Explore some other trails

Let's branch out a bit from Patapsco, Fairland, Schaffer and Fountainhead.

Weather and work schedule permitting, I'm going to start doing some rides at some lesser-used, at least to this group, trails. Fair warning, some of this is going to be exploring for me as well...

First ride will be Big Gunpowder, which I've done once, in the snow, 2 years ago. In other words I do not know my way around. It's supposedly well-marked, and I have a map.
Distance and time... not really known, but the trail (if I remember) is well-suited to bailing out if need be. This could be a longer ride, but I believe most of the terrain is pretty mellow. Pace will include stops to consult maps.

I'd recommend bringing along a copy of this map:
https://sites.google.com/site/rmacmaps/big-gunpowder-map

Lets meet at the parking lot on Belair at the river (marked "parking 30 cars" on the map).

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  • Ian

    Ride/scouting report:
    Probably wasn't be best day to go, mud wasn't so bad, but everything was soaked.
    There are trails shown on the map I posted, as well as on the big sign at the trailhead that basically don't exist. There is a clearly visible tread, and marks (blazes, signs) but the trail is so overgrown and covered with deadfall that it's basically impassable. Which is kind of a shame, because some of it seems like it could be fun and not a lot of work to make usable, at least compared to building new trial.

    July 16, 2013

    • Ian

      If you go: The white trail (on the linked map) from Rt 1 to 147 is real and mostly passable. There are some logs that you will not be able to hop (unless you can hop waist-height suspended logs).
      To the East of Rt1, the White trail along the riverbed to yellow loop is good, after that it crosses a big stream, then you have to take the blue up the hill unless you want to bush whack for 2 miles. At the point the blue is shown joining back to white, the trail just ends, all you can do is turn around and go back the way you came.
      There are some really fun technical stretches on blue (be careful though, those rocks get slick when wet). Trail is pretty flat yet somewhat technical in places. Might be worth heading there if that's what you are looking for. Otherwise, I'd like to see it cleaned up a bit.

      July 16, 2013

  • Ian

    Colleen, you're the only one that signed up...
    With all the rain yesterday and more forecast for this afternoon, I'm going to call this for today, postponed till same time tomorrow. Really sorry about this, but my understanding is most of the trail sits low in the flood plain, and is going to be a mess today. I'm officially sick of all this rain

    1 · July 13, 2013

    • Colleen

      No problem, ill head up to EarthTreks and do some indoor climbing :) thanks for the email!

      July 13, 2013

    • Ian

      I really hate doing this... Now I can't make 1 tomorrow. Changing the time to 9AM. Again, really sorry...

      July 13, 2013

  • Alex

    I use to ride this trail years ago. I would start from Harford road. Harford to Belair and back is 9 miles. Mostly single track and fire road. A couple rock gardens and roots. Mostly flat. I believe the Belair loop is around 4 miles with a couple climbs.

    July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    great idea to mix it up a bit!

    July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ian, what do your weekdays usually look like? Next week I'm down with this. I've been thinking about the same thing! Exciting!

    July 11, 2013

    • Ian

      My schedule varies a lot. Next week I'm pretty open except Friday. Are you thinking of hitting this park (Big Gunpowder) or somewhere else?

      July 12, 2013

  • Ian changed the location from Belair road parking to Belair rd parking

    July 10, 2013

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