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MCB Quantico

Average Rating:    (4.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

Fire break that leads to an intersection of five trails that have shown improvement over the last 4 years. Moderate climbs on two of the sections, with an area of single track that has plenty of twists and hills. One section has very steep climbs with log obstacles and ramps. Some of the fire breaks are well-suited for cross bikes. The bad news: some trails dead-end, the area is sometimes off-limits due to hunting season, and the trails are accessible only if you have a DOD ID card or if there is a race.
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Latitude
38.51919435093496
Longitude
-77.30662822723389
Trail Length
7
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Quantico
State/Territory/Province
VA
Country
US
Web Address
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Review Date
November 1, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Mitch ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I work on Quantico and ride these trails at least once a week. This is a great trail network; probably the best and most interesting I've been on. However, i do not recommend them for beginners. There are some long climbs with root systems and wash outs that make maintaining forward momentum difficult. No matter what trail you take your leg strenght and cardio endurance will be put to the test. There are several sections where I have to get off and hoof it; most of the trail sections I ride in low gear. But, it's a lot of fun, with some great scenery.

Recommended Route:
Start at the hunter's parking area off of russel road and pick your poison. "Biker bumps" section is a must; recommend it for the end.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Laurel Hill, Meadowwood, Fountainhead



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Review Date
May 2, 2011

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: Futile ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Located aboard MCB Quantico, MTB trail complex is a great training area; this area will build build leg stamina and stress rider endurance. You will be constanly presented with: up/down hill; roots/logs; marginal technicals; slick run-offs; small crossings. The newly reworked trailhead begins at the Child Development Center with two trail choices: white arrow trail which is a more energetic trail of ~9 miles with nearly 6k of climb, and yellow arrow trail which is a great beginner run of ~6 miles with nearly 4k of climb. Bring your repair gear...I have seen many in need. No facilities available for water or restrooms. Some of the trails are shared with horses, runners, and naturalists...so be aware. Enter the trails with the mindset that at some point a chest level tree will be blown down accross the trail. I personally ride the white arrow trail a couple times a week. I feel that this is the best overall trail complex in the D.C. NCR.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hollywood Farms, Fountainhead, and Wakefield.



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Review Date
November 15, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: CXMOTO ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
These trails rock! I ride with a group at least once a week here. These trails offer challenging climbs and great down hills. 95% of the trail is single track with some fire roads. Some sections you share with runners so be courteous. There are plenty of technical parts going both up and down. There are no really long down hills or climbs over a ½ mile. Most are a few hundred meters or less. There are a few jumps and some easy bridge crossings. Great trail with easy access!

Recommended Route:
Either Rt 1 or I-95 will get you there. Exit at Quantico Marine Corps base (north exit 150) or (south exit 148) and enter the gate. Turn on to Purvis road (left just past the MCX if from the south gate) (second right if from the north gate). Parking is in the back of the Child Development Center lot. Here you will find the trail entrance and exit. Don’t really need a map as the trails are marked with arrows either white (9 miles) or yellow (??? Miles) BUT YOU HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION. I follow the white for about 5.25 miles then hang a right on yellow back to the CDC lot (going clockwise).

Other recommended trails in the same area:
None as of yet. This one is so close and such a great ride, don’t really need to look elsewhere.



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Review Date
June 3, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: DHill ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Must have a DoD card/sticker to get on base and ride. Once on the trail, you'll know right away that this isn't a flat ride. There are two trails, one with a white arrow indicator and one with a yellow arrow indicator. The white is a race loop and is about 9 miles , while the yellow is a recreational loop and is about 3 miles. I found the yellow to be a little easy, but this is how it is designed. The white trail is a different story. The white trail is designed for workouts and a race. There are plenty of uphills that will get beginners, and very tired riders, off their bikes for a push. These are the best trails in Norther Virginia and the Quantico Mt Bike club has done a great job getting them up and keeping them smooth. Thanks!

Recommended Route:
Rt 1 or I-95 to the Quantico Front Gate. Turn right at the second intersection after entering the gate and left at the Child Development Center. Big map at the trail head.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
OCS has a few, however they are more designed for hikers and are often closed for military training.



Comments
Scou7 (09/16/2010)
Would you say that these trails are clearly marked as you ride through them? I'm thinking about heading out to them since the trail head is right next to my office.
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Review Date
September 19, 2009

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: ppfeifer ,  Racer

Summary:
Over 15 miles of trails are woven through the hills of Marine Corps Base Quantico. With a mixture of firebreak roads and technical single track a cross country rider should be significantly challenged. All mountain riders will likely be disappointed by the lack of jumps and long down hills. Each trail is well marked but it is still easy to get lost. Bring a map! If you are looking for a great work out this is the best trail in the area. The climbs are longer than Fountain Head and there are less roots and rocks to deal with. Overall, this is a great place to ride.

Recommended Route:
Go to www.quanticomtb.org. Their website has a comprehensive trail map that highlights the race loop used for the Cranky Monkey Mountain Bike Series. This race loop is approximately 10 miles with almost 5,000 feet of climbing. I know it's is hard to believe but the short ups and downs add up quickly. I recommend starting at the Child Development Center (CDC) because there is a parking lot there and there is a large trail map at the trail head.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Fountain Head and Wakefield



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