Twin Peaks

Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania

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This ride is named for the two peaks it ascends, Flagstaff Mountain and Mount Pisgah. The ride starts in downtown Jim Thorpe and takes the first 2 miles of the Switchback Trail up to Flagstaff Road. You’ll gain some altitude as you climb a steep grade up the gravel/paved road. The ride goes right, through a gate at the 3.5-mile mark, and then climbs left up some sweet, tight singletrack. Here you gain the Mauch Chunk Ridge, with beautiful views to the south and west. Follow the cues closely to connect with the Fire Line Trail. The Fire Line Trail is a wonderful 3.5-mile stretch of great singletrack and doubletrack riding. At the end of the trail, go right and head down County Road 642 to the power lines. Here the ride drops down some serious rocky tread and then goes left out to the highway. Go right onto Pennsylvania Highway 902 and ride to the Lentz Trail Highway (State Road 3012).Turn right onto SR 3012 and head to the entrance of Mauch Chunk Lake Park. At the park entrance, go left onto the Switchback Trail.
Mountain Biking the Greater Philadelphia Area

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Mountain Biking the Greater Philadelphia Area

by Bob D'Antonio (Falcon Guides)

This ride is named for the two peaks it ascends, Flagstaff Mountain and Mount Pisgah. The ride starts in downtown Jim Thorpe and takes the first 2 miles of the Switchback Trail up to Flagstaff Road. You’ll gain some altitude as you climb a steep grade up the gravel/paved road. The ride goes right, through a gate at the 3.5-mile mark, and then climbs left up some sweet, tight singletrack. Here you gain the Mauch Chunk Ridge, with beautiful views to the south and west. Follow the cues closely to connect with the Fire Line Trail.

The Fire Line Trail is a wonderful 3.5-mile stretch of great singletrack and doubletrack riding. At the end of the trail, go right and head down County Road 642 to the power lines. Here the ride drops down some serious rocky tread and then goes left out to the highway. Go right onto Pennsylvania Highway 902 and ride to the Lentz Trail Highway (State Road 3012).Turn right onto SR 3012 and head to the entrance of Mauch Chunk Lake Park. At the park entrance, go left onto the Switchback Trail.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Jim Thorpe
Distance: 20.3
Elevation Gain: 1,749 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 625 feet
Top Elevation: 1,490 feet
Local Contacts: Mauch Chunk Lake Park, 570-325-3669
Local Maps: USGS Carbon County, PA; Mauch Chunk Lake Park map - available from the park office.
Driving Directions: Directions to Twin Peaks

Recent Trail Reviews

11/7/2009
0

This trail seemed to only go uphill. It was totally devoid of any fun features, and to me was basically like road-biking. The 2 serious downhill sections were very intense, and more like a suicide run. So, if you are into a long, grueling ride, this trail is for you. If you want variety, challenges and fun in your rides, then stay away.


12/30/2002
0

Great trail. Uphill climb in the beginning but it is worth it when you hit the powerlines downhill. On top there are good technical rock sections.



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