7 Mtns Dual Sport

Online Registration opens July 1st.

PaTRA is a non profit organization run entirely by volunteers who have given time away from their families to run this event and maintain the trail system through out the year.

The proceeds from the event are used to maintain and ensure the dual sport trail system in Bald Eagle SF remains open for future generations of riders.

In conjunction with DCNR and our volunteers, the trail system is actively maintained throughout the year.

Last year our small group of volunteers logged over 185
man hours on trail work!

That’s (23- 8hr work days)!

Please ride respectfully…

Thanks,
The PaTRA Crew!

7 Mountains Dual Sport Adventure

Rider Entry: fee:$65
Location: The Union County Sportsmens Club, Weikert, PA
Event Date: September 8th
Registration Deadline: August 4th

Friday Night Gates open at 6:00pm
Saturday –  24th Annual 7 Mtns Dual Sport.

  • This is the PaTRA DUAL SPORT event you know and love.
  • Arrowed course – Navigation with roll charts….. No GPS
  • Single track, double track, Forestry Roads, Rocks. Logs…fun & challenging
  • DS bikes 650 and under recommended.
  •  Approximately 85 miles with fuel stop 60 miles at gas station

Riders Meeting—— 8:00 AM 
Start Time ————9:00 AM
Last bike out———-10:00 AM

Registration includes:
Free – Camping Fri and Sat Night
Free – RV hook ups – first come first serve
Free – PaTRA Swag
Free – Event Jersey
Free – Continental Breakfast – Sat. Morning

Food available on site:
Union County Sportmens Club Restaurant
Full menu – affordable prices –Restaurant Menu

Union County Sportmens Club –
Amenities /activities for the family http://ucscpa.com/
Full Restaurant including Buffet
Wildlife Sanctuary – Bears, Bobcat, Coyote, Various birds, etc
Large Playground
Mini PutPut Golf
Driving Range
Large Camping area – mowed field for kids to play games ride bicycles
Penns Creek – short walk – swim – fish (need PA license)
Hot Showers onsite – Coin Operated – bring quarters
Real Bathrooms – Flush Toilets
No Ground Fires

 

What kind of gear will I need to wear?
Helmets required. We recommend, goggles, boots, gloves and any other protective equipment be worn throughout the weekend.

Bike requirements
All bikes must be licensed and insured.

How difficult is the course?
Roll charts / arrowed course with options is designed for dual sport bikes such as the DRZ 400 and the Honda XR series along with any standard enduro type bike.
Riding ability is intended for the average dual sport rider. The alternate course in more difficult and is intended for the more experienced riders.

Course Makeup?
The main course has less than 15 miles of paved roads out 85 miles of forestry roads, rocky two track, and technical single track.

How much fuel range is required?
Fuel stop will be approximately 60 miles at a gas station

Tires?
Knobby tires are preferable for the alternate course and nice for the main course but not necessary. Dual purpose and tires are fine for main course.

Flat Tires (the biggest mechanical problem of the weekend)
If you run 15 pounds or greater the chance of a flat tire is minimal.
If you run under 15 pounds you can count of a flat tire! Please come prepared with extra tubes.

What if I am not sure of my riding ability?
The way the course is designed all participants can start out on an easier main route and move to a harder route at any of the optional sections

What happens if I break down or get hurt during the weekend?
Sweep riders will be riding along the course to assist riders in case of a mechanical breakdown or injury.

We have rescue trucks that are placed strategically on the course. The guys have minimal maintenance capabilities such as assisting with a tire change but can transport you and/or your bike back to the Sportmens club if needed.

The phone numbers of the club members in the rescue trucks will be included at the end of your roll charts however keep in mind that cell service is limited in some of the areas you will be riding in.

 

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Spring Fever!

Some guys just can’t wait for spring!

The boys got some new saws and they were just itchin to to use them.   The trail bosses are already hard at work this year riding and clearing the trail system of downed trees.  The last few Nor’Easters have not been kind to the trail system.  There are many downed trees on all the trails.  I’m sure we will have many more come down as the storms of spring wind up.

PaTRA has already logged 36 man hours on the trail this year, AMAZING!

Big thanks to all the guys and gals who have volunteered and dedicated their time to work on the trails!

Overall the trail system looks really good.  Remember the trail system closes again April 1st and will reopen for the summer riding season on May 25th.

We will post trail work dates and PaTRA activities to the site when they become available.

See you on the Trail!

– PaTRA crew

 

 

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American Motorcyclist Association announces recipients of 2018 Awards

It gives us great pleasure to announce that PATRA is the recipient of the 2018 Friend of the AMA award!

This award is given to individuals/groups that have supported the AMA’s mission of promoting motorcycling.

Below is an excerpt from the AMA page.  Click here to see all AMA awards for 2018

The Pennsylvania Trail Riders Association dedicates its time and effort to sponsoring four annual dual sport events in the state. PATRA’s mission is to ensure that the Seven Mountains and Shade Mountain motorcycle trails remain a legal trail system. Their work requires close coordination with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, state forestry officials, the state legislature and recreational, environmental and community stakeholders.

Pennsylvania Trail Riders Association, winner of a 2018 Friend of the AMA Award.

 

“PATRA is very honored to receive a 2018 Friend of AMA Award,'” said PATRA President Craig Mellott. “In April 1973, a very energetic guy named Wally Crawford decided to form an organization that would organize all the off-road riders and clubs that were scattered across the state. As you can see from our history, our mission is to ride, protect, and conserve the trail systems of the Bald Eagle State Forest. We are very proud to be considered a friend to the AMA and all those who enjoy the trail.”

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Brrr…. Its Cold out there!

Riders,
Happy new year! We hope you all had a great year. The past year for PaTRA has been a good one, with new volunteer faces and feet on the ground helping support the trail system in Bald Eagle State Forest. Our volunteers were already hard at work this year hiking the single track with representatives from DCNR and The Bald Eagle Forestry Department. They evaluated most of the single track in the system so we can start to plan our maintenance for the 2018 year.

The air may be frigid and the trails covered in snow but the work of volunteers never ends. We’re already in the early stages of planning for the 7 Mtns Dual Sport. I know some are already dreaming of warm summer days to come.

The 2018 event is scheduled for early September at the Union County Sportmens Club like years past. The Sportsmens Club was once again impressed with our event, and at the courteous and polite riders who attended!

With that said we are planning a “One Day Only” event this year. We need riders opinions on which day they would prefer the event be held “Saturday or Sunday”

Please take time to fill out the short survey below to let us know which day you prefer.


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Volunteers are what keep these trails going – Thank you

A hard working and dedicated crew cleared trails of fallen timber in December.

Big thanks to you guys.

Volunteers like this crew is what keeps the trails open!  If you want to become part of the future of this trail system please contact us and we will let you know how you can help.

info@patrailriders.org

Have a Merry Christmas!


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Seasonal Trail Closure

Trail Closure Guidelines:
The licensed Dual Sport Motorcycle trails on State Forest Lands are open to motorcycles from the Friday before memorial day through the last full weekend in September (summer season) AND From the day following the last day of regular or extended antlerless deer season as established by the Game Commission through the following April 1 (winter season).

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Work Day – Sat. Sept. 23

DCNR has reviewed the trail after our event and has the following requests for our immediate attention.

Shale Trail –  work party on Saturday Sept 23rd.  Skid loaders will be required to level the trail in preparation for the upcoming snowmobile season. Public use and our event has created berms that need to be leveled.  PaTRA is looking for volunteers for that weekend to help do this maintenance.

8:00 A.M. —- We will be meeting at the Sand Mtn road Parking lot.

Bring rakes, shovels, work boots and gloves. We will be leveling off the berms on the shale trail and dressing any areas that need attention after the skid steer has gone through.

Bring water and bug spray as it looks like it will be a hot day.

We will work into the afternoon with a quitting time around 3:00 or whenever everyone has had enough.

If you are interested in helping please put your name on the roster by clicking the link below.

Work Day Roster

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PaTRA would like to thank all of those who attended the 23rd running of the 7 Mountains Dual Sport event.

PaTRA is a non-profit and a fully volunteer organization created for the sole purpose of assisting DCNR in maintaining the 7 Mountains Dual Sport trail system.

If you would like to help PaTRA maintain the trail in a more direct way, Please reach out to us via this website.

See you again next year!

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