Montour Trail - Trail, Coraopolis/Moon Township, Pennsylvania

Montour Trail - Trail, Coraopolis/Moon Township, Pennsylvania

DESCRIPTION

This is a railtrail. However, it intersects with several different single track areas.

USER REVIEWS

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[Nov 12, 2013]
LLP359
Cross Country Rider

Montour Woods Conservation Area off Hassam Rd near the Montour Trail in Coraopolis. 5 miles of new single track built in summer 2013 connects with a couple more miles of dirt bike trails near the old Nike site. Steep climbs, hairpin switchbacks and flowy new bench cut downhill sections. Download maps from Hollowoak.org. Lots of potential here for more trails.

Recommended Route:
Park at Hassam Road, R onto Oil Well Trail, L onto Meeks Run Trail, R on Powerline Trail, follow to Hemlocks Trail to Cave Trail, back through Meeks Run trail to Oil Well to parking lot.

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RATING
5
VALUE
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5
[May 04, 2005]
TomGrayson1
Cross Country Rider

The Montour Trail now runs from Coraopolis to past Hendersonville, a distance of about 30 miles. Milepost 0 is at Coraopolis. Between mile 3 & 4, there was significant flood damage from the remnants of Hurricane Ivan, in Sept., 2004. Also near Cecil (about mile 24) there are 3 small breaks in the trail for which there are detours. Other portions of the trail are finished too, although they are smaller. It is a rail trail, so all grades are readily doable, as proof, I can easily do them. Couple neat tunnels too, mile 7, and at mile 27.

Customer Service

Try mile 6 from Cliff Mine Rd. to the US Rt 22 underpass @ mile 12, one long 6 mile upgrade, then have fun comming back downhill. Watch out for heavy traffic between mi 6 & 8 on weekends though.

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Panhandle Trail - same-type ride without the tunnels.

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4
VALUE
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2
[Nov 01, 2003]
Mike
Cross Country Rider

This is my training ride when I can't get out to other trails, during the week. It's an excellent opportunity to spin in the big ring without having to deal with traffic, dogs and the occasional bass boat being pulled behind a pick-up along the shoulder of the road. One does have to look out for the deer and turkies once you get past route 22. It's a well built and wonderfully maintained rail-trail with some opportunities for singletrack riding spurring off from the main trail. There is some local history with remnants of the railroad, the mines and their tailings and an occasional defunct oil rig. The trail association does a great job and their folks are very friendly and informative. The local trail-users, however, are the most unfriendly bunch of poopy-heads that I have ever seen! People: take the time to say "Hello" to those you meet, pass and see! It's really not that scarey. In other places, when two like-minded atheletes pass each other (runners, walkes, cyclists) there is always a wave and and a smile, even if they are both working hard to get up or down the trail. You are on a rail-trail in Pittsburgh, people, how serious can that be? Lighten-up and enjoy the trail, the views and the folks around you.

Customer Service

Coraopolis to the other end and back - about 34 miles.

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3
VALUE
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1
[Jan 09, 1999]
Rollo

This railtrail is pretty cool because it intersects with various single track. The first section of single track is after you pass the Montour Gunclub (don't worry they shoot they other way) on the right hand side going South. This is a short section but fun. Further up the trail near the Moon/Robinson YMCA are the Brother's Grimm trails which feature some steep climbs and technical stuff. These first two spots can be pretty rough as far as vegetation and bugs in the dead of summer. Wear some bug spray! Finally, after you pass the bikeshop in Clinton, there is a nice section of Single track off to the left, through some old strip mining area. There is a cool downhill that leads to the end (for now) of the railtrail.

Customer Service

Start from the North and head South, ie going upshill on the way up/ downhill back.

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Brother's Grimm is the most technical spot, and goes on for awhile. I'm not sure what havic the new Kaufman's has caused in the higher elevations.... Also, Settler's Cabin Park is nearby. Lot's of good riding there, but watch for the deer ticks. 2 Bikeshops on the trail. One by the Brother's Grimm Trails (actually in the old Brother's Grimm bar building) has some gear, refreshments & Gary Fisher bikes. The other in Clinton has refreshments, repairs, rentals and Raleigh. Finally, in Coraopolis is Wolfe's Bikestore. They have Schwinn & Mongoose, repairs, also BMX stuff.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Mar 04, 1999]
keith

Its a pretty place, good for LSD. At the upper trail end (compass direction unknown) follow the old rr bed to a strip mine for more interesting and technical stuff. One of the nicer rail-trails around. I found that the singletrack adjacent to the trail was too steep, too muddy, too short, and/or led to pvt property immediately.

Customer Service

the upper terminus

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Lots of old strip mines around. I'll submit some

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2
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[Aug 16, 1999]
Mel

I know the upper part of the trail closer to the airport is great for riding the trails up there are really cool.

Customer Service

I think that this trail has alot to offer but But they need to have the singletrack trails marked alittle more. I know the last time I was out there it wasnt marked to well. But its a great trail any way.....

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I dont know of any let me know if you know of any

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3
VALUE
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[Oct 19, 1999]
Toolshed

The rail-trail is fun if you're really young or really old. The Brother's Grimm singletrack area near the Coraopolis end of the trail used to be rad, but Kaufmanns's dept. store took care of that.

Customer Service

Parkway to Montour Run exit. Park in office park or at Wickes Furniture.

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Do yourself a favor and take to rail trail towards Clinton until you hit the crazy 6-way intersection. Take Enlo Road all the way for some great riding in the Clinto area.

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3
VALUE
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[Nov 18, 2000]
Debra Brewer

Many trail lots to choose from. Park anywhere from Corapolis and along trail to Boggs which is the trail end at this time. Will eventually connect to Cecil which is another section of finished trail. The slight upgrade which continues for at least 1 mile at the end of the trail to Boggs (if you started at Coraopolis) is a great section of the trail. Going back is even better.
From Coraopolis trail has several road crossings which seem to be getting busier. Interesting scenery as trail passes through business area where workers walk, then newly developing homesites, on to less developed wooded areas. Creek along trail is heavily fished during trout season. Has railroad tunnel that recently had lighting added. Great addition. Easy ride. Fun for all family members. Watch for walkers and dogs! Be careful at crossings.

Customer Service

Park along Montour Run if you take Montour Exit off Parway West. Many lots to choose from - easily accessible. 9 miles of trail from Coraopolis to Boggs.

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Yough trail from Connellsville to Ohiopyle is a nice day trip.

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3
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