8 miles
1,240 ft
-1,272 ft
Avg time

Seneca Ridge Trail Details

  • Riding area
    Schaeffer Farms Mountain Bike Park
    Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    All when dry
  • Global Ranking
  • Year Opened

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 mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -31 ft
  • Altitude min
    226 ft
  • Altitude max
    356 ft
  • Altitude start
    274 ft
  • Altitude end
    242 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,829 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Apr 18, 2018
Avg: 3.5 (2 votes)

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Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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Seneca Ridge Trail Trail Reports

Apr 18, 2018 @ 12:37pm
Apr 18, 2018
A good bit of hero dirt!
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