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A great trail for intermediate riders with many technical features.


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Miles

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Singletrack

486' 148 m

High

471' 143 m

Low

7' 2 m

Up

18' 6 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

3%

Max Grade (2°)

Dogs Leashed

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Slippery when wet. Mud can stick on this trail longer than the surrounding singletrack.

Description

This bi-directional trail starts right across from Jon's Joyride and has three entrances. On the first entrance, farthest on the rider's right, is a small rock that can be jumped or rolled. The second entrance is a twister alternative that hooks on to the first entrance. The final entrance is the shortest but the fastest for maximum speed if you need help clearing the jump after the gravel crossing.

After the jump, you'll pick up speed but eventually get to more technical sections. These include log-overs, rollers, and rock features.

Finally, you'll come to a part of the trail with a beginner, more difficult, and expert line. The more difficult line contains a rock bridge with a rock-roll requiring sufficient bike-handling skills. The expert line consists of a wooden skinny, three feet above the ground with a very technical rock garden immediately afterwards. At the end is a 1.5-foot drop. Not a big deal if you had speed, but that is limited here.

The trail finishes with a fast turn and a couple hard-packed berms when it's DRY. Deer Skull can get very slippery after rain so be careful. It definitely is a challenge under those conditions. Deer Skull pops out on a gravel path only a few feet away from Tim's Trail and D-Park Trail making it very convenient.

Have fun and rip it!

Contacts

Land Manager: Dickinson College

Shared By:

Jonathan Cox

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  4.5 from 2 votes

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#227

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The first turn on Jon's Joyride is often tacky.
Feb 18, 2017 near Carlisle, PA
The top of Jon's Joyride in the snow.
Jan 3, 2017 near Carlisle, PA
Dickinson Park
Sep 11, 2017 near Carlisle, PA
Nice rock build.
Dec 31, 2013 near Carlisle, PA
Ride the Intermediate Line on Deer Skull to hone your skills at navigating rock gardens.
Feb 18, 2017 near Carlisle, PA
Challenge yourself on the Expert Line if you dare!
Feb 18, 2017 near Carlisle, PA

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Dec 13, 2018
Ryan Mitchell
May 1, 2017
Jonathan Cox
Rode Deer Skull and the surrounding trails, as well as street around town, it was rippin! 10mi — 1h 20m
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