Wissahickon Valley Park

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4.59 out of 5
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Intermediate
14
miles

Singletrack
↑ 2,100 ft
↓ 2,200 ft
138
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
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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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: Hey Singletracks is there a way to edit the trail mileage. It is way more than 14 miles at Wissahickon. Easily 24 and even more if you add the spaghetti bowl across Lincoln Drive. Please update the mileage to at least 24. -trekcarbonboy

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Q: Where is the best place to park where you would have access to the most bike permitted trails? -Nick Hepler

A: End to end (Northwestern Ave to Lincoln Drive) the park is less than 5 1/2 miles and well served by Forbidden Drive. So it almost doesn't matter where you park you should be able to get to whatever section you intend to ride. I park at NWA as it' has the most spots and is closest to my home. I'll use FD as a warm-up and/or cool-down depending on what section I ride. Friends of Wiss (FOW.org) has a great map you can also buy at REI in Conshy.

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Reviews (32)
 

Bunny Hop

August 26, 2017
 
Review: Love the trail. Flowing technical and nice climbs!!

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Gramcounter


June 16, 2017
 
Review: This trail is great if you want to ride frequent climbs and downhills back to back. The trail that goes all the way around the park is full of technical climbs and rocky descents, mixed with some smooth singletrack sections. Some parts are a bit overgrown, but the majority of the trail is well maintained and fun to ride.

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Granny Gear

June 1, 2017
K2 Zed X Granny Gear  
 
Review: Great variety of trails, from flat road (forbidden drive) to hilly, technical single tracks.

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Granny Gear

December 12, 2016
 
Review: This is my home trail. I love the variety; technical root/ rock sections, single trek, nice hills and nice down hills. If you have the time and energy to explore, there are nice sections that aren't marked that are really memorable.

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Gnarly


November 18, 2016
 
Review: This is a beautiful place with some great but challenging riding. There's a lot in the way of technical features and some decent climbs and drops. Some of the trails get pretty rocky which make this is a great place to test your skills. You are required to have a trail permit to ride here. I don't mind having to pay to ride, but if I am paying I wish the majority of the trails were open to biking. There are a lot of would be great trails that are not open biking. Overall though this is a great park for upper intermediate to advanced riders.

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Granny Gear

September 5, 2016
 
Review: Great double, triple whatever wide tracks. There's enough room for everyone, walkers, bikers, kids etc.

Don't get caught out here at night without damn good light or 2.

As for the single tracks, we'll this is my home trail that i ride regularly and train on and this trail is definitely one hell of a workout with all the hills, depends, rocks etc...

It's a must ride along with Belmont plateau...

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Granny Gear

August 16, 2016
Alexlee Granny Gear  
 
Review: Definitely a city gem, can be easily reached through schurkill river trail then forbidden drive. Well maintained and loads of climb, remember to fill up your water bottle!

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Trailblazer

August 7, 2016
Lenny R Trailblazer  
 
Review: I've ridden alot of trails in the area and a friend of mine said we had to go here. never heard anything about it. that being said, I was shocked and amazed at the steep climbs, rock gardens and down hills right in the middle of Philly. definitely not recommended for the beginners, and it gets packed with people on the weekends, bring a bell and get there early!

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Gramcounter

March 27, 2016
BigBenG Gramcounter  
 
Review: Went riding here for the first time and was pleasantly surprised at how technical and enjoyable the trails are! Lots of tight single track with log crossings, tree roots, rock gardens, and some steep hill climbs. For being so close to the city this place is a gem!

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Granny Gear

January 9, 2016
peteralt Granny Gear  
 
Review: I've been riding here for about a year now and the fact that it's so close to the city is a huge plus. I'm trying to explore new segments every time and I'm sure I haven't found all trails yet. This year we finally got some maps in the park, making it much easier to navigate. (You can still purchase a map and take it with you, but it lacks But truth be told, the labeling of the trails is still lacking, so it's easy to get lost at an intersection of trails.
Getting there by car is crazy, there are so many small parking lots that are so hard to find, getting there from the city by bike is super simple, there's a bike path that directly leads to the Wiss.
I really like the concept of forbidden drive, you can go all out on the trails and then loop back onto forbidden drive to take a breath before you take another trail.

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Wissahickon Valley Park MTB Trail 4.59 out of 5 based on 32 ratings. 32 user reviews.
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