Powdermill Loop

Ligonier, Pennsylvania

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This ride takes you way away from civilization, so it’s important to carry the knowledge and gear to fix your bike and yourself in the event of the unforeseen. The chances of bumping into another human being here are quite slim. There’s a nice vista (even though it’s out over the Pennsylvania Turnpike) that includes Laurel Hill. As you can see by the curves of the turnpike, the road cut straight through the Laurel Hill Mountain at one time. The tunnel is still there in its entirety and is used by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to store salt and equipment. The vista is atop a man-made hill of blasted rock left from the rerouting of the turnpike to its present-day location. Down in Linn Run State Park, you’ll find beautiful rustic cabins to rent and the infamous “medicinal” spring, which local lore claims has healed ailments. All I can tell you is that it’s darn cold and tastes great! So fill your water bottles to the brim because lots of strenuous climbing makes this ride a true mountain-man experience. Highlights: remote and rugged riding, 840-foot vertical climb, scenic vista, folklore "medicinal" spring, rustic rental cabins. Tread: the trail varies from singletrack, doubletrack, grassy road, paved road, four-wheel drive, and ATV trails.
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Mountain Biking Pennsylvania

by Rob Ginieczki (Falcon Guides)

This ride takes you way away from civilization, so it’s important to carry the knowledge and gear to fix your bike and yourself in the event of the unforeseen. The chances of bumping into another human being here are quite slim. There’s a nice vista (even though it’s out over the Pennsylvania Turnpike) that includes Laurel Hill. As you can see by the curves of the turnpike, the road cut straight through the Laurel Hill Mountain at one time. The tunnel is still there in its entirety and is used by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to store salt and equipment.

The vista is atop a man-made hill of blasted rock left from the rerouting of the turnpike to its present-day location. Down in Linn Run State Park, you’ll find beautiful rustic cabins to rent and the infamous “medicinal” spring, which local lore claims has healed ailments. All I can tell you is that it’s darn cold and tastes great! So fill your water bottles to the brim because lots of strenuous climbing makes this ride a true mountain-man experience. Highlights: remote and rugged riding, 840-foot vertical climb, scenic vista, folklore "medicinal" spring, rustic rental cabins. Tread: the trail varies from singletrack, doubletrack, grassy road, paved road, four-wheel drive, and ATV trails.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Ligonier
Distance: 13.8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 2 - 4 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 2,000 feet
Top Elevation: 2,770 feet
Local Contacts: Linn Run State Park
Local Maps: USGS Seven Springs, Stahlstown, Ligonier, Bakersville; Laurel Highlands Snowmobile Trail System map; PW&S Railroad Bike Trail map; DCNR Forbes State Forest map
Driving Directions: Directions to Powdermill Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

5/20/2011
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hard to find sorta hard to follow as well got lost I mean not scary lost cause ya can hear the turnpike but be prepare not well marked cool ride no cell phone service as expected I guess I mentioned that in case you get lost like me.takes ya right through the forest great view of the turnpike at the top the mountain



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May 2018