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Level: Easiest
Length: 30 mi (48.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +526/ -529 ft
Total: 16 riders

Mountain Biking Weiser State Forest

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#38 of 294 mountain bike trails in Pennsylvania
#1,664 in the world

Old coal mining area, big holes, small railroad beds, fist size rocks to car size boulders, this place has a lot of interesting things. The vast majority of the rocks on the trail were broken up and left after the area was mined for coal, leaving them with lots of grip even in the pouring rain.

First added by jlpXC on Jun 8, 2010. Last updated Apr 28, 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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Getting there
Parking access outside of Aristes on PA-42 at the Weiser State Forest Lots and outside of Elysburg on PA-54.
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  • Mike Yaz

    The main trail here is old fire road. However, if you check the trail map on PA's DCNR, it shows many trails that are good for biking. Great singletrack, albeit sometimes very rocky. There are a few great ascents and decents. Check out the Headwaters trail loop starting at the Route 42 parking lot for a good ride. On the south side of the watershed are old mining roads that hook up with a ton of singletrack not noted on the official park map. This place is a hidden gem in Central PA. Lots and lots of trails!

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  • Mike Yaz
    Reviewing Pipeline Loop:

    The Pipeline Loop does not exist, per se. The images here were taken on Big Mountain Trail. http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/cs/groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_20028405.pdf

    I rode Big Mountain Trail last weekend, it is quite a journey. Mix of old growth pine forest to very rocky singletrack. The trail all but disappears at parts due to growth, but is still findable and also opens up. Once you get up to the trail, the elevation changes are minimal, but getting up to or coming down from Big Mountain Trail is a climb, or a fun downwhill.

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  • heathalow

    Wonderfull trail! took my 28 month old with me rode 6 miles down and back. First three miles are much wooded with potentiel to see deer. at mile 4 you see a small dam with waterfall and small pond. At mile 5 after you pass the old stone house and barns you come to the big lake. definately worth the extra couple miles. there are many picknic areas along the way so make sure you bring a meal with you :) the path is well maintained and no traffic at all private road.

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  • gsbodine

    Great place to go with family. I took my 5.5 yr old there and he had a great time with the rolling hills and wide main path (with a little 'boost' from me now and then). There are challenging offshoots of singletrack that I didn't spend much time on this trip, but looked like there would be plenty to keep everyone entertained.

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  • jlpXC

    The main trail here is very easy, however there are an almost endless amount of side trails throughout the area. Some may not be very evident and many are not "open to the public" but there is some pretty rad stuff up there.

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