Roaring Run - TRAIL

Roaring Run - Trail, Apollo, Pennsylvania

lots of steep climbs and very hairy decents. two of my riding partners have broken bones here so be cautious.

User Reviews (8)

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mccartney7499   Cross Country Rider [Jun 27, 2010]

Well maintained, well marked, well laid out. Great use of the natural elements in creating features and lines. The best way to describe these trails are...fun!

Customer Service

clockwise following the blue blazes. be sure to ride up the rail trail on the other side of the bridge that goes along Roaring Run before you head out. It's well worth the trip.

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5
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4
BaUeRPOWER0711   Cross Country Rider [Apr 18, 2009]

Apollo has something for everybody. If you are a casual rider, the rail trail is in excellent condition and provides beautiful scenery. Park benches are plentiful for resting areas. If you like life extreme, this is also the place for you. Roaring Run offers singletrack of all types: There are tons of agonizing climbs, all the roots and rocks a person can handle, tons of nasty decents, and plenty of fun log and rock obstacles. Scattered throughout the trails there are also skinny bridges that are fun to shoot across. If you are a fan of stream crossing to cool the legs off, there are several.

Customer Service

Immediately ride onto the double track on the left hand side (located right off the parking lot pavement). Follow this and take the excruciating hill that juts up on the left side (you'll know when you see it). Go pretty much to the top and there is some uphill single track that again is on the left. This is an excellent way to start. This trail runs for a long couple of miles. You will know where to go from there.

Similar Products Used: In Indiana, PA: Whites Woods - North 12th Street.
Also in Indiana PA: Yellow Creek State Park - Located off of 422

Both have miles of singletrack of different kinds.
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5
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4
Natalie   Weekend Warrior [May 29, 2007]

Roaring Run Trail is an awesome trail. Fun for all ages and from beginner rider to extreme rider. Many trails and great obstacles you will come across.

Customer Service

Every trail! Try them all.

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5
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5
scuba264   Weekend Warrior [Jul 06, 2006]

Best trails I've found in the Pittsburgh area. This place has something for every type of rider. Beautiful level and slightly hilly trails following the creek and river you can follow with your girl. Moderate hills and winding trails for a little more challenge are a little futher out. Riding further will bring you to extreme uphill battles and very technical downhills. Terrain changes like no other, from paved flat land to open grassy areas with wooden trail bridges to huge rocky parts and everything in between. If you are a rider of any level, GO TO ROARING RUN!

Similar Products Used: Frick Park, Boyce Park, Barking Slopes
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5
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5
rob412   Cross Country Rider [May 18, 2006]

Roaring Run has recently been added to my list of favorite trails in Western PA. This place has great trail variety with some premier technically challenging singletrack, limestone bike trail, connected by a network of fireroads. Come prepared for stream crossings, short and dramatic elevation changes, and a good collection of log and rock stunts.

The new section of trails are just across the bridge 1.6 miles down the bike trail from the parking lot and are loaded with technical obstacles. The older trails, which decorate the hillside between the parking lot and the waterfall at the top of Roaring Run.

One of the area highlights is a couple miles of fast doubletrack downhill which leads from the waterfall area back to the parking lot.

Customer Service

Pick up the singletrack along the left side of the bike trail. Drop down on the bike trail again and follow it across the bridge. Trailhead starts just across the bridge on the left. Climb the switchbacks which begin the new section. Take the trails down a couple miles and loop back back on the same hillside. Climb the bike trail along Roaring Run and to more singletrack treats on the other side of the waterfall.

Similar Products Used: Boyce Park
Frick Park
Hartwood Acres
Deer Lakes Park
Bavington State Game Lands
Bradys Run Park
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4
VALUE
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4
Mountainbiker33   Cross Country Rider [Mar 12, 2006]

Different areas throughout.. some fire road climbs and decents on the front and back sides of the ridge along the river. A nice selection of tight single track with some rocks but few logs or other obstacles. They added some new trails in the summer of 05 and are supposidly going to open some new ones, so keep checking it out.

Customer Service

Try the new section on the opposite side of the roaring run bridge. make an immediate lift and follow the (currently) orange marked trail up the hill. The trail will switchback up the hill and then head through some mostly flat sections along the side of the hill. The loop is ~5 miles and comes out right where you entered the single track. There are some bridges across the mine run-off areas which are very stable. This new section is less technical than a lot of the other trails there.

Similar Products Used: Boyce Park and Hartwood, even though its not that close
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5
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5
Don da Prez   [Jan 11, 2002]

This is one of my favorite places to ride. If you don't know it, you won't like it. It is a nice steep, twisty, rocky place with some of the prettiest scenery around. Fairly technical and will be getting even more technical as more trails magically appear. RESPECT THIS PLACE! We are there because the land managers are kind enough to let us ride there. Do not trash it or "fix" the trails. We like them as they are.

Customer Service

climb, climb, climb some more! Ride around in pretzel shapes and then bomb down and across. Honestly, the best way to do this place is to find a local. We can currently put together about 10 miles and by next spring should have another 5 miles worked in.

Similar Products Used: too many to list, Boyce, Frick, Hartwood, Harmarville, Laurel Mtn, etc, etc....
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4
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John G.   [Mar 06, 2002]

I do the race every year. It is a climb-fest. And the downhills can really sneak up on you. It is truly a local gem. The race course has lots of technical stuff and is not a packed down, rockless superhighway. Intermediate skill level is required. To go fast, you have to have endurance, fast recovery and know how to pick a line.

Customer Service

Follow the race course. 50 yards from the pavilion turn left and go up into the woods. Or, continue a couple 100 yards down the RailTrail and turn left onto the gas well access road. Up, up, up.

Similar Products Used: 16 miles away is Boyce Park in Monroeville.
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5
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charlie c.   [Oct 07, 2002]

this place is as good as it gets in Western PA and has it all (difficult and long climbs, wicked downhills, creek crossings, and tight and twisty singletrack). hit up the mosey inn (about 1/2 mile from trail head) after the ride and drink and eat with the few toothed locals.

Customer Service

race course is nice but the best singletrack is further back in the woods that I never would have found without Jon Erik.

Similar Products Used: boyce park, frick park, seven springs, deer lakes park
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5
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