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Moraine State Park

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 27

Starts out as very technical single track. Once you get into the woods it calims down a little and it's up and down hill from their. About 90% singletrack and about 10% fire roads.
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Latitude
40.97114989523987
Longitude
-80.08110523223877
Trail Directions
From Pittsburgh, take I-279 north to I-79 north to route 422. Once your on 422 follow signs for north shore. Your be on a little road taking you thru the park. Follow this road. You'll be on this road for about 15 minutes and it will go from two lanes to one lane then you'll come to a stop sign. Make left at stop sign and you'll go up a hill about a half mile and there will be a trailhead on your right. If all else fails their are plenty of places to ask directions. Their are also a couple signs leading you to trailhead. Don't depend on these signs.
Trail Length
6 mile loop
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Butler
State/Territory/Province
PA
Zip/Postal Code
16051
Country
USA
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Review Date
November 11, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Mheary ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Did this trail for the 1st time today. Trail was covered with leafs but in very good condition. Started out parked on fire road under power lines jumped into woods. Great single track for several miles. Challenging technical obstacles but nothing I would rate as expert up to this point. Once got to lake went up fire road hill part way. This it the red blaze. About a mile more of great intermidiate level single track. Then I hit a massive bolder garden with awesome trails over the boulders. Most more than I could handle and I am pretty sure I was going the wrong direction. Lost site of the red blaze ended up on a blue blaze which I found out is a hiking only trail. Got back on fire road made way back to car. About 6 miles. I look forward to returning before winter

Recommended Route:
Not sure yet. Red blaze is great

Other recommended trails in the same area:
North park
Hartwood acres
Hilman



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Review Date
August 20, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: AJ Johnson ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I rode the large loop of this trail with my girlfriend this past Sunday. We started from the Mt. Union parking lot. We avoided the two smaller loops on the right as you climb by staying left with the intention of making this ride as easy as possible. There are at least three relatively steep climbs under the power lines between Mt. Union and Alexander Ridge Rd. The difficulty about the power line singletrack is that there is a lot of overgrowth and a lot of pricker bushes. Plan on coming out of there with some scratches on your arms and legs.
We descended the western part of the large loop down to Lake Arthur. There are some technical sections and some really smooth and fast sections as well. After getting to the bottom of the trail, there are a couple ways to ride down to the marina and check out the beautiful views. The trail then meanders near the woods close to the lake for another mile or so before crossing a gravel road. After crossing the gravel road we entered the large rock garden on the eastern part of the loop. Huge boulders and steep grades made for about ¾ of a mile of hike-a-biking. Some of the boulders were difficult to walk up. Once we got to the top of the climb there was some nice log and rock features that were much easier to navigate. All-in -all a nice, technical ride that will challenge even experience riders.
I would only recommend this trail to above-average mountain bikers who like technical riding.
We camped at Breakneck Campground which I would recommend for tent camping.



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Review Date
July 30, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mccartney7499 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Rode here for the first time today. Have to say, I felt almost disappointed in the technical nature of this trail after reading reviews. I was expecting a non-stop rock fest. There are good technical sections, but they are spread out over the loop. Also, what an earlier post mentions about the bugs, poison ivy and jagger bushes is absolutely true. The trail (at least right now) is so grown in that it's impossible to avoid. Did find and ride the new PTAG downhill which is full of some sick stuff. Worth checking out even if you end up walking parts of it. The creativity in using the natural features here is incredible.



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Review Date
August 26, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: burtronix ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This has an intermediate rock garden right up front for at least a half mile. I thought I knew how to ride rocks, but I gave up on this trail. When I go back, I'm going to have better suspension & shin/elbow protection. A week later I did my first XTerra triathlon, & the rock gardens killed me. Moraine is where I'll go to brush up on my rock skills.



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Review Date
March 28, 2008

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: dudecolby ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
My brother and I (19 and 23 respectively) grew up just a couple miles away on a back road near the trail head. The two of us ride with a friend of ours, averging once a week in the summer, almost exclusively this trail, and never get tired of it(me with a stiffy GT Telera, haha). It is rocky and technical like everyone has said. The log piles look scary but are easier and more fun than they look. It is a full body workout though. We like to think we're tough for surviving this trail, but haven't ridden anywhere else, except Kennerdale, to really compare. My brother laughs about how much easier Kennerdale is. Fun story, our 54 year old dad has done this trail on his 25 year old heavy cushioned seat comfort bike. he walked a lot of it, but even he was excited to come back and ride again! lol.

Some additions are being added to the trail, they look technical but pretty exciting.

The trail maintenance guys do a nice job, and we're hoping to connect with them some time this summer to help them out.



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