Schaeffer Farms Grand Tour

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Trail

11.1 Miles 17.9 Kilometers


95%

Singletrack

812' 247 m

Ascent

-818' -249 m

Descent

428' 130 m

High

230' 70 m

Low

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

All Clear

26 days agoUpdate

A nice spin around the main loops at Schaeffer Farms

Leslie Kehmeier

Overview

Closed for winter if the trails are too wet, and also at night unless on a sanctioned MORE night ride. Other MD State Park rules apply.
A great trail system designed for mountain bikes, Schaeffer Farms has become the heart of riding in Montgomery County. Rolling terrain with plenty of roots to keep you on your toes, the trails are a great way to introduce someone to singletrack. The trails can be busy on weekends, and the corners (particularly on the edge of forest) can be grown in, so be on alert.

Description

To start the tour go left right out of the parking lot and ride the far side of White, a nice introduction to the system. There are multiple shortcuts back to the parking lot, as well as the new Seneca Ridge Trail which will lead you out of the park. Also off the white loop is the Seneca Connector, a new one direction expert only line, which offers some g-outs and chances for your wheels to leave the ground.

Continue on White all the way around to Yellow and then head left to pedal all the way out to the corn fields. On the return trip, ride the optional orange connectors back to White. Take another left and ride all the way back to the trailhead.

Schaeffer Farms can be done in a number of different combinations. It's pretty easy to mix and match and get just the amount of riding you want.

History & Background

Originally offered as an alternative to the main loops at Seneca Creek State Park, Schaeffer farms has grown in to the main trail network in Montgomery County. The MoCo Epic, designated an IMBA epic in 2010, begins and finishes here.

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Nov 8, 2016
Shawn Lowman
Dry. Fun. Little tough to see trail in the field. Leaves on ground not a problem. 11.8mi
Nov 7, 2016
Shawn Lowman
Nov 5, 2016
Justin Rummel
Rendezvous Run and Ride 2016 (Fall) 18mi — 2h 20m
Oct 19, 2016
Derek Tribble
11mi
Sep 24, 2016
Christian Ortega
Sep 5, 2016
Jonathan Brauer
Jul 29, 2016
matt jm
Jun 28, 2016
David Crowley
Lots of fun, very smooth and fast singletrack. Neat to ride through fields and woods! 13.5mi — 1h 25m

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All Clear 26 days ago

Nice beginner trail. Note, trail name is Schaeffer May 30, 2013


Awesome trails. This is a great introductory park to get into mountain biking. I'll be back! Oct 21, 2014


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