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Dickinson Trails

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Rank: #22 in the South Central PA area
#63 in PA, #1,627 Overall
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Featured Ride in the area near Carlisle,
“A fast and flowing trail system designed to be ridden as a quick "lunch loop", or a riding intro.”
Tom Robson on Jan 30, 2014
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8.113.1 milesKilometers 287’87 m Ascent 518’158 m High 1% Avg Grade (1°)
80% Singletrack -288’-88 m Descent 468’143 m Low 6% Max Grade (3°)
1:22 average time for 8.4 miles. Details

A trail system comprised of five singletrack sections, each connected via gravel footpath. These cleverly designed trails optimize otherwise unused terrain and are nestled between some of Carlisle's quiet residential neighborhoods, large distribution warehouses, and Dickinson College athletic facilities.

These trails transport you from one of the largest trucking hubs in the United States to backwoods, singletrack bliss.
Need To Know
Be careful at all road crossings, and keep an eye out for runners!
Start your ride at the Dickinson Park parking lot located off of Ritner Hwy and follow the gravel footpath west to the trailhead. The first trail segment, aptly-named Twisty, twists and winds its way through dense tree cover on flat, wood-chip covered trail that ends with a well-made rock and log feature. The feature is easily rideable, but does have a bypass for the uninitiated. From Twisty, add-on Finger for a quick out-and-back.

Continue South on Hobo Loop back into the woods and make a right. This trail snakes sharply along a wooded slopeside, generally heading South. Be on the lookout for random detritus, such as an old cooler, hidden in the woods. Clearly this area was recently used as a dumping ground. Turn on the speed once you leave the woods at Hole Shot trail and continue onto New Berm which parallels Logistics Drive (stay off the road here to avoid possible traffic interference).

After Logistics Drive takes a 90 degree left-hand bend join Big Berm, which starts with a steep climb onto a lunar-like berm. Follow this trail West, and enjoy the beautiful, 360 degree mountain views that surround the Cumberland Valley. Be wary on the Big Berm descent. It boasts a well-made downhill bench cut and some tricky rocks.

Follow On-Ramp south into the trees across Logistics Drive and join the Freeway Loop. This trail bends around and over natural and built trail features, each of which have bypass or "B" lines. Cross over the trail intersection (be wary of other riders!) and join the Bone Spur trail.

As a loop, Bone Spur is a great spot for basic skill building along the undulating terrain that can be repeated until satisfaction. Once you've had your fill, stay straight over the intersection and follow the Freeway loop East. Continue northeast and stay straight at the Big Berm intersection onto Little Berm. Follow this trail northeast until you see a massive cinderblock. At this trail feature, turn left to head north onto the Cinderblock trail.

Cinderblock runs in junction with the gravel Forbes Path and Valley Meadows Loop. As the path begins to turn east, veer north into the woods. Here you'll find some tight, short singletrack that showcases the trail designers ingenuity and commitment to space optimization.

After some gravel footpath grinding, rejoin Twisty, this time going the opposite direction. To end, you can either head straight back to the parking lot on Twisty, or you can add on an easy cool-down loop consisting of Thumbs Up!, Twisty and the D-Park Trail.

Special thanks to Michael Johnson and his tireless crew for all of their hours spent building these trails.
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