The Water Shed - Trail, Frederick, Maryland

The Water Shed - Trail, Frederick, Maryland

DESCRIPTION

Mostly Tech. A few good down hills. Some fire trails. Mostly single track. This area offers it all.

USER REVIEWS

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[Feb 11, 2018]
timnielsen

Strength:

I don't think my opinion on these trails has changed much since I first starting riding them in the late 90's. A must-ride for the DC area.

Weakness:

Since I wrote the review below in 1998, I've lived in NJ and Colorado and ridden hundreds of trails. This is still a favorite almost 20 years on.

OVERALL
RATING
5
[Sep 02, 2012]
FISHER CAT
Cross Country Rider

I`d like to rate it higher than 3.5 but the trails are too beat down We spent three and a half hours with a group that knew the trails. Did VW ,iceburg ,blue trail and many more.Some great work on rock formations and good tech dueable climbs.

Customer Service

similar to michaux st forest but you dixie people would get lost

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 04, 2010]
gaucho78
Cross Country Rider

I haven't seen any place in PA, DE, NJ, VA, or the rest of MD that compares to here. I learned to MTB here and it remains the ultimate technical, aggressive XC style biking I've seen. Lots of rocks, elevation changes, single track, and just all around try-to-stay-on-your-bike type riding. I will say though that it lacks a northshore style skills park.
Regardless, if you want to be a more fit, more technically sound rider, this is the place to always test yourself. You have to know where you are going though for the best trails and to ever make it back to your car!

Customer Service

Most people don't know about the trails off of the Sand Flats parking lot up gambrill road a few miles past Hamburg road. You take a right out of the parking lot, bike on the road and take the split to the right and hit the Salamander trail head on the left. It it starts easy but gets more and more technical as you go. Eventually, you'll end up back on a gravel road that you should take a right onto and follow it for about a mile or so until the road goes up a hill. A the top of a hill hit the trail head on your left and follow it for a few hundred yards til you see another trail head on your left. Enter the hardest trail you've ever been on, ICEBERG. Once you get through that, you wil end on the blue trail that you follow to the right, cross a road, and continue to take the trail to the left when it splits. After going through a big stream, you'll climb up a switchbacked trail and at the top, take your second left and end up back at your car.

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From the Hamburg parking lot go blue (on the same side as the parking lot) until you hit a fire trail. After passing a lake on your right, take the trail on the right up to Gambril road. Left on the road up the hill til you hit a parking lot on your left. Off of that is the lawnmower trail. Take that til you hit a fire road and then take a left off of it onto blue. Take blue to an interection and turn right and go down VW trail. Eventually you'll corss the street and hit knucklebuster. Follow that til you cross a road and reconnect to blue again. You go left and be back at the parking lot, or right and do another loop and end up back at that same parking lot. From that parking lot take blue (from the same side as the parkign lot) and follow it all the way down the mountain til you end up at the bottom of Hamburg road. Fastest, scariest XC biking one should do without armor. Best have a car waiting for you at the bottom unless you want to Tour de France stlye road bike all the way back up Hamburg road.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Sep 28, 2009]
Stoney
Weekend Warrior

Some of the most technical riding in the Mid-Atlantic. Rock on with the guys who built the downhill runs. If you come here you better bring your armor and your "A" game. Half the ride is on nothing but jagged rocks, but how rewarding to get down clean.

Customer Service

Find a local rider, or bike shop that is having a ride up there. Had a few guys who were nice enough to let us tag along with them.

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This reminded me of the rocky trails at Snowshoe, but steeper in some sections.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 26, 2009]
Dcp584
Cross Country Rider

I started riding last year and have found that the Shed is the most fun place to ride in the Frederick area. More recently I have been riding this loop that starts at the Hamburg Rd Parking Lot. You take the Blue trail to Lawnmower to Volkswagen to the newly created twisty windy single track awesomeness called Knucklebuster so fun. It's a good mix of ups and downs some fun features like big rocks to clear in Knuncklebuster and some badass log piles on VW. Over all super fun little loop.

Customer Service

Blue trail to Lawnmower to VW to Knucklebuster. But that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Watershed.

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Anything in the shed is a good time. The other side of the road has a whole other set of possibilities. Also Greenbriar a little further up 40 is also a good time.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 02, 2004]
Watershedman
Cross Country Rider

I live here in one of the cabins so I actually ride in this area 5 or 6 times a week. This is where I learned to Mountainbike. It is very tech. and rocky every climb is reawarded with a nice DH ride eventually. There are many trails to explore and you can connect with Gambril and catoction if you wan t a long ride. I LOVE IT HERE IT ROCKS (literlly) If you come by my cabin BRING BEER. If you dont like it here dont come back LOL

Customer Service

The blue trail is best marked but there are many others just explore.

Similar Products Used:

ummm Gambrill, Greenbrier.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 13, 2003]
Stiff
Downhiller

The shed is probably the only place near DC to get a DH fix, but it has no advanced trails, and the mtn isn't very high. Looks good for semi-technical XC, though. I haven't been to any other MD destinations to compare.

Customer Service

drop trailz (FR/DH), blue trail descent and options (FR/DH/XC), pink trail (XC)

Similar Products Used:

none (new to area)

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 23, 1998]
Keith

I made a mistake. This is not the watershed. I'm not sure the name but follow the directions and you will not be upset.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 25, 1998]
morgan

this trailhead sure is the frederick watershed! the blue trail is part of the catoctin blue trail that goes for miles & miles. the park is next to gambril and has similar rocky, rooty terrain. all comments for gambril apply here as well. most trails wind up dumping you out on one of the watershed roads, which you can then take to another trail head or back to hamburg road where you parked.

Customer Service

blue trail

Similar Products Used:

greenbriar state park

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Dec 08, 1998]
Tim Nielsen

Miles and miles of trails here. Starting across the street from the Hamburg Rd lot, you can put together a 40+ mile out and back that has a little of everything -- killer fast DH, XC sprints, super technical rocky uphills, log crossings, you name it. There's even a pseudo-trials like rocky section that is a blast. I would have to say this trail network is for a very confident intermediate rider or better. Those with sharp technical skills and excellent fitness will have the best time here. If you feel like exploring bring a compass because you can really get lost out here (we did 2-3 times). I have ridden this trail network all summer and still haven't scratched the surface. HUNTING SEASON STARTS OCT 1st thru spring so either wear very bright colors or ride on Sunday (no hunting).
Bring a full tool kit, many powerbars, and a compass. I'm looking for NoVa riders who want to ride this winter -- please email me!

Customer Service

Park at either the lot on Gambrill Park RD 150 yds before Hamburg Rd (yes, Eric Brewer, it's paved here) or park at the lot on Hamburg Rd that Keith mentions.

Similar Products Used:

Watershed washout down Hamburg Rd.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
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