Lake Border Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,801' 549 m
Descent: -1,802' -549 m
High: 499' 152 m
Low: 245' 75 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)
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“The Lake Border Trail is a beautiful, well-maintained trail.”— Stephan Kincaid
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.
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).
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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Dogs Allowed, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed