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The Gap

Average Rating:    (4.83 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

Supa' dupa' uphills, downhills, screamin' single track...all you need in a days ride. PA ridin' at its finest
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Latitude
40.75544960889312
Longitude
-77.81753540039062
Trail Directions
Head out from town on 322. Take a right onto Rt. 45. Take a left onto Shingletown Road. Park/Enter trail at the top of the hill at the parking area at the water reservoir.
Trail Length
As long as you want
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
State College
   


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Review Date
June 10, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: galedhduck ,  Racer

Summary:
I recommend searching for HBBA, Happy Valley Biking Association and look at the link for Rothrock Trailmix long course (or short) and do that route and/or use a Purple Lizard map from the Freeze Thaw 118 S. Allen street, just off route 26 by the Corner Room or Bicycle Shop at 441 W College (rte 26) bike shops.

This will help you establish the direction you want to go to maximize climbing on road and descent or a good direction to ride trails, although you can't go wrong. The long course is technical but not hellish, some climbs in these woods demand walking.

Recommended Route:
Up to Green Chute, back Mcguire, go East on Tussey Mtn Trail and the extension, head west on John Wert, North/East on North Meadows Rd.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Park at Alan Seger and ride ~30 minutes up Long Mtn Trail for the 8 min descent back down.
Shingletown, Detweiler , Croyle, Spruce Gap descent will have your chest on the saddle and the first part is really beautiful in the spruce trees .
RB Winter for the wildlife and ok trails.



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Review Date
August 22, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: don , from centre hall, PA

Summary:
OK I SWORE BEFORE, BUT NOW I know THAT I'VE REVIEWED THIS ALREADY. there is some great riding here that i usually do because i'm fat and slow, but i can get my fix of rock in about an hour, then it's off to the bicycle shop, (where you can get a purple lizard for you fit people) there are sections here that are not rideable (once again if you've cleaned the rocks on the left of the creek email me for your prize) but the rideable stuff rules. great fun coming down, plus there are more downhills if you want to climb up to bald knob. i suggest you take a right on the dirt road then a left after the top and go out to the fire tower. good view, and a nice rocky singletrack drop back to the trailhead on the dirt road.

Recommended Route:
straight up then connect to some stuff in rothrock by the fire tower, back however you like.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
rothrock, (which this really is) scotia, and if you are up for some travel time: RATTLINGCREEK



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Review Date
March 8, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: mike hermann , from state college

Summary:
there is one main trail through the gap - it parrallels the stream, and is the smoothest singletrack option. keep in mind, smoothest by shingletown standards may not be rideable by non-technical bikers! But there are many, many trails that interconect thru the gap. The ridgetop trail is outstanding (it is part of the R3 trail that became an IMBA Epic ride in 1999) and anothe, relatively flat trail parallels the main trail, but is several hundred yards higher, on the opposite side of the stream. it is more technical and has many options to descend. Check out the Purple Lizard map to see other trails in shingletown gap.

Recommended Route:
park at the shingletown gap lot off rt. 45 (top of mountain rd, or ride from tussey mtn ski area. it also makes a killer ride from state college downtown - to the ski area, and back to town by dropping shingletown gap

Other recommended trails in the same area:
R3, sand springs, lonberger, tussey mtn trail, detweiler run



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Review Date
November 14, 1999

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: sasquatch , from state college

Summary:
see my website at www.geocities.com/pipeline/valley/8088 for trail descriptions

Recommended Route:
any way you want, I go down it usually.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
see web site, also benson trail (not on web site) and many other trails in the area.



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Review Date
November 9, 1999

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Frank , from State College

Summary:
By far one of the great places to ride around here, but it has a few draw backs. Incredibly high traffic through this area, so watch your speed. also it can be very muddy so avoid the main trail on wet days. The route I reccomended gets you off the valley floor quickly, and leads to the foundation intersection that takes you to bald knob.

Recommended Route:
Just after the water resevoir, follow the old trail along the creek. Then follow the blue blazes to the right. A little bit of a hike but worth it.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Old laurel run, sand spring and the R3 are all champs. Get a copy of the Purple Lizard map and explore. Just beware chain saw-wielding geographers.



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