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Neal Thorpe Trail

Intermediate

Trail

0.8 mile 1.3 kilometer point to point
84% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 222' 68 m
Descent: -91' -28 m
High: 316' 96 m
Low: 103' 31 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)

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Trail shared by Jeff Menaker

A quiet trail that winds among the ravines near Lock 60.

Jeff Menaker

Features River/Creek · Views

Runner Notes

Initial 1/2 mile is nearly flat. After that you'll hit a steep climb, followed by relatively flat travel.

Description

The Neal Thorpe Trail starts at Lock 60 Canal Park. From the parking area, cross the foot bridge over the Canal and turn left/upriver as if you are on the Upper Schuylkill River Trail.

Before the trail enters the treeline, a trail sign indicates the Neal Thorpe Trail to the right. The trail is well established and follows a small gorge upstream. There are a couple of stream crossings, but each time I have visited, there has been no trouble crossing because of low water or ice.

Approximately 1/2 mile in, the trail reaches a small open space with a fire pit in it. After this point the trail takes a hard left and climbs up a steep hill with no switchbacks. Once on top of the hill, the trail is difficult to distinguish from the many other animal and footpaths atop the ravines. Following the largest path (perhaps it's an old logging road) will lead visitors through the trees to the north for approx. 1/4 mile. At this point, the trail will reach an end.

It has been reported that there is a small path in the narrow section between private houses and steep hillside that allows you to continue further and rejoin the Upper Schuylkill River Trail farther upstream, but the icy conditions prevented me from searching out the other end.

Flora & Fauna

Small mammals, deer, and birds tend to frequent the area.

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Neal Thorpe Trail - Gorge in January
Feb 12, 2016 near Phoenix…, PA
Looking downstream at the Neal Thorpe Trail, January 2016
Feb 12, 2016 near Phoenix…, PA
Small stream along the Neal Thorpe Trail, January 2016
Feb 12, 2016 near Phoenix…, PA
Hiking along the stream on Neal Thorpe Trail
Feb 12, 2016 near Phoenix…, PA
Looking over the Schuylkill River at Phoenixville, PA from the ravines at the top of the Neal Thorpe Trail
Feb 12, 2016 near Phoenix…, PA
The first ravine along the Neal Thorpe Trail.
Feb 12, 2016 near Phoenix…, PA

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