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Roaring Run

Average Rating:    (4.75 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

lots of steep climbs and very hairy decents. two of my riding partners have broken bones here so be cautious.
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Latitude
40.56650263843102
Longitude
-79.56024169921875
Trail Directions
Park in the rails to trails parking lot. Trail head is to the left of rails to trails trail head. climb single track until it turns to fire road. cont. to singl track trail head on right. follow single track. there is a race in late summer "tour de strongland" and course is pretty well marked
Trail Length
6 miles
Trail Level
Extreme
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Apollo
   


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Review Date
June 27, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mccartney7499 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Well maintained, well marked, well laid out. Great use of the natural elements in creating features and lines. The best way to describe these trails are...fun!

Recommended Route:
clockwise following the blue blazes. be sure to ride up the rail trail on the other side of the bridge that goes along Roaring Run before you head out. It's well worth the trip.



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Review Date
April 18, 2009

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: BaUeRPOWER0711 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Apollo has something for everybody. If you are a casual rider, the rail trail is in excellent condition and provides beautiful scenery. Park benches are plentiful for resting areas. If you like life extreme, this is also the place for you. Roaring Run offers singletrack of all types: There are tons of agonizing climbs, all the roots and rocks a person can handle, tons of nasty decents, and plenty of fun log and rock obstacles. Scattered throughout the trails there are also skinny bridges that are fun to shoot across. If you are a fan of stream crossing to cool the legs off, there are several.

Recommended Route:
Immediately ride onto the double track on the left hand side (located right off the parking lot pavement). Follow this and take the excruciating hill that juts up on the left side (you'll know when you see it). Go pretty much to the top and there is some uphill single track that again is on the left. This is an excellent way to start. This trail runs for a long couple of miles. You will know where to go from there.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
In Indiana, PA: Whites Woods - North 12th Street.
Also in Indiana PA: Yellow Creek State Park - Located off of 422

Both have miles of singletrack of different kinds.



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Review Date
July 6, 2006

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: scuba264 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Best trails I've found in the Pittsburgh area. This place has something for every type of rider. Beautiful level and slightly hilly trails following the creek and river you can follow with your girl. Moderate hills and winding trails for a little more challenge are a little futher out. Riding further will bring you to extreme uphill battles and very technical downhills. Terrain changes like no other, from paved flat land to open grassy areas with wooden trail bridges to huge rocky parts and everything in between. If you are a rider of any level, GO TO ROARING RUN!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Frick Park, Boyce Park, Barking Slopes



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Review Date
May 18, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: rob412 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Roaring Run has recently been added to my list of favorite trails in Western PA. This place has great trail variety with some premier technically challenging singletrack, limestone bike trail, connected by a network of fireroads. Come prepared for stream crossings, short and dramatic elevation changes, and a good collection of log and rock stunts.

The new section of trails are just across the bridge 1.6 miles down the bike trail from the parking lot and are loaded with technical obstacles. The older trails, which decorate the hillside between the parking lot and the waterfall at the top of Roaring Run.

One of the area highlights is a couple miles of fast doubletrack downhill which leads from the waterfall area back to the parking lot.

Recommended Route:
Pick up the singletrack along the left side of the bike trail. Drop down on the bike trail again and follow it across the bridge. Trailhead starts just across the bridge on the left. Climb the switchbacks which begin the new section. Take the trails down a couple miles and loop back back on the same hillside. Climb the bike trail along Roaring Run and to more singletrack treats on the other side of the waterfall.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Boyce Park
Frick Park
Hartwood Acres
Deer Lakes Park
Bavington State Game Lands
Bradys Run Park



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Review Date
March 12, 2006

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: Mountainbiker33 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Different areas throughout.. some fire road climbs and decents on the front and back sides of the ridge along the river. A nice selection of tight single track with some rocks but few logs or other obstacles. They added some new trails in the summer of 05 and are supposidly going to open some new ones, so keep checking it out.

Recommended Route:
Try the new section on the opposite side of the roaring run bridge. make an immediate lift and follow the (currently) orange marked trail up the hill. The trail will switchback up the hill and then head through some mostly flat sections along the side of the hill. The loop is ~5 miles and comes out right where you entered the single track. There are some bridges across the mine run-off areas which are very stable. This new section is less technical than a lot of the other trails there.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Boyce Park and Hartwood, even though its not that close



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