9.6 miles
Distance
958 ft
Climb
-939 ft
Descent
2,153 ft
High Point

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.

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4 Reviews & Comments

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moonraker SAMBA (May 10, 2018 at 11:17)
 I would do this loop the other direction.
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sjflow (Nov 18, 2018 at 19:54)
 Riding counterclockwise would waste a good chunk of downhill on a gravely, washed-out power line road. But otherwise, yeah, Waterfall Loop is fun going down.
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ogcmh (Dec 12, 2020 at 13:02)
 You would "waste" the downhill only if you reversed this route exactly. Gene's trail goes along that washed out power line road the whole way and the only time you are on the power line road is between Waterfall and High Voltage, and then maybe 100 feet from High Voltage to the start of Gene's. Did almost this exact loop reversed today and it was fun.
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goldsbar (Aug 21, 2020 at 13:14)
 Good loop. Suggest doing High Voltage in both directions. Also, can easily add on Conglomerate to the View and back at the end for more tech challenge. The above took around 3 hours at a moderate pace.
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  • Altitude min
    1,526 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,573 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,591 ft
  • Grade max
    -19.5%
  • Grade min
    33.9%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Bruised Ego
May 10, 2021 @ 3:16pm
May 10, 2021
Water on trail after recent rains .
Gene's Trail
May 10, 2021 @ 3:16pm
May 10, 2021
Creeks running high done wet spots
Main Street
May 10, 2021 @ 3:16pm
May 10, 2021
Blueberry Trail
Nov 22, 2020 @ 7:50am
Nov 22, 2020
Waterfall Loop
May 28, 2020 @ 4:52pm
May 28, 2020
This trail is very misleading. The "waterfall" actually means a creek going down a gentle slope and a trail that sometimes goes along it or across it. And when you think of waterfalls think of water falling no more than 2 feet. Also this is not a difficult trail at all. Should be a medium trail instead of a black diamond. Nearing the last half mile of the trail is when it finally gets fun with rock features. This trail also has poor drainage leading to a large amount of mud pits. If the trail actually followed alongside the creek the trailbuilders probably would not have had this drainage problem. Probably would not ride this trail again.
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