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Wissahickon Trails

Average Rating:    (3.76 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 17

This is a nice, quiet area for biking. A long path covered with tiny pebbles (a.k.a. a road) stretches for about 12 miles through the Wissahickon Valley. To your left and right all along the way you'll find side trails that lead you off into small creeks, up treacherous climbs, onto singletracks with 20-foot dropoffs to one side and blue-blazed downhills intended only for full-suspension bikes. They're a lot of fun. If you're in the Philadelphia area you should stop by and check em out. Ask for directions. Everybody around there knows where they are. P.S. The best trail (in my opinion) is exactly 1 half mile down from "the valley green inn" when the inn is on your right.
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Latitude
40.07649521197062
Longitude
-75.23004055023193
Trail Directions
This is more a collection of short trails than one long trail. They're found in an area of the Wissahickon known as "Valley Green". I'm just a kid, don't ask me for streetnames, I'll get em wrong. Instead, use a map!
Trail Length
10-20 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Philadelphia
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Review Date
August 26, 2009

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Nubuanbud2 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Not a beginner trail! There are lots of technical parts that require the right equipment, full-suspension and or experience. I took a 12 year old, who pushed and slid most of the way and a 17 year old who craked his helmet that I leant him for the day. The climbs are steep and technical. Very challenging and fun for me but I pushed at times too. Could be a fitness level thing. This is a great trail to see where your fitness and skill level are.

Recommended Route:
Not sure I got lost the second time I went.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Penny Pack



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Review Date
April 27, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Jeff Rains ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Recently bought a mountain bike but have been riding for exercise for about 3 years. Usually do hybrid riding but am getting into mountain biking. This trail kicked my ass and i consider myself to be in pretty good shape for 33 years old. It was my first time mountain biking in about 10 years so i was not confident taking the trail. the downhill and straightaways were great but the uphill did me in. I though i was going to die. I need practice and lots of it. I went with a very experienced rider who showed me the ropes but i could not for the life of me keep up.

Recommended Route:
All of them. I have lived in the Philly area for almost 10 years and never knew this park existed until a few months ago. Safe to say, i will be going back. Hopefully a little more confident. Forbidden drive is nice for a sunday stroll with a freind of family.



Comments
Jeff Rains (04/27/2009)
Sorry, i meant the above in relation to the mountain bike trails and not forbidden drive.
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Review Date
January 23, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: jblustein ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I used to live a few blocks from this area (2004/2005) and rode/walked there quite frequently. I never ran into any problems with people complaining or yelling. You'll have to leave the main gravel trail (Forbidden Path) to find anything uphill or downhill. Trails are on both sides of the creek. I'm not a hardcore rider but the uphill sections challenged me and the downhills were short but fun.

Recommended Route:
After exploring the off-route trails, I recommend getting back on the Forbidden Path and following it South to the end. You'll end up on the corner of Ridge Road. Make a right (West) onto Ridge Ave. Bear left at the "V" and follow Main Street into Manayunk. Great place to grab lunch as there are tons of restaraunts and bars. Plenty of outdoor seating for sunny days.



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Review Date
October 9, 2006

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mikeelikesit ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
After a glowing review from a fellow rider, a group of us drove a few hours to ride the "Wicked Wissahickon" on an awesome sunny fall day. After securing a parking place (not an easy feat on a nice day) we clipped in and headed out ready for action...down a paved road. Then some more paved path. With walkers, joggers, baby strollers, hikers and bikers all over it. Well, this is downtown Philly, after all, I thought. After a few miles, I started to wonder when the "wicked" part was going to start. After a few more miles I started to wonder when the singletrack was going to start...this trail is way wide, sandy, fast and not real challenging. Some washed out climbs and descents littered with roots, little rocks and bricks (bricks??) kept us awake, and so did the several dozen aforementioned trail users...do not go fast on this trail!! During the last few miles, I just gave up and enjoyed the scenery, which is quite nice.

Recommended Route:
For a nice Sunday ride with girlfriend/wife, do the yellow trail or stick to the gravel bike path. For good northeastern singletrack, go someplace else...

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I can't believe I passed Jim Thorpe on the way to this ride...



Comments
madmavic (01/22/2007)
this guy has no clue
mikeelikesit (03/05/2007)
Sorry we drove 2.5 hours for that ride? Yes... clueless after 19 years of riding off-road? No...
madmavic (04/12/2007)
well, im a local rider for ten plus years. if you had a lead rider who knew where he was going it would have been a more pleasent ride. for you to review based on one misinformed negative riding experience is wrong and misleading.
rollertoaster (09/01/2007)
you obviously don't know what you're talking about. Get a trail map and ride the upper trails. You stayed on forbidden drive, which is lame.
chewster (08/23/2009)
i think he was on kelly drive... which is kinda of lame except for all the cute girls.
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Review Date
August 28, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: ironcobra ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is a great trail to go on for fun. If you are looking for jumps and a lot of speed this is not the place to go. Thats one reason why im going somewhere else soon. Also i agree with the rest of the people who said it. Be careful around the people on the main trail(forbidden drive) they are b*tches. One wrong move and you have a whole crowd yelling at you. In my opinion get off the main trail as quickly as possible

Recommended Route:
any trail that hasnt been touched recently by park maitenence

Other recommended trails in the same area:
im getting into downhill/freeride so i recommend diablo freeride park



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