Ligonier Wildlife Challenge Professional Review and Guide
"This ride explores the foothills between the Chestnut and Laurel Ridges in Westmoreland County between Ligonier and Donegal. It also passes the eighteenth-century Fort Ligonier Route 30 and PA 711. If you love hills, wildlife, hills, beautiful wooded scenery, and more hills, this ride is for you. On the ride you're likely to see deer, mallards, Canada geese, black bears, wild turkeys, pheasants, and other wildlife. Plus, there are breathtaking panoramic vistas of the surrounding countryside from the tops of climbs and colorful wild flowers even into autumn.
For those thrilled by rollercoaster rides, on one downhill stretch you can coast at over 40 mph! Claire Palmgren, who verified this tour from the backseat of a tandem, claimed nothing more than 12 percent. But remember that getting up the hills is only half the problem; getting down safely is the other half. Because of these extremely steep downhill grades, it is absolutely necessary to check your brakes for proper operation before attempting the 49-mile tour. Terrain: moderately hilly on the 31-mile cruise; rolling hills with steep climbs on the 49-mile challenge. Outside of Ligonier itself, Darlington, Stahlstown, and the crossing of Route 30, traffic is exceptionally light."