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Mauch Chunk Ridge

Average Rating:    (2.38 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

Nine mile loop. Local streets to railroad bed to mixed fire road and very rocky single track. Ends with a very technical singletrack descent down to the Switchback Trail.
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Latitude
40.84744991884746
Longitude
-75.80841064453125
Trail Directions
Get a map from Blue Mountain Sports ($1), ride from the shop.
Trail Length
9
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Jim Thorpe
   


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Review Date
August 30, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: greg ,  Downhiller

Summary:
I've ridden this trail quite a few times on my 29er and my on-one... It is a brutal workout... I don't think many people will find this trail very enjoyable as it is not much of a mountain bike trail these days but there a few wild ways down if it's worth it to ya. But as the others said it's really not the healthiest of "trails" but it's doable

Recommended Route:
ride up flagstaff (long ride all the way up on a paved road) once you get to the peak you will see a gate to your right, take that and go straight. Follow those trails and you'll come to an opening with some good views when things aren't overgrown. Continue along the path going along the top of the mountain and as you go there are a few paths on your right you can take down (NOT A BEGINNER!) I don't really think there is an easy way down this mountain unless you take it out to the other street. The top of the mountain is a few miles and is fun in parts and challenging in parts.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Just depends what kind of riding your looking to do...



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Review Date
June 30, 2010

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bigleg82 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I rode this trail yesterday having been told it was "singletrack". It is most certainly NOT singletrack. In fact, it is an eroded ATV trail (doubletrack) that is basically a bed of rocks. I am disappointed that the woman at Blue Mountain Sports in Jim Thorpe referred to this as "singletrack".

Recommended Route:
Ride somewhere else.



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Review Date
June 8, 2007

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: bluelinerider ,  Downhiller

Summary:
This trail was good at one time but is now mostly destoyed in the upper half due to land development. The fun downhill parts are now lots with tractors and other machinery parked in them. It is a shame. I rode this trail a few years ago and it was awesome. The trails are nonexistent now on the upper half off of flaggstaff rd. Don't make the mistake of riding uphill on flaggstaff rd for 2 miles. It is a great dissapointment. I also bought the map at blue mountain sports and found that it is terribly outdated. (DON'T BUY IT PLEASE!) It doesn't show all of the trails and most of the trails in the book have been destroyed. Jim Thorpe has been known to have some of the best riding but it is becoming more limited due to the land developers. Very sad. Something has to be done.

Recommended Route:
N/A

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Broad mountain or Buzzards point.



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Review Date
July 11, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Bullitproof ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I am a newbie, so take my review with a grain of salt. The Mauch Chunk Ridge trail offers some spectacular views of Jim Thorpe. The steep Flagstaff Road portion is monotenous. Once leaving the road and entering the Mauch Chunk Ridge Trail, I found the terrain to be quite challenging. There is at least one good steep rocky climb. The Mauch Chunk Ridge connector, a steep downhill, proved to quite difficult but fun for me at least. There were not any logs to be found however. The trail was easy to follow.

Recommended Route:
Start at Mauch Chunk Lake Park. Head to the Damn and pick up the Switchback Trail. Follow the Switchback to Flaggstaff Road. Go right on Flagstaff Road riding up a steep incline for about 2 miles. Pass the peak and gated path of right and continue an old in on your right for good views. Retrace your steps back to gate and make a left on Mauch Chunk Ridge Trail which eventually becomes the Fireline Trail. Take the Mauch Chunk Ridge Connector to the Switchback to head back to the lake.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mt. Pisgah Trail



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Review Date
July 8, 2004

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: sivarthuns ,  Downhiller

Summary:
I picked this route out of the Blue Mountain Bike shop's Book because it said it was "some of the most advanced riding in the region". I was not impressed. I do have to say that the 1/2 mile downhill section was fun and fast but really not too hard to handle. I did get a nice aerobic work out which was nice. This is the 2nd trail I have done in Jim Thorpe and pretty much have come to the conclusion that Thorpe is a place for XCers. I am sure some local boys have some nice freeride stuff built but I have yet to find any.

Recommended Route:
I have yet to find a trail in Jim Thorpe that I would recommend.



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