The SMA Mountain Bike Masters Program is designed for campers who love to mountain bike and want to ride world class single track trails every day. The sport of mountain biking is exploding in central PA with the building of the Allegrippis Trail system at Raystown Lake and the trails in the Rothrock State Forest. If you are a serious mountain biker or a novice rider who wants to improve your skills and learn from experienced bikers then you should consider the SMA Mountain Bike Masters Program.
The thrill of mountain biking is hard to explain, and that's why we ride bikes every day at SMA. Campers in the Mountain Bike Masters Program will ride every morning and then choose from other SMA Teen Camp activities in the afternoon. Riding with other teens who are as excited about mountain biking as you are is incredible!
If you are passionate about mountain biking and want to ride trails everyday and improve your skills while having fun you will LOVE our mountain bike camp!
Great camp counselors who are mature, knowledgeable, and fun are the backbone our camp and the mountain bike masters program. Our experienced staff will evaluate riders and teach technical riding techniques that will help campers take their riding to the next level.
Keeping campers safe is always our number one priority. Teaching campers to keep themselves safe by riding in control is an integral part of our program. Our staff are also there lead by example and to motivate campers to push themselves and safely stretch their comfort zone.
The foundation of our mountain bike masters program is fun with a good dose of skill development. Our staff start by evaluating campers' riding strengths and identifying areas of improvement.
Our instructors take time to teach basic and advanced riding skills and provide campers the opportunity to practice those techniques in the skills park and on the trails. Campers also learn trail etiquette and how to "share the trail" with other user groups.
Every session campers in the Mountain Bike Masters Program have the opportunity to participate in a mountain biking camping overnight!
We pack up our biking and camping gear and travel to earby Susquehannock Campground at Raystown Lake. This gives us the chance to ride all day and cool off with a post-ride swim in the waters of Raystown Lake. There is also time for group bonding around the campfire.
In May 2009, Raystown Lake opened their Allegrippis Trail System to the public, though the project had been in the works since 2003. And while a variety of outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the newly-created trails in Hesston, Pa., the 30-plus miles of singletrack were designed by mountain bikers and built by the International Mountain Bicycling Association.
Described by many as part pump track, part mountain bike trail, the Allegrippis trail system is machine built and organized in a "stacked loop" format-meaning riders can tailor the distance and difficulty of their ride. Small, easy loops are located close to trailheads and longer, more difficult loops spur from the easily-accessible trails. Endless combinations of routes can be ridden-both short and long.
Obstacles are few and far between on the Allegrippis trail system, a rarity in Central Pennsylvania, which is known for its rocky terrain. Beginners will enjoy the smooth trails and lack of demanding climbs. More advanced riders can simply pick up the pace for a fast, rhythmic ride on the rolling trails.
The Rating System
What the Allegrippis trails lack in technical features, they make up for in well-designed and well-marked sustainable trails. Although they're rated easiest,moderate and most difficult, mountain bikers of any level could safely ride all 30 miles of trails—just watch your speed!
Take a Breather
Riding this trail system is so fun, it's easy to lose track of time. But every once in a while, don't forget to stop and take in the scenery! Many of the Allegrippis trails overlook the sizeable and stunning Raystown Lake.
Access the Allegrippis Trails at trailheads along Seven Points Road just past the Seven Points entrance and on Bakers Hollow Road right before the Susquehannock Campground entrance.
Allegrippis Trails Rating Guide
Here's what Robert Pell has to say about the trails in the "Assault in the Allegrippis" description.
"The Allegrippis Trails at Raystown Lake are some of the best trails on the east coast. The trails are buttery smooth and flow like a pump track through the forest surrounding the high-mountain lake. The trails are easy enough for your grandmother to ride but when you let off the brakes they become an adrenaline pumping roller coaster where your wheels are in the air nearly as much as they are on the ground. Once you get into the rythm of accelerating through the deep compression bottom turns and airing off the top of the next mogul you can't help but to have a huge grin on your face.
I assembled a handful of clips in an attempt to share the experience of riding the Allegrippis trails. This video will give you an idea of what it's like to ride the trails but it doesn't compare to riding it for yourself."