Bridal Path Trail
ElevationAscent: 227' 69 m
Descent: -267' -81 m
High: 926' 282 m
Low: 685' 209 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)
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“The Bridal Path trail starts at the northern end of Skyline Drive and traverses Mt Penn.”— Fred Moreadith
Family Friendly The doubletrack allows for riders to traverse side by side. Younger riders should be observed by an adult, as this trail does move into some rocky sections.
This trail mainly consists of doubletrack and fire road, but don't be fooled or lulled into thinking that this is an "easy" trail. As with all trails on the Preserve, expect rocks and adjust to a lower tire pressure to smooth out the ride!
The middle section of this trail gets a little technical with an off camber rock section. This is where you move from a Green Circle to a Blue Square in difficulty. The end of this trail is worth the price of the 2.4 mile ride.....The Pagoda!
Commissioned in 1906 at a cost of $50,000 by William A. Witman, Sr. to cover his stone quarry, the Pagoda was completed in 1908. It was originally intended to be a luxury resort atop Mt. Penn, but due to the bank foreclosure and the denial of a liquor license, Witman never opened the Pagoda. By 1910 the structure and surrounding 10 acres were deeded to local business owner, Jonathon Mould and his wife, Julia (Bell). On April 21, 1911 they "sold" the Pagoda to the City of Reading for the sum of $1. Since then, the Pagoda has been owned, loved and cared for by the citizens and City of Reading.
It that's too much information, then ignore, and if it's not enough, then stop off at the Pagoda for a tour!
Enjoy the trails and the view and explore Mt Penn!