Loch Raven Reservoir Loop

moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(162)
Gunpowder Falls State Park

Loch Raven Reservoir Loop is a 5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Cockeysville, Maryland that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.0 miles Elevation Gain: 387 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

running

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

rocky

scramble

hiking
6 days ago

I run this route. I couldn’t find the trial to go around the lake so I ended up running the road. I would need to go back again map wasn’t very clear. Lots of private spots.

hiking
over grown
10 days ago

Lots of fallen trees over the trail to climb over

hiking
off trail
rocky
10 days ago

At one point the map was wrong and I ended up in someone’s back yard they redirected me but it wasn’t what the path on here showed. Also apparently this trail is closed? I parked about half a mile away. Fun and really pretty anyways

me and ashley had a good time. However theres mud if this is gunna be a 5 star theres gotta be a place to skip stones and no mud. No animals apparently us millenials are supposed to be guarenteed animals.

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great part of the Reservoir for hiking with some elevation changes. Like most of the park- be mindful September through January as the park is popular for hunters. Wear Orange, keep pets on a leash, and avoid managed hunting ground (signs marking the areas are blue).

hiking
2 months ago

decent trail damp in a few spots

road biking
muddy
3 months ago

hiking
muddy
scramble
4 months ago

Recent wet weather made certain spots muddy, but overall trail was well defined. From trailhead, first 1.5 miles before stream was wide and easy with a little uphill incline. Then as the trail hugged the shore, one had to traverse a 45 deg angle toward the water with a narrow path that had several large down trees. This part of trail went from easy to moderately hard. Shoreline part of hike would be challenging for small kids, pets and older folks.

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

Excellent trail. Some mud after rain but not bad. Lake front trails were fun for the dogs. Bald eagles were a treat.

hiking
over grown
6 months ago

hiking
rocky
6 months ago

backpacking
6 months ago

Trail was in great condition mid-autumn.. much of the overgrowth had been reduced and the views were picturesque.

hiking
over grown
6 months ago

7 months ago

Really like how varied the terrain is on this trail. The most challenging segment is along the shoreline.

hiking
blowdown
scramble
7 months ago

Great trail but the first mile or so needs a lot of work. So many large fallen trees to scramble. Beautiful trail though overall!

hiking
8 months ago

Avoided this one for the longest time because of the crowded parking lot. Took a Friday off and passed two joggers the entire two hours. Bring your phone with you. No markings for 90% of the trail. Other than that a spectacular hike. Solitude and communing with nature.

backpacking
9 months ago

Trail had some overgrowth in spots (esp. thorn bushes) but was still passable. Fairly well maintained and good variety of uphill, downhill and straightaways. Gorgeous views at various points.

hiking
rocky
9 months ago

hiking
over grown
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

The Loch Raven Reservoir loop is my new favorite hiking trail. The views are outstanding along the first half of the hike. Multiple places to stop and have a snack and look out at the reservoir. It’s “overgrown” and “rocky” but not too bad at all. The hike is pretty challenging, a very solid workout. Be careful towards the end of the loop, I got very lost for about 45 minutes. Overall, if you want a hike with great views, do this hike.

hiking
over grown
rocky
9 months ago

hiking
over grown
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

We did an awesome 8 mile hike mostly walking and taking a couple bad turns

hiking
over grown
rocky
11 months ago

Showing results 1 - 25 of 162