Gore Vista

Karthaus, Pennsylvania

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This ride travels through the beautifully rugged woodlands surrounding the Wykoff Run Natural Area. The route is actually a series of cross-country ski trails through the heart of the Quehanna Wild Area, which encompasses 50,000 acres of some of the most remote and untouched land in Pennsylvania. It wasn’t always untouched—loggers cut every inch of forest, fires burned the rich soil layer, and the land was left for dead. After you cross Reactor Road, the riding gets better. Four miles of the most pristine singletrack floats through beautiful woodland. A short link on doubletrack along the Sanders Trail leads to more outstanding singletrack, which takes you to the remote Gore Vista Trail. It’s not uncommon to sit here for hours, communing with the natural world and recharging you spiritual connections. Highlights: long sections of stellar technical singletrack, beautiful pure stands of white birch trees, true solitude, the commanding Gore Vista, great wildlife viewing, one of the most remote woodland areas in Pennsylvania. Tread: rugged, rocky, technical singletrack, grassy old woods and forest road.

Gore Vista Professional Review and Guide

"This ride travels through the beautifully rugged woodlands surrounding the Wykoff Run Natural Area. The route is actually a series of cross-country ski trails through the heart of the Quehanna Wild Area, which encompasses 50,000 acres of some of the most remote and untouched land in Pennsylvania. It wasn’t always untouched—loggers cut every inch of forest, fires burned the rich soil layer, and the land was left for dead.

After you cross Reactor Road, the riding gets better. Four miles of the most pristine singletrack floats through beautiful woodland. A short link on doubletrack along the Sanders Trail leads to more outstanding singletrack, which takes you to the remote Gore Vista Trail. It’s not uncommon to sit here for hours, communing with the natural world and recharging you spiritual connections. Highlights: long sections of stellar technical singletrack, beautiful pure stands of white birch trees, true solitude, the commanding Gore Vista, great wildlife viewing, one of the most remote woodland areas in Pennsylvania. Tread: rugged, rocky, technical singletrack, grassy old woods and forest road."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Karthaus
Distance: 13.1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 2 - 4 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 2,000 feet
Top Elevation: 2,050 feet
Local Contacts: Pennsylvania State Forest 717-783-7941
Local Maps: USGS Devils Elbow, Driftwood; DCNR Pennsylvania State Forest: Moshannon State Forest map, Elk State Forest map, Quehanna Trail map
Driving Directions: Directions to Gore Vista

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