Hidden Valley Ski Resort - TRAIL

Hidden Valley Ski Resort - Trail, Somerset, Pennsylvania

Tons of good riding. MTB race trails at the resort, X-country ski trails, single-track, fire roads. Miles and miles of trails. Good stuff.

User Reviews (9)

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John G   [Nov 28, 1999]

I rode this area during a race. It's got a little bit of everything. Lung burning ski slope climb, sweet singletrack on top, nice down hill.

Can be technical. But it can also be intermediate. Have fun.

Customer Service

Unsure, check bike shop at resort.

Similar Products Used: Seven Springs Resort. (NORBA race stop). You can ride between the two if you know the hills.
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4
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Brad   [Feb 11, 2000]

This area has much to offer. There is a 7-mile race loop @ the resort. However, there are many trails all around this place. You can bike from Hidden Valley to another resort (Seven Springs) via this network of trails.

There is really something for everyone - anything from fire roads to tight singletrack to rocky sections to steep downhills to lung-busting climbs.

Customer Service

Start @ the resort and ask the locals. There may be maps available.

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5
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Reid   [Apr 30, 2000]

What I like about Hidden Valley is the mix of intermediate terrain (when bringing new riders into the sport) and some good challenging expert terrain off the main loops. Also Hidden Valley has some the root riding you find in Pittsburgh and boulder fields like in the Ridge and Valley section of Central Pennsylvania. Unlike the fields at the top of most Central PA mountains these boulder fields are still ride-able.

Customer Service

Park along Rt. 31 just east of the resorts main entrance, where the Lost Pelican used to be. From there you can head east 500 ft and enter the Forbes State Forest and do one of several loops. For more of a climbing challenge don't cross the road but instead start in the meadow behind the parking lot and go right to get to the beginning of Hidden Valley's land. Climb the hill using the trails just left of the first slope and after you finish sucking air, do the race course loops at the top of the hill. When you done you absolutely have to downhill the ski slopes!

Similar Products Used: Boyce Park (Pittsburgh)
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5
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Repo Man   [Sep 11, 2000]

A hidden treasure at Hidden Valley!

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5
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MAA   [Nov 24, 2000]

There are plenty of large hills to go both up and down, a lot of times on the ski slopes. Once you are in the woods, you'll encounter fire roads and singletrack that will take you all the way to Kooser State Park.

Customer Service

I would recommend taking the race course for a ride, it poses the best challenges and the most exciting ride forward or backward.

Similar Products Used: Seven Springs has a nice trail and Laurel Mountain ski resort has really good downhill, but be prepared to climb back up!
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4
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MAA   [Nov 24, 2000]

There are plenty of large hills to go both up and down, a lot of times on the ski slopes. Once you are in the woods, you'll encounter fire roads and singletrack that will take you all the way to Kooser State Park.

Customer Service

I would recommend taking the race course for a ride, it poses the best challenges and the most exciting ride forward or backward.

Similar Products Used: Seven Springs has a nice trail and Laurel Mountain ski resort has really good downhill, but be prepared to climb back up!
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4
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Shawn   [Apr 10, 2001]

I personally don't really like it here. There is some fast single track but that is about it. A good place for novice/intermediate riders. I have been here many times and have not seen anything spectacular. I have rode the race course, the trails heading towards 7springs, the trails going to Kooser State park, and the section across Route 31(which is now under new owners, Ride at your own risk) and anywhere else we could find a trail. Just doesn't provide the riding I enjoy which is lots of logs, rock gardens, step grades etc...

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3
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Eric   [Jul 01, 2002]

there are a range of different types of terrrains including root gardens, loose rock, and basic dirt trails. it is a fun trail and can take you through some neat trails. the trails are mostly geared toward intermediate to expert riders

Customer Service

Drive into the main enterance of hidden valley and follow the road until you get to gardner road. as you get on to gardner, immediately after you make a right turn look on the right side of the road and there will be an enterance to a trail. the best riding is on that network of trails which crosses 2 roads which are Jones Mill Run, And firetower road. some of them also take you to seven springs which has an excellent downhill

Similar Products Used: Seven Springs
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Brent   [Nov 23, 2002]

Hidden valley used to have some great trails. Take the dirt road (trail) up the ski lift in front of the resort, and follow that to the summit, it eventually leads you down again, and up into the woods. This used to be great riding, however they have logged it, and now you end up criss crossing the ski slopes all day instead of riding in the woods. Its not my style, and I dont know many people who enjoy looking at ski lift towers, and rock quarries which are plenty visible. The atmosphere of Hidden Valley is now one of a construction zone if you ask me.
Much better riding can be found across the road. Instead of pulling into hidden valley park at their mountain bike shop along rte 31. Cross the road and you will see several small ponds, hug the left side of those along the woods until you see a trail, take it. That will lead to a long climb, and at the top there is a several trails, all of which branch again and again for a lot of miles. You can go from here, all the way over to rte 30 (laurel summit) if you pick the right turn offs.
I give this place a 3 start average
1 star for hidden valley
5 stars for the riding directly across the street.I believe its called forbes state forest.

Customer Service

Dont ride AT hidden valley.

Similar Products Used: Laruel mountain (rte 30)
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3
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