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Blue Marsh Trail

Average Rating:    (4.16 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 50

The Blue Marsh Trail surrounds the Blue Marsh lake. It was voted one of the top 10 trails in the US some time back. It is not very technical but fun to ride nontheless.
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Latitude
40.38574914967458
Longitude
-76.03860855102539
Trail Directions
Take 183 North and you will see at least three trailheads along the road.
Trail Length
26?
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Reading
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Review Date
October 30, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: jhuthpd ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Just started riding again. This trail is a mile from my house. It is a tight single track. Have been running about five or six miles in and then doubling back. Most of the trial drains preety well. There are sections where the water sits. You are able to ride around it on the raod if you know where you are at.

will update the trail stauts after SANDY passes.

Recommended Route:
Riding from the Church road south



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Review Date
July 5, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Klabick ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I just rode this trail for the fourth time in about as many years. It is still extremely fun and it is still pretty darn tough -- especially in 90 degree weather. This was the first time we parked NOT at the Stilling Basin. Instead we parked at mike marker 10 - at spring creek parking lot. This turned out to be a great move for exactly the reason mentioned in earlier reviews -- we were able to fill our camel baks at the visitor station ten miles before the end of the ride. It was clutch as we were all almost out of water and all feeling pretty worn down. The other benefit to this parking spot was we found our car very easily on the return (something you start to worry about after hours in the saddle). One mystery was that our gps and odometer both read 34+ miles -- and not the 29.1 the guide books and trail signs state. I highly recommend this ride. Give your plenty of time. And oh yeah -- there are at least 5 serious hills on this loop. 2 were deadly. That's my fair warning. Good luck.



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Review Date
August 30, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: SusanSabo ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I did lots of reading here before riding Blue Marsh yesterday. I'll let the stats speak first... go to http://connect.garmin.com/activity/46702240 for the elevation over the duration graph. On the 29.3 mile loop, there was 2,700 feet of climbing. On the 21 mile abbreviated loop, around 2050 feet of climbing. If that's hilly to you, it's hilly. [my experienced companions felt it was hilly - and so did my legs] The good news, since you end where you start you get every foot of climbing back!

Beginners, this is tough for you because there is no 'bail out' point. Once you get started you have to keep going unless you park a second car somewhere around the lake. That's a lot of fuss in my book.

I'm an intermediate rider - love flying downhill and can climb pretty well. I stepped over a few logs that are across the trail - they look newly fallen and probably will be removed because the trail is well maintained and overall, obstacle free. An impressive number of bridges are built over streams and soft areas.

The temps started at 68 and ended in the low 80s - that was hot. I think autumn would be better although the trail was dryer than ever according to the guys who have rode this a dozen times.

Water: I drank about 85 oz. in that time (3hrs 15 min. for the 21 mile loop with 3x10 minute stops) and was fine.

The tough spots on this route are loose rock climbs & descents.
Martin told me this is a field ride - no way! There is some, maybe 20% field riding. People here wrote it's flat - no way. Was it enjoyable... all the way!

There were probably 6 maps stations with 'you are here' arrows. That's great as are the mile markers right along the trail as you ride.

Final note: Todd rode with the Garmin - that's his heart rate you see there!

Recommended Route:
Advised by Scott, our host for the day who rode it both directions in one day last year, to go counter-clockwise because it's easier to follow. Worked well for us. While he scampered off on the long route, with 3 others, Neil & I found our way on the 'short' loop following the arrow signs without a glitch (but 4 eyes are better than 2 finding some of the arrow posts).

Other recommended trails in the same area:
French Creek (much more technical)



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Review Date
November 9, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: justinbe ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Most of the time, hardpacked & fast - BUT, does not drain too well, so can stay muddy for awhile! Great XC riding!

To see some trail footage, check out -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNu1k76Q2yI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7KH2HsTQl4

Recommended Route:
Lots of good spots to start/stop.



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Review Date
August 4, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: cdrush ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Dont let the red blazed trails confuse you. All they are for is horseback riders to bypass section that go over bridges or short steep areas that horses would have trouble with. These short bypasses come right back onto the regular hiking/biking trails. You should not get lost at Blue Marsh.

Someone mentioned water only at the Vistors Center...There is also water at the Dry Brooks Boat Launch Area next to the bathrooms. This is very close to the Visitors Center which is the earlier mentioned water source. The Visitors Center does close (I think hours are 8-8) while the Dry Brooks water fountain is outside just a few hundred yards off the trail. There may be water at the pay Swimming Beach...not sure.

Recommended Route:
Any

Other recommended trails in the same area:
French Creek



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