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Merryman Trail

Intermediate
 3.6 (9) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

The main trail that make up the network known collectively as the Merryman Trails.


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Map Key

8.8

Miles

14.1

KM

Loop

486' 148 m

High

242' 74 m

Low

918' 280 m

Up

918' 280 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

Overview

Probably the most diverse terrain, and maybe the best of the various loops around Loch Raven, this trail has it all: singletrack along the lake, a mix of singletrack and fire road up on the ridges, different types of woods, some climbs, good views, etc.

Need to Know

Many ways to add loops or extra climbs (e.g. the long climb from the reservoir up along the power line) make it easy to stretch this loop into a longer or tougher hike.

Description

The map shows the main trails that make up the network known collectively as the Merryman Trail: trail access at Dulaney Valley Rd just south of the bridge, or at Pot Spring Rd, or at Warren Rd. There are two main routes, a singletrack closer to the lake shore and a fire road higher up on the hill, with various connecting trails between and some side trails also possible. The singletrack is flatter, but twists and turns more, whereas the fire road is straighter, but with hills.

Merryman is more challenging, and less-crowded than the trails on the southern part of Loch Raven (i.e. those accessed from the trailhead near Seminary Rd).

Shared By:

John Marciari with improvements by Louie Brennan

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Photos

Awesome Fall colors at Loch Raven.
Jul 25, 2016 near Hampton, MD
Sunlight and color; this is area is great in Fall.
Jul 25, 2016 near Hampton, MD
Great rock scramble with views of the river from high above!
Dec 2, 2018 near Cockeys…, MD
If you need a break...
Dec 2, 2018 near Cockeys…, MD
Lookout over the reservoir.
Nov 15, 2018 near Cockeys…, MD

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