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Northwest Branch

Average Rating:    (3.83 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

This trail changes with the seasons. There is a windy singletrack that follows the edge of the Northwest Branch creek. Also a (usually) gravel utilities road that runs adjacent to this single track. The single track is fairly windy, sometimes it shoots you ought towards overhangs so be careful especially if the water is low. Some sandy washes to look for, a couple of dips that will give you a nice ejection. If it has rained, be prepared to mud bog it. Don't stop when you get to what appears to be the end, about 4 miles in. Cross the shallow ford straight ahead and head to the left. The trail here is a bit faster and will take you all the way to Colesville Rd. If you are brave, like I was till I fell off once, ride the tops of the drain pipes where they cross over the hollers. This is a fun local trail. If it get's routine, try it at night, in the snow, naked etc...
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Latitude
39.05958318062962
Longitude
-77.02154159545898
Trail Directions
Park at Wheaton Regional Park, near Brookside gardens off Glenallen Dr. lot. Map of trail system there will get you to the NW Branch trail head. OR Park along Kemp Mill Rd where the trail from wheaton regional joins the Northwest Branch trail.
Trail Length
12 mile loop
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Wheaton
   


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Review Date
December 2, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: John ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I rode this trail today. it has been wet in the past few days so the mud bogs are extremely fun. There are windy turns with dips crossing through streams leading to the creek. Leaving tire marks in the mud is the reason i love it. As Brad Paisley would say. you gotta get a little mud on the tires.

Recommended Route:
Get on at Kemp Mill and Glen Allen. Go about a mile and cross the bridge to the single track path because the gravel path is rather boring. Go until you can't go anymore!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Horseback Trails at Wheaton Regional. Swamp trails are all around Pine Lake at Wheaton Regional if you want some southern style mud bogging.



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Review Date
January 12, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: thecrackerasscracker ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
cool trail definitly worth riding

Recommended Route:
go past the waterfall on 29



Comments
thecrackerasscracker (04/28/2008)
crack kills
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Review Date
August 16, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: peter , from silver spring

Summary:
This trail is good place for a beginner to learn how to control your bike. There are lots of trees and little turns you have to do so you'll learn to control your bike and not fall. a very few logs but some hill climbing, down hill and dips. like I said, a good place to learn to control your bike and get in shape.
As someone mentioned, vegetation can get pretty thick...and also some thorny plants that will stick to you. So watch out for those.

Recommended Route:
start from trail behind Spring Brook HS, entering from Spring Brook drive. Once you hit the stream, go left. Keep on going (about 3 miles) till you hit Route 29. Go back on the other side (this is actual Northwest branch) of stream for about 3.0 miles. Come back across little bridge and come back to where you started (2 miles). It can take...2.5 to 3.5 hours..depending on who you go with!



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Review Date
April 27, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Baldensperger , from Silver Spring

Summary:
The best time of year on the left (northeast) bank is not the fall. It is the second half of April, when the forest floor is COVERED with beautiful blue flowers and other interesting spring vegetation. It's a wonderland down there. Riding in from Kemp Mill, there is a fork in the road. The right fork takes you along right bank by way of the gravel (horsepath) road mentioned above. The left fork takes you over the branch on a nice bridge to the left bank, but, to continue downstream by this, you must turn right on the less-traveled pathway. In summer, this pathway become very difficult or impossible to follow, and you can find yourself in a trackless wilderness of briars. In spring, summer, and fall, it's much easier to follow. It's easiest to follow, however, in the upstream direction, so you can go downstream by the right bank, and then upstream on the left. The pipes mentioned above now cannot be ridden over. They are encased in metal cages that evidently are intended to keep them from collapsing. But, in the old days, they were VERY fun to ride accross.

Recommended Route:
Easiest and most interesting to enter from the dead ends of adjacent neighborhood roads in the Springbrook neighborhood off New Hampshire Avenue just south of Springbrook High School and St. John's Roman Catholic Church--or by using the end of Tanley Road, the next road south along New Hampshire.



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Review Date
October 4, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Brendan , from Maryland

Summary:
MAKE SURE YOU DON'T GO ON THE GRAVEL PATH!! THAT'S A HORSE TRAIL AND YOUR BIKE WILL BE TAKEN AWAY!!! Make sure to cross the creek to a reeeally thin path. It's fun, though, not the fastest. Go in fall when the plants have died otherwise the growth is unimaginably thick. Make sure to stop at Wheaton Cycles for your pre ride maitenance!

Recommended Route:
Off of Kempmill

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Maydale



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