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“A good backcountry-ish route down the backside of Blue Mountain, near Harrisburg.”
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This is on State Game Lands so please observe various hunting seasons.
This is the nearest difficult to intermediate trail to Harrisburg. The terrain is typical northeast rocks and roots with a couple of very technical sections that require some expert level bike handling skills. There a couple of short sections that are hike and bike where trees have fallen. The biggest drawback is that the trail does not get used all that often and can be a little overgrown in places; however, this gives it some appeal to those who enjoy backcountry riding.
Need to Know
There is a parking lot at the top of Miller's Gap. You need to wear orange during hunting season and likely should not be riding during those times.
Starting at Miller's Gap, the ride starts out with some modest climbing over the first mile. Then it is mostly a downhill ride over the next six miles, with a mile on the Tower Road (dirt). The ride back is a mostly pleasant country road ride with a long grind of a climb of the mostly dirt Miller's Gap Road. You can avoid the road ride by climbing up Tower Road, turning right on top of Blue Mountain, and following the Jeep trail back to meet up with the Darlington Trail
History & Background
The Darlington trail was established and is maintained by the Susquehanna Appalachian Trail
Club. Bikes are currently allowed.