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Black Gap Trail

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Classic PA rock gardens that will test your skills.


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3.2

Miles

5.1

KM

Singletrack

1,813' 553 m

High

1,517' 462 m

Low

314' 96 m

Up

427' 130 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

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Black Gap Trail is one of the "must do" trails in the area. It's broken roughly into thirds and is often referred to as West, Middle and East sections by locals. The Middle section is wet for much of the year and might be worth skipping, unless you really want a challenge. And by wet, I don't mean muddy. The entire trail follows a drainage for a couple of vernal pools in the middle section and if there has been any rain, the middle section is more of a creek than a trail. It's all stone though, so it's pretty much only yourself that you're hurting.

The preferred direction is from west to east. The trail starts off climbing up from Engle Road through a hemlock grove and is pretty open. Soon though the trail becomes a tunnel though rhododendron and mountain laurel, making for a very cool ride. This continues of about a mile until it intersects with the Handicapped Access Trail (referred to by locals by its original name, Jamboree Trail.) If you want to skip the middle section, go right and take the doubletrack for over a mile.
The eastern third was re-routed in 2011 and has some fun rocky turns before dropping into the creek bed to finish out the ride. Be careful crossing the bridges as they can be slick.

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Frank Maguire

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Black Gap Trail at Fredricks Gap
Jul 6, 2016 near Jersey…, PA
Black Gap West
Oct 11, 2014 near Jersey…, PA
Black Gap Trail
Jul 6, 2016 near Mifflin…, PA
Note: Black Gap Trail actually goes left down the hill, but most people stay right on the Disables Sportsman access road. If you go left do not take the new trail off to the right a little further down as this is in progress and ends abruptly.
Oct 26, 2015 near Jersey…, PA

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Oct 24, 2015
Isa Clydesdale
Followed down the traditional path and then the new reroute right, not advised this not completed, looped back up to the double track and completed ok 3.1mi
Sep 16, 2015
Isa Clydesdale
Sep 9, 2015
Isa Clydesdale
great - rode opposite of typical direction 3.1mi