2 miles
466 ft
-190 ft
Avg time

Deer Tick Trail Details

  • Riding area
    Coopers Gap
    State College, Pennsylvania
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    All Year
  • Ride in rain
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager

A multiple switchback ascent out of Cooper's Gap, this climb is definitely not the easy way to the top. There are lots of roots and rock gardens, with a few steep pitches thrown in. However, it's pretty much the only way up at that end of the valley (that's rideable).

The first stretch from Cooper's Gap up to the unnamed haul road used to be called "Long Cut", basically because it takes a long time to go a short distance. Once you cross the haul road, you've got a short steep climb before you get to Deer Tick proper. Be on the look out for a sharp right, as it's easy to miss. If you do miss it, the trail loops around and doubles back in about 75 feet. It's probably the only trail with a cul de sac.

The climb up is very cool, as it crosses through multiple forest stages and opens up into a nice hard wood forest. There are some great rock formations and if you look over your shoulder, you can catch glimpses of Big Valley off in the distance.

Access Info

From Coopers Gap Rd or Beautiful Trail

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Deer Tick Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    276 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,210 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,517 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,216 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,492 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    3,490 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,188 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Jan 27, 2018
Freeze/thaw Cycle
Avg: 4 (1 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to deer-tick-trail trailhead (40.702600, -77.642150)


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