walking

dogs on leash

Nice wooded trail around Lake Roland. Mostly flat with options for more hilly treks.

very nice trail. the main trail is wide and smooth so you can walk it in tennis shoes. However the side trails can be rocky & root and you should probably have hiking boots on. Alltrails shows the TH in a bad spot with very little parking right alongside a busy road. the other end of the trail is near the dam and has a nice parking lot. in the future I will park at the other end of the trail. I consider this trail as easy not moderate...not much of an elevation change and no difficult areas.

rock climbing
1 month ago

Great rocks for climbing.

This is a trail around an old quarry that runs through a community. Mostly along traffic roads, on sidewalks. Views are limited by the trail running behind condos that sit on the lake.

There is a shopping center for Starbucks if that’s your thing...

Beautiful old growth forest. Doesn’t drain well. Very scenic. You can piece together the various trails for 10-12 miles or just do an out and back at 4-5 miles. Plenty of parking at light rail station.

It’s been raining all week and the trail was soggy, so I took pics and placed waypoints as I ran. The rain didn’t matter much; although muddy in spots, it’s a great trail for evening runs before sunset. The only reason you may need blazes is for branching off. There are many branch points and variations one can opt for between the start and turnaround. I really like this trail for running, but it’s also excellent for nature walks and day hikes. I saw only a hand full of people on the course. Perhaps it was the rain that kept people away. This trail doesn’t disappoint.

Great trails! Trails are maintained well!

walking
5 months ago

Very pretty trail and the art installations were a lovely surprise.

Great trails from easy and smooth to rugged and moderately challenging.

The trail itself was great and obviously popular, but my sister's car and several others were broken into (windows shattered, items stolen) while we were hiking. Many cars were parked here and the road itself is very busy, but that didn't seem to be a deterrent.

mountain biking
9 months ago

Rode the blue trail and then completed two loops on the red trail to get some distance. The left branch of the red trail is a short, fun single track. It's not too technical. This ride is good for beginners to start to learn some MTB skills.

mountain biking
9 months ago

Rode in on the blue trail and completed a few laps on the red trail. Quite a few dog walkers and runners, even a few mountain bikers. They've shored up a few eroded sections of the red trail with rock piles.

mountain biking
9 months ago

Road the trail early this morning as it starts to get busy by 9. Accessed it from the blue trail that starts at the L'Hirondelle club.While the blue trail had a few muddy spots, the red trail was clear. Made a simple loop by taking a left off the blue trail onto red and then took the left branch when red splits. That portion of the trail is much better for mountain biking. There are a few fun hills, lots of roots and some technical spots near the end. Return on the traditional red trail if you like hopping a lot of railroad ties, otherwise turn around and head back.

Well maintained and flat. There are a fair amount of tree roots for about .5 miles in the trail, but they're easy to get around. Well shaded too.

mountain biking
11 months ago

This is the red trail loop. Went out early this morning to avoid the crowd. Came in from the light rail boardwalk and rode to the trail head at Falls Road and back. The trail is in pretty rough shape from the crossing of the light rail tracks to the split of the trail. Areas of deep mud with no options but to lift the bike or to skim the shrub line leading to some cuts/bruises. This makes for a less than pleasant ride. Once this area is cleared, the ride has some nice roots to jump and interesting scenery. For the most part there is enough space on the trail to avoid the roots if you aren't comfortable taking them on.

Love the scenery!

11 months ago

It is a little confusing to find where the trail is because it starts by all of the shops and continues through a gated community. But once you know where you are going the paved path is very nice for running and walking.

We love walking to the park because we are so close and we love the playground and the cool trails and my daughter loves to watch the waterfall/river, we loved this park.

The red trail is easy, flat, and beautiful. It took me about two hours total but I stopped to take a lot of photos and enjoy the scenery.

walking
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

trails ranged from extremely well maintained to forest path.

Great trail to walk with kids. We usually end our trip with a stop at the playground, which has some fun, nature-inspired structures.

Monday, February 13, 2017

I like hiking this trail throughout the year, it has a nice canopy to keep you from getting too much sun.

Went on 11/30. Gorgeous, even on a foggy, mucky day. Trails are well marked, and there are art installations! I'll be going back on a sunny, dry day for sure.

hiking
Monday, November 28, 2016

A nice short trail through the woods wrapping around the eastern shore of Lake Roland. Plenty of parking at the trail head at the end of Lakeside Drive. Fairly well blazed, just stick to the waters edge as much as possible and you should see the path.

The trail ends at a light rail track, unsure of the trespassing rules so I avoid them and turn around to head back to the head.

hiking
Sunday, November 27, 2016

Short 1-3 mile well maintained hike. Great point along red trail for dog to play along river. Muddy after rains but area attracts a lot of runners and hikers.

Overall this hike was decent.
Pros: it wasn't congested with people even on a Saturday; there was water access for my dog; good options for smaller trails off the beaten path; well marked with maps at the entrance.
Cons: parking was a bit frightening- street parking on a busy, curvy road; I could hear the street noise almost the entire hike, several homes along the way so never felt private, felt like I was walking someone's private property; close to the city/commute was easy!

hiking
Friday, November 11, 2016

Nicely marked and maintained trails. The flat Red trail is fine for those looking for and easy run or hike while the various side trails are much more interesting and challenging. Loved the Orange/Yellow/Green side loops with rocky surface and some hills. Encountered a large buck head-on while hiking on the Yellow trail. He allowed me to retrieve my camera phone from my pocket and take a couple of pics before running off. Saw him again later accompanied by a doe. I'll be sure to return for other hikes here.

mountain biking
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Good cyclocross beginners experience.

trail running
Friday, September 02, 2016

Nice, reasonably flat trail. Shaded for a nice run.

mountain biking
Monday, August 29, 2016

Heavy traffic flat trail

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