1.4 miles
109 ft
-456 ft
Avg time


  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    All Year
  • TTFs on trail
  • Global Ranking
  • Year Opened
  • Land Manager

Lower Trail is the main access point to all trails in the Shingletown Gap area. It begins at the parking area and follows Roaring Run for most of its length.

Not far from the trailhead, there is a mandatory hike-a-bike section. Rumor has it that someone once rode it cleanly, but mere mortals need not attempt. If the water is low enough or there is a rock bridge, it's sometimes possible to bypass the hike-a-bike section on the south side of the stream by riding (or hiking) across the stream and following a parallel trail.

About a mile in, the rocks become more sparce and the trail becomes less technical. At about 2 miles from the parking lot, the trail meets up with Sand Spring Trail and the Sand Spring campsite.

Access Info

Parking Lot of Mountain Rd, or from Lower or Maguire trails

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More Stats for Lower Trail Connector mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -347 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,343 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,690 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,690 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,343 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    969 ft
  • Distance down
    1.2 miles
  • Avg time
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on Mar 19, 2016
Avg: 3 (1 votes)

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Lower Trail... Trail Reports

Mar 19, 2016 @ 11:58am
Mar 19, 2016
Apr 2, 2015 @ 6:49am
Apr 2, 2015
Very thick ice pack - walked about 75%
Mar 27, 2015 @ 9:46am
Mar 27, 2015
Wet, soft & muddy - some snow patches
Mar 27, 2015 @ 9:37am
Mar 27, 2015
Ice covered and or muddy
Nov 27, 2014 @ 1:06pm
Nov 27, 2014
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Routes with this trail

State College Gap Loop (Musser Shingletown)
15.0 miles
2 Gaps 2 Ridges
33.8 miles

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    • Updated on Mon 2014-11-17 @ 7:52am
    • Submitted on Fri 2014-11-14 @ 11:45am
    • By Saclydesdale & contributors
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