Schaeffer Farms

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SHARES
  
AVERAGE RATING
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4.40 out of 5
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Intermediate
10
miles

Singletrack
↑ 1,700 ft
↓ 1,700 ft
395
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
Good ride. People of all skills levels can be found on this network of trails. The trails are maintained by MORE and Montgomery County National Park and Planning Commision.
added by Guest December 31, 2002
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: I have been riding this trail for the past few years. I was wondering if anyone knows if it is legal to ride a dirt bike on these trails. If anyone knows the rules and or regulations for these trail regarding dirt biking please let me know. thank you -Guest

A: im sorry correction www.more-mtb.org

MaBaLa$iK answered on March 24, 2014. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No

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Reviews (69)
 



August 12, 2015
Guest   
 
Review: Tons of fun some challenges near a pump and jump trail

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Granny Gear

July 8, 2015
 
Review: I really think there are far batter trails in Maryland that are rated lower than Schaeffer Farms. This trail is a 2-3 star at best.

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Granny Gear

July 7, 2015
MTS29 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Fun trail to ride but if you go try the Whoop Trail because it's pretty fun. It also has some technical spots too.

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Granny Gear

May 19, 2015
 
Review: Good fun ride. Tree across the path if you take the yellow trail to the right out of the parking lot.

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Granny Gear

May 18, 2015
WDT15 Granny Gear  
 
Review: I'm always glad to get back here. Convenient and very well maintained. Once you get used to the connecting trails and where to find your preferred spots/loops, it's really got plenty of terrain to keep the intermediate-level riders (like me) happy - but can definitely see why the more experienced riders knock the lack of technical sections. I'd give it 5 stars except with all the map postings and possibilities for crowds it doesn't give the full, out-in- nature experience I look for.

Similar Trail: Seneca Ridge

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Granny Gear

May 14, 2015
ericopolis Granny Gear  
 
Review: Overall, great fun! I caught the mtb bug while on vacation in Oregon last summer, and Shaeffer Farms is the local trail I've ridden for the last year. A few highlights from my pov (47yo, fit, former recreational road biker):

- good variety across multiple loops: flow sections, some challenging climbs, some logs, plenty of roots & rocks, stream crossings, forest, fields, a handful of challenges for more advanced riders (with work-arounds for the rest of us). White, Yellow, Blue, and Green trails all seemed pretty comparable.
- navigation: well marked trails, with maps at intervals. Should be no problem for anyone to find their way around.
- intermediate difficulty: I think the trail definitely falls within IMBA's guidelines for intermediate. As a beginner I found it challenging, but now I ride with more confidence and have way more fun. For those who require big drop-offs, jumps, really steep technical climbs, etc you'll have to go elsewhere - probably Fountainhead's Black Trail.
- two-way traffic: keep your head up... riders might be coming the other way. So far I've had no problems even on busy days - everyone has been polite. Fountainhead is a one-way set-up. Also note - there are occassionally hikers or runners. Again, no problem - everyone's polite - as long as you slow down and give them plenty of fair warning!
- rookie tip: don't over-inflate your tires! I ride a hard-tail, and after a few white-knuckle rides someone finally mentioned I should let some air out. Big difference! I find around 30psi works for me.
- comparable local trail: Fountainhead Green & Blue Trails. I just rode them at Fountainhead. I think Shaeffer has some more challenging climbs, and overall more roots & rocks.

I feel lucky to have such a fun, well maintained trail so close to home. Big kudos to MORE!

Similar Trail: Fountainhead Green & Blue

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Granny Gear

April 27, 2015
 
Review: The common knock I hear on this trail system is that it's not technical enough or too easy. Are there more technical trail systems out there? Aboslutely, but at the end of the day Schaeffer Farms is downright fun and that's all that should really matter right? You can really rip it on these trails and it provides a lot of different terrain and elevation and I've always gotten a good workout here. The only area of Schaeffer that I don't care for is the corn fields. I prefer to ride with roots, rocks and trees and the corn fields have none of these and in the summer the sun blasts you, so I try and push through these areas as fast as possible or avoid them all together.

Will Schaeffer challenge you as a rider? Probably not, but it's still a load of fun, fast, flowy trails.

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Gramcounter


March 30, 2015
 
Review: March 30th 2015 - trails are in good condition and Schaeffer is open for the season!

Similar Trail: black hills / hoyles mill

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Bunny Hop


March 17, 2015
JonMikel Bunny Hop  
 
Review: To update the status of Schaeffer trials, signs at trail heads still say closed. The automated phone # is only offering out of date info as of today. The nearby Seneca ridge trail is open and rides nicely so it is a good alternative.

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Gramcounter


January 3, 2015
sensorgt14 Gramcounter  
 
Review: I would believe this trail to be between intermediate and beginner. It's a lot of fun, and it's long. I've ridden here several times last year and always feel good when I'm done. Lots of loops and once you figure them out, you can spend all day here. It's a good place to ride.

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Schaeffer Farms MTB Trail 4.40 out of 5 based on 69 ratings. 69 user reviews.
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