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swarthmore

Average Rating:    (3 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 3

this trail is very technical. awesome climbs and super technical downhills. short loop but many trails intersect to make a nice run for an hour. many rock few hidden planks with big drop offs on other side. and many fine women up on the campus . if you need back up water there is a track for running w/ an outdoor water fountain ,enjoy . its a great traing ride like i said steep ass climbs
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Latitude
39.90206579970405
Longitude
-75.36088943481445
Trail Directions
from north take 476 s to exit 2 springfield . at bottom turn leeft on ramp and follow to signs for for 320 make right and follow for about a mile . go under train bridge and make left rite after. almost like a u-turn school behind you . trail heads everywhere behind any building. 320 south is where the school is (swarthmore college}
Trail Length
about a mile loop
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Swarthmore
State/Territory/Province
deleware county
Zip/Postal Code
19086
Country
united states
   


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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

Review Date
May 7, 2013

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Blackdeath ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Roughly 3 loops of maybe 6-8 miles depending on how you do it. I ride here all the time.

Note: the local IMBA club has taken steps to work with the County to rebuild and maintain the trails in Smedley Park, if you ride there please see the following website and email. There is a trail build day Sat. May 11th at the park. I'll try and post info as necessary.

Site:
http://www.septrmtb.org/

Email:
SMEDLEY@septrmtb.org

Recommended Route:
Easy way... enter park from Baltimore Pike just east of Blue Route on the north side, park... find trails, ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Marsh Creek, French Creek, Wissahickon, Blue Marsh, White Clay, Fair Hill....



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Review Date
March 19, 2013

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Steve O ,  Racer

Summary:
This trail system "used to be" sick. Sea-saw drop in, corkscrew's, fast bank-burms, tables tops and hips, fast single track and the county -- TORE IT DOWN -- ...its ALL gone. I guess the trails could still be ridden, but at this moment it's a muddy and mostly flat mess. I am not sure why this town would tear it down. It's clearly a ride at your own risk type of situation. I would venture out to say that it used to be one of the best free-style all mountain parks around. Now that it's gone, you are better off going to down the road to the Brandywine. Bummer, I am going to miss the SWATH!

Recommended Route:
...it's all gone. =(

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Marsh Creek, Wissahickon, Brandywine, Middle Run, Ironhill and Fairhill.



Comments
Blackdeath (05/07/2013)
Unfortunately the County tore it all down because of some misguided unfortunate trail features that were built that were over the top and tipped off the County to what was going on there (not an excuse, but they don't really patrol/check that portion of the park that often, they didn't even really know about all of the building). That said the local IMBA club that oversees Wissahickon (SEPTR) in conjunction with some of the more organized local riders, including myself, have been working with the County to remedy the situation.

There is a trail building day to correct the damage and rebuild the trail on Saturday May 11 at Smedley Park. We could use more people who want to be involved in responsible trail building at Smedley Park. see email below.

For more information use this email: SMEDLEY@septrmtb.org
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Review Date
January 13, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Robgrasso ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Trail is an awesome loop. Uphills and downhills. There are a few very technical sections, rock gardens, a few logs, and crick crossings. Loop is about 3.8 miles, but if you cross over Wallingford rd. and follow the crick, you can enter into smedley park and make a loop to probably 8-10 miles. There is trail markers with yellow paint. Love it here.

Recommended Route:
Enter off of 320. Park at the squash courts. ( I believe) then take the road downhill, trail head will be on your right.



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