The Trails

The trails are designed by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) as dual-directional sustainable multi-use trails designed for mountain bicycling. The trails are open year round to non-motorized users. Equestrian activities are prohibited on the trails. 

The network of trails comprising the Allegrippis Trail System is constructed of three large loops. The A, B, and C loops each have a easy trail, moderate trail, and difficult trail, denoted by colors green, blue, and black. The difficulty is based on several factors including elevation gain and loss, trail tread, and location relative to emergency access. 

Signage at all of the intersections indicates to users trail name, location to nearest parking, and an emergency response identification tag. Throughout the system you will find ten large maps posted for easier navigation.

The land on which the trails is located is also open to hunting. With seasons occurring year round for different game it is imperative that users are prepared by wearing orange. Wildlife along the trail includes turkey, deer, black bear, pheasant, and a number of different reptile and amphibian species.  

The Allegrippis Trail System at the Army Corps. of Engineers Lake Raystown Facility is leased by the Friends of Raystown Lake the and is maintained by the Raystown Mountain Bicycling Association (RMBA.) 

Getting to the Trails
From Huntingdon, Pennsylvania 16652

  • Head south on PA State Route 26 (PA-26.)
  • Continue on PA-26 South through McConnelstown (3 Miles)
  • Approximately 4 miles after McConnelstown PA-26 intersects with Seven Points Road indicated by a flashing yellow light.
  • Turn Left. 
  • Drive up the huge hill. 
  • Just after Chappy's Ribs, turn left onto Bakers Hollow Road.
  • Proceed approximately 1.25 miles. 
  • Look for small gravel road on the right with trailhead parking.  

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Know before you go
Trail Signage/Direction: 
All the trails are dual direction. That said certain trails defiently ride "better" in one direction.
        Consult a local in the parking lot. 
Permanent trail maps are located around the trail system at several of the interestions, not all of them. Every intersection and roadway has signage indicating trail name and location along that trail
Emergency Response:
Each intersection on the trail system has a unique two letter ID that indicates it's exact location. Using these ID's can be very useful during a emergency as local responders are equipped with an ID map. The Army Corps, Friends of Raystown, Huntingdon County Planning Commision and RMBA partnered together in an effort to make extraction as easy as possible for local responders.
Hunting Seasons: 
The area around the lake is open to hunting please keep this in mind while riding. WEAR ORANGE!
During the summer months this is not of concern however throughout the fall there are active seasons. 
Trail Map
Free Trail Map!!! If you want a nicer map, they exist, but cost money to produce and may be purchased online or at several locations locally. This map has guided thousands of riders across the system.

Click for the full, downloadable version
(used with permission from the Friends of Raystown Lake)

The Purple Lizard Raystown Map is currently the most comprehensive map of the lake, trails, and surrounding area. 
The map provides users with topo, trail distances, history, and everything else the outdoor enthusiast might want. Oh and its totally waterPROOF!
Mike Hermann area native personally researchs, rides, hikes, and reviews many of the features on all of his maps. Check out the Rothrock Map to make the most of your trip to central Pa!

Timeline for the trail system:

Huntingdon area High School students present an idea of mountain bike trails at the Raystown Lake facility, to project manager. Although just an idea this was the flap of the buttefly's wings that would result in a nationally recognized multi-use trail system. 

International Mountain Bicycling Association executive director Tim Blumnethal and ACoE lieutenant general Robert Flowers, signs a memorandum of understanding (MOU) encouraging the use of public lands for sustainble mountain biking. 
December 2002 - Rich Edwards from IMBA Trail Solutions meets with project partners and makes a presentation about building a destination trail system. 
Raystown Mountain Bicycling Association (RMBA) gets its informal start in Huntingdon Pennsylvania with seven core riders dedicated to riding on the areas numerous back roads and trails.  Charlie Hoover, Joel Yoder, Shannon Dolte, Dave Reynolds, other Dave.
Oct 2003 - First IMBA Trail Care Crew visit weekend, volunteers complete Buck Trail as a demonstration project.  Wheelworks Bike Shop owner Frank Maguire and ACoE Ranger Allen Gwinn meet for the first time.
Army Corps develops environmental assessment, trails plan is developed and funding is applied for. Fisherworks Consulting very own Clark Fisher worked with IMBA to develop the intital layout of the trail.
Oct 2006 - Second IMBA TCC visit begins construction of Doe Trail.
Funding is secured through PA DCNR growing greener grant.
Machine Cutting begins and takes only six months of cutting to complete. 

Machine Cutting is finished in the spring. Shortly thereafter volunteer efforts began to do the finish work and install signage.
February 2008 RMBA looks to become a legitimate organization. And hosts first formal meeting at Rothrock Outfitters in Huntingdon, Pa. Lead by Frank Maguire, Joel Yoder, Evan Gross, Dave Reynolds, and Dave MacMahon the meeting looked to create a structured club.
The goal is to complete the rest of the trail system and ultimately take over the respondsiblity of the maintenance, advocacy, and support for the trail system.
This later is outlined in the operations plan for the Friends of Raystown Lake and the Allegrippis Trails.
At the fall meeting formal officer positions where developed and the first officer elections were held.
          Evan Gross- President Joel Yoder- Vice President
          Dave Reynolds- Treasurer Tony Mercede- Secertary
In a sprint to the finish effort the RMBA, NMBA, and LHORBA members work to ready the trails for the already scheduled opening May 9th. Membership to the club exceeds thirty 

 May 9th 2009 at just after 11:00am representatives from several of the partner organizations cut the ribbon to officially open the trail system. In looking to get as many riders to the trail system as possible The Alleghenies
Shortly after Grand Opening visitation hits 1000 per month in the Bakers Hollow Parking Area 

Spring Visitation grows to over 3000 hits a month in April. A spike no one expected to see! Volunteer hours grow in excess of 100 hours a month!
After a successful Grand Opening DirtRag Magazine joined forces with the RMBA to again promote and help host the event which would draw over 1,000 people to the area for three days. The event dubbed DirtRag DirtFest.
The Transylvania Stage Race holds its first ever stage at Raystown, making it the first race to occur at the facility. Lots of red tape and many meetings later the event went off great! The five day stage race is set to occur annually.
Oct marks the month of blowing leafs and a great deal of maintenance. So the RMBA in cahoots with IMBA holds a work weekend dubbed "Dirty Payback."

Vistation to the trails grows to hit 6000+ a month in the bakers hollow parking lot alone!
The RMBA apply for two grants one from Clif Bar ($500) and one from Huck n Roll ($700) and recieves both.
With such high visitation the need for more parking is great. The ACoE signs off on a proposal from the FRL and RMBA to start construction on a connector trail. The trail will lead from the visitors center arch around Ridge Campground and ultimately connect to Dark Hollow Trail.
Grant money is secured through the Alleghenies, Specialized Bicycles, and several small sources. Construction began on September 26th. Brock Lowery of Ironwood Outdoors did the rough cut.
Two large groups of volunteers came out to help with finish work.
    One from REI and one group through United Way: Huntingdon Area High School

After several rather devastating timber harvests the Friends, the ACoE, and RMBA have worked together in a cooperative effort to mitigate the future impact of timber harvests. A great example is the re-opened Barrel Bay Trail. Which shows just how limited the impact to a trail can be when all parties get together to discuss each harvest.