Rattling Creek - IMBA EPIC
ElevationAscent: 1,739' 530 m
Descent: -1,738' -530 m
High: 1,691' 515 m
Low: 922' 281 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)
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“Flowy trails punctuated with rock gardens create classic East Coast riding.”— Leslie Kehmeier
Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed
For post-ride refueling, check out Kevin's Diner. As of 7/2019, Kevin's Diner is closed. Instead, check out Stoney Creek Inn in Dauphin, PA on the way back to Harrisburg. Great outdoor deck.
After the warm up ride back across the road, through the parking area and onto Hopback trail. From here the order of trails goes like this: Left on Lykens Rd, left on Fawn Kill, left on Shale Run. Towards the end of Shale Run there will be a fork; either direction works here but remember to turn left onto Grimm. From here: right on Luke's, straight on Rim as you cross over White Oak Road. Turn right onto Wolf Pond and you can enjoy a little break from the rocks along a section of trail that rolls well and has a more open corridor. Before you get to the road look for Matter on your left. After crossing Wolf Pond Road you ride another short section before jumping on the west end of Rock's Ridge.
If you're inclined to stop for a good view, take a detour to see the hang glider launch at the end of Wolf Pond Road. The views are spectacular to the west across the Pennsylvania countryside.
Rock's Ridge is the next technical part of the ride, one of the most fun. At the east end you'll have a quick left and right to continue the epic ride on the Matter ski trail. Make the connection to Dry Run via Preserve Line. Compared to the rest of the ride this section is non-descript but does provide another respite from the high frequency of rocks. Dry Run is a quick warm-up for the highlight of the route, Rattling Creek. This is the longest stretch of trail, and perhaps, the best. When riding the epic, it's mostly downhill. The fun doesn't stop at the end when you bear left on Doc Smith, an excellent ending to a classic East Coast long-distance ride.
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May 24, 2020: SAMBA ANNOUNCES RATTLING CREEK TRAIL SYSTEM EXPANSION
May 17, 2020: Paxtang Park is open!
Land Manager: PA DCNR - Main Office