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Mt. Penn/ Antidam

Average Rating:    (4.8 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

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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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

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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Review Date
April 5, 2009

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: mtnbkerkonadawgdeluxepaul ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I have been riding for two years and riding these trails for at least a year. I didn't like riding up here at first because I didn't know the trails at all. Since I live 2 minutes from these trails I have been doing some exploration and riding with other people I can't believe the number of trails here. You just have to find them. Nothing is marked except the wider doubletrack trails. All Mountain-mountain biking at its best. I love to ride all of the technical trails here and that is alot of them. I just want to thank all the people who put in countless hours and effort in the creation and maintenance of these trails. When I was riding these trails and discovering more new trails I was in Mtn bike heaven. In fact I am still discovering more gems.

Recommended Route:
Start at the Antietam Lake main parking lot. At the back of the lot is a trail entrance. There are many trails just in this area but you will have to do a mile climb to the top(follow the main trail up) to get to some of the other good stuff! I would recommend doing some venturing on your way back down. Cross the road at the top and keep climbing or descend back down another trail. Its all up to you. There are trails everywhere. If you climb the next trail to the top and come to a stone cellar,(looking at it) go right and make the next left. Follow this trail for an awesome mile loop that will test your technical capabilities.
Take the steps behind the firetower on the top of Mt. Penn thats also a sick trail. Take the red trail behind the firetower go a little more than 1/4 mile and make a right onto some more sweet technical singletrack.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
French Creek for technical, Blue Marsh if you like to climb forever, Salisbury near Allentown for technical, fun, swooping trails.



Comments
mrmc6aflix (06/19/2009)
I also live about 1.5 miles from the main dirt lot at Antietam and it's been a godsend. My girlfriend inherited her grandparent's house 2 years ago and I just happened to run into one of the arteries while walking my dog one day. And since that was a mere stone's throw from my backyard i decided to explore and what i found was the promised land! i had always wanted to get into mountainbiking but going to school and working in urban areas for most of my existence did not lend itself to venturing off-road. I had roadbiked for about a decade when we moved here and i can only lament the years of mountainbiking that i've missed because there is simply nothing better. my first time out on these trails i was not prepared for the sheer bliss i was about to experience. i was used to climbing and there was a good amount of it getting to the top, but the descent was about as close as i've ever gotten to that ultimate extreme rush, somewhere between death and smiling. much of it is picking the least perilous line between rocks the size of volleyballs and tennis balls which can get a bit harrowing at 20 miles per hour. there's also you're standard windy XC singletrack across streams, roots and dry to moderately wet creek beds, but that's not nearly as fun as the downhill. there are so many different routes and after 2 years i'm still discovering trails. i'd like to venture out to other spots like blue marsh and french creek but i have yet to get bored with this place. or even discover it all. this may be as all-mountain as there is in the area. if i had to point to a weakness it would be the absence of a clearly defined route. just the other day i was in the middle of a balls-out downhill and i found myself on a trail i had never seen before. it was both beautiful and unnerving at the same time which is incidentally a synopsis of this place. oh, and for the more insane, there are several trails with 4-5 foot drops in rapid succession. the one trail has about 4 of these in a r
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Review Date
April 2, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: project_x ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
several trailbuilders have been cutting in lines at this place since the 80's . it is a maze of unlimited loops . this place is all mountain heaven . if you have a bike that will take big hits and climb you're good . freeriders and downhillers have shuttle lines . XC riders have technical singletrack . this is a small mountain and the trails are all short but you can link stuff together and ride all day here . you need to explore the area to get familiar or just hook up with locals to show you around . this is a cross between french creek and mt. creek . if you consider yourself a rider and you live within a few hours of here you must check this out .

Recommended Route:
to many to mention i'll let the others take this . if you like XC park at antietam lake in dirt lot and go from there . if you ride big bikes park at firetower on skyline drive . i like to start with this ... park at tower and ride to far left of lot ( facing the city ) hit the trail that is a stone spine to "S" bend chute to left on jump trail to circle fields . follow tree line to the left in circle fields to trail on the left . hit the a - line and go to the road . go left on the raod 100 yards to old woods road on left and climb to trail and head right onto singletrack and explore ... also behind the pagoda and toward the tower is an area called the network , a bunch of boulders which you can ride all kinds of lines with multible drops

Other recommended trails in the same area:
french creek for technical or blue marsh for arobic



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