Washington, DC: Schaeffer Farms Loop

Spin your wheels on twisty singletrack that whizzes over hills and across streams on this action-packed 3.1-mile loop through the renowned Schaeffer Farms.

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Trail Facts

  • Distance: 5.2



Location: 39.1428031921387, -77.3101806640625

Left onto white-blazed trail following a snaky path through woods, old farm field, and seasonal creek.


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Left over seasonal creek in small gully


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Left heading uphill back into woods


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Small field to right leads to quick downhill near Great Seneca Creek; cross creek while darting in-and-out of groves of white pine and cedar; path drops steeply and the fun begins.


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Stay left and hop through ledges of small hollow


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Right as trail plateaus in huge oaks; looping back around, descend through a clearing before crossing two small streams


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Take left and crank over rise; shift down for steep uphill ahead upon reentering the woods


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L @ T, continue climb


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Keep right to close quick loop over undulating terrain; Finish with some mellow up-and-downs over small knobs.

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