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Mountain Biking the Greater Philadelphia Area
by Bob D'Antonio (Falcon Guides)
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We tried to go do this route, but when we went into the park office the ranger told us the only trail that the switchback trail is the only one that's really rideable since the others haven't been maintained for several years. We figured his concept of ridable might be different than ours, so we did the first portion (including that nice, long grade uphill) and were disappointed to discover that the fire line trail truly was a mess. Had the grass been trimmed it would have been a blast but it was so overgrown you couldn't see what you were riding into. We scrapped that plan and rode back, salvaging some of the day by riding up (and then hiking the bikes up when we got too tired) the offshoot trail he mentions as an alternative option to get home and riding down, then crossing the road and continuing on the switchback trail for an hour or so, just to get more of a workout.
Some people who are braver than I am would be fine with this still, but I like to see what I'm about to hit. It's ashame, though - looked beautiful.
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