Glen Artney

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May 20

Glen Artney stream

New area and new map! Glen Artney is in the Patapsco River State Park system, close to, but separate from, the Avalon/Orange Grove areas, where a number of previous meets have been held. According to the Maryland DNR, "...miles of trails flow through these three areas, taking the hiker on a journey that features stunning vistas, hidden treasures of the past, babbling brooks, pleasing waterfalls, and a sense of wilderness..." - sounds like a nice place to get lost. So, come and enjoy a full range (details below) of courses set by Ted Good, on a brand new map. Also of note:

  • Event registration will be from 10:45am - 1:15pm; start your course anytime between 11am - 1:30pm, and be back no later than 3pm.
  • Two port-a-potties will be available at the parking/registration area.
  • Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash at all times.
  • Epunching will be used on all courses.

Any youth or large groups attending, please contact the Event Director so that we can coordinate pre-registration for your group; the group registration and waiver form is part of the information on our Group Leaders page.

Safety note: The start/finish and registration will be on a strip parking lot directly on South Rolling Road. While the parking strip is fairly wide, South Rolling Road carries regular traffic traveling at perhaps 40 mph. Please exercise caution and particularly, keep children under close supervision. Parking is across the road between South Rolling Road and Metropolitan Boulevard in the large Park-and-Ride parking lot.

Map Notes: Map scale is 1:10,000 with 5m contours. The woods are generally very open and very fast. However this part of the map has more green which does contain thorns. Slash on the map is almost always thorny. Gators are recommended as there are lot of bushes with little thorns and raspberry bushes. This late in the season the undergrowth has grown a lot and visibility is reduced in many areas.
The rough open fields were previously mowed but now have been planted with seedlings. These small trees are not on the map and won’t impact your ability to run in the fields. In some areas the seedlings have grown significantly. There are also now bushes growing up in the fields. It is late enough in the season that the rough open fields now have substantial grass in them and are not very fast running.
There are areas of stilt grass in the woods and based on other areas of the park it is now tall enough to slow you down. It doesn’t impede your visibility but hides your footing so will slow you down. It is not mapped as it won’t affect route choice.
There are many private areas along the edges of the park. These are clearly marked out of bounds on the map with either the settlement (black lines) or dangerous areas (purple slash). There are lots of trails and many of the trails are heavily used by bicyclists.
Root stocks are green Xs and are at least 2 meters high. There may be some new ones since the park was mapped.
Most rock you will see is mapped. The more grouped the rocks are, the larger they tends to be. Isolated rocks tend to be fairly small (0.5­­­-0.75 m).
Sewers/man holes are mapped as a circle with an S in them. These tend to look like a sloppy rock piles on the map.
Poison Ivy: While hinging controls Friday, the course setter saw a lot of poison ivy along the trail and field edges. Wear long pants.


Patapsco Valley State Park, Glen Artney, Catonsville, MD (Classic Orienteering)

RegistrationNo advance registration required. Just show up and have fun!
Start TimesYou may start your course at any time during the start window listed below for your event.
ScheduleSunday, May 20
10:45 am - 1:15 pmClassic Orienteering: Registration Open
11:00 am - 1:30 pmClassic Orienteering: Start Window
3:00 pmClassic Orienteering: Courses close: all runners to be out of the woods
Event Director:Anne Jepsen
Event Director:Kim Jepsen
Course Designer:Ted Good
Location Details

Classic Orienteering, Classic Orienteering, Classic Orienteering
Patapsco Valley State Park
Glen Artney
Catonsville, MD
Google Map

Find the large parking area where the northwest end of I-195 meets South Rolling Road just west of I-95 and you'll be there. To put it another way, head to BWI Airport on I-95, but instead of taking the I-195 connector east to the airport, head the opposite way (west) and in less than 1 mile from I-95 you'll be at the correct parking area.
Google Maps Link
Apple/iPhone Link
Course DetailsClassic Orienteering
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
White 3.21158
Yellow 3.31409
Orange 4.618511
Brown 4.823011
Green 6.433013
Red 7.932016
Blue 10.142020
Course NotesClassic Orienteering

The map is typical ridge/valley terrain found in Patapsco Valley State Park (similar to Avalon/Orange Grove) with steep hillsides going down to the streams. There is an extensive trail network, large open fields, with a few rocks scattered about. Because of the climb, this is not a good day to move up to a more difficult course. This part of the park is used heavily by mountain bikers. Be alert for them. Several courses go through the Glen Artney and Hilton Picnic areas. Try not to interrupt any picnics.

The yellow course is more difficult than usual Quantico yellow courses. The blue course consists of two maps as they wouldn’t fit onto one page. All other courses are on 8.5 x11 paper.

Advanced courses are not overly difficult but with the climb they will feel more difficult than they should. There is an active freight railroad along the southern portion of the map. It may be a route option on advanced courses. If you do use the railroad, stay out of the way of the trains as they won’t stop for you. There is no need to cross the railroad.

After the course, don’t forget to compare your route to the course setters recommended route.

Entry FeesIndividual Entries

Non-Member: $10/adult, $6/junior (under 21 years old)

Member: $6/adult, $4/junior (under 21 years old)

Team or Group Entries

Participants are welcome to compete together as a single team entry. Teams containing one or more nonmembers are charged the nonmember individual rate. Teams containing one or more adults are charged the adult individual rate. For teams to receive member or junior rates, all members of the team must be members or juniors, respectively. Each extra team map beyond the first is an additional $4. Individuals or teams desiring to compete on a second course can do so for a reduced fee of $4/map.

Important Notes
  • At the event, we can only accept payment in cash or check; online, you may use a credit card or PayPal account.
  • Most of our events use electronic timing. We will provide you with an electronic timing chip (aka e-stick, finger dibber, or SI-card) for free if you don't own one. Loaned e-sticks that are lost incur a $40 replacement fee.
  • Compasses are available at no charge, but if lost incur a $15 replacement fee.
  • Please provide collateral (driver's license or car keys) when borrowing a compass or e-punch.
  • For additional safety, whistles are available for sale at $1/each.
  • Free beginner instruction is always available - just ask at the registration table.