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Erwin Wildlife Management Area

Average Rating:    (3 of 5)

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Multiple trails criss-crossing several thousand acres. The area is closed to motorized traffic, but the State DER & a gas-driilling company occaisionally use some of the double-track. There are 2 main sets of gravel double track, several old logging roads, & a natural-gas pipeline. There are multiple single tracks branching off of each of these.
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Trail Directions
The mail trailhead can be found in Gang Mills, Town of Erwin. From Rt 15 in Painted Post, go south to the Gang Mills Exit. Turn left onto Hamilton St.. Go past the Holiday Inn (on the right), then turn right onto Beartown Road. At about 1 mile there is a stop-sign. Turn right - you are still on Beartown Road. In about another mile you will see the Painted Post Rod & Gun Club on the right. Go past, but look immediately for an unmarked road that bears to the right. In about 100 yards, the pavement turns to gravel. Another 100 yards is the parking area & gate that marks the trailhead.
Trail Length
10 Miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
Painted Post
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Review Date
June 12, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: burtronix ,  Weekend Warrior

The main double track is a gravel fire-road from Gang Mills to Coopers Plain. There is one double-track spur that runs to the west & loops behind Erwin Pond. There is another short spur that runs down to the waters edge. Another spur runs to the east & ends at a gas well. From there you can continue east on a wide gas-line trail with steep hills & a mix of rocks & mud, with a few technical challenges. For more technical riding, take any of the single-track to the left or right (I haven't explored many of these yet, due to wet weather).

Recommended Route:
Start at the Gang Mills end to encounter the steepest hill 1st. If you'd prefer to warm-up before hitting the steep stuff, start at the Coopers Plain end.

For a nice challenging loop that can be completed in a couple hours (or less if you have the stamina & skills), start at Gang Mills. Take the double-track to the top of the hill & turn right onto more double track. Take this to the clearing with the gas well in the middle. Ride across the clearing & follow the gas line a couple miles. It ends at the top of a hill behind the Woodland Park housing development. From the top of the hill, ride toward the water tower until you find a construction road behind the houses. Take the construction road down the hill (staying to the right at the split). Look out for the washed-out ditch across the trail. You will come out on Beartown Rd. just a few hundred yards from the trail-head.

burtronix (03/14/2007)
There is another trail-head into the network of single-track right behind the Aurene development.
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