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Deep Creek Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.7 (28) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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8.1

Miles

13.1

KM

90%

Singletrack

3,007' 916 m

High

2,514' 766 m

Low

663' 202 m

Up

663' 202 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

13%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Leashed

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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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Chris Colvill

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  4.7 from 28 votes

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Photos

Deep Creek Lake Loop in Maryland.
Oct 21, 2017 near Swanton, MD
Downhill section on the new Indian Turnip Trail - Deep Creek Lake SP.
Aug 24, 2016 near Mountai…, MD
Rock garden on the new Indian Turnip Trail in Deep Creek Lake SP.
Aug 24, 2016 near Mountai…, MD
Rock Berms
Sep 21, 2020 near Swanton, MD
Uphill!
Aug 24, 2016 near Mountai…, MD
Fern Meadow.
Aug 24, 2016 near Mountai…, MD

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Jun 12, 2021
Scott Danish
Trails were all great! 18.7mi — 3h 51m
Sep 21, 2020
Phillip Merling
AMAZING 10.5mi — 2h 34m
Aug 18, 2020
Rob Freishtat
Aug 10, 2020
Chris Mann
Jun 27, 2020
Sanka Perera
I'm a solid blue rider, so some rock sections were tough but do-able!!!! 6mi
Jun 15, 2020
Ben Smith
Not the 8.1 miles that was projected. Lookout connector to turnip is crazy rock gardens! 5.8mi
Aug 25, 2019
Stephanie DeGroot
Loved this loop! The initial climb wasn't horrible but does have several rocky sections. Met lots of nice hikers/bikers along the way! Perfect Sunday! — 1h 45m
Aug 17, 2019
Steven Nigh
great ride. difficulty rating is because of some awesome rock gardens. 14mi — 4h 00m