“This is a 15 mile loop from downtown State College up Musser Gap across to Shingletown Gap and back.”
— Neil Millar
This loop starts and ends at Home D, you can park across the street in the Hills Plaza parking. This is a great loop that warms you up slowly before you tackle the Musser Gap Trail
and are rewarded with sweet singletrack until you get to the Shingletown parking area.
Post-ride, enjoy some great pizza and beer at Home D. It should be noted that although this loop begins and ends at Home D, you can easily access this loop from anywhere in downtown State College.
Starting from Home D, a local "watering hole" that has a brewery and pizza joint, head up Atherton St on the sidewalk until turning left at the Unimart onto Waupleni Dr. Take Wapuleni Dr out to Whitehall Rd. and head west on Whitehall Rd using the bike lane before crossing Whitehall Rd and dropping doubletrack that becomes a gravel path through the farmland to Rte 45., this is the Musser Gap Greenway
Once on Musser Gap Trail
it becomes increasingly steeper until you make it up the shoulder and intersection with Mountain Mist Trail
. Once here you have two choices, keep going straight up Mountain Mist Trail
(not shown in the mapping) or keep on Musser Gap Trail
by bearing left through the trees and up and out the power line and intersection with Mountain Mist Trail
. Turn left here and follow the power line north. After about 3/4 of a mile, you have the option of continuing to follow the power line to Highline Vista that overlooks State College or turning right onto the singletrack of the Lone Pine Trail
Following the Lone Pine Trail
as it rolls across the forest before connecting to the Red White Trail
and then continuing on Charcoal Flats Trail
then connecting to Shingletown Gap Trail (lower)
where you continue the climb until it intersects with Lower Trail
at the gate to Laurel Run Rd
. From here descend Lower Trail
all the way down to the Shingletown Gap Trailhead and then down Mountain Rd.
Drop the entire length of Mountain Rd., turning right onto Rte 45 at the bottom. Follow this before taking the first left onto Woodside Dr., then turn right onto Branch Rd., which takes you back into State College. Be sure to stop at Home D, opposite Sheetz, for a cold beer and one of their pizzas - the perfect post-ride fuel.