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7.2

Miles

11.5

KM

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Singletrack

1,236' 377 m

High

978' 298 m

Low

527' 161 m

Up

534' 163 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

15%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

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Overview

I'm pretty new to North Park, and this was a really great intro route. Mostly a fast and flow-y course. There were a couple of wicked uphill/rooty areas, but what followed made the climb worth it.

Description

The trail starts near the Pie Traynor Field parking lots. However, I had parked at Pro Bike and Run, and biked up Kummer Road and West Ridge Road to get to the trail.

Head onto the White Blaze/Denny's Trail (near Pie Traynor) for a little fast and flow-y fun. From there, you go to the left to get onto the White/Orange Dot trail. When the trails intersect, stay straight-ish to hit the White/Brown Dot Trail. Follow the trail until you get to the lollipop where there are some fun rollers, logs, and jumps that aren't too intimidating.

After you do the lollipop loop a few times (you should because it's fun!), stay straight to get onto the White Blaze again. This is fairly flat, and I believe there is a pretty gnarly log obstacle blocking this path. It looks like someone recently cut it to make it cross-able by bike, but as a beginner, it was too high and technical for me. Not a big deal to jump off your bike and step over.

While you continue onto White Blaze (Rocky Dell) trail, there is a series of large flat rocks to your left. This is a really good place to practice some wheel lifts. If the whole obstacle is too much, you can practice jumping on the second half of the rock, which has a little bit of a flatter surface.

As you continue, you'll get onto the Rachel Carson Trail (North Park Segment) for a short but gnarly hill climb that is filled with roots and a small crick crossing (very small—it might even be more of a semi-permanent puddle). You then get onto the Koto Buki Connector Trail for some mild uphill, roots, and rocks.

You can stay on the Koto Buki Connector Trail (I think it was maybe too muddy at the time), or you can ride on Babcock to access the Koto Buki Trail. This trail, for the most part, is downhill, fast, and fun. There are one or two small logs and a handful of berms to ride. Exit the trail near Ingomar Road.

If you parked at Pro Bike, be careful crossing the road. If you parked near the Pie Traynor lots, have fun climbing back to your car!

Contacts

Land Manager: Allegheny County, PA

Shared By:

Kel W

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 2 votes

#5

in North Park

#1630

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  4.5 from 2 votes
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Photos

The big ladder drop
Sep 3, 2014 near Allison…, PA
One of the banked turns on Dr J Freeride Trail
Sep 3, 2014 near Allison…, PA
Dropping in on the second drop.
Jul 8, 2020 near Allison…, PA
Entry filter feature
Sep 3, 2014 near Allison…, PA
Ladder bridge over log
Sep 3, 2014 near Allison…, PA
Expert Jump Line
Sep 2, 2014 near Allison…, PA

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Jun 21, 2020
Klein VerHill
Fun loop! More road-time than I'd like, but all in all a solid sampler for NP.
Jun 20, 2020
Gino Mendoza
Aug 28, 2019
Jon Anderson
May 27, 2019
Jim White
Ledgewood entrance