Big Mill Creek

Ridgeway, Pennsylvania

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This ride was once part of the Ridgeway Mountain Bike Race course. The original course went deep into the National Forest and crossed some private tracts of land. Vegetation has now grown back along the abandoned pipelines and covered parts of the trail, but the front half of the ride still survives and offers some great riding. The course passes along old pipeline singletrack which has exposed the old pipe due to the heavy amount of riding. Skilled bike handling is a must to avoid the heinous tireslides on the old, slippery steel pipe that would otherwise toss you from your bike. Highlights: tight, twisty singletrack with a sweet downhill finish through an older growth stand of conifers; Sandy Beach Recreation Area. Tread: beautiful hardpacked singletrack and grassy power line roads.

Big Mill Creek Professional Review and Guide

"This ride was once part of the Ridgeway Mountain Bike Race course. The original course went deep into the National Forest and crossed some private tracts of land. Vegetation has now grown back along the abandoned pipelines and covered parts of the trail, but the front half of the ride still survives and offers some great riding.

The course passes along old pipeline singletrack which has exposed the old pipe due to the heavy amount of riding. Skilled bike handling is a must to avoid the heinous tireslides on the old, slippery steel pipe that would otherwise toss you from your bike. Highlights: tight, twisty singletrack with a sweet downhill finish through an older growth stand of conifers; Sandy Beach Recreation Area. Tread: beautiful hardpacked singletrack and grassy power line roads."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Ridgeway
Distance: 6.3
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 1 - 2 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 1,500 feet
Top Elevation: 1,700 feet
Local Contacts: Allegheny National Forest 814-723-5150
Local Maps: USGS Portland Mills
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Mill Creek

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May 2018