Now updated to feature all the new trails being built! This ride hits most of the Ohiopyle goods and features 2,500 feet of descent.
This is generally done as a shuttle ride; leave one car at the Middle Yough Take Out parking lot before you head up to Firetower Road.
You can also ride your shuttle by just riding up Sugarloaf Road from town up to Firetower Road. Or for those who like to really suffer, take Baughman Trail
up past the overlook and all the way up until it crosses the road to Sugarloaf XC Ski Trail - Lower
which will pop you out at the main parking lot. From here cross the road again and take Upper Canyons Edge
to McCune Trail
and ride it Counter Clockwise to start your descent back down.
This ride starts on Firetower Road off of Sugarloaf Road. Begin by riding away from Sugarloaf Road on Firetower Road. After some small hills, the gravel road will flatten out and hit the Firetower to McCune Gated Connector
on the left. Go around the gate and climb the singletrack up to the merge point with the McCune Trail
Stay straight/right to continue on McCune counterclockwise. You'll pass through numerous rock gardens and big rock outcroppings, after a mile or two you start one of the best descents in Ohiopyle, which ends at a great overlook of the Yough River Valley. From the overlook continue on out the forest road section of McCune Trail
, after a short climb and a few stream crossings the forest road begins to descend again, at the bottom of this descent the McCune Trail
cuts left and another trail, Upper Canyons Edge
, comes in on the right. Turn SHARP right onto Upper Canyons Edge
and ride the sweet flowy singletrack. After a mile or so the trail pops out at a church parking lot and then returns back into the woods. Shortly after the parking lot Upper Canyons Edge
trail intersects Canyons Edge Loop
. Turn right and ride the loop around about 1.5 miles before coming to the Sugarloaf Road crossing. Cross here, and you'll see a large parking lot, pavilion and restrooms, a great place for a break before more fun.
From the Sugarloaf Parking lot, ride the grass towards the sledding hill and look for the Kim/Sugarloaf Connector
going into the woods on your right. After a short ride you'll come to a four way intersection, stay slightly right to follow the ridge to Kim Trail
, ride up the steep climb to the top of Sugarloaf knob before descending down the switch backs and berms on the backside of the knob.
ends at Upper Sugarloaf Trail
, also known as Meatloaf Trail. Turn right onto Upper Sugarloaf and descend fast doubletrack down out through a field and down a bit of a creekbed before coming out on a gravel road. Continue down Lower Sugarloaf Trail
across another gravel road before climbing up some switchbacks. The trail continues going down and crosses another forest road, shortly after this forest road keep your eyes peeled for some flagging on the left indicating an entrance to the new reroute of this trail. The reroute crosses the old trail once before spitting you back out on the old trail.
You'll descend another 50 yards before turning right on the new Sugarloaf to Baughman Connector
. Follow this singletrack up and through some neat rock features before ending up back at Sugarloaf Road just below the Baughman Overlook. To go to the overlook cross the road and turn right onto Baughman Trail
. Otherwise turn left onto Baughman Trail
and continue the bone rattling descent into town. Towards the end of Baughman Trail
, the trail cuts hard right and down a steep barely rideable section and exits onto the GAP bike trail. You are now back in town, take a dip in the river to cool and clean off, then head over to Falls City Pub for food and drink!