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Trail

8.1 mile 13.1 kilometer loop
90% Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 663' 202 m
Descent: -663' -202 m
High: 3,007' 916 m
Low: 2,514' 766 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 13% (8°)

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Trail shared by Chris Colvill

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

Chris Colvill

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Family Friendly A very scenic trail.

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.

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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Feb 25, 2019
Antonio Clarke
Oct 14, 2018
Steve Cratin
New Blue Trail
Jul 14, 2018
Suzanne Helmick
May 3, 2018
disconnected rider
I had another fun day. It’s bone dry except the one section on the top with the logs to ride accross
May 1, 2018
disconnected rider
Apr 28, 2018
Steve Cratin
Ponch and Dad
Apr 22, 2018
Terry A
Oct 15, 2017
Seth Foutz

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  4.7 from 15 votes

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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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