West Penn Trail-Conemaugh Reservoir

EASY 2 reviews

West Penn Trail-Conemaugh Reservoir is a 4.1 mile point-to-point trail located near Saltsburg, PA and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.1 miles 88 feet Point to Point

dog friendly

kid friendly


mountain biking

Rail trail, four bridges and expansive wetlands. (5 miles) Don't let the topo map fool you, this trail is not, in fact, under water (Not usually, anyway. The trail at Livermore was ankle deep in water January 2005). It follows the 1907 railroad grade through the Conemaugh Reservoir area.There are times you cross and can see older grades to the north or the still active grade to the south, raised higher to allow the reservoir to fill. If you access at the Conemaugh Dam area, the Bow Tunnel has been blocked so that when the reservoir is full the water doesn't flow through. It can be a significant climb over Bow Ridge on your bike, the worst part being the switchback steps at the eastern portal. There is a track on the steps to help a little. The eastern section through the reservoir (3 miles) is crushed limestone and is very leve (avg .28% grade). There are 4 bridge crossings that highlight the river and wetlands.

1 month ago

very clean, easy to follow, and absolutely beautiful

mountain biking
4 months ago

This is a nice ride. Plenty of parking at the trail head. This trail extends with some serious climbing and is much more difficult.