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Loch Raven Trails

Loch Raven Trails

Here is some of the latest news I have heard regarding the use of the single track trails at Loch Raven. Be sure to check the status of this issue before you ride; it appears that mountain biking, and potentially other forms of recreation on the trails (the single track trails - ie: the foot paths, not the roads) may be in jeopardy.

Info on MORE website:

Save the Raven website:

Update from Bob Compton of MORE:
All Loch Raven Trail Users,

Today, I was visiting Loch Raven to prepare for our upcoming volunteer-based MORE trail work day (Oct. 16), when I encountered Ranger Janos on the singletrack on my way to the work site. Eventually, Ranger McDaniel was called in, and I had a conversation with both Rangers Janos and McDaniel.  They both work for Luke Brackett.  Luke is the head of the Ranger Force, or as they refer to themselves, Police Force.

According to Officer McDaniel, two weeks ago Luke Brackett instructed the Ranger Force to start implementing the rules of the 1998 plan.  Therefore, the Rangers are issuing written warnings for riding on any single-track or woods roads that are not on the plan.  I was told by the aforementioned rangers that: IF YOU GET caught twice you will get a ticket.  If you further push the issue you will be arrested.  If you ride 48 hours after a soaking rain (note: there is no definition of a soaking rain) you will get a written warning.  Do this twice and you could get a ticket.

I asked why written warning were being issued?  After all, this is not what was agreed to at the Mountain Bike Task Force Meetings.  The officers informed me they were there to enforce the laws.  The Task Force does not make the laws.  The 1998 Plan is the law.

I asked why I was not made aware of the change in policy?  I told Officer McDaniel that I should have been made aware of the policy since I am the Co-Chair of the Task Force.  Officer McDaniel informed me that once the maps and guidelines were posted on the kiosks notice was given.  I told him this is not what was agreed to and that Luke, who has attended some, if not all of the Task Force Meetings should know what was agreed too.

I said the written warnings were to stop.  I was informed that I do not make the laws and I had no right making this demand.  In essence, nothing that has been discussed at the Mountain Bike Task Force meetings matters.  The Rangers are going to enforce the 1998 plan and they are doing this now!

Also, I was told by both Officer Janos and Officer McDaniel that in the not too distant future all single-track trails will be closed to ALL users.  If you read this and you like to walk, run, fish, etc. at Loch Raven, Liberty and Pretty Boy Reservoirs... Even if you do not mountain bike you will soon be subject to the same "laws" as mountain bikers.

Below are some of the people you might want to contact to express your displeasure with what the Rangers are enforcing. Also, please don't hesitate to contact your local representatives, candidates, and the Governor.


Bob Compton

MORE - Loch Raven Trail Liaison

Co-Chair Mountain Bike Task Force

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor

City Hall, Room 250

100 N. Holliday Street

Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Phone (410) 396-3835

District 14: Mary Pat Clarke


410-545-7585 (fax)

Room 550, City Hall

Bernard C. "Jack" Young, Council President


410-539-0647 fax

Room 400, City Hall

Alfred H. Foxx, Director of DPW

600 Abel Wolman Municipal Building

Baltimore, MD 21202

Water: (410) 396-3500

Solid Waste: (410) 396-5134

Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger

Washington, DC

2453 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515-2002

Phone: 202-225-3061

800-877-8339 (voice/TTY)

Fax: 202-225-3094

Joe Archibald

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