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 4.2 (10) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A flowing series of singletracks loaded with interesting features through a wooded ravine in the city center.


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Map Key

12.5

Miles

20.1

KM

75%

Singletrack

460' 140 m

High

309' 94 m

Low

522' 159 m

Up

522' 159 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Family Friendly No long climbs and a level paved bike trail always close by.

Overview

The trail surface is dirt not rocks, making for a flowing, IMBA-type singletrack through jungle-like forest in the middle of Pennsylvania's capital city. There are taverns at the start and middle of the trail. Overall, a very unique and unusual ride.

Need to Know

There is a crossing on a concrete "ford" that is very shallow (when I rode it), but slippery. It can be bypassed on the greenway bike path.

Description

The packed dirt trail bed is smooth and flowing with many tight berms and some off-camber corners. Expect short steep climbs and descents, log piles, and other interesting features including a paved ford.

Occasionally, it is necessary to pop out of the wooded ravine into the city to cross a major street. Other places you're 100 feet up, clinging to the 12 inch tread at the top of the ravine wall. The paved Greenbelt bike trail runs through the system like a spine and provides an easy bailout everywhere.

Maps of the entire paved trail which loops all the way around the city are downloadable at CSGA.org, but they do not show the singletrack. They do show available parking. There are additional segments of singletrack not shown on the MTB map and more trail under construction.

Contacts

Shared By:

Larry Boyler

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 10 votes

#1632

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  4.2 from 10 votes
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#40

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#1,632

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Photos

Small root section downhill  segment near the end of the trail "1A".
Sep 30, 2019 near Paxtang, PA
A tighter section between two trees at the end of the trail "PAX 5".
Sep 30, 2019 near Paxtang, PA
Tight single tract along the Harrisburg Greenway.
May 24, 2017 near Paxtang, PA

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Oct 26, 2019
Caleb Cunningham
13.4mi — 1h 20m
Jul 3, 2017
Stephen Lek