Wissahickon Loop

MODERATE 22 reviews
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Wissahickon Loop is a 6.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
820 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

There are two small parking lots right around the Forbidden Trail on Bells Mill Road. There is at least one port-a-potty present there as well.

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3 days ago

Was first time on a hike...was a lot of fun and the trail was wooded and well marked. Nice to see water falls and we really enjoyed the yellow trail. Was moderate hills and rocky paths. Some nice historical parts along the way as well.

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15 days ago

Overall pretty easy with a few steep elevation changes that put it to the moderate level. Actually started running for stretches in some parts as it was so flat. Trails are well marked but the same trail tends to open in multiple directions several times on the trip making it a bit confusing. Watch out for bikers- trails are narrow and winding in some spots so it is tough to see one another coming. You can very easily make your own variations on this trail that would take you about the same distance. Only think I would avoid next time is the part where it takes you out to Summit Ave and you have to walk on the side of the road for about 1/3 of a mile. Still blows my mind that a hike like this is in Philly.

Flowing water, covered bridges, uncovered bridges, lots of up and down hills, small waterfalls--what's not to like! Access to multiple trails so you can control how easy/hard and can always go down to Forbidden Drive for nice easy stroll if you've had enough of trails. Not always super well marked, but hard to get truly lost. Recommend especially if in Philly or nearby.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail. Love the variety that this trail offers. Lots of uphill and downhill... I hike this trail on a regular basis with my pup.. And only issue is parking. I love this trail!

9 months ago

Beautiful trails.

hiking
10 months ago

Really enjoyable hike. Not overly difficult except for the few hills. It's pretty up hill, flat for awhile, down hill, and then repeat. Nice varied environment

Look out for mountain bikers!!

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