Broad Mountain Loop

Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania

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Broad Mountain is quite popular with hunters. The principal game species you'll find are whitetail deer, black bear, wild turkey, ruffed grouse, and gray squirrel. But hunters are not the only folks flocking to Broad Mountain. Mountain bikers are coming in equal numbers to enjoy the excellent riding that's available in the area. The Deer Path, Tar Trail, and Broad Mountain Loop are just a few of superb rides you'll find on Broad Mountain. With everything from tight, twisty, rocky singletrack trails to steep climbs and smooth doubletrack trails, Broad Mountain has the terrain to satisfy any skill level. A great thing about biking on Broad Mountain is that after you get to know the area, you'll notice that a number of the trails interconnect--so you can create your perfect ride. Wear bright colored clothing (preferably blaze orange), stay on the main trails, and show common courtesy when coming in contact with hunters and other trail users. Terrain: Doubletrack and dirt roads.

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"Broad Mountain is quite popular with hunters. The principal game species you'll find are whitetail deer, black bear, wild turkey, ruffed grouse, and gray squirrel. But hunters are not the only folks flocking to Broad Mountain. Mountain bikers are coming in equal numbers to enjoy the excellent riding that's available in the area. The Deer Path, Tar Trail, and Broad Mountain Loop are just a few of superb rides you'll find on Broad Mountain. With everything from tight, twisty, rocky singletrack trails to steep climbs and smooth doubletrack trails, Broad Mountain has the terrain to satisfy any skill level.

A great thing about biking on Broad Mountain is that after you get to know the area, you'll notice that a number of the trails interconnect--so you can create your perfect ride. Wear bright colored clothing (preferably blaze orange), stay on the main trails, and show common courtesy when coming in contact with hunters and other trail users. Terrain: Doubletrack and dirt roads."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Jim Thorpe
Distance: 10.4
Elevation Gain: 1,023 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 1,700 feet
Top Elevation: 1,750 feet
Local Contacts: Northeast Pennsylvania Game Commission, 570-675-1143
Local Maps: USGS Carbon County, PA; Pennsylvania State Game Lands No. 141 map - available from the park office at 570-675-1143.
Driving Directions: Directions to Broad Mountain Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

8/14/2008
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8/13/2007
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Nice ride. Look forward to another visit soon. Outlook No.1 was easy to find. Not a great view though. The DCNR needs to clear out some trees, obstructed view. Had trouble locating the second outlook so passed on it.


6/6/2005
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This trail is a fun aerobic bike ride or a great relaxing hike with great views from the point that overlook the Lehigh River gorge. Also nearby is Glen Onoko falls. This is a tight rocky climb (or descent) Along some of the most beautiful waterfalls in PA. Jim Thorpe and the surronding areas are an outdoor enthusists dream. Check out the bike and rafting shops in the downtown areas for more info.


8/19/2004
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Very good trail. A few short climbs but nothing too hard. when you get there you may want to park at the lower lot on rt 93 otherwise when you come out of the trail you have to climb about 1.5 miles up the road and it's a steep hill. If you parked in upper lot. Be careful if venturing off the regular trail. We just took one this weekend and ended up going down the side of the mountain on a narrow rocky path that was we were unable to ride. then you end up between the two mountains and have to take small path out and end up behind the carbon county correctional center. Then it's a nasty climb about 3 miles up rt 93 to the parking lots.


8/19/2000
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We really enjoyed this trail. Not as rocky as some others in this area, but not so smooth that it's boring. Novices might find it a little too rough. A few moderate descents and gentle climbs but since these trails follow fire roads the hills aren't very steep. Late fall (after the leaves are down) would seem to be the best time to see the Lehigh Gorge; the foliage blocked this view from most vantage points. (Late fall would also be the best time to be mistaken for a deer and shot--a trade-off.) There are a couple stream crossings for refreshment. Lastly we found this trail to be about ten miles, rather than the four miles as listed in the book. Perfect for those who don't want silky-smooth flat terrain, but aren't ready for the X-Games. I'd go back in a heartbeat.



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