6.8 miles
799 ft
-802 ft
1,902 ft
High Point

UPDATE 10/20 – Due to the approval of hunting on selected Sundays, ALL segments are CLOSED during posted hunting seasons, generally 11/15 thru 12/31, INCLUDING Sundays. Please respect these closures.

This Route is published to highlight the two new (2020) loop sections of the Quemahoning Reservoir trail system that branch off from the main Que Trail. These additions provide more advanced elements than the more flowy beginner/intermediate Que Trail. This Route combines the loops of the more downhill oriented trails, including Sweet 16, with the rockier terrain of the Quarry loops.

The 7-mile route forms a short Advanced ride or it can be broken down into shorter portions focusing either on the downhill or rocky aspects. It can also be tagged onto the beginning or end of the Que Trail itself for a longer Advanced ride. First 3.8 miles as posted are downhill oriented with the last 3.2 miles coving the Quarry trails.

The Ride begins at the Jerome Sportsman’s parking area located between the Que Family Rec Area and the Conemaugh Township lot to the north. Start at left rear of lot using a short (50’) social connector trail to the main trail.

0 mi - The first mile of the downhill portion is a 250’ climb, starting by turning left out of the parking area and following Que Trail – W.

0.5 mi – sharp right onto a yet unnamed trail that forms the easier loop of this group and stay right past the bottom of its left leg. This is the middle trail of this 3 leg system. This leg is probably best for the uphill portion, but none are exclusively one direction. Use caution both ways on all segments

1.1 mi – pass top of Sweet 16 on right, or you can start your multiple loops (2.5 to 3.25 mi of description) of it.

1.2 mi – pass top of the unnamed intermediate trail on right. Continue slight climb into the pines cresting at 1.45 mi. Begin downhill with several tight, banked hairpins. This is a good downhill for beginners, but you still need to watch your speed on the hairpins.

2.0 mi – As you reach the bottom of loop, just above Que Trail, bear left to repeat the upper half of your earlier climb

2.5 mi – Reach the top of Sweet 16 again. This time turn right

2.75 mi – Bottom of Sweet 16 and intersecting at the outside point of a hairpin curve of the unnamed intermediate, watch for trail markers so you don’t just blow through the intersection. Bear left to climb the upper end of this trail to repeat Sweet 16

2.85 mi – Your will pass the Pheasant Road connector on your right. If you are here just to do Sweet 16, there is room for side of the road parking along Pheasant for 2 or 3 cars. Use this short Pheasant Connector to get on the loop and limit your climbing to 90 ft/loop.

2.9 mi – Left on the unnamed easier loop

3.0 mi – Sharp left to repeat Sweet 16

3.25 mi – Bottom of Sweet 16 again. Repeat this half mile Sweet 16 loop as many times as you like or bear right to finish the downhill portion of this intermediate trail. The remaining downhill consists of a series of milder switchbacks followed by a few rocky spots and a couple abrupt drops.

3.75 mi – You will encounter two switchbacks just before the end of this trail. A 3rd switchback will put you onto Que Trail – W, clockwise. Bypass the social trail to parking and continue to the Quarry trails.

3.85 mi – Que Trail – W dumps you out onto the road. Turn left, cross the bridge, and bear rightt (crossing traffic) onto Que Trail – N.

3.95 mi – Turn sharp hairpin left onto Cooper’s Quarry. This ride of them is mapped as a figure 8. The southern legs of both trails follow the lip of a broader valley overlooking a small stream. Both Cooper’s and Clark’s are rockier than other sections of the Que system, to date. There are several larger boulders on Cooper’s to play on, while Clark’s presents some more challenging rock gardens.

4.25 mi – Just before a drop over the lip, Coopers Quarry makes a left with Clark’s Quarry continuing straight.

4.3 mi - At the end of this brief meandering connecting segment, you will intersect the other end of Clark’s Quarry. Make a left here.

5.3 mi – Following the streamside leg of Clark’s, you will climb a short rise. Make an immediate left at the top to get back on Cooper’s clockwise.

5.35 mi – Intersecting the other end of Clark’s again, make a right this time.

6.2 mi – After a downhill switchback to the right and crossing a small drainage, cross Lemon Rd.

6.4 mi – Make a right at the T intersection with Que Trail – N marked by a larger rock feature to play on.

6.5 mi - Cross Lemon Rd again, pass through the upper end of the Conemaugh Township lot, and continue on the trail. Stay left at the entrance to Cooper’s Quarry that you used before, drop to the road, cross the bridge and return to your car.

Detailed Description
2020 Technical Loops is a 7 mile moderately popular expert route located near Benson Pennsylvania. This mountain bike primary route and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 7 trails. This route climbs 799 ft with a max elevation of 1,902 ft then descends -802 ft.
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Trails in Route

Q20-Beg+4 miles
Sweet 161,699 ft
Q20-Int2,726 ft
Clark's Quarry5,128 ft


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