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The Water Shed

Average Rating:    (4.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 20

Mostly Tech. A few good down hills. Some fire trails. Mostly single track. This area offers it all.
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Latitude
39.513427496314236
Longitude
-77.49880313873291
Trail Directions
Go up and past Gambrill state park. Follow main road and make your 1st right onto Hamburg Rd. Follow that about 200 yds or so and it's your 1st parking area on the right. Follow any trail. You will not be let down.
Trail Length
anywhere from 2 to 15 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Frederick
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Review Date
September 2, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: FISHER CAT ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I`d like to rate it higher than 3.5 but the trails are too beat down We spent three and a half hours with a group that knew the trails. Did VW ,iceburg ,blue trail and many more.Some great work on rock formations and good tech dueable climbs.

Recommended Route:
similar to michaux st forest but you dixie people would get lost



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Review Date
August 4, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: gaucho78 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I haven't seen any place in PA, DE, NJ, VA, or the rest of MD that compares to here. I learned to MTB here and it remains the ultimate technical, aggressive XC style biking I've seen. Lots of rocks, elevation changes, single track, and just all around try-to-stay-on-your-bike type riding. I will say though that it lacks a northshore style skills park.
Regardless, if you want to be a more fit, more technically sound rider, this is the place to always test yourself. You have to know where you are going though for the best trails and to ever make it back to your car!

Recommended Route:
Most people don't know about the trails off of the Sand Flats parking lot up gambrill road a few miles past Hamburg road. You take a right out of the parking lot, bike on the road and take the split to the right and hit the Salamander trail head on the left. It it starts easy but gets more and more technical as you go. Eventually, you'll end up back on a gravel road that you should take a right onto and follow it for about a mile or so until the road goes up a hill. A the top of a hill hit the trail head on your left and follow it for a few hundred yards til you see another trail head on your left. Enter the hardest trail you've ever been on, ICEBERG. Once you get through that, you wil end on the blue trail that you follow to the right, cross a road, and continue to take the trail to the left when it splits. After going through a big stream, you'll climb up a switchbacked trail and at the top, take your second left and end up back at your car.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
From the Hamburg parking lot go blue (on the same side as the parking lot) until you hit a fire trail. After passing a lake on your right, take the trail on the right up to Gambril road. Left on the road up the hill til you hit a parking lot on your left. Off of that is the lawnmower trail. Take that til you hit a fire road and then take a left off of it onto blue. Take blue to an interection and turn right and go down VW trail. Eventually you'll corss the street and hit knucklebuster. Follow that til you cross a road and reconnect to blue again. You go left and be back at the parking lot, or right and do another loop and end up back at that same parking lot. From that parking lot take blue (from the same side as the parkign lot) and follow it all the way down the mountain til you end up at the bottom of Hamburg road. Fastest, scariest XC biking one should do without armor. Best have a car waiting for you at the bottom unless you want to Tour de France stlye road bike all the way back up Hamburg road.



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Review Date
August 26, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Dcp584 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I started riding last year and have found that the Shed is the most fun place to ride in the Frederick area. More recently I have been riding this loop that starts at the Hamburg Rd Parking Lot. You take the Blue trail to Lawnmower to Volkswagen to the newly created twisty windy single track awesomeness called Knucklebuster so fun. It's a good mix of ups and downs some fun features like big rocks to clear in Knuncklebuster and some badass log piles on VW. Over all super fun little loop.

Recommended Route:
Blue trail to Lawnmower to VW to Knucklebuster. But that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Watershed.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Anything in the shed is a good time. The other side of the road has a whole other set of possibilities. Also Greenbriar a little further up 40 is also a good time.



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Review Date
April 2, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Watershedman ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I live here in one of the cabins so I actually ride in this area 5 or 6 times a week. This is where I learned to Mountainbike. It is very tech. and rocky every climb is reawarded with a nice DH ride eventually. There are many trails to explore and you can connect with Gambril and catoction if you wan t a long ride.
I LOVE IT HERE IT ROCKS (literlly)
If you come by my cabin BRING BEER.
If you dont like it here dont come back LOL

Recommended Route:
The blue trail is best marked but there are many others just explore.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
ummm Gambrill, Greenbrier.



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Review Date
October 13, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Stiff ,  Downhiller

Summary:
The shed is probably the only place near DC to get a DH fix, but it has no advanced trails, and the mtn isn't very high. Looks good for semi-technical XC, though. I haven't been to any other MD destinations to compare.

Recommended Route:
drop trailz (FR/DH), blue trail descent and options (FR/DH/XC), pink trail (XC)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
none (new to area)



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