7 miles
Distance
891 ft
Climb
-854 ft
Descent
00:58:12
Avg time

Seneca Ridge Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Schaeffer Farms Mountain Bike Park
    Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Easy
  • Season
    All when dry
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #21807 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    90 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Year Opened
    2015

Singletrack connection between Schaeffer and Seneca Creek/Clopper Lake. Part of the Moco Epic.

This section of trail isn't technically challenging. The trail is reletively smooth and there arent too many steep sections.
Because the trail is built pretty well, the riding is still really fun, despite the lack of difficulty. The trail is really fast and flowy. Even some of the uphills are still really fast.

In the uploaded direction, you'll feel like the ride is mostly downhill, with a few small climbs. Then after you pass the old mill, You'll have a couple steep hills to grind out before the ride ends.

The only technical parts of this trail are the three or so stream crossings. Pavers are laid down to provide grip throughout most of the crossings, but some areas are a little slick still.
When biking past the old mill area, use caution, as families like to park there and take short hikes.

Access Info

Parking at Riffle Ford Rd (approx address: 16800 Riffle Ford Rd), Black rock Mill (16500 Black Rock Rd) and Darrenstown Rd. Trail connections from Schaeffer (shown on trail maps, near intersection 5), and Seneca Creek.

More Stats for Seneca Ridge Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    37 ft
  • Altitude min
    228 ft
  • Altitude max
    358 ft
  • Altitude start
    242 ft
  • Altitude end
    279 ft
  • Grade
    0.096%
  • Grade max
    -21.086%
  • Grade min
    23.13%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,447 ft
  • Avg time
    00:58:12
  • Avg reverse time
    00:34:36
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Status:
on Oct 13, 2019
Dry
Avg: 4 (3 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
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  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
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  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
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      Seneca Ridge Trail Trail Reports

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 17 rides
      • 38 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 78 rides
      • 22 miles avg distance
      All
      • 71 rides
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