Return of Summit Reroute Saturdays!

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We hope that everyone had an enjoyable and refreshing Fourth of July holiday! Our Summit Reroute Saturday trail building days are back on and continuing into July as we work to eliminate the road section on Summit Avenue. Currently, the trail is about halfway through the rough-in stage leading down to the creek, which means that there’s still lots of work to do! Trail Wizard and FoW Dan Mercer will be leading a work day this Saturday, July 8, at 9:00 AM. The trail day agenda includes cutting another stretch of new trail, putting in some grade reversals to improve drainage, building and installing a log ride and placing rocks to keep the trail twisty and fun. We will also be taking input on features for the new MTB spur that we’ll build after the main trail has been completed and if there is enough interest, we may walk the line that has been flagged, to give riders an idea of terrain that we’ll have to work. Please join us and help get the trail completed and open!
 
Further details on work days will be posted at FOW.org and at MTBPHL.org. Gloves, tools, water and light snacks will be provided, Long pants, shirts and insect repellent are recommended, as there is poison ivy & thorns in the forest, and this is a particularly severe season for ticks and tick borne illness. a google maps link to the worksite, with locations for parking is here: goo.gl/4eRXT2 

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 Tour of Mt Penn with the BAMBA Trail Wizards

Speaking of the MTB spur on the Summit Reroute, a group of our trail volunteers recently made a trip up to Mt Penn, in Reading, PA and got a grand tour of the trail system from the fine folks at Berks Area Mountain Biking Association. The BAMBA crew have done a great job of working with parks agencies in the greater Reading area to build an astounding network of 125 miles trails over 5 preserves, earning an IMBA Bronze rating for their multi-user trails in the process. The trails at Mt Penn and Antietam Lake were well marked, with options for all skill levels, and their A-Line trail gave us loads of inspiration for building future trails here in the city of Philadelphia. For more videos and photos of A-Line features that we’d like to incorporate into the Summit MTB Spur at the Wiss, check us out on Instagram or Facebook.

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2 thoughts on “Return of Summit Reroute Saturdays!”

  1. I finally got out to ride the Summit re-route a couple of weeks ago. It looks great. Is this trail complete? I thought there was input on features that riders wanted. There were quite a few requests for tables or rollable jumps. What happened to jumps and other features that were suggested? Are you going to make another re-route for the portion of trail after you cross the stream?
    How about berms? There was at least one turn with a sloped tread that allows the rider to drift off the edge.
    Not complaining, just wondering. I do a lot of work for JORBA here in NJ.

    Thanks for the work, it’s a nice alternative to riding up to the street!

    1. Hi Gerry, the trail is now mostly complete from the Summit Gravel, to the wooden bridge near Wise Mill Rd. However the trail is just the multi-user yellow trail and as such, doesn’t have any MTB specific features. We hope to build the bike spur next spring, as well as reroute the community trail on the other side of the creek and include some mtb optimized features. We wanted to complete the main trail before we built the bike spur and there were some delays in planning the second section of the reroute/yellow trail, as well as a break from building during the hottest parts of the summer.

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