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Rattling Creek Trails ~ a new video

(updated: Sep 2, 2010)

I ride these trails every year when I'm up in PA. Last year I went on a group ride and learned the trails a lot better. This year I missed the group ride and rode solo. Central PA was in a heat wave, and it was around 100 degrees. But it was dry and that's the important thing when you're riding in PA.

These trails are wicked rocky -- whole sections are just rock upon rock. It makes for awesome slow technical riding. It really works you over...I love it. Other sections are fast and flowy. It's got everything. Trails are tight in general. If you ride after a rain you may not see the trail at all, and if you try riding anyway you will very quickly learn why that's a bad idea.

One of my all time favorite singletrack trails exists here and is called the Rattling Creek Trail, a 4 mile section of singletrack bliss. It's featured in last third of the video. It's amazing.

One of the drawbacks of all the rocks, however, is pinch flats -- you will get them here. I was not running tubeless and I got six, so many that I ran out of tubes and patches and gave up and rode about 5 miles of fireroad on a flat tire to get back to the car. But I had been riding for 4 hours already in the heat with the bugs and decided that I'd had enough. I also broke a spoke...seem to do that a lot lately...better lay off the burritos and guacamole.

These trails are not the easiest to get to, because they are not really close to anything such as a major city. But that's a good thing because they are lightly traveled and you feel like you're away from it all here.

By all means if you're in central PA or near Harrisburg, Lancaster, or even Philly, try like hell to check out these trails. I have a recent trail map linked on this page and a google map to find your way to them: Rattling Creek Trails.

-SBA


Onto the video...

Note it's in HD format which may play choppily if you have a slower computer. In this case click the HD button to turn HD off. However I recommend HD on and you also have the ability to click through to Vimeo and download it as well.

Rattling Creek Trails - Lykens, PA from Sir Bikes on Vimeo.

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Also there is one blooper in the video...see if you can spot it.


Camera Stills

Rock's Ridge Trail






Got rocks?




Rock's Ridge


Overlook, handglider launch.


Rattling Creek.


You're going to pinch flat.


Tight, narrow singletrack. Good thing I didn't run into a bear around the corner.


Maybe it will rain rocks like this at Blue Clay...one can dream.



Filed Under: Ride Reports > Pennsylvania > Lykens



6 COMMENTS:

1. Brado1 said...

Rocks... the Perfect Drug.


You make me hard when I'm all soft inside

Sep 2, 2010 @ 8:28 AM


2. Michael said...

Another great video SBA! Are these trails pretty easy to get to from Lancaster?

Sep 2, 2010 @ 7:39 PM


3. Chili said...

Wow! This is pretty damn impressive film-making. Makes you wanna go ride bike -- at Rattling Creek of course! Thanks for sharing the vid and glad you like the trails so much you made the vid! Appreciatively, Rattling Creek

Sep 3, 2010 @ 2:49 AM


4. Jarrett said...

blooper:


youre not wearing a helmet in one of shots

Sep 3, 2010 @ 5:01 PM


5. SBA said...

You nailed it! Didn't even realize it at the time.

Sep 3, 2010 @ 6:19 PM


6. Utahbiker1 said...

Great video. I miss the twisting, wooded trails of the South. Visited Charlotte last week and had to ride - rented a bike and did the trails at the US Nat\\\'l White water center.

The only thing we have close to this trail is maybe Porcupine Rim in Hurricane Utah? Lots of rocks but not all the varied terrain.

Thanks for all the videos of our home tracks in SC and NC!

Sep 15, 2010 @ 7:17 PM


 

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