|People love Hershey, Pennsylvania. It is, after all, designated as the "Sweetest Place on Earth." Twice, within the past two weeks, I've made the thirty-ish mile trip from York to Hershey, to ride the area's sweetest new attraction...a brand new, super cool mountain bike trail system located directly behind the Penn State Hershey Medical Center.|
|My Stumpjumper resting near trail W3 on the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Trail System. -- November 3, 2018|
Thanks to SAMBA (Susquehanna Area Mountain Bike Association)...the same group that put together the Parkway Trails in Harrisburg, PA...I now have another place to add to my list of local spots to mountain bike. Tim and I made our first visit to the HMC Trail System two weeks ago. Neither one of us knew exactly what to expect...but we knew that this would be something special from the moment we left the parking lot. The first thing we came across was an outdoor "lounge" equipped with chairs, recliners, a table, and trail maps. The place brought a smile to our faces before we even got onto the single track!
|Just a few feet out of the parking lot, you come across this super cool "lounge" just prior to jumping onto the single track. -- November 3, 2018|
This ten mile trail system is compact, twisty, and just...fun. Speaking for myself, the most surprising aspect of the trails was the condition that they were in. I visited the HMC Trail System the past two Saturday mornings...each of those mornings came after days of torrential rain. I (and I assume Tim, too) expected an absolute mud-fest. That's not what we experienced though. Any water that may have been there the day before had drained off leaving the trails in great condition...another testament to the trail building skills of SAMBA. The trail system is split into the East and West side...with the trails on each side numbered 1-5. We came across a few rock gardens...but, for the most part, Tim and I experienced nothing but fun, fast, twisty single track that was nicely marked, labeled, and expertly built into the surrounding landscape.
|A map of the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Trail System. You can view and download the map HERE.|
|The twisty trail system in incredibly well marked. The trails are categorized as BEGINNER (green), ADVANCED (blue), and EXPERT (black). -- November 3, 2018|
|The build-ups along the trail system are consistently perfect. -- November 3, 2018|
|Tim Sindlinger and I pedaling down the single track that is expertly carved into the landscape. -- November 3, 2018|
|Tim took this pic of me on the HMC Trail System. -- November 3, 2018|
|Tim Sindlinger navigating the leaf covered trails. -- November 3, 2018|
|Tim Sindlinger and Dave Raymond enjoying the HMC Trail System. -- November 3, 218|
|My Stumpjumper blending into the surrounding landscape. -- November 10, 2018|
Life is a journey...not a destination.
David A. Raymond -- November 15, 2018
Here's the GARMIN maps and data from my first two rides on the HMC TRAIL SYSTEM. Happy biking!
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