Raystown Deer Trails and Hydro Loop
ElevationAscent: 768' 234 m
Descent: -767' -234 m
High: 1,288' 393 m
Low: 810' 247 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)
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“A short but sweet quick loop at Raystown.”— Frank Maguire
I rode this route with my son who is nine, so it's not out of the realm of just about anyone with a little fitness and even passable bike handling skills. On the flipside, if you want to go fast, the descent down Osprey is not to be sneezed at.
Raystown Lake is very developed for recreation and has camping, picnic and boating facilities. There are a few places to get general provisions, but for the most part, gas, food and lodging are found in the nearby town of Huntingdon.
This ride leaves the Parking lot on Buck Trail and then takes a right on Doe (thus the Deer Loop). For this ride, I bypassed the first intersection with Sleek Dog Trail to take a right on Osprey. Osprey is really fast and you lose a lot of elevation quick, so take it easy. Be especially prepared after the two big berms as there are a couple of grade reversals that will buck you if you aren't careful. At the intersection with Hydro Loop, Go counter-clockwise for maximum flow. As you get down near the lake, there is an area that beavers cleared out that has become the hang out spot, even a swimming spot if its warm.
After Hydro Loop, go left on Eagle and follow it back across Susquehannock Road and continue to Switch. In the interest of time, I climbed out on Switch, but Sleek Dog is a great trail that will get you to the same spot. After climbing Switch, Take a right on Sleek Dog, cross the road again and then take a left on Doe to reverse back to the car.
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