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Frick Park Singletrack

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A tour of all of the main singletrack trails in Frick Park.


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10.7

Miles

17.2

KM

95%

Singletrack

1,149' 350 m

High

758' 231 m

Low

1,154' 352 m

Up

1,152' 351 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Refrain from riding during spring thaw muddy season.

Overview

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.

Description

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. 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 trail.

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Jason Lampenrider with improvements by Justin Scheifflee and 2 others

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 27 votes

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This morning, I was late to work...
Feb 11, 2017 near Edgewood, PA
The Woodsmoke blends in...
Feb 11, 2017 near Swissvale, PA
Side view of 2nd bridge and 3rd bridge below with wide, steep berm between the two. Both cross the same ravine.
Sep 26, 2019 near Swissvale, PA
There are rocks to drop off or roll over, throughout the upper section of this trail.
Sep 21, 2019 near Squirre…, PA
This trail is all about the flow and berms!  Always optimizing custom drainage techniques, trained stewards prioritize sustainable trails for all.
Sep 27, 2019 near Squirre…, PA
Iconic, big A-Frame log over has wide open sightlines year-round.
Sep 21, 2019 near Squirre…, PA

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Dec 12, 2020
Kevin Campbell
Nov 8, 2020
Ryan Fainor
12mi
Sep 25, 2020
Todd Sheehan
Sep 1, 2020
Hiro Komatsu
Apr 5, 2020
Klein VerHill
10.7mi — 1h 04m
Jul 6, 2019
Jay Schantz
parked by the tennis court 7mi
Jun 19, 2019
Ben Higbee
Great course map. Virtually no singletrack signage. No blazes. Navigating was difficult. Very muddy. Could be good 2nd time if it's dry. 11.9mi — 3h 30m
Apr 4, 2019
Brian M
10.7mi — 12h 30m