Glen Ellen Trail

MODERATE 24 reviews
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Glen Ellen Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hampton, Maryland that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
439 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

forest

wildlife

rocky

This trail is part of Loch Raven Reservoir in Batimore County. There is a short trail located at Seminary Avenue and Dulaney Valley Road that runs along Seminary and has a parking area. When it ends, you have to go about 25 feet up the same side of the road to the official trail head. This trail is designated as a mountain biking trail, but there are many hikers, walkers and runners. All along the trail there are branch trails, but they are clearly marked as being prohibited to bikers. This causes the bike trail to have consistent elevation changes, some of which are steep and somewhat rocky. Great to build uphill endurance and downhill speed skills. The trail is very well marked with white blazes, arrows and bike signs.

hiking
3 days ago

Is this trail near the Glen Ellen castle ruins?

mountain biking
29 days ago

Im new to biking, and i have hybrid Trek DS3 Bike. Can anyone tell if this one is ok to do in a hybrid that is not a fully mountain bike?

trail running
1 month ago

Park on seminary, NW corner. Cross over Dulaney Valley rd to start the trail. Meander past the utility substations, cross a small creek and you’re on the trail. Just when you get started, I like to hang a left and follow the reservoir. I don’t think it is hilly but some steady grades that will test you.

Good views. Does get muddy and 1 or 2 sections will require a tip toe or get wet scenario. Nice single track.

hiking
9 months ago

The trailhead is a little sneaky; park on E Seminary E of Dulaney Valley, and the trail (as marked) starts on the NW of the intersection. You will have to cross the road.

As marked, trail is not that interesting. But as Alan notes below, huge amount of flexibility, and some very cool lake views as well. Paths are easy to follow, only steep at a few points, and barely at that.

hiking
9 months ago

Wow, did I get lost! I think this the trail I was on. I ended up coming out of the woods about 2 or more miles from my car. But if you’re paying better attention, it is a great hike and good for mushroom forays.

hiking
10 months ago

Great wooded trail with varied terrain that meanders through Loch Raven watershed and provides numerous vistas of the lake. Because the trail has numerous offshoots, it's easy to construct loops of almost any distance, up to about 8 miles round-trip.

10 months ago

I live in Anne Arundel county and I drove all the way up to Northern Baltimore to do this trail. Got up there, followed the directions and couldn’t find a trail head. Pretty bummed about it. It lead me to a small parking area next to a church. Walked and drove around and still didn’t find any signs of a trail.

mountain biking
11 months ago

This is a popular trail and gets lots of walkers and runners. They stick more to the branch trails that are identified as closed to mountain bikes. This trails has a lot of hills, some of which are steep, others rocky. Definitely test your uphill endurance and your comfort with downhill speed. A good workout.

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Saturday, April 29, 2017