TRAIL DESCRIPTION: The Hoyles Mill Trail connects Schaeffer Farm with Black Hill Regional Park in Germantown, Montgomery County, Maryland. This is an out-and-back ride in between the two parks. We’ll start at the Schaeffer Farm parking lot, ride the Hoyles Mill Trail to Black Hill Regional Park, then ride the Hoyles Mill Trail back to Schaeffer Farm. Total mileage is about 13 miles. Ride time will be about 1.5 hours. The trail consists of about 9 miles of singletrack that is mostly smooth with a few moderate climbs and few slightly rocky sections. The remaining 4 miles of the ride is on paved trail or road. Further information is available at: http://www.montgomeryparks.org/PPSD/ParkTrails/trails_MAPS/hoyles_mill_trail.shtm.
FITNESS LEVEL: 3-4 (see http://www.sacredrides.com/skill-and-fitness-ratings)
SKILL LEVEL: 4-5 (see http://www.sacredrides.com/skill-and-fitness-ratings)
DIRECTIONS: Take I-270 to exit 15B to merge onto MD-118 South/Germantown Road. Go 3.2 miles and then turn RIGHT onto Richter Farm Road. Continue .6 miles and then turn LEFT onto Schaeffer Road. Go .3 miles (watch for the speed cameras!) At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on Schaeffer Rd and go 1.3 miles. Turn left onto the gravel road that leads to the Schaeffer Farm parking lot.
WHAT TO BRING:
Helmet (no helmet, no ride)
Mountain Bike (hybrid bikes are usually sketchy on trails)
Ice cold water
Multi-Tool (although you can borrow one)
Extra Tube (make sure the valve is the same as your bike)
NOTE: Please read the document "Meetup Ride Waiver" (found under menu: More > Files > Meetup Ride Waiver) before attending this event. Mountain biking is an inherently dangerous sport, and by attending this ride, you acknowledge and have read, agree to and fully understand the aforementioned waiver.