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Rothrock Trail Race

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17.1 Miles 27.5 Kilometers



3,752' 1,144 m


-3,761' -1,146 m



Avg Grade (5°)


Max Grade (33°)

2,416' 736 m


1,300' 396 m


Shared By Tad Davis



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A tough, rocky up and down race with boulder climbs and cliff descents.

Tad Davis

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildlife


This is a 17+ mile race through Rothrock forest, hitting portions of many of the trails. It varies from fairly rocky to very rocky and includes both a steep boulder scramble and a cliff descent which though not technical can be dangerous if wet. Don't expect to run fast, even on the flat parts of this course as the rocky terrain will slow even the fastest trail runner. Stay alert or you'll surely catch a toe and be rolling in the dirt.


Start at the Tussey Fun Center pavillion near the lake. Head up the gravel road and take a right onto Bear Meadows Road. The road will cross a bridge and then turn to the left, watch for the trail to your right on this turn. This is the start of the Lonberger Path. Follow this trail for a short distance to Laurel Run Rd. Cross the road and see the sign on the left for the Lonberger Path which heads up the hill.

Take Lonberger Path and follow the trail up to the next intersection. Take a right and then a left onto Spruce Gap. Follow Spruce Gap to the top of the mountain.

At the top, there will be an intersection. Take a right and you'll be on the Mid State Trail. Youll come to a fire tower and old cabin. Stay left near the fire pit and watch for a trail. This Trail is called New Laurel Run and it will wind around as it descends down to Laurel Run Rd.

At the bottom of New Laurel, on your left will be the Fleet Foot Trail. Follow this to the top of the mountain where youll come to a T. This is the Mid State Trail again. Take a right. Be on the lookout North Meadows trail. Take the hard right, follow the trail straight down, crossing Bear Gap Rd to Laurel Run Rd. At the road at the bottom, take a right and run for a short distance. Watch for the trail to the left. Take this trail across the stream and follow to a grassy jeep trail. Take a hard right and then take the trail on the left. This is the upper end of Sand Spring Trail. The trail takes you to the top of the mountain.

Go straight at the top of the mountain and follow the trail down towards Shingletown. This trail will turn into Charcoal Flats Trail. Follow this trail to an intersection. Take the trail that heads to the right. The trail will get very steep. Follow trail to the bottom but dont cross the stream, stay left. This trail will cross another stream and then head back up the hill. This is a short, steep trail that will take you back to Charcoal Flats. Continue straight, then take a right at the Y intersection just up the trail. Follow to State College Overlook. At the top, take a right (left is on private land with signs) before descending down the Shingletown Cliffs. Be careful, especially if wet. At the bottom, take a left following the stream to cross the big log on your right.

After crossing the log, stay left until you hit the main trail. Take a right, follow the rocky trail about 50 yards, look left up at the big rock outcroppings Bald Knob Ridge Connector. Climb the rocks, the trail continues at the top. Follow the trail along the spine of the mountain. At the intersection, take a right and take the trail downhill to the intersection. Take a right and follow the trail down to Lower Trail. Take a left at the bottom and follow to an intersection. Take a left, follow Sand Spring Trail until the Y. Stay left and then take a right on Bald Knob Ridge Trail. At the next intersection take a right and then the next left (Green Shoot). At the next intersection take a sharp right. Then take a left at the bottom and follow the trail up to the yellow gate.

Go straight across the road and continue on the trail up to a dirt road, go left, then take another left. Follow New Laurel Run down to Three Bridges Trail. Follow until you are back on Spruce Gap. Return to the start.


Land Manager: DCNR - Rothrock District

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One of the harder trail races of this distance due to the technical nature. Even the "easy" fern covered sections are littered with rocks, so stay focused. That's also why it's one of my favorites. Jun 11, 2018

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