand you can get some air, then take Morning Choice back. On way back turn off Morning Choice and hit Nacho/Logs trail to test your skills over logs and log piles- it just loops back into Morning Choice. Then back to your vehicle. Bottom line- this place is fine if you are new and looking to improve or to just get a good workout in, and if you live nearby its great to have close, but if you are skilled and looking for gnar, to rip or get air, this ain't it. The reviews saying this is the best mountain biking in Maryland obviously don't get around much. Don't drive a long way to get here expecting something too awesome- I could have had just as much fun at Fairland Reg Park and it's 20 mins from my house, and Schaeffer and Bacon Ridge have way better flow and about as much tech.