2.7 miles
Distance
212 ft
Climb
-845 ft
Descent
00:33:38
Avg time

Vista Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Michaux State Forest
    Carlisle, Pennsylvania
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM, XC
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Trail Visibility
    Sometimes hard to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • TTFs on Trail
    Drop, Rock Face, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #36020 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #11862 in E-Biking
    • #85506 in Trail Running
    • #36674 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 85 in E-Biking
    • 70 in Trail Running
    • 95 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    DCNR

Vista is a fast, raw descent from the top of Ridge Rd. to the bottom of Laurel lake. There are several small drops and rocks to ride over and off of on this trail, making it a mountain biker's playground. This map shows the section of trail that takes you to the "vista", a rock outcropping with a nice view. From here, continue on the trail. There are several different line options with different rock lines. They all lead to the same place. About 3/4 of the way down after you cross a service road, there is a steep rock roll or a gnarly rock garden alternative. Pick your poison

Access Info

From Ridge Road, turn right down Cold Springs Road. The trail entrance will be on your left. From Laurel Lake parking lot. Climb up Cold Springs Road almost to the top and the entrance will be on your right.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Vista mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -634 ft
  • Altitude min
    838 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,471 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,471 ft
  • Altitude end
    838 ft
  • Grade
    -4.475%
  • Grade max
    -29.936%
  • Grade min
    24.047%
  • Distance climb
    3,766 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,346 ft
  • Avg time
    00:33:38
  • Avg reverse time
    00:39:18
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Status:
on Dec 26, 2021
Ideal
Avg: 4.35 (21 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Snow Cover Inadequate
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Vista Trail Reports

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 140 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      All
      • 479 rides
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      Photos

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      Oct 4, 2021 @ 6:22am
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      Oct 4, 2021 @ 6:22am
      Oct 4, 2021
      171 |
      Apr 3, 2020 @ 9:19pm
      Apr 3, 2020
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      Mar 9, 2018 @ 5:48am
      Mar 9, 2018

      Routes with this trail

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      Cold Springs Vista Dreamweaver
      6 miles
      22 Miles Laurel Lake
      20 miles
      Norchaux Mini Loops
      12 miles
      The Ridge Road Route (3R)
      24 miles

      4 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      SqueakyWheel73 (Jul 15, 2020 at 19:51)
       Such a fun trail. I rode this five years ago and forgot how much fun the downhill run is. Definitely a Michaux must-do.
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      • + 0
      DanZeke (Mar 8, 2021 at 17:36)
       How can this not be five stars. When combined with Dream Weaver one of best downhill rides in state.
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      • + 0
      trixy (Apr 20, 2021 at 16:43)
       The best DH flow trail with some technical steeps.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Rcallahan (Sep 18, 2021 at 12:13)
       One of the best trials in the state. Get your workout in by riding up cold spring rd and nothing but fun coming down. Pick up dream weaver on the way down!!! Will not disappoint.
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