Trails At Mt. Gretna

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Intermediate
5.0
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↑ 1,700 ft
↓ 1,500 ft
842
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Any of these trail heads at the parking lot ( i believe there are 3) are fun, i've take them all. facing the mountain a gated fireroad goes straight up, trail 5 goes left and right. left is a fun technical ride to top. take trail 5 to the left until trail 12 on your right.(its a sudden turn and at a good pace you'll probably pass it). take trail 12 to the top. 12 has narrow planks across the muddiest areas, they are fun balance practice. the rest is a fun series of varying difficulty switchbacks to the top.
follow trail 5 to the left past the intersection with twelve i believe it turns into trail 13, if not then turn bear onto trail 13 when it does. 13 is a more difficult set of technical switchbacks to the top.
the fireroad at the parking lot in the center goes straight to the fire tower at the top of the mountain. the firetower is accessible to the public and has great views. its a straight steeeep climb on a fireroad but is worth it. many trails lead away from there ant trickle down the mountain at varying difficulties.
the right side of trail 5 at the parking lot goes through the edge of**orgeous neighborhood and around to the parking lot on pinch rd. across the street is state game lands. i dont know if any trails are over there. best to stay out during hunting seasons. from this parking lot there are many trail options with varying difficulty. im unfamiliar with starting from this side and have no advice on trails.
added by brianmrogGranny Gear
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  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Governor Dick
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Reviews (12)
 

Bunny Hop

May 2, 2018
tomit242 Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Awesome day out there today! Park at the nature center and ride counter clockwise on trail 15 to 13, then 5, up the fire road, down trail 4 for an awesome finish!




Granny Gear

July 18, 2016
Krashkott Granny Gear  
 
Review: This is definitely an area where you can find some easy or intermediate trails mixed in with some more advanced trails. Alot of medium and large rocks mixed in with roots and gravel. If you ride #9 down, it might make your hands go numb but it is well worth it




Granny Gear

May 9, 2016
 
Review: This was my first time riding here. It was also only second ride of the spring after a fall and winter of being a slug. I like the fact that a very accurate trail map is available from the Governor Dick website. All the trails are very well marked and blazed. The map indicates difficulty for the trails, and it seemed accurate. It can definitely get a bit rocky, but that makes it fun. Since I was out of shape I rode on some of the easy trails. I parked at the Environmental Center. From there I took the gold blazed trail that turns into trail 5 and looped back on trial 13, which was a little more challenging. Had a great time and I plan to go back again.




Gramcounter

December 25, 2015
BigBenG Gramcounter  
 
Review: I have been riding these trails for a long time, they never get old.




Granny Gear

March 9, 2015
jde5165 Granny Gear  
 
Review: I've ridden the trail several times. There are endless miles of combinations and exhaustion will set in before you can try them all. A lot of climbing but the descents are well worth it. The trails can get extremely rocky and on a hard tail bike it can become almost hard to stay on the bike at some points. Some of the descents are extremely steep. I've gone over the handle bars more often than I prefer. There are some easier fire roads to ride too. The fire tower at the top of the mountain is awesome and a great place to take a break and get an amazing view. The Lebanon county rails to trails is easily accessible from theses trails giving access to miles of more trails, ranging from novice to advanced. Gretna is great place to stop and get lunch and ice cream at the jigger shop or colebrook twin kiss. State game land roads are open to bikes but not recommended during hunting season. This place is one of the first places I mountain biked and years later I still love coming back.




Trailblazer

September 22, 2014
 
Review: There are well over 5 miles of trails here... I did 17miles last time because I ran out of daylight. Trail 4 is gnarly downhill, 15 is rocks and boulders (I enjoy them),12 is closed to cycling and its a damn shame too. 13 is fun and technical at spots, can follow the horseshoe trail either way for days. There is a lot of variety here. Anything from beginners to advanced. Rail trails and Urban Mountain biking around Gretna for the sights to chest on seat desents. Climb to the top of the tower for a great view, hit The Jigger Shop to cool down or The Hideaway for a cold one.

Similar Trail: horseshoe trail, Camp Mack




Granny Gear

June 24, 2013
mike91t Granny Gear  
 
Review: A nice place for something different. It has some easier trails with good climbs and fun downhill sections. Some parts are very rocky with large rocks and are basically "hike a bike", but it was great scenery and fun overall!




Trailblazer

September 16, 2012
mheary Trailblazer  
 
Review: Very rocky and a lot of lengthy uphill not bad though. Different than most trails I have ridden in Pa




Granny Gear

July 7, 2010
hson81188 Granny Gear  
 
Review: I happen to live in Mt. Gretna, I was born and raised here and ride/hike/run all of these trails. Just to clarify the directions. The best way to get to Gretna from Harrisburg is 322 East, Turn right onto 117 South at stop light in Cambletown. Follow 117 south until you reach Mt. Gretna ( you pass over LEB-LANC rails to trails on the way). When you arrive in Gretna you will pass the lake on your left and continue to the center of town, there will be a postoffice on your right and a pizza shop on the left, you make a right onto Pinch Road at the top there is a pull off to the left for Gov. Dick. There are numorous trails that will take you all over Mt. Gretna. Across the street from the pull off there are more trails in the state game lands that are a very good ride, some are short 2 mile rides, others 5-10. If you go past the gov dick pull off there are more trail heads in a pull off to the right that take you down the backside of the mountain. One of the my favorites is "Power line" this trail will take you along the PA turnpike. There are Quality trails on the North, South West and East faces of the MT, and on both sides of Pinch Road. All the north face trail will run into route 117 at the bottom. There are enough trails that you could ride for months before you discover them all. The best time of year to ride are spring and fall if you want the trails to yourself !

Similar Trail: Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Cumberland County pa




Bunny Hop

October 13, 2009
agaynerd Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Some of the trails are great and not too technical while other trails are too technical and difficult to really ride. For trail #15, about half was rideable, and the other half had too many large rocks. I'm just not good enough to really ride those sections, but the other trails were pretty fun. And the view at the top was great!



Trails At Mt. Gretna MTB Trail 4.06 out of 5 based on 12 ratings. 12 user reviews.
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