Wissahickon Valley Park

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.59 out of 5
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Intermediate
14.0
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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Trail Q&A
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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

A: I've done this in the past. Log in and scroll down to the bottom of the site and click the "Support" link. Then to the right of the search bar near the top of the page click on the "New support ticket" link. This will take you to a page where you can send the corrections to Singletracks staff. I'm sure that Greg and Jeff can make the edits, not sure who else has the rights too. Take care. -GT

GTXC4 answered on December 29, 2017. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No

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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.

BobFromConshy answered on November 30, 2016. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No

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Reviews (35)
 

Gramcounter


March 21, 2019
 
Review: Great trail system! Lots of miles and tons to offer. It's hard to believe this place is within the city limits of Philadelphia.

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Granny Gear

August 28, 2018
 
Review: Physically demanding trail system with tons of 2-3 minute PUNCHY climbs. Easy access back to the gravel section for a bailout in case of emergency. Generally well maintained and respectfully ridden by local riders. Certainly, there are some technical climbing section with big rocks and logs to get over/around. Some sections have seen some "mellowing", which I presume is to make it more beginner friendly. Downhills are short, part rocky part flow and very fun. Don't be intimidated or expect EWS level downhills. Some people ride on their Enduro bike, which I think are way overkilled. There are plenty who rides it with a hardtail or short full sus bike. If you're unsure, a trail bike with 130-140 rear suspension and 150-160mm front suspension is a good place to start. This was the very first trail I ridden on a mountain bike with no prior experience. It's certainly doable for a beginner but ultimately will come down to an individual's skills, fitness and competency. Some will say this is not a beginner trail, but there's certain a little something for everyone, from easy single tracks to physically demanding climb, skill depending technical climbs, to downhills where you can go fast or as slow as you want. It really is a trail with a lot of diversity.

Similar Trail: Closest I have tried is Neshaminy. Diverse trail with rocky sections scattered out. But Nesh is more compact together.

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Granny Gear

April 12, 2018
 
Review: Trails rocked, today.

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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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Bunny Hop

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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