Photos from Michaux SF Pennsylvania

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by JaxObsessed, Oct 29, 2010.

  1. JaxObsessed

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    We went late Sept 10, and had a great time. Off season prices, less people and you can still swim.:deal
    Hurricane Irene tore it up... took longer to fix and cut off more of the island than Isabel did. I think most of the damage was right where y'all stay.
    http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20110828/ARTICLES/110829710
    I can report on it for ya, if you like.
    We were a bit worried that we would have to drive to Swan Quarter and take the ferry to get to Frisco. It was good news that 12 was open.


    Speaking of winter riding:D
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  2. the darth peach

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  3. TowPro

    TowPro Lets ride

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    Thanks, but were OK. I watched the pictures as they built the bridge, and the campground will be back by spring. they said they had 8' of water wash over from the sound side in Waves :huh
  4. JaxObsessed

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    Thanks for asking.
    I wish it was true, but no. Still have a long row to hoe. I figure a "sorely" limited launch on 1/1/12. Although I am going to try my wife's scooter next week. :lol3
    The photos are from a coupla years ago.

    Amazing that the town still exists! Nice:thumb
    I'll take a pic or 5 when I pass through. Jus fer fun!:D
  5. Gundy

    Gundy Been here awhile

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    Can somebody suggest a simple 2-3 hour route through MSF? I would be coming from the Philly area, so turning south off of 76 west. Also a good spot to park my truck might be useful too since 140 miles on the highway isn't all that fun on a KLR:)
  6. Skyclad

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    By 2-3, do you mean difficulty level or hours?

    For difficulty, there is nothing particularly challenging in Michaux. Motorcycles are NOT allowed on the ATV trails, so it is all forestry/fire roads. The only road that presents any problems would be the very northern end of Ridge Road. That is a bit rocky and rutted, but I did it several times on a Ulysses.
  7. Gundy

    Gundy Been here awhile

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    Sorry, 2-3 hour ride.
  8. Skyclad

    Skyclad Original Bastard

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    For 2-3 hours, I would suggest starting at the north end. You could probably find a place to park a truck in Mt Holly Springs. Go in on Ridge Road at take it all the way to Route 30. You could check your time then and either take dirt back to the truck or head north on Rt 233.
  9. JaxObsessed

    JaxObsessed Near Earth Object

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    Hi Gundy welcome to the fun:D

    I live south of MSF so I usually go in on Rattlesnake Run Rd. You can find it off 16 and Mentzer Gap rd in Blue Ridge Summit. Then I make my way N NE to Ridge and come out where Sky recommended you go in. There are hundreds of places in the forest to leave your truck. Hunters, hikers and horsey folks do this all the time. Just don't forget how to get back to it:deal:lol3.
    The park is only 10 miles wide at the widest so it's pretty hard to actually get lost. My most fun rides are done with a compass and some curiosity.
    The ranger station on HWY 30 just east of Caledonia has excellent maps for free.
    Have a blast and take some pix!!! :wink:


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  10. Gundy

    Gundy Been here awhile

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    Thanks! This looks like a great place to do some two up riding with the wife. Pics will be posted as soon as I have them!
  11. TowPro

    TowPro Lets ride

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    Maps:
    Mixhaux SF Public Use Map http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/ucmprd2/groups/public/documents/document/D_000828.pdf
    Snowmobile Trail Maps
    North http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/ucmprd2/groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_002716.pdf
    South http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/ucmprd2/groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_002712.pdf

    ATV Trails http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/atv/D01_ATV_1.pdf
    But remember, the ATV trails are only for ATV's (not motorcycles. Not even Street Legal Motorcycles!)
    All-Terrain Vehicles are defined as follows:
    1. Class 1 ATV – A motorized off-highway vehicle, which travels on three or more inflatable tires and has a maximum width of 50 inches and a maximum dry weight of 1000 pounds.
    2. Class 2 ATV – A motorized off-highway vehicle, which travels on three or more inflatable tires and has a width which exceeds 50 inches or a dry weight which exceeds 1000 pounds.

    Recommended Parking (for the ATV trails)
    parking lots located at Big Flat along Shippensburg Road about 1-1/4 miles north of its intersection with Route 233 and on Piney Mountain along Bendersville Road south of Pine Grove Furnace State Park.
  12. Skyclad

    Skyclad Original Bastard

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    My recommendation for entering at the north end of Ridge Road was based soley on coming in off the Turnpike.

    IMO, the best place to park the truck would be at Caledonia SP, just off Rt 30. That way you would have both halves of the forest quickly available for a couple of hours of riding.
  13. SoPaRider

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    Hey Gundy:

    Your always welcome to park at my place located just off of U.S. Route 30, between Chambersburg (I-81 Exit 16)
    and PA Route 233 (entrence to Caledonia State Park). It's a six mile ride from my house to Ridge Road off of PA Route 997 (Black Gap Road), which leads into Michaux. I'm planning on riding my DR in Michaux tomorrow (Sunday 20th), so if you or anyone else is up for a ride then or most any day before the roads ice over, contact me here or send me a PM and we'll set up a time and place to meet.

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  14. Gundy

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    Thanks, Jeff. We ended up parking at the Caledonia lot, and it worked well. We had a great three hour ride going up Piney Mountain Ridge Road until we hit a gate, then turned left on Bendersville Rd and went down through Pine Grove Furnace, then followed Pine Grove Rd (paved) up to Rt 34, took a left and then got onto Ridge Road. We stayed on that all the way to Shippensburg Rd, took a left and then went south on 233 back to Caledonia. Nice loop with a nice mix of gravel, some rockier sections, and some nice winding pavement. Can't wait to get back and do some more exploring.

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    Looks like fun!!!
  16. SoPaRider

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    Gundy:

    Glad to hear you and your wife enjoyed your ride in Michaux last Sunday, nice black KLR by the way.
    As it turned out I ended up joining a riding buddy of mine and we spent the day riding in nearby Tuscarora State Forest, which also has lots of great forest roads, legal rideable trails and alot less traffic, plus several of the gated roads are opened during the fall for leaf peakers and hunters. After dealing with some health and bike issues this past summer, I'm finally putting the finishing touches on seven routes thru Michaux that will include nearly? all of the unpaved roads in, out and through Michaux, some 235 miles worth, which can be ridden in both directions making for 470 miles in all. If any of you had previously contacted me wanting copies of the routes and I didn't get back to you, please do so again and I'll see to it that you receive them. I'm now working on routes that will link up Michaux, Tuscarora, Buchanan, Rothrock, Bald Eagle, Moshannon, Sproul and Elk State Forests with Allegheny National Forest, part of the TPAT, so if anyone else has a similar interest please let me know and I'd be happy to share my info with you. I'll try again to ride in Michaux this Sunday (27th), anyone else interested?

    Jeff (SoPaRider)
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    Happy Thanksgiving All!


    Thanks TowPro! I am going to copy this post on the first page.
    Also, for those who don't know I am going to post your TPAT thread. Tow pro has done a great job with the Trans PA Trail.
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=594569

    Excellent! Glad you had a good time. Thanks for the photos!
    +1 on the Black KLR! Looks really sweet.


    Jeff, once again my friend, you are very generous:thumb :lurk
    Lets hope for a good riding season in 2012! Too much mechanical/health bullshit this year.:deal
  18. Skyclad

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    Big +1 on that...it has been a rough year.
  19. TowPro

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    I will have my RV up in that area next spring and summer (as Family plans allow), which means plenty of great riding ahead.
    I Hope to proof ride all the western side of the Trans PA Trail several times next year.
    Maybe even add more :evil
  20. SoPaRider

    SoPaRider Been here awhile

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    Managed a 100 ride today while checking mileages on my dual sport routes #6 and #7 located south of U.S. Route 30. It was a little chilly (21-38), but at least the sun was shinning. The forest roads were in pretty good shape, all be it a little frozen in places, but all of the deer hunters have smoothed out the surfaces quite a bit. There were alot of cars, trucks and horses, even a DCNR ranger in a white and green SUV, but I was the only bike I saw. I noticed that Piney Mountain Ridge Road has been gated and probably won't open again until the last Friday in May (25th) of 2012, that sucks. Heading back tomorrow around noon to complete route #7, then do it all again in reverse for routes #8 and #9 next. Hopefully this nice late fall weather will continue with a mild winter to follow.

    See ya in the mountains,

    Jeff (SoPaRider)