Join Us for a Moderate 9.8 Miles Along Loch Raven Reservoir! Includes Merryman Trail and Point!
Arguably the prettiest trails in the Loch Raven Reservoir watershed. Follow it to Merryman Point, where the reservoir spreads out in several directions. This hike is a little of my own experience combined with a hike from "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Baltimore" for a longer and moderate adventure.
There are two fairly steep inclines, two very minor stream crossings (dry up in winter), otherwise fairly flat terrain.
Nearby City: Timonium
Length: 9.8 total miles
Trail Type: Out-and-Back with a place to take a dip near the end of the hike during the summer months, yay!
Skill Level: Moderate with one steep hill
Trail Surface: Packed dirt, crushed rock
Duration: About 5 hours but varies by the pace, group, weather, etc.
Trailhead Elev: 170 feet
Top Elev: 420 feet
We hike rain or shine! Click here to see an up to the minute forecast for where we will be hiking.
There are 3 carpools for this hike!
Baltimore Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore metro area, meet at Savage Station. Click here for directions to Savage Station.
Annapolis Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the Annapolis area , meetup at the Harbour Center Mall Starbucks. Click here for Annapolis carpool directions for getting to the carpool location.
VA East Area Carpool (Fairfax Area METRO)
People can also arrange to meet at the Vienna/Fairfax Metro Station. Click here for directions to Vienna/Fairfax Metro Station.
Directions to the Trailhead
Click here for directions to where we meet for this hike.
Hike Meetup Time is at 10:00 a.m.
Carpool meetup time at Savage Station is 9:00 a.m.
Vienna/Fairfax Metro Station 8:30 a.m.
Carpoool Time for Annapolis Area is 8:45 a.m.
Fido is Welcome on This Hike!
Please remember we are a social hiking group that values fellowship and camaraderie and practice good hike etiquette . We take breaks as necessary and have at least one guide in the front in addition to a "sweeper" in the back which means that no hiker is left behind. If you get upset because someone has to rest at the top of a hill etc. then find another group! We are very supportive, encouraging, and focus on safety while getting or staying fit on the trail and practicing Leave No Trace outdoor ethics.
Please note that our holiday and holiday weekend hikes are not refundable due to too many people backing out of the at the last minute before the refund cut-off. Sorry, but this is the only way to help make sure that there is a good turnout and our leaders not offer to lead a hike on their holiday in vein...or they will be burned enough that they will no longer offer. Since we have made holiday hikes non-refundable it has boosted attendance rate significantly and often have perfect attendance, yay! Thanks so much for your understanding.
Let's have good times and see you on the trail for this top rated Maryland trek!