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Bear Creek

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No. of Reviews: 24

Lots of great downhill and an excellent cross-country course
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Latitude
40.58058466412761
Longitude
-75.498046875
Trail Directions
All trails start in front of Mt. Bike Center or at the top of the lift.
Trail Length
21 total
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Macungie
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Review Date
March 24, 2014

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: BikerJoe ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Rode on 3/23/2014 in anticipation of next week's Winter Triathlon. Still has some stretches of snow on the trails, but I'd say 98% clear.

Other comments have summed it up nicely regarding going clockwise and the rocks. I can't imagine even professional riders being able to stay on their bike on the way down on the north side of the mountain.

This trail system has a lot of potential. Trails need some maintenance to make it a bit more ridable, more switchbacks. I like the periodic bridges they've built, and this is the first track system that put chickenwire on the bridges, which helps prevent the sliding as you're approaching some of the bridges on an angle.

BC needs to put some effort in the signage. I suspect that riding this system when the leaves are still green is easy because the dirt trail stands out from the surrounding green. But in late fall or winter everything is brown, so you often lose the path. From a safety perspective, they also need to identify some of the bridges on the trail map so you know where you are. I can't imagine getting hurt in there and trying to help someone locate you.

No one else mentioned that you need to pay $25 to get a wristband and sign a waiver to ride this system. They do give you a $25 gift card, which you can use at the bar, for lift tickets, etc., so it is essentially free.

There are portions that are a lot of fun to ride, but a lot of portions where you are walking (both up and down). Regardless, I would recommend this trail system to folks with technical riding capabilities.

Recommended Route:
Clockwise, start across the street from the kiosk in Parking Lot 4.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Nockamixon, Wissahickon, Pennypack, Lake Raystown



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Review Date
June 1, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: troy z ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This review is from a 40+ cat 3 rider . Rode the long loop today and was shocked at the rocks . For a rec. weekend rider its a difficult trail . Found myself un clipped or walking thru some of the tougher sections . If your introducing someone to mountains biking you may want to hold off on this trail due to the technical nature . . I've been to French creek and thought that was rocky but this trail is wild .

Recommended Route:
Start at parking lot 4 . You'll see a kiosk near the road to pick up a trail map . The trail starts right there and you go clockwise around the ski hill and end up at the same parking lot . Took me 1:15 minutes at a easier pace trying to look around at other trail sections .



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Review Date
January 1, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: mbxcrider ,  Racer

Summary:

Bear Creek is a Very challenging trail system......It's best ridden clockwise and another reviewer is correct you almost have to be superman to ride it counterclockwise......I've raced there 5 or 6 times and and have done around 100 mtn bike races.....B.C. is, if not the most technical trail, it's right up there with the top two or three technically that I've raced. It's rocky and rooty, but mostly ROCKY. If you ride the whole outer loop it's approx 6 1/2 to 7 miles. If you do the connectors and misc smaller loops you can get 9 or 10 miles out of it, But that's tough to do unless you're with a local......Anyway, depending on ability expect a good "stnd" loop to take you over an hour in most cases.

For directions.....as you enter the resort (there's only one road in) you'll climb up a small hill and just after you crest that hill and start to go down hill there is a parking lot on the right....Park there....you'll see a kiosk that has a trail map posted.

Recommended Route:

As for a route.....just back across the road from that kiosk is the start of the trail system...there's actually a small sign that says "tail head"....Go in there and follow...keep making lefts and stay left at splits and follow up hill around back of ski slopes and then back down the trail system to your car....After a good thrashing in the rocks, the loop brings you back around to that same parking lot.

Mountain bike nationals are there this year and next 2013 and 2014.....I encourage you to go check it out and see what the "big guys" are in for.....It's tough.

Have fun and ride strong.

Other recommended trails in the same area:

Salisbury in Bethlehem is similar, so if you're in the area....Check Sals out too. bikevmb.com has the maps.



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Review Date
July 27, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Eckstream1 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
First I'll start with... I LOVE BEAR CREEK RESORT! They rock!
Speaking of rocks... Bear Creek has plenty of them! They require a helmet to ride and it would be stupid without one...

I ride twice a week and this trail was a challenge! I rode it counter clockwise so I was climbing through the rock gardens... Everyone says to run it clockwise.

Either way... I still run counter. Once you get up the rock gardens the downhill starts just off the chairlift and is mostly singletrack with lots of technical sections and switchbacks... At the end of the run is a freeride park with banked turns, a balance beam, and some step downs...

Make sure your bike is maintained cuz it's gonna take a beating! I broke my derailleur hanger!

I would say that BC is similar to French Creek just shorter...

Check the Vid!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxx7Z1FVCnk



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Review Date
August 11, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: tlg ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The other reviews here are pretty accurate. Trails are well marked and easy to follow. Bring your legs, lungs, and helmet. It is rocky!

This trail is only 4.5 miles. Other reviews have said it's 10-12 miles. Probably because it feels like you've ridden that far! But it is not that long.
There's 423ft of ascent. All in the first 1-1/4 miles.

It is best to ride clockwise. Counterclockwise is virtually impossibe unless you're superman.

Recommended Route:
http://www.mapmyride.com/route/united-states/pa/-macungie/195124983499381696

This is my GPS of the trail. Check out the satellite view!
It can be downloaded into Google Earth and viewed in 3D



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