Anything - Trail, Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania

Anything - Trail, Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania

DESCRIPTION

Anything from scenic rail trail to very technical rocky singletrack.

USER REVIEWS

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[Apr 03, 2009]
Williamsport Skyline Drive
Weekend Warrior

Williamsport Skyline Drive

This trail starts at the trailhead on Route 15. The trailhead is 5 miles south of Williamsport on the right hand side of Route 15. The trail starts out with a 500 foot vertical climb to the top of the mountain. Then the trail continues on top of the mountain to a T at Sulphur Springs Road. At the T, turn around and go back the way you came. It is 5.9 miles out, and 5.9 miles back for 12 miles total.

This trail is part asphault and part gravel and is closed to all motorized traffic. It provides and excellent view of the city of Williamsport and also the Williamsport reservoir.

This trail is a great after work route and is very close to Williamsport. It is a great workout with the hill climb.

Alternately, you can park at the trailhead at the T at Sulphur Spring Road and travel the opposite direction.

Customer Service

The recommended route is as described above.

5.9 miles out and 5.9 miles back for a total of 12 miles. Includes a great 500 vertical hill climb. Once on top, the trail travels next to all the TV towers which service Williamsport.

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There are trails around the Williamsport reservoir which are just down the hill from this route.

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4
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3
[Mar 04, 2008]
Jim Thorpe Trails
Cross Country Rider

See www.jttrails.wordpress.com for free trail maps.

Customer Service

all

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all

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3
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3
[Sep 19, 2005]
Beldrueger
Racer

My first exposure to biking in Pennsylvania was dissapointing. I've been riding for 5+ years and racing for 2. I've ridden trails in Texas (15+), Utah(Moab), Ohio(Vulture's Knob), Oklahoma, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Massachusetts(Lynn Woods, etc). For excitement and technical interest, my Jim Thorpe experience ranks near the bottom. I am not a freerider, but I do like technical twisty singletrack with lots of challenging sections that might make you get off your bike the first time through. The only times I had to put my foot down on this "advanced" trail were when I had to check the convoluted directions. I rented a bike from Blue Mountain sports and I must say that their service was great. I got a set of directions for the Twin Peaks trail, swapped on my clipless pedals and set off. My first dissapointment were the directions. I guess my definition of a "trail" usually doesn't include fire roads, asphalt, and over 20 seperate directions for a 19 mile trail. The only "advanced" sections of the trail were an extended rocky section and several unfun scree strewn downhill sections. The views were decent, but I stopped riding for the views about 4 years ago. I'm not going to give up on Jim Thorpe yet. I'll hire a guide next time. I'm moving to Philly in December, so I've got to find something good to ride. I'm moving from Dallas. Before you assume that Dallas can't have any good mountain biking, all the trails in Dallas are built for mountain biking by mountain bikers. That makes a HUGE difference. Dallas trails aren't world class, but they are fun, challenging, and great for racing. Given that, my top trails are Porcupine Rim in Moab, Vulture's Knob in Ohio, Lynn Woods in Mass, and Cameron Park in Waco. Those are all fun fun trails. My mental image of an exciting mountain bike trail doesn't include abandonded railroad lines.

Customer Service

Someone please tell me. I haven't found it yet.

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2
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3
[Sep 02, 2003]
cip
Cross Country Rider

Just went up to Thorpe for the day and had a blast. Lots and lots of variety...climbs, steeps, rocks, single track, mine trails. About 90% of the trails I rode were single track and very technical with rocks everywhere. There were some very challenging areas also that combined the rock and steep up/downhill slopes and loose soil. We rode Mt. Pisgah for hours without seeing anyone else and never going back on the same trail. There were a ton of killer views too. I highly recommend using a local guide because the trails there were confusing with a lot of turns and forks. We would have missed most of the cool stuff by exploring ourselves and surely would have gotten lost a few times. The local guide we used was Dan (guidejt@hotmail.com) who was very cool and extremely knowledgeable about the trails in the area. He is a strong rider who will push you hard but will take you on trails that match your level. He was very affordable (much less $ than group guides from bike shops) and took myself and a friend on a 4-hour ride and would have gone longer if we had the legs to continue. I plan on heading back to Thorpe again and will definetly ring him to put together another solid ride.

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First time in area so don't know any others. Typically ride at Wissahickon in Philly and Brandywine Cr State Park/Woodlawn in Delaware

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5
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4
[Jan 25, 2000]
Chad

First of all maybe HR should remove his banana seat and get something to protect his prostate(not that he needs it). Anyway, this whole town is cool. Get some maps at Blue Mt. and as you ride those trails you will find so many more trails you will have to move into town like I did. There is everything from rail trail to very technical rocky GREAT singletrack. Take the time to look and you will be rewarded. Check out the local bars at night and get some inside info if your lucky.(Not to mention two of the bars have Guiness on tap.)Check out Mt. bike weekend in June, its a great time with group rides and much more. Have Fun!!

Customer Service

Start at Blue Mt. Sports.

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Just keep looking.

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5
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[Feb 25, 2000]
HR

you must have a banana up your ass

Customer Service

ride in between the railroad tracks when the pass. train is coming.

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none

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1
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[May 09, 2000]
SPEE

MY FRIENDS AND I WENT TWICE TO BLUE MTN AND BOTH TIMES WE ASKED WHY WE EVER CAME. THE MAPS STINK AND THE TRAILS ARE NOT MARKED. IF YOUR GOING TO HAVE "THE BEST RIDING IN THE EAST", COLOR CODE THE TRAILS MAN! THERE ARE PROBABLY SOME GREAT TRAILS BUT YOU PROBABLY NEED A LOCAL TOUR GUIDE TO HELP FIND THEM. IT IS A NICE GET AWAY FROM THE CITY,BUT IF YOUR LOOKING FOR EASY TO FIND SINGLETRACK FORGET IT.

Customer Service

THE BEST ROUTE IS THE ON THAT TAKES YOU BACK HOME!

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GO TO CT.

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2
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[May 21, 2000]
Timber rattler

Jim Thorpe requires a couple of days of exploring to achieve the proper respect for the area. If you don't feel it is worth the time to explore, we who ride it daily won't miss you at all. If you do come back again beware the SNAKES.

Customer Service

The most recent reviewers can't follow maps and aparently have no sense of direction, so I recommend they stay home.

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Any state game land in Pa. (you will have to know how to read maps though, and maybe a compass. WOW)

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5
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[Sep 24, 2000]
RUDE DOG

JT is the BOMB!!! Mt biking at its best. All levels of riding will enjoy. My favorite riding is on Broad mtn. and the top of the mountain across from the lake. The only trail maps you can get you have to purchase at the bike shop. (which i will not give any advertising) The maps suck dirty penis. They will not mark the trails because the publiser of the trail maps works at the shop. The person who makes the maps SUCKS. Mark the fuc_ing trails. My buddies and I have been going map-less and haveing a blast. We locate the trail head we want and wing it. winging it is more fun than trying to follow those BS maps. JT is only a 2hr drive from home and worth every minute. JT is the host for the FAT Tire FEST and the Low KEY Phatty Phest. This year was the 3rd annual. You all must be saying, What is Phatty Phest? I have been riding all over the EC and JT rules. Next time you go to JT bring cans of spray paint and mark the trails.


Customer Service

ANY ROUTE. JUST RIDE

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not Blue Marsh

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5
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[Feb 15, 2001]
t

you can't go wrong in jt. advanced rider stay away from the switchback. the locals are all cool, and they can take you to poach some sweet secret singletrack. by the way rude dogs keep the paint cans at home.

Customer Service

find the overlooks on "the broad" and chill. downhills off the broad are long and hairy. best on the east coast. all rides are great. mix up em up. mt pisgah is the blast off. very technical drops. the rim trail. watch your ass there are gnarly 200 ft drops all over the place (old strip mines). not too many people know these trails which is a bonus to the locals. don't get lost.

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5
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