“An awesome expedition of the best tech and flow that Rothrock trails have to offer.”
— David Pontzer on Jul 31, 2013
RestrictionsOpen year round watch out for hunting season in the fall and spring.
OverviewThe 36-mile Rothrock TrailMix course provides a combination of some of the best trails within Central Pennsylvania's Rothrock State Forest. The Nittany Mountain Biking Association (NMBA) has been hard at work over the last few years rerouting many old legacy trails to more sustainable trails that are even more enjoyable to ride!. NMBA’s hard work has turned Rothrock State Forest into a mountain biking destination.
The TrailMix has it all – ridge tops, technical trails, awesome descents, grueling fire road climbs, and some new machine built trails that are smooth, flowy, and fast. This 36-mile ride is nothing short of Epic. It will challenge even the most seasoned mountain biker. Expected ride times for a pro-rider would be 3 hours, and up to 6 hours for the experienced recreational rider.
Happy Valley Biking promotes the Rothrock TrailMix race annually - the second Saturday in June - and proceeds are donated to the Nittany Mountain Biking Association (NMBA). More information can be found at www.happyvalleybiking.com.
Need To KnowThe ride begins at the Galbrith gap parking lot, just passed the Tussey Mountain Ski Resort. There is ample parking available. Spring Creek runs just below the parking lot and is a great place to cool off after the ride.
DescriptionBegin at the south end of the Galbraith Gap parking lot and ride up Bear Meadows Road. Turn right onto Laurel Run Road for a two-mile fire road climb. This gentle climb will allow you to warm up before entering the singletrack. Turn right onto Bald Knob Ridge Trail for a short distance, and then turn left onto Greenshoot Trail.
Initially you'll encounter rocks, rocks, and rocks, but the trail will smooth out as you climb. At the top of Greenshoot Trail, you'll make a left to rejoin Bald Knob trail – a rocky ridge trail with many tombstone style rocks. Your hard work will be rewarded as you begin your descent down Maguire Trail.
Turn left onto Lower Trail - the heart of Shingletown – and weave along Roaring Run stream. If you visit in the spring, the mountain laurel will take your breath away. Turn right onto Laurel Run Road and then take a left on the dirt road that lead to Little Flat Tower.
New Laurel Run Trail, an exhilarating technical descent, will be on your right. Turn left onto Laurel Run Road, descending for a mile, then take a left and head up, up, up Bear Gap Road where you can stop for water and enjoy the view! A half-mile past Gettis Ridge Road you'll see Croyle Run trail. Croyle will be on the left and is a very fast and technical one mile descent. Croyle will leave your arms screaming even with a full suspension 29er.
At the bottom of Croyle you'll take a left on Beidleheimer Road. In a half mile, you’re going back up, turning left on Gettis Ridge Road. Do not stop at Wampler Road, but continue to climb Gettis Ridge Road to North Bear Meadows Road. Time to give the legs a break. Down you go, stopping at another magnificent view on the way down if you wish.
Two miles later, you’ll be turning right onto Bear Meadows Road for a few hundred feet, setting up your entrance to Tussey Mountain trail, an awesome, most spectacular ridge top trail with rocks, short climbs, flow, and so much beauty you'll be planning your next trip before you even leave! Pass the ‘beer tap’ and continue down Tussey Mt Extension, a very fun, fast descent on narrow bench cut trail.
Turn left onto Leniency Trail, a smooth fast machine built trail with banked berms. As your descent slows you'll come to a small meadow and a trail intersection with Bailout trail, stay on Leniencey trail and come back up to Tussey Mt Extension and take a left.
Follow the trail out Treaster Kettle road and turn left. In a half mile, turn right onto Thickhead Mt Road and climb until you see the sign for John Wert trail. Ride down this gated camp road and across the gas line where the beauty of John Wert begins, a flat technical trail that has two large rock gardens that can prove challenging to even the best riders. Unfortunately, John Wert comes to an end, where you'll turn right onto Bear Meadows Road.
Take a left at North Bear Meadows Road and then a right onto Upper Lonberger trail. Upper Lonberger is rocky and technical, but Lower Lonberger is fast and fun.
Take a right at Spruce gap intersection and you'll be back at the parking lot. Take a left and you can add the three bridges trail for bonus miles.
History & BackgroundHappy Valley Biking promotes the Rothrock TrailMix race annually - the second Saturday in June - and proceeds are donated to the Nittany Mountain Biking Association (NMBA). More information can be found at www.happyvalleybiking.com.
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