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Wissahickon Valley

Page Type: Trail

Location: Pennsylvania, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 40.02761°N / 75.19833°W

Trail Type: Mountain

County: Philadelphia

Technical Difficulty: Medium

Aerobic Difficulty: Medium

Layout: Loop

Length: 14.0 Mi / 22.5 Km

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Created/Edited: Apr 25, 2011 / May 1, 2011

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Overview

Philadelphia may not be known as a mountain bike destination but it should be. Within the city limits lies a 1,800 acre park of dense wooded singletrack, long climbs, fast descents, and miles of flow induced mountain bike hammering. Naturally, being in Philadelphia, it has a long and amusing history and nowhere else is such an extensive mountain bike system within reach of the urban dweller.

MTB Trail Map

 
Loop Trail
 

Trail Description

A road running along Wissahickon creek was converted to a crushed gravel path after motor traffic was forbidden sometime in the 1920’s. “Forbidden Road” serves as the main artery through the valley and allows for easy access to the 15 mile singletrack loop that rings high on the valley walls.

 
Lincoln Drive
 
The loop trail is well maintained singletrack that offers a surprising amount of variety. The portion of the loop trail on the West side of the valley is characterized by smooth flowing twists through pine groves moderately technical sections and consistent elevation while the East side is cluttered almost entirely with technical rock gardens, steep loose climbs and mandatory drops.

The loop trail is accurately marked but crosses several access roads on the west side. In a few instances the trial traverses these roads slightly before continuing. The is especially true when crossing Summit Ave.

Logs, kickers, gaps and other features are located in all areas of the park but only a minor aspect of the riding there.


Getting There

From Center City take Kelly Drive North 8 miles and merge onto Lincoln Drive. Continue NE up Lincoln Drive for 4 miles where you will pass Forbidden Drive and the trailhead on the north. Take the next available right onto West Rittenhouse St and park there or bust a U-turn to access the trailhead parking.
 
Trailhead
 


When to Bike

The trail can be accessed all year. The best seasons are Spring and Fall. Summers can be brutally humid and hot while drifts of snow can remain along portions of the trail through most of the Winter. There is, however, always something clear enough to ride. During all seasons expect water crossings and mud.
 
West side Wissahickon
 

Additional Information

Philadelphia Mountain Biking Association
"Mountain Bike Philadelphia"

Images

TrailheadLoop TrailLincoln DriveWissahickon TrailLoop TrailWest side Wissahickon