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    MI to PA (Im thinking Moraine)

    Fellow Dirt Lovers,

    I will be heading to PA to mountain bike next week from Michigan, and was trying to find the best trail(s) in the Northwest side of the state to cut down as much as possible on my driving time. From what I can gather, my best option appears to be Moraine State Park. If this is the case, what other trails can you guys recommend so I can stretch this trip into a couple of days!!?!?!?!

    Am I missing better options closer to MI?

    Thanks a bunch and hopefully you can keep the rubber side down,

    Bikingwino

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    http://www.porcmtbclub.org/phpBB3/in...fc20bacc6e5b47

    There is tons more than moraine, but I don't think that there is any tougher in the area.

    Post up in that link, and what route are you taking, Pittsburgh has tons of hidden singletrack.

    If you do head to moraine, take a guide. First timers usually get lost.

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    Thanks Jester1911!

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    Roaring Run in Apollo, PA.

    This is my faveorite trail.

    40 mins from Pittsburgh. Let me know if you need directions.

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    As recommended, Moraine and Apollo are pretty much "must-ride" Also, about an hour further South is Bavingon (aka Hillman State Park, aka State Game Lands #117) Nothing uber technical out at Bavington, just miles and miles of pretty buff Single track.

    My main riding partner is from Michigan btw, and he loves the trails down here. There's a really a wide variety of great riding all within about an hour or so drive from Pittsburgh.

    Examples:
    http://www.sanoodi.com/people/jcaino/routes/

    Trail omissions that I haven't hit and/or mapped yet this year:
    Boyce Park
    Hartwood Acres
    South Park - rode, but not mapped.
    Cooper's Rock, WV - rode, but not mapped
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    Moraine is an excellent trail, but doesn't have tons of miles. What's there is great though. Bavington has lots of miles, though and isn't far away (and you don't have to drive through Pittsburgh to get there).

    If you're coming across Ohio you might look at hitting Vultures Knob on the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swampboy62
    Moraine is an excellent trail, but doesn't have tons of miles. What's there is great though. Bavington has lots of miles, though and isn't far away (and you don't have to drive through Pittsburgh to get there).

    If you're coming across Ohio you might look at hitting Vultures Knob on the way.

    Steve Z
    Have you checked out Moraine recently? They just opened up a lot more trails. More scheduled to come as well.

    http://www.porcmtbclub.org/phpBB3/vi...php?f=4&t=2591
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    Been out there every week since fall!

    Yeah, they opened up some new trails this year, but so far it's less than two miles. Don't get me wrong, the new trail is FANTASTIC, but there's still only like 8 miles of trail out there. Half of it is so technical it takes me forever to ride, but there's not really the distance there that other riding destinations in the area have.

    Check out the map I made, showing the existing trails and the newer ones, too. If you want to print a copy email me & I'll send the file.

    http://outdoors.webshots.com/photo/2...40870765inmTyG

    I've been trying to remember to print off a couple of copies and stock up the kiosk at the Mt. Union Rd. trailhead when I get out there.

    Gotta say - miles or no - Moraine is my favorite place to ride so far.

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    Excellent and much appreciated advice!
    I signed up for porcmtbclub 3 days ago, but haven't been activated yet - and therefore can't post.

    I will be heading across Ohio, and Vultures Knob is a great idea! I haven't ever been there, but have heard wonderful things.

    My goal is to ride all 50 states (PA will be lucky #13). I am hoping to stay on the northwest part of the state to limit time on the road.

    Should I get concerned about getting lost at Moraine?

    Evo,

    I would love directions.


    Steve Z,

    I will e-mail you for a printable map!

    Thank again guys!

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    Dang.. I'm an idjit!
    Quickest way for me to travel into PA is via I-80..
    Just North of Pittsburgh is the perfect spot.

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    Here are some directions to Roaring Run in Apollo.

    http://www.roaringrun.org/Site/Driving_Here.html

    Park in the parking lot. Ride the main trail for about 2 miles, cross a small bridge and on the left side you will ride through a 30 yard grassy area to find a trail marked "Zig Zag" follow that. The "Elavator Shaft" trail will bring you back to the main trail. On the right hand side on the way back you will find the return trails, take them all for the full experience.

    Here is a copy of the map. On the map if you find the #4, look to the right of that and you will see the orange trail (not yellow) it starts with some switch backs (Zig Zag).

    http://www.roaringrun.org/Site/Maps.html

    Please let me know if you need some clarification.

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    Thanks EVO!

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    You could probably hit Moraine in route to Roaring Run, and then from there to Raystown Lake, then up to State College (and back to I-80)
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    Excellent. I will mapquest em!

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    would love to ride moraine or roaring run with some peeps from here.

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