Catoctin Trail - Trail, Frederick, Maryland

Catoctin Trail - Trail, Frederick, Maryland

DESCRIPTION

Four Sections: 1: Trailhead to Hamburg Rd. five miles: expert, severe rocks, severe ascent/decent, stream crossing. VERY challenging. 2: Hamburg Rd. to Delauter Rd. 2.5 miles, Intermediate, less severe but still rocky, lots of fun jumps and challenging ups and downs. 3. Delatuer to Tower Rd. AKA Fishing Creek, 2 miles, intermediate, stream crossing, getting easier 4. Tower to Mountaindale, 2 miles, Intermidiate, less rocks, scenic overlook .25 miles north of Mountaindale. You can pick up any of the stages at trailheads at each road crossing. I suggest you skip stage one until you work 2-4. Very pretty watershed area, few hikers/bikers, look out for hunters (stay on the trail). Very quiet and peaceful

USER REVIEWS

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[Nov 07, 2011]
tonetonitony
Weekend Warrior

I've ridden many different types of trails...singletrack, pump track and free ride trails. This trail dosent fit into any of those categories. Sure theres alot of long jumps and sick climbs that will test your balance and stamina but as a whole this trails is about the poorest 'multiuse turned bike trail' ive ever been on. It was a huge waste of time. Its unfortunate that this is what mountainbiking in Fredrick, MD is with the huge expanse of land in the Catoctin/Gambrills area.

The above average number of MILFs in the area was a nice surprise.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
[Sep 24, 2004]
sullivand
Downhiller

fun, but if you not into difficult trails this ones not for you. Awsome ride but has a farily hard rock garden and lots of verying obsticals. NOt a place for beginers unless you love bleeding

Customer Service

have no idea can't drive.

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after the first hill and nice freestyle trail.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 25, 2004]
Judge Smails
Cross Country Rider

Great trail. Rode the Blue trail from Gambrill out to the look out, up and over Bob's Hill and then took the road back (7 hours with a lunch break and a few mechanicals). Lots of great downhills, rock gardens, and killer climbs. Just a great trail that you can ride as long as you want on.

Customer Service

Blue Trail from Gambrill State Park out to the lookout, down to the ranger station, up Bob's Hill and down the backside, from there you can take the rode back to Gambrill (about 27 miles or so total) or take the road back to the lookout and ride Blue back (closer to 35 miles)

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None - first time to the area

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Oct 18, 1998]
Dave G

It's got a bit of climbing, and some really fun rocky sections. It's a good trail for someone wanting to practice up on some technical riding w/o killing themselves.

Customer Service

There are several trails (blue, yellow, black, red), and one of my favorites is the yellow trail. I usually start at the parking lot near the middletown (sp?) overlook and do it clockwise, hooking up with the blue trail at the end. Once I get to the parking lot where all of the trails meet, I turn around and do it in reverse. On days where I'm looking for a bit more challenge, I do the blue trail.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 26, 1998]
Scary Larry

This ride makes the Bataan Death March look like a friendly game of hopscotch... Any questions???

Customer Service

Doesn't matter, they all hurt..

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Try the Gambrill black trail, It's not quite as painful, if you want more, the blue trail ain't goin' anywhere....

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 06, 1998]
Andrei

Start the blue trail, and go all the way to Cunningham falls state park. Camp there, and come back the following day. If you can't do the black trail or think that some of the yellow trail's descents are too hard don't even think about the blue.

Customer Service

Gambril State park, some hikers, some bikers, lots of fun and very trchnical. Doesn't matter which trail to take all are up and down.

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Sugarloath, thechnical hiker trails, logs, roots, dropoffs, ledges, rocks, boulders, hardly any hikers(when open to MTBs) Closed on weekends, and Oct. 31 through May. 1.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Dec 16, 1998]
Brian Newbury

Don't try this unless you're prepared to break bike parts/yourself. Bring lots of food and water.

Customer Service

The Whole Thing!!!! 26 or so miles (one way) to Catoctin State Park.

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Any other trail in Gambril State Park

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 05, 1999]
GREG

ANY TRAIL FROM GAMBRIL STATE PARK THRU tHE FREDRICK
WATERSHED,ALL THE WAY TO CUNNINGHAM FALLS IS A MEGA
TECHNICAL RIDE. EVERY TRAIL UP THERE ROCKS.BRING
PLENTY OF FOOD AND WATER,YOU'LL NEED IT.THERE ARE
PLENTY OF PLACES TO EAT IN FREDNECK FROM YOUR BONK
THAT YOU'LL HAVE AT THE END OF THE RIDE. ENJOY!!!!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 21, 2000]
Tom

The blue trail is one of the more difficult trails I've been on. The guys from my bike shop (REI in college Park, MD) do an inaugural ride every year on the blue trail. Last year we rode about 30 miles and were out for almost 8 hours. The initial review is right on. There is a sick rock drop off that I know can be ridden but I am a sissy. The trail gets very rocky agin when you get up into Cunningham Falls park (its rocky everywhere really). Bring food, h2o, and tools,etc.

Customer Service

Out and back on the blue trail for as far as you can stand it.

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Yellow, Black, any of teh Watershed roads. Be careful of rednecks with guns. This place is crawling with hunters carrying muzzle-loading, black-powder rifles in January,Feb or whenever that season happens. Wear bright colors and be prepared.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[May 14, 2000]
LT

Punishing. I don't know whether to love these trails or hate them. I have never ridden such rocky, jagged, hilly, unforgiving trails in my life. I found myself swearing more than smiling, and had to pull out the wrench to keep my pivot bolts from falling out. That and I now need a new set of chainrings.

If you want a sick greuling ride and like being beaten, then this is five out of five. If not, better to hike it than bike it. You would be hiking more than half of it anyway. For someone used to more racelike fast singletrack, this is not so fun.

Customer Service

they are all killers

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New to the area. On the otherhand, if you find yourself in the Houston area, go to Rocky Hill Ranch in Smithville or Bluff Creek Ranch in Warda.

OVERALL
RATING
3
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