Belmont Plateau - Trail, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Belmont Plateau - Trail, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

DESCRIPTION

Some fun singletrack and fire roads. A main trail (fireroad) cuts through the entire area, with various singletrack sections cutting across the trail. I haven't found a complete "loop" yet, so any help is appreciated! The singletrack is tight and mostly beginner to intermediate with some difficult sections. Mostly hard pack with some soft sections.

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 25, 2015]
JohnWhiteCD
Cross Country Rider

Been riding this for almost a couple months now and am now more confused than ever by the layout of these bizarre trail patterns. Many "main trails" and loops have additional sub loops and intersecting trails which often lead to me going around in circles. Every so often I find a "new" trail in this dense and confined area which both appears and disappears as often as Brigadoon. I did find a map online, however, that's shed some light on all the little offshoots and main carriage paths through the park.

In defense of the layout, it seems to maximize the space in this oasis within the city of Philadelphia. The tight and twisty trails offer ample opportunity to experience what a hamster may feel like running through the very un-natural environment of a Habitrail. While no actual hamster wheel is to be found yet, there are ample dips, logs, and more logs to provide some real world excitement. With the sheer amount of logs, "flow" might seem impossible, but there does appear to be some thought behind some of these seemingly deliberately placed obstacles. Flow magically appears to the aggressive rider whom is able to negotiate and be enthused by log crossings which often come in series or when trying to perform many of the sharp turns throughout the park.

Summary:
Rigid Singlespeed Heaven.
Good place to "get away" from the city.
Great place to see deer covered in graffiti.
Great place to kill chipmunks with mountain bike tires.

Customer Service

Go clockwise. Then go counterclockwise. Then go up and down- left and right. Either way you will get lost. Best just to ride around in any pattern until you laugh and/or puke.

Similar Products Used:

Wiss.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 23, 2014]
Colin Armstrong
Cross Country Rider

A good mix of trails throughout the area. The trails are very windy and some technical areas. Lots of logs to jump. Some trails are a bit overgrown and seem to be get few riders.

Customer Service

I started by the baseball field across from the horse stables on Chamoniux. I snaked around through various trails and eventually ended up near the open fields down the hill from Belmont Mansion. Most trails go through woods, split various directions, but all seem to eventually get you back out to the fire road. The fire road runs through the entire area and can be accessed directly from the recycling Dr, or near the Cancer Support Center on Chamoniux Rd (there is a trailhead at the edge of the field near the entrance).

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I am visiting the area for work and was able to bring my bike. I haven't ridden other trails around here yet. My hometown is Catonsville, MD. If you are in the Baltimore area, ride Patapsco at 195 and Rolling Rd.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 02, 2009]
pasan215
Cross Country Rider

Tight, loopy singletrack...not very technical...but a quick, fun, and interesting ride

Customer Service

I started out at Belmont Plateau and just rode around for 2 hours...I ended up at the Tennis Courts @ Chamounix park...then hopped back in the woods and ended up coming out by the mansion...then ended up by a baseball field...if your confused it is because I was confused as well...basically just get there and explore

Similar Products Used:

The Wissahickon is much more technical, but it is a straight ride...belmont is a really nice change of pace b/c of how loopy it is

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Feb 20, 2009]
WestPhilly Fat Tire House
Downhiller

This trail is a great ride especially if you live in the area (ie West Philly, Belmont, Germantown, and W. Girard St area). i try to make a habit of going there at least once a week and keep continual maintenance in the area. Like other reviewers have said before me, its not an epic ride or anything to piss yerself over but if you want a quick low commitment ride, this is the place for you. full of skinny twisting single track with a constantly improving arsenal of man built and natural obstacles, this is a great place to go out with a buddy and play follow the leader, seeing if you can keep up with the leader through the ridiculous twists and 180 degree turns. Great for a nice single speed ride (i ride a SE DJ Flyer and its a perfect bike to goof around on) or a XC rider who wants tight winding trails. Ive maybe seen 5 people on this trail at once so its a nice change from the other crowded trails in the area. Also, you can pretty much ride your bike here from anywhere in western philadelphia. take yer single speed out there and give it a chance. its a guaranteed fun ride.

Customer Service

Drive almost all the way to the Chamonouix Mansion and you'll see a horse stable with a baseball diamond across from it. Ride to the farthest backstop from where you are and behind it there will be a trail head marked "thrasher hill" (practically the longest downhill in the park at maybe 500 feet) and go down the steep straight away or to the left or right for more flat but technical singletrack. get yerself lost in the trails and yer guaranteed a great ride, explore and you'll find more!!!!! i swear its endless!!!

Similar Products Used:

The Wild Wicked Wissahickon

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Apr 28, 2008]
lotekbike
Cross Country Rider

This place had gotten so much better over the years- kudos to all those who have worked to make it better. I agree with what most of the others have said- it's not a big park but there are more trails there than you'd think. I don't know if I would travel far to ride here (the nearby Wissahickon is much larger and more technical) but it's great if you live in the city or nearby 'burbs. One plus over Wissahickon is that practically no one else use the trails so you don't have to worry about hikers, horses, and unleashed dogs.

No major climbs, no super technical stuff (but there are a ton of logs), and lots of small twisty trails makes this is a great single speed place, in fact if you show up for the Thursday night "race" about 1/4 of the riders will be on single speeds.

Customer Service

It's not that big- just show up and ride. If you think you've ridden it all, turn around and ride it backwards- it's totally different!

Similar Products Used:

Wissahickon.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 13, 2007]
Djf500
Weekend Warrior

It's a bit overgrown in some areas (read: "thorns) overall it's fun to ride. Lots of large logs so be ready to go over them or get off your bike a lot. The ups and downs are short but they're fun. There's some cool planks, bridges & other stuff. Definitely worth riding and getting lost for a couple hours. I'll be back but my regular ride is still Wissahickon.

Customer Service

I started at the parking lot & took the first trail to the left. There's a trail to the right also which is fun. Other than that... I have no idea where I was.

Similar Products Used:

Wissahickon, French Creek, White Clay, Fair Hills.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 28, 2006]
Paul
Cross Country Rider

oh man what a great place to go. It is very technical for a beginner. I should know because this was the second place I've biked and I've hurt myself everytime I go but I am also learning a lot. It has some really good climbs and even better downhills. I also totaled my first bike here. Lots of logs just but down in front og the trail for you to jump over.

Customer Service

I say take the first single track you see on the right. There is a downhill that comes up to it soon and then you cross a creek with rocks acting a "bridge"

Similar Products Used:

Wissahickon

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Dec 28, 2005]
louieharris
Cross Country Rider

This place has really grown and become a great ride. In the summer months, every Thursday night there is a "race", really a fast XC ride, and they plot out a nice course. The trails are not marked very well but that would be a waste anyway because you can go so many different ways. But I am positive there are at least 10 miles of twisting singletrak with some nice hills. Go there and explore, but caution, this is in Philly and it can get sketchy, but not that bad. Just ride with a few people and don't be an ass. Oh and thanks a lot to whoever the group is that maintains these trails. THey do an awesome job. Oh yea, one day Jamis had the team rig there and demo'ed all their sweet bikes. THat was a cool surprise. email me if you want to ride there and don't know where to go...

Customer Service

Start at parking lot and ride. If you ride fast, you will get a workout, if not then you won't. But you'll have fun either way.

Similar Products Used:

Wissahickon, Valley Forge, Neshaminy High School.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Dec 04, 2005]
desurfer
Cross Country Rider

I found this place while in Philly looking for Wissahickon. It was fun with some fast sections and some moderate technical stuff, but poorly marked and not very long. Next time I'll have to go with someone who knows the trails so i have a better time.

Customer Service

No clue, I just rode.

Similar Products Used:

n/a

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 16, 2004]
JMK
Weekend Warrior

Me and my friend Dave hit this trail today, and I was impressed - it not super aerobic, and I only found one semi-hard climb. All was going great, but then Dave got diarhea. We couldn't find the fireroad again, and Dave had to drop right there. It was a dissaster. Point is, its hard to determine where you are - but then suddenly , you're at your car (and near TP). I'm going again (Dave's not).

Customer Service

Dude, I couldn't repeat where I was if you paid me. But Dave probably could.

Similar Products Used:

Valley Green

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
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