Michaux - TRAIL

Michaux - Trail, Carlisle Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Single track & double track - rocky extreme technical single track

User Reviews (9)

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Rusty Shakleford   Cross Country Rider [Feb 11, 2013]

Michaux is expansive and covers a large area: Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Caledonia State Park, and Mount Alto, Long Pine reservior-- just to name a few locations you can ride from. The big parking area on Bendersville Rd is probably my least favorite area; a lot of ATV junked up trails. A lot of hills too, no matter where you are in Michaux. It's like some kind of geographical oddity: you start out on some big climb, you climb some more, keep climbing, and finally you climb one more hill and you're back where you started.

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I highly recomend riding with someone or a group familiar with the trails. You'll never see all Michaux has to offer in 1 day, not even 2.

Similar Products Used: Watershed in Maryland
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PAmtbiker   Racer [Jan 14, 2011]

Michaux is my absolute favorite place to ride. Ever. Went to college in Carlisle so Michaux, although I started riding in high school, has shaped me as a ride more than any other place. I've ridden Rockrock/Bald Eagle and trails around Harrisonburg, VA but Michaux is the place where I will always come back to and never get bored of. These trails are hard, no doubt about that. Really hard. They easily match with the hardest trails anywhere else in the country. Trails usually include the following things: Rocks, climbs, roots, rocks, bigger rocks, smaller rocks, fast flowy singletrack with and without rocks, rocks, and climbs. If you like those things, you will like Michaux. There are also efforts going on to make more sweet ridge-top trails in the area, which are the best kind.

Customer Service

For your first time out, get a PATC Map from the Pine Grove Furnace State Park Office. That map does not have anywhere close to all the trails, but it will show you major roads, and if you know how to use a map properly it may help you if and when you get lost. For your second time out, find a local to guide you. There are plenty and most of them are willing to give someone a tour of the classics.

Similar Products Used: The Frederick Watershed. Same mountain, only in Maryland, except the trails feel totally different because they have been built for mountain biking. Don't let that fool you into thinking they're easy though...
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louieharris   Weekend Warrior [May 16, 2006]

We camped at Pine Grove Furnace Park and rode from camp Sunday morning. We did like a 2-1/2 hour ride. It starts with road up, real rocky at the top and then gets real nice and smooth towards the bottom. AWESOME RIDE.


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GET MAP AT OFFICE. It costs a few bucks but well worth it. Dont be a cheap ass... Start in State Park groupds and go up hill on Bendersville Road to warm up. At top, make right on ATV trail (#41). These are very rocky trails. We tried to follow trail #35 and #33 but signs are sparce and confusing. Look for #32 and take the short switchback up to the top of the knob hill which has awesome views and trails as well. It's pretty much all down from here with awesome sweeping turns with high berms. It's real nice and a little smoother and faster than the top. What a great ending!!!

Similar Products Used: Hit the Michaux West Slope Trail (west of Rt 233) See my review on that trail.
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magnum   Weekend Warrior [Jan 30, 2004]

The trails here are incredible. If you want a challenge, you will find it here. Anyone that says that these trails are too hard...may just be being honest! It takes little courage to attack some of these trails, but its a blast.

Customer Service

After a few days of heavy rain, take the trail that starts at the end of the parking lot. After the rain, the entire trail floods and you go down a wicked fast downhill in 6 inches of flowing water. I do not have disc brakes...which makes this even more exhilerating! Keep going until about 4 trails connect and make a sharp left...go back up the mountain on another trail into oncoming water!

Similar Products Used: This isn't a trail, but there is a utility road next to the parking lot. Ride out about 4 miles or so and then turn around a come back. The whole way back is on a downhill grade with blind turns. I almost took out 4 deer at about 45 mph on the mountain bike!
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Biker X   [Sep 23, 2001]

The closest thing to Michaux in PA is Fell Mt in Carbondale. Any route from Piney Mt Road up into the forest is nice or Log sled road cuts right through Michaux. Grave ridge in either direction is awesome.
There's tons of technical riding at Michaux just follow any of tht ATV trails(marked "Most Difficult").

Customer Service

Park on the Pine Grove Furnace lot on Bendersville road
(Bendersville road is off rt 233 which is off rt 81 I believe its the Newville exit just south of Carlisle)

Similar Products Used: There are so many trails in this forest its mind bending - they are all quality trails. Print the map from the link listed. It shows a lot of the trails ridden on the annual Michaux Iron Masters race.
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Jimmy Degatino   [Jan 28, 2002]

I decided try some new trails and headed over to michaux. I am sorry to say but it will be that last time I ride there. The only trails in michaux seem to be washed out atv trails. There are so many rocks there its impossible to ride there with out cutting the side walls of your tires. Don't even waste your time traveling there unless you like rocks, sucky atv trails and tons of clear cuts.

Customer Service

None. Michaux is a horrible place to ride.

Similar Products Used: After riding there I have to spend $300 for chiropractic adjustments. Believe me stick with Faremount Park. Michaux sucks.
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Nick   [Jun 20, 2002]

The trails are nasty!! lots of rocks on the ATV sections, if you have roadie tendencys stay away, but if you like hard trails you will have a blast

Customer Service

Gettysburg bicycle has maps of the races on their website, the only time I've been to Michaux and had a good ride, is during the races or with locals, its's hard to find your way around.
http://www.gettysburgbicycle.com/events.htm

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Zach   [Aug 27, 2002]

This trail system is not for pussies like our Philly friend there. i have busted many a tube and just had to buy 2 brand new weels due to irreperal damaged occoured on 1/2 a season worth of riding these trails. if you love the tough stuff, and some insane downhill this is utopia in PA. otherwise, stay home or hit a rail-trail.

Customer Service

233 to Bendersville Rd. park at top of mountain big stone lot. look out for ATV riders

Similar Products Used: any, trails extend from Pine Grove Furnace to Caledonia. Pock, ride and love it. An easy method is to look for white markers at trail heads and intersections. all markers have color coded difficulty ratings. believe these markers, easy is not necessarily easy though, remember these are ATV trails, for ATVs your borrowing them.
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  [Apr 20, 2003]

If you go up the road the goes through Pine Grove St Furnace at the top is a HUGE parking lot. From here you can take many trails down either side of the Mountain. There is also a road "Mountain Ridge Road" that will lead you out further to more trials. These trials are mostly the ATV trials. They are VERY rocky and some are almost impossible. Especially the ones labeled "Most Difficult". These are fun and there are some BITCHIN Downhills. But there are better trials here

If you park at the furnace. and ride out to RT 233. Take a left. You can then ride up Old Shippensburg Road. This will lead you to the start of a trial that follows a logging road to "Michaux Rd" take a right and yell see the trial on your left after like 50 feet. Ride this. There are many diff ways to do it; it splits 2 or 3 times. Each has a nice DH in it someplace. Keep Going "RIGHT" to extend your ride.

Another great place to start is on 233. Drive past the entrance to the furnace. And about 2 miles or so up the road will be a dirt pull off on the right side. Its big you cant miss it. Start here and go into the woods. You will come to a bridge over a stream. Follow this RT keeping to the right. It will lead you to some very technical up hill. The up hill will end with a hard climb up some S turns. At the top of this go left. (This is also where the above trial will bring you. If you stay right)

After taking the left follow this single track to you hit a road "Woodrow Road" its a good climb up Woodrow Road till you get to a big right turning the road, you can head into the woods right there. (Ignore any signs you see) this Single Track is BADASS isnt ridden much cause its hidden. This will take you along the ridge for a long time. It will dump you in an opening. Take a left down the grassy road. This DH is FAST and it turns back into ST quickly. This will snake its way down the ridge and dump you on another grassy road. Take this till you hit a dirt road. (Woodrow Road again) take a left and go like 200 yards. Yull see a trial on your right. Take this and it will bring you back to the bridge on the stream. Its a great ride. Best in Michaux IMO.

Customer Service

There are so many. im listen some places to start below. I ride here at least twice a week. Every time you can find a new trail. Miles and miles of trials

Similar Products Used: If it looks like a trail it is a trail. RIDE IT nave fun
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