Middle Ridge Trail

Asaph, Pennsylvania

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The ride centers on the Asaph Wild Area, with the key word being “wild.” Over 2,000 acres of rugged mountain terrain comprise this beautiful forest tract, including the Black Ash Swamp Natural Area. The Black Ash Swamp harbors many unique wetland flora and mature stands of second-growth maple and cherry. Both ridge top and valley are alive with the sights and sounds of a deep forest, lending a rugged and solitary feel to the ride. As the ride follows the Right Asaph Road, keep an eye out for wildlife in and along the woods. Bright orange to salmon red in color with blackringed red spots, this terrestrial critter lives on the moist forest floor. Highlights: the beautiful and remote Aspah Wild Area; stellar mountain singletrack; great wildlife viewing; close to the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, and Colton and Leonard Harrison State Parks. Tread: the climb follows smooth forest road, the ridge-top follows grassy old woods road, and the descent is a wide, burly singletrack, which becomes progressively rockier as the trail loses elevation and approaches the ford at the trailhead.

Middle Ridge Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The ride centers on the Asaph Wild Area, with the key word being “wild.” Over 2,000 acres of rugged mountain terrain comprise this beautiful forest tract, including the Black Ash Swamp Natural Area. The Black Ash Swamp harbors many unique wetland flora and mature stands of second-growth maple and cherry. Both ridge top and valley are alive with the sights and sounds of a deep forest, lending a rugged and solitary feel to the ride. As the ride follows the Right Asaph Road, keep an eye out for wildlife in and along the woods.

Bright orange to salmon red in color with blackringed red spots, this terrestrial critter lives on the moist forest floor. Highlights: the beautiful and remote Aspah Wild Area; stellar mountain singletrack; great wildlife viewing; close to the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, and Colton and Leonard Harrison State Parks. Tread: the climb follows smooth forest road, the ridge-top follows grassy old woods road, and the descent is a wide, burly singletrack, which becomes progressively rockier as the trail loses elevation and approaches the ford at the trailhead."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Asaph
Distance: 8.1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 - 2.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 1,500 feet
Top Elevation: 2,300 feet
Local Contacts: Pennsylvania State Forest 717-783-7941
Local Maps: USGS Asaph; DCNR Tioga State Forest map
Driving Directions: Directions to Middle Ridge Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

3/3/2010
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Overall great trail. Once up the fire road, conditions were a swampy. The guide mentions something about old cabins and cauldrons. Those are nowhere in sight. Note, the guide tells to take a left turn marked by two blue dots, the dots were actually repainted red. The downhill section is awesome! When I got to the bottom, I had to walk across a fairly high log to get over the stream and back to the parking lot. I didn't see another way around to the lot.



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