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Pa state gamelands near MtTop

Average Rating:    (3.58 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 12

Fire roads for a lazy ride and gorgeous view of Wyoming valley.Technical descents that will scare the hell out of you regardless of your skill level (I'll bet you 5 bucks you don't go down a particular rockface). Climbs that'll tire the fittest of riders. Singletrack here and there.If you have the time you can make a loop, or you can just ride in as far as you want and turn around. We will be marking it in feb-march '99
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Latitude
41.16822002369024
Longitude
-75.88591575622558
Trail Directions
If coming north to Wilkes-Barre, take I-81 north to exit 44 to MtTop (Rt 309). If coming south to Wilkes-Barre, take I-81 south to exit 45 and make a left on Rt 309. As soon as you get to the top of the mountain, you will see a bar on your left named the Broadway Tavern. Directly across the street(your right) you will see a semi-hidden road named Liberty Street. Make a quick turn onto this roadand follow it up a small hill. As you come over the hill, you will see a house on your right, go straight and as the road turns left, you make a right into a dirt lot. You will see signs (maybe) on the trees that say state gamelands.Park here.You will see three paths (one with a gate to your right towards the house). Take any of these and explore some awesome, diverse trails.
Trail Length
2 to 6 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Wilkes-Barre
   


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Review Date
January 5, 2012

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Sensible ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
PA state game lands are paid for through license sales and Pittman-Robertson money. Money used to purchase these lands does not come from the general publics tax dollars. It comes from PA hunters.

Be glad that you can ride where you can ride on these lands. If you are not a hunter, you didn't pay a dime. Many people feel that they should pass a law that a hunting/fishing license is a requirement of all who use the property, and the PGC has declined going that route.The main purpose of these lands is for hunting and game conservation, not mountain bike or horseback riding. Don't forget that when you want to ride these lands that your use is of them is secondary.



Comments
ryan1584 (08/29/2013)
You're not really a cross-country rider, are you???
jkad (11/06/2013)
its the Mtb bike community that maintains all these trails and cleans up litter left behind by hunters
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Review Date
August 4, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Lou ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Used to ride this trail constantly.
Unfortunately because of the state wide ban of mountain biking on PA state game lands, the game commission is waiting in their jeeps and itching to give you a hard time. Wait until the evenings to ride and you should be ok. Contact your local bike club to see what you can do about this ridiculous law.



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Review Date
October 7, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: JeffSkisMontana , from Mountain Top, Pa

Summary:
Narrow fire road that meanders slightly uphill for about the first mile...then...a long downhill...maybe 2 miles that ends up at the bottom of the mountain near a small swamp/pond. Theta Corp. Signs for sale everywhere. Take dirt road at bottom of hill , it eventually turns into a paved road that intersects Nuangola Road. Suggest taking a left and making a loop back along Nuangola road until you hit the power line. Take a left and you will intersect the trail you started on. Take a right to get back to your starting point. Downhill is fast and fun!

Recommended Route:
Took the middle route this time.



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Review Date
September 18, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Frank Orloski , from Mountaintop

Summary:
The trail is simply awesome. The trail starts out with a climb thats really loose and steep and hard to make. Once at the top look for a single track path going to the right near the rocks. The trail is pretty intense with lots of steep cool stuff. Once at the bottom u hit a double track cross the road and you hit some more amazing single track. Then its all a nice climb back up the mountain. Anyone wanna ride it email me at orloskif2@uofs.edu. This trail is really technical so if ur not that experienced i wouldnt reccomend riding it.

Recommended Route:
There are so many different routes the ones from Wilkes Barre are the same as i would give anyone.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The whole crystal lake area although they have been timbering a lot so u have to knwo the trails pretty good to ride some single track. Im also looking for people to ride with in the scranton area...



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Review Date
September 9, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Tom Phillips , from scranton, PA

Summary:
fun ride, technical, steep hills and plenty of single track if you know where to look. e mail me if ya ever want to go riding.

Recommended Route:
From the parking lot, there are 3 trails, go down the middle, take the first single track on your right, it will bring you to the trail that was on the left. take it all the way to the pole lines and head uphill. its a long climb and is all rocks, but it will bring you to the absolute top of the mountain. ride down the steepest hill you see, there is a tight single track going down it. at the bottom follow it through more singletrack and it will bring you to "dead deer run"(take a wiff at the bottom and you'll know why its called that). its porobably the steepest trail i've seen around here. take a right at the bottom, and in liek 25 feet you'll cross over a wider trail but stay on the single track, it will be a nice fast rocky technical section. make sure you have tubes! eventually it will end up on a wider road which will bring you back to the pole lines.



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