Unlike other trails with the word "ridge" in their name, this trail rocks. Imagine if you will, dropping a gradually ontop of the ridge. There are two massive rock gardens on top. One has a two to three foot drop, and another with two montrous embedded rocks. After this, the trail drops into steep, rocky descents similair to those seen on ballard. There's a ninety degree turn for bikers only that basically informs you to let out a whoop and grab a handful of brake. It comes after a wide, technical descent. From here on out, the trail drops into a dried creek overflow, where a background in trials is helpful. Definetly a trail for dudes with a squishy bike.
Bored of those climbs on fire roads, where the climb is twice as long as the trail? Go past the campsites, then look on the right for Pigeon Roost Trail. Take a right, and bear to the right. Keep an eye out for the occasional coyote, and ride on.
Reviewed by: A Miller
, from Charleston, WV
Summary: I think they got the name wrong on this trail. You're not on a ridge at all. You drop from the ridge. And I don't joke about drop. I mean, 2.5-3 foot rock drop right off the bat. Coast down some rocky downhill then gap two boulders in the way of the trail (funny how they do that). Watch for the Dunlop Trail on the left as your coming down, you have to veer off onto this, since bikers are not allowed on the end of Pine Ridge Trail. So, its technical there, just make sure you are well-versed in flat tire repair and chain repair. Maybe the best-kept secret in the whole Forest.
Recommended Route: Park at the last set of picnic shelters. Ride up the road (up Four Mile Mtn.) until you see Black Bear coming in on the left. Look to your right for Pigeon Roost Trail. Go up this, its not a horrible climb. Turn right onto the Boundry Ridge Road and head that way until you see the trailhead for Pine Ridge. Hook onto the Dunlop Trail near the end of Pine Ridge. Take a right off Dunlop, head out into the ballfield, hang a right on the next road, and ride back towards the picnic shelters.
Other recommended trails in the same area: The whole Forest, and a super-secret trail system in South Hills, only 2.5 miles or so away. Email for info on that...
Review Date January 30, 2003
Overall Rating 5 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a week
Reviewed by: Brian
, from Indian Head, MD
Summary: I kinda lied about ridding once a week. I USE to ride the "Forest" once a week when I lived in WV untill last year. This trail is one of my favorites and I do miss the place. I recommend this place to anyone who wnats to learn what real ridding is. I've rode alot of places in Maryland, Pittsburgh and Ohio and while some places are very respectable, the Forest has them all beat hands down.
Recommended Route: Same as above
Other recommended trails in the same area: Rocky Ridge, Mossy Rock, Teaberry, Black Bear, Pidgen Roost, or any number of the hidden trials out there.