Hey there PA riders! I'm a central New Yorker (upstate, near Syracuse, not metro NYC). I just got back from a weekend visit to Jim Thorpe. I've been there several times over the years for mtn biking, and paddling on the "Mighty Lehigh." It had been about 8 years since my last mtn biking visit, and it seems that either my tastes have evolved, or my memory has grown dull, or something....
Becuase I was honestly a little disappointed. I did 2 "manly" rides solo - all of American Standard up on Broad Mtn, and a ride up to Flagstaff Mtn, along Mauch Chunk Ridge, some exploring, back down around the park, and back into town.
I also did 2 "rides with the wife" - the Switchback Trail (shuttled), and cruised Glen Onoko Falls park.
It was beautiful, the town was nice, the Josh Turner concert at Penn's Peak was awesome, so the weekend was a success.
But I basically just felt like the trails were super rocky, and not in a good way. Just constant pounding, not much flow, and even though they were "abusive" on my body and bike, they never really got truly difficult and technically challenging. The terrain there is so awesome, I have to imagine there is all sorts of "underground trail network" type stuff with hard rocky "stunts," freeride challenges, etc. I also wonder if there are some spots where the singletrack is a little less rocky, more fast/flowy type stuff.
I guess my dream riding would be fast/flowy singletrack riding with lots of very difficult obstactles mixed in - either natural or man-made. For example, way out on the American Standard loop, there is a boulder with a little rock ramp-up, to a sloping roll down, to a small drop off. It was just sitting there alongside the trail. So I rode it. It was the most fun "tech challenge" I found while there! I would love more of that, and stuff way burlier than that!
So I'm just curious - is there a whole bunch of hardcore riding that is not covered in the guidebook and you all keep secret from the tourists? How do I find that stuff if/when I come back for another visit? Where is it? I more or less know the lay of the land down there now.
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