This is an age old beginner loop from Galbraith Gap that has some fun sections but omits most of the typical rock gardens of the area.
You start with a slow fire road climb to Shingletown Gap Trail drop down that for 0.5 miles. Look out for a 90 deg left turn at the intersection of Shingletown Gap trail and Sand Spring trail.
Follow Sand spring up the hill until it deposits you on the old fire road, go left and climb that back to Laurel Run rd.
Go through/round the gate and bear right upto the summit of Laurel Run Rd. Turn right again going round the gate climbing the short uphill to the summit of Little Shingletown Trail. Enjoy the fast 0.7mile down hill.
Make a left back onto Sand Spring trail for another short exhilarating down hill across the stream and past the side of the camp back onto Laurel Run Rd.
Left on Laurel Run rd, uphill, right on to Bear Gap rd for the real climb, 2 miles, to turn left onto Gettis Ridge Rd. You now have a short flat run before bearing right at the Y and blasting down Gettis Ridge Rd. Watch the first hairpin.
At the bottom go round the gate and turn left onto Wampler Rd following that out to Bear Meadows Rd. Bear left again and begin the 0.7 mile climb up (you are done after this with significant climbs). Drop down the other side past Bear Meadows natural area and continue straight on Bear Meadows rd where Treaster Kettle and Bear Meadows intersect.
A mile after the intersection of Bear Meadows and Treaster Kettle rds, you will find the enterance to Kettle Trail on the left. Turn in here and this will connect with Lonberger (keeping right) for a fun downhill run back to the car.
Local Trail AssociationNittany Mountain Bike Association (nittanymba.org)
Trails in Route
Bike typeAM, XC
More Stats for NMBA Galbraith Gap Beginner 02 mountain bike route
Altitude min1,333 ft
Altitude start1,335 ft
Altitude end1,333 ft
Distance climb7 miles
Distance down7 miles
Distance flat3,367 ft
- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
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