Cabin John Trail

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8
miles

Intermediate

Singletrack
↑ 1,700 ft
↓ 1,700 ft
346
elevation (ft)
6
avg mph
48
ridden
20
wishlist
1:30
avg time

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AVERAGE RATING
3.42 out of 5
About This Trail
added by erictw83 Bunny Hop on September 16, 2007
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Within the park there is decent network of trails to ride. Nothing technically really. It\'s a fun ride in the woods. The best section of the trail is outside the park actually. The south side of the trail ends on Democracy Blvd near it\'s intersection with Seven Locks road. Make a left on Seven Locks rd and pedal (~.25 mi) until you see a sign (clearly marked, can\'t miss it) for the Cabin John trail. The section between Seven Locks and Bradley Blvd is sweet, sweet singletrack with some nice decents/climbs depending on dircection, but only 1.5 miles. The next section between Bradley Blvd and River Rd is just okay. It\'s flats but really, really rooted everywhere. The next section between Bradley Blvd and Seven Locks lower down is nothing special. The next section along Seven Locks is fun and a bit more tech with sharp cornering and 2 tight stream crossings. After that section the trail becomes a hike a bike unless your super man.
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BGO on August 2, 2014
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Review: This is a great trail! Lots of fun mountain biking to be done here. Took my friend and I about an hour and a half round trip. There are definitely some difficult parts (tight turns, tall roots, big rocks), and I actually took a pretty nasty fall at one point (something that could have been avoided had I been a little bit more careful going down the hill), but overall a very pleasant ride! I would definitely recommend it to any beginner or intermediate level mountain biker. The trail is not crowded (saw a few hikers but that was about it) so you can really go at whatever pace you want. Enjoy!

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gsrobinson on May 9, 2014
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Review: Fun trail to ride in the middle of a weekday! Can get crowded on the weekends though.

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Team_Rubythroat on May 26, 2013
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Review: Great trail, I found a way to go around the hill by Shirley Povich Field. There iis also a nice doubletrack, fire roadish, gravel/dirt path underneath the powerlines if you are not as experienced.

Similar Trail: Schaeffer Farms

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29erberry on December 12, 2012
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Review: It is an exciting ride!

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AJ711 on October 13, 2012
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Review: Rode from Goya Dr all the way down to River Road and it was a blast. Lots of good hills (up and down), good technical sections, well packed single track and an overall GREAT time. You'll find more hikers on the middle sections, especially where the small network of trails are, but the lower portion (Democracy Blvd to River) is pretty well empty of people. You'll end up doing a small stint down Seven Locks Road, but the blue blazes are painted on the trees and you'll see the trail head on the other side of the guardrail as you head south on Seven Locks.

Similar Trail: Schaeffer Farms, Seneca Ridge Trail, Seneca Creek Greenway Trail, Lower Magruder, Fairland Regional Park

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AJ711 on October 13, 2012
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Review: Lots of evidence of damage from this summer's storms, but all the trails are open and able to be ridden. They've done an excellent job on upkeep. Trail can get very technical very quickly, but overall, an excellent ride. Network of trials in the middle is fun and offers lots of options. A few trails aren't on the maps, but are included in the GPS map offered here.

Similar Trail: Schaeffer Farms, Seneca Ridge Trail, Seneca Creek Greenway, Lower Magruder Trail,

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ferneau on July 15, 2012
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Review: There are many separate trails within this system - some easier, some harder. Note that today (15-July-2012) I was riding one of the easier portions (trailhead at Goya to Tuckerman) and due to down trees (not just branches which we did our best to trim/move/etc.) we ended up carrying our bikes for a bit. Be prepared to do a bit of carrying or bring a chainsaw (a real chainsaw). I haven't tried any other part of the system since the storm two weeks ago.

Similar Trail: We really like Schaeffer in Germantown. Many, many options and last Sunday's ride was terrific with scores of people cleaning up the trails.

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jfigel76 on December 23, 2011
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Review: I parked at 7701 Tuckerman and did 15 miles at night with MORE. Lots of singletrack, out and back. A few road crossings and a few dabs. Great trail work.

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jfigel76 on December 23, 2011
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Review: Did a MORE night ride here and covered about 15 miles. Nice single track. Out and back. A few road crossings and is mostly an out and back. Maybe 2 dabs and 1 dismount.

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nolanyager on December 4, 2011
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Review: I usually park at the tennis center or Ice Rink or the Main park/playground, however there are many other just as good options. The trails around these parking places just listed are often the most well taken care of, and the trails on the outskirts or out of this main area get kinda hairy, and you have to start crossing alot of roads that you would probably rather not cross. One Section of the trail is especially hard to find, it goes in between the Cabin John Locked rental/birthday party only playground near the campground and the Cabin John Shopping Center. To get to this trail, ride from the other side of tuckerman from the Playgrounds to the rental playground parking lot. Once you arrive in the parking lot, face towards the entrance of the shopping center with your back facing the entrance to the campground. Ride up the hill towards the shopping center LOOKING TO YOUR LEFT IN THE WOODS there will be an entrance with a puny pathetic sign. if you get to the shopping center entrance you have gone too far. Another weird area is near the quarry. the trail is across a road that the quarry is on. go across the road. If the quarry is to your left, cross the road and ride behind that metal barrier thing that is silver. You'll probably find it. if the quarry is up to your right, then cross the road and there will be a medium sized tree with a blue mark on it up to your right as you come out of the woods I was talking about before. by the way watch out for that big ass hole thats about four feet deep. they might still have a cone near it. Just get someone to show ya the trails. I think they probably had about 10 different teams with ten different opinions, all really stupid. But if you want a nice little intermediate ride after work, you little suburban dad, its a good ride.

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JeffHoward on June 25, 2011
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Review: Highlights: Speedy & Great Mix of Terrain for a Beginner Rider. This trail is just fine for a quick ride, especially if you live nearby. I have ridden it many times from the Tuckerman road playground area to Democracy. That sections offers at least 2 decent climbs, and a lot of up and down. The trial there isn't as tight as other spots so you can haul. Crossing Seven Locks & Democracy stinks. You'll drop in about 300 yards down Seven Locks. Its not well marked (posted a picture), if you ride past a pool and tennis club you have gone 500 yards too far. The drop in will be on your right beyond the guard rail. After that there are some good climbs, and the next 2-3 miles have technical areas that will push intermediate riders. Great map here - http://www.montgomeryparks.org/PPSD/ParkTrails/trails_MAPS/cabin_john_svu.shtm

Similar Trail: Schaeffer Farms

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Lawmaster87 on April 30, 2009
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Review: Surprisingly fun trail. I got .pdf maps from montgomery parks website. I started at the northern most point at Goya drive. This trail is through a mini stream valley. Very nice tempo of ups and downs. Not a very fast trail, except for a few little down hill sections. Lots of small rock gardens and roots. Reminds me of the CCT sections in reston, va. I could see this trail getting soaked after a rain since it is in a stream valley. The road crossings do interfer with the overall rating of the trail. This trail makes a good quick out-and-back after work. Good scenery and some surprising natural technical features make this trail worthy of a second ride, but not an epic trail worth traveling far to ride.

* Review edited 4/30/2009

Similar Trail: CCT

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John Fisch on November 29, 2008
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Review: There is some good singletrack on this route and it doesn't all have to be out-and-back as there are a few small loops at the North end near the start. Most of this singletrack is fast and swoopy. The middle section (between Seven Locks and Bradley) is by far the best, but it's far too short. South of Bradley is mostly boring stream bottom. The singletrack on this ride rates a solid 3, but the time spent on or crossing busy streets brings the overall experience down to a 2.

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