South Mountain Emmaus
ElevationAscent: 695' 212 m
Descent: -703' -214 m
High: 978' 298 m
Low: 427' 130 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“A short loop within the power lines of SME.”— Ryan Close
Start this ride on Alpine Trail (Orange). The entrance and exit to the trail are shown as Orange blazes on the trees. This trail makes for a nice warmup for the rest of the trails. It starts out easy, then climbs, then there are some rocks. At the top of the climb, look for a left turn onto Uplands Trail (Blue).
The lower portions of this trail are steep and rocky, making for a very difficult climb. The upper portions of the trail that form a loop are not as difficult to climb. Look for a junction with Mountain Top Trail (Yellow) and turn left onto it.
This trail feels more like a freeride area than a trail. Without the well marked trail route you'd likely have difficulty finding a navigable route through the extensive rock gardens in this part of the preserve.
The rocky terrain provides less soil for the trees and underbrush to take hold, thus this trail has a very open feel for this part of the country. The rock garden sections can last up to 100 yards so be mentally prepared. The good news is that this trail is mostly downhill when you start from the top of the Uplands (Blue Trail).
At the end of the trail, turn right onto Uplands Trail (Blue) and follow it in the opposite direction to Trout Run Trail (Red).
Descend briefly on trout run and turn left onto Bug Trail (Black). Have fun descending Bug Trail and look for another junction with Trout Run Trail (Red). Turn left. Follow Trout Run Trail (Red) to Alpine Trail (Orange) and turn left again. Descend on Alpine all the way back to the start for the ride.
Local Club: Valley Mountain Bikers
Land Manager: Wildlands Conservancy
Jun 15, 2013: Buehler Memorial Park
May 20, 2013: Alpine Property is Forever Protected