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Michaux - Pine Grove Furnace

Average Rating:    (4.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

Rough. Three races are held here every year(at Michuax) and expert riders fell that this is the toughest x-country race in the nation! So, the trails are rocky. If you chose to ride the race courses, all trails are rated as most difficult, and they are. This trail system is set up for ATVers, so the "easy" trails are less murderous. RIDE HERE IF YOU YOU LIKE IT ROUGH!
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Latitude
40.01775519652427
Longitude
-77.29860305786133
Trail Directions
Find Gettysburg on map. Take Rt 15 north to Rte 234 towards Biglersville. In Biglersville, turn right at light on Rte 34. Go 2+ miles and veer left at Dahl Tile, over single lane bridge, veer left onto Pine Grove Furnace. Through stop sign, climb to parking lot at top...
Trail Length
12, 20, and 25+
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Gettysburg
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Review Date
November 12, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: LLP359 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Montour Woods Conservation Area off Hassam Rd near the Montour Trail in Coraopolis. 5 miles of new single track built in summer 2013 connects with a couple more miles of dirt bike trails near the old Nike site. Steep climbs, hairpin switchbacks and flowy new bench cut downhill sections. Download maps from Hollowoak.org. Lots of potential here for more trails.

Recommended Route:
Park at Hassam Road, R onto Oil Well Trail, L onto Meeks Run Trail, R on Powerline Trail, follow to Hemlocks Trail to Cave Trail, back through Meeks Run trail to Oil Well to parking lot.



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LLP359 (11/12/2013)
Oops, this should be posted in Pittsburgh, PA. Sorry.
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Review Date
May 16, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: louieharris ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
We camped at Pine Grove Furnace Park and rode from camp Sunday morning. We did like a 2-1/2 ride. It starts with road up, real rocky at the top and then gets real nice and smooth towards the bottom. AWESOME RIDE. We rode the other side of Rt 233 on Sat. See my review on that trail.

Recommended Route:
GET MAP AT OFFICE. Start on Bendersville Rd. up hill to warm up. It's a nice climb. At top, make right on ATV trail (#41) at top. These are very rocky trails. We tried to follow trail #35 and #33 but signs are sparce and confusing. Look for #32 and take the short switchback up to the top of a nice knob which has awesome views and trails as well. It's pretty much all down from here and awesome sweeping turns with nice high berms. It's REAL nice and a little smoother and faster. What a great ending to a great ride!!!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hit the West Slope trail (West of Rt 233) See my trail posting on this section.



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Review Date
April 20, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
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Reviewed by:  , from Carlisle Pa

Summary:
If you go up the road the goes through Pine Grove St Furnace at the top is a HUGE parking lot. From here you can take many trails down either side of the Mountain. There is also a road "Mountain Ridge Road" that will lead you out further to more trials. These trials are mostly the ATV trials. They are VERY rocky and some are almost impossible. Especially the ones labeled "Most Difficult". These are fun and there are some BITCHIN Downhills. But there are better trials hereIf you park at the furnace. and ride out to RT 233. Take a left. You can then ride up Old Shippensburg Road. This will lead you to the start of a trial that follows a logging road to "Michaux Rd" take a right and yell see the trial on your left after like 50 feet. Ride this. There are many diff ways to do it; it splits 2 or 3 times. Each has a nice DH in it someplace. Keep Going "RIGHT" to extend your ride.
Another great place to start is on 233. Drive past the entrance to the furnace. And about 2 miles or so up the road will be a dirt pull off on the right side. Its big you cant miss it. Start here and go into the woods. You will come to a bridge over a stream. Follow this RT keeping to the right. It will lead you to some very technical up hill. The up hill will end with a hard climb up some S turns. At the top of this go left. (This is also where the above trial will bring you. If you stay right)
After taking the left follow this single track to you hit a road "Woodrow Road" its a good climb up Woodrow Road till you get to a big right turning the road, you can head into the woods right there. (Ignore any signs you see) this Single Track is BADASS isnt ridden much cause its hidden. This will take you along the ridge for a long time. It will dump you in an opening. Take a left down the grassy road. This DH is FAST and it turns back into ST quickly. This will snake its way down the ridge and dump you on another grassy road. Take this till you hit a dirt road. (Woodrow Road again) take a left and go like 200 yards. Yull see a trial on your right. Take this and it will bring you back to the bridge on the stream. Its a great ride. Best in Michaux IMO.

Recommended Route:
There are so many. im listing some places to start below. I ride here at least twice a week. Every time you can find a new trail. Miles and miles of trials

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If it looks like a trail it is a trail. RIDE IT nave fun



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Review Date
September 25, 2002

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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1.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: John , from Harrisburg

Summary:
I rode in Michaux once and I think the trails are over rated. They suck. If I had my choice I would ride in Rattling Creek. The trails up there are awesome. Lychins has great singletrack.

Recommended Route:
The trails in Rattling Creek are much better.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Ride at Rettling Creek. It's much better.



Comments
kahneyjd (04/10/2007)
Does this look like a review for rettling creek???????????????????????????????????
Man from Utopia (06/10/2013)
No, he gave his opinion of Michaux. Albeit somewhat unfairly. One day at michaux barely scratches the surface whereas one long hard day at Rattling Creek can cover most of the outstanding single track there.
That being said, from what I have seen, I agree with the OP. I wouldn't say it sucks, it's a lot of fun as any day in the woods is a lot of fun. Sure beats a rail trail. But, the one time I've ridden there (30 miles) the trails all look the same. I didn't find any tight single track (I'm sure there are some just not where I was). The trails are made for ATVs whereas the Rattling Creek trails are made for mt bikes.
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Review Date
August 27, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Zach , from Carlisle

Summary:
who: anyone with balls, health and commitment.
where: pick a trail and commit to it, you have no other choice. look for white markers at trailheads and intersections. easy doesnt mean easy-these trails are made for atvs not mtbs so easy to them is like intermediate to us. "more difficult" is gnarly. loose, tight, and unpredictable. these trails are mercilous and worth any travel made to get to them. bring lots of water and spare tubes you will need one or both.

Recommended Route:
BIG CORRECTION!!!! this is not in anyway Gettysburg! It is 20 miles south of CARLISLE which is like 40 MILES FROM GETTYSBURG. I-81 to Hanover street exit (2nd Exit if traveling south)-south on Rt 34 through Mt. Holly (little town) once in Pine Grove park turn left onto Bendersville Rd-climb to top of mountain, parking on left. big-assed lot.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
travel further up 233 past bendersville rd look for pull off to right (2-3 miles south of park) trails are up embankment and are easy compaired to the moutain.



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