7 miles
Distance
1,061 ft
Climb
-1,042 ft
Descent
01:03:23
Avg time

Old Church Loop Details

  • Riding area
    Blue Marsh
    Reading, Pennsylvania
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Global Ranking

The western half of this loop is probably the most physically challenging section of trail in the entire Blue Marsh system. It contains the biggest climb - nearly 1000ft of vertical - one side is a switchback dirt trail with lots of roots to navigate and the other side is a fast and relatively straight dirt/shale trail. Adventurous riders will want to ride up and back the west side of the loop (ride up to N Heidelberg Rd and just turn right around and come back down) while beginners may want to stick to the eastern side - an almost completely flat gravel/packed dirt singletrack trail.

Access Info

Trail head is across the street from the end of the Peacock Rd trail. If you are exiting that trail turn left and watch for the trailhead on the other side of the street. You can park at the Old Church Lot for standalone access.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Old Church Loop mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    21 ft
  • Altitude min
    290 ft
  • Altitude max
    561 ft
  • Altitude start
    315 ft
  • Altitude end
    335 ft
  • Grade
    0.055%
  • Grade max
    -32.809%
  • Grade min
    42.218%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,799 ft
  • Avg time
    01:03:23
  • Avg reverse time
    00:58:36
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on May 21, 2017
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Old Church Loop Trail Reports

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May 21, 2017 @ 1:18pm
May 21, 2017
Trail is mostly single track. Tall grass check yourself for ticks. Poison ivy is cut back away from the trail. Nice open area at the top of...
May 21, 2017 @ 1:15pm
May 21, 2017
Has tall grass watchyourself for ticks. Poison ivy is cut back away from the trail. If you intend to do this trail on a bike it gets very steep...
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Old Church Loop, My City
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Jul 10, 2017 @ 3:20pm
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Old Church Loop, My City
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Jul 10, 2017 @ 3:20pm
Jul 10, 2017
Old Church Loop, My City

3 Reviews & Comments

  • + 0
flag QuickRick101 (May 21, 2017 at 11:32)
 There is parking right near the trail head
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flag QuickRick101 (May 22, 2017 at 4:36)
 Check out my ride on strava i will have the relive of this ride in the comments section which will show you where i took the pics at as well as show you where terrain features are.
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flag QuickRick101 (May 22, 2017 at 4:37)
 Strava is Richard Tydryszewski
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