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There are many ways to enjoy Jakes Rocks, but this ride hits just about every trail in phase 1!

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2,140' 652 m


1,741' 531 m


728' 222 m


729' 222 m



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Family Friendly Although there are some tougher sections, if your kid is up for an adventure and has some stamina, this is very doable.

Be aware of PA hunting seasons.


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 on Tuttletown 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. Tuttletown eventually becomes Coal Knob.

Continue on Longhouse Trail where Coal Knob meets Elijah. 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.

Longhouse Trail eventually levels out and after crossing several drainage areas the trail starts to climb, crossing FR 492 where it becomes Vulpes. After a short climb, take a right on Cornplanter and descend again for a short bit, passing through some large boulders. Now make a left on to Three Sisters.

Three Sisters 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 Three Sisters, turn left on to Seneca for a short, fast downhill, including a natural wall ride. 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 Coal Knob. Coal Knob starts out climbing slightly. 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 intersection with Elijah and Longhouse Trail turn right and connect to Tuttletown to continue flowing back to the parking lot.


Shared By:

Frank Maguire with improvements by Ryan Sprake

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Climbing up to Coal Knob on G Trail. Jakes Rocks Trail System. Warren, PA.
Aug 30, 2016 near Warren, PA
Pedaling through house-sized boulders is one of the coolest features of the Jakes Rocks Trail System.
Aug 30, 2016 near Warren, PA
The big forest on F Trail at Jakes Rocks.
Aug 30, 2016 near Warren, PA
Riding through a lush section on A Trail at Jakes Rocks Trail System. Warren, PA.
Aug 30, 2016 near Warren, PA
The Coal Knob slickrock on G Trail. Jakes Rocks Trail System near Warren, PA.
Aug 30, 2016 near Warren, PA
Top to bottom run on Cornplanter
Sep 24, 2019 near Warren, PA


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Jul 26, 2022
Alexander Jonathan
great loop, awesome trail. some down trees due to recent storm but well maintained trail system and great signage. well worth the drive from Cleveland 11.1mi
Jul 14, 2022
Taylor Hubert
Sep 3, 2021
Eric Dittmer
ridgeback , sentinel 20mi
Jun 25, 2021
Eric Dittmer
elijah-bald eagle - Rd - dew drop- corn planter-parking. spur -spur 17mi
Jun 9, 2021
Tariq mtbproject
By the time I got to west warren rd, it was raining hard enough for me not be able to see the road. 3mi
Apr 18, 2021
Matt Lienemann
20mi — 7h 00m
Aug 16, 2020
Rachel Beck
Aug 14, 2020
Eric Grove