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No. of Reviews: 9

Single track & double track - rocky extreme technical single track
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Latitude
39.99490914847308
Longitude
-77.37061500549316
Trail Directions
Pine Grove Furnace
Trail Length
15-30 mles
Trail Level
Extreme
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Carlisle Gettysburg
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Review Date
February 11, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Rusty Shakleford ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Michaux is expansive and covers a large area: Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Caledonia State Park, and Mount Alto, Long Pine reservior-- just to name a few locations you can ride from. The big parking area on Bendersville Rd is probably my least favorite area; a lot of ATV junked up trails. A lot of hills too, no matter where you are in Michaux. It's like some kind of geographical oddity: you start out on some big climb, you climb some more, keep climbing, and finally you climb one more hill and you're back where you started.

Recommended Route:
I highly recomend riding with someone or a group familiar with the trails. You'll never see all Michaux has to offer in 1 day, not even 2.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Watershed in Maryland



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Review Date
January 14, 2011

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: PAmtbiker ,  Racer

Summary:
Michaux is my absolute favorite place to ride. Ever. Went to college in Carlisle so Michaux, although I started riding in high school, has shaped me as a ride more than any other place. I've ridden Rockrock/Bald Eagle and trails around Harrisonburg, VA but Michaux is the place where I will always come back to and never get bored of. These trails are hard, no doubt about that. Really hard. They easily match with the hardest trails anywhere else in the country. Trails usually include the following things: Rocks, climbs, roots, rocks, bigger rocks, smaller rocks, fast flowy singletrack with and without rocks, rocks, and climbs. If you like those things, you will like Michaux. There are also efforts going on to make more sweet ridge-top trails in the area, which are the best kind.

Recommended Route:
For your first time out, get a PATC Map from the Pine Grove Furnace State Park Office. That map does not have anywhere close to all the trails, but it will show you major roads, and if you know how to use a map properly it may help you if and when you get lost. For your second time out, find a local to guide you. There are plenty and most of them are willing to give someone a tour of the classics.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The Frederick Watershed. Same mountain, only in Maryland, except the trails feel totally different because they have been built for mountain biking. Don't let that fool you into thinking they're easy though...



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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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4.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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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 hour ride. It starts with road up, real rocky at the top and then gets real nice and smooth towards the bottom. AWESOME RIDE.


Recommended Route:
GET MAP AT OFFICE. It costs a few bucks but well worth it. Dont be a cheap ass... Start in State Park groupds and go up hill on Bendersville Road to warm up. At top, make right on ATV trail (#41). 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 the knob hill which has awesome views and trails as well. It's pretty much all down from here with awesome sweeping turns with high berms. It's real nice and a little smoother and faster than the top. What a great ending!!!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hit the Michaux West Slope Trail (west of Rt 233) See my review on that trail.



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Review Date
January 30, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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1.67 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: magnum ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The trails here are incredible. If you want a challenge, you will find it here. Anyone that says that these trails are too hard...may just be being honest! It takes little courage to attack some of these trails, but its a blast.

Recommended Route:
After a few days of heavy rain, take the trail that starts at the end of the parking lot. After the rain, the entire trail floods and you go down a wicked fast downhill in 6 inches of flowing water. I do not have disc brakes...which makes this even more exhilerating! Keep going until about 4 trails connect and make a sharp left...go back up the mountain on another trail into oncoming water!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
This isn't a trail, but there is a utility road next to the parking lot. Ride out about 4 miles or so and then turn around a come back. The whole way back is on a downhill grade with blind turns. I almost took out 4 deer at about 45 mph on the mountain bike!



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Review Date
April 20, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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4.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by:  , from Carlisle

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 here If 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 listen 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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