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Level: Easiest
Length: 100 mi (160.9 km)
Surface: Doubletrack
Configuration: Other
Elevation: +410/ -63 ft
Total: 54 riders

Mountain Biking Great Allegheny Passage

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#43 of 294 mountain bike trails in Pennsylvania
#1,755 in the world

follows youghiogheny river for approximately 100 miles on crushed limestone bed many campsites and rest rooms along way. bike fix-it shops in boston at trail head,in west newton, and connellsville. many places to eat. right now trail ends in meyersdale but will continue to link up with allegheny passage to Washington D.C.

First added by royrobin on Jan 17, 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
turnpike monroeville exit take rt.48 to boston trail head under bridge rt turn at bridge then one more rt.
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  • al0184x

    6/23/18 Wet conditions at start, then sunny & humid. Began on the Lower Sugarloaf Trail, got caught in rain for 40 minutes while climbing, so kinda slippery with hike a bike sections. The majority of Lower and Upper Sugarloaf are climbs (orange blazes) with some side trails with short rock gardens (pink flagging). We bypassed the Kim Trail and continued onto Sugarloaf Rd (uphill) to McCune Trail, which was the BEST PART of this journey. Take McCune counterclockwise, start uphill then once you hit the ridge line, the fun begins! Flowy Singletrack with rock gardens passing by cool rock formations. After this, you descend and end up back where you started at the intersection of Sugarloaf Rd.

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  • rangelinenaturepreserve

    We rode our mountain bikes from Pittsburgh, PA to Washington DC. We started downtown Pittsburgh on the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) and rode southeast to Mile 0 in Cumberland, MD (backwards according to the mile markers). The trail follows the scenic Youghiogheny and Casselman rivers. We then picked up the end of the C&O Canal Towpath (in Cumberland) and followed the Potomac River to mile 0 in Georgetown, Washington DC (backwards again per the mile markers). There were so many great sites to see along the way. It was truly a beautiful ride full of history. See the video "Pittsburgh to Washington DC, 374 miles off-road" posted in the video section. This is a must-do ride.

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  • PanzerTrekk

    Great Allegheny Passage is now fully connected from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, MD, which then connects to Washington, D.C. via the C&O Towpath. For the most part, the elevation is level. Between Ohiopyle and Cumberland, there is a fairly steep elevation change, but it is spread out over many, many miles, so do not worry. Between Ohiopyle and Pittsburgh, the trail is practically flat. Camp along the way!

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  • mikespons

    We were riding the C&O from Cumberland to DC, but decided to start on top of the mountain ridge on the Allegheny trail in Deal, PA. It was the best decsion we made the entire trip. So we only rode the last 20 or so miles of the Allegheny but it was great. The trail surface is smooth as can be short of asphalt. You go through two long tunnels, cross the eastern continental divide and the Mason Dixon line and are also treated to some great scenic overlooks. And of course its all downhill into Cumberland, MD on a moderate grade that any age bicyclist will enjoy. When you get to the bottom of the hill in Cumberland, stop at the bike shop at mile zero of the C&O trail. The guys there are great and they will get you tuned up for the 184 miles to DC.

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