“This ride links trails from Penn Roosevelt to Coopers Gap.”
— Neil Millar
This ride starts at Penn Roosevelt State Park, then head over into Coopers Gap to link in some of the Cooper's Gap Highlights
Be sure to bring charcoal and food to take advantage of the provided the grilling facilities and refuel after a great meander through the Rothrock Forest.
Need to Know
This is a long ride with a lot of climbing. The first climb can be a short hike-a-bike for some.
From the park, head out on the old logging road before turning off left onto Long Mountain Trail
. The intial part of Long Mountain Trail
can result in the hike-a-bike, but the 2.5 miles of downhill make it worthwhile.
Turn left onto Stone Creek Rd
head towards Coopers Gap Rd
which is approximately 1.7 miles ahead. Turn right on to Coopers Gap Rd
. Not far after crossing a bridge, you'll turn to the right onto Brush Ridge Trail
. This will wind it's way back to Coopers Gap Rd
Turn right onto Coopers Gap Rd
and begin the 1.5 mile climb to the upper entrance to Dutch Alvin
. One could enter using the lower entrance and climb to the same point. Follow Dutch Alvin
, which then becomes Chestnut Spring
, around back to Coopers Gap Rd
Turn left on Coopers Gap Rd
, for a short spin before veering left and beginning the climb on Chicken Peter
. Enjoy the first part of Chicken Peter
before dropping down on Coopers Gap Rd
. Make sure you cross the road at this point and set off down Shittaka
. Following Shittaka
the whole way, you'll cross Coopers Gap Rd
and begin a climb through the rooty pine forest before dropping down and connecting to Deer Tick
The slow climb up Deer Tick
is rewarded with a well deserved rest once you reach the top at the flat rock outcropping. Setting off from the rocks, not towards the viewing area, you'll follow Beautiful Trail
across flat rock to Conklin Rd
. Here, you'll turn right and drop down Conklin Rd
, approx. 0.7 miles before - you guessed it - climbing again.
This time you'll have turned off to your left onto Indian Trail
is a slow, steady climb with a couple of log crossings and skinny log bridges that will eventually lead to Stone Creek Rd
On Stone Creek Rd
turn left for the 2.5 miles back to the park and your car.