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Yeeha!!!!!!  the refrain echoing off of the canyon walls in the Big Sandy this week.  The Ohiopyle area received 1.5 inches of rain in 24 hours, this equals big time fun for us marginally employed raft guide types.  During the early spring we all arrive...

It was an ice-breaker weekend all right! There was no sign of temperate spring weather (until Monday morning of course!). The snow started falling some time Friday night and continued off and on for the next 24 hours....

Wilderness Voyageurs works with Adventurefinder.com, they are a great travel portal.  If you are dreaming of cool places to go, they will help you find the outfitter to take you there.  Today, we received this email from them.  Thought you might be interested in a...

One word - WOW!! I joined the Civil War Bike Tour excited for the outing and ended the trip being blown away by the experience. It was phenomenal!  My husband & I drove to Gettysburg where we met the rest of the group on morning...

This years Beer and Gear Festival was another huge success! With beautiful summer weather and ground breaking attendance, Garrett Street was slammed with well over 800 PEOPLE ready to sample micro-brews from across the State. Wilderness Voyageurs would like to thank everyone who came out this year,...

As part of our annual Beer and Gear Festival, Wilderness Voyageurs will be hosting a Vasque Sponsored Trail Run. This event is Open to the Public where a 5$ Entrance Fee will be donated to Friends of Ohiopyle (FOO), a Local Conservation Group that...

After a year of waiting, our 9th Annual Beer and Gear Festival is finally here! Starting at 3 PM on Saturday, June 19th, brewers and boozers from across the state will find their way down to Ohiopyle for a day of Family Fun. ...

Stop down to Wilderness Voyageurs in Ohiopyle this Memorial Day weekend to check out our AMAZING Holiday Specials.  The weather forecast is projecting sunny skies with temperatures reaching the mid-80s by Sunday, so thrill seekers, jump on one of our Upper Yough trips challenge your "American Spirit". But...

Bike tour season is here!Summer is almost here and that means getting ready for Bike Tours! Garrett Street is hopping with activity today as the wonderful weather allows guides, guests, and managers to get outside and gear up. For our Bike Tour Manager, Bill Hall, Christmas...

Mountain biking in Ohiopyle is one of our favorite activities at Wilderness Voyageurs!

Ohiopyle is at the bottom of one of the deepest valleys in Pennsylvaina, so riding here usually involves a big climb and a big ripping descent.[caption id="attachment_19093" align="alignright" width="321"]ohiopyle mountain biking Baughman trail Technical rocks on Upper Baughman Trail[/caption]From the center of Ohiopyle, you can ride some awesome loops.This first set of rides uses Sugarloaf, Baughman, and McCune Trails, which are all east of town.Sugarloaf Trail is about four feet wide, and full of loose rocks and water-bars. The trail alternates between super steep pitches and flat sections. It’s a great climb, but most locals skip riding down it because of all the flat pedaling sections.Baughman is narrower, runs along the ridge at a steady grade, and has more sharp embedded rocks and fun dips. Descending that trail is awesome, so that’s the way I usually go.There are three ways to chop up the Sugarloaf-Baughman loop.
#1 Sugarloaf to the Baughman Overlook – 1 hour
Baughman Trail Map Ohiopyle State ParkThe start of Sugarloaf and Baughman Trails are across the rail-trail from the Middle Yough takeout. Take Sugarloaf, which is on climber’s right, and start heading uphill.A couple miles up, and after the steep water-bar covered pitch, look for a trail that swings back and to the left. Take it and climb to the Baughman overlook. Make a left and shred Baughman back to town. It takes seven to ten minutes of hard descending to get back to the parking lot.There’s a steep set of stairs at the bottom of Baughman. They’re rideable, but it’s a good idea to get off and scope them out on the first time downAfter the stairs, turn left down the street and past the WV Ohiopyle Bike Shop, make a right across the car bridge, make another right onto Garrett Street, and park your bike in the rack at Falls City Pub. Get some beers.
#2 Sugarloaf Trail to Upper Baughman Trail – 1.5 hours
Ohiopyle state park trail mapKeep riding past the turnoff and up Sugarloaf. There are two more steep rocky pitches to grind up before the start of upper Baughman. Do a short descent, then turn left to follow the trail at the dirt road. Cross the road and stay on Sugarloaf.After a second dirt road crossing, Sugarloaf forks. Take the left side and climb another 400 yards. At the trail signs, cross Sugarloaf Road and start Upper Baughman.The top section of Baughman is tight, twisty, and full of big rocks. It’s a great piece of singletrack. After the overlook, keep going on the trail and back to town.
#3 The Full Loaf – Sugar, McCune, Baughman – 2.5 hours
Sugarloaf Trail Ohiopyle State ParkThis loop has 1,700 feet of climbing, which makes it one of the biggest dirt climbs in Pennsylvania. It takes almost 1.5 hours of steady ascending to get to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, and the start of McCune Trail.Ride past the Baughman turnoff. At the XC Ski Area parking lot, either keep going up Sugarloaf or jump onto the road.I usually take the road, about a mile of pavement, to get to the start of McCune. At the trail sign, turn left off Sugarloaf Road to the McCune parking area. 100 feet from the road, on the right side, McCune starts going up hill.There isn’t a sign to mark the trail’s start, so pay attention. The first few feet of the trail go through a field, then the trail turns into the best rocky singletrack in the park. Climb up the switchbacks to the very top of the mountain, check out the sweet view, then start the long, long descent. Ride back onto Sugarloaf, onto Upper Baughman, down Lower Baughman, and into town.[caption id="attachment_19094" align="aligncenter" width="705"]ohiopyle mountain biking Baughman trail Baughman Trail overlook[/caption]
Sugar Run Trail - climbs and creeks!

ohiopyle trilliums bloomingSugar Run Trail is another local favorite. It's spectacular in the spring, when the trillium are blooming and clean water rushes down Sugar Run and Jonathan Run. This is an out-and-back ride that will take 1.5 to 2 hours.

Start the ride from Ohiopyle, and spin about 2.5 miles down the bike path toward Connellsville. Turn onto Jonathan Run Trail at the marker. There's a fun little climb immediately off the bike trail, bringing you to the creek. Cross Jonathan Run and take a right on Sugar Run Trail. There's a fun singletrack climb, which leads to the take-out parking lot at Old Mitchell Place. Take a rest at the parking lot, then turn around and enjoy ripping down the big hill you just climbed!