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Ridley Creek SP: Yellow-White-Yellow Loop

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 3.5 (4) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A nice, rolling singletrack loop in southeastern PA.


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5.5

Miles

8.9

KM

Loop

407' 124 m

High

212' 65 m

Low

589' 180 m

Up

590' 180 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildlife

Overview

There aren't a lot of good hiking options in southeast PA. Ridley Creek State Park is the oasis that allows for a trail fix. This loop is a typical (mostly) singletrack trail that can be connected with the other trails in the park if the desire exists for more mileage. The trails are well-blazed and, on its own, this is a fun, rolling frolic of a trail. This is about as good as you're going to get in the area.

Need to Know

No fees to get into the park.

Description

Starting in the parking lot adjacent to the "Mansion", a marker will guide you to the beginning of the Yellow Trail.

The trail will induce some serious skepticism over the first 1/8 of a mile, but then the trail settles into the singletrack. It is easy enough to follow. The trail is well-blazed, and all you need to do is continue to follow the blazes and the "yellow trail" signs. This will take you onto and across a couple of roads during the first mile or so. Bear with it. Setting a low bar allows for things to get better.

The trail will continue to loop around until about 3.5 miles, where you'll reach a parking area. From here there is guidance that says "yellow trail to white trail" (see the pics). Follow this to the white trail and hang a left. The White Trail will take you another 1.5 miles. I do advise using the Hiking Project mobile app, as there is a part around the hairpin turn you see before the trail reconnect where somehow the White Trail is a three-way turn. I turned left at this point to go around the hairpin. Going left likely just cuts that out. But I am not positive. If you are tracking to see which way you should be going, you'll be alright. Also, this is not a national forest in the mountains. Getting off track won't lead you too astray here.

After the hairpin turn, you are taken back down to an old road that is being used as a multi-purpose trail. This is where you'll reconnect with the Yellow Trail and can hike it back to the north and west to your car.

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Jason Doedderlein

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Junction
Dec 18, 2018 near Lima, PA
Colors of Fall II
Feb 5, 2020 near Lima, PA

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Sep 30, 2019
Joshua Adam
Aug 24, 2019
Amy Monpara
4.9mi — 2h 00m
Jul 28, 2019
Ash Aragam
Jun 19, 2019
Franklin Rodgers
Feb 23, 2019
Dan M
A nice combination of flat trails with some moderate inclines. Trail can be very muddy.