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Yellow Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

9.0 mile 14.4 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 799' 244 m
Descent: -819' -250 m
High: 360' 110 m
Low: 164' 50 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)

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This trail runs the length of Wissahickon Park on the western side of the creek.

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Please do not ride the trails when wet. There are very few trails close to Philadelphia, and the community works hard to keep them in good condition.

Description

You can begin this trail from the south from the Wissahickon Bikeway or from Forbidden Drive. There are also various points farther north where you can access this trail including (but not limited to) Wises Mill Rd, Summit Ave, Forbidden Drive (near Summit Ave), and the Houston Playground (off of Grakyn Ln). This trail should be used in conjunction with the White Trail and the Wissahickon Orange Trail South Segment if you want to do a loop around the park; otherwise, the trail will be an out-and-back with a lollipop loop on the northern section. The lollipop section will take you to what is known as "The Meadows" which is very flowy and fast.

Starting from the point of diversion for "The Meadows" (very near to Forbidden Drive), you'll be in the northern part of the park. Riding south, here are some notable highlights of the trail:

Climb up to Summit Ave, at the top of the climb, you'll need to cross the road at the corner. You can take a very short section of trail that will spit you back out onto Summit Ave. Turn right onto Summit Ave. Pay close attention to the left side of the road; about 1/4 mile down the road and just after a small creek crossing, the trail starts into the woods again. Take this trail.

A short, tight and twisty section follows. There is a fork in the trail after a creek crossing, but both trails convene again before crossing Wises Mill Rd. Cross Wises Mill Rd to resume on the singletrack.

The trail is straightforward for the next 2.3 miles. You'll encounter a few log-overs, a descent with about 5 whoop-de-doos (aka JUMPS!), and a few flat sections. About 2.3 miles from Wises Mill Rd, you'll descend to a creek. There is a concrete bridge over this creek; turn right to cross it (you'll see a large, overhead bridge that is Henry Ave in front of you), and almost immediately turn left to stay on the Yellow Trail. You'll shortly encounter a rocky climb. Further down the trail you'll hit a short pumptrack-like section with one balance log.

Shortly after passing under Walnut Bridge (a big bridge with graffiti), you'll have the option to descend to Forbidden Drive (and exit the park at Lincoln Drive via Forbidden), or turn right to stay on singletrack. If you chose the latter, the singletrack will spit you out onto the Wissahickon Bikeway (a multi-use paved trail that connects the Lincoln Drive parking lot to the Wissahickon Transfer Center).

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Dec 29, 2019
Andrew W
Bit of mud on the meadow section, otherwise in decent shape (before the Sunday/Monday rain). 8mi — 1h 00m
Jul 25, 2019
Josue Disla
Jun 15, 2019
Ray Gallo
Jun 1, 2019
Zachary Stoltzfus
Confusing at first where to go, but once you go it's pretty good.
May 28, 2018
Jaiden Cohen
mud 1mi — 0h 10m
Nov 12, 2017
Andrew W
Nov 5, 2017
Andrew W
Sep 19, 2017
Greg Heisler
6mi

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  4.8 from 12 votes

#518

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The Wissahickon trails highlight a flowy section and balance beam.
Nov 29, 2015 near Bala-Cy…, PA
An incredibly beautiful area in the fall.
Nov 14, 2016 near Bala-Cy…, PA
The Wissahickon trail opens up before Wises Mill Rd.
Nov 29, 2015 near Bala-Cy…, PA
Urban trail issues.
Nov 14, 2016 near Bala-Cy…, PA
Nice in winter when the trails are frozen
Feb 8, 2019 near Bala-Cy…, PA
Fast corners.
Nov 14, 2016 near Bala-Cy…, PA

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