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Deep Creek Loop

 11 votes

8.1 Miles 13.1 Kilometers


90%

Singletrack

663' 202 m

Ascent

-663' -202 m

Descent

3,007' 916 m

High

2,514' 766 m

Low

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

13%

Max Grade (8°)

All Clear

93 days agoUpdate

This ride features a GREAT new trail at Deep Creek Lake State Park.

Chris Colvill

Overview

This ride uses the new trails that were recently completed and some existing sections of the old Indian Turnip Trail in Deep Creek Lake State Park. The new trail sections were built by the International Mountain Bike Association.

They are mostly singletrack with great flow and a mix of technical rock gardens, smooth meadow sections, fantastic downhill sections and great mountain scenery. Riding the loop clockwise is how most riders enjoy it.
Family Friendly: A very scenic trail.
Dogs: Leashed

Description

The ride begins at the State Park HQ with a nice little warm-up down State Park Road to the trailhead (on the right). There are several ways to access the trail and ride it. Check at the State Park HQ for up-to-date maps.

If ridden as shown, the ride is a gradual climb to the top of the mountain starting on Beckman's Trail and turning left onto Indian Turnip Trail after 1.7 miles. Continuing upward, this trail brings some difficult sections. This section is definitely a good cardio climb with challenging rock gardens in a few spots.

The trail eventually levels off at the top and winds through a beautiful fern meadow forest before meandering over the top through a forested area with great flow and some great sections and a few rock gardens.

After cruising over the top of the mountain and just after crossing the Meadow Mountain Trail for the last time, the trail begins its descent back to the bottom. Enjoy the great flow but watch for some sharp switchbacks!

After reaching the bottom, there are some very technical rock gardens to navigate through. You eventually have the option of dumping off at the State Park HQ or riding back up and tying into the loop again and re-tracing some of the trail that was ridden as a part of the climb.

The trail is also great for hiking and is pet-friendly. Don't forget your helmet, and enjoy the ride !

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Oct 15, 2017
Seth Foutz
Jul 25, 2017
Christiaan Abildso
Great combo of flow, rocks, roots, ferns, & boulders. Great trail! 6.6mi
Dec 25, 2016
Marcos Ku
A lil bit damp but rideable. Some downed trees going down red trail 8.3mi
Sep 13, 2016
A Mac
Good packed dirt
Sep 10, 2016
Patrick Ryan
8.6mi — 1h 33m

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  4.7 from 11 votes

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All Clear 93 days ago

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Chris Dunavent
Oakland, MD
Chris Dunavent   Oakland, MD
vimeo.com/233371535 Sep 25, 2017
Sweet video, Chris! I can't wait to be able to see the trail again when the leaves clear out. Checkout the conditions yesterday, November 11, 2017. youtube.com/watch?v=hQPdbMv… Nov 12, 2017

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