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Merryman Trail

 3.6 (8)

8.8 Miles 14.1 Kilometers


94%

Runnable

918' 280 m

Ascent

-918' -280 m

Descent

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

486' 148 m

High

242' 74 m

Low

Shared By John Marciari

Conditions


Minor Issues 13 days ago
Muddy - Minor issues but nothing that took enjoyment away from running this trail. Great diversity of conditions made the time pass! History

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The main trail that make up the network known collectively as the Merryman Trails.

John Marciari

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

Overview

Probably the most diverse terrain, and maybe the best of the various loops around Loch Raven, this trail has it all: singletrack along the lake, a mix of singletrack and fire road up on the ridges, different types of woods, some climbs, good views, etc.

Need to Know

Many ways to add loops or extra climbs (e.g. the long climb from the reservoir up along the power line) make it easy to stretch this loop into a longer or tougher run.

Description

The map shows the main trails that make up the network known collectively as the Merryman Trail: trail access at Dulaney Valley Rd just south of the bridge, or at Pot Spring Rd, or at Warren Rd. There are two main routes, a singletrack closer to the lake shore and a fire road higher up on the hill, with various connecting trails between and some side trails also possible. The singletrack is flatter, but twists and turns more, whereas the fire road is straighter, but with hills.

Merryman is more challenging, and less-crowded than the trails on the southern part of Loch Raven (i.e. those accessed from the trailhead near Seminary Rd).

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Aug 11, 2018
Allie Passarello
trail overgrown in parts, didn’t do the whole thing 5.1mi
Apr 28, 2018
Kelcy Newell
Didn’t do the whole thing, but beautiful trail 6mi
Mar 9, 2018
Shawn Soviak
The blazes don't do a very good job of letting you know where trails start, turn, split, etc. otherwise beautiful, fun, mildly technical running. 5mi
Jul 3, 2017
Tommy Rumley
Jul 1, 2017
Jason Li
Dec 27, 2016
Brian Kent
5.1mi
Dec 26, 2016
Brian Kent
7.2mi — 1h 35m

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  3.6 from 8 votes

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