The Emmitsburg Multi User Trail Tour
ElevationAscent: 1,037' 316 m
Descent: -1,037' -316 m
High: 1,081' 329 m
Low: 733' 223 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)
Popular rides nearby
Emmitsburg New Beginner Loops
2.6 mi 4.1 km • Loop • 133 ft Ascent 40.39 m Ascent
Gambrill State Park Yellow Loop Figure 8
7.3 mi 11.7 km • Loop • 768 ft Ascent 234.03 m Ascent
Canada Hollow Gumrun Loop
6.4 mi 10.2 km • Loop • 765 ft Ascent 233.07 m Ascent
Hashawha Large Loop
3.4 mi 5.4 km • Loop • 371 ft Ascent 113.18 m Ascent
Twisted Furnace Ride
19.3 mi 31.1 km • Loop • 2,166 ft Ascent 660.31 m Ascent
Codorus Singletrack Loop
4.5 mi 7.3 km • Loop • 376 ft Ascent 114.52 m Ascent
“A hilly loop route showcasing the stacked loop system around Rainbow Lake.”— Ryan Delaney
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
Trails are multi-directional and multi-use, so please be alert, courteous, and follow the rules of the trail.
Need to Know
During hunting season, the trails are only open on Sundays. This year, hunting season begins on September 6th, 2018 and runs through May 24th, 2019. For specifics on Maryland's hunting season, check out Maryland DNR's excellent Hunters' Guide here.
To continue to the Advanced Trail, cross the creek and climb up to Hampton Valley Road. Be alert for traffic as you turn left, heading downhill for roughly 50 feet before turning left onto singletrack just past the gravel driveway.
The first portion of the Advanced Trail parallels a gravel road, before heading left into the woods and tackling the rocky singletrack ascent toward the top of the loop. Expect natural rock formations, stiff climbs and man-made rock gardens-repurposing an old stone fence into trail armoring.
There are three cut-off trails on the advanced loop. When traveling the loop counter clockwise (as indicated on the map), bear right at intersections to stay on the main loop. Each of these shortcuts is an interesting trail in its own right, and also allows riders to choose their own adventure by looping different segments of the trail together.
Continuing clockwise on the loop rewards you with a rolling downhill back to the gravel road. Retrace your steps across Hampton Valley Road and Turkey Creek to return to the Intermediate Trail.
Bear right and climb up, embarking on a counter-clockwise loop of the Intermediate Trail that finishes with a rocky, fast downhill to the Rainbow Lake Dam Access Trail. This trail also features a cutoff, near the north-west end of the loop.
Crossing the access trail, head straight onto the stem of the Beginner/Intermediate Trail's lollipop. Bear right at the three-way intersection to ride the loop counterclockwise, which results in a mellow climb and a ripping flow trail descent back to the dam. This loop makes a great warm-up/cooldown for longer rides at Emmitsburg.
The Connector Trail, an intermediate/advanced out and back and the most fun way to ride down to town for a tasty mid-ride beverage, makes a great addition to this ride. The trailhead is across Hampton Valley Road from the Advanced Trail after you cross Turkey Creek.
History & Background
The next phase, the Family Trail, will be complete summer of 2015. The Family Trail begins across Hampton Valley Road from this ride, and will feature 2.25 miles of flowy singletrack designed for the first-time rider. For more details and how to get involved, check MORE's website!