This ride is a showcase of all the trails in phase 1 of the trails at Jakes Rocks. Completed in 2016, the loop hits all the trails on the perimeter before doubling back a little bit to climb up to Coal Knob and then hits a gradual descent back to the trailhead.
Starting from the picnic area trailhead at Jakes Rocks, stay to the right and head out F Trail
for a gradual climb along the edge of the plateau. There a few opportunities to catch a glimpse of the valley and the Kinzua Reservoir through the trees, which will get better in the fall. The trail crosses the road couple of times, before turning east and heading downhill.
At the next trail intersection, stay right on H Trail
and get ready for the longest sustained downhill in this phase, dropping for over a mile and a half. There are multiple optional lines that include hips, rock gardens, and drops. There are also several wooden puncheons and cool armored sections to deal with wet areas.
eventually levels out, and after crossing several drainage areas, the trail starts to climb, crossing FR 492. After a short climb, take a right on C Trail
and descend again for a short bit, passing through some large boulders. After crossing a grassy forest road, start heading out to the point. At the next intersection, stay right to start down a short section of B Trail
before turning left on J Trail
is the only trail (so far) that is built by hand by local volunteers, and the difference is readily apparent. The surface is looser and then proceeds through some very tight rock chasms that no machine could fit through. There are several cool rock features in this section that make for cool photos, if you want to document your ride!
At the end of J Trail
, turn left again back on to B Trail
for a short, fast downhill, including a natural wall ride. The trail flows seamlessly into A Trail and begins climbing back toward the trailhead. There are multiple, very cool wooden puncheons as well as rock features that flow really nicely in the other direction if you have some energy left at the end of this loop.
Once you get to the top of the plateau, take a left on E Trail
to a short connection to G Trail
. G Trail
starts out climbing slightly on yet another trail that is fun in both directions. After a short distance, the trail starts going up Coal Knob, with some very cool rock features to challenge you.
Once on top, you cross a broad piece of exposed sandstone, reminiscent of Dupont or even Moab slick rock. On the far side of the knob, the trail drops into some of the best flow in this phase. At the next intersection, turn right on F Trail
to continue flowing back to the parking lot.