"One of the many short but exciting classic mountain rides in the mountain biking mecca of Jim Thorpe. The route utilizes parts of the historic Switchback Gravity Railroad, which was started in 1827. This old rail grade originally transported coal from the town of Summit Hill down into Mauch Chunk, known more recently as Jim Thorpe. Mauch Chunk, meaning “Sleeping Bear,” was the Lenni Lenape name given to the ridge northeast of town. Its profile depicts this image and is still called Bear Mountain.
The coal was then loaded on barges at the Lehigh Canal and floated down the canal system along the Delaware River. Mauch Chunk Lake Park boasts an array of amenities, including fishing, swimming, non-motorized boating, boat rentals, camping, food concessions, and restrooms with showers. As for the ride itself, it’s classic Jim Thorpe riding at its best. Highlights: gnarly, rocky, singletrack downhill on the classic Bob's Option Trail; historic Switchback Gravity Railroad Rail-Trail. Tread: Historic Switchback Gravity Railroad Rail-Trail, old paved road, old woods road, rocky singletrack, and four-wheel drive road."