Home  >>Trails >> United States Trails >>Pennsylvania >>

Lat: Lng:

Belmont Plateau

Average Rating:    (3.8 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 10

Some fun singletrack and fire roads. A main trail (fireroad) cuts through the entire area, with various singletrack sections cutting across the trail. I haven't found a complete "loop" yet, so any help is appreciated! The singletrack is tight and mostly beginner to intermediate with some difficult sections. Mostly hard pack with some soft sections.
discuss this trail in the Pennsylvania forum >>
post pictures of this trail >>
search for trail pictures >>

This trail doesn't have any Longitude and Latitude data for the map. Participate and drag the red marker to the correct location.
Enter a Starting Point (City, State, or Landmark)


[X]Cancel
Latitude
39.98887585857484
Longitude
-75.20738124847412
Trail Directions
Part of Fairmount Park. Take West River Drive to Montgomery Drive, go up Montgomery Drive and under I76. After 76, make a right in to the first parking lot entrance (it's basically a long driveway). Continue until the driveway ends. At that point you will see the beginning of the trail, which starts of as a fireroad.
Trail Length
5+ Miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Philadelphia
   


Sort Reviews by:  Latest Review | Best Rating
Reviews 1 - 5 (10 Reviews Total) View All | Next 5

Review Date
July 23, 2014

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

Rate this review?

Reviewed by: Colin Armstrong ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
A good mix of trails throughout the area. The trails are very windy and some technical areas. Lots of logs to jump. Some trails are a bit overgrown and seem to be get few riders.

Recommended Route:
I started by the baseball field across from the horse stables on Chamoniux. I snaked around through various trails and eventually ended up near the open fields down the hill from Belmont Mansion. Most trails go through woods, split various directions, but all seem to eventually get you back out to the fire road. The fire road runs through the entire area and can be accessed directly from the recycling Dr, or near the Cancer Support Center on Chamoniux Rd (there is a trailhead at the edge of the field near the entrance).

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I am visiting the area for work and was able to bring my bike. I haven't ridden other trails around here yet. My hometown is Catonsville, MD. If you are in the Baltimore area, ride Patapsco at 195 and Rolling Rd.



Would you like to Comment?
Join MTBR for a free account, or Login if you are already a member.

Review Date
November 2, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

Rate this review?

Reviewed by: pasan215 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Tight, loopy singletrack...not very technical...but a quick, fun, and interesting ride

Recommended Route:
I started out at Belmont Plateau and just rode around for 2 hours...I ended up at the Tennis Courts @ Chamounix park...then hopped back in the woods and ended up coming out by the mansion...then ended up by a baseball field...if your confused it is because I was confused as well...basically just get there and explore

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The Wissahickon is much more technical, but it is a straight ride...belmont is a really nice change of pace b/c of how loopy it is



Would you like to Comment?
Join MTBR for a free account, or Login if you are already a member.

Review Date
February 20, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

Rate this review?

Reviewed by: WestPhilly Fat Tire House ,  Downhiller

Summary:
This trail is a great ride especially if you live in the area (ie West Philly, Belmont, Germantown, and W. Girard St area). i try to make a habit of going there at least once a week and keep continual maintenance in the area. Like other reviewers have said before me, its not an epic ride or anything to piss yerself over but if you want a quick low commitment ride, this is the place for you. full of skinny twisting single track with a constantly improving arsenal of man built and natural obstacles, this is a great place to go out with a buddy and play follow the leader, seeing if you can keep up with the leader through the ridiculous twists and 180 degree turns. Great for a nice single speed ride (i ride a SE DJ Flyer and its a perfect bike to goof around on) or a XC rider who wants tight winding trails. Ive maybe seen 5 people on this trail at once so its a nice change from the other crowded trails in the area. Also, you can pretty much ride your bike here from anywhere in western philadelphia. take yer single speed out there and give it a chance. its a guaranteed fun ride.

Recommended Route:
Drive almost all the way to the Chamonouix Mansion and you'll see a horse stable with a baseball diamond across from it. Ride to the farthest backstop from where you are and behind it there will be a trail head marked "thrasher hill" (practically the longest downhill in the park at maybe 500 feet) and go down the steep straight away or to the left or right for more flat but technical singletrack. get yerself lost in the trails and yer guaranteed a great ride, explore and you'll find more!!!!! i swear its endless!!!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The Wild Wicked Wissahickon



Would you like to Comment?
Join MTBR for a free account, or Login if you are already a member.

Review Date
April 28, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

Rate this review?

Reviewed by: lotekbike ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This place had gotten so much better over the years- kudos to all those who have worked to make it better. I agree with what most of the others have said- it's not a big park but there are more trails there than you'd think. I don't know if I would travel far to ride here (the nearby Wissahickon is much larger and more technical) but it's great if you live in the city or nearby 'burbs. One plus over Wissahickon is that practically no one else use the trails so you don't have to worry about hikers, horses, and unleashed dogs.

No major climbs, no super technical stuff (but there are a ton of logs), and lots of small twisty trails makes this is a great single speed place, in fact if you show up for the Thursday night "race" about 1/4 of the riders will be on single speeds.

Recommended Route:
It's not that big- just show up and ride. If you think you've ridden it all, turn around and ride it backwards- it's totally different!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Wissahickon.



Would you like to Comment?
Join MTBR for a free account, or Login if you are already a member.

Review Date
December 28, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

Visitors rate this review
5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

Rate this review?

Reviewed by: louieharris ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This place has really grown and become a great ride. In the summer months, every Thursday night there is a "race", really a fast XC ride, and they plot out a nice course. The trails are not marked very well but that would be a waste anyway because you can go so many different ways. But I am positive there are at least 10 miles of twisting singletrak with some nice hills. Go there and explore, but caution, this is in Philly and it can get sketchy, but not that bad. Just ride with a few people and don't be an ass. Oh and thanks a lot to whoever the group is that maintains these trails. THey do an awesome job. Oh yea, one day Jamis had the team rig there and demo'ed all their sweet bikes. THat was a cool surprise. email me if you want to ride there and don't know where to go...

Recommended Route:
Start at parking lot and ride. If you ride fast, you will get a workout, if not then you won't. But you'll have fun either way.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Wissahickon, Valley Forge, Neshaminy High School.



Would you like to Comment?
Join MTBR for a free account, or Login if you are already a member.
Reviews 1 - 5 (10 Reviews Total) View All | Next 5

MTBR on Facebook