Asaph - Trail, Wellsboro, Pennsylvania

Asaph - Trail, Wellsboro, Pennsylvania

DESCRIPTION

22 miles of everything, 3 mile climbs followed by fast, tight, single track and WICKED downhill runs. Get a map at bike shop in town. Site of the Wellsboro Classic Race.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 13, 2008]
cdg157
Cross Country Rider

This trail is quite the drive from my home turf (Rothrock State forrest) but I wanted to get a feel for it before i enter the mtn laurel classic this year. I was riding my singlespeed rig and decided to do long course (22miles) in 90 degree weather. the first clime is a forrest road that is pretty steep and i reccomend warming up before attacking this. Once at top i connected to plantation trail. This trail was cool but not challenging. Then came the stinger... this trail is a animal and the guy at the bike shop (country ski and sports in wellsboro) said it drops about 300 feet in 150-200 yards. this is steep with loose rocks proceed with extreme caution. Since i was alone, i walked down it to spair bodily harm and death if i crash hard. The stinger connects to a forrest road climb that is not too bad. the next trail was stone road trail. this was a double track that was extremey wet and muddy. Nothing spectacular here.. this leads you to deer trail that was fun. A little steep at top w/ loose rocks. This trail was also muddy with some downed trees from loggers and washout. Next was left straight run trail. The map shows it a straight shot from deer trail but you have to make a right off of deer then a left. This trail is cool but not technical. there are multiple stream crossings that feel good on a warm day. This trail turns to climb through tall grass but this trail was muddy in parts and made the climb a pita (wrong gearing and mud and a climb dont go well)and it leads to a fire road and turning left again onto hesslegessel road. go past gate and scotch pine hollow is on left. This trail was not technical but its extremely muddy, but an overall fun ride.Darling road trail is a fast downhill that has a few sketchy areas but nuthing too dificult. Watch for some downed trees. Overall, not too technical (rating excludes stinger that is at least a 5 to me) worth the stop if traveling in the area.

Customer Service

follow the course map provided online or at a local bike shop.

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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 10, 2008]
RoyDean
Cross Country Rider

I agree that this trail is a lung buster if you start out in the Fish Hatchery lot... but the long climb is completely boring and not worth it. Drive to the top of the mountain and park there, and do you riding only at the top of the mountain. All of the climbing and descending I did was on fireroads, and not a whole lot of fun.

The single track is OK, but nothing special. There was nothing there that was technical, in my opinion. Largest log crossing was maybe 10". A fun ride, anyway, and something to do while waiting for the rally cars running in the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally... (STPR.org).

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 02, 2007]
Howie
Cross Country Rider

The hatchery has been taken over by the Feds. Road signage now reads "U.S.G.S Research Facility". The red arrow on the map is the USGS location to park.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 12, 2006]
Scottandhisdog
Cross Country Rider

I raced this course this past weekend, and it was my first experience racing, so I did the beginner course (11 miles). The other reviews are correct about starting out on the fire road from the parking lot, but then it gets fun. There is a ton of climbing (~1300' for each course). If you ride the full 22 miles, it's over 2000' ascending. The single track is amazing. Quick, but still technical enough that you better be on your toes if you are at race pace. Overall great experience.

Customer Service

Race course. Maps at local bike shop in Wellsboro.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 19, 2006]
Keith
Cross Country Rider

We spent two days in the area (08-18-06) and hit the entire race route on a casual pace. Two long uphills, Straight run Rd. and Lt. straight run trail. Both are about three miles long but not so steep that it burns you out. Two fast downhills, both singletrack, Deer trail and Darling road trail. Both very rocky and somewhat loose, with near shear drop-offs on one side as you truly ride the side of the ridge.
For the most part the roads you have to get on are the uphills, the fun parts are singletrack. Its a nice layout. Downsides...trails are not marked well enough and upkeep is dismal. Way to many downed trees and overgrown vegetation. There where no less than ten trees that had to be hike-a-bike detours simply because they were to big to ride over.(Pathetic momentum busters). Second, part of Log slide trail is a stint on pipe line that is more like an unmowed hayfield, follwed by singletrack re-entry with overgrown raspberry bramble. Stone road trail is also a bit of a hayfield, which was sad because it was a bit of a downhill and allowed for a little speed except for the rocks hidden in the grass. Judging by the overall condition of the course, I can understand why the number of race entries are dwindling each year. Will probably bite as a race course, but fun for a leisure ride, if you don't get turned around trying to figure out which trail you are supposed to be on.

Customer Service

Route six just west of Wellsboro. Turn in Asaph, cross the bridge over Marsh creek, and park in the lot of the US Geological Research Facility.The Dirt road from the parking lot is Straight run road.
DO NOT DO THIS COURSE WITHOUT A MAP.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 04, 2003]
Miker J
Cross Country Rider

IMO seems to be more of a "roadies" course. Too much time spent on the dirt roads. The single track is pretty but is quite non-technical. The "big" downhill is basically a short, straight, steep, loose rock section that you simply ride the brakes to the bottom. The course can be an aerobic challenge if you push yourself on the roads.

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OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 02, 2003]
adively
Cross Country Rider

I rode this trail many moons ago when I was fat and out of shape.... Very scary but very fun. A DEFINATE aerobic workout. Very technical and very phsyically demanding. I road it on a hardtail but would recommend full suspenion and disc brakes (for the stinger trail if you're like me and don't want to spend the rest of my picking bark and hay bail remnants out of my face). The Stinger proved my "set" has since shrunk since my younger years. The descent to finish up the first half of the trail is tons o' fun. The second half is very similiar to the first half. The first part is all uphill (+countless stream crossings so go when the water is warm) followed by a rollout across the mountain top the descending down another fun trail (name escapes). Regardless, It took me a full camelback + 5 cups of water in the fish place to recooperate during a cool spring day so go prepared and check out the ugly fish at the end!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Dec 24, 1999]
Thomas

The courses claim to fame is STINGER an awesome very steep!! downhill. It's a must to be able to ride it. Actually many racers never return because of it. That to me is what makes it special. A single track junkie's dream come true. Demanding all the skill you have and more. The downhill (Darling Run). This super fast, tight, very technical three miles tops the ride off just right. You just have to try it!!!

Customer Service

Annual race course. follow selected course, however will do Darling Run in reverse only to keep it interesting.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 16, 2000]
Eric

This is a great trail, I work the race as sweep so I know it pretty good. It starts with a 4 mile climb on a dirt road which then turns into singletrack, technical climb. This climb is short and not real steep. After that is the Plantation Trail which is rolling singletrack which brings you to the STINGER. This is a very steep technical downhill which is the hardest and funnest part of the trail. Then comes another 2-3 mile climb which is a little easier than the first. From there it is a doubletrack which is pretty flat and fast if I remeber right. This brings you to the Deer Trail which is a fast downhill singletrack. This is the second best part of the trail. The Deer Trail takes you to the dirt road that was the first climb. If you are tired you can go down the dirt road to your car. That would be about an 11 mile ride. If you keep going to finish it is a 22 mile ride. I am not real famalier with the second portion because I have only ridden it once. It is harder than the first section because there is a lot of climbing and technical (slow) going in spots. You should be a strong rider to do the whole thing. If you live close you really should try it.

Customer Service

Get a map at Country Ski and Sports in Wellsboro. It is on main street. Follow the race course for the Laurel Classic Mountainbike Race. Park at the Fish Lab.

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OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Mar 19, 2000]
Rob

I'm not a big fan of the long double track/ dirt roads that connect a lot of the narrow stuff, but the somewhat technical single track is well worth riding it. Stinger Hill is absolutely amazing! The trail is nuts! I have yet to ride another downhill that is as steep and scary. It's not really long or technical, but just trying to stay on two wheels is challenging enough.

Customer Service

Race course

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4
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