This is a great beginner loop, despite being essentially out and back it is completely different in the opposite direction on Dutch Alvin, first you climb then relish the flowing downhill.
This loop begins at the Shale Pit off Coopers Gap rd, warms you up with a road climb before swinging off onto Dutch Alvin. Alternatively you could climb the road and enter on the upper entrance to Dutch Alvin. In both cases Dutch Alvin will connect you to Chestnut springs which dumps you out back on Coopers Gap Rd. There is a small typical for this area rock garden just before Coopers Gap Rd, that is about 20 yds long.
Follow Coopers Gap rd to past Kettle Rd where Chicken Peter and Shitaka meet, turn left up Chicken Peter which sends you back towards the Shale Pit and car
This is about a 90+ minute loop for beginners
Local Trail AssociationNittany Mountain Bike Association (nittanymba.org)
Trails in Route
Route TypeOut & Back
More Stats for NMBA Beginner Coopers 01 mountain bike route
Altitude min1,153 ft
Altitude start1,155 ft
Altitude end1,155 ft
Distance climb5 miles
Distance down5 miles
Distance flat1 miles
- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
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