Belmont Point to Point, Parks on Tap and National Trails Day!

Belmont Point to Point Ride, June 1, 6:30

The Belmont Plateau Trails Alliance is holding it’s annual Point to Point tour of the Plateau Trails. This year’s 5 mile point-to-point course will feature a grand assortment of the classic Plateau Trails, as well as an assortment of trails built in the past year, starting at the Car Barn trailhead and finishing at the Parks on Tap beer garden at the top of Belmont Plateau. Rumor has it that the guys from Lone Wolf Cycling will be back with their usual brand of shenanigans and trickery, but it remains to be seen if they will top last year’s chicken hunt!

Rider check-in is between 6:00 and 6:30 PM at the usual Thursday Night location, the Car Barn parking lot off of Montgomery Drive. At 6:30, we’ll meet at the tree for final instructions and race start. The starting point is located adjacent to the City of Philadelphia Streets Department Car Barn, on Army Rd, just off Montgomery Av in West Fairmount Park. For directions, click the following link:

Click on the image to open in Garmin Connect

The event is free and all are welcome. Special awards to the first male and female to complete the course.

Parks on Tap Happy Hour Benefit for the Belmont Plateau Trails Alliance, June 1, 7-9 PM

Please join the Belmont Plateau Trails Alliance at the Parks on Tap beer garden at Belmont Plateau on Thursday, June 1st, across from the Belmont Mansion for a happy hour fundraiser! The Parks on Tap vendor, FCM Hospitality, will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the happy hour to the Belmont Plateau Trails Alliance.

The event is open to the general public and all are welcome. Please check the Parks on Tap website for additional details.

National Trails Day: Summit Avenue Bypass with the Friends of the Wissahickon

To Celebrate National Trails Day, on Saturday, June 3rd at 9 am, the Friends of the Wissahickon will begin building a new trail that will reroute the Yellow Trail off of Summit Avenue and bypass the road section leading from the park, back to the Yellow Trail, connecting with Wise Mill Rd. The work days will continue on Saturdays in June, until the project is completed. This trail is being built by the #TrailWizards who built the Cresheim and Crossbow Trails, with design input from two professional trail builders Steve Thomas and Val Naylor, as well as Friends of the Wissahickion staff, FOW Volunteer Crew Leaders and MTBPHL #TrailWizards. The photo above shows the path the trail will take. Hopefully we’ll get this done quickly and park users will no longer have to exit the park while using the Yellow Trail. If you have any questions, leave a comment here or contact Peg Shaw the FOW project manager. Further details on work days will be posted at and
Gloves, tools, water and light snacks will be provided, Long pants, shirts and insect repellent are recommended, as there is poison ivy & thorns in the forest, and this is a particularly severe season for ticks and tick borne illness. a google maps link to the worksite is here:

1st Annual Philly MTB Phestival, Sunday June 11th

The first Philly Mountain Bike Phestival kicks off Sunday June 11th at Pachella Field! Join us as we celebrate Philly’s rich mountain bike culture with a fun day filled with music, food, demos, raffles, a skills park, prizes and more!

For the small fee of $15 per child, $30 per adult you will have access to the following:
• A selection of different guided and non guided rides through the famous Wissahickon Trails in varying skill levels.
• Demo bikes available from local shops so you can try out the newest rides! Helmets too!
• Skills park set up in the field filled with various features such as skinnies, jumps, logs and more for you to get rad on!
• Lunch!
• Track-stand & wheelie competitions and other fun and games planned for prizes as well!

With the help of our friends and sponsors from local bike shops, we will have raffles for some sweet swag as well as a raffle for a new bike!
Ticket sales will help cover cost of hosting this event and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Philly Pumptrack.
If you or someone you know would like to help contribute to this event in any way please email us directly at

Stay tuned for more information about this awesome community event! RSVP on Facebook to receive updates as more info becomes available! We’ve had a number of vendors come on board, including Salsa, Cannondale, Community Bikes and Boards, BMC, PA Interscholastic Mountain Biking, Women Bike PHL, JORBA, Little Bellas and more! We’re currently ironing out the details for the schedule, but our tentative plans are to have multiple guided rides for riders of all skill levels including women’s only & kids rides, a skills clinic and more!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *