10.8 miles
Distance
996 ft
Climb
-985 ft
Descent
1,756 ft
High Point

10 mile beginner loop. Starts from the Shale Pit off Coopers Gap Rd. Start climbing Coopers Gap Rd 1.2 miles and then make the left onto Dutch Alvin. This winds and climbs for 2 miles until it intersects with Chestnut Springs trail - Staying straight or right follow this around and down to Coopers Gap Rd. There might be a short 25 yd section depending on your skill you may choose to walk. Left on Coopers Gap Rd past the Peep parking lot and the intersection of Kettle and Coopers Gap Rd. 0.25mi past the intersection with Kettle Rd turn left onto Chicken Peter - yes up the short steep climb. Follow this back around for a mile (past the intersection with Kettle Rd hidden by the pine trees) back to Coopers Gap Rd and Bear Gap intersection. Go back the way you came on Coopers Gap Rd past the Peep lot and make a right onto Chestnut Springs reversing the route you came earlier

Detailed Description
Coopers Gap Beginner 10 is a 11 mile popular intermediate route located near State College Pennsylvania. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 16 trails. This route climbs 996 ft with a max elevation of 1,756 ft then descends -985 ft.
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20 Reviews & Comments

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CPeris (May 16, 2022 at 17:30)
Wow! What a fun trail both directions! It's rocky at spots but well placed rocks. Just follow the rock armor, it's intentionally laid to keep you going! Sure does beat the gravel road!
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CPeris (May 16, 2022 at 17:30)
Wow! What a fun trail both directions! It's rocky at spots but well placed rocks. Just follow the rock armor, it's intentionally laid to keep you going! Sure does beat the gravel road!
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CPeris (May 16, 2022 at 17:27)
Trail Dutch Alvin
Rode it both ways today and it's a fun, flowing trail either way. Nice reroute. Did see some bear scat and a couple turkeys!
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CPeris (May 16, 2022 at 17:27)
Trail Dutch Alvin
Rode it both ways today and it's a fun, flowing trail either way. Nice reroute. Did see some bear scat and a couple turkeys!
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yoimaninja (Aug 16, 2020 at 15:33)
Trail Dutch Alvin
Starting from Chestnut Spring, ride this down and pair with Brush Ridge Extension. Makes for a fun really long, flowy downhill!
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yoimaninja (Aug 16, 2020 at 15:33)
Trail Dutch Alvin
Starting from Chestnut Spring, ride this down and pair with Brush Ridge Extension. Makes for a fun really long, flowy downhill!
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bee33 (Aug 12, 2020 at 17:35)
I love this descent. Turn left on to brush ridge and then keep going down, cross the gravel, and go down some more on extension.
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bee33 (Aug 12, 2020 at 17:35)
I love this descent. Turn left on to brush ridge and then keep going down, cross the gravel, and go down some more on extension.
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bee33 (Aug 12, 2020 at 17:35)
I love this descent. Turn left on to brush ridge and then keep going down, cross the gravel, and go down some more on extension.
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bee33 (Aug 12, 2020 at 17:35)
I love this descent. Turn left on to brush ridge and then keep going down, cross the gravel, and go down some more on extension.
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bee33 (Aug 12, 2020 at 17:33)
I usually ride this in the opposite direction - easier rock gardens than most of rothrock but still interesting
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bee33 (Aug 12, 2020 at 17:33)
I usually ride this in the opposite direction - easier rock gardens than most of rothrock but still interesting
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Jtb226 (Aug 18, 2019 at 10:12)
Pretty tough climb from Cooper's Gap Rd, but a fun downhill on the other side.
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Jtb226 (Aug 18, 2019 at 10:12)
Pretty tough climb from Cooper's Gap Rd, but a fun downhill on the other side.
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Jtb226 (Aug 18, 2019 at 10:12)
Pretty tough climb from Cooper's Gap Rd, but a fun downhill on the other side.
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Jtb226 (Aug 18, 2019 at 10:12)
Pretty tough climb from Cooper's Gap Rd, but a fun downhill on the other side.
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Jtb226 (Aug 18, 2019 at 10:08)
Trail Dutch Alvin
Rode this as a climb from upper entrance. Not too bad of a climb, but challenging in spots. Would be pretty fun downhill.
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Jtb226 (Aug 18, 2019 at 10:08)
Trail Dutch Alvin
Rode this as a climb from upper entrance. Not too bad of a climb, but challenging in spots. Would be pretty fun downhill.
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Jtb226 (Aug 18, 2019 at 10:06)
Pretty rocky on the eastern side. Western side is less rocky but still has a couple chunky sections. Found this trail tougher than Lingle Valley, even though Lingle Valley is rated black (probably for the one steep downhill section).
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Jtb226 (Aug 18, 2019 at 10:06)
Pretty rocky on the eastern side. Western side is less rocky but still has a couple chunky sections. Found this trail tougher than Lingle Valley, even though Lingle Valley is rated black (probably for the one steep downhill section).
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More Stats for Coopers Gap Beginner 10 mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    11 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,164 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,164 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,175 ft
  • Grade max
    -28.4%
  • Grade min
    27.6%
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Dutch Alvin
Jul 17, 2022 @ 6:46am
Jul 17, 2022
Running great!
Chestnut Spring
Jun 29, 2022 @ 4:10am
Jun 29, 2022
Chicken Peter
Jun 29, 2022 @ 4:09am
Jun 29, 2022
Some infringing brush but not as much as other trails at the moment.
Coopers Gap Rd
Jul 20, 2019 @ 3:14am
Jul 20, 2019
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