Yellow Creek State Park

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15
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Singletrack
↑ 2,800 ft
↓ 2,800 ft
1,354
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Trail Description
About this trail
The singletrack winds through mostly forested areas and contains over 2000' of climbing. Known for its combination of flow, climbing and technical terrain, the essential definition of a classic ride, the trail system can be accessed at multiple locations throughout this Pennsylvania State Park. The south shore Day Use Area is great for you to start your riding experience and provides plenty of parking, water, picnic areas, restrooms, and other family activities. While on the south shore, riders will enjoy fairly smooth and twisty singletrack. The north shore provides riders with more technical riding and typically the driest trails. In general, the western portion of the park will provide pleasure to those seeking climbing opportunities. Most of the trail segments can be ridden in either direction, with a clockwise direction of travel being a preferred method of travel while performing the entire loop.

Each trail segment is marked and coordinated with the park map, making navigation easy. This tail system would not have been possible without the extraordinary efforts of the Laurel Highlands On&Off Road Bicycling Association (LHORBA) (www.lhorba.org), Friends of Yellow Creek State Park (www.friendsofyellowcreek.org), RideYC (www.rideyc.com) and the Yellow Creek State Park (www.dcnr.state.pa.us).

Other park activities include camping within and near the park, boating, boat rentals, canoe & kayak rentals, fishing, swimming, hunting, picnicking, orienteering and hiking. Please be respectful of other users. Riding is discouraged during hunting seasons and wet periods.

Combine this ride with other local IMBA Trail Solutions (Allegripis Trail) and IMBA Epics (Rattling Creek, Coopers Gap, Rothrock Ride) and multiple riding opportunities around Pittsburgh for a weeklong Epic riding experience in PA.
RIDE TIME: 2.5-4.5 hours
-Description by mflinn77
added by mflinn77Bunny Hop May 28, 2010
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: where is the best place to park? -frankiet84

A: Up 67 along side the highway there is a wide pull out on the left side of the road across from the parking lot, its free to park there

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Granny Gear

June 23, 2015
 
Review: A little bit of everything in an 18 mile singletrack loop around a lake. If starting on the south shore the trail starts with some flowing singletrack that bobs and weaves through pines. Eventually you'll drop down to the lake/stream for the mandatory stream crossing (you will get your feet wet). The north shore starts with a big climb has some rocky, technical sections and ends with an awesome rock garden.

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Granny Gear

April 8, 2015
 
Review: I rode this yesterday and had a mixed experience. Some sections of the trails are still muddy and boggy, so I had to walk alot of those. But it is early in the season, so I'm sure it will dry out and be better. There was a little rain earlier in the day, and the rest of the trail was pretty tough as a result. There are alot of snaking trails through tight sections with plenty of roots. Needless to say, you have to take it pretty slow when things are wet and slick.

I also parked in the wrong place to hit the good trails right away, in the pavilion and picnic area off of 259. It seems like the best parts of the singletrack are between Campground Rd and Hoffman Rd, and to the West of Hoffman. If I ever get a chance to come back, I would park on Hoffman Rd and hit the areas to the West to start, instead of the low areas by the pavilions.

Most of my time was on the Simpson Trail, and I didn't make it to the Billygoat or Damsite trails because of a flat.

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Gnarly


June 24, 2014
Dave Hunt Gnarly  
 
Review: Everything you could want is at yellow creek. BLISTERING Descents, BRUTAL climbs, roots, rocks and very well maintained and marked.

Similar Trail: apollo, big bear, bavington, northpark, frick park

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Poseur

October 1, 2013
siberians Poseur  
 
Review: YC is a total blast! The roller coaster ride never quits. Has everything you want in mountainbiking. Good technical, rocks, roots and water. Leaves you with a huge smile and wanting more. Low traffic. Beautiful lake. One of the best in western PA.

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Poseur

September 30, 2013
siberians Poseur  
 
Review: YC is a total blast! The roller coaster ride never quits leaving a huge smile the entire ride. Has everything mountain biking has to offer. Majority is very fast. Good technical sections. Water, rocks, tree roots and beautiful lake. One of the best in Western PA.

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Bunny Hop

February 5, 2013
Jonnycat Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Yellow Creek is a trail that encompasses a lot of what makes mt. biking fun. Technical lines, pump trail sections, tricky descents, heart busting climbs, water, flats, rollers, pines. Have fun. It's basically a loop around the lake that is about 15 miles. They also hold an Exterra Off Road Tri over the summer that uses the trail system also. Check it out.

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Granny Gear

August 4, 2010
lurch_96 Granny Gear  
 
Review: best single-track in Indiana...little bit of everything from twisty turns through pines, a log crossing or two, dip into a stream, couple small climbs, nice scenery, low traffic...what more could you ask?!!

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Yellow Creek State Park MTB Trail 4.71 out of 5 based on 7 ratings. 7 user reviews.
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