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Wissahickon Valley

Average Rating:    (4.52 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 81

Lots of technical climbing and descending. Roots, rocks,and if you know where to look, drop-offs. Did I say technical.
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Latitude
-75.21334648132324
Longitude
40.048708426145126
Trail Directions
Directions to "Valley Green", "Lincoln Drive", or "Bells Mill Road" can be gotten thru The Fairmount Commission at 215-685-0000. Permits are required here and can be had at the same number for free, but you can give a donation that goes into trail maintenance and signage.
Trail Length
14 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Philadelphia
   


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Review Date
May 23, 2016

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: cleanneon98 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
BRUTAL!!! Lots of climbing, and I mean LOTS of it. most of the time my friend and I were there, we had to walk our bikes up hills (rather wet and rocky to be climbing). Most of the time, we felt like we were going the wrong way because every uphill felt like we should have been going down it, there was just no way to climb it.

Not a lot of very "flowy" sections here, I really had to slow down early and often and navigate between all of the rocks, almost falling twice.

I'll have to check out other trails in the park, but I'm giving this one a 4. It's a great system, just too challenging for me. There were only 2 sections we could actually blast through at a considerable pace, the rest was done at mostly crawling pace.

I've been here once a year ago on a Hardtail, FS bike made life on the descents easier, but climbing was still difficult, in some sections downright impossible. My friend who was with me also rides dirtbikes, and said that even for a dirtbike to make it up some of those hills would be a challenge.

If you go, prepare to fall, prepare to be frustrated, and prepare to be tired. Remember, what goes up must come down, and you WILL eventually find a sweet descent after all the climbing

Recommended Route:
I believe I started at Valley Green lane, turned RIGHT onto the orange trail before hitting the Inn itself



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Review Date
August 23, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: 247 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is BEST trail system I have ever been to (with location, etc.) It has everything you could want for beginners to experts (and has Singletrack trail across the street on Lincoln Drive.) And a few minutes away it has the 'Belmont Platuea' for a completely dufferent riding experience. This place embodies the Northeast Trail (Rocky and Rooty.) It is different in some places from a few years ago (with new trails and contsruction) but it flows even better now (I think.)

This is the ONLY place riding solo where I take chances (because you will usually get help in a few minutes from another biker of hiker)--no other trail system I have been to has that really..

You can leave here (or the fast Singletrack at Belmont Plateau) up the street and ride down to the Art Museum (in a very scenic route) and run up the stairs like 'Rocky'!!! Where else can you ride a bike to downtown to the city and have this view (of Boathouse row!!)

Recommended Route:
Depends where you park and which way you want to hit the FLOW of certain trails.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
no need to because THE WISS is GREAT... Philly is the BOMB for food and attractions (and the birthplace of America)---to have this trail within the city limits is just Insane!!
The Manayunk wall is right down the street (roadies know about that!!) But just be careful where you park to not have any 'Break-Ins'---yes It is Philly by the way (I was born and raised in the city!)



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Review Date
April 22, 2012

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: Lugo215 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Trail has all level for rookies to pro nice uphill and it's pretty technical I just loved it cause it's a challenge to me and it's also fun just to mess around doing jumps at the wissahickon bowls

Recommended Route:
Henry to wise mill rd when u coming down it look to ure right or left there trails going both ways



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Review Date
November 17, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: korbs ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Lots of technical climbs and decents, also more and more logs and log bridges appearing every time I ride this particular trail. Roots and rocks galore. Perfect amount of tough decents versus climbs for a balanced technical ride.

Recommended Route:
I am not one to pay alot of attention to route colors or names, but im pretty sure the yellow trail that starts on forbidden drive a mile or so up from ridge, which goes to I believe wises mills. Really fun!



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Review Date
April 30, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: pasan215 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Some technical climbs and descents...nice rocky parts...good quick riding...this place is IN THE CITY which makes it such a awesome place to me...you can get out of the streets and experience some good fun in a gorgeus setting...recently I have taken to trying some of the non-mtb trails just to switch things up and I think these would be described as very technical and sometimes just plain sketchy

Recommended Route:
hop on at Henry and Livezy and you'll find a fun way to enter onto the trails...I usually just enter at Lincoln Drive because it is the closest part to my house...but in reality enter where ever its clever because what makes the Wiss' so fun is experimenting with different routes and trying to find new trails and new scenary

Other recommended trails in the same area:
unfortunately I have never been anywhere else except Belmont Plateau and I'm not a fan of the Plateau...I give it a 5 because it really is the best place in Philadelphia!!!!!



Comments
buddhak (05/27/2010)
"recently I have taken to trying some of the non-mtb trails just to switch things up and I think these would be described as very technical and sometimes just plain sketchy"

They can also be described as off-limits to MTBers. By poaching hiking trails you might destroy the good thing MTBers have going in the Wiss. Please stay on the proper trails. Families with kids need a safe place to explore the Wiss without having to worry about encountering us.
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