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Moosic Mountain Big Tour

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This big loop on Moosic Mountain showcases unique terrain and challenging rocky trails.


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12.0

Miles

19.4

KM

95%

Singletrack

2,149' 655 m

High

1,533' 467 m

Low

1,000' 305 m

Up

1,002' 305 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

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E-Bikes Not Allowed

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Overview

The trails at Moosic Mountain are relentlessly rocky. There are no smooth trails on this loop, and the technical riding makes for a slow pedal. In the summer, there is very little tree cover to provide shade. The trails are signed fairly well, but you'll want a map for navigation. Most of the time you can see where they want you to go, other times cairns (rock piles) will show you the way.

This preserve is unique and beautiful, and the trails are top-notch rocky riding fun. There are lots of ways to extend or shorten your ride as you choose.

Description

This ride starts from the main parking area off Moosic Lake Rd (Rt 247). There's an information kiosk and map available at the trailhead, but no restroom or water facilities.

On your right (east), find the trail sign indicating the start of Blueberry Trail, and begin the rocky climb up. Don't forget to look over your shoulder to take in the first of many great views. Follow Blueberry Trail across several small dirt roads to the intersection with the Water Fall Loop, where you want to stay left to bring you back towards the Power Line Road. Briefly head northwest on the road, and then turn south (left) onto Stonehenge trail.

Follow the super rocky path south, combining The View and Conglomerate (Right) for great views and huge rocks. Connect across the dirt road to Bruised Ego Trail, heading west on this fun and flowy trail. Cross over a small parking area at the end of Bruised Ego Trail and begin the ascent of Gene's Trail, wrapping around O'Conner Reservoir and climbing back up towards the Power Line Road.

Near the north end of this trail, stay left on Gene's Trail (rather than the marked Rock Angel quad trail). Head up the Power Line Road, and then catch the second entrance to High Voltage trail to do a quick counter-clockwise loop on this fun rock-slab trail. Continue the tough climb east on Power Line Road, eventually bringing you back to the north end of Stonehenge trail. Turn south (right) and do this awesome trail again, with a slightly alternate line by skipping The View and then riding Conglomerate (Left).

Back out at the dirt road again, turn east (left) and look for the Bruised Ego Trail access trail heading east back to the main parking lot.

History & Background

The Dick and Nancy Eales Preserve at Moosic Mountain represents one of the best examples of ridge-top heath barrens in the northeastern US. Despite the name, these barrens are made up of a diverse spectrum of stunted pitch pine and scrub oak forest with flourishing huckleberry, blueberry, rhodora and other low-lying shrubs. And rocks. Lots and lots and lots of rocks. The trails will challenge your riding skills, and the barrens provide great views.

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October Red
Nov 20, 2016 near Mount Cobb, PA
Coming down the trail
Jul 4, 2013 near Jessup, PA
Climbing the Blueberry trail.
Jan 14, 2020 near Jessup, PA
Big rocks on the Stonehenge Trail.
Jan 7, 2020 near Jessup, PA
Descending towards O'Conner Reservoir on Gene's Trail.
Jan 7, 2020 near Jessup, PA
Scotch Pines along Gene's Trail as it climbs towards High Voltage after the reservoir.
May 21, 2017 near Jessup, PA

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