Bald Eagle State Forest, PA

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  1. CloudSplitter

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    Preliminary Tracks for the Official Bald Eagle State Forest Dual Sport Trails

    Attached, find my best attempt to produce tracks from the official map, using Garmin Base Camp with Open Street Map (OSM) maps and Garmin topo maps. Don't expect this to be perfect, but it should help you find the DS trails. When I did this for Pachaug State Forest, in CT, we found a couple of tracks that led to dead-ends, because the State map had errors. After that, I went to tracks provided by the local DS club (NETRA).

    I did compare these routes to the PaTRA ride provided by tonyjuliano, above, and the few sections of official trail used in that particular ride matched up well enough that I didn't bother modifying my tracks. I plan to ride some of this in a couple weeks, and may be able to post a better set of tracks, then.

    I used green for Improved and Forest roads, and blue for the more off-highway sections (and red for that section which was reported to be difficult.)
    Bald Eagle State Forest Dual Sport Trails.jpg
    By the way, when riding this area, I suggest you use the OSM maps. They have many more of the trails/roads than the topo maps, which have many more than City Navigator North America, 2017 version, maps.

    Edit: Changed another trail to red (difficult), when I noticed the file from the PaTRA ride, posted above, had that section red (level 4).

    Edit 2: Here, and in other posts, I refer to the Open Street Map maps, but googling open street map, or OSM, takes you to their main map page, from which it's difficult to find the source of the Garmin compatible files. I actually get them at:
    http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl/

    This is the gpx file. The smaller gdb file didn't seem to upload.
    I have NOT tried to reduce the numbers of track points, because I like to keep them all, and use the free IMGfromGPX program to make transparent maps. It now lets you use dashed outlines, which allows you to see the original map road, too. Anyway, these tracks were all created by drawing on the maps, so have very few trackpoints.

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  2. CloudSplitter

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    Well, I only rode a few sections of the Official Motorcycle route, last weekend, due to a glitch in preparation. However that much did seem to verify that the tracks I posted, immediately above, should be pretty good.

    If somebody else rides the whole route, be sure to let us know how it worked out, and maybe post your actual track, here.
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  3. dstutz

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    Probably a little late to the party...but here's the tracks from me and a buddy riding on Aug 25th.

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    That looks GREAT. Any comments, such as how hard the red sections on my map, above, really were?
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  5. dstutz

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    I don't recall the red area on the left being super hard...the little one on the right...fuck me. We went down it (which is heading NW) and I had to just turn my engine off and leave the bike in 1st gear so I could get some extra braking...it was so steep I was sliding forward and when I'd go to put my right foot down the brake pedal wasn't there since I was so far forward on the seat. There's also no need for gas to get down most of that hill. I can't imagine going up that hill. There were definitely other parts that I would consider red...some of it not exactly single track but just rocky as hell. It's funny we rode so much of your track...I found a gps file somewhere on the internet a while back and we rode that, it wasn't your route. Also felt bad...going up the hill in Poe Paddy park we passed an old guy walking down hill with a bicycle seat and small bag...turns out the road was so rough he cracked his frame. Sure enough a little farther up was the bike sitting on the side of the road.
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  6. huskynotfat

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    Any photos from the ride? Thinking about hitting this route over the weekend.
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  7. dstutz

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    I just took a few from this spot. Hard to take pictures when you're hanging on for dear life bobbling over rocks :) There are a bunch of videos on youtube to give you an idea of the terrain.
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