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Patapsco Through Trail (white blaze)

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Rank: #5 in the Patapsco Valley State Park area
#32 in MD, #4,791 Overall
Views: 1,950. Last 30 days: 148
Trail in the area near Baltimore,
“From Daniels Dam out to McKeldin, with flowy singletrack and sweet river views along the way.”
Ken Lohr on Sep 29, 2013
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7.211.5 milesKilometers 691’210 m Ascent 448’136 m High 4% Avg Grade (2°)
Singletrack Type -649’-198 m Descent 206’63 m Low 13% Max Grade (7°)
Avoid following precipitation and in the winter months unless frozen. Some of these trails take a long time to recover from rain events.
This trail starts at a small parking area off Dogwood Rd. If that lot is filled up, you can try parking just off of Hollofield Rd, or further down by the metal bridge and RR crossing off Old Frederick Rd.

Start the ride through the Alberton area of Patapsco by heading past the gate and continuing along the old roadway (closed to traffic). Look for a rock climbing wall and beaver activity along the way. Just after passing under a RR bridge, you'll see an old abandoned church on your right, and soon Daniels Dam on your left. Around this point the doubletrack will become singletrack and lead you to a railroad crossing (use caution, this is an active railway).

Follow the tracks across a small creek, then cross the tracks and start climbing up a rocky singletrack, passing a few vistas along the way before the track heads away from the river. This climb is the first of many along the way. You'll notice white blazes that mark the Through Trail along the way.

After the first climb you'll eventually hit a gate and gravel road. You'll follow the gravel road only briefly before following the trail off to the right, which will take you down a washed out trail descent that ends in a creek crossing.

From here, you'll climb through an open powerline cut, back into the woods to switch back once or twice. Keep climbing, then descend, then cross a creek, then climb, then descend, cross a creek, ... you get the idea :) Continue to follow the white blazes.

Eventually you'll hit a doubletrack trail that follows the river. This will continue along until you see a singletrack that goes off to the right. You can either continue straight or take the singletrack, either way you'll go under Woodstock Road/Old Court Road, and they both eventually join back up.

The doubletrack will become singletrack and veer up and away from the river, only to descend back down eventually.

The Through Trail ends at a river crossing that takes you into the McKeldin area of Patapsco. During warmer months, the river is typically shallow and you can either rock hop or ride through it. There are lots of trails along the way that are worth exploring. Check out the Woodstock 201 ride for a recommended route.
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Trail near an overlook of the river. (Sykesville, MD)
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