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    4-5 hours drive? Where to ride?

    Hey all.

    Last year me and the crew went to Slatyfork WV and we basically lost 2 days driving. We have less time for this years roadtrip. Where do you suggest within the 4-6 hour drive from Philly for a 4 day adventure?

    I've heard mixed reviews on state college.

    If you want to offer areas and ride names please do!

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    there is certainly 4 good days of riding up here in the state college area, but its alot more rocky than you philly boys are used to, at least thats what I hear when others have come up from that way. We can help you out with route planning and Im sure there would be a few locals to ride with on the weekend days if you are including them. accomodations could either be in any of a number of hotels in town or Greenwood furnace state park campground. you could also do a detour on the way up and hit the rattling creek stuff outside lykens PA, definitely worth the detour.
    you could also head up to Ellicotville NY, probably about 6 hours from you guys, at least three days of riding up there.

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    Road-trip it! Spend a day in the Allentown area, then off to Lykens, then 2 in State College area

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    were all good with rocks...

    slatyfork WV is rocky so were all good with that. heres a pic from that trip...

    Ill look into NY. Not aware of whats up there.
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    dan is the man, i agree. a day in lykens, 2 in state college, and one more in the laurel highlands.

    as for mixed reviews on state college, you could find 4 days of excellent riding, and you could also find 4 days of less than excellent riding. you need to know who to meet up with.

    you spend your 4 days like i mentioned and you won't be sorry. if you are, i'll enter a convent.

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    Diablo, it only a 2:30 drive from Philly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinny A
    Diablo, it only a 2:30 drive from Philly.
    Yeah, but 1. It seems like they're looking more for technical cross-country rather than DH/FR, and 2. Diablo would get old after 2 days, nevermind 4.
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    What and where is "Diablo"? Sounds interesting...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pahearn
    What and where is "Diablo"? Sounds interesting...

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    Diablo Freeride Park. It's in northern jersey.

    http://www.diablofreeridepark.com/park_info.html
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    Check out the Woodstock Area in New York.

    Jockey Hollow is right there, pretty nice!

    The Kenneth Wilson campground is sweet and it has about 9 miles of trails. Pretty sure they have a NORBA race there every year.

    Also you can check out the Stewart Buffer Lands on the way home.

    There's a ton more riding in the general area also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stick
    Diablo Freeride Park. It's in northern jersey.
    Thanks Stick, ever been there, Worth the drive for a day of riding?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stick
    Yeah, but 1. It seems like they're looking more for technical cross-country rather than DH/FR, and 2. Diablo would get old after 2 days, nevermind 4.
    I'm not sure where you would stay for something like this (at Mountain Creek itself?), but if you made Diablo your home base, you would be right next to Wawayanda, and centrally located between (and reasonably close to) Allamuchy & Ringwood, all of which have more than a day's worth of what you're looking for.

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    If you dont want to drive too far then difinately check out the Laurel Highlands. You could ride the Laurel Mtn/Linn Runn area then ride Seven Springs which is pretty much in the same area. Maybe head on down to Ohiopyle as well. You could camp at Linn Runn basically right next to the trails. Food and lodging in this area is also cheap.

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    NEPA! Lackawanna State Park, Merli (fixed for the most part), and Prompton. All have around 20 miles of trails. Merli is technical and a climb/decend type of place. LSP has a faster but still technical type of Singletrack. and Prompton is a mix. Very fast and wide turns with Tech sections mixed in. Come up to Hubbard for a Thursnight ride and see what makes it fun around here. You can head back to your favorite any time. Contact me and we (might) have someone to show you ALL the places. ttyl, Fahn
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    Quote Originally Posted by pahearn
    Thanks Stick, ever been there, Worth the drive for a day of riding?

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    I've been there several times. For someone who loves big hits and free ride its great. If free ride isn't your thing, you will hate the place.
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    Michaux State forest between Gettysburg and Shippensburg. Camp in Pinegrove furnace, Ride, puke, repeat x4.

    You can easily do two days riding from the park and 20 mintues drive to other parts of the park and you'll be hardpressed to repeat a trail.

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    i used to be a north jersey guy so am very much ok with waywayanda and ringwood and allamucuhy....

    we may want somethign more exotic. That is, of course, in the eye of the beholder.

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    thanks...XC technical. no downhill or freeride

    Thanks everyone.

    Were getting there with some of the suggestions. Good ones at that. about the freeride and DH...were lookin for the juicy XC. Climbing is good too.

    were all expierenced sport and expert level XC riders. technical is good!

    Im trying to convince the crew that Pisgah NC (and area) is worth the trip but after last years car time people are a bit put off by another 2 days of lost riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jomissa
    Thanks everyone.

    Were getting there with some of the suggestions. Good ones at that. about the freeride and DH...were lookin for the juicy XC. Climbing is good too.

    were all expierenced sport and expert level XC riders. technical is good!

    Im trying to convince the crew that Pisgah NC (and area) is worth the trip but after last years car time people are a bit put off by another 2 days of lost riding.
    Where are you coming from, anyway? Are you in Philly? Or Hoboken?

    I only ask because, if it's the latter, then Vermont's kingdom trails are a very reasonable drive (probably just over 6 hrs from Hoboken) and are well worth the trip.

    From Philly, with rest stops and such, it's more like 8 hrs. It's a haul, but if you leave early in the morning, you can get there by mid-afternoon and still get some good riding in. Either way, it's a *lot* closer than Pisgah.

    Great trails. Easily 4 days worth.
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    philly is the home base: how'd you know i used to live in hoboken?

    were all in phlly now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jomissa
    how'd you know i used to live in hoboken?
    Prolly the same way he knows you ride a 91 Monster Fat Chance.


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    Quote Originally Posted by pahearn
    Prolly the same way he knows you ride a 91 Monster Fat Chance.

    Oh. No. I'd have to look at his profile for that. Much too complicated. I've simply been stalking him for over a year, that's all.

    Nice guess though!
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    4 days of riding at kingdom trails???

    sorry but i must disagree. especially for sport/expert riders you'll be done with every trail in no longer than 2 days. maybe a 3rd day for a greatest hits ride.

    and unfortunately for as nice as VT and NH are, there seems to be just too much private land up there for too may other big riding opportunities outside of ski resort type riding.

    that said I HAVE LOVED KINGDOM TRAILS BOTH TIMES I HAVE BEEN i would just not try to ride there for 4 days. 1 long day or two easier ones is plenty IMHO.

    also if you didn't like the drive to WV you'll hate the drive to pisgah it is about 2x as far from what i experienced last summer. VT will also take you at least as long.

    micheaux rocks! state college rocks! if you could navigate the WV you should have no problems out that way.

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    here are some pics of the laurel mtn area http://mtnbiker.smugmug.com/gallery/2097227#108221891.

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    Awesome cake!

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    Quote Originally Posted by max-a-mill
    4 days of riding at kingdom trails???

    that said I HAVE LOVED KINGDOM TRAILS BOTH TIMES I HAVE BEEN i would just not try to ride there for 4 days. 1 long day or two easier ones is plenty IMHO.
    Must be something to those big wheels, then. That, or I'm getting exceptionally soft in my old age. When we were there last summer, we filled two days (granted, they weren't exactly 16-hour epic days in the saddle), just pedaling around the Darling Hill area. We did do one trail (Tody's Tour) twice, and maybe overlapped a couple sections here & there (heading in the opposite direction), but most of it was different on day 2 than on day 1. And that was without riding anything on the other side of town (Moose Alley, etc.) or any of the newer 'freeride' trails on Burke Mt.

    From what I've learned talking to someone who rides there pretty frequently, we missed some of the best trails in the area - so I just assumed there's enough out there to keep one busy for 4 days. Hell, the trails are so much fun that even riding the same ones twice ain't so bad!

    Maybe if your group knows the area better and stays in constant motion you could hit all of it in two days, but one? Yikes. More power to ya! You guys obviously don't drink enough Old Chubb.
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    this is some freaky ****. only the lucky have even laid eyes on that amazing 91 beauty. im thinking about the hours ive speint on her now....mmmmm goood.

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    For what it's worth I didn't really find much love for the knigdom trails. Could be that I was bitten repeatedly on the ball sack/grundle area by biting flies, then chased through the woods shortsless by flies, then forced to wipe with the half of the map we needed.

    We bailed on the second day and went to killington for some lift served goodness. Sans biting flies.
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    what month was that? july aug?

    what month

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    those pics of laurel highlands were spot on. all the good stuff, but that's the first time i've seen anyone climbing that gnarly rock on wolf rocks. rocky gap is sweet, that skinnie is tough to climb.

    there's bound to be more of laurel here, as well as some of state college. and maybe even some lykens.

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    If you guys are competitive sport/expert level riders looking for techy XC, you're not really gonna find it at Kingdom Trails. I was there last August with my wife (yes, it was humid and buggy) and we are both novices and had no trouble with any of the trails . We hit a bunch of trails on the Darling Hill side, and they were super fun. Just not technical.

    The average "easy" trail in Rothrock S.F in State College is a lot tougher than the black diamond trails I was on at KT. Then again, the Rothrock trails are more technical than almost every place else I've ridden.

    I've been out to Laural Highlands once and the short loop we did was fun (and sorta techy) and we didn't even ride some of the tougher trails. Stop in at Speedgoat, they've got a cool shop.

    I'm sure if you guys head up to State College you could likely hook up with some local riders to get shown the sweet stuff. Don't miss out on riding "The Edge" (you can get your butt back all the way behind your seat, right?).

    Edit: Hey Don, I don't think the Catholic church is going to be letting you into a convent for any reason anytime soon.
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    hey man, i went to catholic high school. i know what goes on there, i've got LEVERAGE

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    I would check out NEPA. Like Larry above said you could head towards Scranton on day 1 and 2 and hit Lackawanna State Park, Merli and Prompton. Merli is really great. Day 3 and 4 you could head towards Mt. Top/Hazelton and ride the Tubs (short day), Mt. Top easily 4+ hours of tough singletrack and then head to Jim Thorpe also.

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    WHOA WHOA WHOA ...if you guys are XC racers and you cover alot of ground then get to Blue Mtn and Ninham (New York). I promise you will be absolutely amazed at the perfect trail lay out in Blue Mtn and you guys won't be able to open your hands when your done with a 4-5hr ride at Ninham and how technical it can get. Both places are only 30 min apart and less than 3hr drive from Philly. Depending on how fast and long you guys ride you could possibly have both places pretty much done in 2 full days and could easily ride the 3rd and 4th at either and be totally happy. If you really want to put the icing on the cake you guys could drive alittle further (alittle more than an hour from ninham) to Case Mtn right next to Hartford, CT. I promise with all of my might that if you guys are fast XC riders and you love technical XC trails that this will be the best riding trip you ever take. PLEASE GO !!!

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    you make it sound good....

    GBG...

    sounds like its worth looking into.....very convincing opening i must say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LarryFahn
    NEPA! Lackawanna State Park, Merli (fixed for the most part), and Prompton. All have around 20 miles of trails. Merli is technical and a climb/decend type of place. LSP has a faster but still technical type of Singletrack. and Prompton is a mix. Very fast and wide turns with Tech sections mixed in. Come up to Hubbard for a Thursnight ride and see what makes it fun around here. You can head back to your favorite any time. Contact me and we (might) have someone to show you ALL the places. ttyl, Fahn
    AGREED! Merli Sarnoski and Prompton both have a boatload of challenging and fun trails.

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    Finally! the answer,...

    Quote Originally Posted by gobriango
    WHOA WHOA WHOA ...if you guys are XC racers and you cover alot of ground then get to Blue Mtn and Ninham (New York). I promise you will be absolutely amazed at the perfect trail lay out in Blue Mtn and you guys won't be able to open your hands when your done with a 4-5hr ride at Ninham and how technical it can get. Both places are only 30 min apart and less than 3hr drive from Philly. Depending on how fast and long you guys ride you could possibly have both places pretty much done in 2 full days and could easily ride the 3rd and 4th at either and be totally happy. If you really want to put the icing on the cake you guys could drive alittle further (alittle more than an hour from ninham) to Case Mtn right next to Hartford, CT. I promise with all of my might that if you guys are fast XC riders and you love technical XC trails that this will be the best riding trip you ever take. PLEASE GO !!!
    Gobriango got it right! I was wondering why everyone was speaking of Kingdom trails when Blue Mtn, Ninham, and then there is 909, Orange, and closer than Case Mt is the ever vast (XC and Freeride heaven) at Trumbull, CT. I'm buying a van this month, simply to load up my bikes to ride and camp all the more easier. Hope to see ya on the trails. Oh, try mtbnj.com for mtb parks, maps, and driving directions. The Campmor H2H race series will be hitting a few of these parks too. Good Luck.
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    Yes Blue Mountain is simply awesome -- some of those trails are brilliantly carved out, it can be zen-like.

    There's a little Mexican deli just before you enter the park on the right hand side, stop in there and have them make you some sandwiches, she packs the meat on and they're so inexpensive, it's great. Also authentic food if you want to eat in.

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    Been up to the Kingdom Trails twice in the last year, and from what I remember they have over a hundred miles of trails. Unless you're an ultra endurance rider when you go out with your boys, you should have plenty to play with over a few days. Also, the KT trails are the best I've seen of the East so far. Highly recommended for any kind of rider.

    As far as driving time goes, I disagree with previous estimates. Definitely an all day driving experience, and you'd be hard pressed to get a ride in even with night lights (after being in the car for 10+ hours I'm exhausted).

    Good luck with the adventure. Sounds like fun

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lev
    As far as driving time goes, I disagree with previous estimates. Definitely an all day driving experience, and you'd be hard pressed to get a ride in even with night lights (after being in the car for 10+ hours I'm exhausted).

    Good luck with the adventure. Sounds like fun
    10 hrs? From Philly? Either you hit *really* bad traffic, or your route was a lot longer than necessary.

    I live maybe 15 mi from Center City (tops), and we got there in 8 hrs flat, including a lunch break, a pit-stop & driver swap, and stopping for gas (i.e three separate stops).

    202 -> 287 -> 87 -> 7/ 9 -> 91N

    No problems, and it's a helluva lot nicer drive than taking 95N all the way up!
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    Quote Originally Posted by InvictaS1
    If you dont want to drive too far then difinately check out the Laurel Highlands. You could ride the Laurel Mtn/Linn Runn area then ride Seven Springs which is pretty much in the same area. Maybe head on down to Ohiopyle as well. You could camp at Linn Runn basically right next to the trails. Food and lodging in this area is also cheap.
    The ride from Laurel to Seven Springs is good too. It's roughly 15 miles one way (mix of single track, double track and fire roads) and you pass through Hidden Valley, Northwoods and Roaring Run for plenty of ST options. If they like climbing...there it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jomissa
    slatyfork WV is rocky so were all good with that. heres a pic from that trip...

    Ill look into NY. Not aware of whats up there.
    I know this is off topic, but that photo looks like one of our Slatyfork Shuffle crew on one
    of our rides when we met a great group of guys from Philly on Bear Pen trail and rode with them for a ways and then rode with them the next day. Was that you guys?
    June 20, same time frame as the Slatyfork Shuffle? You may have talked to davis.
    If so just wanted to say Hey and hope your group has a great summer.

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