Level: Advanced
Length: 27 mi (43.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +1,419/ -1,338 ft
Total: 26 riders

Mountain Biking Coopers Gap Epic

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#12 of 294 mountain bike trails in Pennsylvania
#536 in the world

The Coopers Gap Epic is a ride combining 3 different tracks. The 95% singletrack system includes 3,037' ascent and -3,035' descent in total.

First added by Ginny_Tory on Jun 8, 2014. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Part of the Rothrock State Forest trail network.
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  • Aaron Chamberlain   ✓ supporter

    Little bit of everything here. Especially rocks. Some tough climbs, but the grades aren't overly steep.

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  • djf500

    Awesome trails! Did the IMBA Epic per the MTB Project website. Pretty well marked w/ signs at many trailheads. Some flow, lots of rocks, nothing too tech but enough to keep you on your toes. A few big climbs but all mtb friendly if you have the legs/lungs. *Note that this epic is more like 30 miles, not 26 as MTB Project states... we ran out of light and had to cut it a little short. Also "Flat Rock Trail" is boring double track... considering skipping it by riding all of Sassafras trail instead. Have to look at a map. The Rothrock "Purple Lizard" map is really helpful here (and Tussey Mtn Trails next mountain over)

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  • Chuck Hutchens

    Rode they Coopers Gap Highlights system with my son. We made a diversion for some great trail riding on our trip from Wisconsin to New York. These trails did not disappoint!
    Great trail system! TONS of rocks, and lots of roots to boot! A real challenge. But fun as heck. We both loved it.
    Super rocky. Super rooty where is is not rocky. Some fun flow bits. Great views. A real fun trail.
    Huge kudos to the folks who make this trail happen. A great trail looks like it is natural and just flows, even when it is difficult. It takes a lot of work to get this kind of quality. Thanks for all your work!

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  • brentonrader

    Cooper's gap has it all. Heart pounding climbs, rock gardens, hair raising descents, beautiful views and more. Check it out--Pennsylvania Mountain biking at its best!

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  • elevenses

    I've only been mountain biking for about a year but this is the best loop I've ever ridden. I mostly ride the trails around Philly, i.e. the Wiss and White Clay in Delaware. Cooper's Gap has quite a bit of elevation change and a huge variety of singletrack. It starts out fairly smooth with an easy ascent and fast descent down Dutch Alvin Trail. Peep Trail has a fair number of rock gardens as you wind your way up a hill and ends with a long climb up to the road. After a relatively brief road climb, Sassafras Trail is so narrow and brushy that you might think you've gone the wrong way (we did), but it opens up for some great flow and rock gardens and you pass a gorgeous lookout. Descending down Pigpie is an absolute blast, pretty much the most fun I've ever had on a mountain bike. Finally, Sass-XX trail is gorgeous and flowy as you drop through the woods to a creek and then climb back up to Coopers Gap Road. Highly recommended.

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