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Summit Hill Loop

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

While the ascent up the ridge is quite mild, the 2-3 miles of extreme (classin east-coast) rock littering the backbone of the mountain allows for a challenging ride. Miles of rocky, tight singletrack along with 2-3 foot drop-offs and awesome decents make this a truly challening, enjoyable ride.
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Latitude
40.83183315044927
Longitude
-75.84965229034424
Trail Directions
From JT, take Broadway Avenue (Pa rd. 3012) west until reaching Mauch Chunk Lake Park. Turn left off the road, and proceed left at fork to arrive at the boat dock. The ride starts at the parks main entrance.
Trail Length
8.5 mile loop
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Jim Thorpe
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
November 3, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: mrdeadpt ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This IS a wonderful ride with a large amount of very sweet singletrack. Expect rocks at intervals (but not the steady bumping of Psycho Betty's) and a navigational challenge if you're not familiar with the area. There are a lot of dirt bike and ATV trails up along the ridge. Be prepared for a challenge.

Recommended Route:
Guess it's called the Rim Trail...and extention of what the Griz guide calls the Summit Hill ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lots...get some guidebooks...then start exploring.



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Review Date
September 17, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Tom Loughery ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The trails that are trying to be described here are parts of the Rim Trail, plus Mt. Pisgah. These can be ridden together with the "Lair of the Lion" and the Switchback Rail Grade or the Wagon Road to form an amazing loop. There are also some great little no-name trails to get to these ones. Together, it makes for one of the best rides in the Jim Thorpe Area. Heck, rides like this are why I moved here

Recommended Route:
from town ride Switchback past MCLPark, all the way to Summit Hill, find little singletrack on the way, or go to Cemetery and start. Ride Rim trail, then double track to Power Line to Lair of the Lion (it's better to go this direction), which puts you at start of abandon Mine area, leading into Mt Pisgah Trails, which loop in and out of huge old mining area (careful!). Bailouts on Chicken Run or Baby Heads, down to Switchback Upper trail. At end, either use Wagon Road if your legs are up for a gnarly down, or cruise the Upper then Lower Switchback... Or if you want, just Email me and we'll hook up to ride it without directions.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Not enough room for this list... it's Jim Thorpe...



Comments
TMXownrsgrp (06/25/2009)
Hello Tom-
your 2003 post sounds to good to be true. My family and I will be in town this Friday 26th - Sunday 28th. We are advanced riders and if your invite still holds good Please let me know. Thank you much. erikbalay@gmail.com
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Review Date
February 10, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Rich , from PA

Summary:
Summit Hill has some very technical spots. This is the one with the strip mine and that huge cliff you ride along side right? If I'm wrong correct me. Its another great trail just like others in the area. Be careful that you don't fall off that cliff along that skinny singletrack section!



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Review Date
June 24, 2002

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Puff , from Oak Hill, NC

Summary:
I'm impressed. I pushed over most of the big rock gardens, but the Wilkes-Barre/Mountaintop boys rode most of it like it was a Belgian Block road. The "smooth fast" stuff was hard. Now that I have the whining out of the way, I will say that there were some fun sections. I won't go back to this one. I like trails with soil on them where my wheels roll, not *bounce*.

Recommended Route:
I'm not sure. I was following. We started at a cemetary in Summit Hill and rode and pushed over rocks to a big stripping hole then down into JT.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
There is TONS of super high quality riding in Carbon County. Check out Weatherly.



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