Rothrock State Forest - Trail, State College, Pennsylvania

Rothrock State Forest - Trail, State College, Pennsylvania

DESCRIPTION

There, are many singletrack trails here as well as over 100 miles of fire roads. Some favorites are the Spruce Gap Trail (Nicknamed the Edge, for obviouse reasons), The Little shingle town road (now a trail), and the Shingletown gap trails. These all sart near the top of Laurel Run road.

USER REVIEWS

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[Mar 15, 2012]
Mike Bierly
Weekend Warrior

Rothrock State Forest is awesome. There are a lot of fire roads and tons of single track. There is so much riding here that it would be a good idea to get a Purple Lizard Map AND also talk to someone at a local bike shop (Freeze Thaw Cycles or The Bicycle Shop) if you have not ridden in Rothrock before. There are many gems in Rothrock but they can be hard to find and it is easy to get lost.

Another option would be to download a map of the Stoopid 50's race course. I did this race before and there is a lot of good single track on the course. Shorter loops can be formed from the trails on the course if you are not into riding the full 50 miles.

Most of the single track in Rothrock is pretty technical. There are a lot of rocks and rock gardens, with stretches of single track in between. The fire roads and logging roads are great for beginners but most of the trails are not. The Coppers Gap area is generally a little more twisty and less technical but still has some pretty tough sections. The side of Rothrock near Tussey Mtn Ski Area is a little more technical and straight. Regardless of what part of Rockrock you ride, your sure to enjoy it if your up for the technical challenges.

It is also very beautiful and big (90,000 acres). It might seem when you arrive on a nice weekend day that the trails will be crowded based on the volume of cars in the parking lot (near Tussey Mtn Ski Area) but once you're on the trails you don't see too many other riders.

Customer Service

Go to a local bike shop and get a Purple Lizard Map and ask questions or get the Stoopid 50 map and ask questions.

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5
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3
[Mar 21, 2011]
Trophymountainspecialized
Weekend Warrior

I just want to clarify that all hunters are not hilljacks like the guy below, my family and myself enjoy the forest year round. Cross Country in the winter, Mountain Bike and Rock Climb in the summer, and Hunt in the fall. Real hunters will get far enough off the trail that mountain bikers are no concern. Sorry for the shallower end of the hunting gene pool.

Customer Service

Any thing off the fire roads

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Find your own favorites

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4
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3
[Feb 24, 2011]
Blaze
Weekend Warrior

Rothrock State Forest is awesome. IMBA recognized parts of the trail network as one of its Epic Rides. The trail network is extensive. Many of the trails are technical trails linked up by fire roads. If you haven't ridden Rothrock before, go to one of the local bikes shops in State College or Lewistown and get a Purple Lizard Map.

Also, I feel obligated to respond to the hunter that reviewed the trails on this site. What an idiot; I totally disagree with you. As a queer who frequently rides a mountain bike on these trails, I can't think of a more sexually exciting prospect than riding during hunting season. Not only will I be able to tickle my a-hole with my seat as I ride over those big rocks, I might get lucky enough to cross a hunter and some of his toothless buddies who will force me to "squeal like a pig" at gun point. Think about mountain bikers, riding during hunting season could be the sexual experience of your life.

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5
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3
[Nov 05, 2010]
doubleR123
Cross Country Rider

If your interested in technical and not very flowy trails rothrock is the place for you. Its fun and has a great trail system with miles and miles of trails. Its the place to be if your in love with rock gardens. The climbs are pretty easy (although some are pretty steep). There are some easy trails with many of them being in the Coopers Gap Region. Overall it has something to offer for everybody, but mainly geared to the people who enjoy classic rocky PA terrain. Very few negatives except that the rocks get annoying and once and a while you might see people like the guy below me, but oh well its hick country anyway.

Customer Service

Too many to count but I'll give you an easy one. Park at Galbraith, make a left on camp road, make a right on tussey mountain trail, eventually the trail will gradually turn right but then make a right on Bear meadows road and then a left at the yellow gate 100ft away. Follow the gravel road until you get to longerberger trail and make a right on it and follow it until you get to the parking lot. If you need a trail map go to NMBA.org.

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I recommend scotia if you need a brake from the rocks. But be aware that bicycles are not allowed on alot of the trails there.

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5
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3
[Jul 15, 2009]
fselker
Cross Country Rider

Lots of rocky fun here. 29'ers and full suspension are nice, but fun on anything if you like bumpy challenges. A couple of log rides sprinkled around, but the main stars are rocks and rock piles. Lots of roads too, but I'd try to stick to trails such as John Wert (sp?)and the Tussy mt. ridge, both of which are great (probably lots of others I haven't tried).

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4
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3
[Aug 03, 2005]
nabilkamal
Cross Country Rider

This place is incredible! It has everything any mountain biker would ever want. It's not for beginners unless you are going to stick to the fire roads. The trails are endless!

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5
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4
[Jul 31, 2005]
CU-Murph
Weekend Warrior

The rock gardens here rule! They are challenging, but doable. The best is the one on John Wert Path; its got one that is over a football field long! If you are looking for fast hardpacked single track Longberger Path is for you. Most of the trails seem to have a great mix of rock gardens and smooth trail. Hills here aren't too bad, but there is some steady climbing in spots, and some great downhills. And there's plenty of ramps over deadfall. Rode the 3 Bridges to Longberger to Tussey Mt. Trail to John Werth and back down Longberger loop. Fun, but long. Bring plenty of water and food. Trails in great shape. Some nice bench cutting, curves, and switch backs in places. 80% single track. Thanks to the NittanyMBA for the awesome trails! Also rode several of the trails in the Greenwood area. These are fun too, but you have to ride more road here. Several new trails have been put in, so the milage is up on this side of Rothrock. Hope the trails last. Thanks to the guys building them! Check out the NittanyMBA for more info. www.nittanymba.org on the trails.

Customer Service

From the Tussey Mt. (Ski Resort) side parking lot I did the route mentioned above. If you want rock gardens this one is for you. Just remember lots of time, water, and food.

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5
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4
[Jul 29, 2005]
Gears
Cross Country Rider

I used to ride here a ton in college but now only make it up here a few weekends each year. Most of the good stuff drops off from near the fire tower. There really is something for everyone here though. The IMB3 route covers most of the good stuff but there is one trail (forget the name) that drops straight down and is basically unrideable. Laurel run trail west off the MST from the fire tower down is also unrideable in spots due to wash outs.

Customer Service

Up Shingletown, right at the road, right at the top past the yellow gate, down the grassy 2 track to sand springs trail. Left on the road and right at the next intersection up the hill. At the top there is a nice overlook and Wildcat trail drops steeply down to sand springs. I usually continue across the top of the mountain and down bear meadows road where you can really get some speed and take in the view. Left at the bottom and onto Lonberger (aka Magic Carpet Ride) for a fast roling descent. I usually take it to the bottom but you can cut out at 3 bridges up to laurel run road. Up laurel run and right back into shingletown for the final descent to your car. This loop is about 17 miles and takes about 3 1/2 hours. Throw in another lap up old laurel run road and down spruce gap (the "edge") if your legs are still up to it.

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Detwiler run to Long Mountain, Bald Eagle State Forest

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5
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5
[Aug 29, 2004]
rob412
Cross Country Rider

Great variety of trails in the Bear Meadows area. Start behind Tussey Mountain ski area and climb Laurel Run Road to Shingletown Gap Trail. Miles of hardpack and rock gardens winding through the meadows of the gap. If you want to scare yourself, take Spruce Gap Trail from the top of the mountain where Mid-state trail and New Laurel Run trail converge. Let off the brakes on this trail and scare yourself for over a mile as it plumets down a super-steep and rocky descent. Three Bridges trail is a short trail which links up with one of the fastest trails in the forest, Longberger Path. This rolling hardpack trail is so fast you just hope nobody is coming from the other direction riding as fast as you. A couple great log piles that are so much fun that you'll want to ride them more than once. Tussey Mountain Trail is amazing. This scenic trail with repeated technical rocky sections actully balances on the edge of Tussey mountain ridge. The top of the ridge is quite narrow and the mountain literally falls away for hundreds of feet on both sides of the trail. It's awesome.

Customer Service

see above

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Laurel Mountain Seven Springs

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4
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4
[Mar 28, 2004]
dukeblaster
Cross Country Rider

i've ridden this place a few times and it reminds me of New England type riding. alot of rocks and steep stuff. its fun. not alot of stunt riding like jumps and logrides but alot of natural overland type stuff good for cross country type riders. i like starting at singleton area, riding up and around everywhere to the fire tower or whatever, and then bombing down tussey ski area. good time. only draw back is i don't have a car, and i bike there from statecollege... thats kinda far and takes a good chunk of time to go there, bike all around, and bike back from tussey, but its worth it.

Customer Service

start at shingleton gap area

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nothing that compares...only real trail i found

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