Horse Shoe Trail - Trail, mohnton and reading, Pennsylvania

Horse Shoe Trail - Trail, mohnton and reading, Pennsylvania

DESCRIPTION

technical, steep desents,and hard climbs. takes some balls. Anyone thats riden the trail e-mail me.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jan 05, 2017]
Bryan Sell
Cross Country Rider

From the official Horse-Shoe Trail guidebook by the Horse-Shoe Trail Conservancy Incorporated, 24th Edition, 2011, "Mountain bikes are allowed at the discretion of the land owners only."

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3
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5
[Oct 06, 2014]
PHeller
Weekend Warrior

It's been over 5 years since the last review of the Horseshoe Trail and I'm curious if the status of mountain bikes allowed on the trail has changed at all. As "bikepacking" becomes more popular the Horseshoe Trail would be a great offroad bikepacking trail, even it meant walking off the bike a few miles.

Unfortunately, the Horseshoe Trail Association doesn't mention bicycles at all on its website, and the trail has just been named a National Recreation Trail, which is interesting considering the private/public ownership of the trail and various permissions applied to it.

To make matters worse, the State Game Commission may require that any user on its land without a hunting permit would be required to have hold a user permit (this would include horses), so not only would bikers need a permit to cross SGL land, but so would equestrians.

I urge the Horse Shoe Trail Association to make an official statement about its stance on mountain biking, or to at the very least have a volunteer create a map of known MTB-YES and MTB-NO sections, and address if walking a bicycle would be acceptable to the landowners of those sections.

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5
VALUE
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5
[Jan 21, 2009]
dragonazz
Cross Country Rider

I rode the Horseshoe from the far end of Warwick Park off of Rt 23 through Saint Peters and down into Elverson. The Warwick Park end is pretty easy except for one creek crossing that was a tough hike-a-bike with the high water. On the far side of the Park, the trail cuts through some horse farms and you're basically riding in people's backyards until you come to a road that will lead you accross 23 to the Saint Peters' part of the trail. Dont try to ride accross the road and down onto the trail - its a straight drop, worn away from rain and horse traffic. Once back on the trail and in the woods on the north side of 23 about 15 yards, the trail opens up again and is good riding till you get close to the Inn at St. Pete's. Then, the trail heads up hill and branches off into tons of different shoots. Watch your markers and keep climbing. Some areas were flat out impossible to climb because of the loose rock and wash outs. This trail was NOT well maintained at all. After circling the hill for a while, the trail heads down and eventually leads to a railroad bed. This is great riding for the next mile or two. I followed this to a road and had to turn around after nearly 2 hours or so one way. Coming out, I followed the railroad bed instead of the Trail and this was a mistake too. Lots of areas of wash out and no maintenance. This part of the Trail could be incredible if it was maintained better. Oh yeah, watch out for broken glass and empty beer cans near the stream area and big rocks. Lots of partying there....

Customer Service

See above, but would suggest a dry day to ride and take LOTS of water. There are some serious climbs. You can refill your H2O at Warwick Park after the first 4 miles or so.

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3
VALUE
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4
[Oct 13, 2000]
Colin

Rocks litter a reasonably fast singletrack. Classic East-coast trail (roots, rocks, high speed but very bumpy when it's fast). This trail leads into Valley forge park. They don't like bikers there. No matter, as they are never on the trails. Have a blast.

Customer Service

Not only is this trail located and Mohnton and Reading, but Malvern as well.

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Beer Valley- Great place for simulated North Shore environment. If you're into ladder bridges, Email me.

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4
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[Dec 22, 2000]
chris

are these the same as the trails that run under the firetower and pagoda. if it is how does it run to mohton? i usually ride it at least once a week but never went that far. it is a fun place to ride even if it is a dfferent rail.

Customer Service

explore

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4
VALUE
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[Oct 04, 2001]

Please note the Horse Shoe Trail is not a biking trail!
The trail is primarily for foot hikers and horse back riders and is maintained by the Horse-Shoe Trail Club.

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1
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[Sep 15, 2002]
Ben

I just got back from a ride there and its everything people say it is. Steep Rocky Laced with roots Fast(downhill)and Fun. Watchout for sand and muddy spots. There are some tough rocky sections that I had to walk but other than that its good for just about everyone.

Customer Service

Near Pumping station road

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4
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[Oct 16, 2002]
Z

This place has alot of trails, NONE of which bikers aren't allowed on. So if any hikers say you can't be on there, they have no business and are just whiners. There is some private property which should be marked, otherwise it's the owner's fault. The Jump Trail was never marked until know and the owner of a nearby fruit farm decided to place obstructions on the trails causing one rider to break his collar bone. These people are stubborn pricks with nothing better to do than to complain. Also articles show up in the paper that the trailbuilders destroy the woods. Everything is made with dead logs and rocks, nothing is ever cut down. So people need to stop complaining and just learn to accept it. So if you like freeriding, you can find nice drops and things on the mountain near the fire tower, its too complicated so if you want to find where to go you'll have to ride with a person who knows the place.

Customer Service

not the trail with ladders blocking it

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5
VALUE
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[Oct 24, 2002]
Landowner

While the Horseshoe Trail is a beautiful trail, it is best enjoyed from horseback or hiking. Indeed this trail is maintained by the Horseshoe Trail Club and the LANDOWNERS. Much of the trail goes through PRIVATE LAND and courtesy to the landowner should not only be encouraged, but expected. Anyone who claims this trail is open to bikes of any sort is mistaken. Admission of bikes is strictly subject to the sole discretion of the land owner. Any one who would argue this should put themselves in the landowner's position. How would you like it if someone rode a bike through your yard and told you you couldn't do anything about it?

The trail is an natural trail and fallen trees and rocks are part of the beauty. It is not anyone's responsibility to ensure bikers have a safe passage and their way is unobstructed. FYI: I have routinely place 'No Bikes' signs at the ends of my property to find them defaced or removed. The horseshoe trail can be moved immediately and at any time at the sole discretion of the land owner. I would urge all users to respect the owner's wishes, or they may find themselves confined to the highway. There are at least five properties adjacent to each other that account for at least 1.5 miles of the trail. These landowners actively patrol the trail and have actively detained and pressed charges against trespassers with bikes. I would urge any prospective user to respect the property owner, or they will find the trail will disappear from use altogether.

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5
VALUE
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[Feb 12, 2003]
Mike Pavelek II

The Horse-Shoe Trail is not entirely open to mountain biking. Open areas include designated sections posted by the PA Game Commission on state game lands and some designated park lands such as the Sico Foundations land in Mt. Gretna, possibly French Creek State Park,etc. See the PGC web site for the locations and regulations on state game lands.

Because the HST is endangered of being closed in several areas, the cooperation of bikers in only using areas which are posted as open to biking, or checking for permission first, is requested. Some areas which may be open on state parks are indicated on the park literature. Other areas are somewhat sensitive because the host landowners have objected. Please help us to preserve what is available without loosing more of this trail which has suffered four host property closures in the past year by staying on the designated corridor where the trail is open to biking.


Any support in maintenance and constructin activity by users is always gratefully appreciated.

Mike Pavelek II
HST Corridor Chair

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The Horse-Shoe Trail is not entirely open to mountain biking. Open areas include designated sections posted by the PA Game Commission on state game lands and some designated park lands such as the Sico Foundations land in Mt. Gretna, possibly French Creek State Park,etc. See the PGC web site for the locations and regulations on state game lands.

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1
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