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Started at Freeport and rode 7 miles and back. Slight uphill the way out, but not too difficult. Parking lots were full at every stop we passed, but the trail was never crowded. Enjoyed the shaded and wide trail. Spotted 2 deer chasing each other across the creek and 2 Great Blue Heron fishing for their lunch. We will return to complete the trail soon.
I have been out of biking for a while, and figured this would be a great place to start out again. Word of warning, if you’re really out of shape like me, the trail is slightly downhill from the lake and pretty much all uphill on the way back. Not much of a grade, but I figured you should know. I love this area, my elementary school was not far from here. We used to take field trips down to Twin Lakes when the lakes were drained (one at a time). There was not much here then, and I don’t recall much evidence of the line that used to be here. Thank you Mr. Ballash for giving us a history on this line. You will enjoy this peaceful but short trail.
Gravel trail in multiple widths. Sometimes just a few feet wide and hope no one is coming the other way and other times very wide like a 2-lane highway.
High point on the trail is midway. Not exactly sure but I am guessing Cabot.
There is no water along the trail. No where to get water close to the trail. So be prepared.
Trail is 20+ miles and runs from Butler to Freeport. The name of the trail! Maybe a few blocks from the trail in Butler there is a convenience store to get water if needed. But along the trail, NOTHING!
However there is a bike shop along the trail near Bonniebrook that sells water but they are only open a few hours on the weekend (s).
Parked at Bonniebrook and biked downhill to Butler then uphill back. This was a 9 mile round trip. Then we biked the other direction towards Freeport.
It was hot (90 degrees) and we ran out off water. Next time we take extra.
All in all a great trail to ride on. We usually frequent this one one or two times a year traveling about an hour to get to.
A hidden gem of diversity and a lot of calmness in many areas. Our first ride on it was in Sept. Labor Day, sunny and 80’s. Looking forward to riding again this fall.
The surface of mostly loose stone dust took a little getting used to as not packed like most rail trails. Was not a fan of the 2 miles of packed bouncy gravel road with potholes, but was doable. Rode from Tatesville to Riddlesburg and back 21.4. Thankfully, small port-a-pot at each end.
We were on gravel bikes (lower tire pressure) which did great. Didn't see anyone for a long time and the ones we saw were on mountain bikes.
Nice to see kept up mowed sides and enjoyed going through the cutout rocks. Some areas had grass in the middle but was mowed. My group thought in areas it was not quite the level trail as described, but we figured the trail variety of surface and scenery made it seem that way. Will do again as it's a great well kept trail, but with a different perspective of what the trail surface actually is.
On June 30, 2020, I started in Cumberland at first light. Bike was fully loaded for a self sufficient adventure. I was on a carbon road bike with 23mm tires. There were only a couple sections where the gravel was soft an pillowy slowing me down a bit to ensure I stayed upright. The key to getting through this brief section is to keep pedaling. The more you pedal the more your bike wants to stay upright. Beyond that the the trail is very isolated in sections. At some parks/ parking lots along the route There are tool stations with air pumps. There are bathrooms along the that I thought were few and far between, perhaps due to Covid and some being removed. I was able to do 122 miles in one day fully loaded at about 13 mph, just interested to see how far I could go. I noticed most others were not moving at that speed. I made the return trip back to Cumberland the next day.
Read the trail description, the reviews, AND the West Penn Trail website. This is an awesome trail but NOT for casual riders or those not used to serious climbs and loose gravel. That said, we loved the challenges of riding it end and back from Blairsville. You must be able to push or carry your bike up several flights of wooden stairs and later climb and descent short pieces in excess of 12%. You’ll be rewarded for your efforts with many river crossings, tunnel views, and lots of amazing views. Don’t miss this trail if you’re in the area and want a challenge.
This is a nice little trail. Don’t bother with the Ehrenfeld Trailhead unless you want a few extra miles or the space is full at the next trailhead. The trail is on road anyway and has some short but tough hills for a casual cyclist. That said, we really liked the trail. It rolls up and down, much more than most rail trails but nothing serious. The trail does have a lot of double track the first miles so I wouldn’t recommend for a trike. The tunnel is great. Very much worth the ride. This isn’t a destination trail, of course, but it’s one you should ride if you’re in the area.
We started the trail across from the Saltlick Township Volunteer Fire Hall. The first gate was a little difficult to pass because one has to squeeze between the side of the closed gate and a large rock, trying to be careful not to fall in the ditch. The trail between the first gate and the second gate is nice, wide and easy to navigate. The second gate was not so easy to navigate. Over grown. Further you go on the path the less there was of one. I don't know how maintains the trail but they don't do a very good job at it.
I biked and hiked this trail on Sunday 8/16/2020 with a temperature in the mid 80's. Despite the smooth crushed limestone surface for the 1st 2.1 miles, it was still a workout trying to move at a moderate speed. I took a photo / water break about every .5 miles to catch my breath. I continued biking the trail into the State Game Lands at mile 2.1 for about .25 miles before I dismounted and hiked 3.6 miles of the trail pushing my hybrid bike. At mile 5.7, the grassy, tire-rutted part of the trail dumped out on to a State Game Lands access road. I was able to gingerly bike this section of trail over ballast and cinders for the last .6 miles before encountering one of those DCNR yellow bar gates very near Rt 885. My T-shirt was soaked with perspiration. After taking some pictures and drinking a lot of water, I headed back. I found it best to bike the grass next to the dirt path that had been forged over the years from fellow travelers. The dirt path was narrow and many of the underlying stones had made their way to the surface which made the dirt path a bit treacherous in some places. I was able to bike at a fairly moderate pace on the grass with a hybrid bike travelling between 11mph and 15mph. When I finally got back on the crushed limestone surface, I was flying; hitting speeds of 21mph. If there had not been any soft spots on the crushed limestone surface, I would have been able to hit higher speeds. But the fear of wiping out held me in check. It took me about 2 hours and 10 minutes to ascend to the end of the trail and about 20 minutes to descend back to the Igou Rd Trailhead.
Some commentary: The trail is nice where it has been surfaced with the crushed limestone. It's wide and hard packed most of the way with lots of poop-out benches. There are mileposts every .25 miles. The ROW (Right of Way) was built on a shelf cut out of a mountain. So on one side of the ROW, one has an ascending hill while on the other side of the trail one has a descending hill with nice vistas. It is not until one starts to bike / hike the undeveloped part of the trail, that one can obtain vistas of distant mountains along with a couple of rock cuts. I covered this trail by myself in the evening and I could hear and see wildlife in the undeveloped section of the trail. I felt very uneasy and was ever so glad to be able to move quickly thru the undeveloped area on my return trip. I would recommend covering the undeveloped section with another person or dog.
I gave this trail 3 stars because I have been on a lot prettier trails and the fact that the majority of the trail is unfinished. I also don't like the fact that there is not a trailhead at its north end. If there were a trailhead at its north end, I would have spotted a car at the south end and driven to its north end with a friend and biked the trail in one direction downhill to the spotted vehicle.
Riding East to West paid off because the ride back was down hill. Went from Black Lick to Nanty-Glo.
Had the same problem others have posted regarding finding the beginning of the trail. We drove past it and found a place to park just at the edge of Clearfield. The scenery is so pretty. Fun to go over the bridges. From Curwensville to Grampian is a long gradual uphill. Met some very nice folks along the way. Definitely will be back.
Very very scenic nice crushed limestone path but for me a very challenging ride back , it is a steep grade the whole way down to the river.
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