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 4.9 (8)

A southbound only trail with the largest obstacles in the Moraine State Park Trail System.


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Map Key

0.8

Miles

1.3

KM

Singletrack

1,497' 456 m

High

1,230' 375 m

Low

3' 1 m

Up

270' 82 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

Description

This trail begins where the Freeride Loop ends, about halfway between the northern Powerline trail and the lake. Keep an eye out since the entrance is a little hard to locate, especially in the fall. There is a photo of the entrance with a brown stake where the stickers have all fallen off. The stake has two diamonds scribed into it, thereby differentiating it from the other non-labeled brown stakes.

This is a uni-directional trail, with traffic permitted southbound ONLY (...And you really wouldn't want to try to ride it opposite anyways).

The grade is over 15% downhill at times. Walking obstacles to investigate them is recommended before hitting this trail hard and fast. Car-sized boulders are the norm here. There is a border collie in the photos for perspective, however, I feel the photos do not do the size of the obstacles justice. Most boulders are moss covered and can be very slippery at times. Most obstacles can be rolled, many have bypasses, and only some have mild drops. The trail has very good flow considering the size of obstacles.

After 0.5mi of downhill, the trail flattens and connects to the Old Alexander Ridge Road Doubletrack trail, where you have some options on which way to go...
Taking the doubletrack west, back to the marina, there is doubletrack that also heads west to the Eastern Powerline to Lake switchback climb, or riders can cross the doubletrack and take the Davis Hollow Peninsula - Counter Clockwise (recommended).

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  4.9 from 8 votes

#941

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  4.9 from 8 votes
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#941

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Photos

Looking uphill (reverse direction of travel). Large car-sized boulder with armored entry and exit ramps.  Can be easily rolled.  Sometimes ramp rocks are a little loose.  Border Collie shown for scaling purposes.
Oct 19, 2015 near Prospect, PA
Downhill Trail Entrance: Brown Stake with Two Black Diamonds Scratched into it denotes the beginning of the trail. Trail goes just to the right of the large tree with the red paint mark.
Oct 19, 2015 near Prospect, PA
A steep set of rocky stairs.
Jul 19, 2020 near Prospect, PA
A rock berm on the Freeride Trail.
Oct 30, 2015 near Prospect, PA
Slick, mossy rocks are the name of the game on the Freeride Loop.
Nov 2, 2015 near Prospect, PA
Pathfinding on Freeride Trail is more challenging in the fall.
Oct 30, 2015 near Prospect, PA

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Sep 23, 2017
Jeremy W.
7.5mi — 2h 00m