Colton Point Loops

Distances: 16 miles, 18 miles, 21 miles, and 26 miles    Interactive Google Map      Topo/GPS Map  

Description
The four loops that can be made from this ride have a number of nice features. The uphill on Colton Point Road is easier than most of the uphills on the other rides because the road is paved. The views of Pine Creek Canyon from Colton Point State Park are spectacular. There is access to Pine Creek at the bridges in Watrous and Rexford for picnicking and swimming and restaurants along Rt. 6. The drawback is that the Colton Point Road carries a lot of traffic, especially on weekends. Rt. 6 is also a heavily traveled road, but the shoulder is paved and wide so I don't find it to unpleasant to ride along Rt. 6.  

Getting There
From Wellsboro, take Rt. 6 west 11 miles to the Village of Ansonia.  Turn left onto the Colton Point Road and following the signs to Colton Point State Park.  Park in the Forestry Department parking area on the left just after you enter the state forest.

Thompson Hollow Road at Cedar Mountain Road

Pine Creek at the bridge in Rexford

Route Description

Deadman Hollow Road Loop
From the parking lot on Colton Point Road you proceed up a long but not steep hill for about 4.4 miles.  At the top of the hill there are spectacular overlooks into Pine Creek Canyon.  Immediately after the first overlook, turn right onto Deadman Hollow Road. After a short additional drift uphill, this road descends back into Pine Creek Valley setting up a 4.0 mile downhill run.  You bottom out in a development of older cabins.  Continue straight until you see Pine Creek and the bridge across the river. Turn right onto Rt. 6 for 3.8 miles back to Colton Point Road and take the Colton Point Road back to your car.

Painter-Leetonia Road Loop
Park and follow the Colton Point Road up to Colton Point State Park as in the ride above. Continue 1.8 miles past the park on Colton Point Road, to the Painter-Leetonia Road. Turn right on the Painter-Leetonia Road although the shape of the intersection is such that it's more going straight than turning right.  You proceed up a short but steep uphill then begin the downhill back into Pine Creek Valley.  After 4 miles you come to the intersection with the Deadman Hollow Road.  Turn left and follow the road 4.5 miles to the bridge over Pine Creek and out to Rt. 6.  Turn right on Rt. 6 and continue 3.8 miles back to the Colton Point Road. Take the Colton Point Road back to your car.

Thompson Hollow Road Loop Township Road T328 Cutoff
Park and follow the Colton Point Road up to Colton Point State Park as in the rides above. Continue 1.8 miles past the park to the Painter-Leetonia Road. Turn left on the Painter-Leetonia Road and continue 1.7 miles to the Big Thompson Hollow Road. Turn right onto Big Thompson Hollow Road although the shape of the intersection is such that it's more going straight than turning right. In 2.8 miles you pass Mill Run Road and another mile brings you to Cedar Mountain Road.  Turn right on Cedar Mountain Road for 1.8 miles to Township Road T328.  Turn right on T328 and continue 4 miles to the bridge crossing Pine Creek.  Generally I don't go this way since there is a big hill climb on T328.At Rt. 6 turn right and continue 3.8 miles back to the Colton Point Road and take the Colton Point Road back to your car.

Thompson Hollow Road Loop
Follow the route described above but continue straight on Cedar Mountain Road rather than turning right onto T328.  Continue 4 miles to Pine Creek. After crossing the bridge, bear right, follow the road around to the left, and then turn right again at the next intersection.  Turn right on Rt. 6 and proceed through the Village of Gains 7.5 miles to the Colton point Road.  Take the Colton Point Road back to your car.

 

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