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Stony Creek

Average Rating:    (3.71 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 7

some rough climbing, but well worth the effort for the downhill that awaits! the fire tower on a clear day provides a lovely view of TMI.
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Latitude
40.40238558977959
Longitude
-76.83666229248047
Trail Directions
north out of harrisburg on front street to 22. turn right on stony creek road in Dauphin. take the road for several miles after it turns to dirt and you will reach a parking area. (drive responsibly on the road in and out, there have been complaints) on bike: continue for 3 miles on trail beside the creek, turn left and go up, up, up. (at top keep your eyes open for a right turn leading to the fire tower) follow the trail across the ridge, then you will hit the fire road downhill for a few miles, where you will be placed on the road leading into the parking area.
Trail Length
18 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Harrisburg
   


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Review Date
November 30, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: elcheapo ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Great Trail. It is a fun ride in either direction. Also a great area for seeing wildlife and hiking. Be advised, Hurricane Ivan did some serious damage to the trail this summer. The access road is still intact, but the downhill section on the Eastern end of the loop is badly damaged. I wouldn't advise any high speed runs until you scout it out first. I was up there last month and ran into some Game Commission workers who were trying to fix the damage, but didn't seem to optimistic. Also the rail trail at the bottom of the valley has been totally washed out in the area of Yellow Spring trail, and the access bridge at Cold Spring Road is gone to. This area is still very ridable, but use some caution and be prepared to carry your bike at spots. The GC has also locked up the look out tower in an attempt to keep people out. It hasn't worked very well, but keep your eyes open if you climb it.

Recommended Route:
Go up the fire access rd West of the parking lot, its not as steep as the other way. I highly recommend at least a fromt suspension as parts of the trail get rocky.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Harrisburg City



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Review Date
October 6, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 0 of 5

Ridden Trail:
3 months

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: mountainoutlaw ,  Downhiller

Favorite Trail:
Any

Summary:
The day freakin' Ranger Rick takes my ride is the same day monkeys fly out of my ass! The game commission has gone too far this time. How is a person on a bike easily mistaken for a deer, or a turkey, or a squirrel? If this is true, they need to be much more worried about drunken hunters than bikers and riders.

Sorry PGC, you don't own the mountains - nobody does as far as I am concerned. I will ride when and where I want to - with all due respect to the land - and no respect to you and yor arbitrary rules. If I have to, I'll ride at night with night vision goggles.

LOOPHOLE ALERT: Pin a fishing or hunting license to your back, and there's nothing the PGC can do. Those engaged in hunting or fishing are not subject to these rules. As all hunters know, scouting for game is a valid part of hunting. In this case you will be scouting for game while on a bike, going downhill very fast, with no gun.



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Review Date
February 10, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Jana , from Hummelstown, PA

Summary:
The reviwes are consfusing beacuse there are two route s from the Stony Mountian Game area. One is rail trail is Rausch Gap and Goldmine, and the other is the climb to the fire tower. You should not attempt the the fire unless you like to climb (about 3 miles in the granny gear with no let up) and Rock garden. Great view if you can make the. You may want to do this trail NOW beacuase the PGC is banning Mt Bikes from Game Lands during all hunting seasons ( 7 months of the year) eff 01/01/03. Rumored punsihment is you get you confiscated. so stay off unless you want Ranger rick to get get your ride

Recommended Route:
Doesn't matter

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Swatara SP



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Review Date
February 19, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: sasquatch , from Tuskegee, AL

Summary:
I try to hit this place everytime I get to south central. Finally did it at night for the full moon last December with a crew of locals and it was a blast, although a bit cold for my thinned out blood. I
sure miss the hills.....
I love this place, but I can't give out the 5-tire review cuz I need the singletrack.

Recommended Route:
Gotta go anti-clockwise and do the death climb in the rock garden. Every time I go up there, I think I'm gonna die!! After that, smooth sailing to hang out on the fire tower to check out the incredible view for a bit. Before the descent make sure everything is ready to ROLL, cuz you can fly!! Over 3 miles of a blastin' fire road to cruise back to the parking.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lamb's Gap



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Review Date
November 6, 1999

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Dan Orlosky , from Hershey

Summary:
Not bad riding, if you don't mind climbing more than descending. Rocky and tons of leaves on the trail because not many people ride there. Which also leads to the point that you should not go alone. Let the other person lead the way so they can get rid of all spider webs across the trail.

Recommended Route:
not really any major routes

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mount Gretna



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