Asaph Classic

Asaph, Pennsylvania

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This is a must-do adventure for the hard core rider looking to log some serious mileage on fat singletrack. Surrounded by the geologic and industrial history of the area, the ride begins just north of Pine Creek at the USGS Fish Research Lab. This federal facility is open to the public. There are all kinds of aquatic experiments taking place for your viewing pleasure and tanks of some of the biggest fish I’ve ever seen, including trout that could bite your hand off and piles of prehistoric sturgeon. Old logging grades, countless miles of singletrack, and the site of the Hessel Gessel mill stone quarry are a few of the features along this outstanding ride. Most of the ride follows a racecourse set up by the fellas from Country Ski and Sports in Wellsboro, appropriately named the Asaph Mountain Bike Classic. It’s a classic indeed, and to be here and not ride this trail is like jetting to Moab and forgetting your bike; it’s a definite crime. Highlights: rugged mountain riding with endless miles of classic singletrack and screamer downhills; historic Hessel Gessel mill stone quarry; USGS Fish Research Lab; close to the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania and Colton and Leonard Harrison State Parks. Tread: hard core singletrack, forest roads, old logging roads, grassy pipelines, and old woods roads.

Asaph Classic Professional Review and Guide

"This is a must-do adventure for the hard core rider looking to log some serious mileage on fat singletrack. Surrounded by the geologic and industrial history of the area, the ride begins just north of Pine Creek at the USGS Fish Research Lab. This federal facility is open to the public. There are all kinds of aquatic experiments taking place for your viewing pleasure and tanks of some of the biggest fish I’ve ever seen, including trout that could bite your hand off and piles of prehistoric sturgeon. Old logging grades, countless miles of singletrack, and the site of the Hessel Gessel mill stone quarry are a few of the features along this outstanding ride. Most of the ride follows a racecourse set up by the fellas from Country Ski and Sports in Wellsboro, appropriately named the Asaph Mountain Bike Classic. It’s a classic indeed, and to be here and not ride this trail is like jetting to Moab and forgetting your bike; it’s a definite crime.

Highlights: rugged mountain riding with endless miles of classic singletrack and screamer downhills; historic Hessel Gessel mill stone quarry; USGS Fish Research Lab; close to the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania and Colton and Leonard Harrison State Parks. Tread: hard core singletrack, forest roads, old logging roads, grassy pipelines, and old woods roads."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Asaph
Distance: 23.4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 3 - 6 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 1,250 feet
Top Elevation: 2,250 feet
Local Contacts: Pennsylvania State Forest 717-783-7941
Local Maps: USGS Asaph, Keeneyville; DCNR Tioga State Forest Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Asaph Classic

Recent Trail Reviews

3/3/2010
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Didn't get a chance to finish the trail. Rode about 3/4 of the trail. We had great weather for April, but was still a little soggy on the trails. Deer Trail was a great downhill but again wet. The streams mentioned that need crossing are numerous and were fairly deep. Once you get over the first soaker it's all good. I'd wait till late April to ride this trail again.


8/14/2006
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Only had enough time to do half the ride. (We chose the last half, for single track) Fantastic riding and sceanery. Go up "Left Straight Run Trail" and don't miss the Log Slide Trail (not much change in vertical), it is a fun section of single track to fly through. This will give you a great downhill to finish, "Darling Trail". Good luck!



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