Alleghenies Adventure: Report 3

Day No. 3 of the “Choose-Your-Alleghenies-Adventure” trip involved a full day of mountain biking on the Allegrippis Trail System, a new singletrack mecca in the hills overlooking Raystown Lake near Huntingdon, Pa. It was just months ago that Evan Gross participated in the grand opening of this 32-mile trail network. Today, Gross, who works for Rothrock Outfitters, was our guide for a grand tour of the trail.

We filled water bottles, switched pedals around at the trailhead and then clipped into our bikes, including a Surly single-speed Karate Monkey, Salsa’s El Mariachi, and Scott and Haro rigs. Autumn trees framed a trail snaking ahead into the woods.

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Andy Wright (in front) and Todd Lepley on the Allegrippis Trail

For the next few hours, including more than 20 miles of singletrack covered, the crew swooped on the Allegrippis Trail System’s endless rolling terrain. Some trails, dubbed rollercoasters, seem to trick gravity, hardly necessitating any pedaling or braking at all. The rises and dips — which were built by machine and hand labor to IMBA standards — keep riders coursing along at a steady speed where little effort is required, sometimes for a mile or more at a time.

Long climbs above Raystown Lake, a clear-water reservoir, ended atop flat bluffs with epic views. Autumn trees, rock-cuts, islands, and lake water stretched like a painting below.

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Wright at a high overlook above Raystown Lake

But the day was not without misadventure. A flat tire, a broken chain, and one over-the-handlebars biff wrapped up a long day on the trail. The crew finished in the day’s last light, the sun fading over Raystown Lake and shining golden through trees as the group pedaled and climbed — and swooped on the coasters — until the end. A few photos from the day below.

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Swooping trails on the Allegrippis necessitate a warning sign

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Guide Evan Gross at the trailhead

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Rothrock Outfitters’ grease-powered SUV

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Wright above Raystown Lake

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Regenold at a break midday on the trail

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Pam Wright on the trail over Raystown Lake

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Evan Gross changes a flat tire

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Trail map to the extensive Allegrippis Trail System

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Gross fixes a broken chain

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Typical stretch of the trail

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Mission Accomplished! Andy Wright hoists his bike at the end of the trail

Posted by walt zeankowski - 11/11/2009 03:22 PM

was thinking of taking a trip out there as it’s not that far a drive from nyc. is there also rock climbing in the area and/or a week’s worth of adventure?

Posted by editor - 11/11/2009 03:32 PM

Walt — This MTB trail alone might be worth the trip! Amazing system there. I would ask Rothrock Outfitters about rock climbing in the area.

Posted by Matt Price - 11/12/2009 07:59 AM

Walt, there are certainly enough activities to pack a week or more adventure. Fantastic hiking, road and mountain biking, flat water and gentle river paddling, world-class fishing, caves, and more. Check out the Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau website for all sorts of great things to do, places to eat and places to stay.

Posted by Valerie Robbins-Rice - 11/14/2009 01:24 AM

What a great article & photos! We’ve worked on the trail and taken family on the it several times when the leaves were green. These photos prove that the Allegrippis Trails System at Raystown Lake is worth hiking or biking again, when the leaves are turning or even off of the trees during the fall, winter & spring seasons exposing beautiful scenes only visible then! If it’s snowy enough, cross country skiing looks like a great choice to see those views! Thanks for sharing!

Posted by mike - 08/03/2010 12:19 PM

chekout the trails in rothrock state forest, while your in the area.

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