The Yellow Creek Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,486' 453 m
Descent: -1,485' -453 m
High: 1,550' 473 m
Low: 1,273' 388 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 24% (13°)
Current trail conditions
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“This singletrack heaven has a little bit of everything you love.”— A.J. Kindya
There are over 25 miles of multi-use trails within the state park. The ride consists of the official park named trails consisting of Paul Trail, Ridge Top Trail, Simpson Trail, Damsite Trail, Black Hawk Trail, Stake Church Trail and Handlers Long Haul Trail.
Ride Time: 2.5-4.5 hours
Pittsburgh, PA: 1 hour
State College, PA : 1.25 hours
Raystown Lake, PA: 1.45 hours
Harrisburg, PA or Cleveland, OH: 2.75 hours
Baltimore, MD or Washington,D.C.: 3.25 hours
LOCATION: 11 miles east of Indiana, PA at the intersection of Route 422 & Route 259.
A map of Yellow Creek State Park, including mountain bike & hiking trails can be found at the following link:
The south shore Day Use Area is great for you to start your riding experience and provides plenty of parking, water, picnic areas, restrooms, and other family activities. While on the south shore, riders will enjoy fairly smooth and twisty singletrack. The north shore provides riders with more technical riding and typically the driest trails. In general, the western portion of the park will provide pleasure to those seeking climbing opportunities. Most of the trail segments can be ridden in either direction, with a clockwise direction of travel being a preferred method of travel while performing the entire loop.
Each trail segment is marked and coordinated with the park map, making navigation easy. This trail system would not have been possible without the extraordinary efforts of the Laurel Highlands On & Off Road Bicycling Association (LHORBA) (www.lhorba.org), Friends of Yellow Creek State Park (www.friendsofyellowcreek.org), RideYC (www.rideyc.com) and the Yellow Creek State Park (www.dcnr.state.pa.us). Ridge Top Trail, Damsite Trail and parts of Stake Church Trail are the original park trails prior to the official start of mountain bike trail building in 2004.
Other park activities include camping within and near the park, boating, boat rentals, canoe & kayak rentals, fishing, swimming, hunting, picnicking, orienteering and hiking. Please be respectful of other users. Riding is discouraged during hunting seasons and wet periods.
Combine this ride with other local IMBA Trail Solutions (Allegripis Trail) and IMBA Epics (Rattling Creek, Coopers Gap, Rothrock Ride) and multiple riding opportunities around Pittsburgh for a weeklong Epic riding experience in PA.
Jun 16, 2016: Welcome
Land Manager: PA DCNR - Main Office