Loch Raven Reservoir Northwest Area Trails

Monkton, Maryland

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A relatively unvisited—and beautiful—section of Loch Raven Reservoir, doing its best impression of Gunpowder Falls State Park’s Wildlands. You’ll find a number of trail choices all along this hike. Wide and prominent trails parallel each other along the hills. Generally, there are three options: high, middle, and water level. This hike stays fairly level and takes the middle road (a fire road), keeping the reservoir a few hundred feet to the right below. The scenery is beautiful immediately: sloping hills to the left, studded with mature beech trees, and an abundance of wading flows into Loch Raven Reservoir. With lots of rock, moss, and ferns, the area looks a bit more like the wild sections of Gunpowder Falls State Park than typical Loch Raven scenery. You might, however, be a bit startled by a low growling noise in the distance; this is the sound of cars going over the steel bridge on Warren Road.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore

by Evan Balkan (Menasha Ridge Press)

A relatively unvisited—and beautiful—section of Loch Raven Reservoir, doing its best impression of Gunpowder Falls State Park’s Wildlands. You’ll find a number of trail choices all along this hike. Wide and prominent trails parallel each other along the hills. Generally, there are three options: high, middle, and water level. This hike stays fairly level and takes the middle road (a fire road), keeping the reservoir a few hundred feet to the right below.

The scenery is beautiful immediately: sloping hills to the left, studded with mature beech trees, and an abundance of wading flows into Loch Raven Reservoir. With lots of rock, moss, and ferns, the area looks a bit more like the wild sections of Gunpowder Falls State Park than typical Loch Raven scenery. You might, however, be a bit startled by a low growling noise in the distance; this is the sound of cars going over the steel bridge on Warren Road.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Monkton
Distance: 3.7
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS towson, Cockeysville
Driving Directions: Directions to Loch Raven Reservoir: Northwest Area Trails

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May 2018