Erwin Wildlife Management Area - Trail, Painted Post, York

Erwin Wildlife Management Area - Trail, Painted Post, York


Multiple trails criss-crossing several thousand acres. The area is closed to motorized traffic, but the State DER & a gas-driilling company occaisionally use some of the double-track. There are 2 main sets of gravel double track, several old logging roads, & a natural-gas pipeline. There are multiple single tracks branching off of each of these.


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[Jun 12, 2006]
Weekend Warrior

The main double track is a gravel fire-road from Gang Mills to Coopers Plain. There is one double-track spur that runs to the west & loops behind Erwin Pond. There is another short spur that runs down to the waters edge. Another spur runs to the east & ends at a gas well. From there you can continue east on a wide gas-line trail with steep hills & a mix of rocks & mud, with a few technical challenges. For more technical riding, take any of the single-track to the left or right (I haven't explored many of these yet, due to wet weather).

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Start at the Gang Mills end to encounter the steepest hill 1st. If you'd prefer to warm-up before hitting the steep stuff, start at the Coopers Plain end.

For a nice challenging loop that can be completed in a couple hours (or less if you have the stamina & skills), start at Gang Mills. Take the double-track to the top of the hill & turn right onto more double track. Take this to the clearing with the gas well in the middle. Ride across the clearing & follow the gas line a couple miles. It ends at the top of a hill behind the Woodland Park housing development. From the top of the hill, ride toward the water tower until you find a construction road behind the houses. Take the construction road down the hill (staying to the right at the split). Look out for the washed-out ditch across the trail. You will come out on Beartown Rd. just a few hundred yards from the trail-head.

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