Mountain Biking Routes in Ohiopyle

Ohiopyle is at the bottom of one of the deepest valleys in Pennsylvaina, so riding here usually involves a big climb and a big ripping descent.

After a few years here, I’ve figured out some good loops that start and end in town. This first set of rides uses Sugarloaf, Baughman, and McCune Trails, which are all east of town.

Sugarloaf Trail is about four feet wide, and full of loose rocks and water-bars. The trail alternates between super steep pitches and flat sections. It’s a great climb, but most locals skip riding down it because of all the flat pedaling sections.

Baughman is narrower, runs along the ridge at a steady grade, and has more sharp embedded rocks and fun dips. Descending that trail is awesome, so that’s the way I usually go.

There are three ways to chop up the Sugarloaf-Baughman loop.

#1 Sugarloaf to the Baughman Overlook – 1 hour

The start of Sugarloaf and Baughman Trails are across the rail-trail from the Middle Yough takeout. Take Sugarloaf, which is on climber’s right, and start heading uphill.

A couple miles up, and after the steep water-bar covered pitch, look for a trail that swings back and to the left. Take it and climb to the Baughman overlook. Make a left and shred Baughman back to town. It takes seven to ten minutes of hard descending to get back to the parking lot.

There’s a steep set of stairs at the bottom of Baughman. They’re rideable, but it’s a good idea to get off and scope them out on the first time down

After the stairs, turn left down the street and past the WV Bike Shop, make a right across the car bridge, make another right onto Garrett Street, and park your bike in the rack at Falls City Pub. Get some beers.

#2 Sugarloaf to Upper Baughman – 1.5 hours

Keep riding past the turnoff and up Sugarloaf. There are two more steep rocky pitches to grind up before the start of upper Baughman. Do a short descent, then turn left to follow the trail at the dirt road. Cross the road and stay on Sugarloaf.

After a second dirt road crossing, Sugarloaf forks. Take the left side and climb another 400 yards. At the trail signs, cross Sugarloaf Road and start Upper Baughman.

The top section of Baughman is tight, twisty, and full of big rocks. It’s a great piece of singletrack. After the overlook, keep going on the trail and back to town.

#3 The Full Loaf – Sugar, McCune, Baughman – 2.5 hours

This loop has 1,700 feet of climbing, which makes it one of the biggest dirt climbs in Pennsylvania. It takes almost 1.5 hours of steady ascending to get to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, and the start of McCune Trail.

Ride past the Baughman turnoff. At the XC Ski Area parking lot either keep  going up Sugarloaf or jump on the road.

I don’t like the last grassy section of Sugarloaf trail (we’re working on fixing it with some good singletrack), so I get on the road at the XC Ski Lot and ride a mile of pavement to get to the start of McCune. At the trail sign, turn left off of Sugarloaf Road to the McCune parking area. 100 feet from the road, on the right side, McCune starts going up hill.

There isn’t a sign to mark the trail’s start, so pay attention. The first few feet of the trail go through a field, then the trail turns into the best rocky singletrack in the park. Climb up the switchbacks to the very top of the mountain, check out the sweet view, then start the long, long descent. Ride back onto Sugarloaf, onto Upper Baughman, down Lower Baughman, and into town.

posted by Montana

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