Coopers Gap Epic
ElevationAscent: 3,037' 926 m
Descent: -3,035' -925 m
High: 2,283' 696 m
Low: 1,146' 349 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)
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“The best singletrack flow in Rothrock.”— David Pontzer
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Hunting is prohibited on Sundays in PA, so do that, if you can.
One of the great aspects of this course is the lack of road miles. There is so much singletrack and its all rideable! The climbing is challenging, but could be worse. For a skilled intermediate rider, it was perfect. I used the MTB project app to follow the directions and keep track with the course map. It worked extremely well for me and showed me exactly where I was.
Need to Know
The trails are marked pretty well with signs and continue to get better. nittanymba.org
Turn right onto Chestnut Spring trail. Turn left on Coopers gap Rd and then a quick right onto Peep Trail. Climb peep trail to Kettle road. Peep trail cuts out a large road climb, not a bad trail to climb. Once you start descending down Kettle road, keep an eye out for Sassafras Trail on your left. Follow Sassafras to the intersection, then turn right onto Pig Pile Trail.
At the next intersection, with Bigelow Trail, stay straight on Pig Pile Trail all the way to Barrville Rd. Turn left and descend via Barrville Rd to Flat Road Trail. Keep and eye out as you'll be going fast and can blow right by Flat Road Trail entrance. Flat Road Trail is marked with a yellow gate and is probably the worst named trail in the forest as it is anything but flat. Follow this doubletrack to its end at the next gate. Flat Road Trail is quite awesome.
Here there will be a cul-de-sac and the Sassafras XX will be in the northeast part of the cul-de-sac. Northeast may seem like it's the left side of the cul-de-sac, but you're looking for a trail on your right, and I don't think there is a sign. Follow the Sassafras XX and stay right as it joined from Sassafras Trail. Continue on Sassafras XX to Coopers Gap Rd. I ended up coming out to a fire road and some kind of house before I found Coopers Gap Rd. There are a few different ways to go here, and no signage, so I had to guess. Look for some downhill fire road that goes off to the left. The road is nearby.
Turn left on Coopers Gap Rd and climb until you see Deer Tick trail on your right. Once you are on Deer Tick Trail, you'll come to a 4-way intersection. If you go the wrong way, you'll just end up back at that intersection. If you want the extra .2 miles, go straight. If not, make a sharp right. Climb Deer Tick to the top and take a rest at the natural rock benches before continuing on to Beautiful Trail. Follow Beautiful Trail to Conklin Rd.
Continue across the road and join Chicken Peter trail. At the end of Chicken Peter turn right and descend down Bear Gap Trail. Turn right onto Lingle Valley Trail and ride out past the camp to Conklin Rd. Turn left onto Conklin Rd and continue straight up a grassy doubletrack that will parallel a deer fence. The grassy doubletrack that youre looking for looks like its on someones private property, branching off of their driveway. Its on the left and its not far up Conklin Rd at all. Once the deer fence bears right, make sure you stay left and climb Indian trail. There is no sign for Indian Trail. You want to look for an uphill trail that goes in a straight line off to the left about .4 miles from Conklin Rd.
At the top of Indian Trail you'll turn left onto Brush Ridge Trail. Now you'll follow Brush Ridge Trail all the way to Coopers Gap Rd, continue directly across the road back onto Brush Ridge Trail. When you pop out of Brush Ridge Trail the shale pit will be a 100 yards to your right.
History & Background
Local Club: Nittany Mountain Biking Association
May 5, 2019: Trail Love
Mar 18, 2019: Improve your Mountain Biking Skills!
Land Manager: PA DCNR - Main Office