As other trail networks have gotten easier for mountain biking and natural features removed or "sanitized" a growing concern is there wouldn't be many challenging mountain bike trails left.
Double R Trail
was designed to be a reset to trails getting easier. It was designed to offer a challenging loop with an almost continuous array of natural features and tighter turns for both the uphill and downhill sections. It's ok if you don't clean the entire loop your first couple times on it. This makes some people want to come back even more and try it again.
Tijuana Tacos and Funk Brewing in Emmaus are great after ride options. A spare hanger is nice to have in case you catch it on a rock on the technical climb.
Double R trail was completed in June of 2020 through volunteer efforts. Double R Trail
represents a trail that has a strong focus on tight turns that reward great bike handling. It has some optional lines that reward speed and combo-ing of natural features.
Do not turn right at the first intersection you reach when descending the first downhill.
Follow the downhill until you reach the lowest elevation. After you reach the bottom of the 0.75-mile downhill, you have 0.3 miles of a technical climb ahead. This climb will likely make you walk your bike unless you have excellent stamina and great bike handling skills. There are A and B lines once you reach the hardest rock garden. Please do not modify the trail to make it easier.
After the climb, when you reach the intersection with Double R, stay left and climb out to the intersection with Log Trail (White)
and make a right. Climb Log Trail (White)
and make a left at the first intersection. When you reach the top of the mountain, be on the lookout for an un-blazed optional downhill on Log that has several natural rock drops and a steep grade.
After descending this section of Log, make a quick left onto a flat wide trail, then after only 100 yards or so make a quick right. You'll reach the same trail you climbed out of earlier on Double R.
Descend this feature-filled trail past the intersection you also climbed out of by staying left. Look for extra credit lines over rocks. Trust the berms and earthwork to maintain flow and speed. At the bottom, make the very hard off-camber left to climb back out the trail you initially descended back to Log Trail (White)