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    Valley Forge/Betzwood Ranger activities?

    Valley Forge/Betzwood is one of my favorite places to ride, but lately I've heard stories at my lbs about rangers kicking people off of the trails and issuing fines to riders. Officially, mountain bikes aren't allowed, but in the past, there has been at least tacit approval and I've heard of rangers showing people where the trails were... Has anyone heard anything similar about Ranger enforcement at Betzwood?

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    A friend of mine got kicked out of the area where they're doing all the construction. There is signs in that area that the trail is closed though...
    Around the same time I had another friend stopped by a ranger just to introduce himself and ask how the trails were.
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    That construction is on the main park side if I'm not mistaken? Not on the Betzwood side.

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    I ride Betzwood all the time and the rangers have never bothered me. A good portion of those trails are so deep in the woods rangers probably don't even go back there. I rarely ever see anyone while I'm out there. A good place to get in 15-20 miles if you do both sides of the river. I'm surprised more people don't ride back there.
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    I ride there quite a bit. Judging from the bicycle traffic, I can't imagine it's unwelcome or at the very least tolerated. I've seen the rangers get up in some guys grill at the gravel lot on pawlings. He was a rider, and I think he was spotted taking a wiz in the woods next to the lot or something. Dunno if he got a ticket or just yelled at.

    While we're on the topic - and I'm not trying to be a hater here - but I'm ready to see the end of tubing season. I think some business picks up tubers at that lot and they're constantly leaving trash and beer cans in the grass next to the lot.

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    That gravel lot could use a porta-potty. It's about 3 miles back to the Betzwood lot and restrooms.

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    S'up Andy?
    I find the pines in the logjam section offer plenty of cover; no need for porta-johns.
    I'd stopped in a bike shop not far from Valley Forge the after I rode there a week ago and one of my buddies who rides there had mentioned that he's heard of riders getting some pressure from the rangers... We actually did see a ranger in a car patrolling from the paved trail, but we decided that discretion was the better part of valor and beat it out of the clearing so we didn't have to risk an encounter.

    It would be nice to have the trails officially recognized for mountain biking, so we could have organized trail maintenance and planning and make the trails more sustainable and less susceptible to erosion. It's really a shame that there's not a mountain biking trail advocacy organization affiliated with IMBA here in South Eastern Pennsylvania...

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    Seriously, a few days each summer of cutting back brush would do everyone some good and that hardly ever comes from the hikers and equestrians. I basically stopped riding there in July because it got so overgrown.

    Maybe someone should hit up a "DE" Trail Spinners meeting and bring it up
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    See now that's where you're wrong Alex. The worst part nears pawlings on the railroad side has had the pipeline areas cleaned out by utility crews and I took a machete to a bunch of it a ways back. Everything else is in pretty good shape, but for a little nettle - and who doesn't like a little nettle.....

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    The meadow on the pond loop is seriously overgrown, but it's not impassable. At least there isn't much poison ivy at VF, just a bit on the RR side approaching Pawlings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gigantic View Post
    It's really a shame that there's not a mountain biking trail advocacy organization affiliated with IMBA here in South Eastern Pennsylvania...
    As per their website, SEPTR is the affiliated group for the Valley Forge area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clicker1 View Post
    As per their website, SEPTR is the affiliated group for the Valley Forge area.

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    It's really a shame that there's not a mountain biking trail advocacy organization affiliated with IMBA here in South Eastern Pennsylvania...

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    ... give me a moment, while I try to stop laughing.

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    The best way for stuff to get done is to get involved! ! Here looks like a good place to start. It might not be for the Betzwood side but, I'm sure this guy could point you in the right direction.
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    Every second Saturday of each month (March through November ONLY) weather permitting volunteers can help clean up and maintain trails in Valley Forge NHP.
    No trails maintenance skill necessary, on the job training will be provided.

    Trails work projects includes:

    Clearing draining features

    Removing limbs and downed trees from across the trail tread

    Cutting back over grown brush to maintain trail corridor

    Blazing to direct trail user

    Stabilization and rehabilitation projects to prevent trail erosion

    Trash removal

    The work requires occasional effort in lifting heavy materials.

    Protective gear is important and must be worn. Valley Forge NHP will provide tools.

    Wear or bring long-sleeve shirts, long pants, hiking boots, work gloves and protective eye wear. Bring plenty of water!

    Meet at 9am in the small parking lot off Yellow Springs Road (near the white Covered bridge on Route 252). Work ends by noon.

    Come join the fun!

    If you have any questions, contact Ernestine White, Volunteer Program Manager at 610-783-1029. You can also view the trails maintenance schedule by going to Outdoor Recreation & Conservation - Appalachian Mountain Club and click onto AMC- Delaware Valley Chapter, trails work.

    Valley Forge National Historical Park Monthly trail work session. Meet at parking lot at White Covered Bridge on Yellow Springs Rd. at 9AM for a 3 hr. session. Bring water, snacks, and gloves. Wear comfortable clothes that you donít mind getting dirty.

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    I always park in the gravel lot off pawlings road and then ride the gravel trail down a bit make a left and hit the other gravel trail where the horse riders park and take that down to the single track that you are allowed to ride. near where the horses are parked the trails are marked no bikes but i see guys poaching them all the time. anybody on here ever do those trails and get stopped for it? I never tried going back on them. I heard there were trails on the railroad track side, where do you pick them up from the pawlings road lot? and are they any good? , I like riding there after work because it's close. I ride out of that lot at least 4 times a week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jammin View Post
    I heard there were trails on the railroad track side, where do you pick them up from the pawlings road lot? and are they any good?
    It's not bad. Maybe a 2.5-3 mile loop. You'll need to cross the river using the 422 pedestrian bridge.

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    Been riding Betzwood for 7 years or so. Never any issues.

    Often thought about this...It's likely that most of the frequent riders, including myself, know the trails beter than the rangers.

    You would think that managment would be open to some kind of "volunteer bike patrol" covering the "remote areas" of the park Would be a win-win.

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    there's more than that. You can ride from 422, all the way to Pawlings Rd. there's the loop on the river side of the tracks, then theres more on the other side: Mountain Bike Ride Profile | Betzwood near Norristown | Times and Records | Strava

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    Quote Originally Posted by hypermac View Post
    Been riding Betzwood for 7 years or so. Never any issues.

    Often thought about this...It's likely that most of the frequent riders, including myself, know the trails beter than the rangers.

    You would think that managment would be open to some kind of "volunteer bike patrol" covering the "remote areas" of the park Would be a win-win.
    Here's where an effectively managed, IMBA affiliated organization would be essential: Officially, mountain biking is not allowed on much of the trails we ride there. In order for the Valley Forge land managers to approve of a mountain bike patrol or official trail maintenance, that status would have to be officially changed, most likely at the federal level, at the Bureau of Land Management or National Park Service. What we have now, is at best, tacit approval, where the rangers either look the other way or let us ride with a wink and a nod. A new land manager at Valley Forge could put the kibosh on that in a hurry, if they so desired.
    While I am cautiously optimistic with regards to SEPTR, I'm not seeing enough activity to be convinced that they're presently up to the task. They have managed some small wins here and there, but their outreach and PR seem rather limited. I'm not convinced that they currently have the organizational capacity to make this happen. I hope that they can grow into that, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gigantic View Post
    there's more than that. You can ride from 422, all the way to Pawlings Rd. there's the loop on the river side of the tracks, then theres more on the other side: Mountain Bike Ride Profile | Betzwood near Norristown | Times and Records | Strava

    Once i cross the 422 pedestrian bridge over to the park side/rail road track side, IS it easy to spot the trail and easy to follow it all the way back to pawlings road?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jammin View Post
    Once i cross the 422 pedestrian bridge over to the park side/rail road track side, IS it easy to spot the trail and easy to follow it all the way back to pawlings road?

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    Hi Joe, I think it's pretty straight forward, but there are several options. Here's a link to the ride I did today, but I did in reverse. I started at the pawlings rd gravel lot and then went right over to the tracks side. Here's a KML (http://goo.gl/maps/lMxqK). There are a variety of options. Many of them are viewable via a project I've been working on (disclaimer it'll probably someday be commercial, but for now it's a work in progress) : Zugunroute : Zugunroute: Sign in. There are more than 100 rides at Betzwood logged there including the one referenced above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hypermac View Post
    Been riding Betzwood for 7 years or so. Never any issues.

    Often thought about this...It's likely that most of the frequent riders, including myself, know the trails beter than the rangers.

    You would think that managment would be open to some kind of "volunteer bike patrol" covering the "remote areas" of the park Would be a win-win.
    This was clear at Evansburg when we were doing trail work and a ranger "checked us out" at the trailhead. It was clear he only knew the trails from an official map perspective and had no idea of what was really out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hypermac View Post
    It's not bad. Maybe a 2.5-3 mile loop. You'll need to cross the river using the 422 pedestrian bridge.
    Actually I think there are more like 9 miles over there. The ride I posted earlier didn't have some of the trails available on the RR tracks side, and the milage on the RR side comes in around 7. I'm guessing there are probabl
    y two more miles or so over there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alibby View Post
    Hi Joe, I think it's pretty straight forward, but there are several options. Here's a link to the ride I did today, but I did in reverse. I started at the pawlings rd gravel lot and then went right over to the tracks side. Here's a KML (http://goo.gl/maps/lMxqK). There are a variety of options. Many of them are viewable via a project I've been working on (disclaimer it'll probably someday be commercial, but for now it's a work in progress) : Zugunroute : Zugunroute: Sign in. There are more than 100 rides at Betzwood logged there including the one referenced above.

    Cool thx. i was out there riding today but just on the one side, I like going there because it's good for an after work ride. You may have seen me before, i always park at the pawlings road lot. I have a goldish colored dodge ram with black wheels. i notice on you map when you get closer to 422 it looks like you ride a loop then hit the other trail to go to 422. Can you just go straight without doing the loop? Where do you enter on the track side from pawlings road? I was looking when driving by but didn't notice much. Thx. for all the info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jammin View Post
    Cool thx. i was out there riding today but just on the one side, I like going there because it's good for an after work ride. You may have seen me before, i always park at the pawlings road lot. I have a goldish colored dodge ram with black wheels. i notice on you map when you get closer to 422 it looks like you ride a loop then hit the other trail to go to 422. Can you just go straight without doing the loop? Where do you enter on the track side from pawlings road? I was looking when driving by but didn't notice much. Thx. for all the info.

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    Hi Joe,

    Yep, I think you mean something like this: http://goo.gl/maps/nTmiD

    You can get that "inner loop" I do between the tracks and the river right from S Trooper Rd after you come off the 422 bridge. You just cross over the closed bridge and drop in. The first link I sent is just a way to get more mileage out of the trip. The above link is like 8.7 miles. Yout can make 12 or 16 depending on the options you choose bothe on the tracks side or the pawlings side.

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    Are there any maps of these trails anywhere? Whats the terrain like? Singletrack? Looking at the KML, I basically know where I'm going, but are the trails easy to follow?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ferguson65 View Post
    Are there any maps of these trails anywhere? Whats the terrain like? Singletrack? Looking at the KML, I basically know where I'm going, but are the trails easy to follow?
    I posed some google maps with a KML overlay that shows a few routes through the trails we're speaking of. I've been working on a mapping project hosted at zugunroute.com which you can sign up for an look at. It's a work in progress, but if
    you poke around bit you should be able to explore. If you've got an iphone or android, you can use your browser while riding to orient yourself. I do this in trail systems I don't yet know well like French Creek.

    At any rate, no online site yet has all of the trails at places like Betzwood, but I'm working on it, trust me. I'd be happy to meet folks and show the uninitiated around a bit.

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    Did you know that there is another section on the other side of the paved path?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gigantic View Post
    Did you know that there is another section on the other side of the paved path?
    I've been over there a handful of times, but have never been able to catch a good
    rhythm there. As I gain more fitness and seek to find more distance I'll probably begin adding it to my regular loop. Just not inspired by it all that much I suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alibby View Post
    Hi Joe,

    Yep, I think you mean something like this: http://goo.gl/maps/nTmiD

    You can get that "inner loop" I do between the tracks and the river right from S Trooper Rd after you come off the 422 bridge. You just cross over the closed bridge and drop in. The first link I sent is just a way to get more mileage out of the trip. The above link is like 8.7 miles. Yout can make 12 or 16 depending on the options you choose bothe on the tracks side or the pawlings side.
    Cool thx., I rode across the pedestrian bridge along 422 to the tracks side after work today while i was out, when you come off the bridge i see a trail that goes to the right in under the bridge. Do you take this trail then make a left under the bridge? I didn't have enough time to explore, Either saturday or sunday I wanna ride from there out to pawlings road then back to check the trails out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gigantic View Post
    Did you know that there is another section on the other side of the paved path?
    i haven't rode that other side in years, Still any good back there? Guess i'm just being to lazy to lift my bike over the plastic fence lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jammin View Post
    Cool thx., I rode across the pedestrian bridge along 422 to the tracks side after work today while i was out, when you come off the bridge i see a trail that goes to the right in under the bridge. Do you take this trail then make a left under the bridge? I didn't have enough time to explore, Either saturday or sunday I wanna ride from there out to pawlings road then back to check the trails out.

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    There's a couple of ways once you cross 422. I usually cross the closed bridge, hang a left and drop into the woods on the right. Be careful dropping in, it's pretty eroded and if you aren't paying attention it'll bite you.
    I don't remember how to describe the other ways.
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    I seen when you come off the Bridge there is what looks like some old stairs straight ahead across that road. so the trail is to the left of that? Thx. for all the help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jammin View Post
    I seen when you come off the Bridge there is what looks like some old stairs straight ahead across that road. so the trail is to the left of that? Thx. for all the help.
    go towards the steps and there is an opening where you can get on that closed bridge. Cross the bridge than make a left. I think there is a barrier you have to go around at this point but, once you get passed that barrier,look for the trail head on the right.
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    Thx for the help, I will see if i can figure it out tommarrow when i ride. Only trail i seen was on the right when i came off the 422 bridge,it went back in under the 422 bridge.
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    Just got back from riding the other side. The trail starts out pretty nice, But man gets sketchy riding along the off cambers along the river especially with clipless pedals. Would be better to ride there in the fall or spring when there isn't alot of over growth, I did get to a section down by the river where there was a railing and a creek that comes out to the river. We ended up going under the tracks and crossing the creek (and getting wet i might add lol) Then crossing back over the tracks again and finally found the trail again. Do you guys go up the rock hill then cross then go across the over pass up along the tracks a little ways then pick the trail back up? There were 2 steep hills to go down that were pretty sketchy but i made them. all in all it was fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jammin View Post
    Just got back from riding the other side. The trail starts out pretty nice, But man gets sketchy riding along the off cambers along the river especially with clipless pedals. Would be better to ride there in the fall or spring when there isn't alot of over growth, I did get to a section down by the river where there was a railing and a creek that comes out to the river. We ended up going under the tracks and crossing the creek (and getting wet i might add lol) Then crossing back over the tracks again and finally found the trail again. Do you guys go up the rock hill then cross then go across the over pass up along the tracks a little ways then pick the trail back up? There were 2 steep hills to go down that were pretty sketchy but i made them. all in all it was fun.
    Ahh. yeah that section is fun. You can bypass it by going over the rail road tracks right before you drop down into the sketchy section along the river. Over the tracks you kind of weave up and through valley forge, pass George Washington, cross the creek over the bridge and make a right onto the service road. You kind of loosely follow that road going in and out of the woods.
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    I seen the service road when we were riding down the tracks. So you cross the tracks then ride the regular road to the service road then go back over the tracks again? I could have just went up the rocky hill onto the tracks were it says your not allowed lol, Then rode up the tracks and pick the trail back up. Not sure i will be riding that side again unless i figure out the route better.
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    Are any of you guys riding there after work any day this week? Would like to meet up. Not sure if it is supposed to rain too much today...

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    I'd love to ride wednesday or thursday.

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    I can ride pretty much any time.

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    I can ride tomorrow or Wednesday. Thursday I'm in the mid state, maybe going to try to check out Swatara or something. We'll see how the knees are holding up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alibby View Post
    I can ride tomorrow or Wednesday. Thursday I'm in the mid state, maybe going to try to check out Swatara or something. We'll see how the knees are holding up.
    Correction - Wife just informed me that Wednesday is out unless we ride early. I need to be home at maybe 5:30.

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    I can do just about any time after noon.

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    Man you guys work? lol, Love to join you but i can't get to the parking lot till 5:30 after work during the week, And that will be short lived soon. This weekend is out i have a roof job that's going to be both days unless something changes. I would like to hook up and ride with some of you guys eventually.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jammin View Post
    Man you guys work? lol, Love to join you but i can't get to the parking lot till 5:30 after work during the week, And that will be short lived soon. This weekend is out i have a roof job that's going to be both days unless something changes. I would like to hook up and ride with some of you guys eventually.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jammin View Post
    Man you guys work? lol, Love to join you but i can't get to the parking lot till 5:30 after work during the week, And that will be short lived soon. This weekend is out i have a roof job that's going to be both days unless something changes. I would like to hook up and ride with some of you guys eventually.
    Hah! Yep I work. It's a give and take though. There are a lot of long days and so when I can get away I do. Normally I can't get to betz until 5:30 or so. Tomorrow _may_ be an exception. Wednesday my wife has a thing during the evening so I must
    be home early to entertain my progeny. Tomorrow is flexible - but I'm a computer nerd and there's a Linux users group meeting in Malvern...

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    send me a text in the am if you're going.

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    Man you lucky fellas, I'm riding out of pawlings lot tommarow after work. Only doing the one side though. Sucks pretty soon it will be dark at 5pm.
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    Yeah Wednesday looks like it might be out for me too. Today is a possibility for you guys? Or were you saying no to that Jammin, Gigantic?

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    Crap, I posted this not seeing that there were more posts on next page. Looks like today could work out for a small group ride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jochribs View Post
    Crap, I posted this not seeing that there were more posts on next page. Looks like today could work out for a small group ride?
    I've got my gear with me at work, so I should be good. Only caveat is I may have to
    bail as the wife is not feeling well and I may have to take the little one to gymnastics.

    Won't know for sure until probably lunch or a little after.

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    Ok, I'll keep an eye on the thread. Also will PM you guys my number...

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    tonight is out for me but wed or thurs might work.

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    Good ride yesterday. Thanks again Alibby for showing me around the place!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jochribs View Post
    Good ride yesterday. Thanks again Alibby for showing me around the place!
    Fun was had by all. BTW, don't let jochribs tell you he's not fast!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gigantic View Post
    tonight is out for me but wed or thurs might work.
    Does not look like tonight or tomorrow will work for me.

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    I think I may go tomorrow afternoon regardless.

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    I was out tonight around 5:00, Parked at pawlings and did the regular loop then the small loop on the railroad side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alibby View Post
    Fun was had by all. BTW, don't let jochribs tell you he's not fast!
    Heh, you're no slouch yourself!

    Looking forward to heading out again.

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    I should of posted that I was going tonight but, it was an on,off,on,off,on deal. We got there around 6 and parked at the boat launch, did both sides. I had to break my friend into his B-day gift from his wife. A cannondale 29er
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    Quote Originally Posted by fell_brook View Post
    I should of posted that I was going tonight but, it was an on,off,on,off,on deal. We got there around 6 and parked at the boat launch, did both sides. I had to break my friend into his B-day gift from his wife. A cannondale 29er
    Bummer, i could have hooked up with you guys. Maybe next time.
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    Anybody this evening?

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    I'm riding 6 mile Run this afternoon. maybe saturday am...

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    Ah, enjoy it. Was there on Sunday and the dirt was perfect. Give me a shout next time you're going there.

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    Just got back from riding both sides. parked at pawlings and rode the trails out to 422 then rode the loop on the betzwood side, came across a cyclocross rider doing laps. had a quick chat, nice guy. That one area where you ride over the big log then have to get off to go under the the 2 large trees, Shame you can't build back there and do a bridge over that. would be cool as hell.
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    The trail used to go behind the trees, but it's been underwater for most ofvthe padt year.

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    Ahh ok. I like that loop, Fast and flowy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jammin View Post
    That one area where you ride over the big log then have to get off to go under the the 2 large trees....
    That the section where you swoop right over the river in the one spot Jammin? If so, that is my favorite part for sure. Nice sized log hop too.

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    I'm riding out of the pawlings lot on Wednesday @5:30. Anyone interested?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike001 View Post
    I'm riding out of the pawlings lot on Wednesday @5:30. Anyone interested?
    Tomorrow's no good for me. I'm thinking likely Thursday though. Either Betzwood or Lock 60 in Mt Claire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike001 View Post
    I'm riding out of the pawlings lot on Wednesday @5:30. Anyone interested?
    I rode today did both sides, I think i seen 6 people out there today. I might be there tommarrow Mike, What are you driving?
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    Is there a trail network at lock 60?

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    Where is 6 mile run and Lock 60? always looking for new places.
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    6 mile run is in Jersey. A little north of Princeton.

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    I will be driving a red toyota.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike001 View Post
    I will be driving a red toyota.
    I'm 90% sure I will be there, I usually get there right after 5, I will wait for you. I will be in a gold color lifted dodge ram with black wheels and a white specialized bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jammin View Post
    I'm 90% sure I will be there, I usually get there right after 5, I will wait for you. I will be in a gold color lifted dodge ram with black wheels and a white specialized bike.
    Ok. See you then.

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    Mike, Thx. again for the ride today was alot of fun and some good riding. Sent you a PM
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike001 View Post
    Is there a trail network at lock 60?
    There is a trail network at Lock 60. Not a lot of mileage, but what's there is relatively challenging. Off camber hill side root laden trails in one section. If you go over the bridge by the lock, and pass through the rope barrier, find the trail entrance just before the riverside trail heads into the woods. It'll be on your right. You can find your way up almost to 113. I then tend to roll over to the other side and run back down to Phoenixville on the pville/ black rock side of the river.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jammin View Post
    Where is 6 mile run and Lock 60? always looking for new places.
    Lock 60 is starts at the park across from Produce Junction in Mont Claire PA. It's a little weird to find your way around in but has some fun climbing. Kinda sucks when it's wet out though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jammin View Post
    Where is 6 mile run and Lock 60? always looking for new places.
    6 mile run is between Princeton and new Brunswick

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    Quote Originally Posted by alibby View Post
    Lock 60 is starts at the park across from Produce Junction in Mont Claire PA. It's a little weird to find your way around in but has some fun climbing. Kinda sucks when it's wet out though.
    Ahh ok, i remember riding back there 13 years ago way before there were houses up on the ridge. never knew it was called lock 60
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    I'm riding out of the pawlings (top) lot on Monday @ 5:15-5:30 Anyone interested?

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    I will be riding The trails off pawlings road andt he betz wood loop Pretty much everyday this week unless something comes up. I will be in the gravel lot off pawlings road near the river Between 5-5:30 if anybody wants to ride.
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    Good info in here. Been looking for detailed directions on how to access these trails for a while.

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    Not making it today, Have to fix a car. Tommarrow for sure though.
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    Just a heads up for anybody thinking of riding this area, The Gravel lot of pawlings road is closed due to the goverment shut down. The barriers were down when Mike and I arrived to ride, Somebody must have knocked them down, When we got back the was a ranger waiting for us. He was cool about it.
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    Id imagine the entire park is closed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gigantic View Post
    Id imagine the entire park is closed.
    Probably, I didn't even think about it when i went to ride.
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    Article on Philly.com says some runner got fined $100 for trespassing.

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    Yeah i seen that, They got him when he got back to his car. I went for a ride late sunday and parked at the lot on pawlings road near Saint Gabes and hit the trails from there. I seen about 7 cars parked in front of the barriers at the gravel lot on pawlings. I rode all the trails and the loop over at betzwood and didn't see any other people on the trails except on the MUT when i was on it for a short time. They had barriers blocking the lot to the MUT where the bathrooms are, somebody knocked them all over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fell_brook View Post
    Another article...

    Defying government shutdown, national park visitors play ?catch me if you can?

    I intend to ride this weekend weather permitting. Anyone else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fell_brook View Post

    HAHA I'm pretty sure this is the land manager for my rental property...I actually don't feel too bad that he got fined.

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    This is a bad idea. Officially, mountain bikes aren't allowed on most of the trails at Valley Forge. We're allowed to ride there with a wink and a nod from the rangers, but they could change their minds at any time and crack down on us. Please don't put our trail privileges in jeopardy by taunting the rangers. They've got a tough job, in rather difficult circumstances, please show them some respect and find somewhere else to ride this weekend. The shutdown will end soon enough.

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