3 miles
Distance
212 ft
Climb
-845 ft
Descent
00:33:44
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
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Trail Visibility
    Sometimes hard to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Drop, Rock Face, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #17712 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 95 in E-Biking
    • 90 in Trail Running
    • 90 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
More Stats for Vista mountain bike 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
    00:33:44
  • Avg reverse time
    01:06:06
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Status:
on Sep 27, 2020
Dry
Avg: 4.3 (17 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • < 50%
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  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Vista Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Sep 27, 2020 @ 9:31am
      Sep 27, 2020
      Trail is clear.
      Aug 31, 2020 @ 7:06pm
      Aug 31, 2020
      Aug 31, 2020 @ 7:06pm
      Aug 31, 2020
      Was running a little slower and a little more slippery. Still an absolute blast
      Jul 15, 2020 @ 7:49pm
      Jul 15, 2020
      Trail is in great shape too to bottom.
      Jul 4, 2020 @ 1:47pm
      Jul 4, 2020
      Running great! Cleaned up some cheater lines
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 10 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 142 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      All
      • 479 rides
      •  

      Photos

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      3 |
      Nov 16, 2020 @ 2:03pm
      Nov 16, 2020
      36 |
      May 31, 2020 @ 10:08am
      May 31, 2020
      57 |
      Apr 3, 2020 @ 9:19pm
      Apr 3, 2020
      272 |
      Mar 9, 2018 @ 5:48am
      Mar 9, 2018

      Routes with this trail

      titleratingdistance
      22 Miles Laurel Lake
      20 miles
      The Ridge Road Route (3R)
      24 miles

      Trail Products

      1 Review & Comments

      • + 1
      flag 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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