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Level: Intermediate
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +115/208 ft
Total: 26 riders

Mountain Biking Merli-Sarnoski

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#306 of 312 mountain bike trails in Pennsylvania
#3371 in the world

The park is very friendly towards mtn bikers. Park at main lot and ask where the orange diamond trail starts. The orange diamond is a loop. Look for the white diamond trails that lead off the orange diamond and bring you back. The first white diamond trail has a warning sign on it. Heed it. Great trail in a great location, wonderful views and great singletrack. Not super rocky, but almost. Excellent ride with the white diamonds.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water
  • No E-bikes permitted
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter
  • No Fee required
  • No Lift service
  • No Night riding allowed
  • No Pump track
  • No Restrooms
Getting there
Off route 106 above Carbondale, Fell Twsp, Lackawanna Co, Pa. Merli-Sarnoski County Park
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Good (Apr 28, 2018)
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Q: Where does the pink flag traIL start and end

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  • Jeff White

    Trails were rideable. Some were not readily marked but others were. Quick ride.

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  • ekflagg

    Great solid intermediate singletrack with rock gardens on the few miles we managed on the red main loop before turning around due to time/daylight. Rode one blue spur trail seems more advanced. Fun and challenging.

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  • LinemanonaMTB

    Nice trails but very easy to get lost if its your first time. Some nice fast and flowy spots but overall a lot of rocks and roots. One of the better trails in NEPA though.

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  • edubfromktown

    Orange trails are more flowy; hard to stay on in spots (turned to blue blaze here and there). The blue trails are technical with rocks, roots and some nice logs. It appears as though some new routes have recently been created as well (came upon a few intersections with 4-5 ways to go). This is an amazing 840 acre park. Bring extra food and water for the ride plus a GPS for reference. Pack a picnic lunch too for post ride relaxation!

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  • dirtrider6

    I hit up Merli twice this year, the first time by myself and had a blast, the second time with Kevin, and had even a better time, we rode for over 5 hours on some very technical rocky trails that tested every skill you could throw at them, the last trail we did was Porcupine Cliffs, WOW you have a rock face on your left, super technical off camber single track in front of you, and a cliff on your right, talk about a adrenaline rush!
    After the ride Kevin who has been riding for over 20 years was heard to say this is the most fun he has ever had on a mountain bike!

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  • Folmar_97

    I rode it a year or two ago before they added more trail. Its enjoyable and has a great scenic overlook of Carbondale. Trail is somewhat rocky and windy. Not too much variety though. One big plus is that after the ride you can fry up some burgers and swim in the lake (it's free!).

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