Wisp Resort - Trail, McHenry, Bikeparks

Wisp Resort - Trail, McHenry, Bikeparks

DESCRIPTION

The mountain has a little bit of everything. Fire roads, single track, nice downhills, and even nicer climbs.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 27, 2014]
jc
Weekend Warrior

First time at Wisp, and pretty disappointed. Trail map and on-mountain signs don't match, and the difficulty ratings didn't help. Advanced and Expert riders may enjoy the runs, but they would be over fast. Beginners and Intermediates will be riding the brakes almost the entire time, not much "flow".

Customer Service

n/a

Similar Products Used:

unknown

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 26, 2012]
David
Weekend Warrior

The new beginner run isn't beginner at all. Recently completed the trail is somewhat techinical with a few drops and a really fun slalom course at the bottom. The technicians at the rental shop were very knowledgeable (take a lesson!). A super great way to spend a weekend . The lift was slow but the view was beautiful.. I would highly reccommed Wisp and will certainly visit again

Customer Service

Ride the newly constructed downhill trail.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 21, 2012]
Rob-Bob
Downhiller

Trails are mostly rocky single track. There isn't much trail maintenance that happens but on these types of trails it's not really an issue. You can link a couple of trails and create some pretty fun runs down the hill. The rental bikes are always top notch and are well taken care of. The only downside is the lift. It takes about 12-15 minutes to get to the top of the mountain and the runs are only about 5 minutes, less if you are hauling ass.

Customer Service

High roller ,

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 19, 2010]
p_mihai_ro
Downhiller

The mountain is very rocky, definitely the worst I've seen until now. The trails are not graded according to the difficulty. Blue trails are more like black trails, green trail is not a trail but a sky slope, there's a double diamond black slalom trail which is more like a blue to me.
There are not many man made features along the mountain except an area for dirt jumping next to the start of the trails.

The lift is SLOW. You can definitely get an ATV and carry the bike to the top faster than the lift will take you.

The guys at the rental facility can't technically rent gear without bikes, and the prices for the bikes seem high. Lift tickets and trail access are about average priced.

Overall, I had better time at 7 springs.

Similar Products Used:

7 springs. Better.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 11, 2010]
RideMetalRide
Downhiller

Wisp Resort just completed a Mountain Bike Trail Work Weekend that had a great turnout 9 trails were cleaned and cleared that include Highroller, Easy does it, Monkey Shine Squirrel Cage, new jump line in the Edgewood freeride park and more. Wisp has also purchased ne Giant rental bike that include the Giant Faith & STP. Take a look at there trail map at

http://www.wispresort.com/wisp/info/s.mountain-biking.aspx

Similar Products Used:

Savage River State Forest

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 27, 2009]
MetalRideMetal
Downhiller

Overall, they have several staff members that are pashionat about mountain biking and take pride in working on these trail on and off the clock. The downhil trails are not to overwellming but at the same time give you a good chalange. Pluss the resort is supper easy access compared to others in the area. Definatly well worth checking it out

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Feb 13, 2009]
oldskoolbiker
Downhiller

This review is of the Downhill and Freeride trail system at Wisp. Wisp offers lift service to several Freeride/DH trails during the summer. They offer rentals and lessons. They also host a DH race series every summer.

The plus side at Wisp is that the trails are fun, not really technical, but very fast with jumps and some intermediate features. A top to bottom run at full speed is only 2 1/2 minutes.

It is a resort area so there is plenty to do after you finish biking for the day.

The major downside is that the lift is extremely slow. It is actually possible to shuttle with a pickup truck faster than riding the lift. We have actually done this on crowded race weekends.

Customer Service

Take the lift to the top, there are about 8 or so different combination of routes to get down to the bottom.

Similar Products Used:

Snowshoe a couple of hours south, and Seven Springs a couple of hours north both offer Lift assisted mountain biking in the summer.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Mar 24, 2005]
marsb
Downhiller

Wisp resort is a ski hill that offers XC, DH, and some freeride terrain. I cut my teeth trying to learn to ride DH there, so most of my review caters to the chairlift dual-suspension set. Only one lift is currently being utilized (Boulder), but most of the terrain can be accessed from the chair with minimal uphill pedaling. The 5-6 or so true downhill runs that I have found (their maps and markers are scketchy, go explore) are nice, and range from the intermediate to burly. Of course, you can also point and shoot down any of the slopes as well (be on the lookout for frisbee golfers and hikers). Wisp's freeride terrain has some promise, but is still a far cry from Snowshoe. There are a few small Shore-style ladder bridges to boulder drops if you look hard enough, but it is obviously a work in progress. Rumor has it that the mountain managers paid a visit to Snowshoe, and will hopefully be beefing up the FR terrain in '05. There is also a skatepark in the parking lot, with a couple of friendly halfpipes, rails, step-ups and boxes for the park rats.

Customer Service

My favorite is a trail I consider an intermediate, and was the site of the MD state downhill championships last summer. It begins with a short run from the chair to a left entrance on the woods, starts relatively flat with a few jumps and berms, and quickly descends into a rooty, rocky singletrack. The trail then cuts across the adjoining slope, and widens into a nice section of berm, tabletop, and whoops before dropping back onto Boulder with a sweet 8ft rollable drop. From here you can take the easy line (turn left and burn down the slope back to the chair), or take the race line cutting accross the slope and down another similar rollable drop into some steeper, more technical single & doubletrack. There are some nice drops, a couple of sweet switchbacks, and a couple of dirt jumps to hit as you descend across the snowtubing field and return to the lift. Other trails include steep drops threading some massive boulder gardens and one wickedly steep descent into a brambled singletrack sphincter-clincher.

Similar Products Used:

FR/DH: Snowshoe (about 2 hrs west) sugarloaf secret Morgantown spots

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Aug 11, 2003]
Ben
Weekend Warrior

I was just in the Deep Creek area for vacation and the first day i got there i went to wisp. They have sick downhill single track that can get very tight. Also wide open ski trails that offer speed but not very tech. They also just added a killer downhill mtb track with doubles, whoops, step-downs/ups and a table. It rips

Customer Service

If you want to save energy you can get a all day pass to ride the lift for like 20$ and the lift is very close to the parking lot.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 31, 2002]
Jeremy

The mountain is now under major construction, but some trails still exist. There is singletrack, fireroads, and downhills for all levels. Very fun riding.

Customer Service

There are many different routes for this trail. The main climb is up Possum, a little over a one mile climb, 600 vertical feet.

Similar Products Used:

Deep Creek Lake State Park

OVERALL
RATING
4
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