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    Raystown Lake MTB

    Soooo, some friends and I had a trip planned out to Raystown to hit up the trails but is it technically closed due to the government shutdown?
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    I'd not think that would stop you from riding, but I don't know the official stance. The parking lot on Baker's Hollow is just off a public road after all.

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    Gotcha, this shutdown might just affect the campgrounds on the lake then.

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    Trails are not closed. Just campgrounds-

    ACoE cannot patrol the trails so can't really close them. Parking facilities will remain open until further notice.

    The trail work weekend scheduled for this weekend will still happen unfortunately with no camping-

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    Get your info straight from the source:

    Baltimore District > Media > News Releases
    Oh noes. I'm going to drink the Kool-Aid.

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    WAIT ONE HOT SECOND! Does that mean nobody is regulating the gate? Last time they shut me down bringing two trucks so that my friend and I could shuttle to the top instead of climbing.

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    I think that means that the camp-ground gate would be closed, but the trailhead parking that is outside the gate is unregulated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bear View Post
    I think that means that the camp-ground gate would be closed, but the trailhead parking that is outside the gate is unregulated.
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    Was at Raystown just this past Sunday. Main upper lot off Bakers Hollow is open, as well as the lower smaller lot towards Seven Pts. No gate exists to close the upper lot anyway. No signage posted anywhere stating trails are closed. The gate off of Bakers Hollow leading down to the campgrounds was closed. Rode down to the southern trails, and cars were driving by on the road to Seven Pts. so I know that road is at least open. Boat launch must be open cause a lot of boats were in tow.

    Bottom line - trails are open. Just ride smart. Emergency services (Rangers) will not be around so nearest EMS would be coming from near Huntingdon.

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    What is there to close? I mean really, nobody is there but riders and it's not like the place has facilities and a staff or anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PdlPwr View Post
    What is there to close? I mean really, nobody is there but riders and it's not like the place has facilities and a staff or anything.
    Actually, the ACOE has a TON of facilities there ... camping etc ... and they're pretty decent ... which is a bummer for anyone who had a camping vacation scheduled right now.

    Conveniently enough for us crazy bikers the shutdown doesn't close the trails. I'd not be surprised if that not the case for all land spaces across the country though.

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    Rode there yesterday. No issues, except with my fitness
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    Yeah, we were going to try and get a camping spot but I guess that's out.


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    [QUOTE= Last time they shut me down bringing two trucks so that my friend and I could shuttle to the top instead of climbing.[/QUOTE]

    Really?
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    Quote Originally Posted by justriding View Post
    Really?
    I'm trying to figure out how this would even work. And why one would do this
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    Quote Originally Posted by XJaredX View Post
    I'm trying to figure out how this would even work. And why one would do this
    Go on a tangent from osprey at the intersection of Sidewinder. You'll see a trail that's pretty level that takes you to the campgrounds.

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    Yeah shuttling Raystown is um... different. As much effort it takes to ride Eagle out to the road after downhilling Osprey or looping Hydro you could just ride back up Osprey. I'd love to shuttle that 1/4 mile or so downhill section of Rays Revenge, but haven't figured how to pull that off!

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    So, got back from an afternoon of riding at Raystown Lake and I will say it was a really nice departure from riding at the Wissahickon.

    Smooth, flowy and fast!

    Although it is very rigid SS friendly, I wish I had a brought an easier gear combo. My spindly legs were dying on the "climbs." Haha.
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    Just curious, were any of the trails clear of leaves from leaf blowing? Makes a big difference there with the speed that can be carried through some sections. Usually traction in the corners is the issue to maintaining that momentum.

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    I didn't think the leaves were too bothersome. It's just the extended climbing (as opposed to the rolling hills) were too much for my legs and 36/18. I think 32/18 would have helped maybe.

    I was running 2.35 Hans Dampf so plenty of traction where I needed it.
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