This loop gives a taste of some of the best trails in the area, particularly in the southern half of Rothrock. These trails are significantly less "technical" and more flowy than those near Tussey.
There are still plenty of tech sections though too so don't be completely fooled! Most climbs are easy, utilizing the roads while saving the downhills for the fun and scenic singletrack.
This route starts off from the Shale Pit parking area. Climb up Coopers Gap Rd
until you come to the intersection with Brush Ridge Trail
. Take a left onto Brush Ridge Trail
and follow it through a few technical and rocky sections until eventually intersecting with Chestnut Spring
trail. Take a right to climb up Chestnut Spring
trail. At the top with the intersection of Dutch Alvin
, stay left to follow Chestnut Spring
just a little bit further until you come to the intersection with Lingle Valley Trail
This is where the fun really starts and one of my favorite parts of the route!
Make your way down the steep and loose entrance of Lingle Valley Trail
. Once it starts to mellow out, enjoy some flowy and rolling switchbacks through the valley. Continue through the valley through scenic rhododendron tunnels and by crossing various mountain streams.
Eventually, you'll intersect with Bear Gap Trail
. If you really want a quick loop you can make a right onto Bear Gap Trail
back up to Coopers Gap Rd
, otherwise continue this route by staying on Lingle Valley Trail
. Continue to follow Lingle Valley Trail
. There will be another intersection with Otter Gap Trail
on your left. Stay on Lingle Valley Trail
. It'll turn into almost like a doubletrack forest road passing by some cabins but will eventually pop you out on the gravel Conklin Rd
Take a right up Conklin Rd
. Continue to climb Conklin Rd
to the top until it intersects with Chicken Peter
trail. Take a right onto Chicken Peter
trail. This trail will feature some more rocky and technical sections. There are some bail-outs along Chicken Peter
back onto Coopers Gap Rd
if your legs are starting to feel tired. Otherwise, stay on Chicken Peter
until intersecting back with Coopers Gap Rd
and Bear Gap Trail
From here, you'll follow Coopers Gap Rd
for less than a mile until passing another parking area and meeting the Chestnut Spring
trailhead. Take a right back on to Chestnut Spring
trail. Continue on Chestnut Spring
trail passing Lingle Valley Trail
again, now on your right, until making it Dutch Alvin
Start your long, fun descent back by taking Dutch Alvin
. Dutch Alvin
flows through some scenic open fields and unique terrain along the ridge top. Continue on Dutch Alvin
where it'll eventually get a bit steeper and faster until you intersect back with Coopers Gap Rd
. Head down Coopers Gap Rd
a bit to the Brush Ridge Trail
intersection again. This time take a left onto Brush Ridge Trail
headed back down.
This section of Brush Ridge Trail
will start off fast and technical. Finish the route strong by making your way through many tech sections and rock gardens. Once you cross the power line, you'll know your ride is coming to an end. At the end of Brush Ridge Trail
, make a right back onto Coopers Gap Rd
to finish at the Shale Pit parking area.