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Sewickley Endurance test

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25.5 Miles 41.0 Kilometers


80%

Singletrack

2,648' 807 m

Ascent

-2,705' -825 m

Descent

1,199' 366 m

High

814' 248 m

Low

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

21%

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The best Sewickley has to offer. Rocks, roots, and lots of techy terrain mixed with smooth trail

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Overview

be careful of private property, respect the homeowners. dont be a jagoff. take it easy
This is an incredibly involved yet rewarding ride with sections of trail for any riding style. For a rider to shine on these trails often requires plowing through stream crossings, loose rock, and occasional mud. these trails are excellently maintained by a group of local riders, but they never seem to lose that rough and tumble feel that characterizes the area. With some time getting to know it and finding the right lines, sewickley can be one of the most fun and flowy trail networks in the region without being excessively built up.

Need To Know

bring lots of water. only water is available at the top parking lot at sewickley heights park year round. the technical nature of these trails also make for some of the best winter fat biking around, but come prepared, it can be a long way back to the car after getting lost in the extensive trail network

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hold on, and be prepared for the occasional mechanical. These trails are much more spread out than many of the others in the area, which results in covering some serious distances that would be difficult to walk a bike back to the car in the event of a mechanical. For those new to sewickley, the upper parking lot in sewickley heights park and it can be lots of fun to explore the interconnected loops that increase in difficulty the further one gets from the park. Just beware of horses and everything that comes with them. To avoid startling the horses, and more importantly the old money sewickleyites, (the worst part of riding here) please remember to step off to the side of the trails and allow the horses to have the right of way. Another option is to park at the upper parking lot at the ymca and take the fairly inconspicuous gravel climb the center of war memorial park up past a shed and through a large field until you reach a road. Make either a left or right upon arrival at the road at the top of the hill, left to reach the "high maintenance trail" system, a beautiful rocky loop with plenty of other trails to explore. this is some of the most incredible, but difficult, riding that can be found in sewickley. hold on tight, it gets steep. another option is to turn left at the road, and continuing strait for about a mile. after a left turn down pony hollow road, this will lead to a swooping downhill parallel to the road that juts off to the right before the road exits Allegheny country club golf course. This trail is a personal favorite of everyone in sewickley as it offers natural berms and stream crossings through an all around beautiful area. at the bottom, one can continue after the one lane bridge by turning right on fern hollow road and keeping an eye out on the left for a trail called barrasso, which makes a and fun climb into the park. these can also all be linked using the seven road trail systems.

History & Background

a lot of horse trails converted to mtb. but it manages to be pretty incredible

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Did not ride the whole route, but explored the trails on the East side, followed the connector to the West side, went mostly straight North -> South, then followed the Southern connector back to the start. I'd suggest skipping the northernmost trail shown on the MTBProject route that connects the East and West portions. It was nothing but deep mud pit after deep mud pit the whole way. The connecting trail in the south is singletrack and in good condition, so I'd recommend using it to go between the West and East sections. East side in the park area is mostly doubletrack horse trails - lots of straight lines and gentle curves. A few of the trails were more twisty, but that was the minority. Some exposed rock here and there that makes things interesting. Some parts are all exposed stone that seemed to have been a road at some point. It's not well marked at all, so bring a GPS. Keep in mind that dogs in this area of the park do not have to be leashed (one of the only parks around that this is the case). West side seemed to be mostly singletrack and featured some grade reversals, switchbacks, etc. It had much less of a straight line feeling than found in the Eastern area. Looked like someone has recently cut in some new stuff there that bypasses fall-line segments. Was too tired after slogging through the mud on the northern connector to explore the "Devil's hollow, woodland, walker loop" part of this route, but will be back for it. Overall a good place to check out if you're local. Seems like the Eastern area would be good for fatbiking in the winter. Sep 28, 2016


Please be mindful that portions of this trail are over private land. You may encounter runners, dog walkers and horses. Be respectful as you may just run into the person that owns the land you're riding on. If you see a horse, GET OFF YOUR BIKE IMMEDIATELY and step to the side of the trail for them to pass. Make sure to smile and say please and thank you. There's a delicate balance between the park folk, hunt group riders and walkers. We work very hard to maintain these trails and the relationships that keep them open. It is strongly suggest you don't go exploring alone as most of it is unmarked and you will get lost. Best bet is to contact a local to learn the ropes. Ride safe! Sep 29, 2016


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