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Mt. Penn/ Antidam

Average Rating:    (4.71 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 7

Right there is the parking lot.PARK THERE. If you go through the yellow gate and begin the 1mi hill climb. Stay straight do no vear off to any other trail.When you get to the top you'll hit the road, go across the street andprceed foward, take the first trail to your hard left and the fun begins. Dont get scared just follow the trails wherever they leed you. Its hard to give detailed directions because there are so many trails. This mountain is awsome. These guys put a lot of serious effort into this Mountain.Thank them by riding them hard. Have fun. If you get lost just go downhill, you'll eventually hit a road. Have fun.
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Latitude
40.35644562461666
Longitude
-75.87436079978943
Trail Length
25-30maby more
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Reading
State/Territory/Province
PA
Country
US
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Review Date
April 26, 2015

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: BadKnees ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Like the other reviews, there is something for everyone on Mt. Penn. I live a couple of miles away and have been riding here for... more years than most (more than 30). It's a great place to hone your skills - lots of rocks, a lot of climbing, and plenty of natural and man-made jumps. And, the area is beautiful! Stunning views of the city and surrounding area, and a great place to just enjoy nature (took my 4 year old grand daughter for a hike on the trails last weekend - she loved it, and there were plenty of opportunities for discovery). It pays to have a dual suspension up here. I used to ride it on a 26" hard tail, bur have been on a 29" dual for the past couple of years - easier to master the rocks and jumps. Kudos to the BAMBA boys for putting in the hours to help maintain these trails. (Just came back from 2 hours up there and it never gets old!).

Recommended Route:
I usually ride to the parking lot at Antietam Lake and pull the hill up to List Rd (hill is getting steeper - must be global warming or something). From there, I like to cross the road and follow the lime trail, to the red/yellow, and then eventually up to the Fire Tower. I've recently discovered the joy of following the lime trail from the Fire Tower (start of Duryea Downhill race), past the airfield, and down to Skyline Drive (below Pagoda) - a blast! I've also have taken baby steps through the infamous Area 58 downhill territory - when I was younger..., I still wouldn't have done this full tilt! As everyone has already stated, spend enough time up here and you'll discover new stuff every ride!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Neversink is the illegitimate step brother to Mt Penn - also bordering Reading on the Southside of the city. It's also a favorite of the locals here (BAMBA boys), and is chock full of great trails - managed by the Berks County Conservancy. Blue Marsh is an iconic ride, and thanks to the Sckuyllkill River Trail (SRT), you can ride there.



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Review Date
July 26, 2014

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: John ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Yesterday was my first time ever at Mt. Penn. I really didn't have too much of an idea of where to go or where to park. I parked at the pagoda and rode up to the fire tower. To my surprise there were trails every where. I rode the first lime marked trail and it was decent. A lot of the man made obstacles look like they have not been maintained in a long time, BUT this place does have a lot of potential! Most of the trails need some TLC and I plan on doing some trail maintence myself on August 2nd, 2014. I was really stoked when I found the dirt bowl, that thing is sick. Find me on instagram @Morty_Star and we can link up. It'd be sweet to have some other people to ride with and maybe work on the trails.

The only downside is having to ride back up the mountain after riding down, but I personally enjoy the aerobic workout so it wasn't that bad.

Recommended Route:
If you start at the fire tower and take the lime trail it's pretty technical at first, but then it smoothes out to some nice riding. From there find the red and yellow trail and ride that until you see the blue trail. Down the blue trail lies the dirt bowl with a few jumps, a step up and a wall ride. It's a pretty cool place just to session for a little. Sorry if my directions are confusing.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I'm pretty sure you can ride the red trail all the way down to Antidam lake, although I was having too much fun in the upper part of the mountain, so I didn't ride that far down. There's also a trail called "Area 58" and it's on the Pagoda side. I haven't rode this trail yet either, but there's a video on YouTube of some kid riding it and it looks sick.



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Review Date
September 7, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: tim_from_PA ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I have now been here 4 times, and I'm starting to think it's my favorite trail system in southeast PA. It has everything from downhill gnar to freeride jumps/stunts to cross country. Be warned that you will climb A LOT if you don't shuttle. I have yet to shuttle and will spend 70-80% of my time just climbing. But every time I am rewarded with a challenging, fast, and fun ride back down. I wish I lived closer I would ride it weekly.

4/5 aerobic due to climbing, and technically, it can really be anywhere between 2-5.

Recommended Route:
I have been parking at Antietam Lake and starting every ride by climbing straight to the fire tower. Then I ride both the downhill trails on the reading side of the mountain and the freeride/jumpy trails on the Mt. Penn side. Then I make my way back to Rotary Park and ride some of the many trails between there and where I park a few times. I almost always get lost always find new trails. Just ride there and you'll get familiar with most of it pretty quick.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
French Creek



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Review Date
June 23, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: tduro ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
How often do I ride this trail? Sometimes twice a week, sometimes 5 times. It never gets old, because no matter how much I improve, there's always something beyond my ability. And if I take a few days off, it takes a few days to re-learn the proper skills. I only gave it a "4" for technical difficulty to reflect that it doesn't have to be overly technical if you're not into that. The trails are really anything you want them to be. Plenty of everything for every riding style. It's certainly not a beginner mountain, but it's possible to string together a beginner ride. The range is from there to ridiculous! It can be difficult to find your way around without a guide, as the trails are generally unmarked and unmapped. That helps keep out the riff-raff. The locals are very friendly and accommodating, as long as you treat the trails and other trail users with respect, including hikers and equestrians. Another great thing about Mt. Penn is that it drains exceedingly well. It's the only place I'll ride after a heavy rainfall. There are a couple trails I'll avoid, but 90% of it can be ridden without issue immediately after torrential rains.

Recommended Route:
I usually start from Antietam Lake and head up the fire road to List Rd. It's exactly a 1-mile climb with a 400-500ft. elevation gain. After crossing List Rd., either head around the back of Rotary Park (several ways to do that), or bear left and do a loop down in Fox Hollow (that's my name for it, as I've seen lots of fox ativity over the years, including a den of kits). From Rotary Park there are too many options to describe, leading into probably 30+ miles of trails, of every difficulty level you can think of.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
French Creek is a fun place to ride, but it ain't what it used to be. It doesn't drain very well, and it seems to become more and more sterilized over time. Resources seem somewhat misdirected IMHO. Blue Marsh has a 30+ mile loop around the lake, but not very technical. Both can be great places to ride, depending on what you're after.



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Review Date
August 8, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: bikeboy111 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
To all who love these trails your welcome,years of work went into these trails and ever growing keep comming up ,rumer is somebody is going to get a box tuuck to shuttle on weekends abuot 10 bucks.Just a roumor as of now, but we shuttle often come up and join in just ask we LOVE to show off the place. This mt. is 4 all XC,Downhill,if you XC and want a challange ride the front side (facing reading) used to be my favorite,Until I fell in love with downhilling. Again we have it all here and like everybody said you have to explore. youwill eventully X a road to get your baerings.If you parked at the lake and your lost go downhill you will run into it. parked at the firetower go up hill you will see it.HAVE FUN,RIDE OFTEN,WE LOVE RIDING HERE/and we love building these trails hope you enjoy them as much as we do. :')

Recommended Route:
the whole mt. the front side (reading side) very challanging hilly for XC riders---- downhillers front side very fast FUN must have a shuttle to long and steep to ride up or push. park at firetower XC or dounhillers and opposite the reading side pick a trail and trail and explore XC can explore any where with on issues Downhillers if you have no local support or shuttle option I do recomend a granny gear or big lungs or walk as I do , its worth it ,Plus their are great plaecs just to session over and over again.Ask somebody for A-line or the Bowl or the boulders.Well theirs to many look you'll find them.Some day we may mark the trails , But exploring is half the fun.ENJOY

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Check out on line Blue MT. ski slope starting Sept 12 2009 is going to be open weekends 20.00 for a day lift .Ive been riding and racing here often so far this year F#*ken awsome huge table tops ,terrain parks, narley downhills and fast downhills with berm turns just where thy should be, this place is in the beginning stages and is already SUPER.A MUST see and only $20. French creek and brickerville or blue marsh are also fun XC places.Working on some downhill lines at brickerville parking at pumping station RD.They will be across 501 not normal side.



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