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Lake Border Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.9 (16) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

The Lake Border Trail is a beautiful, well-maintained trail.


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Map Key

28.9

Miles

46.5

KM

60%

Singletrack

499' 152 m

High

245' 75 m

Low

1,801' 549 m

Up

1,802' 549 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Maintenance of the trails has declined. Some areas are prone to grow in with summer growth. Washouts have become worse. Tree fall remains on the trail longer than before. Horse traffic has increased, please yield to horses.

The trail system here does not drain well. It's best to avoid these trails when raining. It's even better to allow at least two-three days of sunshine post rain. However, when the trails are dry Blue Marsh flows fast!

Overview

A great place for beginners and experts alike. Blue Marsh is easy to navigate and enjoyable in either direction. The trails here will test your fitness and skill as it's covered with punchy climbs and quick descents.

Need to Know

There is pipeline work near the stilling basin that affects trail navigation.
Trailforks may be more up to date with routing and trail conditions.

There is a parking fee for some of the parking lots. There may not be an attendant when you drive in but use the honor box and register. The Park Office does patrol their lots year round and will ticket non payers.

Free parking at the Stilling Basin and Old Church Road lots. These are the two common mountain bike and runner lots.

I recommend beginners to park in the lot on Old Church Road. The trails on the northern border are a little more flat

Blue Marsh is a multi-use trail system so IMBA rules of the trail are in affect.

Description

Parking at the Stilling Basin or on Old Church Road is free year round. Other areas may have a seasonal car fee.

The Stilling Basin is the most common mountain bike parking area. There is a lower lot and an upper lot. The lower lot has a portajohn. The mileage/trail markers start and finish w/ at the Stilling Basin.

Riding the loop counter-clockwise is the most common direction. Early sections of the trail cross several park access roads. Be mindful and check for vehicles prior to crossing.

The north side of the loop is some of the easiest and flattest singletrack Blue Marsh has to offer. This can be a great place for a beginner out and back. However, once you cross over to the south side you'll encounter three difficult climbs and descents in short succession.

The descents are expert level in steepness and obstacles. Most of this route is singletrack but like the rest of Blue Marsh there is some farm field and abandoned pavement. The trail is well marked with mileage markers and hiking trail placards.

The largest climb on the south side is in close proximity to the now closed Blue Marsh Ski area.

Stick to following the trail markers and you can't really go wrong. The trail markers even have a mileage count for you.

Be wary of the descents as heavy rains can create washouts, loose rock, and exposed roots.

Follow the white arrows when encountering any paved road (abandoned or active).

History & Background

64 Farm Families were displaced and their homes flooded to create Blue Marsh. The story is here: www2.readingeagle.com/artic…

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Shared By:

Stephan Kincaid

Trail Ratings

  3.9 from 16 votes

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  3.9 from 16 votes
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Photos

Lush singletrack.
Jul 7, 2014 near Fox Chase, PA
Nice view of Blue Marsh from this mini vista.
Jul 7, 2014 near Fox Chase, PA
One of the many bridges along the route.
Jul 7, 2014 near Werners…, PA
Blue Marsh Visitor Center. There is a great view of the lake from the balcony of this visitor's center. There is also a water fountain and soda machine inside.
Jul 7, 2014 near Spring…, PA
"Main Hiking Trail" is the same as the Lake Border Trail. "Fox Trot Trail" will take you back to the Lake Border Trail. "Day Use Area" is the same as the Beach/Picnic/Snack Bar area.
Jul 7, 2014 near River V…, PA
Shortly after entering the trail from Old Church you'll head into this "cave" of trees via the singletrack.
Jul 7, 2014 near Werners…, PA

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May 5, 2021
James Mcilvaine
Jan 9, 2021
Tenzing Norgay
Semi-dry, hunters were out 30mi
Sep 17, 2020
Howard XX
Aug 24, 2020
Bob Wilpizeski
Hot and humid. Took a few wrong turns at unmarked intersections but most navigation was by common sense. Could have used a few more well-placed signs. 30.1mi — 5h 02m
Apr 10, 2020
John Rooney
Jun 9, 2019
Stephen Judd
Apr 27, 2019
Luis Velez
Jun 6, 2018
John Pablo G
23.5mi