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New Meetup: After-work rides at McKeldin

From: Peter A
Sent on: Thursday, August 27, 2009 1:55 PM
Meetup for The Washington, DC/MD/VA Mountain Bike Meetup Group, Wednesday 9/2/09

What: After-work rides at McKeldin

When: September 2, 2009 at 5:30 PM

Marriottsville Road
Marriottsville, MD 21104

What: After-work rides at the McKeldin area of Patapsco State Park. (This is a weekly ride; the day may change periodically).

Pace: Casual to moderate, 6 to 8 mph average, no-drop. Not a fast-paced ride, but not suitable for first-timers either, as there are a number of climbs, some rocks and technical sections, and a stream crossing or two. If you can ride Schaeffer, you'll be fine.

Distance: 8 or 12 mile loop (with lollipops), depending on group dynamics and trail conditions (the longer loop tends to stay wet longer after a rain).

Duration: Approx. 1:15+ (8-miler) to 2:00+ hours (12-miler), depending on group dynamics and trail conditions.

Location: Meet at the RR tracks (gravel lot) on Marriottsville Road, approx. 1 mile south of the park entrance.

Time: Meet and greet at 5:30 pm; Wheels rolling by 5:45 pm.

Bring: Water, helmet, spare tube/patch kit, multi-tool, I.D. and emergency contact info where it can be easily located on your person. Insect repellent and cell phone are recommended.

Weather: Shine Only (no ride if it's raining or the trails are too muddy).

Ride Leader: Peter; 410-9six7-sixsix83; [address removed]

Directions: The McKeldin Area of Patapsco State Park is located in the southeastern corner of Carroll County, just over the Howard County line, approximately 12 miles from the Baltimore Beltway, on Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville, MD 21104.

From the Baltimore Beltway (I-695), take I-70 West for 9 miles. Exit north (right) on Marriottsville Road (Exit 83) and go 3 miles to the RR tracks, gravel lot on the left.

From Columbia Pike (MD Route 29), go north to I-70. Take I-70 West for 4 miles. Exit north (right) on Marriottsville Road (Exit 83) and go 3 miles to the RR tracks, gravel lot on the left.

From I-70 East, take Rt. 40 exit to Marriottsville Road. Turn left on Marriottsvile Road and go 3.8 miles to the RR tracks, gravel lot on the left.

From Rt. 26 (Liberty Road) take Rt. 26 to Marriottsville Road. Go south for 5 miles to the RR tracks, gravel lot on the right.

Most online maps have a hard time with McKeldin. If you paste: 710 Marriottsville Rd, MD 21104 into Google Maps, it's real close.

DNR McKeldin Area Trail Guide:


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