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Meadow Mountain Trail

Average Rating:    (4.4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

A continous up hill on a fire road for 2.5 miles, then a single track down hill with many obstacles...One section with rail road ties, few fallen trees to hop, and many rocky areas which require experience.
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Latitude
39.521654381036264
Longitude
-79.29279327392578
Trail Directions
From Rt. 219 turn on to Rock Lodge Road until you reach State Park Rd. and make a SHARP right. Continue for half a mile and the trail head has a sign saying "Fire Tower 2.5 miles"
Trail Length
5 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Deep Creek Lake
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
September 18, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: urbaindk ,  Downhiller

Summary:
Relatively easy climbing on fire roads then fast technical descents through rock gardens make it hard to rate this trail for difficulty. One trail, the Firetower trail has an extremely high pucker factor for descent and is, I would hazard a guess to say, impossible to climb. The trails are well signed and it should be really hard to get lost.

Recommended Route:
Meadow Mnt trail to the second Brant Mine trail entrance, then loop back on the Brant Mine Trail. This short section has some nice technical rock gardens and was probably my favorite part of the trail. Once back on the Meadow Mountain trail, continue the clockwise loop. It's a bit of a climb up to the fire towers. From the fire tower, continue on Meadow Mountain, over the railroad tie section (careful when they are wet, it's slick!), pass the turn off for the Indian Turnip Trail go out and back to the park boundary. Then hop on the Indian Turnip Trail. This is a nice, fairly loose down hill. You have to pay attention because there is a turn off that you can miss, you want to head right. Once you are at the bottom of the ridge, the trail goes through a long series of rockgardens that are pretty tough to ride.

For a second loop hop back on Meadow Mountain and climb back to the towers. Then head down the Firetower trail, (starts on the left side of the towers), but only if you are comfortable with extreme downhill trails. It's stupid steep.

Total ride: 10 miles.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If you don't want to earn your DH, I recommend riding at Wisp or Timberline. If you want outstanding XC riding head to Canaan. If you want to take the kids for a ride, head over to New Germany State Park.



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Review Date
August 20, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: jordan , from Baltimore

Summary:
park at the Deep Creek Lake State Park campground office parking lot. head up the road like you are going into the campground but insted of turning left to got into the campground go straight ahead to the sign that has all of the different trails written on it. the meadow mountian trail goes striaght ahead for about a tenth of a mile then it turns off to the left. (trail is blazed white.) after making the left turn you run on some what of rolling terrian for about 3/4ths of a mile up behind the campground. after 3/4ths of a mile you start to have some serious up hill for about a half mile where you go around a hair pin right turn. after the turn you will see the back of a road sign that is for coming down the trail and it says sharp left turn (the sign is filled with bullet holes). after the hair pin turn you have steep up hill for about another quater mile. the steep uphill ends at the junction of meadow mountian trail and the brant mine trail (blazed red). after the junction you are almost on the top of the mountain. your go about a third of a mile from the brant mine trail junction to some towers (cell, microwave, and a fire tower). you should stop at the junctin where there is a fire rad going off to your left and a white trail system sign on a 4" square wooden post. from here you can either turn around and go back down the meadow mountain trail or (i prefer) go down the fire road to your left. the fire road has no blazes but you cant get lost on it. from the campgroundd it is 2.03 miles to the top of the mountian to the junction with the fire road. if you take the fire road you go about 2.5 miles down to state park road. the trail doesnt look steep but i was screaming when i came down the fire roadd. i averaged abut 23mph the whole way down. once oyu get to state park road you want to make a left and head back towards the state park. from there to the state park is about 2 miles along the road, but the road has very little traffic.

Recommended Route:
meadow mountain trail (blazed white) to the fire road or turn around and go back down the meadow mountain trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Herrington manor SP to swallow falls SP



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Review Date
July 26, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Brian , from Detroit, Mi

Summary:
Meadow Mountain Trail-One section with rail road ties which is an interesting ride, very bumpy, the rest is pretty simple, basic uphill and downhill, nothing very technical
Indian Turnip Trail-My personal favorite, many big trees to jump, VERY rocky, most of the trail you don't even touch dirt, its mainly rocks!

Recommended Route:
Many different choices, all come down to two main trails....Indian Turnip Trail(Advanced) and Meadow Mountain Trail(fairly simple, a lot of uphill)



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Review Date
July 26, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Boinking Biker , from Silver Run

Summary:
Start ride at bridge. Be prepared for long up hill climb. Follow Meadow Mountain trail until intersection marking at Indian Turnip Trail. (This is a challenging rocky descent). At next intersection, turn right and them make your first left. This trail weaves behind the campsites in the state park. (This is an easy section) After passing camper sites, cross over a parking area. (Cabins are located to your right)Trail proceeds up a short steep gravel enbankment. Follow trail to the end, crossing thru at least 2 intersections, passing Brant Mine Trail (Brant Mine is rocky and technical). At the end trails curves around to the right and begins another long uphill climb. Following this trail straight to the top and taking the second trail on your left will put you back on the Meadow Mountain Trail and bring you out at the Fire Tower Intersection. Pass fire tower and continue on Meadow Mountain Trail across 'natures boardwalk'. You will come to the Indian Turnip Trail Sign again. You have made a hell of a loop. It is a blast riding down Meadow Mountain back to your vehicle. A down hill thrill well earned after 2 massive climbs.

Recommended Route:
From 219 travel east on Glendale Rd. (pass the state park sign) Travel on Glendale Road and take 1st left after North Glade.(North Glade is on the right). Proceed on gravel road until you get to bridge. Parking area on the right. This is state property.



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Review Date
July 26, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Brian , from Detroit, Mi

Summary:
Meadow Mountain Trail-One section with rail road ties which is an interesting ride, very bumpy, the rest is pretty simple, basic uphill and downhill, nothing very technical
Indian Turnip Trail-My personal favorite, many big trees to jump, VERY rocky, most of the trail you don't even touch dirt, its mainly rocks!

Recommended Route:
Many different choices, all come down to two main trails....Indian Turnip Trail(Advanced) and Meadow Mountain Trail(fairly simple, a lot of uphill)



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