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Catoctin Trail

Average Rating:    (4.43 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 23

Four Sections: 1: Trailhead to Hamburg Rd. five miles: expert, severe rocks, severe ascent/decent, stream crossing. VERY challenging. 2: Hamburg Rd. to Delauter Rd. 2.5 miles, Intermediate, less severe but still rocky, lots of fun jumps and challenging ups and downs. 3. Delatuer to Tower Rd. AKA Fishing Creek, 2 miles, intermediate, stream crossing, getting easier 4. Tower to Mountaindale, 2 miles, Intermidiate, less rocks, scenic overlook .25 miles north of Mountaindale. You can pick up any of the stages at trailheads at each road crossing. I suggest you skip stage one until you work 2-4. Very pretty watershed area, few hikers/bikers, look out for hunters (stay on the trail). Very quiet and peaceful
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Latitude
39.65328414777011
Longitude
-77.45979309082031
Trail Directions
I-70 to Route 15N to Route 40W, Folllow 40 to Gambrill State Park.
Trail Length
11.5 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Frederick
   


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Review Date
November 7, 2011

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: tonetonitony ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I've ridden many different types of trails...singletrack, pump track and free ride trails. This trail dosent fit into any of those categories. Sure theres alot of long jumps and sick climbs that will test your balance and stamina but as a whole this trails is about the poorest 'multiuse turned bike trail' ive ever been on. It was a huge waste of time. Its unfortunate that this is what mountainbiking in Fredrick, MD is with the huge expanse of land in the Catoctin/Gambrills area.

The above average number of MILFs in the area was a nice surprise.



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Review Date
September 24, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: sullivand ,  Downhiller

Summary:
fun, but if you not into difficult trails this ones not for you. Awsome ride but has a farily hard rock garden and lots of verying obsticals. NOt a place for beginers unless you love bleeding

Recommended Route:
have no idea can't drive.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
after the first hill and nice freestyle trail.



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Review Date
May 25, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Judge Smails ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Great trail. Rode the Blue trail from Gambrill out to the look out, up and over Bob's Hill and then took the road back (7 hours with a lunch break and a few mechanicals). Lots of great downhills, rock gardens, and killer climbs. Just a great trail that you can ride as long as you want on.

Recommended Route:
Blue Trail from Gambrill State Park out to the lookout, down to the ranger station, up Bob's Hill and down the backside, from there you can take the rode back to Gambrill (about 27 miles or so total) or take the road back to the lookout and ride Blue back (closer to 35 miles)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
None - first time to the area



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Review Date
May 4, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: LD , from Wheaton

Summary:
Extremely difficult. Rock, rooty, hilly, rugged, technical, and any other adjective that describes hard singletrack. Some parts are unrideable going up so look for detours (still extremely hard, just rideable). best to make loops with other trails anyways.

Recommended Route:
follow the blue blazes for this trail. better to make loops with other trails

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Other trails in Gambrill and Watershed, Greenbrier



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Review Date
April 24, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: George , from Carlsbad, CA

Summary:
Just like everyone says, very rocky and challenging. Tons o' fun for experienced riders. very rough for entry level riders. Lots of Dirt Roads on Frederick Watershed land for Novices. Nice area, not too crowded, close to D.C./Baltimore, Challenging

Recommended Route:
Park on Hamburg Road near Yellow Springs. Just after the last house from bottom there is a dirt road that comes in from the left. Ride up there to the Catoctin Trail. Or ride up Hamburg Road to Gambrill Park Road, turn left, ride to the Catoctin trail head. Ride the Catoctin trail over a ridge or two, turn off and go down old logging roads/trail through Frederick Watershed land back down to Hamburg Road. This way you can ride up a road and ride down the gnarly rocky terrain. Or shuttle it for multi laps. Get a map.



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