Moraine State Park - TRAIL

Moraine State Park - Trail, Butler, Pennsylvania

Starts out as very technical single track. Once you get into the woods it calims down a little and it's up and down hill from their. About 90% singletrack and about 10% fire roads.

User Reviews (27)

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Mheary   Cross Country Rider [Nov 11, 2012]

Did this trail for the 1st time today. Trail was covered with leafs but in very good condition. Started out parked on fire road under power lines jumped into woods. Great single track for several miles. Challenging technical obstacles but nothing I would rate as expert up to this point. Once got to lake went up fire road hill part way. This it the red blaze. About a mile more of great intermidiate level single track. Then I hit a massive bolder garden with awesome trails over the boulders. Most more than I could handle and I am pretty sure I was going the wrong direction. Lost site of the red blaze ended up on a blue blaze which I found out is a hiking only trail. Got back on fire road made way back to car. About 6 miles. I look forward to returning before winter

Customer Service

Not sure yet. Red blaze is great

Similar Products Used: North park
Hartwood acres
Hilman
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
AJ Johnson   Cross Country Rider [Aug 20, 2012]

I rode the large loop of this trail with my girlfriend this past Sunday. We started from the Mt. Union parking lot. We avoided the two smaller loops on the right as you climb by staying left with the intention of making this ride as easy as possible. There are at least three relatively steep climbs under the power lines between Mt. Union and Alexander Ridge Rd. The difficulty about the power line singletrack is that there is a lot of overgrowth and a lot of pricker bushes. Plan on coming out of there with some scratches on your arms and legs.
We descended the western part of the large loop down to Lake Arthur. There are some technical sections and some really smooth and fast sections as well. After getting to the bottom of the trail, there are a couple ways to ride down to the marina and check out the beautiful views. The trail then meanders near the woods close to the lake for another mile or so before crossing a gravel road. After crossing the gravel road we entered the large rock garden on the eastern part of the loop. Huge boulders and steep grades made for about ¾ of a mile of hike-a-biking. Some of the boulders were difficult to walk up. Once we got to the top of the climb there was some nice log and rock features that were much easier to navigate. All-in -all a nice, technical ride that will challenge even experience riders.
I would only recommend this trail to above-average mountain bikers who like technical riding.
We camped at Breakneck Campground which I would recommend for tent camping.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
mccartney7499   Cross Country Rider [Jul 30, 2010]

Rode here for the first time today. Have to say, I felt almost disappointed in the technical nature of this trail after reading reviews. I was expecting a non-stop rock fest. There are good technical sections, but they are spread out over the loop. Also, what an earlier post mentions about the bugs, poison ivy and jagger bushes is absolutely true. The trail (at least right now) is so grown in that it's impossible to avoid. Did find and ride the new PTAG downhill which is full of some sick stuff. Worth checking out even if you end up walking parts of it. The creativity in using the natural features here is incredible.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
burtronix   Weekend Warrior [Aug 26, 2008]

This has an intermediate rock garden right up front for at least a half mile. I thought I knew how to ride rocks, but I gave up on this trail. When I go back, I'm going to have better suspension & shin/elbow protection. A week later I did my first XTerra triathlon, & the rock gardens killed me. Moraine is where I'll go to brush up on my rock skills.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
dudecolby   Cross Country Rider [Mar 28, 2008]

My brother and I (19 and 23 respectively) grew up just a couple miles away on a back road near the trail head. The two of us ride with a friend of ours, averging once a week in the summer, almost exclusively this trail, and never get tired of it(me with a stiffy GT Telera, haha). It is rocky and technical like everyone has said. The log piles look scary but are easier and more fun than they look. It is a full body workout though. We like to think we're tough for surviving this trail, but haven't ridden anywhere else, except Kennerdale, to really compare. My brother laughs about how much easier Kennerdale is. Fun story, our 54 year old dad has done this trail on his 25 year old heavy cushioned seat comfort bike. he walked a lot of it, but even he was excited to come back and ride again! lol.

Some additions are being added to the trail, they look technical but pretty exciting.

The trail maintenance guys do a nice job, and we're hoping to connect with them some time this summer to help them out.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Benjamin   Cross Country Rider [Nov 07, 2006]

It has a lot of technical lines..... And a lot of fun little log crossings a bridge here or there and some great climbing if your on a single speed....

Customer Service

I like to loop it backwards .... Which means follow the power line till you dump into the single track in the woods and rather than bustin a right down hill to the lake (like to whole world does), follow the single track to the left and head to the second parking lot (alexander rd)and zoom down the fire road... Then you can ride next to the lake for a while, hangin whith some sail boats next to the shore.... maybe take a min to suck wind and take it all in keeping you mind right.... Climb back up some awesome tecky stuff and do it again if you want.. And don't forget it is only an eight mile loop at best..

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Shiva   Cross Country Rider [Jun 09, 2006]

They weren't kidding when they said it was rocky. It makes the rocks gardens at seven springs seem like a paved road, it makes the trails at Apollo seem just a little "bumpy."

I have a 5x5 bike, and riding downhill over the rocks was a lot of fun. Going uphill if you don't have the speed, or dont' know the trails (or both in my case)you will have to get off your bike numerous times to push over the rocks. Some really cool log crossings that look a lot harder than they are.

Overall, I had trouble with route finding (perhaps because of recent trail maintenance or recent fallen trees?) and it wasn't very long. If your looking for technical, rocky, unique experience, give it a try.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Gears   Cross Country Rider [Aug 11, 2005]

This trail can be the most grueling 7 miles you will ever ride. It is super technical the ENTIRE ride. There are no huge hills just short up and downs. It gets pretty buggy in the summer and there can be a lot of thorns on the power line section. The park service and your tax dollars have put a ton of work into this trail and it has really improved since I used to ride it in the mid 1990's. I am rating it as a 3 due to the poor sceenery, bugs, thorns, and other better trails within 1 hour of Pittsburgh. Get out there and ride it.

Customer Service

Follow the trail

Similar Products Used: Kennerdale, Minister Creek, Riverview Park
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
Rob-Bob   Cross Country Rider [Jul 26, 2004]

This is a very technical track with a nice mix of ups and downs. The trail maintenance group has done alot of work to keep this trail in the shape that it is in. There are alot of rock sections and some very large log crossings (take a look at some of these before attempting them, some of them are a little sketchy). Overall this is a very fun trail with enough variety to keep you on your toes.

Customer Service

Start at trailhead and follow the loop. (a map is available at the park office)

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Fleaman13   Weekend Warrior [Feb 14, 2004]

This is definately a good technical trail. This was one of the first trails I ever rode when I began riding. Overall, it's one of the better trails I've ever been on.

Customer Service

Follow the loop.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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