Michaux State Forest West Slope - Trail, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania

Michaux State Forest West Slope - Trail, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania


This is awesome loop with real nice dirt and not many rocks. It has nice long climbs and long decents with rock ledges to get some air. Most of these trails are in Pine Trees so the dirt is soft and smooth. There are roots and some rocks but overall it is AWESOME!!! Start at perking lot (See below) Go up little hill into the woods and stay to the right. Follow for a little while and you will go down nice hill. At bottom follow trails to the left. You will come to a bridge over a stream. Cross bridge and go 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." It''s a good climb up Woodrow Road till you get to a big right turn in the road, and look for trailhead on left. Head into the woods right there. (Ignore any signs you might see, but there were none when we went) This Single Track is BADASS and isn''t 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. You''ll see a trial on your right. Take this and it will bring you back to the same bridge on the stream. Cross bridge and head right. Follow this and it will bring you back to the parking lot.


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[Nov 21, 2009]
Michuax Guy
Cross Country Rider

This is a nice place to ride. Some techincal skill is required. The climbs around here are not for the weak. Carry plenty of food and water and a good map too. You can get lost for hours. The nice part is the areas are all bounded by dirt roads so calling it a day is easy if your spent.

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Climb up the trails like described. Then go up the road. At the switchback take the trail on the right (facing uphill) and climb some more. (as described) At the top go right INSTEAD of left. At the top of the two track (100 yeards?) keep left and watch very close for a trail head within 20 yards. That trail takes you out the top of the ridge. The view from the rocky outcrops is great, watch for them. Following it (about 1.5mile) will dump you back out on the two track. Turn right to head back. On the way back keep an eye out for a single track on your left. Take this out the ridge to the top of the dirt road you climbed earlier. Once on dirt you can bomb down or cross over to find a trail down. Full suspension is good for this. SS rigid of you like pain.

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There are better trails in the area. Park at the furnace, ride to the top of 233 and ridge road. Turn right and go out ridge road (dirt). Turn left at first gate and once you hit the clearing ride toward the back left side. Single track starts there. This takes you all the way to Buck Ridge Trail on some seriously fun single track. The first few hundred yards are painful but the rest is great. Once at Buck ridge trail, bomb down 100 yards to Hammond Rocks trail marked with a post. Turn left and follow this to the road. Cross the road and go through gate. Follow two track 100 yards and hit the single track in front of you. (its obvious) It will take you around a great view of the ridge and then bomb you down to the bottom. Once at the bottom (just keep going down) follow the deer enclosure down to the dirt road and turn right. Follow dirt road to next (main) dirt road and turn left. This brings you to big lake north of the furnace. Ride the bike trail back to the furnace (2-3 miles flat?) (see Pine grove maps) or find another way back, there's trails. Total ride time here is 2-3 hours. See www.racemichaux.com 40 miler maximus map for not very good details. Its a map!

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