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Raystown South Loop

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

8.5 mile 13.6 kilometer loop
100% Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 803' 245 m
Descent: -789' -240 m
High: 1,300' 396 m
Low: 984' 300 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)

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Trail shared by Leslie Kehmeier

Adventure and solitude through the dense forest that includes big climbs, fast descents.

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Overview

If you're looking for a little adventure or a bit of solitude in the Allegrippis Trail System, the Raystown South Loop is probably for you. Located on the south side of Seven Points Road, the route, pedaled in a counter-clockwise direction, has big climbs and descents, dense forest and a backcountry feel.

Need to Know

The Allegrippis Trails at Raystown Lake are mountain bike optimized trails. Expect trails that contour and roll with bermed turns and lots of flow. In other words...expect a lot of fun!

It's possible to ride this as a point-to-point shuttle from the Baker's Hollow lot on Stony and ending at the Seven Points Marina near the new Skills Park from Vee Cee.

Raystown Lake is very developed for recreation and has camping, picnic and boating facilities. There are a few places to get general provisions, but for the most part, gas, food and lodging are found in the nearby town of Huntingdon.

Description

The Raystown South Loop starts at the trailhead Seven Points Rd on Dark Hollow. The route starts out mellow and rolling, contouring along a shallow hillside just below the road. At the intersection with the Visitor's Center trail, stay right. Be prepared for a BIG bermed turn and a screaming descent into the creek.

The trail crosses a bridge and then steadily climbs and contours around to an intersection with Shade and Barrel Bay. Stay right for the outbound leg of the ride.

Shade starts out with a brief climb and then continues rolling through moderately dense forest with pockets of open areas. The end of this trail pops out onto a road - take a quick left and then quick right to get to the intersection with Allegheny.

Allegheny is at the far southern end of the Raystown South Loop. It has a real backcountry feel with climbs and descents throughout thick forest. You'll feel like you're in a jungle at times as the lush vegetation closes in around you.

From the intersection with Dirt Surfer and Shade stay right. To start, Allegheny has a steep-ish but short climb before a fast and enjoyable descent to a road crossing. From there the downhill continues as it contours around steep hillsides. If you take a moment to check out the hillside below, you might notice how high up you are. At some points you'll feel like you're riding through the tree canopy.

There's one punchy climb and short descent before reaching the far end of the trail where it meets a junction with Dirt Surfer and Barrel Bay. Stay right to continue the ride on Barrel Bay.

Barrel Bay is the final long run of singletrack and is the inbound leg on the Raystown South Loop. It connects back to Dark Hollow.

Keep your eyes peeled about 0.6 miles into the route - great views are available to your right as you pass through a break in the forest.

Similar to Allegheny, Barrel Bay has tight singletrack through the forest. The vegetation isn't quite as lush but the trail is just as fun. It starts with a quick descent followed by a short, steep climb. From there it's a more than enjoyable cruise back towards Dark Hollow where you'll retrace the route back to the trailhead on Seven Points Rd.

History & Background

The Allegrippis Trails at Raystown Lake are the culmination of a partnership between IMBA and the Army Corps of Engineers that began in 2002. The trails themselves were one of the first wholly new, machine built trail systems on the East Coast and have been a smashing success. As of now, there are about 33 miles of trails to enjoy but there is talk of more to come.

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Aug 11, 2019
Steeve Knight
Everything She said! Plus rocks! Not big rocks, but LOTS and lots of rocks. Did Dirt Surfer - both-ways, unintentionally, but super fun otw back to… 10mi
Jun 15, 2019
Willard Jackson
13.9mi — 2h 20m
May 18, 2019
Matt Ivons
Sep 23, 2018
Derek Kendrick
Fun ride, beautiful scenery.
Sep 2, 2018
Mahesh Kumar
Amazing! 10.4mi
Aug 31, 2018
Allison Edmonds
Fun! Dark hollow was my favorite part 8.5mi
Aug 11, 2018
Jessica Hoff
Jul 25, 2018
Matt Ivons

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Photos

Big fun on the first turn into Barrel Bay
May 27, 2013 near McConne…, PA
Crossing the bottom of a lush draining on Dark Hollow
May 27, 2013 near McConne…, PA
Top of the climb before the big descent on Allegheny
May 27, 2013 near McConne…, PA
The upper end of Dark Hollow near the trailhead
May 27, 2013 near McConne…, PA
Cruising through big forests on Shade.
May 27, 2013 near McConne…, PA
Nice view of the lake off the Barrel Bay Trail
May 18, 2015 near McConne…, PA

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