North Wissahickon Loop
ElevationAscent: 779' 237 m
Descent: -754' -230 m
High: 400' 122 m
Low: 97' 30 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)
Popular runs nearby
Walnut Hill Desilting Basin
2.5 mi 4.0 km • Loop • 87 ft Ascent 26.44 m Ascent
West Deptford Park Cross Country Trails
2.4 mi 3.8 km • Loop • 55 ft Ascent 16.75 m Ascent
John Heinz: West Loop
3.8 mi 6.2 km • Loop • 34 ft Ascent 10.38 m Ascent
4.3 mi 6.9 km • Loop • 164 ft Ascent 50.06 m Ascent
Tyler State Park Loop
4.3 mi 6.9 km • Loop • 400 ft Ascent 122.05 m Ascent
New Castle County Loop
9.5 mi 15.3 km • Loop • 736 ft Ascent 224.3 m Ascent
“A northern loop through Wissahickon accessing both sides of the creek on scenic trails with minimal road connections.”— Zander Göpfert
Sticking with this complete loop, runners will continue north past the statue to the Lavender Trail, looping along the creekside slopes that make up the majority of the elevation gain, before crossing the creek to return on the Yellow Trail above Forbidden Drive back to the parking area near the Valley Green Inn.
After a mile or so, continue north across Rex Avenue, this time making sure to find the White Trail in order to visit the statue. Again, the Orange Trail can be used as a parallel option heading north toward the Lavender Trail. After 0.75 miles from Rex Avenue, head right (east) to connect with the Lavender Trail loop, which begins the major sustained up-and-down section of the run, and also an easy way to tell that you're just about halfway done.
At the northern end of the Lavender Trail loop, head left (south) back on the Orange Trail, starting the return journey. Keep an eye out for the covered bridge to head right (west) toward Forbidden Drive. Turn right (north) along Forbidden Drive, looking for another connector trail to the left cutting up along the contours of the hill. This connects up to the Yellow Trail.
At the Yellow Trail, turn left (south), heading uphill gradually, gaining elevation above the creek below. Stay on the Yellow Trail until around the five-mile mark, looking for another connector trail on the left to head down the hill toward Forbidden Drive for a brief connection south back to the parking area.
Numerous mills and dams can be seen along the Wissahickon as remnants of a booming industrial time during the early 19th century. This was followed by the construction of inns and road houses, like the Valley Green Inn, for vacationers during the middle and latter half of the century.
Run this trail?
Is something wrong? Let us know. Have photos to share? Help fellow runners know what's here.
Land Manager: City of Philadelphia - Parks & Recreation