Wicked Wissahickon Valley

Conshohocken, Pennsylvania

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This is a stellar ride that offers some nice singletrack in the heart of the city. Proximity to the city has both advantages and disadvantages. Food, fuel, lodging, and nightlife are in abundance. Security can sometimes be a problem. This urban challenge is well worth riding and has some of the most technical lines in the region. The infamous Livezey Rock is a popular spot for rock climbers who scale the 40-foot-high hunk of micaschist. The tainted Wissahickon Creek is on the rebound: over time it’s becoming a cleaner haven for aquatic critters and now offers the persistent fisherman some angling opportunities. Rhododendron grows here in abundance. In late June, its beautiful white blooms add a splash of brightness to the woodland landscape. Highlights: historic covered bridge, creek crossings, interesting geology, rock climbing at Livezey Rock, historic houses, statues, view, urban wilderness. Tread: the majority of this ride follows wide singletrack generously covered with rocks and roots. Some sections feature twisty, hardpacked singletrack gravel pathways.

Wicked Wissahickon Valley Professional Review and Guide

"This is a stellar ride that offers some nice singletrack in the heart of the city. Proximity to the city has both advantages and disadvantages. Food, fuel, lodging, and nightlife are in abundance. Security can sometimes be a problem. This urban challenge is well worth riding and has some of the most technical lines in the region.

The infamous Livezey Rock is a popular spot for rock climbers who scale the 40-foot-high hunk of micaschist. The tainted Wissahickon Creek is on the rebound: over time it’s becoming a cleaner haven for aquatic critters and now offers the persistent fisherman some angling opportunities. Rhododendron grows here in abundance. In late June, its beautiful white blooms add a splash of brightness to the woodland landscape. Highlights: historic covered bridge, creek crossings, interesting geology, rock climbing at Livezey Rock, historic houses, statues, view, urban wilderness. Tread: the majority of this ride follows wide singletrack generously covered with rocks and roots. Some sections feature twisty, hardpacked singletrack gravel pathways."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Conshohocken
Distance: 13.4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 1 - 3 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 300 feet
Top Elevation: 300 feet
Local Contacts: Philadelphia Parks System
Local Maps: Fairmount Park Commission Wissahickon Multi-Use Trail map
Driving Directions: Directions to Wicked Wissahickon Valley

Recent Trail Reviews

7/15/2010
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This place is really just a fun ride all around. There is something for everyone here, from beginners to experts. The trails are clean and somewhat easy to navigate after a few trial and error runs. The best part is that almost all the trails will lead you back down to Forbidden Drive, so its almost impossible to get lost here.The actual park is very pretty, and with two colleges in the nearby area, the scenery is nice in more than one way. I highly recommend this place, you wont be disappointed.


4/25/2008
0

I just started getting back into mountain biking and luckily my work is only about 10 minutes from Wissahickon. This park is a lot of fun and offers plenty of challenges for all types of riders. I've ridden there about 15 hours in 7 trips over the last 2 weeks and have had a blast. There are quite a few long rocky climbs that will definitely test your endurance. There are also a lot of dirt jumps near the southeast corner of the park by the golf course and baseball fields. I would give this 5 stars, but I haven't ridden anywhere else yet this year. Although I can't imagine that there are any other local parks with this many trail selections.


1/13/2008
0

I'm new to Philly and rode this network of trails for the first time this weekend. I had so much fun on Saturday, I bagged all my plans for Sunday and went out again. Brad's review of the trails is right on. In addition to the fun, sometimes-fast, sometimes-technical singletrack, Forbidden Drive is great for warm-up and cool-down. It was good to have a map and cue sheet my first day out, but if I'd realized that most of the trails really do begin and end at the Drive, I probably wouldn't have needed it. Once you get off the floor of the valley, the forks and spurs are pretty well marked, and it's not hard to veer downhill toward the sound of water if in doubt. When I got too tired to safely ride the singletrack, I rode a long loop on the Drive. A great end to a beautiful day. Awesome trails with something for everyone.


8/17/2006
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Mountain biking is a must do at Wissahickon Valley, not to mention trail running and riding your street bike here. You could spend a whole day here on so many different trails. Follow the Peaceful Wissahickon Creek to find A lot of single track with hills, tree roots, jumps, and the occational drop offs. Enjoy!!!!!


8/6/2003
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I am an avid mtn biker ( avg. 3 to 4 rides a week) and I ride 12 different spots in the greater philadelphia and Lehigh Valley area. Wissahickon is my second favorite place to ride. It is hard to believe an area right in the city limits of philly can offer some of best mtn biking around. Forbidden Dr. is a flat gravel trail that follows the Wissahickon Creek. This trail is the main artery for the trail system. All of the great single track trails start and end up here. The Dr. is also great for the beginner rider looking to get into shape. He or she can start testing the techincal trails from above in little loop sections to really build up their strength and endurance. What Is great about the single track trails is they are diverse. As soon as you leave the Dr., you almost always start with a very steep techincal climb to get up to the top of the hill plateau. The climbs are not that very long 1/8 to 1/4 mile on avg., but the grade and the rocks make it a great challenge. Once you are on top, most of the trails are rolling with some of the best techincal sections with roots, rocks, drop offs, short little techincal climbs. The single track is always throwing something at you different all the time with fast breaks in between. That's what makes this place really fun. The avg. ride from Bells Mill Rd. down past Valley Green Inn a ways is around 10.5 to 12 miles. The longest ride I have done without riding the same trail twice has been 18.5 miles. This is a premier place to ride and if you are in the Philadelphia area, it's a must!!



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