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Raystown Deer Trails and Hydro Loop

 36 votes


8.7 Miles 14.1 Kilometers




863' 263 m


-862' -263 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (13°)

1,290' 393 m


809' 247 m




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A short but sweet quick loop at Raystown.

Frank Maguire


A great route if you only have a little bit of time but want to hit some of the highlights of the Allegrippis trails. This ride will get you right down to lake level and make you pay on the return to the parking lot. Lots of fast flowy sections but at the same time its definitely worth stopping and taking in the view on Hydro loop.

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.
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know

The Allegrippis Trails at Raystown Lake are mountain bike optimized trails. Expect trails that contour and roll with bermed turns and lots of flow. In other words...expect a lot of fun!

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.


It's been said that any ride at Raystown can be described as "go right until you don't want to anymore". The system is pretty close to being self-contained and very well signed, including large maps of the entire system at key intersections.

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.

History & Background

The Allegrippis Trails at Raystown Lake are the culmination of a partnership between IMBA and the Army Corps of Engineers that began in 2002. The Trails themselves were one of the first wholly new, machine built trail systems on the East Coast and have been a smashing success. As of now, there are about 33 miles of trails to enjoy but there is talk of more to come.


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Jan 30, 2018
Michael Greenblatt
Nov 24, 2017
Doug Appleby
Rode the North side this time since the trail to South trails are close and we rode them last time. Always a great time to rip the Grip, 20mi
Aug 5, 2017
Dean Slowikowski
Jul 10, 2017
Brian Geiman
Rode more trails 13mi
Jul 9, 2017
Kez Maefele
Early morning ride. Fast, flowy, FUN! I had to stop a lot to clean myself off from all the spider webs I rode through. 8.5mi — 1h 43m
May 21, 2017
Spencer Lindenberg
6.2mi — 0h 45m
May 20, 2017
Spencer Lindenberg
13.5mi — 2h 00m
Apr 14, 2017
Gregg Don
Did this ride along with Sleek Dog. Trail was perfect 13mi

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this is on this years to do list. Jul 14, 2013
Corey Dickman
Bellefonte, PA
Corey Dickman   Bellefonte, PA
For beginners or experts, this trail is pure a rollercoaster ride with banked turns and jumps but you control the speed. This is a must do if you own a bike and live in central PA. One thing we learned was the color coding system (green=beginner, black=expert, etc.) is only an indication of how far you are from the parking lot...not to be confused with difficulty. Most anybody can ride these trails...the more skilled you are, the faster you can go. Jul 21, 2014

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