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Just a quick "touch up" of the drainfield and pipe right before the service road was done by your's truly here on Saturday afternoon at FS along with getting rid of those nasty pickers that came out of nowhere at the beginning of "false flat".

No more mud and no more blood!!:D

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Moon Lake Park Luzerne County... Miles of Trails now Open

To all:

Come ride 10 miles of the new perimeter loop called "Big Blue"(BB) trail at Moon Lake Park(MLP). Start at the Nature Center(NC). Big Blue Trail head is right outside the door. Park in the grass. The Nature Center has a bathroom and a soda machine.

In the beginning Big Blue's section one is called Rollover, flowing and rolling slightly Down Hill (DH) with a Rocking Skinny, then it hangs a 180 left after the Big Log over and becomes section 2 Rock Waterfall, as you proceed you see why it's called that. There is a section of rock aligned to form a dry waterfall that's ridable/with an easier line also. From here you exit to field 1 and ride along a tree line(on your left) then turn left to section 3 Thorny Hollow. With a fast drop at the entrance it rolls through a hidden area only to exit field 2 area and the Tennis Courts. Looking straight ahead the gap across the field, cross the park entrance road(paved) and a small bridge to section 4 Nature's Way (NW) trail. NW flows then hangs a left uphill through a rocky section and a natural tunnel formed by a fallen tree. As you arrive at the benches on NW head straight and cross the grass covered service road on to a wider path. More rolling uphills.(this area in the future will be converted to single track(ST) Continuing on you arrive at a hill section 5 Stone Steps(really wood).

Half way done::p

A bit of a climb and to your left is section 6 T-Rex and the Tight Killer Switchback climb. As you grind to the top then descend you arrive at section 7 Rock Cliffs. Here there are optional lines to choose from winding there way back to another service road. As you cross the dirt road you see section 8 Big Drop in front of you. It is a drop gap of 3 feet that can be ridden from the opposite direction or looped to continue onto more of T-Rex. The next section of T-Rex Winds, Twists, and Turns as it Rolls through Rocks and many Log overs and near the middle is section 9 Stoner. A rock arrangement with gaps and tight rock outcrops, again there are multiple lines to try. Just don't fall off it's quite a drop, Then more open rolling forest till it exits at section 10 the Campground. Paved road greets you and so will many campers. Turn left onto the pave and look to your left there is drinking water. Stop by for a chug. As you travel about 50 feet on the pave in a semi circle you will see more Blue Squares/orange markers and a strip of trees called Zip Strip or section 11. It's only 10 feet wide and bordered by the road on one side and the group camping on the upper side, not to worry though it's only 50 feet long.

Now the DH fun begins::eekster:

You exit onto section 12 Screamer. One of the most fun sections of BB! Fasten you seat belts as you will descend in a hurry till you see Rock Walls converging to section 13 Squeezer and it's only 2 feet wide but passable. More DH ensues and section 14 Swill of your Life is on your right. A small pond covered with Green Swill. Nikki's dogs love this crap to her dismay!... LOL! They swim in it as she yells at them... Ah to be a DOG! Now you hang a right and continue along a very old farm road covered in moss and roots crossing the Stone Bridge. Arriving at Section 15 Rock Garden. If you don't like the challenge you can ride a few feet over on the roundabout pave and join back in on the other side of the Rock Garden. Next another uphill section 16 Side Slide. Slippy rocks and off camber will test your skills as you try to pedal and not spike a pedal on the uphill side, of course there are Funky log overs thrown in for fun! The last climb section 17 Cliff's Climb brings you out at the Nature Center and one completed loop of Big Blue Trail at MLP!

Updates here:
http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?p=4615240

Directions to the Nature Center really simple as follows:

Through the main entrance with the "park office" on your right, continue ahead over a "small bridge" then on left is the "swimming pool", turn right on the "dirt road", "disc golf" on your left "Nature Center" straight ahead, park to the left by the tree row. Big Blue trail starts by the pop up trailer behind the NC.



Need more? It's coming real soon! Thanks for listening... ;)
Go Ride It ------------

 

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Moon Lake Hell-O-Ween Ride 10/25/08

Moon Lake Hell-O-Ween ride:

10/25/08

If you have never visited before great time to do so or just come ride again.

Meeting at the Nature Center, riding approx 2 to 3 hours on mostly all park trails, 2 rides, one leisure pace with rests and other ride doing a faster pace! All are welcome, bring hydration, wear safety gear, and costumes!

We will have a Bon fire to keep warm after and bring beverages, hot dogs, and marshmallows.

Happy Halloween to all... ;)

 

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Hello off topic

Just wanted to give a shoutout to my mountain biking friends in NEPA from northern New Mexico. I hope to break out the bike this weekend and go for a ride in the hills near our home in Santa Fe. I have been running and hiking and am adapting to the altitude. It would be great to see anyone wanting to come out and do some training at altitude.

There is a trailhead 1.26 miles from the house that connects to a 30+ mile trail system. It has been cold and snowy and so I have ordered some studded tires which I hope come soon.

THe pictures are from a run/hike/snowshoe outing last Sunday. The summit is 5 miles from the front door and with 3600 ft. GPS measured of climbing.

John McBurney

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I do miss you guys and the great riding and friendship.. .just not the broken ribs LOL!
 

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docjohn said:
Just wanted to give a shoutout to my mountain biking friends in NEPA from northern New Mexico. I hope to break out the bike this weekend and go for a ride in the hills near our home in Santa Fe. I have been running and hiking and am adapting to the altitude. It would be great to see anyone wanting to come out and do some training at altitude.

There is a trailhead 1.26 miles from the house that connects to a 30+ mile trail system. It has been cold and snowy and so I have ordered some studded tires which I hope come soon.

THe pictures are from a run/hike/snowshoe outing last Sunday. The summit is 5 miles from the front door and with 3600 ft. GPS measured of climbing.

John McBurney

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I do miss you guys and the great riding and friendship.. .just not the broken ribs LOL!
Hello Dr John:

I was thinking of you the other day while XC Skiing at the mOOn!

Glad to see you are settled in and enjoying the new trails you found! I will pass on your message and we all miss you here in PA on the snowy trails.

I will check the New Mexico forum perhaps you will post some pics there when you get around to it!

Stay healthy my friend. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
 

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Important info from the Philyy MTB club please read if riding there

Philadelphia Mountain Bike Parks Permit
<hr style="color: rgb(183, 183, 183);" size="1"> <!-- / icon and title --> <!-- message --> Hey everyone, it looks like the city of Philadelphia is starting to crack down on their policy and are enforcing their trail permits in the Wissahickon Valley Park as well as Pennypack. The rangers are out in force, especially on weekends when most people reading this forum may travel to Philly to hit the trails. Please hit this link and sign up for a annual permit, which costs a $20 donation. While it is really hard to prove that this money goes back into the actual trails, like a donation to PMBA does, they do own the land and it's their decision, agree with it or not...

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The 2009 season at Moon lake park has been fantastic!

So much has been done by NEPMTBA and others who work and support us.

Moon Lake park is a true mt bike park with all the other functions that make a local park great! I will be adding to this in the upcoming days as there are so many new and exciting things to tell all.

Wednesday night rides continued in 2009

NEPMTBA led the effort to save the park after the economic downfall had budget worries in the mix Success

The spring workday included lot's of trail changes to improve them.

More new trails as Deacon was designed and built.

mOOnapalOOza festival set up by Loren and a fun trials arranged by Chuck had riders competing to see who could clean or clear a section of Deacon without touching a foot down, and food was great.

MLP MTB weekend along with Michelle from Wyoming Valley Wellness handed out bicycle helmets to many kids. Thanks to all the sponsors
A beginner loop for kids was added near the Nature Center called Lolli Pup

More new trails with the addition of the "8" trail.

Numerous ride/picnics throughout the season added to the fun.

Eagles were spotted nesting at the mOOn and are residents now.

The new multi use trail co-ordinated by the park with NEPMTBA's help is designed and under way, opening up more trails and areas to XC ski Trail Run and Hike.

Free Ride sections are in the construction stages

The Fall workday yielded a record 25 workers and really fun time, with Screamer trail being revamped and a ride after that had 60 riders in the park.

NEPMTBA
2009 HAS BEEN SUPER AT mOOn
 

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2010

Looking great for 2010 around the NE in the Mt biking world


As of 2/12/10 we are buried under a foot of snow, but the trails are there if you dare to ride them. XC skiing is in full swing at all the local hot spots with the new snowfall.

More coming soon, and if you need NE trail info this is the place. Anyone new or just visiting the area can always email at; [email protected]

We are glad to help with all questions and info!

Thanks
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Moon Lake Park Trail Guide

Moon Lake Park Trail Guide 8/1/11

(trails in no special order)

Nature's Way 1 (NW1):

Description and Location:
The first trail you encounter as you arrive at MLP. Mt. biker parking is outside the main gate, & NW1 is accessible from there or also in the park over a small dry bridge. NW1 is fairly linear, starts level has one small climb then back to level. It has lots of embedded rocks. Being it's the first trail one encounters on their ride it gets used a lot.
Distance:
Intersections: 5858,NW2,Service Road 1/2 (SR1/SR2)
Skill level: Beginner
Special features: There are no ramps, logovers, or rockovers, or water crossings on this trail.
Trail Width: Singletrack to 6 feet wide

Nature's Way 2 (NW2):

Description & Location: It was the old logging road for the operations in the park years ago. Now a peaceful trail starts out grass covered, but turns to singletrack after a few hundred feet. NW2 has small elevation changes, flowing turns and also embedded rocks.
Distance:
Intersections: NW1, What, 5858
Skill level: Beginner
Special Features: There are no ramps, logovers, rockovers, or water crossings on this trail, it can be combined to make a 1 mile out and back loop with NW1
Trail width: Mostly singletrack after 6 foot wide grass section

What: (WT) (yes that's the trails actual name)

Description & Location: A short singletrack fun trail with switchbacks.
Distance:
Intersections: NW2
Skill level: Beginner
Special Features: Trail has optional rockovers, one small logover, and no ramps, or water crossings. Tight turns, smooth, flowy except for one rock garden stone wall crossing area.
Trail width: Singletrack
 
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