Garocii Quarry Switchback Trail

Ridgeway, Pennsylvania

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A truly classic ride! Founded by Dave Love, the owner of Love’s Canoe in Ridgeway, it is a shining example of the ideal mountain bike ride. If stout climbs and sweet singletrack are what you crave, then this is the honey pot. The ridge-top singletrack passes an optional but worthy spur trail that drops down through massive sandstone boulders. These monolithic rocks litter the hillside, forming small caves and interesting climbing problems. The trail meanders by the man-made quarry and ancient steam engine. The engine was used to lower the quarried rock to the stone crusher found at the bottom of the hill. Oak trees now grow through the old steam engine, making it a permanent fixture atop the quarry. The question is, how did they get that colossal beast up there? Highlights: the historic ruins of the Garocii Stone Quarry and Stone Crusher, Little Toby Rail-Trail, 2 miles of the area's best switchback singletrack, bouldering on massive boulders, exploring mini-caves between the massive blocks, great wildlife viewing. Tread: the perfect blend of great singletrack and fire roads. The singletrack sections are mostly hardpacked, with the occasional rock.

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"A truly classic ride! Founded by Dave Love, the owner of Love’s Canoe in Ridgeway, it is a shining example of the ideal mountain bike ride. If stout climbs and sweet singletrack are what you crave, then this is the honey pot. The ridge-top singletrack passes an optional but worthy spur trail that drops down through massive sandstone boulders. These monolithic rocks litter the hillside, forming small caves and interesting climbing problems. The trail meanders by the man-made quarry and ancient steam engine.

The engine was used to lower the quarried rock to the stone crusher found at the bottom of the hill. Oak trees now grow through the old steam engine, making it a permanent fixture atop the quarry. The question is, how did they get that colossal beast up there? Highlights: the historic ruins of the Garocii Stone Quarry and Stone Crusher, Little Toby Rail-Trail, 2 miles of the area's best switchback singletrack, bouldering on massive boulders, exploring mini-caves between the massive blocks, great wildlife viewing. Tread: the perfect blend of great singletrack and fire roads. The singletrack sections are mostly hardpacked, with the occasional rock."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Ridgeway
Distance: 8.7
Elevation Gain: 740 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 2 - 4 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 1,500 feet
Top Elevation: 2,240 feet
Local Contacts: Pennsylvania Game Commission 717-183-7507
Local Maps: USGS Carman; Pennsylvania Game Commission SGL 44 map
Driving Directions: Directions to Garocii Quarry Switchback Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

4/25/2018
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Awesome hiking also connects with Indian Rock trail. Some large grape vineyards in the area with a great vista at the to of the switchback.


6/19/2006
0

I couldn''t find it from the directions listed on the guide.



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May 2018