Belmont Plateau

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3.80 out of 5
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5.0
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Singletrack
↑ 900 ft
↓ 1,000 ft
180
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Trail Description
About this trail
Awesome trail in the vicinity of Philadelphia, its about 1.5 miles from the Art Museum and makes
for a great after work ride. Its easy to get lost there so, especially in summer so its good to with
someone who knows it, but there are a few main gravel roads that the trails dump out on so you
can always take them back. Entrance is on the east side of the park. The trail winds through west
fairmont park. There are a ton of log crossings, some stream crossings, tight and twisty single
track, with quick up hills and descents. I ride SS there and the park seems made for it. Lots of
trail back there, there is no set route but there are many different loops you can devise to
customize your ride. Please be ethical by not riding here after the rain because locals have put a
lot of work into maintaining the trails.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: Where should I park when I go to the trails? -Scojopo23

A: Up Montgomery Drive away from 76 and the river, take first (quick) right. Park in lot straight ahead or continue around to the right all the way to where road dead ends at car barn. Park anywhere along the way. wide cinder trail starts at end of paved road. Much singletrack of this main trail. Enjoy

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Reviews (15)
 

Granny Gear

January 16, 2019
Maznmike Granny Gear  
 
Review: I would say this is a diamond in the rough when compared to other local parks

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Granny Gear

April 19, 2018
AFed610 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Many downed logs as others have mentioned on top of hill trails. Lots of glass smashed. Saw one dog skeleton (not kidding). Drone of west philly's finest street dirt bikers in the background. That being said, the topography here makes for some challenging stuff thats worth it considering its proximity to down town.

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Bunny Hop

September 5, 2016
 
Review: Just finished riding this trail, I've ridden wissahickon many times but this trail may not have the hills that wiss has but it's one hell of a single track with just about any and everything you can imagine being thrown at you.

Log crossings, bridges, twistes, rocks etc, I had a blast for my 1st time riding this trail...

If your aren't fit enough to at least run a mile, then stay away from this trail until you tighten up...

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Bunny Hop

May 13, 2016
 
Review: !st let me say this was the hardest trail I've ridden but I'm totally a beginner! it twists and turns like others say. Like the reviews there are tons of intentional logovers. If you are competent and in shape you'll be fine!
If your a novice and in crap shape like me...you'll be jacked.

I had the pleasure of riding with the belmont plateau trails alliance group and they had a marked course complete with cones and arrows. I learned today that there are levels to this sport and that I have a lot of practice ahead.

The trails are well maintained and very tight. If I didn't observe these amazing riders going through the course like it was nothing than I'd complain too. Don't blame the course if your skills can't hack it. If you play basketball against pro players and can't score or compete it isn't the ball or the baskets fault you suck!

Similar Trail: Hades?!

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February 12, 2016
Guest   
 
Review: Great riding accessible to the Greater Center City Philadelphia area, Manayunk, East Falls, and Lower Merion by bike (and car). Easy to tie together 2 hour loop rides on any given afternoon after work on to squeeze in during the weekend. Could probably get all the trails in a 3 to 4 hour ride. The trails are twisty, flowy, with punchy ups and downs. There are pleanty of fun obstacles and a few only for the experts among us. Trails are never crowded but you will see a few other riders and running groups. Great view of the city at the Mansion... A true gem to compliment the Wissahickon... and understand, unlike the Wiss, most of the trails in the Belmont are made by and for mt bikers...

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Granny Gear

January 15, 2016
 
Review: Let me start by saying that I totally get why some people hate Belmont and give it a low rating. It's technical and until you learn the trails, it's hard to get into a good flow due to the logs and tight, twisty singletrack. It took me a while to appreciate it, but now i've come to love it and view it a great complement to the Wiss (in my opinion the fact that both of these trail systems exist within the city just minutes from downtown puts Philly at or near the top of urban mountain biking in the US). This is definitely not a spot to ride as a beginner. As previously stated in reviews, there is a huge amount of log overs ranging from a couple of inches to a couple of feet (very few of which are cut or ramped). Most of the trails are tight, twisty and overgrown (during the summer). There is no major elevation changes, however there are many quick punchy ups and downs which can be challenging. A recent addition is a trail connecting the system to the Philly Pumptrack (which is awesome unto itself). This is an extremely flowy, log free section of trail that includes jumps, kickers, berms and a hip...if you're riding Belmont you definitely want to hit this section up (search pumptrack connector on strava). The layout of Belmont is really confusing, however it is difficult to get lost and most trails will lead to a major road or fire road.

Similar Trail: none in the area

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Gnarly

November 30, 2015
djf500 Gnarly  
 
Review: Belmont does not have a ton of elevation or a ton of miles... but that's not the point here! As the other reviews noted, it's super tight singletrack with lots of technical challenges. Mostly log overs but some other fun to challenge yourself with as well. There's at least 15 miles of trail here and they're all great fun. You will be tired after riding Belmont... full body workout! Tough to find all the trails unless you ride with someone who knows a good loop but if you go back there and get lost you'll find lots of good stuff.

Similar Trail: Anything w/ tight singletrack and lots of log-overs.

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Granny Gear

June 4, 2015
 
Review: Philadelphia's secret trail treasure! Belmont is relatively unique among public trail systems, with relatively few concessions to novice riders. Unlike most trails these days which are built in accordance to IMBA Trails Solutions guidelines, i.e. 3' wide, nothing dangerous or too challenging, bermed turns and corduroy helpers over logs and/or go-arounds, Belmont maintains an old school approach. The trails are narrow, tight and twisty, with ample logs and treacherously tricky obstacles to navigate. There are no go-arounds and the obstacles require commitment: don't half-ass it, as falling could mean landing in broken glass, rocks, thorns or poison ivy. The highlight of the Belmont Plateau is a weekly underground race series that's been held for 26 years, with a different course marked each week. Watch out for the trail wizard, who doesn't tolerate "skidiots" riding in the mud or modifying trail features!

Similar Trail: There is nothing like Belmont.

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Bunny Hop

September 6, 2014
elevenses Bunny Hop  
 
Review: To be totally honest, Belmont Plateau is my last choice in the Philly area even though it's closest to where I live. It's tight, twisty, and broken up by tons of gigantic logs that are nearly impossible for me to hop due to the aforementioned tightness/twistiness limiting my speed and angle of approach. No significant elevation gain or drop. Just logs. Hundreds of logs.

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Bunny Hop

August 23, 2015
Guest Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Belmont is usually my first choice in Philly mtb trails, in part because it is a 15 min ride from my house. The fact that it is littered with huge log overs and serious technical challenges makes it an enduring challenge. I have been riding here regularly for over 7 years...and I keep coming back. It is totally unique, gritty, evil, difficult, and addictive.

Similar Trail: Drawing a blank....

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Granny Gear

July 28, 2014
expat.rik Granny Gear  
 
Review: Great place to ride! Fits the description: twisty, narrow, single track, covering a relatively small flat area. Some sections are a bit overgrown. Would rate this place 4 stars if it wasn't for the ridiculous amount of monster size log crossings. Unsure if they were deliberately left there for the amusent of expert riders. Ought to bring a chainsaw one dark night... Overall a great place to ride and easily accessed from Center City.

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Belmont Plateau MTB Trail 3.80 out of 5 based on 15 ratings. 15 user reviews.
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