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Moraine, about an hour south of Erie, PA
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Moraine, about an hour south of Erie, PA 1 year, 6 months ago #43738

likely too far of a drive for most folk on here,,, but figured I would toss the invite out in case some folks are really needing to scratch the itch..

Hey mtbrs,
 
Spring might not be here yet, but its close enough that almost everyone wants to ride.  With the trails at West Branch closed, and most trail systems too soft to use we're heading over to Moraine State Park. 
 
We'll meet at the Mt. Union Rd. mtb trail parking lot at 1:00, Sunday, March 17.  You can get to this spot from the North Shore park road, or coming south from route 108.  If you need directions to get there, reply to this email.
 
This is one of our 'slow guys' rides.  That means that riders of all speeds, experience, and fitness levels are invited.  No one gets dropped, and fast guys filter to the front of the pack.  I'll print off a couple of maps so that quicker guys can break away if they want,  while I take my customary spot at the tail end.
 
Moraine is a technical, rocky trail for the most part, with some significant climbs.  Absolute beginners will likely want to skip this, or adjust their scope to having a short ride.  We'll avoid the absolute toughest of the tech trails, but you'll still be amazed at the variety or rock features that you'll see.
 
The preliminary route will be heading east down the powerline from Mt. Union, passing the small loops, and then switching from the powerline to the singletrack for the Big Rock downhill.  Then up the other side of the valley, and onto the big loop at the top, heading south towards the marina.  We'll take the abandoned road up to the top of the hill, then back onto the singletrack for the switchback trail climb.  At the top we'll head down the west side of the ridgetop loop, connect up with the top of the big loop, and head back west towards the parking lot.  If there is extra energy we may hit up the Mt. Union Road short loops at the end.  This is like a 5 mile ride, but will feel more like 15.
 
The temps may not be quite as springlike as this weekend was, so dress accordingly.  Also, this is a good place to wear your extra armor, so bring elbow and knee pads if you want.
 
Hope to see some of you there.  I'll be the guy in the silver Escort station wagon.

Steve Z

Joining the IMBA group from Youngstown Ohio for an easy group ride at Moraine this coming Sunday, leaving from Sugar Grove area around 10:15.
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Speak up if interested in riding in case plans change.
MZ

Re: Moraine, about an hour south of Erie, PA 1 year, 6 months ago #43740

What about the Coal Bed Loop? That is pretty much all-season, right? Or is it still pretty snowy there?

I actually will probably be skiing the Ridge Run loop that we are going to start building next month, to make sure the flagging is still up.

Re: Moraine, about an hour south of Erie, PA 1 year, 6 months ago #43741

maybe, FG will weigh in on a comment about Coal bed.... last time I was in Warren.. Sunday... there was really no snow... but I didn't drive up to the ridge....

getting anxious for building and riding...honestly right now.. not sure which wins out...

Re: Moraine, about an hour south of Erie, PA 1 year, 6 months ago #43760

I rode Moraine last weekend and conditions were great, very little mud. Tough place to ride early in the season when still a bit out of shape though!

Re: Moraine, about an hour south of Erie, PA 1 year, 6 months ago #43767

protective pads.. fat bike, and beer to help me relax over the rocks. thinking of snagging a few of these in case I fall behind..

www.amazon.com/Boost-Oxygen-Natural-Energy-22oz/dp/B005SUEVHU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363372223&sr=8-1&keywords=sports+oxygen

will carbo and caffeine load with tim bits and coffee..

I should make it back to the truck in some shape..

Re: Moraine, about an hour south of Erie, PA 1 year, 6 months ago #43769

how long are you guys planning on riding?

Re: Moraine, about an hour south of Erie, PA 1 year, 6 months ago #43770

I've never been there,, my guess is at least 2 hours probably not over 3 on the bike, depends on what it's like and how much gumption I got. looks like weather will at least be partly sunny, so shouldn't have to stop due to being rained on...

but who knows... it's pretty much right off of I79 so not hard to get to.

Re: Moraine, about an hour south of Erie, PA 1 year, 6 months ago #43772

What about the Coal Bed Loop?


Heavy snow cover with a thick crusty snow base you can stand on, probably the same as ASP ridgetops. We have had accumulation every night for forever. Scandia gets a lot of snow, some kind of magical elevation or something, and somebody forgot to schedule the 70 degree March weather of last year. So south we drive.
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Re: Moraine, about an hour south of Erie, PA 1 year, 6 months ago #43773

ASP ridgetops were perfect skiing today. There was about 4 inches of new fluffy powder over a nice base. I skied out the groomed trails and then re-scouted what we building next month. Moved the flags around a bit (the trail is never in the right place until the flags are moved at least once).

Only problem was towards the end of the day the sun was so high and everywhere out of the shadows the tops of the powder started to melt so when you skied over it, it pushed it into the cold stuff below and things iced up pretty bad.

But I super psyched for this new singletrack. It's going to be an awesome trail.

Re: Moraine, about an hour south of Erie, PA 1 year, 6 months ago #43774

sweet, sharpening up the mcleod...

Re: Moraine, about an hour south of Erie, PA 1 year, 6 months ago #43775

Who went to Moraine today and how were the conditions there?

Re: Moraine, about an hour south of Erie, PA 1 year, 6 months ago #43776

we had a few guys from NAMBA Sugar Grove, PA and Jamestown Seagertown........, and the guys from Youngstown Ohio... came over,,, had maybe 8 riders in all.... the snow was just a dusting,, didn't get too warm or too cold..

a lot of rocks... think rim and bent rim....although no huge car/rv size stone..

some sadistic saps enjoy having you ride a jumble of rocks around the switchbacks... MZ and a few thought these were great,,, being the wuss that I am,,, I swore, dabbed and prayed a bit while making it through... a few nice flow (ish) downhill sections,, but the place is not really built for speed, more technical.


from Jamestown it was 2 hours to trail head... I86 to 90 to 79....

best idea is to bring the wife and kids, drop them at the Grove City Outlet mall. the trailhead it like 15 minutes from there.... you could ride and have fun.. while they shop....
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