Schaeffer Farms

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SHARES
  
AVERAGE RATING
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4.39 out of 5
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Intermediate
10
miles

Singletrack
↑ 3,200 ft
↓ 2,700 ft
145
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 January 1, 2003
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 (73)
 

Gramcounter


November 3, 2015
 
Review: Great place with great flow and plenty of terrain. At the very least they need to put signs up reminding people to be alert of oncoming biker traffic as its a bi-directional trail system.

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Granny Gear

September 28, 2015
Jason Peck Granny Gear  
 
Review: First, I love this trail. Riding up and down hill, flow stuff, over roots and logs, in and out and through corn and soybean fields is awesome. But they really should make this one-way (like Fountainhead). There are a lot of blind corners here and I almost had some bad encounters because of this. It would be great to be able to ride this fast and hard without worrying about someone coming at you from the other direction. Other than that, this is a ton of fun.

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Granny Gear

September 28, 2015
Jason Peck Granny Gear  
 
Review: First, I have to say I loved this place. So many awesome trails. Being able to ride in the woods, up and down over roots and logs, and on the edge of corn/soybean fields and through them is amazing. But I really think they need to make this trail one-way (similar to the setup at Fountainhead). There are a ton of blind corners here and I had a few close calls here that could have been worse. It would make for a better riding experience if you didn't have to worry about encountering someone coming at you.

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Gnarly


September 20, 2015
racermtbk2 Gnarly  
 
Review: Imba epic and well deserving of it. The trail is extremely well taken care of and the marking make it impossible to get lost, lots of opportunities to get back to the lot if you don't want to do the whole loop. There where a few trails I didn't ride and still managed a 12 mile ride.

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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 8, 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 20, 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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Schaeffer Farms MTB Trail 4.39 out of 5 based on 73 ratings. 73 user reviews.
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