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Jim Thorpe Area

Average Rating:    (4.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 12

mostly-unmapped fireroad & singletrack for intermediate to advanced riders
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Latitude
40.85017679415775
Longitude
-75.80429077148437
Trail Directions
Take the PA Turnpike Northeast Extension (Interstate 476) to Exit 34, exit onto 209 south, two miles to route 443, follow signs to Jim Thorpe - one of the local bike shops will be able to provide some rough maps of the area's trails
Trail Length
huge
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Lehighton
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Review Date
March 4, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Jim Thorpe Trails ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
See our site at www.jtrails.wordpress.com for free maps of Jim Thorpe trails.

Recommended Route:
all

Other recommended trails in the same area:
all



Comments
TMXownrsgrp (07/07/2009)
Please go and remark the Nesquehoning Rim Trail 2. Especially toward the end. If it were not for 25 years of XC experience this ride/hike would have been a disaster. Your description states "not for the timid" try adding expert ONLY. Also make clear that 3 miles of the 7.84 loop are unridable unless you are an accomplished trials rider and have at least 4 hours to finish this loop. Overall this loop is one I will never forget. It was Love Hate all the way. Views and terrain were amazing but lack of ridabilty and poor markers were a huge minus.
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Review Date
May 7, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: dwsteig ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The break in the weather has prompted a lot of riders to contact me with questions regarding trail closures. Here's an update... Deer Path, Pine Tar and the like are closed indefinitely due to erosion concerns. Contact the PA Game Commission to voice your opinion about these closures. Closing trails has put a squeeze on riding in JT. There are still plenty of trails ro ride and explore... more than enough to keep you interested. I do still offer a guide service, but I have less availability than previous years. Unfortunately, a good potion of the best riding remains unmapped due to the fact that it crosses or lies upon private land. Of course I'm biased, but JT truly does offer some awesome riding. Challenging for the technical and/or aerobically fit rider.

Recommended Route:
Am Std, Broad Mtn in general, Flagstaff/Bob's. Pisgah/Summit Hill, 28 path, Mauch Chunk are fantastic, but difficult to navigate. Check out the guide books, explore on your own, or email me for trail info/guided rides.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
see above...



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Review Date
July 28, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Ledzep4 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Very nice place to bike. I went for the whole day and hardly rode any of the trails. I was able to get to do switch back, part of the advance trail (I think) and Mauch Park trails. I rode down the side of the mountain by the power lines. Nothing but crazy rocks. It was fun, but I had to take a break half way down. Mauch park was nice, climb up some of the trails (20 minutes) and then ride them down. I'm sure there is an easier way to do them though.

Recommended Route:
1)Explore or buy the trail book from Blue Mountain Sports. 2) I bought the book, but the trails aren't marked so you have to have a sharp eye.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Belmont Plateau, French Creek



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Review Date
June 12, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Monkeyboy , from W. Babylon, NY (LI)

Summary:
I just spent the weekend in Lehighton just four miles down the tow path from Jim Thorpe. I played around Broad Mountain, found some totally sweet technical singletrack (off the beaten trail). Cruised the tow at night (what a pissa) and rode the switchback on Sunday morn. If it weren't for the four inches of rain that fell on Saturday, I probably would have done Pisgah as well. JT is not your typical marked trail. There is a ton of exploring to be done. I ran into some really cool locals (Ed, Tom and Za) who filled me in on some fun. Take your time in JT, explore, play... aint that what Mountain Biiking is supposed to be about. p.s. We stayed at a great place (sleeps at least 8 Hairymen) right on the Tow Path. The place was immaculate, and our hosts made sure all our needs were met. A big thanks to Rod and Jennifer. www.canalside.org

Recommended Route:
Hook up with the local(s). They know where the sweet stuff is.



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Review Date
May 9, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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3.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: MTB Guide , from Jim Thorpe

Summary:
It is true that the PA Game Commission has declared the closure of state gamelands to riders of both bikes and horses. I cannot comment as to whether or not one should still attempt to ride trails on the Broad, but I can tell you that I still do. I still suggest that you consider doing some exploration on your own prior to contacting me.
However, as I have stated in the past, the JT area contains some fantastic advanced terrain that is unmapped. It seems as though some people attempt to discredit me for offering a guide service ... questioning the existence of these thrilling yet unmapped trails. I assure you, my guide service exists for a reason. Many riders have chosen to contact me first rather than wander about on their own. Pisgah and Nesquehoning mtn offer some great advanced level riding. Unless you are familiar with the lay of the land, it would be very difficult to link up an enjoyable ride. Yes, these trails are unmapped, mostly because they lie partly or entirely on private land.
The routes I ride are intermediate-advanced-expert, and can be tailored to suit your preference. Most rides average 12-20 miles and require 3-4 hours to complete.
I've done my best to link together quality trails that offer technical challenges, decent climbs, cool descents, and some enjoyable scenery. I take pride in the type of riding that JT has to offer, therefore I like to show our visitors the best the area has to offer. Send an email to guidejt@hotmail.com to contact me for more info about a guided ride, lodging, eats, drinks, and other activities in the JT area.

Recommended Route:
1. Explore on your own
2. Contact me for info regarding guided tours of Pisgah, Nesquehoning Mtn, Broad Mtn

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Ridges bordering the Mahoning Valley



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