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The entire Ridge and Pipeline trails between the river and trailhead.


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8.8

Miles

14.2

KM

90%

Singletrack

1,535' 468 m

High

967' 295 m

Low

793' 242 m

Up

784' 239 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

Take the Ridge Trail all the way from trailhead to River Trail. Follow the river to Pipeline Trail and ascend back to the ridge. Instead of following Pipeline Trail in its most boring and soggy section, take the Window Trail until it rejoins Pipeline Trail. Take Pipeline Trail back to the trailhead.

Covers the major trails in this section.

Need to Know

Trails weren't originally designed for mountain bikes, so obstructions and flow are what they are. You'll need to choose lines carefully and move more slowly than on more engineered MTB trail systems. Some short bits will require a short hike from most riders. Expert sections are the way they are due to less modification, not a deliberate feature that needs only confidence. On the other hand, visibility is good compared to some mountain bike trails, so no unexpected features take you by surprise.

Horses are also major trail users. When encountering equestrians, dismount and say hello. The horse will recognize a person on foot better than a cyclist. Talk with the riders about what they need in order to pass safely. Moving the bike off trail is an option.

Description

Ridge Trail is rocky and technically challenging, but fun when you have some confidence. It starts out reasonable, and then takes a steep descent with an expert level ascent immediately following. (Most riders will need to carry here at some point.) Another descent is less steep but very rocky.

After crossing Blunder Trail, it features a low grade, rocky, slightly soggy ascent, until cresting the ridge and descending to join the Pipeline Trail. Continue on Ridge Trail down the mountain through another challenging rocky descent all the way to the River Trail. Connect with the Pipeline Trail again and climb back to the ridge on a long, relatively smooth, consistent ascent that will challenge your endurance.

Window Trail is the scenic gem of this trail group. It serves as a nice break before ascending again when you rejoin Pipeline Trail. Pipeline Trail connects back to the trailhead, offering a variety of surfaces and a moderate rocky ascent before becoming a gravel access road.

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Shared By:

Arthur Cain

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Photos

The start of window trail
Oct 16, 2016 near Franklin, PA
Riding along the Window Trail, taking some time to appreciate the nature. This is a larger drop than I'm willing to try.
Sep 29, 2016 near Franklin, PA
The drop-off to the river along the Window Trail.
Sep 4, 2018 near Franklin, PA
Fun rock drop at the beginning section of the descent to the river.
Sep 4, 2018 near Franklin, PA

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