Gambrill State Park
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Mic Dunn and Phil VanWerkhoven, Gambrill@more-mtb.org
Spring 2010 Trailwork Days:
Sunday, June 6
Gambrill State Park has over 16 miles of wooded trails which open for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding, with the exception of the White Oak Trail, which is restricted to hiking. All trails are day-use only – there is no overnight parking! Please respect other trail users.
All trails begin and end at the Trailhead/Lower parking lot, which is located on the right-side of Gambrill Park Road, about half-way up the mountain between the Rock Run Camping Area and the High Knob Area.
Trails at Gambrill vary from moderate to strenuous. Many trails have an elevation change of several hundred feet and are very rocky, making mountain biking a challenge. These trails are not for novice mountain bikers.
Red Maple Trail
-- red blaze (1.0 mile) This trail connects the campground with the rest of the park. One short section of the trail is somewhat steep. The Trail House, an outdoor store in Frederick, maintains this trail.
Green Ash Trail
-- green blaze (2.0 miles) Visitors seeking an adventure love this trail. There are several steep slopes and very little level ground, making this trail a challenge. Wheel Base, a bike shop in Frederick, maintains this trail.
Black Locust Trail
-- black blaze (3.3 miles) This trail truly showcases the beauty of Gambrill State Park, from its wooded slopes to the breathtaking views of both Frederick to the east and Middletown Valley to the west. The trail passes through the High Knob Scenic Area, mixing several steep slopes with fairly level areas. The Sierra Club Catoctin Chapter maintains this trail.
Yellow Poplar Trail
-- yellow blaze (7.1 miles) Maintained by MORE (Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts), the Yellow Poplar Trail in Gambrill State Park is a challenging and demanding ride; you can also extend your ride by taking the Yellow 3.0 mile extension loop. Gambrill is one of the most popular mountain biking destinations in the state of Maryland!
-- blue blaze (3.0 miles) This trail traverses Gambrill State Park. For a longer ride, continue north 23.5 miles through the Frederick City Watershed, Cunningham Falls State Park and Catoctin Mountain National Park. The trail ends at Mt. Zion Road, 1.3 miles north of Owens Creek Campground in Catoctin Mountain Park.
Notes: The Gambrill State Park Trail System is one of the most rain-resistant trails in the area due to its high rock content; a must ride destination for anyone seeking to test their meddle on some of the best rocky singletrack in the area!
Take I-270 North to Frederick, which transitions into U.S. Route 15, and continue to Route 40 west (West Patrick Street). Exit to the I-70 west/Route 40 split, bear right and continue on Route 40. Turn right on Gambrill Park Road and follow one mile to the Rock Run Area entrance on your left to reach the campground. Continue on Gambrill Park Road to reach the trail parking lot and to the top of the mountain to reach the scenic overlooks, pavilions and the Tea Room.
Take I-70 west to Frederick and follow to U.S. Route 15 and then to Route 40 west exit. Follow Route 40 west to Gambrill Park Road on your right as above.
Take U.S. 15 south to Frederick. Take Route 40 west exit and follow to Gambrill Park Road on your right as above.
Take I-70 east to Myersville Maryland Route 17 exit (exit #42). Turn left on Route 17 and follow through Myersville to Route 40. Turn right on Route 40 and continue to Gambrill Park Road on your left. Turn left and proceed one mile to the park.
Map to Trailhead
1 to 7.5 miles
Mostly rocky singletrack.
Moderate-Difficult. Gambrill offers some of the most technical terrain in the region, including steep climbs and descents and extended rock gardens.
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The day use fee is $3.00 per car for Maryland residents, and $4.00 per car for non-Maryland residents; this is a year-round fee and should be placed in the box by the billboard as you enter the lower parking lot.
Gambrill State Park hours are 8:00 AM to sunset, April to October, and 10:00 AM to sunset, November to March. Service charges are in place for use of the picnic shelters, Tea Room, campsites and High Knob Scenic Area.
The Bicycle Escape, in conjunction with M.O.R.E., hosts night mountain bike rides at Gambrill State Park on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday during the winter. Night riding is only available thru this special arrangement with the Department of Natural Resources. Check the Rides forum for more information.
Trail Map: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclan...mbrillmap.html
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