Settler's Cabin - Trail, Carnegie, Pennsylvania

Settler's Cabin - Trail, Carnegie, Pennsylvania

DESCRIPTION

Flat singletrack with plenty of slippery mud when it rains. Lots of drop-offs from the main trail leading to endless other trails. Lots of hikers and dog walkers. Be careful of deer ticks. Lyme disease abounds.

USER REVIEWS

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[May 12, 2010]
Skibo68
Weekend Warrior

Trails around the groves have been cleared. These are easy and flat trails. There's a decent down hill section near the park office that lead into the valley behind the office. In the valley, there is some decent riding in the up-stream direction, but recent flooding has made it difficult and this part is often used by ATVs.

Customer Service

Start at tennis courts, follow trail past old park road. Go up short steep hill and turn left into woods. Stay right, follow downhill to just before creek meets road and take hard right following creek. At next stream crossing in swampy area, take hill straight ahead to power line palteau. Follow uphill back to park office road. Follow improved road back to shelters. Takes about an hour. Section past old park road is difficult.

Similar Products Used:

Bavington State game lands, South Park.

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3
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3
[Feb 09, 1999]
RacerX

once on the main trail go to the end turn left go to top of pretty good hill turn left cool drop in leads back to main trail like all the trails do . good spot to just explore and chill out or to rip it hard depending on the drop ins u can find

Customer Service

follow same directions

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3
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[Apr 12, 1999]
Hugh

This is probably one of the best kept secrets around. Most people don't even know that its here. It has just about any and everything that you could want. Steeps, long cruising sections, logs, mud, creeks, you name it. This is a good place to go.

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4
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[Jun 29, 1999]
Brad

I rode the main trail, which is flat and fast, for about an hour and never reached the end. I then rode back and took several of the branch-offs. Many of them provided good, somewhat technical, long climbs. The main train heads out then doubles back, any trail that branches off during this part goea down into a ravine and then up the other side. Pretty good climb. In all I rode for about 2 1/2 hours and never saw the same stuff twice.

Customer Service

Take the main trail as far as you can go. Many good branch-offs all along the way. The main trail is easy, flat, fast singletrack, the branch-offs can get more challenging both technically and aerobically.

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4
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[Dec 14, 1999]
Andy

One of the best trails I've ridden. Many obstacles and alot of mud keep the long trail interesting. In heavy mud, it took about two hours to ride the full trail. Mostly flat, some good climbs and drops. check it out if you can.

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4
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[Mar 30, 2000]
Craig

This is a flat unexciting ride. I take my wife there to spend the "quality time" with her. It is only an out and back trail with no good length loops

Customer Service

Follow main trail to end, go left across road and up the BIG hill. Stay to the left and it will take you to another trail section

Similar Products Used:

Deer Lakes, Hartwood Acres

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2
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[Feb 26, 2001]
Jason

The main part of the trail most people know about starts at the tennis courts and ends up at the old crumbling asphalt service road the park office building sits on. (The office is up the hill about 150 yards away from where the trail dumps out at the other end.) This section is pretty flat and you will almost always come across a couple other people on your ride. You may also come across a few wild turkeys on the end closest to the service road. There are a few side trails that branch off of this one, which lead down into the adjacent valleys but don't go that far.

The real fun starts on the *other* side of the service road. Once you cross you are immediately presented with a choice:

1. Going straight ahead will take you up a short steep hill; after that bear right and you will come out in the open under the power lines. Follow the trail down the drop on the left and it will level out again, and will take you behind Bayer's buildings and put you back onto the main road that passes through the park. (You will be at Greer Road by the water tower). This part of the trail is pretty level as well, although there is a decent hill (not technical, just steep) at the end to get you back up to the road.

2. The more technical section: Making a quick left after you cross the service road you will drop down to the stream, cross it and go back up the hill. At the top the tail splits right and left - a right will take you back to the power lines described above. Left will work its way down the hill and you will eventually end up on the road at the bottom. Make a right on the road and follow it to the little bridge that crosses the stream. (A left at the road would lead you around to where that broken service road dumps out.)

Another choice: at the bridge you can either go left or right back into the woods. Left works its way up that big hill you're staring at, a pretty demanding climb, and at the top you will come out on some old doubletrack, which will end up at an old service road with places to explore back there. If you do it right, you will come out pretty darn close to the town of Oakdale.

A right turn will keep you down in the valley and follow the stream. (This is usually very wet and muddy!) Over the past few years a beaver has moved in, and he has been busy building dams, so the valley is slowly filling up with water. The trail is still rideable, although there may be a place or two you have to carry your bike for a few yards. Once past the dams you will continue to follow the creek, and there are a few trails that brach off. Unfortunately, this is the lowest elevation of this whole ride, so the only way out is up!

For any part of this ride, be prepared for flats. Every other time I ride here I get thorns in my tubes. Also, these trails are very slow to dry out, since most of them are in the woods and there are several streams. Please try to avoid making the ruts any deeper or the trails any wider. Further, beware of the creek crossings upstream of the beaver dams. More than once my entire front wheel has completely disappeared into what I thought was a nice solid bottom, only to find out it was bottomless muck.

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3
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[May 13, 2001]
Clem

The relatively flat, generally muddy main trial is excellent for beginner riders, and/or an impromptu race among friends and is about a 7 mile loop. Ask one of the runners for the full loop. Flats are indeed common if u venture into the trees/weeds. Never seen/had a tick but there is generally poison ivy on in the trees/weeds. There are many, many side trails off the main trail including a bunch of mx trails that are on the other side of the valley, across the road, from the main trail. Some of it is marked private and u gotta watch out for the dirt bikes(i'm one of them sometimes) but i've never had a problem. Inside the park u can find alot of whatever u are looking for except it is not too long and the down hill runouts are short:( Get on the mx trails(you'll see the ruts and the 4 wheel tracks), and u can really get yourself in trouble:) Like any decent trail, u gotta be willing to get lost to find the good stuff. Not hardcore everywhere, but better than most have described if you are adventerous and find the right trails.

Customer Service

As above depending on experience.

Similar Products Used:

Moraine, Bavington, Boyce, Frick, 7Springs, Hidden Valley, Mickeys(in OH)

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4
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[Jul 16, 2001]
Dale

very muddy ride . its a excellent fast ride very flat deep mud puddlesits noit a very technical ride some trials of the main trial .

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3
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[Jul 24, 2001]
natas

A lot of trails are not being used. Try one of the many cut offs from the main trail, some look like deer trails but turn into killer downhills. Many more trails can be made by cutting off from the main trail, a little work and a lot of riding and this place will only get better. Have fun and ride hard.

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3
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