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Mountain Biking Pennsylvania
by Rob Ginieczki (Falcon Guides)
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We tried to ride this trail in August, 2007, and were told most of the trail was closed due to flooding, so we went over to the NJ side and rode the Delaware and Raritan trail. It is disappointing the PA hasn't fixed this trail.
Overall it was a great trail, however, due to the recent floods we had to endure some, "rocky" paths and were forced to climb an area where the bridge was out (no ones fault just an inconvenience!).
7/25/06 we started in Yardley to go to New Hope or further but had to turn around after about 10 miles (Stoney Run Aqueduct) because of large trees blocking the trail. At this point trail wash outs were also making for rough going. We noticed that the storm damage to trees did not look recent. However, the part of the trail we covered to that point was great. Practically level, very beautiful, and with some shade. Look for the Washington's Crossing Park sign. Off the trail to the east is the park. It's a great place to stop, rest, and see some history.
If you like flat, wide, smooth, and unchallenging, this is the ride for you. Upside, you can get a great rhythm going on early weekend mornings and weekdays. This trail is great for bike riding with the kids anytime on the weekend or after school. Downside, you'll end up riding through piles of dog crap [that will spray you when hitting them @ 15 MPH] that owners refuse to pick-up, even though there are doggie poop bags provided at many trailheads. You'll also get to ride through tons of goose poop, most certainly laden with Cryptosporidia. Keep your mouth closed and wear goggles and use a Camelback hydration system. The geese are also very aggressive and have been known to stick their heads into your wheels. I saw it happen to one poor guy. That is a BIG mess. The PA side is completely washed out in many sections right now [Nov 2005]. So take a close look before heading out or find an area that is a bit higher in elevation.
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