Gambrill State Park Yellow Loop Figure 8
ElevationAscent: 768' 234 m
Descent: -782' -238 m
High: 1,744' 531 m
Low: 1,385' 422 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“A south to north figure 8 loop on the Yellow Trail.”— Joe Whitehair
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
Expect relentless rock riding and occasional steep climbs.
Need to Know
- Entrance into the park requires a $3-5 fee per vehicle or valid park pass. There is a self-issue payment box in the parking lot.
- There are several breweries in town that make for the perfect post ride refreshment. Check out Il Forno Pizza on the way back to town for good pizza and beer options.
Yellow will hit a gravel a driveway, turn left and continue to follow the yellow blaze for a few dozen yards, then bear right back onto singletrack. Take your choice of optional lines to the top of the rocky knob and continue through thick mountain laurel and rock choked downhill.
After a short climb, you'll briefly exit the hardwood forest and swing left to climb a loose utility cut. This is the crossover point of the figure-8. Continue climbing and take a right on the second yellow blazed trail. You are now on the extended yellow loop riding in the clockwise direction. Climb the twisty loam (referred to as Drunken Sailor) and top out on a rocky spine before descending a series of rocky turns ending with a challenging rock garden.
Continue on yellow and begin the longest descent of the loop, the fast and fun section known as Jedi. Tight mountain laurel and trees, chunky rocks and small hit options will keep you on your toes. At the bottom of the descent gear down and prepare for a long climb out of the hollow.
After the trail levels out you have a minute of recovery before intersecting the utility cut you were on earlier. Hang a right, climb to the intersection and make a left to begin the return south on the next rocky challenge. Cross the road and continue south on the west side of the ridge. You'll be rewarded with large boulders such as the Beached Whale that offer plenty of optional lines. The western side of the ridge generally flows slightly downhill and you'll be able to keep a good pace through this section as you bob and weave through the tight singletrack.
The rocky climb of Stegosaurus Rocks offers a chance to test your technically climbing skills. At the top, you'll intersect the black trail, turn right to stay on yellow and continue south working your way back to the parking lot with a variety of roots rocks and loose descents. Cross the road a final time and you'll be in the parking lot you started.
History & Background
Local Club: Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts (MORE)