7.2 miles
Distance
891 ft
Climb
-854 ft
Descent
00:57:59
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
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Easy
  • Season
    All when dry
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #42818 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #13197 in Trail Running
  • Local Popularity
    60 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 75 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.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Seneca Ridge Trail mountain bike trail 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
    00:57:59
  • Avg reverse time
    01:11:20
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on Aug 19, 2021
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Avg: 4.2 (5 votes)

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      Seneca Ridge Trail Trail Reports

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      Aug 19, 2021 @ 12:41pm
      Aug 19, 2021
      Tree down somewhere around mile 3.5 (from the parking lot). It’s fairly easy to walk around it but not sure you can bike around it.
      Jul 24, 2021 @ 8:38am
      Jul 24, 2021
      May 15, 2021 @ 8:53am
      May 15, 2021
      Dec 13, 2020 @ 7:02am
      Dec 13, 2020
      Beautiful. No problems.
      Nov 8, 2020 @ 7:50am
      Nov 8, 2020
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 3 rides
      • 24 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 80 rides
      • 27 miles avg distance
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      • 244 rides
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      Oct 23, 2021 @ 4:01pm
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      May 23, 2021 @ 9:10am
      May 23, 2021
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      Jul 3, 2020 @ 5:19am
      Jul 3, 2020
      125 |
      Jun 6, 2020 @ 10:00pm
      Jun 6, 2020

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