IMBA EPIC Ride - Rattling Creek, Pennsylvania

Rattling Creek



The trails of Rattling Creek are the labor of love of Keith Whitcomb, a life-long resident of the area. Beginning in 1999 with his friend Mike Mace, Keith began building a loop based on the lessons of sustainable trails that were just then being espoused by IMBA, and keeping an East Coast flavor and character of the trail.

Features: eMTB allowed


In addition to the parking area on Lykens and Powells Valley Roads, there are access points throughout the trail system making it possible to ride different variations of the Rattling Creek EPIC.

However, a sure sign of a good trail system is the debates that arise on which direction is best for trail flow. In this context, Rattling Creek positions itself well as a good trail system, with both trail directions a lot of fun. Riding the system in a counter-clockwise direction will give you a chance to see the general order in which the trails were built. Riding in a clockwise direction will allow you to save the Rattling Creek and Doc Smith trails for last.

Food and drink

For post-ride refueling, check out Kevin's Diner.

More details

To start the EPIC route on the Rattling Creek trails, park at the trailhead on Lykens Rd just off Powells Valley Rd. Ride back across Powells Valley Rd to access Stone Cabin and Rugged trails. Start with Stone Cabin to ride in a counter-clockwise direction. This short loop is a good introduction for what the riding is like throughout the trail system.

After the warm-up, ride back across the road, through the parking area and onto Hopback trail. From here the order of trails goes like this: Left on Lykens Rd, left on Fawn Kill, left on Shale Run. Towards the end of Shale Run there will be a fork; either direction works here but remember to turn left onto Grimm. From here: right on Luke's, straight on Rim as you cross over White Oak Road. Turn right onto Wolf Pond and you can enjoy a little break from the rocks along a section of trail that rolls well and has a more open corridor. Before you get to the road, look for Matter on your left. After crossing Wolf Pond Road you ride another short section before jumping on the west end of Rock's Ridge.

If you're inclined to stop to enjoy the view, take a detour to see the hang glider launch at the end of Wolf Pond Road. The views are spectacular to the west across the Pennsylvania countryside. It's well worth it.

Rock's Ridge is the next technical part of the ride, and one of the most fun sections. At the east end you'll have a quick left and right to continue the EPIC ride on the Matter ski trail. Make the connection to Dry Run via Preserve Line. Compared to the rest of the ride this section is non-descript but does provide another respite from the high frequency of rocks. Dry Run is a quick warm-up for the highlight of the route, Rattling Creek. This is the longest stretch of trail and, perhaps, the best. When riding the EPIC this direction, it's mostly downhill. The fun continues as you bear left on Doc Smith, an excellent ending to a classic East Coast long-distance ride.

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33.653 km / 20.911 mi

Total Distance

551 m / 1,808 ft

Total Ascent

550 m / 1,804 ft

Total Descent

515 m / 1,688 ft

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Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
Ride Duration: 2-4 hrs
Fitness Level: Ultra Fit
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Gravel Road
Mobile Coverage: Excellent
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