Altoona Challenge

Altoona, Pennsylvania

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Crossing the Allegheny Mountains has always presented a problem. In the 1800s the Horseshoe Curve was built so that locomotives could circumvent the steep slopes. Today cyclists must rely on their own sheer muscle power. But once up and over the mountains, cyclists are rewarded with premier cycling roads and incredible views. The Altoona Challenge offers a stop at Horseshoe Curve National Historic Site to learn more of this engineering marvel and to get up close and personal with the roaring diesels. Cycle through sleepy Cambria County towns such as Loretto, whose Catholic roots are very evident. After a long, gradual descent, be challenged again by climbing the Alleghenies once more. After a thrilling descent back to Altoona, take the opportunity to explore the city’s railroading heritage.
Road Biking Western Pennsylvania

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Road Biking Western Pennsylvania

by Jim Homerosky (Falcon Guides)

Crossing the Allegheny Mountains has always presented a problem. In the 1800s the Horseshoe Curve was built so that locomotives could circumvent the steep slopes. Today cyclists must rely on their own sheer muscle power. But once up and over the mountains, cyclists are rewarded with premier cycling roads and incredible views.

The Altoona Challenge offers a stop at Horseshoe Curve National Historic Site to learn more of this engineering marvel and to get up close and personal with the roaring diesels. Cycle through sleepy Cambria County towns such as Loretto, whose Catholic roots are very evident. After a long, gradual descent, be challenged again by climbing the Alleghenies once more. After a thrilling descent back to Altoona, take the opportunity to explore the city’s railroading heritage.

©  Jim Homerosky/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Altoona
Distance: 42
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Spring through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 1,250 feet
Top Elevation: 2,475 feet
Local Contacts: Contact information for local attractions, restaurants, lodging, and bike shops is provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Altoona Challenge

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May 2018