Lamb's Gap - TRAIL

Lamb's Gap - Trail, Harrisburg/Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

Lamp's Gap has everything from screaming dirt road descents to rocky, rooty, wet single track. Some of the people I ride with refer to Lamb's Gap as "a rat's maze," but whatever your likes and riding style you can pretty much find it all.

PLEASE NOTE: those who use the Lambs Gap trail, on State Gamelands 170 in Perry County, the designated trail for riding is PAST the gate off of Idle Rd and NOT the trail that begins in the back corner of the parking lot at the top of Lamps Gap Rd. This trail is for foot traffic only. It is unlawful for mountain bike or horseback riding.

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jmiah   Cross Country Rider [Apr 16, 2012]

Rode this area yesterday and had a blast. There are a few different options to choose from depending on what you are looking for. You have to pay attention to the signs though as many of the trails are prohibited from MTB use. If you see a red sign with a no-no sign on it for horses and bikes, STAY OFF. Don't ruin a good thing for everyone else. This is no Michaux, but there are fun trails and some challenging climbs if that's what you're in to.

Start at the parking lot off of Lamb's Gap Road and ride down the road, making the first turn onto Idle Road. This is a great descending fire road that you can either ride all the way down for giggles, or jump off at the first trail to your left. That is the trail we missed! We went too far down and found some other trail to ride and rode it for quite a while and got a bit turned around. By the time we rode back up, we were spent and went home. Next time we'll be sure not to miss the trailhead.

Customer Service

It may be hard to see when you are screaming down that rocky fire road, but try to keep an eye out on your left for the trailhead. It will be marked with a green triangle sign saying that it is okay to ride on. Gonna hit that next time!!!

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ike.b   Weekend Warrior [Mar 27, 2011]

After being closed for along time many mountain bikers are returnig to State Game Lands 170 to ride the trails. These trails are very close to the greater Harrsiburg area. Directions: I81 to route 944W/Wertzville Rd. to Lambs Gap Rd. or Millers Gap Rd. From Lamb's Gap parking lot at top of mountain or Miller's Gap parking lot at top of mountain many of the trails can be accessed.

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Ultimate Loop (13.95 Miles)
Millers Gap parking lot; To Darlington Tr. East bound, to Lambs Gap parking lot (2.8mi.),
Old Darlington Tr., to Tower Rd.(3.5mi.),
Tower Rd. North to New Darlington Trailhead (.80mi.),
New Darlington Tr. to Intersection of Holtz Rd. Tr.(1.9mi.),
Holtz Rd. to Rockyroad Tr.(.25mi.),
Rockyroad Tr. to Lambs Gap Rd.(.65mi.),
Bottom Tr., to White Tr.(1.35mi.),
White Tr. To Orange Tr.(1.75mi.).
Orange Tr. to Toothpick Tr. (.80mi., Millers Gap Parking Lot.(.15mi

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mntndog   Weekend Warrior [Sep 08, 2010]

I have an update to the Lambs Gap reviews. Great short loop and tons of fun. Get out there and ride this place before hunting season opens!

Customer Service

Park at the top lot on the right hand side of Lambs Gap road at the very top. Head out across the road and start to ride the trail heading WEST on the ridge. You will know you are on the right trail as it starts with a very steep climb. Keep heading out west on this trail until about the 2 mile marker when you will see a split in the trail, head right. This trail will send you downhill at a good pace and dump you out on Millersgap road. Bomb down the road about 200 yards to the 2nd parking lot on your right. Stop at that parking area and head back in the woods on the trail there, this is the famous toothpick alley. Follow this great twisty turning single track all the way down into the valley. At the first intersection head right on the trail. Not too long after you will have an option to head left, take it. This trail will send you up a climb of the back ridge. Once at the top of the climb wind around to the right and start to ride East on the back ridge. This trail will eventually send you out across IDLE road at the top of IDLE road. Once across IDLE head along the trail to a steep down hill, take it. At the bottom of the downhill take a right and follow the trail out into a parking area at the bottom of IDLE road. Head back across IDLE into the woods there and ride along the creekbed. Stay along the creekbed until the trail crosses the creek to riders left. Head up the trail from the creek into the woods. Stay to the left at the fork and continue on that trail. The trail will bring you up a hill and dump you out on a fireroad. Make a left, ride until you reach IDLE road and make a right. Ride all the way back to the top of IDLE road and back to the car. 8.3 miles of pure fun...only about 1:15 minute ride!!

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mntndog   Cross Country Rider [Dec 05, 2009]

This place is alive and kickin!!! Im loving Lambs Gap as it has returned as an incredible mountain biking area just above the city of Harrisburg. Awesome 10.5 mile loop that wont disappoint with very technical sections and some great decents as well.

Customer Service

Leave to the top lot at the top of millersgap and head out east along the ridge. Cross Lambs gap road and head into the parking lot there at the top of the mountain. Head out the back of the parking lot to continue on sweet singletrack out further east on the ridge. Bomb down the most technical rocky downhill you would ever want and continue straight thru all intersections down as far as you can. Hammer thru the woods on the singletrack, cross Lambs gap road, enter back into the woods again and hammer single track again, cross the creek then continue straight until you see an uphill climb on your right. Climb uphill to the top of the ridge and cross IDLE road at the top.Continue up the ridge way out as the trail winds up and around the top of the ridge, then bombs down the backside. Climb up thru toothpick alley and out to Millersgap road, then back up to the top lot. 10.4 miles

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Boulderclimber   Weekend Warrior [Sep 24, 2003]

I find the Game commision's comments ironic. Coming from an entity who, for the right amount of money, will pave over wetlands and allow letgalized dumping. I understand the rampid use of this land and have seen the distruction of this land by ignorant bikers. Why not education or permits to help protect this land. It seems to work out west. But the game commision is run by a group of backwards thinking red knecks. Trust me I know most of them. It's just another reason I left Central PA.

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Brad Smith   [Dec 19, 1998]

I look forward to riding these trails everytime I return to the Harrisburg area. It has a lot to offer and many different trail conditions so it doesn't become a drag to ride.

I've riddent hese trails since '92 and they always seem to offer a fair amount of challenge and a healthy dose of fun.

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Any

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Eric and Doug   [Jan 02, 1999]

Brad (Clks. Smmt.) is the king of all mountain bikers.

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Take your pick of the maze of incredible, technical single track trails. All trails seem to offer a challenge at some point.

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Charlie Bise   [Jan 10, 1999]

Most people park at the top of the mountain but if your skill level isn't up to climbing back up the mountain at the end of the ride try parking at the bottom of the mountain and sticking to the lower trail system (Take a left just after you see the top parking lot on the dirt road and you'll see another parking lot at the bottom on the right.)
Scenic over look of Susquehanna River and Seven counties. From the top parking lot you can head east on a rocky fireroad for about 4 miles, trail will end where the mountain does, Mountain drops straight down to the river.
A desend loop of about 10 miles; From top parking lot go east about 1.5mi turn left straight down the mountain go all the way to the bottom. Fireroad will turn into single track as go through the valley. You will cross an asphalt and dirt road. You will find many trails to explore, but if you stay in the bottom on the valley headed west you will eventually end up on a dirt road (the second dirt Rd.)called Millers Gap Rd. turn left and climb to the top of the mountain turn left at the very top, follow trail to parking lot.
Lambs Gap is definitely a trail system worth trying out

Customer Service

ANY! One of the best things about this place is you can make your own route based on your skill level! From as small as 1.5 miles of relatively flat terain to 14.5 miles with a mix of hills, fireroads and single track.

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andy   [Jan 18, 1999]

The Duck trail joins the Toothpick and bridges the gap between Lamb's Gap and Miller's Gap.
Trail maintenance has been very good, and thankfully far exceeds the level of imagination of local naming conventions.
Lots of logs and 'obstacles' to keep you honest. If you aren't yet, and wanna be, this trip will turn you into a log lovin' fool.

Customer Service

Duck to Toothpick. From the top parking lot, follow dirt road 3/4 down hill. Look left for gated entrance.

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sasquatch   [Mar 22, 1999]

big, bad rocks!!! i think i have destroyed 1/2 douzaine tubes, a tire, my body, and 2 big chainrings here over the years. punishing, but that's half the fun!!!

Customer Service

i park at the top, go uphill on the trail to the right of the lot, then make a left-handed u-turn to start the downhill. hammer down through the rock garden till you hit the road. cross the road and you will see the trail continue. follow it across the creek and up the hill. if you take the 2nd right turn after the climb you can add a short climb with a sweeeet descent to the loop(just keep turning right). cross the road and there is some more singletrack, but i don't remember how i did it. the infamous brad smith showed me a few years ago when i was in the area.

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