Trails – Summer Opener

Summer riding…. Trails open May 24th

Please Ride with Respect… to the forest, the trails, and other forest users.

To all riders in the bald eagle state forest, please be mindful to which trails are legal to ride while out on the dual sport trail system. Your bike must be street legal and insured to ride on the trail system.

The dual sport trail system is marked with purple blazes and purple diamonds at key intersections. If you think you are on a trail you are not supposed to be on with a motorcycle please stop and turn around.

The future of this trail system depends on the riders who use it. Other forest users and surrounding land owners are quick to point out to DCNR when motorcycles are in areas that they don’t belong.

Spread the word. Educating as many riders as we can is the only way to ensure we don’t lose the right to ride these trails.

We will be organizing some trail work days soon. They will be announced as soon we get it nailed down

If you have questions about the trails and need clarification please stop by the Bald Eagle Forestry Office at the intersection of Rt. 45 and Rt. 235. They have maps for the trail system in the lobby, and the staff can answer questions about the trail system.

Bureau of Forestry, Bald Eagle State Forest
18865 Old Turnpike Rd, Millmont, PA 17845
Phone:(570) 922-3344 Fax:(570) 922-4696

See you on the trail.

– PaTRA Crew

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25th Annual 7 Mts. Dual Sport

Riders mark your calendars.

Saturday September 7th

The 25th running of the 7 mtns dual sport adventure.

For more information click here

Registration will open June 1st.

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AMA Award

PATRA was honored to receive the 2018 Friend of the AMA award.

This award was established in 2012, it is presented to one or more in the motorcycling community, including clubs, companies, sponsors or partners, who have strongly supported the AMA mission and its programs.

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. Our 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.

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 support all those who enjoy the trail.

A very proud moment in our 45 year history.

Thank you AMA!

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7 Mtns Dual Sport Adventure

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:  $65
Location: The Union County Sportsmens Club, Weikert, PA
Event Date: September 7th

Registration Opens:  June 1st

Registration Deadline: August 25th

Friday NightGates open at 6:00pm
Saturday –  25th 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 95 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 Shirt
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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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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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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