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Muddy Branch Trail

Intermediate
 3.7 (13)

A fast flowy trail from Gaithersburg down to the Potomac.


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Map Key

9.5

Miles

15.3

KM

Singletrack

360' 110 m

High

180' 55 m

Low

444' 135 m

Up

573' 175 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

13%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

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Description

Start at the small parking lot on the south side of 28 (1/2 of a block east of 28 and Dufief Dr.). The trail stays pretty much level along the Muddy Branch creek and is well marked. The trail crosses Quince Orchard Road and then Turkey Foot Rd, and upon meeting Esworthy, you have to bike along that road (in a northwest direction) for about 4 blocks to pick the trail up again. The trail keeps following the Muddy Branch, getting a little more challenging with more ups and downs in places until it reaches Blockhouse Point Park. From there, ride the bikeable trails down to C&O Canal parking area at Pennyfield Lock Rd.

In all, this ride encompasses an almost 9 mile journey on 100% singletrack in the thick of Gaithersburg/Potomac. It's fast and fun, there's not a lot of foot traffic, and it's been recently cleared (as of October, 2013) of all downed trees.

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Josh Keenan

Trail Ratings

  3.7 from 13 votes

#7685

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  3.7 from 13 votes
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#93

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#7,685

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Quick break before heading onto C&O and trailhead on 28. Cool, quiet morning.
Aug 14, 2017 near North P…, MD

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Jul 3, 2020
Blaze D
May 1, 2020
Colby Gottert
Quite muddy after the rain. but still fun 11mi — 1h 30m
Apr 24, 2020
Colby Gottert
12mi — 1h 20m
Apr 21, 2019
Sean Brady
The sections west of Quince Orchard Road are fun, flowing singletrack with a few stream crossing.
Jul 17, 2018
TJ Kelly
Jun 6, 2018
Andres Cottin
trail needs more than two days to drain in the residential section 8.7mi
Mar 18, 2018
Mad Cow
They don’t call it muddy branch for nothing. Ride this backwards. Nice and dry south and west of Esworthy. Path is mostly clear of storm debris..…
Oct 20, 2017
Dwayne L