Wissahickon Valley Park

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14
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Intermediate

Singletrack
↑ 6,700 ft
↓ 5,900 ft
4.1
avg mph
92
ridden
60
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0:16
avg time

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AVERAGE RATING
4.50 out of 5
About This Trail
added by usrtjew Bunny Hop on October 4, 2007
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There is a multi-use flat trail that runs the length of the park. This provides access to the many trails that climb out of the valley. The trails are well marked and not all trails allow mountain bikes. The trails are primarily intermediate to expert and have plenty of both up and down hill sections. This is not really a trail for beginners, but a beginner can always walk the more difficult areas. There are some sweet single-track areas, rock gardens, logs, jumps... Overall this is one of the best Trails in the Philadelpha area
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elevenses on September 6, 2014
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Review: The Wiss is truly amazing considering its proximity to Philly, but I don't think it's amazing enough to warrant 5 stars. It ranges from fast and flowy at the meadow on the NW side of the creek near Bell's Mill Rd to extremely rocky and technical with lots of drops at the Indian Stairs on the SE side between Bell's Mill Rd and Valley Green Rd. It's basically 15 miles of steep, rocky climbs alternating with equally steep and rocky descents with a bit of flow, a few jumps, a couple stream crossings, log rides etc. thrown in for fun. The soil has tons of schist and drains very well after the rain but the trail erodes very rapidly so something is different every time I go. I've been riding the Wiss for a year now and I still haven't cleaned everything in the park. Not a good place to take a beginner but if you've got a bit of experience under your belt and you're looking for a challenge right in the city, look no further than the Wiss.

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fretter34 on January 16, 2014
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Review: I've only ridden the outer rim of trail. It was a nice ride. I dipped into the technical stuff a tiny bit...seems like it will be a challenge!! I will definitely be riding this place when it gets warmer.

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Guest on September 21, 2013
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Review: Rode here for the first time today. Nice conditions on the trails off of the main trail. Meadows trail was awesome, quite a bit of loose rocks on the dh of one section.

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cpt880 on September 30, 2012
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Review: this is a awesome trail. it is well maintained and lots of fun to ride. it is not really aimed towards beginners but you could walk over the more difficult parts. over all great trail, and very fun to ride

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philly19 on August 8, 2012
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Review: Really fun trail with some tough climbs. Beware that all the rocks are lose. That will make your climbs hard as you spin out or get pushed off your line. That will also make the downhill tricky as your tires will want to washout or send you over the bars. Use good judgement and have fun ripping through these trails. They are a ton of fun and a must if you are in the Philly area!!

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MikeNuckols on May 23, 2012
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Review: Love this trail. I head here at 6 am about once a week before work. Loads of fun. Plus with the Forbidden Drive always close, you can always head back easily.

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njsoccerguy on January 29, 2012
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Review: The Wiss!! Havent been here in a while and it was exactly as i remembered. Steep, rocky, technical. Still my favorite place to ride in the Philadelphia, South/Central Jersey area.

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blackeyes on November 5, 2011
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Review: The 'Wiss' offers some really fantastic single track, especially considering you can easily ride there from center city. Forbidden Drive is a scenic gravel road (closed to vehicular traffic) that follows Wissahickon Creek as it cuts through the park. The Hills that rise up on either side from the creek have trails that loosely follow the creek through the park. Because of this its hard to get lost. Both sides are awesome but I tend to ride the West side more. It is nice to be able to ride both sides when time permits. Some of the descents are a blast. Nice trails for different skill levels - for more of a challenge simply ride faster and for longer. Here is a typical ride I like to do when there are time constraints: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/41794324

* Review edited 11/5/2011

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ktmillerfla on October 27, 2011
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Review: Rode here 10/22/11 for the first time after having moved to PA from South Florida. Quite a change from the trails at Markham Park, Oleta River, and Amelia Earhart. Tons of rocks and obviously, the elevation changes were a big challenge since I hadn't been able to ride since early August...my lungs were on fire. Fun ride, though and I'm looking forward to using this park to get back in some semblance of good condition.

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hani122 on March 17, 2011
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Review: I ride here when ever I visit my Mom in PA during the season. I have to say the recent work they have done in the MTB section is just fantastic. They have some really great single track sections. There is plenty of technical stuff to task your skills and courage. The trip up the fall line of the ridge is killer on the legs and lungs but the downhills are well worth it. Keep and eye out for hikers, runners and horses as this park gets pretty busy on nice summer days.

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dickbagge on November 29, 2010
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Review: So many different trails to ride in here, it's hard to believe you're in Philly. Scenery is great, so don't be afraid to stop and soak it in. Good mix of flowing hard pack and technical climbs/descents. A few jumps and logs thrown in for entertainment. Plenty of rocks, so be prepared for the action and the possibility of a flat if you don't ride tubeless. On a nice day you will encounter many other bikers, joggers, and hikers so keep your wits about you. The warnings about thieves are true, but my buddy left his key in his car lock by accident and no one touched it the whole ride! Sometimes lucky is better than prepared...I pack all my stuff with me just in case.

Similar Trail: Frick Park in Pittsburgh

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mogulnut10 on November 14, 2010
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Review: Place is beautiful.. But Our Credit Cards were stolen out of our Locked Cars.. When we came back our cars were still locked and seemed untouched, but when we got home we realized our credit cards were missing out of our wallets , which were stowed away. There are many brazen criminals walking around that area.. Bikers Beware!! Cops said this happens a lot over there!!

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Tempobon on September 17, 2010
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Review: Great ride. Rollercoaster of great decents and steepish technical climbs. Philly Mountain Bike Assoc. has mainteained the trail well. Sections offer boulder size rock navigations and 1.5 to 2 foot step up climbing. At times lots of riders. Trail is a blast though.

Similar Trail: High Rocks

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trekcarbonboy on September 18, 2009
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Review: Fun trail. Steep climbs, fun flowing dirt sections, and pleanty of rocky sections.

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trekcarbonboy on September 18, 2009
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Review: Lots of fun! Very challenging and the trail drains well after rain.

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Guest on December 4, 2012
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Review: One of the greatest places to ride. Similar Trail: Hell's furnace
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trekcarbonboy on September 18, 2009
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Review: Single track trail that loops around the Wissahickon valley. Steep climbs, great flowing dirt track sections and pleanty of challenging rocky sections.

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jws on June 17, 2009
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Review: Great place to ride, the gravel path is a nice warm up before heading onto more technical trails. The trail system is vast and never gets dull; plus the soil drains very well after a hard rain storm. ** Beware of the credit card thieves since I just got my card stolen last week from my locked car. Buy a hydration pack and put your keys and wallet in there. They only took my credit card, they left my cash, iPod and laptop that was under my seat** I am happy I spend 99% of my time digging and riding my own trails since this last visit to the park left a bad taste in my mouth for the place. I will visit again, but with an agenda.

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zen_lunatic on April 2, 2009
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Review: Excellent trails if you like fast and fairly technical riding, but the real reason I'm posting is EVERY MOUNTAIN BIKER SHOULD BE WARNED....there's credit card theives that prey on mountain bikers because they know we tend to leave our wallets in our cars. I locked my car and it was locked when I returned, but later that evening when the credit card companies began calling, I deduced that the cards had to be stoolen while I was parked in the lots near the Valley Green. My cash was untouched, I suppose to avert my knowledge of the theft. I called the Philly Police Dept. to report the crime, becuase my cards got hit-up for more than $10k, and the Police matter of factly told me that they get several reports a week of the same type of theft from the same place. I don't know why they haven't set-up a sting, these thieves are ruining what would otherwise be a great place to ride.

* Review edited 4/4/2009

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Guest on July 7, 2014
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Review: I purposefully sited our new home within 10 mins of this trail system. Your mind, body and spirit can all get great workouts on this system. Ride from Northwest Ave to avoid theft. It's been my base for rides for 6 years. For great variety, ride the Wiss single track, then Fairmount Park and into city for urban riding along river and into University City (UPenn) or old city. Wolf a burger and brew and return. Connects to bigger paved system running up Schuykill River for big mileage.
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pepe091 on August 1, 2008
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Review: A great example of trail runners, hikers, horses, and mtbers sharing the same trail system. Very good ride. Killer tech climbs, fun white knuckle down hills. The trails are not marked but its hard to get lost. The park is right in Philadelphia but its so big it feels like your out in the burbs. Good 17mile+ of trails and can get crowded with trail runners, hikers, and horses. I'd advoid riding by yourself because then again you are still in the city. PS I forgot to lock my car in tha parking lot and my credit cards were stolen but hey I had fun ridding.

* Review edited 8/1/2008

Similar Trail: French Creek

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Sodamoeba on July 29, 2008
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Review: Good, fast singletrack with jumps, river crosssings, and fast downhills. Some technical strenuous uphills. On the side of the park farthest from valley green inn is a freeride section with some huge jumps.

Similar Trail: Jacobsburg is similar but easier and therefore less fun in general.

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Wissahickon Valley Park MTB Trail 4.50 out of 5 based on 20 ratings. 20 user reviews.
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