Frick Park is a tight network of nicely maintained singletrack and fire road trails shared with hikers. Ample and free street and parking lot parking is available at various locations around the park, including the main free parking lot in Lower Frick (access to this parking lot is off Hutchinson St. at Lancaster Ave. in Regent Square).
While the park is not big, you can easily put in a few hours of trail exploration with minimal repetition. More experienced riders could enjoy repeatedly climbing Falls Ravine Trail
fire road from Lower Frick parking lot, then choosing from the various singletrack trails back down. Riders enjoying fire roads will have a nice series of loops in the park as well.
This ride highlights all of the singletrack trails, most of them in the best direction while minimizing time spent on gravel trails or repeating sections.
This ride is mapped as starting and ending from the tennis courts parking lot on Braddock Ave in order to minimize the total amount of climbing and repeated sections. Other parking areas or park entrances can also be used with slight modifications to the route.
The ride starts out with a gravel trail warmup on South Clayton Loop
on the way to Bradema
trail is a fun, feature filled, mostly downhill trail through a mature forest that is moderately technical. Once at the bottom, the only way to go is back up via Falls Ravine Trail
. Continue climbing up Bench Trail
, a rooty but not too steep climbing trail on your way to Horse Trough
. Horse Trough
is generally downhill and starts out a bit narrow and rooty, but once it crosses a gravel trail midway it opens up a bit before ending on Riverview Trail
Continue down Riverview Trail
to the entrance of Homeless Camp
, a technical trail through a debris field of broken up concrete. This will bring you to the middle of Iron Gate
. Head down Iron Gate
and keep an eye out for a turn to the left, there is an Iron Gate
trail marker marking the intersection. Cross the creek on to Concrete Block
trail, another technical but also flowy trail that adds rocks and concrete chunks to the mix. There are a number of unmarked intersection on Concrete Block
but recent work by volunteers have made the main trail more obvious.
This will bring you to Firelane Trail Extension
; turn right onto Roller Coaster
trail. This section of Roller Coaster
is fast and flowy with a few log piles and roller jumps to keep things interesting. It ends on Firelane Trail Extension
again; climb back up to where you started and turn right on Roller Coaster
to finish riding the rest of this trail, through all of the namesake dips. At the end, bear right on Lower Riverview Trail
and head back to Bench Trail
and climb to the top once more.
This time at the top of Bench Trail
, stay right to go up and out to the grassy field and paved trail. Turn right and take the paved trail up to the next paved trail on the left; climb this behind the baseball field and then continue straight into the woods on a narrow ridge. This is the top of Iron Gate
, the longest singletrack descent in the park. Expect flowy berms and a few small jumps and drops along the way, and keep right at any singletrack intersections you come across.
From here, take Deer Creek Trail
down to Nine Mile Run Trail
and take the first singletrack on the right. After about 100 yards, you'll see a wooden boardwalk leading to a row of rocks across the creek; this is the entrance to 276
is a mix of moderately technical and flowy trail with some hard climbs and fast descents and a few wooden features for good measure. Eventually, it ends back at the creek, but this time there is no row of rocks so be prepared to get your feet a bit wet. After crossing the creek and ending up on Nine Mile Run Trail
, head left and take the next singletrack you see on the right which is Dinky Bridge
trail. There is a short, steep climb between two bridges when heading this direction, but the rest of the trail is mostly level with a few rooty and rocky sections.
From the end of Dinky Bridge
at the paved road, take Braddock Trail
back to the tennis court parking lot.