Level: Easiest
Length: 6 mi (9.7 km)
Surface: Fire Road
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +903/880 ft
Total: 22 riders
 

Mountain Biking Ridge Trail To Pole Steeple Overlook

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#173 of 295 mountain bike trails in Pennsylvania
#8600 in the world

This is a gravel and hard pack fire road that goes out the ridge (~North). Good views, easy climbs, not real tough but requires some athletic ability.
Ride this trail out about three miles to the left turn (described later). NOTE: This road comes to a split, go left. It bypasses an old section of the fire road here. They rejoin after a short climb.
(After the bypass) Take the SECOND left. It will go a short distance and cross the Appalachian Trail (This is legal, do not ride on the AT!!) This is a 5 way intersection. Two major trails cross and one narrow single track.

The narrow single track shoots off BETWEEN the left turn (AT) and the straight forward (The trail you are on). There is a sign posted on the tree.

Take the narrow single track about 1/4 mile to the base of Pole Steeple overlook. You'll come to a bench. Drop the bikes and walk up to the overlook. (a lock may be a good idea but I rarely see other people except on sunny weekends) Return the same route.

Binoculars, plenty of water, a snack and a camera all come in handy.

First added by Slow on May 9, 2020. Last updated May 9, 2020. → add an update
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Getting there
Go to Pine Grove Furnace State Park (Take Rt 233 North from Rt 30 or South from I81)
Park in front of the old furnace stack. (this lot is just off of Bendersville Rd.)

Ride up Bendersville Rd about 1/2 mile PAST the camp area entrance.

Watch for a snowmobile trail on the left. Its wide and the entrance is blocked by a large pile of dirt. (no gate) This is single track that takes you to the top of the hill. OR just spin up Bendersville Rd. to the top. The trail head is on the left side at the top of Bendersville rd. (fire road/yellow gate)
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  • Slow
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    Just adding the difficulty.
    Expect climbing. Fire road is not smooth. * Review edited 4/2/2010

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