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Needwood Loop

Intermediate
 4.3 (19) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A fun, rolling loop ride through the D.C. suburbs.


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20.2

Miles

32.4

KM

70%

Singletrack

527' 161 m

High

271' 83 m

Low

652' 199 m

Up

656' 200 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

8%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

This loop ride combines a handful of trails on a mixture of treads and widths from singletrack to doubletrack, gravel and pavement through varying terrain in the D.C. suburbs.

Description

Nothing very technical here - a few short, steep climbs, nothing too taxing, but still a fun ride, particularly on the northern section of the Northwest Branch Trail.

The singletrack is typical for this area - some roots and rocks, and quite narrow and twisty in places. Be aware of several road crossings, and a couple of very short on-road sections where riders should watch out for traffic.

There is one stream crossing where you'll have to ride or wade through the stream i.e. no rocks or stepping stones to walk across.

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Shared By:

Guy Montgomery

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 19 votes

#796

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  4.3 from 19 votes
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Great features on the Upper Rock Creek Trail.
Oct 9, 2020 near Redland, MD
Creek crossing :)
Jul 19, 2014 near Rossmoor, MD
Mule Skinner Trail Counter Clockwise. Beautiful open fields
Jan 8, 2020 near Redland, MD
Headed east near the top of North Branch Trail
Apr 11, 2020 near Olney, MD
Bridge Crossing On Upper Rock Creek Trail
Jan 8, 2020 near Redland, MD

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Check-Ins

Jun 18, 2022
Rick Santangelo
Great ride 20.2mi — 12h 30m
Apr 28, 2022
Fernando Urrea
Very easy trail. Nothing difficult.
Jul 4, 2021
Jpietr03 P
9.3mi — 1h 24m
May 31, 2021
Gary Schlager
Rode with Steve Motew
Mar 29, 2021
Naasei G
Oct 15, 2020
ME Salientes
Took it slow to find the trail. GPS was essential. Had a few detours, especially around the cornfields. Found it to be a very enjoyable loop! 20.9mi — 4h 30m
Oct 4, 2020
Matthew Hussey
nice flowy loop but a good bit of gravel and pavement road at the end. But overall a fun ride. 20.3mi — 2h 05m
Oct 3, 2020
Milt Sharp Jr
Decided not to wear my knee pads today and banged my knee into a tree 4 miles into a 29 mile ride. Thought I would be able to ride it off. 28.8mi — 4h 14m

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