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Level: Advanced
Length: 20 mi (32.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +1,023/959 ft
Total: 36 riders
 

Mountain Biking Roaring Run

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#22 of 297 mountain bike trails in Pennsylvania
#960 in the world

the trails are pretty clearly marked, which way you go is up to you, my buddies and i ride the trails both ways for more miles, experience and just for somthing different.

there are some intermediate trails throughout, also some very technical climbs, on the one trail there is a pretty sweet rock wall we always spend some extra time trying to see how high we can go on it taking cool pics and laughing when we fall off of it.
there are tons of bridges and some log rides.

there is a lot of climbing so this is not a great winter trail when you get a couple of inches of snow it makes for a very difficult ride, i don't mean challenging its just not fun.

First added by extremeskbum on Mar 18, 2009. 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
starting from the intersection of route 22 and 66 just outside of Murrysville/Delmont Head north on 66 until you get into Apollo go across the bridge in town and at the very first light turn right you will pass the Mozey Inn on your right and Patricks Pub on your left (both good spots for a post ride brew) follow the very narrow road all the way to the end and you will hit a parking lot, here you will find the rail trail start down it and the trails are all over on your left opposite the river.
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Q: Is there a map marking the different trails?
A: Not that I've seen yet. Your best bet is using Strava to find the sections and trail segments. but all the trails are marked.

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  • fatdad
    *****

    Just starting out in the sport and did a fair amount of pushing the bike but I knew that would be the case going in based on my fitness and technical ability. Trails were well marked overall. Well maintained with nice bridges and a variety of features. My 15 year old and I rode a 29er and a 27.5 respectively which allowed us a bit more rollover when dealing with the rocks. Great system in my newcomer opinion but definitely more fun the fitter and more skilled you are. Can't wait to come back here next time I visit the area.

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  • sconnor412
    *****

    Roaring Run is an all around win. Technical trails full of rocks and roots with some bridges thrown in to mix things up. There seem to be some new trails being built so I can't wait for those to be opened. Definitely more of a climb-oriented trail. Not too many crazy descents, but there are more than enough features there to hold your attention.

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  • sconnor412
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    Roaring Run is an all around win. Technical trails full of rocks and roots with some bridges thrown in to mix things up. There seem to be some new trails being built so I can't wait for those to be opened. Definitely more of a climb-oriented trail. Not too many crazy descents, but there are more than enough features there to hold your attention.

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  • alite100
    *****

    Take the trail directly off the Parking area. Somewhat of a climb up but the obstacles and technical stuff on top of the hill makes it worth it. Be careful of the downhill. Then cross the creek and hit the blue loop. Nice way to stay off the rails to trails.

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  • ****

    Trails are a blast, especially if you like a technical challenge. Difficult to ride without getting off bike at times. Lots of rock obstacles. Can be rooty, but only in a few sections. Some of the trail has washed away and needs maintenance. Scenic.

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  • surfsuppp
    *****

    Great trail this is a solid intermediate trail. It rises to elevation and trys to mostly stay there. Some big ups no big downs. The leaves right now make things difficult on a new trail. Had some fun and only rode maybe half. Could use some IMBA touches for tail erosion, however the people who have built and maintained have done an absolutely great job. Thank you looking forward to riding again. rode (Nov 11 2012)

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  • jimmyc
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    I did about 5 named trails here, and except for the rails-to-trails, they are all expert. I'm solid intermediate on a 29er, and I had very little fun. Lot's of potential, but no "flow" to speak of, and I was off the bike as much as I was on it.

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  • moorhead14
    *****

    To arrive at the Blue Trail, leave the parking lot and travel down the Rail to Trail. When you have just passed the Trail/Road on the left that runs beside Roaring Run Creek you will see a grassy area, also on the left. Turn in there. There is a porta potty nearby. There will be an entrance to the Blue marked trail straight ahead, going uphill. That is the direction they suggest you ride the trail. The Blue trail is very well marked.* Review edited 4/7/2012

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  • PanzerTrekk
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    Trails were initially hard to find when riding up the rail trail from the parking lot. Ended up taking the steep trail up the right side of the river bed. Beautiful scenery. Trails that supposedly branch to the left from the rail trail were not very clearly marked. Definitely intending to go back and re-ride this place as soon as possible to find the trails others seem to have found in the videos.

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  • moorhead14
    *****

    The Blue Trail is very well marked and has climbs, bridges, rocky areas and tight singletrack through trees. This is a very well maintained trail. Highly suggested if you don't know the area. There are a lot of other hard to find, unmarked trails that are also great to ride.* Review edited 10/15/2011

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  • schupp411
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    For the most part the trails are fairly well marked. I road up the Canal Lock trail, which is more of a hiking trail, and looped around on Brownstown road but when I got to the point where it was supposed to turned into a MTB trail, it was all overgrown and not marked. Also, this lead to a seemingly new trail that was only marked by small blue ribbons hanging from the trees. I followed the trail to the right of way (one of the pictures) but it was so overgrown that I had no idea where the trail continued on the opposite side. I ended up having to to break trail down the really steep ravine for about half an hour. I finally got back on one of the better trails down by the river and then it was a lot better.

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