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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +533/509 ft
Total: 92 riders

Mountain Biking Cabin John Trail

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#75 of 97 mountain bike trails in Maryland
#10797 in the world

Within the park there is decent network of trails to ride. Nothing technically really. It's a fun ride in the woods. The best section of the trail is outside the park actually. The south side of the trail ends on Democracy Blvd near it's intersection with Seven Locks road. Make a left on Seven Locks rd and pedal (~.25 mi) until you see a sign (clearly marked, can't miss it) for the Cabin John trail. The section between Seven Locks and Bradley Blvd is sweet, sweet singletrack with some nice decents/climbs depending on dircection, but only 1.5 miles. The next section between Bradley Blvd and River Rd is just okay. It's flats but really, really rooted everywhere. The next section between Bradley Blvd and Seven Locks lower down is nothing special. The next section along Seven Locks is fun and a bit more tech with sharp cornering and 2 tight stream crossings. After that section the trail becomes a hike a bike unless your super man.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • Restrooms 
Getting there
From the Capital Beltway (I-495), take the River Road Exit West. Take your first right onto Seven Locks Rd. Take a right at your second right onto Democracy Blvd. Take a left at your first light onto Westlake Drive. Cabin John Regional Park is on your left hand side a mile or so down. You can't miss it. There are are alot of baseball fields around so you have to hunt for one of the many trail entrances. http://www.mc-mncppc.org/trails/trails_maps/cabin_john_svu.shtm
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  • DADventureTV

    12.5 miles if you do out and back from River Rd to Goya Dr. Plus a few more miles of trails added north of Goya. Not best ride in the area but it's the closest to the city that I can think of. A couple of road crossings and one half mile ride on road down Seven Locks Blvd and onto Democracy. But it's a good workout, fun (has some fast parts), and a few rocks and roots in places. Downside is it's def a multiuse trail with (depending on the day and time) a lot of hikers and dog walkers. So sometimes just as you have a chance to bomb something you have to slow down for them. But, did I mention how close it is??

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  • epcharles

    Really Fun trail with great flowy flat parts and plenty of elevation change. Flows right next to a creek for perfect scenery. *BEST PLACE TO START IS ACROSS THE STREET FROM WHERE CARDEROCK SPRINGS DRIVE MEETS RIVER RD*

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  • epcharles

    Really Fun trail with great flowy flat parts and plenty of elevation change. Flows right next to a creek for perfect scenery.

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  • WDT15

    I always enjoy this trail, but it's nothing too special. I park near the dog park/train area and then catch the trail at the south end of the lot, where you can connect to the rest (either go south under the power lines or stay straight to do the northern section up to Goya). Can get crowded with hikers and dog walkers if you go at peak times, and the road crossings can be a pain, but overall gives you a decent workout without the far drive to some spots (if you're in DC or Montgomery County). Some rocky sections to challenge you but not too much in the way of hills. Note there is some annoying dredging activity along the creek/stream so be prepared for that. Overall a solid ride and workout.

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  • ***

    Nice track to train during weekdays in the afternoon. Some road crossings are problematic in rush hour, but some parts are really fun.

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  • russ2550

    We only did the section of Bradley to River Rd. but thought it was a fun ride. Not a very hilly section thankfully and besides the heavy mud a good flowing trail. My only issue is that the amount of dog walkers is pretty heavy on the weekend..

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  • BGO

    This is a great trail! Lots of fun mountain biking to be done here. Took my friend and I about an hour and a half round trip. There are definitely some difficult parts (tight turns, tall roots, big rocks), and I actually took a pretty nasty fall at one point (something that could have been avoided had I been a little bit more careful going down the hill), but overall a very pleasant ride! I would definitely recommend it to any beginner or intermediate level mountain biker. The trail is not crowded (saw a few hikers but that was about it) so you can really go at whatever pace you want. Enjoy!

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  • gsrobinson

    Fun trail to ride in the middle of a weekday! Can get crowded on the weekends though.

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  • Team_Rubythroat

    Great trail, I found a way to go around the hill by Shirley Povich Field. There iis also a nice doubletrack, fire roadish, gravel/dirt path underneath the powerlines if you are not as experienced.

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  • AJ711

    Rode from Goya Dr all the way down to River Road and it was a blast. Lots of good hills (up and down), good technical sections, well packed single track and an overall GREAT time. You'll find more hikers on the middle sections, especially where the small network of trails are, but the lower portion (Democracy Blvd to River) is pretty well empty of people. You'll end up doing a small stint down Seven Locks Road, but the blue blazes are painted on the trees and you'll see the trail head on the other side of the guardrail as you head south on Seven Locks.

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  • AJ711

    Lots of evidence of damage from this summer's storms, but all the trails are open and able to be ridden. They've done an excellent job on upkeep. Trail can get very technical very quickly, but overall, an excellent ride. Network of trials in the middle is fun and offers lots of options. A few trails aren't on the maps, but are included in the GPS map offered here.

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  • jfigel76

    I parked at 7701 Tuckerman and did 15 miles at night with MORE. Lots of singletrack, out and back. A few road crossings and a few dabs. Great trail work.

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  • jfigel76

    Did a MORE night ride here and covered about 15 miles. Nice single track. Out and back. A few road crossings and is mostly an out and back. Maybe 2 dabs and 1 dismount.

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  • nolanyager

    I usually park at the tennis center or Ice Rink or the Main park/playground, however there are many other just as good options. The trails around these parking places just listed are often the most well taken care of, and the trails on the outskirts or out of this main area get kinda hairy, and you have to start crossing alot of roads that you would probably rather not cross. One Section of the trail is especially hard to find, it goes in between the Cabin John Locked rental/birthday party only playground near the campground and the Cabin John Shopping Center. To get to this trail, ride from the other side of tuckerman from the Playgrounds to the rental playground parking lot. Once you arrive in the parking lot, face towards the entrance of the shopping center with your back facing the entrance to the campground. Ride up the hill towards the shopping center LOOKING TO YOUR LEFT IN THE WOODS there will be an entrance with a puny pathetic sign. if you get to the shopping center entrance you have gone too far. Another weird area is near the quarry. the trail is across a road that the quarry is on. go across the road. If the quarry is to your left, cross the road and ride behind that metal barrier thing that is silver. You'll probably find it. if the quarry is up to your right, then cross the road and there will be a medium sized tree with a blue mark on it up to your right as you come out of the woods I was talking about before. by the way watch out for that big ass hole thats about four feet deep. they might still have a cone near it. Just get someone to show ya the trails. I think they probably had about 10 different teams with ten different opinions, all really stupid. But if you want a nice little intermediate ride after work, you little suburban dad, its a good ride.

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  • Lawmaster87

    Surprisingly fun trail. I got .pdf maps from montgomery parks website. I started at the northern most point at Goya drive. This trail is through a mini stream valley. Very nice tempo of ups and downs. Not a very fast trail, except for a few little down hill sections. Lots of small rock gardens and roots. Reminds me of the CCT sections in reston, va. I could see this trail getting soaked after a rain since it is in a stream valley. The road crossings do interfer with the overall rating of the trail. This trail makes a good quick out-and-back after work. Good scenery and some surprising natural technical features make this trail worthy of a second ride, but not an epic trail worth traveling far to ride. * Review edited 4/30/2009

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  • John Fisch

    There is some good singletrack on this route and it doesn't all have to be out-and-back as there are a few small loops at the North end near the start. Most of this singletrack is fast and swoopy. The middle section (between Seven Locks and Bradley) is by far the best, but it's far too short. South of Bradley is mostly boring stream bottom. The singletrack on this ride rates a solid 3, but the time spent on or crossing busy streets brings the overall experience down to a 2.

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