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State College Gap Loop (Musser Shingletown)

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.0 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This is a 15 mile loop from downtown State College up Musser Gap across to Shingletown Gap and back.


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Map Key

15.6

Miles

25.2

KM

55%

Singletrack

1,926' 587 m

High

1,049' 320 m

Low

1,305' 398 m

Up

1,297' 395 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

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E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

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.

Description

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.

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Isa Clydesdale

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Photos

Intersection of Deer Path and the Red White Trail
Nov 1, 2014 near Boalsburg, PA
Bear left onto the singletrack when climbing this trail to stay on Musser Gap Trail, straight ahead for Mountain Mist Trail
Nov 1, 2014 near Pine Gr…, PA
Buttery smooth for most of the trail. It's fun to sail through the trail with lovely ferns on either side of the trial.
Oct 1, 2013 near Boalsburg, PA
Log crossing at the bottom of the trail. Prepare yourself for a bit of a hike.
Dec 8, 2015 near Boalsburg, PA
Mountain Mist & Musser Gap trails intersect
Oct 1, 2015 near Pine Gr…, PA
Mountain Mist & Musser Gap trails intersect - looking down Musser Gap Trail, in the direction of the trailhead, from Mountain Mist Trail
Oct 1, 2015 near Pine Gr…, PA

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Jun 18, 2016
Jeffrey Young
Nov 2, 2014
Isa Clydesdale
Well deserved beer at Home D afterwards 15.6mi — 2h 30m