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This ride has alot to offer. Wide forest road, that is rocky in some places. Rail trials, some singletrack, double track, beautiful scenery and the Penns View Vista where you can look down on the route you just took. There are some hike-a-bike sections as well. Although it is worth while to get to the vista.
Start the ride at Cherry Run Road and head up and under the Rail bridge.
Turn Left on Old Mingle Road and start the about 2 mile climb. Make sure you stay on Old Mingle and do not turn onto Lick Hollow Road.
Once to the top of Old Mingle in descends to a dead end at Penns Creek. You shoule be able to see the single track to your right that heads down along the creek.
Take this single track along Penns Creek, very rocky at spots you may have to walk some of it. Or all of it depending on your skill level.
You will pa**ome old railroad abutments and soon after you will hope onto the road and go through Ingleby. Turn left onto the road (Just follow the creek)
At this point you will get onto one of the rail trail sections and cross an old railroad bridge after which you will go through the Tunnel Mountain Tunnel. It is very rocky in the tunnel so be careful. When you get through the tunnel turn left and head toward Coburn. A little down the road stay to the right as the road forks.
You will cross a green iron bridge into Coburn, turn left onto Georges Valley Road.
Turn left at the fork and cross Penns Creek on a paved road that will merge with Millheim Pike.
On this long climb you will pass a road to a camp site on your left and a little past that you will see a Bald Eagle State Forest sign on your right.
On your left just after the telephone pole is a steep single track trail up over the side of the mountain. If you can ride it you are better man than me. It is a hike up that side but it will be worth it at Penns View Vista.
Once to the top after passing a right hand spur trail turn left at the 4 way intersection on the ATV trail. Soon after that keep left as the trail forks.
Turn right at the next 4 way intersection onto the old woods road. This last section can be rocky in spots.
This will then put you out onto Poe Paddy Drive, Make a left on the road.
Just down the road you will come across Penns View Vista on your left and it makes that last few miles of hell worth while.
From this point head down the road and make a right at the marked trail. I forget the name but there is a dead end sign on the marker. The trail will pass a right hand spur trail and becomes narrow, you can follow the blue blazes. There is a singletrack that drops off the side of the mountain. At the end of this trail the blazes turn right but if you go straight you can cross Big Poe Creek and turn left onto Poe Valley Road.
Go through Poe Paddy Recreation area across a wooden bridge and take a right onto the dirt road which turns into a wide singletrack and will cross over another railroad bridge over Penns Creek.
You will then pass through Poe Paddy Tunnel, which will feel like is air conditioned in the summer.
This starts the other rail trail section which you will continue on for a while until if looks over grown ahead and you can veer left at the gate onto the road.
Merge onto the dirt road and follow it back to Cherry Run Road where you are parked.
This ride starts at a different spot that in the book Mountain Biking Pennsylvania. But it is the same ride. It is nice to have the rail trail section with Poe Paddy Tunnel at the end. Instead of right away at the beginning.
Poe Paddy Tunnel is smooth cinder with no rocks. However it is longer than the Tunnel Mountain Tunnel. You may want a small flashlight.
added by jlpXC
on August 21, 2005
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