8 miles
Distance
1,240 ft
Climb
-1,272 ft
Descent
00:55:38
Avg time

Seneca Ridge Trail Details

  • 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
  • Global Ranking
    #21807 in Mountain Biking
  • 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.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Seneca Ridge Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -31 ft
  • Altitude min
    226 ft
  • Altitude max
    356 ft
  • Altitude start
    274 ft
  • Altitude end
    242 ft
  • Grade
    -0.078%
  • Grade max
    -25.508%
  • Grade min
    33.535%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,829 ft
  • Avg time
    00:55:38
  • Avg reverse time
    00:34:36
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Status:
on Oct 7, 2018
Variable
Avg: 4 (3 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • 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 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
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
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Seneca Ridge Trail Trail Reports

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Oct 7, 2018 @ 5:36am
Oct 7, 2018
Oct 7, 2018 @ 4:05am
Oct 7, 2018
Apr 18, 2018 @ 12:37pm
Apr 18, 2018
A good bit of hero dirt!
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Seneca Ridge Trail, Baltimore
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Seneca Ridge Trail, Salt Lake City

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