Recommended Monte Sano Ride
ElevationAscent: 725' 221 m
Descent: -724' -221 m
High: 1,633' 498 m
Low: 1,283' 391 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)
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“A tour combining the best flow and scenery in Monte Sano State Park.”— Zack Butler
From the parking lot, take the South Plateau Loop (left at the first fork), cross the wooden bridge, and continue past the intersection with the Sinks Trail at the road. Turn left on the easy, flat, and flowing Family Bike Trail and continue on it past the Bog Trail until you reach the Fire Tower Trail. Turn right on the Fire Tower Trail and then turn left on the Family Bike Trail. This is probably the most flowing section of singletrack you'll find on this ride.
As you get closer to O'Shaughnessy Point, the flow gives way to tighter curves and dumps you out on the South Plateau Loop. At the 4-way intersection, take the short path on the right to the South Plateau Loop and then take a left on the South Plateau Loop to O'Shaughnessy Point. If it's a nice weekend, you'll probably encounter other mountain bikers, hikers, and rock climbers enjoying the views, resting, or having a picnic at O'Shaughnessy Point. The easy part of this ride is about to end, so you may want to rest here as well.
The rest of this ride is very technical and not for the faint of heart. This will take you through one of the more remote areas of the park. Start by descending down the Mountain Mist Trail from O'Shaughnessy Point until you reach the intersection with the Goat Trail, just past a badly eroded section of Mountain Mist. Continue your descent down the Goat Trail (with its 4 switchbacks). After the fourth switchback, it begins to level out until it reaches the connector with the Warpath Ridge Trail. Continue straight on the Goat Trail, and cross the two SORBA-built wooden bridges and continue past the Flat Rock Connector. You are in a remote area now and more than 3 miles by trail from the nearest trailhead.
Continue for about 1.6 miles on the Goat Trail to the Chestnut Trail. This 1.6 miles includes rock gardens, rock-armored sections, and a few sections that only the most skilled riders can handle without walking. You may occasionally see deer, goats, and other critters on this segment. Turn right on the Chestnut Trail, which is smooth but steep in some places. This is a short trail that comes out on the Keith Trail. Turn right on the Keith Trail, crossing several streams and somewhat eroded sections, as well as a couple of hike-a-bike spots. After about a mile, you'll intersect the Logan Point Trail, and take a right turn on the Logan Point Trail.
The Logan Point trail has a number of eroded sections and one long uphill section that only an animal can ride. After the long climb, you'll end up on a wide, old wagon road. When dry, this section is easy; when wet, prepare to get muddy. After a short, somewhat eroded descent, you'll come out on the Sinks Trail and then ascend up the Sinks Trail towards the northern end of the Mountain Mist Trail. Once at the Mountain Mist Trail, turn right onto it and head towards the closed paved road that you started out on. This portion of the Mountain Mist Trail is much easier and wider than the southern end of it, but it does have a few eroded sections. Once at the paved road, ride back down it to the parking area.