Difficult Run - Trail, Great Falls, Virginia

Difficult Run - Trail, Great Falls, Virginia

DESCRIPTION

Fast, windey (whine-dee, sorry), Single track with many creek crossings.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 29, 2008]
Iridethedirt
Cross Country Rider

This trail is excellent. It offers lots of different route options, and a good amount of technical riding so it doesnt get boring. fast and twisty is a good description. start at the trailhead at micheal faraday ct. there are many options/forks in the trail to choose from. there are several options as far as an out and back, or a loop, or an out and back on the loop... common routes are to follow the trail to rt. 7 and cross over, bear right follow past the seweage treatment plant cross diff. run creek and follow the trails to great falls for a 12 mile one way ride. OR at the street crossing by rt. 7 continue straight and follow the CCT (cross county trail), following the posted sings will lead you on mostly singletrack, but does include short paved sections. eventually it will lead you back to the W&OD. at this point turn right and follow back to micheal faraday for approx 10 mile loop, or, turn around and ride back for a 17 mile out and back.

Customer Service

in addition to the previously mentioned route, there are a few alternate options here and there. keep your eyes open and dont be afraid to explore. for a bonus section, after you have turned right onto the W&OD just before you decend a large hill, look to the left of the W&OD for a small section of singletrack, this makes the loop a full ten miles, otherwise its more like 9.5

Similar Products Used:

wakefield park for a more loop oriented ride, less technical. fountainhead for more technical and challenging ride with lots of steep ups and downs.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 12, 2007]
Pedals of Fury
Cross Country Rider

As a beginner, I enjoy this trail a lot. while its in proximity to everything in Northern Virginia, it still makes you feel like your in the middle of no-where in most parts. A mix of everything, from fast single track to challenging up/downhill sections, to flat gravel roads and stream crossings. With the lack of rain this year, the trail is overall in good shape. there are some very rock and rooty sections though, and some areas that need maintenance. Can be hard to follow sometimes, namely when you have to cross over route 7, and when you pass by some sports fields. my grade = B- , but I dont have much to compare it to.

Customer Service

I take it from the back of the reston ice rink, all the way to great falls and back. There are also numerous side trails, all of which are fun-keep a look out.

Similar Products Used:

great falls

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 08, 2005]
flim
Weekend Warrior

Hey folks, This trail is good for those who want to ride some fast singletrack, with ups and downs and aren't afraid of a little mud. It's like Schaefer Farms, fast as heck. It feels like you're barely pedalling. Just a word though: due to heavy riding/the fact that the trail follows a stream, the trail tends to be muddy. Do everyone a favor and spend 44 seconds placing a few sticks across a mudhole. I do that each time I ride it. The more people that do it, the drier and faster it'll be. I only recommend riding up to Rt. 7, the rest to Great Falls is full of diseased, stagnant water and sand, but if you're trying to make it a daytrip, continue on. You can ride all the way to Great Falls and ride those trails too. Ride safe.

Customer Service

-Start at Reston Ice Rink that's right off of Sunset Hills Road. Ride down to the lower area with the dead end. Trail starts here. -Ride for 1-2 miles till you cross a small creek. Immediately after crossing you have 3 choices, R, L or straight. Go straight on the path that's widest and climbs uphill for a long while. -Ride for 1 mile, then you come to soccer & baseball fields. To stay on trail, constantly bear right when confronted with a "y" in the trail. -After the trail heads back into the woods, continue about 1/2 mile till you come to another stream crossing. Continue straight, up the steep hill you come to the cricket fields on the plateau. Be careful of Bangladeshis, they bite. -Contine along the parking lot and stay on the field(as opposed to riding down the paved road to below). You will come to the edge of the plateau and can fly down the hill. -Cross both gravel roads and head to the far right corner of the grassy area. This is where the trail picks back up. -Ride 2 miles before you come to a residential road that intersects with Rt 7 aka Leesburg Pike. Cross 7 and immediately bear right to follow a road that leads to gravel road and Difficult Run

Similar Products Used:

This has been the longest post ever. Fountainhead, Wake, Great Falls, Schaefer(awesome)

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
0
[Mar 25, 2005]
bad_lil_kitty
Weekend Warrior

Started route in Reston, ended in Great Falls (have an annual park pass - I'm a climber and just started to get into mtb). The trail as others have described is pretty much bang-on. The creeks were somewhat high when crossed them - one of the kids road across only to lose traction on some algea and soon found himself in the creek's current *grin* - a little water never hurt but some of the mud proved less then desireable. There were a few points where I had to walk up - it was my second time ever going out on a track and loads fun. I liked that it had a little bit of everything - I'd been on a track in Reston and spent most of the time fighting overgrowth. Since I recently gave up smoking (again), I managed a nice aerobic workout, which certainly helped (okay, big lie here - was still dying after the game *grin*) in the ultimate frisbee game played on Sunday. blk

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 02, 2004]
wrs
Cross Country Rider

OK. I started on this trail behind the Reston Ice Rink, and it dropped me off at the Lake Fairfax Criciquet fields. Where do I go from there?

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 21, 2003]
BigBeany12
Downhiller

An awesome trail. It can get a little muddy sometimes but other than that it is amazing. It is mostly flat and at the end of the trail you get the reward of food from a shopping center.

Customer Service

Start in Great Falls and go to Reston. When you think the trail has ended go to the W O and D trail and take that to the Reston Town Center.

Similar Products Used:

Great falls Park

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 05, 2002]
Colin Quinn

Fun, tight, twisty, single track. There are a number of creek crossings and muddy sections. Lots of little challenging sections to keep everyone amused. Due to land development in a number of places the trail has 2 brief gravel and paved sections.

When you get to route seven, cross the road into the entrance of a housing community. Take a right into the field to head to Fairfax lake park and Reston/ Michael Faraday.

Take a left into the little lawn covered section to pick up difficult Run trail again.
Follow to Road crossing.
Go accross road and accross bridge to pick up paved connector trail.
Once on paved trail, take immediate right.
go straight past the next path on the left.
Go around a right turn on a slight incline.
*****Look between the trees on the right for the trail to break accross a grassy field.
This will take you under the toll Road. nice technical section.
***Bear to right once gravel starts after technical section.
***Next intersection bear left Follow gravel trail nearly to end ( about a minute or two ).
***Look for last possible turn to left into single track trail. You will be able to see the end of the gravel trail when the left comes up. It may be hard to see.
The trail immediately crosses a creek and a log.
Bear left once out of the creek.
***Caution there is a small wooden bridge to cross that may be hard to see until you are on top of it.
We go fast through there and just about jump the bridge landing on the last 12-18" of it.
***Bear left over the bridge.
***After the moderate climb there will be a fork in the trail.
*Left has a 3' 'Vee' down and up, fast single track, a jump then ends at the Difficult Run bridge on W&OD.
*Right up and over hill, bear left, cross field, take a left.
****After the left sprint down trail and there is a trail that shoots up a 10-12 foot incline onto the W&OD.
With enough speed you can get nice little air. We usually spot each other. Could you imagine getting smacked by a roadie going 17-25MPH ? You might inadvertently get mud on them...oh know!!!

( You will be near the intersection of huntermill road )

***Once on the W&OD left to go to Vienna and DC, right to head west to Reston and the parking lot at Michael faraday.

It's great when you pop out onto the bike path and the mud is flinging off your tires like mad just as a roadie passes you....he he he...

Customer Service

Enter from Georgetown pike, route seven, W&OD, or a couple of the roads the trail crosses. If you live in one of the neighborhoods bordering this one, lucky you. It is also possible to connect from the Michael Faraday run which starts in reston also going through faifax lake park.

Similar Products Used:

Wakefield, accotink, fountainhead, Michael Faraday

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 11, 2002]
Colin Quinn

very fun trail. The single track in nice. There are a few new trails that I have found recently. Some are fun little down hills too. All this trail needs is some big jumps and it will be a blast.

Customer Service

See above

Similar Products Used:

michael Faraday, Wakefield, Accotink, fountainhead

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 12, 2002]
Jon Zuckerman

I live 15 minutes from Great Falls and just went to Difficult Run for the first time last weekend. I was pleased with it, the location is great; as you get ready to start biking you will notice that there are lots of other bikers, kayakers, rock climbers etc.. There are challenging sections as well as easy sections. A few nice big hills to truck up and speed down, some short steep ones too. The singletrack stuff is good, windy tracks and a few logs to hop over and maybe one little jump. My only complaint would be that some of the trails are pretty sandy and sometimes its easy to get bogged down. I haven't been there enough to recommend any particular route, but I can say that even a bike with no suspension, like my GF Wahoo, can handle almost all this place has to offer (I did blow a tire racing my friend down the main road). So go spend a day there, hell spend three days there, you have to pay $5 for a pass to get in but that pass is good for that day and the next two.
Extreme bikers who are looking to test their skills will probably be disappointed but its a good fun ride for all skill levels.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Sep 11, 2002]
Greg

Fun ride through woods. Mostly flat with a few quick climbs. Lots of mud and some horse manure,(wear appropriate shoes) this is a horse trail.

Customer Service

Fairfax Park in Reston north toward Great Falls

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
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