LehighMap-RubbleRidge

Rubble Ridge is a short but challenging little trail. It it an alternate route for the South Loop Trail, traversing a rocky ridge, rather than skirting it as the South Loop Trail does. The trail begins with a smooth trail along the base of the ridge, followed by some tight turns, and then a tough little climb punctuated by a short section of some nasty rock garden. The trail then follows the peak of the ridge eastward before wending back west through hardwood trees, up a short climb, then down through twisty cedar, with a sharp left at the end, another tough rocky section, then smooth sailing back to the South Loop. Riding the trail in reverse is a bit easier, but the rock challenges are still there. Note that this is not a natural ridge, but was created by quarrying operations that dumped overburden (the top half-dozen feet of small rocks, dirt, and organic matter) into a long pile. But it’s had fifty years to settle into place, and has resulted in a trail that offers some decent climbs and degree of difficulty.

Rubble Ridge is an alternate “harder” line along the South Loop Trail.

Surface: Natural
Length: About 0.25 miles
Difficulty: This is a challenging trail with a small rock garden and a couple of stiff climbs.

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Rubble Ridge Photo Tour

A very challenging rock garden at the top of a climb on the Rubble Ridge Trail.
A very challenging rock garden at the top of a climb on the Rubble Ridge Trail.
Ride along the naked ridgeline on the Rubble Ridge Trail.
Ride along the naked ridgeline on the Rubble Ridge Trail.
You have a choice: Go left for a short but very steep hill, or right for a gentler climb.
You have a choice: Go left for a short but very steep hill, or right for a gentler climb.
This is looking the other direction. Left for a gentle downhill, or right for some rocks then a steep descent.
This is looking the other direction. Left for a gentle downhill, or right for some rocks then a steep descent.

 

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