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    Mountain Top - Dead Deer/Roller Coaster

    Anyone ridden the Mountain Top Dead Deer/Roller Coaster shuttle this year? Wondering what condition it is in?
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    I rode "Lower Earth" (Farm Road, WIld Turkey, 380, BrushWolf, JailTime, ect)....last Sunday....things were pretty good....Turbo Tom and crew rode "UpperEarth"(Middlefinger, Dead Deer, KillerBee, Hell TRail, Nowhere, Stairway to Heaven, and RollerCoasterSayWut?.....TT reported some snow but mostly good.....I think all trails are snow free right now(Friday).....ground is frozen....so riding will be rally good except it is supposed to snow up to 1 inch tonight and Saturday.....We will be riding "Middle" and "Lower" Earth Satuday and "Upper Earth" on SUnday.....Ride On!
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    hi PA folks, i might potentially live there in the near future... what are the trails in mountain top like? I'm from Phoenix and ride a lot of xc and somewhat rocky technical trails that I enjoy. Appreciate your feed back in advance.

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    Rollercoaster is freshly trimmed/leafblown/raked as of this past Sunday as well as a new singletrack connector was added from the clearing on "Nowhere" to the beginning of "Stairway to Heaven" (special thanks to Brian and Lisa for the help). I raked out Middle Finger a couple of weeks ago, but there was still some snow on it but it should be good. We cleared out Stairway to Heaven in the late fall after all the leaves have fallen so that should be good also.

    I have not been on Dead Deer or Hell Trail yet - they are next in line for clearing out. Anybody want to help out with them Sunday morning around 10? If it's just Brian and I it will take at least 2 sessions. A couple of more people and we can knock them both out in a few hours.

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    Mike, you did an awsome job on Rollercoaster BIG thanks! nothing like a clean trail esp one as fast as that. Dead Deer was in good shape, there are leaves down but no big deal. All the rest of the trails in that section are in good shape as well (considering its early in the season)

    ojelijb..if you like rocks well Mtn top should make you fee right at home
    There are some great trails here.. rocky technical trails as well as other options that will keep you riding almost all year.
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    Good job!

    We Picked up 2 inches of fresh snow today.....riding was still good but a bit slippery on the rocks.......we rode "MiddleEarth"......should still be pretyy good on Sunday...

    Mike, Brian, and Lisa.....Thanks very much for your work on trails over at "Upper Earth"....
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    UUUGGGH..more snow!! we hit Swatara early this morning was great, dry and in good condition. saw some locals as we were heading out. Just starting to snow hard, but not really enough to stick. staying in bed tomorrow..
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    thanks jkad, that is great news! hope to ride with you guys in the future should my move there come to fruition.

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    Yeah, don't think I'll be doing any leaf-blowing tomorrow.......

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    Hey just got home(10:15)from a friends house....it has frozen up in Mtn Top......very slippery.....bagging ride on Sunday....gonna do trail maint / hike... Middle Earth....here are a couple pics from todays ride and 1 from last Sunday......Ride On!
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    Thanks for the info. I would like to help out wih trail maintenance soon.
    You guys do an awesome job. Thanks.
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    Is there a map of the trails in that area (Mountain Top)? I'm going up to Albrightsville in a month for a 2 day vacation with my wife's coworkers, plus I'll be moving just west of Philly and will be looking for other trails in addition to Wiss. A map would be helpful. If not, if one of you would let me follow you on Strava, I could just take a look at your GPS data there and follow a trail. I'm hesitant to just pick something and follow it. I don't want to end up on a rails to trails or something. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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    geez, im in sugarloaf and dont even know where they are, give up a map guys!

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    The problem with giving up a map for Mtn Top is that a bunch of the trail is, er, not technically in legit areas - gameland and such - so publicizing that is, well, weird.

    OTOH, there's a rough mess of people that are happy to ride with and share. I don't pretend to be an Authority of trails up there but I do know some, and plan to get more knowledgeable this year (I live not far off).

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    Like Bear said, the reason there are no real maps of the Mountaintop trails is that we are not "technically" allowed to ride on most of them. However, there SHOULD be a map of the Church Rd. trails - as far as I know they are legit?

    Anyway, I would be more than happy to show anyone the Mountaintop trails that I'm aware of, especially the series of trails this thread is about because the more use they get the easier they are to maintain. The only requirement is that you'd have to maintain my pace, which is on the slow side.

    Now we just have to wait until the snow melts.

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    Hum? Seems not too long ago someone told me if ya don't want private info to go out, don't post it online!

    Right bear?...LOL

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    Re: Mountain Top - Dead Deer/Roller Coaster

    Yup

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    Hey im from drums i would be interested in going for a ride and getting shown around some time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soggybrain View Post
    Hey im from drums i would be interested in going for a ride and getting shown around some time.
    Hey Soggybrian..im also from Drums and would be happy to show you around. What type of riding ya do?
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    I guess you would consider it xc. Ive been to Swatara, Moon Lake and a few random trails.

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    Headed out there Wednesday morning. Thinking about starting at the Tunnel Road lot around 9:30 if anyone's interested.

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    Clipless, you have one wacky work schedule. Have a great ride, was out there Sat with Jeff and things were fabulous.

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    Usually off on Wednesdays. Glad to hear its in good shape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clipless in PA View Post
    Headed out there Wednesday morning. Thinking about starting at the Tunnel Road lot around 9:30 if anyone's interested.
    UUUGGGGHH..Have a Dr apt at 9AM or i would join you. I do plan on doing some TM later in the afternoon. Perhaps i will see you then.
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    Anyone goin out saturday?

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    Maybe.

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    I could go around 11ish.. Bear, you want to set up shuttle at Bentleys we can meet there say 11:30AM?? you have my cell give me a txt.
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    I got work at 5pm if you guys want to go early? How long are your rides usually?

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    that ride is 2.5 hrs..say 3 with shuttle
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    Rode up the Ashley Plane to Hell Trail from the bottom today to rake it - got about 1/3 of the way through before the sun started going down. Very rideable as-is, but might be a little hard to follow for those unfamiliar with the trail. Will finish it up next week.

    Stairway To Heaven and Rollercoaster are still both leaf/twig/stick free! I still haven't been on Dead Deer yet this year but I heard it's in good shape as well. Hopefully with enough traffic the leaves will usher themselves off of the trail and I won't have to trudge all the way out there to help them along.

    I see there's a late morning ride planned - I was also thinking of doing a late afternoon shuttle ride as well. PM me if interested.

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    Turns out I have a conflict sat, any chance we could do Sunday ?

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    Hey if anyone wants to meet at 9 or 10 in the morning tomorrow (Saturday). I would like to go.

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    Hell Trail is now debris free. Had to deal with a surprise tree fall which happened between Tuesday and Saturday but it was pretty rotten and fairly easy to move. All that's left to clear is Dead Deer and Killer Bee. Both are very rideable as-is, it's just easier to see the tire-catching holes between the rocks when the leaves are removed. I doubt I'll even get to it as I'm kinda liking riding up the Planes from the bottom and just going up and over Rollercoaster.

    I'll probably be doing that a couple of times this week so if anyone wants to see what that's like, send me a pm and we'll set something up.

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    By the way, it would be nice if the bikers who are using this system would dismount and go under the yellow gate at the end of the ride. There are obvious tire tracks going through Bentleys landscaping bushes to get around the gate, and we really don't need any more reasons for them to not want us there.

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    FYI to those who ride Rollercoaster - the "super-steep, skid-all-the-way-down with the sharp right turn at the bottom" descent now has a "better use of gravity" option. Near the beginning of the descent, there should be a board leaning against the face of a tree - turn left there and then keep bearing right. It's a VERY ROUGH cut, but should be open enough to be obvious. Still needs to be raked (try not to pedal as there are ALOT of sticks) and will need some bench cutting at the exit, but feel free to try it out and let me know how it is. I doubt I'll be getting back out there to clean it up anytime soon but it's there.

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    Nice Job......MiddleFinger, Dead Deer, Killer Bee, Hell Trail, Stairway to Heaven, and RollerCoasterSayWut? were in fantastic condition this morning.....clearly a ton of work has been done to keep these Mountain Top Signature Classic Trails in tip top shape...Missed the new section of STH....but hiked down from the crossing at NoWhere.....noticed that the lounger at the overlook of the House of the Holy has vanished.....that log is my favorite rest stop along the way.....also caught the new section of RCSW just below the top of Rope Swing Hill....very nice...the drop in had me doing a nose wheelie though....my bad.....great ride today....thanks to the team working on this section of trails.....Ride On!
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    Went out and did some trail maintenance on Middle Finger today. Trimmed back the picker bushes and whatnot as well as removed some ticks from the woods. The trail will need a weedwacking soon, but is rideable as it is.

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    Thank you!

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    Mike you always do an incredible job there! i've been sick for a week now, starting to feel better, maybe tomorrow I can hit that with the weed wacker..
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    Jkad - If you do, let me know so I can focus on some parts of Hell Trail and Rollercoaster that need attention. At this point it's pretty much just grass that needs trimming on Middle Finger. Ever since they logged up there, the grass and pickers grow at an incredible rate!

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    I live in Bloomsburg and mostly ride Geisinger, Roaring Creek, Swatara, Rothrock, Bald Eagle, etc., but would love to check out these trails. Where can I find the trailhead, and can anyone offer a recommended route for fairly strong riders on hardtails? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmagda58 View Post
    I live in Bloomsburg and mostly ride Geisinger, Roaring Creek, Swatara, Rothrock, Bald Eagle, etc., but would love to check out these trails. Where can I find the trailhead, and can anyone offer a recommended route for fairly strong riders on hardtails? Thanks!
    It would take a page and a half to explain the route, but I'd be happy to show you (or anyone else for that matter). Evenings during the week work best for me. Send me a PM and we'll set something up.

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    Planning on riding this on Saturday July 6 at 5pm if anyone's interested. Send me a PM if you need details.

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    Some photos...








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    Post-ride dip in the Millie....






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    Nice! You guys are making me homesick! Trails look to be in great condition. Great idea to hit the Millie after the ride in this heat. Thanks for posting some pics from the ride. and of course....RIde On!
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    I want to come out and see these trails soon! You'll be getting a PM from me when I get my new bike.

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