Blue Marsh

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.16 out of 5
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Intermediate
30.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 4,000 ft
↓ 3,400 ft
248
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
This trail circles the entirety of the lake and is approximately 30 miles (not including side trails) in length. The trail is comprised of several different types of track: singletrack, doubletrack, dirt roads, and the occasional section of abandoned blacktop roads.The trail is not very technical, most sections can be ridden by beginner mountain bikers. Miles 18-22 in particular are well suited for novices as it hugs the shoreline which makes it virtually flat. This is not to say the trail is without its challenges. The length alone can be taxing to most cyclists and there are many climbs which are short in duration but steep in slope. Scenically the trail winds along the lake hugging the shore at times and veering into the woodlands at others. The trails also skirts several fields which are farmed during the warm months. The trail is multi-user and is frequented by hikers, birdwatchers and equestrians as well as bicyclists. Please keep your bike under control as there are lots of other users and many blind turns.Be sure to bring enough water, there is only one place to refill and that is inside the visitors center at a water fountain. It takes between 2-5 hours to complete the trail depending on ability and desire.
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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: Complete Newbie question: I'm new to bike riding (i know, I must have lived under a rock - I'm a city girl used to public transportation) and want to try something other then the small flat/paved trail in my neighborhood. I look at the map and don't even know where to begin or where the easy trail is. Can someone tell me where to park and what portion of the trail would be good for my first unpaved bike trail? Something that's easy for a beginner, but not strictly a paved road like I've already been on? Thanks! -Elli Tical

A: Hey Elli. The best place to start the trail is at the boat landings on the eastern side of the lake. Check it out on google maps, but you can take State Hill Rd to Brownsville Rd and go down the steep road to the landings. If you are a newbie I'd advise riding from the landing NE to the dam and back. That.'' be a little hilly and rutty in areas but its a nice ride. When you get a feel for it go west by the bathroom area and start the trail from there. Its a lot more fun going west but also may take some endurance because you will be going a much longer distance. Its a great ride. 25 years ago I started mountain biking on Blue Marsh and it was a huge inspiration for me. I now work in the bicycle industry and live in Minneapolis. Enjoy and let us know how it goes!!!

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Reviews (19)
 

Granny Gear

July 14, 2018
MarkEaston Granny Gear  
 
Review: Did this a couple years ago and didn't love it. Gave it another go today and huge difference. Going counter clockwise made for a much nicer ride. Trails are in much better shape and we'll marked. Thanks local riders! Still a killer workout and we only did the southern loop. But it was also in the low 90's with lots of exposure. Can't wait to ride this in the fall and tie in the northern loop. Not the most flowy or technical, but this is a 25 mile endurance ride. Also, parking lot at Old Chuch Rd had by far the nicest, cleanest port-a-potties I've ever seen.

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Gramcounter

August 21, 2017
mhowey Gramcounter  
 
Review: Quite a mix here. Not purpose-built for mountain bikes so a lot of the ascents are on the steep side. Singletrack and doubletrack

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Granny Gear

September 5, 2016
jje949 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Did the whole loop this morning ( counterclockwise) starting at state hill boat ramp. The trails were perfect today . Just finished up a night ride ( which this place is perfect for ) once again started at state hill boat ramp rode to and around beach and back to boat ramps. Totally fun & enjoyable. LOVE THESE TRAILS !!!!!!

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Granny Gear

July 11, 2016
jje949 Granny Gear  
 
Review: This is a awesome all round place to ride with many loops and various ways to get around other than on trail map . Map is spot on with mile markers every mile . Two major loops on map 26 mile loop ( which was the original loop ) the they added the top loop to make it 32 miles . Place has a lot of traditional XC trails single & double track farm trails / short steep climbs and long grinders . This is my home trail . When I want a good XC ride with good cardio this is the place to go ...... ENJOY

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Gnarly

July 4, 2016
 
Review: As this long distance trail wraps around the lake, it offers some great views of the water and the surrounding land. While this is not my style of riding, I had fun experiencing this long distance style ride. A good mix of single track with field crossings, gravel double track, and fire roads. There isn't a whole lot in the way of technical features and the trail is definitely better suited to hiking with some significant and almost impassible climbs and drops. The mile markers were helpful, however the trail could have been marked better at some places. If you're an endurance/long distance die hard, this trail is for you. If not you might want to try somewhere else better suited to more technical single track oriented riding.

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March 26, 2016
Guest   
 
Review: great conditions

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October 12, 2015
Guest   
 
Review: Absolutely worst trail map ever not helpful at all i did 5 miles on a rail trail then had to go all the way back to the beginning of the trail head because there are no signs wont be coming back and deffinitally dont reccomend it

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Gnarly

April 9, 2015
djf500 Gnarly  
 
Review: Epic in length! 30 miles if you do the whole thing (which you don't need to do). Takes me just over 3 hours but plan for longer if you're new to the park since there could be some backtracking. It's marked but still confusing in certain spots. Some of the climbs are incredibly steep and long. Need some more switchbacks but it wasn't designed for mtb's! One section was apparently an old ski slope... so you'll ride up that. Makes for good descents too. Sections of flow are also mixed in with beautiful vistas of the lake. It's a really fun ride. Bring extra water as there's no place to refill your bottles. I start at the Stilling Basin & ride CW but there's lots of parking lots & options for smaller loops or out & backs.

Similar Trail: Wissahickon but steeper.

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March 28, 2015
Guest   
 
Review: not bad conditions for type of weather we have having

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Gramcounter

June 24, 2014
Wiggles Gramcounter  
 
Review: I have only ran this area 3 times and each time have gotten a different experience from where I departed to the trails. Another Great thing about this trail system is that it is documented very well on google maps.
The first time out has to be my favorite thus far, loving ascends and descends as a rider. This area of the trail is great single trial through the woods and fields. We ran it out and back for a 10-13mi ride. There are a few area's where you will stop and admire the lake (pic with bike in gallery). The gradual ascends will give way to quick downs w/ rocks and roots to challenge you. Although some are a bit rough to tackle for the whole way up, and you may dismount to hike the rest. Through the fields it is normally flatter trail with small gradual up and downs.
We started in the day area Pavilion B? Parking on the left before you get to the beach. We picked up the lake boarder trail and took it west at the "Nature lookout" (back up the road and on the left a circle area of asphalt, on the right when coming down the hill in your car. Map link below excluding road.)
https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Unknown road&daddr=40.4003618,-76.0566171 to:Lake Border Trail&hl=en&ll=40.393365,-76.057749&spn=0.029743,0.038581&sll=40.391404,-76.046591&sspn=0.029744,0.038581&geocode=FRRNaAIdYrJ3-w;Fel1aAId13d3-ykz3L3FG3XGiTGdPcpPPrkk2Q;FcZiaAIdV0F3-w&t=h&dirflg=b&mra=dpe&mrsp=1&sz=15&via=1&z=15&lci=bike

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