This ride starts and ends at the top of Sugarloaf Knob. You get a little bit of everything on this ride; technical rock gardens, flowy downhills, natural features and tough climbs.
Restrooms, pavilion and warming hut are accessible from the main Sugarloaf Trailhead Parking Lot.
Sugarloaf mountain is Timber Rattlesnake habitat. They are most active in late July and August. They are not aggressive and just want to be left alone. If you see one please give it space and walk around it.
Start at the Sugarloaf Mountain Bike Area Trailhead on Sugarloaf road. There is a big sledding hill facing this parking lot. From the parking lot cross the street and enter the Canyons Edge Loop
at the split go right to head to Upper Canyons Edge
. Turn Right again to get on Upper Canyons Edge
and follow it past the cemetary and all the up to McCune Trail
where it splits. At the split go right to head to McCune Trail
Ride the doubletrack out to a small parking lot at McCune Trail
and keep going out the gravel road until you see a trail shooting up the mountain to your left. (If you hit Sugarloaf road you've gone too far) This is the start of a very tough climb up McCune Trail
. Once at the top of McCune trail the fun begins, ride the technical singletrack through the rocks, ferns and rhodendron, after about a mile or so the trail begins to descend. Enjoy one of the best descents Ohiopyle has to offer, you'll eventually end up at a great little overlook. From here, you climb up the doubletrack and pass a few old foundations from the McCune Family Homestead. After the foundations, you'll start descending again look for a singletrack trail on the right that takes you onto Upper Canyons Edge
. After following UCE for about a mile, you pop out in a gravel lot by the church cemetery, continue through the lot and back into the woods where you meet Canyons Edge Loop
. Turn right on Canyons Edge Loop
and follow it as it weaves along the edge of the canyon and back towards Sugarloaf Road. Eventually, the trail will come back to the road and you can turn right to cross the road to the main Sugarloaf Trailhead Parking lot.
From the parking lot, follow the line in the grass up towards the sledding hill and get on the Kim/Sugarloaf Connector
. Stay straight (slightly right) to get on the Kim Trail
. This short section is doubletrack until the trail enters back into the woods. After climbing to the top of the knob on Kim Trail
, you'll start switchbacking down the backside of the mountain. This descent is smooth and flowy and features a few berms on the switchbacks. Eventually you'll end up back at the Kim/Sugarloaf Connector
intersection, you can follow it back the the trailhead to wrap up your ride.
If you want to add more miles drop down the mountain on Backside Sugarloaf trail and take the Rock CIty Trail up to Baughman Trail
and take Baughman Trail
back up to Sugarloaf road. From here we usually just ride the road back up to the main parking lot.