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    cdouble
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    Downingtown - Skelp Level Parking Lot to Trestle Bridge

    I am bringing some friends over to ride the harmony hill trails, probably from the Skelp Level Road parking lot. I would like to take them across the trestle bridge to make it memorable. Is it possible to get to the railroad bed / trestle from those trails without any prolonged road riding? I've heard it can be done via the paradise farms trails on the other side of Skelp Level Road, but those trails may be closed. We're willing to push the envelope, but don't want to piss anyone off and create issues for the MTB community. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

    Chris
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    NEPMCPMBA President
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    You have a few options:

    A) ride the entire legitimate/illegitimate d-town trails. After riding around in Harmony Hill, ride to the lower parking lot (at the covered bridge), and ride north on 322 and take a left onto Sawmill. About half a mile down sawmill on the left are a couple of trail entrances some private (but, for the most part, MTB friendly landowners) trails. Riding these trails will take you westward along sawmill, and eventually dump you out on sawmill. There is then a long gradual climb on the north side of sawmill along a creek that will bring you to Romig Road (sp?). There is a school right across the street, and the private trail picks up again at the northeast corner of the schools grounds. This trail heads north straight to the railroad grade (and is a fantastic downhill ride) Once you hit the railroad grade, you can take a right (head east) on the grade to the bridge, or there is also some mild single track that parallels the grade right there, too. After you cross the bridge, take the first double track trail to the left into the field, and follow the path east/north to the Hindu temple parking lot (looks just like a house, but with a parking lot). Ride the driveway down to boot, Head east on boot, then take a left at the traffic light and drink a few beers at Victory.

    B) Less riding, no roads... Ride to the very bottom of Harmony Hill (the lowest point, basically), and there is a very sketchy (and closed/off limits) bridge over river. If you cross this structurally deficient bridge at your own risk, you can then follow the plowed out "trail" north through the brandywine meadows park, and it will eventually dump you out onto 322 (in the shadows of the bridge). Across the street is a road, and just up that road on the left is a trail that leads to a long doubletrack climb to the railroad grade. Take a right at the top and you'll hit the bridge.

    C) park at victory and do the ride opposite to A, and then back to victory.

    D) search motionbased.com for mountain bike tracks in downingtown, and you'll get a ton of other options.

    Please note that there are "posted", "private property", "do not enter", and "violators will be prosecuted" warnings all over the place. Both bridges mentioned above are not structurally sound compared to their respective design requirements, so you need to cross them at your own risk.

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    cdouble
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    We did a variation on A - thanks for the info. The trails on the west side of 322 are pretty technical in the humidity after a heavy rain. It felt like the roots (and there are lots of them) were smeared with vasoline. Great ride, 3 hours!
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