Lake Roland Park to Lake Roland Trail

MODERATE 111 reviews
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Lake Roland Park to Lake Roland Trail is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Ruxton, Maryland that features a river 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
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
170 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

muddy

old growth

1 month ago

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

2 months ago

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
2 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
2 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.

trail running
3 months ago

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
4 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.

trail running
4 months ago

Love the scenery!

walking
5 months ago

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.

walking
8 months ago

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
10 months ago

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.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

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
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.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

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

trail running
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Love this trail. It's right by my house and had a great variety of side trails along with the well maintained main trail.

hiking
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Nice variety. The trail has inclines and declines as well as flats. Some good views too.

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