Colvin Run Trail

   
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4
miles

Beginner

Singletrack
↑ 1,900 ft
↓ 2,500 ft
8.2
avg mph
123
ridden
51
wishlist
1:14
avg time

Out & Back
AVERAGE RATING
3.58 out of 5
About This Trail
added by goclipless Granny Gear on August 1, 2004
 
In the heart of Reston, this trail has something for everyone. Made up of mostly wide singletrack, it can be ridden as a four mile (one way) out-and-back trail or you can link up with the Difficult Run Trail and stretch it all the way to the Potomac River in Great Falls Park. The trail can also be done as a ten mile loop with a few miles along Difficult Run and the W&OD trail.
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cudneys on April 27, 2014
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Review: It's a fantastic, well maintained beginner trail.

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jtorlando25 on August 20, 2012
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Review: Rode this trail (doubletrack) on my way to Difficult Run coming from Lake Fairfax. It's really nothing special but it would be great for a beginner to grow some legs.

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Ra1fieMTB on August 1, 2011
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Review: Does anyone know where the dirt jumps are?

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luv2mtb on October 7, 2010
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Review: Has a few quick downhill sections that are rather rewarding. Lots of people ride the loop-don't know why; everything south of the toll road is horrifyingly boring. There are numerous side trails that offer unique challenges. Do watch out for joggers and dog-walkers.

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luv2mtb on October 7, 2010
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Review: Has a few quick downhill sections that are rather rewarding. Lots of people ride the loop-don't know why; everything south of the toll road is horrifyingly boring. There are numerous side trails that offer unique challenges. Do watch out for joggers and dog-walkers.

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rybolov on July 4, 2010
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Review: I work across Sunset Hills Road and ride this a couple times every week. It has enough balance that beginners can have a fun time and there is challenge for intermediates if you go looking for it. The trailhead at the skating rink has a sizable riding community. Every time I go to ride, there are a handful of people getting ready to set out.

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renovatio on January 11, 2010
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Review: Rode this trail last year with a buddy. Not a bad setup at all. If your looking for a shorter ride or a more "relaxed" ride this is an ideal trail. As of now 1/11/10 the trail is still pretty icy and lots of snow everywhere. Difficult to keep traction on most parts which makes for a sketchy ride but thats where the fun lies! Although, in my opinion best to just wait for the ice and snow to melt away but if your up for that type of terrain go for it while it lasts. All in all a good trail for bikers of all levels as previously stated.

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Krister on August 7, 2009
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Review: I am a complete begginer when it come to mountain biking but this trail offered me a challenge without being so tough that i didnt want to ride it again. There are a few descents and uphills that are challenging but that is most likely because i am not riding an "all mountain" or full off road bike. I ride a GT transeo 3.0 which is obviously not an offroad bike but it can handle this trail. Would it be easier and a little more fun on a full suspention bike? Yes, but it is not impossible on other style bikes.

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John Fisch on November 8, 2008
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Review: This trail was a pleasant surprise. I had little in the way of expectations but there turned out to be some fine singletrack. It's a little wide and you can't go far without running back into suburbia, but much of the trail has some great flow and just enough obstacles to hold interest. I would almost call it a beginner trail, but there's a couple downhills that are just steep/rutted enough to spook a noob. My 9-year old son did a couple short walks, but other than that he stayed in the saddle the whole time. Even though mostly easy, you can make it harder by pushing the speed and taking the tougher(rootier/rockier) line on the climbs.

Similar Trail: Fountainhead

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gclement on October 16, 2008
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Review: I was in town for a week and brought my bike along to get out of the hotel with. Found the Colvin Run on Singletracks and headed out for a look-see. There are at least five POSTED signs at the entrance behind the skating rink, not sure if I had found the right place or not but, being the naughty chap that I am, I headed off down the trail anyway. I was pleasantly surprised to find that, despite its location in the midst of urban and industrial sprawl, the trail and surrounding woods are relatively secluded and you could almost fool yourself into thinking you were in the wilderness. Nothing overly challenging but it was sure as hell a lot more fun than sitting in the hotel watching Maury. Get out there!

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Guest on October 4, 2008
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Review: Well I live in California, but I'm in NorVa about 6 months out of the year. I finally couldn't stand it any more and bought a bike to keep here. This was the first trail I tried here and it was exactly what I needed to stay enthused about riding. But to tell the truth, I have no idea if I followed the 'Colvin Run Trail' exactly, but it looked like there were plenty of side trails to detour and it wasn't until I was 6 or 7 miles into my run that I realized there were trail markers. So I followed the "CCT" signs, but someone else will have to tell me if that's the right trail. I started out at the parking lot at Faraday and at first headed toward the left where the trail seemed to end at a camp grounds (is there a continuation from there?). So I went back to on of the first forks and instead headed to the right (uphill) which lead me to a soccer field and past there to more trails that passed Hunter Mill Road and behind some nice houses. Also crossed a little creek. Eventually I ended up back at the paved bike/jogger path. Anyways, with all that said, I was totally stoked to get some climbs, descents, switchbacks, etc. Like everyone has said, there is a wide variety of terrain. I'm a little rusty (been at least 5 years since I've done any aggressive riding), so from the technical side it was only mildly challenging. I wouldn't invite your grandparents or inlaws unless you know they can handle ruts, rocks, and roots. But any healthy, halfway capable person should be able to handle it if they're aware of their limitations. But when it comes to the climbing, I'm REALLY out of shape, so this trail was kicking my ass about 3/4 way through. Your gears get a workout switching back and forth between descents and climbs while simultaneously navigating obstacles. But this is exactly what I needed, just enough excitement to keep me enthused enough to attack the climbs, but no so much that I start taking chances and getting stupid before I'm back in shape to really start hucking. The great part is that its nearby my work and apartment. In Long Beach, California, you'd have to drive for an hour to find a ride like this.

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romarosie on September 10, 2008
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Review: I am new to mt biking, just started this year, and have a single speed to learn on. I've been to Wakefield and to Difficult Run and this one is my favorite place to keep learning. Not too hard of climbs and great downhills without too many rocks or roots. I totally bit my first time out at the mouth of the trail leaving the skating rink but the trail is really fun after that for a novice. My boyfriend is a highly skilled biker and he rides this trail every night after work he can. He says it get better everytime!

Similar Trail: Wakefield Park

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vanrossem on August 10, 2008
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Review: I have ridden this trail 4 or 5 times in the past couple of months. I must say it is more fun with every ride. As noted in other reviews, there is something for everyone. Whether new to MTB or a veteran, you will have a great time..

Similar Trail: Wakefield

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GrantHeppes on August 2, 2008
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Review: Great Trail, gonna add to one of my usual trails.

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Iridethedirt on August 2, 2008
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Review: I've been riding this trail for over 10 years, and its still a blast! there are plenty of roots that over the years have become more exposed giving added technical difficulty. there are plenty of rooty and rocky downhills, and climbs... This trail gives you everything from smooth wide fast singletrack, to tight narrow singletrack... rock gardens, and some really great (if somewhat short) downhills. I would reccomend NOT following the loop, and just riding the trail back in the opposite direction. the reason for this is that the CCT trail is flat, and very easy to ride. and the W&OD is paved... you might lose 2 miles of riding, but in my opinion, riding this trail as an out and back is a better workout and more fun than riding the loop.

Similar Trail: wakefield park.

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ploughman on July 5, 2008
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Review: This is my first time coming to an actual trail and riding for a certain amount of time.. I am definately going to have to get back into shape before i can complete this one in one trip.

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me_rubin on April 12, 2008
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Review: I think this trail is more than for beginners. I started out from Michael Fariday drive and the first mile was not a beginner route. Rocks and Roots to ride over and the fact that we had a lot of rain last night made this part of the trail more difficult. I took it over to difficult run and back around with trails marked as CT. I ended up back on the W&OD making my loop about a 10 mile ride. Got a little lost. ( I really need a GPS ). A fun ride never the less.

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yakky on February 25, 2008
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Review: Nice after wor/quick run trail. There are some nice hills/decents but nothing too hard. There legal is parking right down the road at the W&OD trail or you can risk it near the trail.

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PistolPete33 on February 15, 2008
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Review: Colvin Run is a decent trail in a great location. It is not overly challenging but a pretty fun ride nonetheless, especially when cold/ice make it a little more challenging and cut down the number of dog walkers. Don't be prepared for an epic ride, but you can (easily) get to the difficult run trail and ride it into Great Falls, which though a little muddy and overused is a beautiful trail near the water. Colvin Run also links to the county connector trail on the other side of the W&OD which you can ride all the way to Wakefield and an 'epic ride' - for Northern Virginia anyways.

Similar Trail: Fountainhead Wakefield

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kackeroo on October 23, 2006
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Review: I loved this little trail. Since I'm a beginner, it was technically "just right" and wasn't too long of a ride. We got on at Michael Faraday Ct, turned left at the "T" after the stream crossing, pedaled through Lake FFX Park past the campsites and over the dam, picked up the equestrian trail south of the picnic areas, crossed the open field and descended onto return trail that brought us back to the campsites where we re-traced back to trailhead. There were a couple of good stream crossings and some good downhills/uphills. Only caution is this is a well-used trail so watch out for other riders/hikers.

Similar Trail: Fountainhead

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Lawmaster87 on July 31, 2006
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Review: Trail is nice fast hard-pack that is forgiving and easy to ride. There are not any sections that could be considered difficult. However, the trail is a really fun ride. There are a couple of small jumps at the beginning of the trail that are good practice for beginners. This trail is very short but is a good training ground before tackling an epic ride. Keep your head up because this trail always has hikers and dog walkers on it.

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getonthetrail on October 27, 2005
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Review: The first couple of times ridding this trail I was not overly impressed. However, my tune has changed over the last couple of weeks as I found the horse trail extension to Colvin run. This makes for a sweet after work ride! Take the main trail until if forks (L or R) go RIGHT and continue past the park. Ride across the field and hook back up with the trail that will eventually cross the road (not sure what road yet, will update later). Continue on through some fun horse trails until you cross a neighborhood entrance on your left you will notice the main road says Leesburg Pike. The trail picks back up after crossing the neighborhood entrance road. Continue on the trail until you reach brown mill road paved trail. This is as far as I've been to date. I plan to investigate more this weekend! This is a GREAT after work ride. It has a couple of short steep climbs, roots, rocks, logs, stream crossings and fun downhillís! I ride this trail a couple of times a week after work at a minimum. If you do this route its about 11 miles.

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getonthetrail on October 7, 2005
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Review: I started at the end of the parking lot across the way from the indoor hockey rank. The start of the trail is good, nice decent, roots and a couple sweet jumps but after that there is not much. There are several switchbacks but the trail extension was not easy to find. I think next time I will go when I have more time to get lost and see what I can find. This is an okay ride, good for after work as it is sooooo close to Tyson's.

Similar Trail: Wakefield, Lake Accotink

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boarderjss on July 11, 2005
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Review: sweet after-work ride... hit it up a few times a week at 5:00. normally start at twin branches pool lot. sometimes from reston ice rink. anyone interested in joining the squad, email me at swietlikjs@yahoo.com

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Guest on May 1, 2005
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Review: Wonderful intermediate trail! Great for training. Good uphill and descents combo! Very short trail but you can extend further to Difficult Run. I'm sure I'll be coming back!!

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Guest on September 15, 2004
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Review: This trail is definately fun. Up and down, jumps, roots, rocks, fun. However, the fun ends if you continue onto difficult run. That trail is a washed out wreck that has more oatmeal muck than dirt. Very hard on the gear and you can never tell if the mud is just wet dirt or rotting fecal matter. It smells. I've looked for trail work gatherings but I haven't found any so far. I love this trail and I live right by it, but I don't ride it anymore because I feel so guilty about the damage. Colvin trail is nice and fairly well kept. Difficult run is a festering sludgehole nightmare.

Similar Trail: Great falls

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Colvin Run Trail MTB Trail 3.58 out of 5 based on 26 ratings. 26 user reviews.
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