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Lakeside Loop Trail

Intermediate
 4.0 (11) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A fun and challenging 5+ mile lakeside trail loop.


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5.5

Miles

8.8

KM

70%

Singletrack

1,199' 366 m

High

1,168' 356 m

Low

165' 50 m

Up

165' 50 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

6%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Family Friendly Camping areas, boat and kayak rentals.

This is a Maryland State Park that is accompanied by a hotel casino and the parking by the hotel is always pretty packed. There are plenty of areas of free parking where you can pick up the trail. Helmets are required for anyone under the age of 16 per Maryland State Law.

Overview

A fun trail if you're passing through. This loop comes in at about 5.5 miles with some fun, intermediate, technical sections.

Description

This is definitely not a destination trail but a good place to stop and ride as it's right off Interstate 68.

The ride starts out from a large parking area in the southeast corner of the lake. From there, just follow the orange blazing; the trail follows the lake with only a few exceptions where the trail takes short jaunts to the side but immediately returns.

The north side of the lake is where most of the rocky, technical sections are, but as I mentioned, even those portions are intermediate level at best. The climbs are few but still a bit of a challenge with rocks and steep angles. There is also an "upper" trail that I didn't ride as this time of year (spring as well as winter) those trails tend to be really wet...meaning flowing water over a large portion of it. The climb to it is tough, brutal and rocky.

The trail itself has some short climbs and descents but has a number of serious and seriously-fun rock gardens. The summer and fall are the best riding times here so if you ride it, post it up here to share it with others.

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Shared By:

bill swann

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  4.0 from 11 votes

#2020

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Lakeside Loop Rocky Gap 2020
Sep 16, 2020 near Cumberland, MD
Lakeside Loop Rocky Gap  2020
Sep 16, 2020 near Cumberland, MD
View from the Lakeview Trail, looking west from the end of the lake along the trail as it follows the shore.
May 16, 2017 near Cumberland, MD
Lakeside Loop Rocky Gap
Sep 16, 2020 near Cumberland, MD
Lakeside Loop Rocky Gap
Sep 16, 2020 near Cumberland, MD
Lakeside Loop Rocky Gap
Sep 16, 2020 near Cumberland, MD

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Sep 18, 2020
Phillip Merling
5.5mi — 0h 34m
Sep 15, 2020
Phillip Merling
This a great trail. But it do it for time and average speed. Always try to beat your time and avg. speed 5.3mi — 0h 34m
Sep 11, 2020
Phillip Merling
5.5mi — 0h 35m
Sep 6, 2020
Phillip Merling
5.5mi — 0h 35m
Jul 18, 2020
Rick D
Jul 7, 2019
Mark Schwenk
As stated there are some rocky bits and lots and lots of roots. Some short steep bits made challenging due to the roots. Good ride though 5.5mi — 1h 15m
Jul 26, 2018
Cheryl Ladota
Jul 8, 2018
Jerry Massengale
fun both ways 13mi