Adventure Projects is hiring a web engineer to join us in Boulder, CO
MTB Project Logo

XC Loop

 4.0 (1)

3.5 Miles 5.7 Kilometers


95%

Singletrack

583' 178 m

Ascent

-583' -178 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

491' 150 m

High

162' 49 m

Low

Shared By Colby Barth

Conditions


Bad / Closed 61 days ago
Muddy: The trails are rough, there's a lot of drops and jumps that go straight into 2ft high grass. The XC loop has broken ladders. History

Getting forecast...

The XC Loop at Spring Mountain is a fun, technical loop full of various rock and tree-ride features.

Colby Barth

Dogs Off-leash

Features -none-

The XC Loop at Spring Mountain ski resort is open year round. The trails at Spring Mountain are multi-use so give way to hikers, runners, dogs, and bird watchers. The land managers request that you visit Bikereg.com and register for a $0 trail pass prior to riding at Spring Mountain.

Overview

The XC Loop at Spring Mountain is a challenging "all-mountain" kind of ride. Although short, it is one of the most technical ~4 miles of technical singletrack in the area.

Description

The XC Loop at Spring Mountain can be divided into 5 majors sections heading clockwise from the lower parking area and base lodge.

The initial Lower Loop starts at the end of the lodge parking lot with a quick, punchy, technical hill followed by some fast, flowing singletrack punctuated by a couple of easy rock gardens.

After riding the Lower Loop, make a sharp left hand turn into a short but very technical section of trail called Copperhead Canyon. Begin by climbing a winding hill with several difficult rock features and ladder bridges to a ridgeline. Then begin the downhill with a really challenging rock garden with several line options to the infamous Rock Lizard. Ride the Rock Lizard (try to stay off your brakes) into a couple of winding switchbacks to some more fast, flowing singletrack.

Goat Hill begins with two small stream crossing to an optional but fun 50-foot tree ride that's five feet off the ground then takes the long, steep, and winding hill to the top of the mountain. Save some gas for the final push which is THE "!Goat Hill".

Once at the top of the mountain, begin descending down the backside on Area 51 along one of the best and fastest, albeit short, downhills along the XC Loop. There are many line options and some fun, small rock drop options.

After making a hard 90-degree right turn, you'll start grinding uphill again and eventually come to the most difficult hill climb in the loop on the "Switchbacks". These are a steep, technical, heartbreaking experience for many riders.

Lastly comes the Backside DH. This is the final section of the XC Loop, which follows one of the old DH trails down the backside of the mountain to the Perkiomen Trail. The Backside DH has several variations, some of which have large rock drops. All the DH features have go-arounds but proceed with caution as the trail is fast but is so much fun, you'll want to ride the loop again - just to do it.

After hitting the Perkiomen Trail, stay to the right and head back towards Spring Mountain's lower parking lot to begin your second loop!

Contacts

You & This Featured Ride


Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Ride

Your Check-Ins

Check-Ins

Aug 12, 2018
Joe Osiecki
Rained the day before (today’s date: 8/12/18) and it made for a slick difficult mess. Still fun but definitely made me take it much slower.
Jul 29, 2018
Russ C
overgrown to all hell 2mi
Jun 29, 2018
Jim Yauger
XC Loop is crap. It’s not maintained, a mess, and you’re often left wondering where the trail is. Hard to follow.

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 1 vote

#2094

Overall
  4.0 from 1 vote
5 Star
0%
4 Star
100%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Rankings

#62

in Pennsylvania

#2,094

Overall
62 Views Last Month
516 Since May 19, 2018
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

0%
0%
0%
100%
0%
0%

0 Comments

MTB Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Mountain Bike

MTB Project is supported by

Support Your Local IMBA Chapter