Riding the Pine Creek Trail, PA
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    Riding the Pine Creek Trail, PA

    Hi all! Just wondering if anyone on the forum has cycled the Pine Creek Trail in Potter-Tioga valley, Pa. I would like to plan a trip to do the trail. My ride is a Cannondale Synapse with 25 mm tires. I am wondering if my bike is suitable for the trail. It is supposed to be hard packed gravel. Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated.

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    I've ridden parts of it on a tandem with 32mm tires. That was fine.

    I think 25mm on your bike would work okay although I have not been on it this year and don't know what the current conditions are.

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    Thanks J.R. I think I might try contacting a bike shop in the area for info on conditions,

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    I've hiked up in that neck of the woods. Came close to a mother black bear and two cubs. I stood still until they left the area.

    That said, you might want to carry some bear-strength pepper spray with you.

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    Don't know about bears, but do keep an eye out for rattlesnakes. Not unusual to see those on or along the trail.

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    Rode the upper half in May. No problems. Wife and I have ridden the trail full length three times over the years and thought it well maintained and well packed. Upper half is ( in my opinion ) more scenic then the lower but overall a worthwhile trip. I would think 25mm tires are workable, maybe lower the pressure.
    As far as the Lions, Tigers and Bears and snakes Oh my. Consider yourself lucky if you see any. The snakes you can ride around. Only one copperhead in the years we've been up. Leave early in the morning and you will probably see deer and if again your lucky maybe a bear. Enjoy

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    This was taken in June along the trail.


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    If you like climbing, ride up to Colton point state park and there are logging roads to explore. You would want bigger tires for that. 25mm are fine for the rail trail.

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