Blue Marsh Lake

Reading, Pennsylvania

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I could rave all day about this fantastic loop around Blue Marsh Lake. It's easily one of the best rides around. The singletrack trails are tight and the terrain offers a number of short, steep hills and stream crossings. The trail is never very difficult, so you can really crank out the miles. If you're in the Reading area only for a short time, this is the ride I recommend. And IMBA agrees. they called this one of the best mountain bike trails in America. Ride it and find out why. Expert riders will spend most of the ride in their middle chain ring. Terrain: Singletrack, doubletrack, dirt and paved roads.
Mountain Biking the Greater Philadelphia Area

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Mountain Biking the Greater Philadelphia Area

by Bob D'Antonio (Falcon Guides)

I could rave all day about this fantastic loop around Blue Marsh Lake. It's easily one of the best rides around. The singletrack trails are tight and the terrain offers a number of short, steep hills and stream crossings. The trail is never very difficult, so you can really crank out the miles.

If you're in the Reading area only for a short time, this is the ride I recommend. And IMBA agrees. they called this one of the best mountain bike trails in America. Ride it and find out why. Expert riders will spend most of the ride in their middle chain ring.

Terrain: Singletrack, doubletrack, dirt and paved roads.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Reading
Distance: 20.8
Elevation Gain: 978 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 310 feet
Top Elevation: 475 feet
Local Contacts: Blue Marsh Lake Ranger Station, 610-376-6337
Local Maps: USGS Berks County, PA; The Blue Marsh National Recreation Area map - available from the ranger station.
Driving Directions: Directions to Blue Marsh Lake

Recent Trail Reviews

8/14/2008
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10/1/2007
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Long, windy undulating single track mixed in with horse trails and random corn filed crossings. Scenic, moderatly challenging, lightly technical, but mostly a ton of fun. We started at mile marker 10, rode around to 22 then cut back across church rode. I suggest cutting out anything west of Church road, there is a huge un-ridable climb, followed by a great descent and then three miles of mundane flat singletrack along the road back to the church road bridge. No water anywhere but at the boat landing and HQ main entrance. Bring lots of water or plan to stop half way at the bathrooms. Apparently even this water is not for drinking, perhaps do a bottle drop by car? Anyway great spot! Try White Clay, Patapsco, Fair Hill....


8/18/2001
1

You could not ask for a better free public trail. Blue Marsh has abundant parking, and access. The trail itself is 30 miles of single-track heaven. You have steep downhills, and climbs. The trail is well maintaned, and there is a bulliton board at every road crossing with maps you can take. If you. love single-track you will love this trail.



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