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Schaeffer Farms Grand Tour

Intermediate
 4.1 (81) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A nice spin around the main loops at Schaeffer Farms


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11.1

Miles

17.9

KM

95%

Singletrack

428' 130 m

High

230' 70 m

Low

812' 247 m

Up

818' 249 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

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.

Overview

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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Leslie Kehmeier

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Photos

Biking Bad at Schaeffer Farms
Dec 4, 2018 near Darnestown, MD
Deer poked her head out from the field as we were riding by.
Sep 28, 2016 near Poolesv…, MD
Highlights from Schaeffer Farm Trails Area.
Sep 14, 2015 near Darnestown, MD
Schaeffer Farms Cornfield Runs
Jul 14, 2019 near Darnestown, MD
Flowy ride at Schaeffer Farms
Jul 14, 2019 near Darnestown, MD
Tough climb, gotta earn the DH sections
Dec 4, 2018 near Darnestown, MD

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May 2, 2021
Rob Freishtat
Apr 24, 2021
Joao Pedro Azevedo
Mar 27, 2021
Rob Freishtat
Oct 10, 2020
David King
Sep 20, 2020
Matthew Hussey
nice trail system with some challenging climbs and fun descents. 6mi — 0h 45m
Aug 30, 2020
Rob Freishtat
Aug 9, 2020
Sanka Perera
10mi — 2h 00m
Aug 7, 2020
Kevin Selm
Lots of big time hills, corn fields. Parking fairly far from some of the western most trails. Gets very muddy.

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