Spent last Sunday taking the bike for a short walk in the woods.
Red = SGL Trail - rocks, dirt, and grass
Blue = Public roads - Paved
Started from the Swatara State Park Trailhead on Monroe Valley Rd. Rode part of the rail trail and on roads to the SGL access on Old State Road. For the first 1/2 mile or so the Game Land road is very steep and rocky. Once past the steep part the trail opens up and follows the contour of the mountain. After about 4 miles you come to another parking/access. The trail continues east(left) along a stone/dirt road to the SGL boundary. My return followed Monroe Valley Rd past Camp Strauss and Monroe Valley Golf Course. (Place to eat.) Road traffic is light on Sunday AM but golf course traffic can be a hazard.
The Game Commission calls this the 'Old Tram Grade' trail and is marked for horses and biking. I can't find any information on the history of the tram. Sunday only during hunting season.
Not really difficult. Trail markings are a bit difficult to see at times. The approved route turns right at the second. Most of the trail is wide open, grass covered, dry, and free of rocks. Good alternative to the MB-trails in Swatara SP.
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