This is a loop of the perimeter trails at Moosic Mountain.
The loop starts and ends at the lower gate, which is located down the road from the main parking lot. There is room for one or two cars. This is a significant loop for any rider: expected ride time is 2-3 hours.
0-3.0 miles: Gene's Trail
The ride begins on Gene's Trail. The trail here is characterized by rocky, moderately technical singletrack. Gene's Trail meanders through rock formations and small streams along the 1600ft elevation contour, until it descends a series of steep switchbacks to O'Conner Reservoir. From O'Conner Reservoir, the ride takes you through large rock formations, and several short, punchy climbs.
3.0-3.5 miles: The Climb
Gene's Trail ends at a rocky, washed-out gravel road. From here, a steep, half-mile, 200+ vertical ft. climb is necessary to connect with the next trail. The poor surface and steep gradient requires at least some walking.
3.5-4.0 miles: High Voltage
From here, the ride continues on High Voltage—a short, stunningly pretty loop through large rock formations and stunted pine trees.
4.0-5.5 miles: Waterfall Loop
After a quarter-mile ride on the gravel road (this time, it's flat), the ride continues on Waterfall Loop. The trail here climbs 250ft in about 1.5 miles. As its name suggests, Waterfall Loop crosses several drainage areas.
5.5-10.0 miles: The Payoff
Waterfall Loop connects with Blueberry Trail.
Blueberry Trail gently climbs to 2156 ft—the highest on-trail elevation at Moosic Mountain. And here's where the payoff begins: a 550 ft descent down Blueberry Trail and Bruised Ego trail. Blueberry Trail is the flowiest trail at Moosic Mountain—and perhaps the most scenic. Blueberry Trail meanders through one of the best locations in the country for ridge-top heath barrens. The barrens comprise a mosaic of stunted pine and oak forest combined with huckleberry, blueberry, rhodora and other low-lying shrubs. Views of the Wyoming Valley below are outstanding.
Local Trail AssociationFriends of Moosic Mountain (www.facebook.com)
Trails in Route
Difficulty ratingBlack Diamond
More Stats for Moosic Mountain Loop mountain bike route
Altitude min1,525 ft
Altitude start1,576 ft
Altitude end1,576 ft
Distance climb3.8 miles
Distance down4.0 miles
Distance flat1.8 miles
Recent Trail Reports Along Route
Jun 20, 2016 @ 4:33pmJun 20, 2016
Mar 8, 2016 @ 4:54amMar 8, 2016
|A few muddy spots at the top but otherwise good.|