Chimney Rocks

Mont Alto, Pennsylvania

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The Michaux State Forest received its name from the French botanist Andre Michaux, who explored this area extensively in the late 1800s. With over 82,000 acres spanning three counties, Michaux offers the outdoor enthusiast lots of places to explore. The trailhead is located across from Pennsylvania’s oldest tree nursery, which was started in 1902 and still produces 2 million trees annually. Highlights: Chimney Rocks and vista, Snowy Mountain Fire Tower, Hermitage Cabin near the Appalachian Trail, Climbing Rock outcrop, spring along the ride, scenic woodland fire road riding. Tread: the majority of this ride is on state forest dirt roads. But 1.5 miles of sweet, switchbackin' singletrack drops off from the Chimney Rocks Vista and is peppered with smooth, rounded rocks-a nice break from the fast, flat fire roads.

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"The Michaux State Forest received its name from the French botanist Andre Michaux, who explored this area extensively in the late 1800s. With over 82,000 acres spanning three counties, Michaux offers the outdoor enthusiast lots of places to explore. The trailhead is located across from Pennsylvania’s oldest tree nursery, which was started in 1902 and still produces 2 million trees annually.

Highlights: Chimney Rocks and vista, Snowy Mountain Fire Tower, Hermitage Cabin near the Appalachian Trail, Climbing Rock outcrop, spring along the ride, scenic woodland fire road riding. Tread: the majority of this ride is on state forest dirt roads. But 1.5 miles of sweet, switchbackin' singletrack drops off from the Chimney Rocks Vista and is peppered with smooth, rounded rocks-a nice break from the fast, flat fire roads."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Mont Alto
Distance: 15.8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 2 - 3 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 1,000 feet
Top Elevation: 2,020 feet
Local Contacts: Pennsylvania State Forest 717-783-7941
Local Maps: USGS Waynesboro, Iron Springs; DCNR Bureau of Forestry: Michaux State Forest map
Driving Directions: Directions to Chimney Rocks

Recent Trail Reviews

8/5/2006
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I enjoyed this trail on the first weekend of August. It offers a nice mix of fireroads, singletrack and scenic views. I would recommend it to people who are interested in seeing what the state forest has to offer. Riders who are looking for a technical ride may be disappointed as it does not contain classic singletrack. The singletrack sections are forest roads that are overgrown (bikers have created a singletrack down the middle). My friends and I combined the ride with climbing and a night at Hermitage Cabin (biking, climbing and a cabin party, how can you go wrong?) Ride and enjoy



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