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Rothrock TrailMix - IMBA EPIC

 4.1 (12)

36.3 Miles 58.4 Kilometers


80%

Singletrack

4,220' 1,286 m

Ascent

-4,215' -1,285 m

Descent

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

2,412' 735 m

High

1,333' 406 m

Low

Shared By David Pontzer

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An awesome expedition of the best tech and flow that Rothrock trails have to offer.

David Pontzer

Dogs Unknown

Features eMTB allowed

Open year round watch out for hunting season in the fall and spring.

Overview

The 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!. NMBAs 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 athappyvalleybiking.com.

Need to Know

The 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.

Description

Begin at the south end of the Galbraith Gap parking lot and ride up Black Gum trail. Now turn right and cross the bridge and turn left on to Galbrith Gap Trail. When you pop out onto the road look ahead and to your left and you'll see Lonberger trail. Give it a climb up the beautiful rock armored section. When you get to the top take a right onto three bridges trail. Here you'll have three bridges and a beast of a rock garden to start off your Epic ride. If you were able to climb the rock armored trail and clear the three bridges and rock garden you are in good shape for what to expect along the rest of the ride.
If you needed water for your pack the spring after the three bridges and before the rock garden is a great place to fill up to start your ride.
After You cleared the rock garden continue your climb up Laurel run road. 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, youre 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, youll 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 your rocky and technical, but Lower Lonberger is fast and fun.

You'll be back to where you started your initial climb, enjoy your descent down to the parking lot.

History & Background

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 athappyvalleybiking.com.

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Oct 14, 2018
Andrew Parker
Veryyyy rocky but if you're into techy riding I can see the appeal. Would definitely suggest a dropper at the very least to make life more enjoyable.
Aug 30, 2018
Jeff Mack
May 26, 2018
John Carr
Came from Indianapolis to ride this trail. Got to say ! we were more than disaponted in the amount of gravel/fire road to get to the good stuff!. 34.5mi — 5h 30m
May 26, 2018
Ross Alcorn
trail was great. route is hard to follow, over 12 miles of fire road in first 20 miles sucks 35mi — 6h 43m
Apr 29, 2018
Adam Linstedt
May 26, 2017
Jeff Peacock
Oct 28, 2016
Raymond Byrd
Aug 28, 2016
John Jackson

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Some great technical trail. To bad you have to take so much Gravel/fire road to get on the good stuff. According to descriptions! 80% singletrack. Bull shite. ( followed Mtn bike project directions to the letter) May 26, 2018
Ross Alcorn
Upland, IN
Ross Alcorn   Upland, IN
fun, challenging single track, but over 12 miles of gravel road and 2 track. most of it is in the first 20 miles. May 29, 2018
Reading prior riders' comments, bumped up tire width. 2.4 front / 2.3 rear -> 2.6 front / 2.4 rear. Improved both traction and shock absorption. Both were very helpful for all the rocks. Oct 6, 2018

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