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Michael Faraday Trail

Average Rating:    (4.13 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

Lots of roots and rocks, several FUN down hills, creek crossings, and a few jumps. There are several short trails off main trail to make loops. Goes to Fairfax Lake park and great falls.
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Latitude
38.950122811406615
Longitude
-77.33222723007202
Trail Directions
Dulles toll road. Wiehle Ave exit. Go north on Wiehle ave. First light right onto Sunset Hills Road. First left onto Michael Faraday. Right into parking lot. trail head in far left corner up over hill.
Trail Length
2-10 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Reston
   


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Review Date
December 21, 2014

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: Just a Dude ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This trail is an absolute blast! It's fairly easy with enough technical challenges to keep you on your toes, but nothing dangerous. If you start at the skate rink, there are basically two loops. The first loop between the trail head and the soccer fields has lots of smaller connecting trails. You can't get lost. Try them all. If you get to the soccer fields the trail splits stay to the right and it's a fun technical challenge. Stay to the left and it's easier and shorter. They both end up at a Park, which if you stay on the trail will take you to Lake Fairfax.
I work at Tyson's and ride this all the time, and ride at night too since it's so easy to get around and not get lost. This is a great trail system for beginners and intermediates alike.

Recommended Route:
Start at the skate rink. At the first split (very close to the trail head), stay to the right. After some switchbacks you come to another split. The left jumps over a fun tree in the path, the right goes through some downhills and leads to the soccer fields. At the soccer fields I like to stay to the right for the technically challenging downhill switchbacks. But I come back up the other way which is much easier. There's a creek crossing which you can hit at good speed and run vertical up the 5' 90 degree bank, which is a blast!



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Review Date
November 30, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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1.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Jo Bob , from Westbygod

Summary:
Hey guys, This is the Difficult Run trail.Check it out under the proper listing.



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Review Date
November 27, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Dave , from Reston

Summary:
Not too technical, but it's fast and reasonably fun, and I can ride there from my garage. Going all the way to Great Falls and beyond can be a boring between Colvin Run and Great Falls, and if you don't know where you're going, you can feel like you're getting lost. Make it to Great Falls, and you can refill water there. If you don't cross Rte7, the trail continues, and takes some fun single track to loop back around to the W&OD. Take a right on the W&OD to get back to Michael Faraday. On the W&OD back you can take a left after you cross the road at the top of the first hill, and it will take you on single track to Lake Audobon. That can be fun too, but it's all roads back to Michael Faraday from there.

Recommended Route:
Start at Michael Faraday, ride to Colvin Run, Cross Rte 7 and continue all the way to Great Falls / Difficult Run / and beyond. 30 miles out and back.
OR
Ride to Colvin Run, continue the loop and finish East of Hunter Mill Road on the W&OD. Ride the W&OD back to Michael Faraday. ~8 miles.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Wakefield is the best bang for you buck within 5 minutes of the beltway. If you want to really ride, go ride Gambrills State Park and Frederick Watershed in Frederick MD. I would say that's some of the best riding on the East Coast, and you can ride 60 miles out there if you aren't afraid (or are willing) to get lost.



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Review Date
November 1, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: John , from Sterling

Summary:
This trail is FAST, especially when there hasn't been any rain in a whil, but can get muddy as Collin said. It really shouldn't be ridden for about 48 hours after measurable rain. Again, not much technical, but a lot of fun. Great training grounds for newer and intermediate riders, and great fast after work rides. But beware that this place really won't get your lungs burning, so if you ride this place well, don't expect to be able to ride places like E. Furnace, Fountainhead or Gambrill without coughing up a lung. You can ride it in a loop to the W&OD trail, a couple of miles east of where you parked at Michael Faraday, or you can turn around and ride the trail back. A lot of sections are more fun on the way back, especially the section between the W&OD and the Toll Rd underpass. Ride times for the out and back to the W&OD are anywhere between 1:10 (moving very fast and not stopping at all) and 2:00, depending on......

Recommended Route:
When you come up to Rt7, go straight across the neighborhood street. Don't cross Rt7. The really twisty narrow stuff is fun, and the other side of Rt7, which takes you North to Georgetown Pike and eventually Great Falls Park, is REALLY muddy, and never dries out. It's the kind of black mud that grabs tires and won't let go.



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Review Date
August 9, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Colin Quinn , from Tyson's Corner

Summary:
Great trail. The downhills are fun. The creek crossings are great. The jumps are a blast. Kennedy: GLad you enjoyed it. Keep at it. From a technical view point, this trail isnt very difficult. Mastering this trail will ensure better odds you will survive most others. I say survive because there is some scary stuff out there. Big groups ride on wednesday eve 5/5:30pm

Recommended Route:
See above

Other recommended trails in the same area:
wakefield, accotink, fountainhead.



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