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Forbes State Forest

Average Rating:    (4.67 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 3

The trails are fast, mostly smooth single track with some fireroads. If you are clever enough, you can find sweet single track that lead to 7 springs and hidden valley. Go explore lots and lots of fun trails, but becareful of getting lost because there are a lot of trails in this area. There are numerous fast downhills and steep climbs but nothing too tight or technical. One trail zig zags back in forth on Roaring Run creek for a total of about 15 creek crossings. Trails are well maintained and mountain bikers are encouraged to keep the vegetation down for the XC skiing in winter. Great place to build endurance for the expert and refine skills for the beginner and intermdeiate rider.
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Latitude
40.064409681221484
Longitude
-79.2715072631836
Trail Directions
Approximately 10.5 miles west of Somerset on Rt. 31. After passing Hidden valley entrance, follow Rt. 31 to the top of Laurel Mountain and after the Elevation sign take a left onto Firetower road. The parking lot is on your right. Trails heads begin in the field and across firetower road on the pipeline.
Trail Length
Not sure, miles and miles of trails
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Somerset/Donegal
   


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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

Review Date
November 3, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Woodshed ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Rode this twice this summer. The trails are not horribly well marked, so be very aware of where you are or you will get lost - even with a map. Some of the trails actually are not on the maps available from DCNR. Even though I got lost for quite a while the first time I went, it actually worked out well as I was able to explore quite a number of trails. The trails have been cleaned up and restored to rideable conditions.

There is a little bit of everything here. If you like long, sustained climbs, park at the first pull off along fire tower road and you will have to climb before you do anything else. Those climbs lead to some very fast and smooth downhills to the west of fire tower road. If you're more interested in technical challenges, stick to trails the east of fire tower road. Go explore. Just stay off the LHHT. You'll be told all about it if you mistakenly venture onto it.

Recommended Route:
Jones Mill trail is an excellent run.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Laurel Mountain, Ohiopyle



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Review Date
April 27, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Piddles , from McKeesport PA

Summary:
was just there today 4-25-03 and the place is virtually null and void of ride able trails
the ice damage and the heavy snow has taken there toll on the trees it really needs a massive effort on the part of EVERYBODY
equestrians, MTBers, and trail hikers is there some way we can get this together so that it can be enjoyed by EVERYBODY again??
it is so bad that in some parts it is even un-hikeable this needs a SERIOUS effort !!
let's try to get something going so that one of the best places to ride become ride able again
I would love to be the one who gets things going but I need some serious help here to get the ball rolling
maybe PORC, Dirt Rag , and all the local shops along with the local chamber of commerce is a place to start?
I even will buy a chain saw to show what commitment on my part I am willing to make.
Let's show them what OUR community is willing to do to keep the trails ride able and OPEN to us Mountain Bikers.
Take care ,
PIDDLES!!!!(412)664-0733



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Review Date
March 6, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: John G. , from Gbg, PA

Summary:
The trail that starts at the 5 point intersection is very fun. Once you reach a "T", stay to the right. It takes you back down to the parking lot. You can get serious speed. I haven't followed it completely, but taking a left at the "T" will take you down into the valley. From my topo map, it appears that you can do a 10 mile loop. All told, the Firetower Road entrance to Forbes State Forest rocks. Excellent singletrack cab be found. From Firetower Road to Laurel Hill State Park and back is 18 miles.

Recommended Route:
Cross Firetower road to the east and enter woods. A trail parallels Firetower road, go right (south) and enjoy. When you meet the 5 point intersection in the road, look at the west side of firetower road. There is a small embankment with a clearly defined trail. take it.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Cross Firetower road to the east and keep going east. You will reach Hidden Valley Resort. They have a nice 10 mile race loop. Pretty cool riding.



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