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    Pennypack Park info/conditons thread

    Hello All. I wanted to start a Pennypack thread because these are my local trails.

    The Pine road entrance to Pennypack is where I usually start my rides at least twice a week during the season. I ride all the trails on both sides of the creek from this entrance to Bustleton Ave/Roosevelt Blvd. My favorite section is the techy single track just across Veree St. on the South side of the creek winding up an down the hill. A great big "Thank you" to whoever worked on this trail (I may have heard someone refer to it as "the playground").

    The trails were impassable this past weekend. The snow was not packed and too deep to ride. Although there was plenty of horse ****. Maybe in a few weeks!!

    I am interested in helping as much as I can to maintain these trails. I have heard that there is a local group of builders/riders, but I haven't run into them. If you're out there, please contact me so I can help.

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    I love this place. I ride it once a week after work (around 430-445) but only during day light savings. I never had a guide and always had a hard time finding info on it but I've basically covered everything from pine road down to rt 1 but only one the south side of the creek.

    I really like to park at pine road and go up the second or third single track entrance. I used to do the one that took you up along the road right near pine st and then down a hill through a creek crossing and then up to the houses. At this point I'd rather just skip the creek crossing.

    My favorite part is between veree and krewstown there is a section you come down from the trails and cross an offshoot of the bike path and then there is a steeeep hill. At the top of that hill there are great twisty trails.

    Personally I've been dying for day light savings to get out there after work when I can.

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    Also there is a fb group called Penypack Park Trail Advocates. Not a lot of activity but I think they do post up info on TM and interactions between the group and the parks department.

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    From there facebook page this morning

    Pennypack Park Trail Advocates
    I can only imagine what the trails will be like once the weather permits us to get a look. With the ice storm and all the snow, I'm expecting it to be bad. If you get in there and find any trees blocking the trails that need to be addressed, Please contact us. pennypackmtb@gmail.com

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    I just came back from a ride. The conditions were passable in the double track trails from Veree to Kruztown. It was mostly about an inch of soft snow over hard packed snow/ice. Few bare spots. Hardly any mud at all. The rare bare spots that had some mud always had a line that was clear of it. Not sloppy. One or two warm days and it'll be a sloppy, slushy mess.

    At times, my tracks were the first bike tracks. 4wheeler tracks helped pack the snow.

    The single track I usually ride is still not passable. Those trails haven't been used at all (mountain bikes/4 wheelers/horses/hikers) and the snow is too deep and soft to ride on.

    I had a blast. Its fun getting comfortable when the bike gets loose.
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    In a perfect world the snow would melt this weekend and dry out (at least enough to ride) by next Wednesday but i doubt that will happen. Appreciate the update. Please let me know the condition next time you are out there. I'm chomping at the bit to get there.

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    Those are my local trails. With some later day sun and drying I'll be out there more often. I'm always happy to ride with new people. I'm usually on my Haro SS in there.

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    I've got my bike at work but I'm guessing PP is still not in great shape so I'm riding in NJ on my way home at the sandier trails today. Hopefully in the next week or two its rideable. The climbs and rocks at PP are a nice change of pace from my smoother flowy trails in NJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by hankscorpio View Post
    The climbs and rocks at PP are a nice change of pace from my smoother flowy trails in NJ
    Where in NJ?


    Just got back from riding my usual single track in PP. Conditions were pretty good. The only muddy spots were on the sections of trail that were low. Most of the techy single track that I rode was fine.

    I will caution that there are some down trees completely blocking the trail in some spots. I spent some time clearing what I could, but a few spots will need a chain saw.

    It was great to be back on the dirt.

    I hope the snow and rain miss us tonight.

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    Mostly Camden County College in Blackwood and Ceres park in Pitman but occasionally Kresson in cherry hill or Gloucester County College. Camden County drains like no other so most of the time when other trails are muddy that place is awesome. Outside of those places I mostly ride PP after work or the Wiss on some weekends. I want to get up to Six Mile Run sometime this year.

    The Pennypack FB page has put a few of these warnings up lately about the trees and they are asking people not to re route trails or do maintenance. They really want people reporting any issues to Pennypackmtb@gmail.com. I think they are probably a little over protective but whatever....any one looking out for the trails is doing the right thing in my book

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    Lots of activity on the pp Facebook page. Apparently they are going to block off a large section on the north side with deer fence

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    link plz..

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    https://m.facebook.com/PennypackParkTrailAdvocates

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    thanks.good to know, i ride pennpack all the time...

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    Sweet. Please post conditions here when you can especially if you get over there when its iffy. I usually try and get there once a week on Wed or Thursday but it involves me bringing my bike and gear to work. This week is a prime example of not knowing what to do. We got very little snow and it was relatively dry the days leading up. I"m wondering if it will be ride-able tomorrow or muddy from this snow

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    i rode pine to bustleton ave on sunday 3-23-14 98% of the sinlge track was fine...a lil muddy spots near the creek by pine when u first start no major issues tho.

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    awesome I think I'm going to try and ride it tomorrow afternoon

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    Is there a foot bridge somewhere near bustleton to get to the north side or do I have to go up to the street? Im basically trying to get a loop from pine or veree down to bustleton on the south side and then cross over and do the north side back to pine

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    First trip at PP since October. Was nice to ride there again. Its in no where near as good a shape as my local jersey trails but I'm also in jersey shape and not PA shape. Those hills were painful yesterday. Trails are kind of a mess imo. Some of them look like they are being maintained and others are really rough. I did get to the North side over the footbridge and rode around through that big northern triangle between Bustleton and Krewstown. Pretty crazy back there. I ended up riding on Krewstown to cross back to the south side.

    is there a bridge somewhere between Bustleton and Pine. Ideally I like to start at Pine on the south side and ride it down to Bustleton and then ride the north side back up to Pine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hankscorpio View Post
    Is there a foot bridge somewhere near bustleton to get to the north side or do I have to go up to the street? Im basically trying to get a loop from pine or veree down to bustleton on the south side and then cross over and do the north side back to pine

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    The asphalt path crosses the creek by way of foot bridge just passed Bustleton Ave. Once across the bridge, turn left and it'll let you work your way to the North side of the creek and head back toward Pine.

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    Yea I got that part. Is there another foot bridge to cross back over up near pine or do you just ride the trails until you get to Pine street and use the regular street?

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    Street.

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    im so lost..i always ride on the south side..wish there was a trail map. i feel like im missing alot of trails..i always seem to find a new one evrytime

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    Quote Originally Posted by h2bmess View Post
    im so lost..i always ride on the south side..wish there was a trail map. i feel like im missing alot of trails..i always seem to find a new one evrytime
    You probably are missing a lot of trails. There is single track (i'm not talking double track/fire roads) on both sides.

    Where exactly do you ride?

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    i always ride the single track starting at pine on the south side of the river..i never cross over tho.. i actually rode today.. wasn't muddy at all just a little moist

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    When you're in the parking lot at Pine, go out to the sidewalk where the hot dog vender is. Ride the street bridge over the creek and then turn right into the trail. You'll find double track ( and illegal single track if you stay down near the creek) that takes you to under Veree. Go under Veree and continue. There is some decent single track up high (it's easy to miss if you're unfamiliar. If you're low down by the creek, you've missed it) that'll take you to a gravel road that goes out to Krewstown. You'll have to cross Krewstown to continue. I haven't ridden the single track on the East side of Krewstown on the North side of the creek in years, but it use to be there.

    Keep exploring! Try going down trails that are unfamiliar. Eventually you won't need a map.

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    thanks ill def try...also this weather is awesome..too bad it just rained for three days...

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    I got over to the north side using the bridge just past bustleton. I didn't have enough time but there are some crazy trails over there. Some big boulders I wasn't expecting. I think I pretty much have the trails from pine to bustleton on the south side down. working on the northside. Between bustleton and krewstown was a lot bigger then I expected and trail conditions and downed trees made it tough to follow

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    Think it will be rideable tomorrow afternoon?

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    Re: Pennypack Park info/conditons thread



    Place was rippin today. Trails were in much better shape than two weeks ago

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    heading out now..great day..ill post pics lol

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    heres some pics...north side was way more enjoyable

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    Nice. I didn't go to the north side last time, I just wanted to get a solid ride on the trails I knew in and that mission was accomplished. I am most likely going back out there Thursday after work. Not sure If I'll venture over to the north side or not. When I did it last time I got pretty mixed up and ran into some downed trees that were an issue.

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    Yes pine to verree rd was a little shaky...verree to krewstown was awesome..

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    I rode bustleton to krewstown on the north side. I still haven't seen anything on the north side from krewstown up to pine.

    If you cross over from the south to the north at bustleton and ride the north side up to krewstown is there a trail that goes under krewstown rd or do you have to go up to the street and then drop back down onto the trails?

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    i start at pine..ride the north side to verree..if u enter right across from the pennypack center cross the bridge..the trail starts on your right..i follow that trail all the way to krewstown..to find the trail, if ur traveling west from krewstown towards verree on the northside follow the stone covered path it starts to go uphill then breaks to the right a little the trail comes in right there.. ill upload my starva map soon

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    Cool I'd be interested to see that. So are you saying if you park in the lot on pine road (which is on the south side if i'm thinking correctly) there is a bridge that crosses over the creek there?

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    Thanks man. So it looks like you use Pine Rd itself to cross over to the north side. Might have to check that out next time I go

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    Any trail updates? Planning on going this afternoon. I know there has been some spotty rain but I'm guessing it should be ok?

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    The trails at the Playground area are in very bad shape. Very large trees down throughout. I had to dismount very frequently and trek thru thick brush for a go around. It will need a committed team with some serious power equipment several weeks to get these trails in good shape again.

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    I can forward to the PP fb group. You mean up near Veree right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hankscorpio View Post
    I can forward to the PP fb group. You mean up near Veree right?
    Yes. East Side of Veree and South side of creek. Happens to be my favorite spot to ride.

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    The pp trail advocates are aware of it and could use help if anyone lives in the area and has some free time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hankscorpio View Post
    The pp trail advocates are aware of it and could use help if anyone lives in the area and has some free time.
    Please post their contact info for those of us without facebook. Thanks.

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    This is the facebook page for those who have it

    https://www.facebook.com/PennypackParkTrailAdvocates

    These are the websites they post but they dont appear to be updated often

    Pennypack Park Mountain Biking | Mountain Biking In Pennypack Park


    http://savepennypacktrails.com/

    I do think you would get a response from the email address though.

    pennypackMTB@gmail.com

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