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Level: Beginner
Length: 19 mi (30.6 km)
Surface: Other
Configuration: Other
Elevation: +1,151/ -1,113 ft
Total: 60 riders

Mountain Biking Switch Back Gravity Railroad

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#77 of 294 mountain bike trails in Pennsylvania
#2,948 in the world

Starting in the center of town, the first hill is paved and pretty killer. Once on the trail, its a pretty easy ride. Good aerobic trail, scenic. Gravel base. Total ride is about 20 miles and you end up at the top of the mountain, perfect place for lunch and don't forget the camera. Trail for the most part is a steady climb, but very easy grade, you hardly notice you're climbing. After you leave the top, its downhill, steep, FAST! 18 miles up, 1 mile down. Sweet!

First added by jiveturkey on Mar 13, 2005. Last updated Apr 30, 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
Start in the center of town. Go to the bike shop (I think its something like Blue mountain sports..., not sure now :/ ) trail map is $1. I'd give actual directions but i don't remember any of the street names. However, i would recommend picking up the book of trails for the entire Jim Thorpe area because there are a ton of awesome trails. The book is something like 8 bucks.
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  • Crazy mtb

    A rails to trails base.There are spots where it is a little rougher. Mapping of trails are not that clear had to ask locals. Be aware there are bears we ran across one on the trail. The trail seemed to end into a culdesac. Took trail back to mount pisgah which was a foot path through the woods .We made it to the look out which was very cool.However getting back to town was either take trail back to the switch back or down a very technical descent with large loose rocky trail .

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  • JBX

    rode this with son in 2003 when he was 10 , he loved it as I did, he is tnow an expert rider, good start

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  • ianwuscher

    Pretty easy ride, but there are some rocky spots. There's a pretty technical downhill spot due to being washed out. I've been riding this trail for a few years and it's always clean and I usually see no people on the first half of the ride, very few on the back half.

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  • ****

    Good trail little confusing should grab a map from local bike shop

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