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Pike’s Creek Reservoir

Friday, June 5th, 2009
I enjoyed another great mixed terrain ride recently. I explored some new gravel roads and tried to find Pike’s Creek Reservoir. I didn’t make it to the reservoir, the “road” turned out to be a fire road through State Forest lands which would have been a  fun ride, but given how much rain we’ve had recently, I decided not to try it.
Here’s the map and elevation profile.


View Pike’s Creek Reservoir 06/04/2009 in a larger map

Elevation Profile

Elevation Profile

My ride started with the tough climb out of the valley, this time on Corby Road. I’ve only climbed this way once before, and I have to say, it was harder than I remembered. The hardest part rises 480 feet in less than a mile. Thankfully, there is almost no traffic, and it’s basically a one-lane road. I took frequent breaks on the way up. The road turns to gravel near the top.

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View from near a school about a mile from home

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Corby Road

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Ferns, wildflowers, tree

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Climbing

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Looking back toward the valley, from partway up

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Looking toward Bunker Hill

I am not a fast climber. I am not a particularly strong climber — I don’t fare well on very steep grades. However, I am a patient climber. If I can keep turning the pedals without straining too much, I can do it for a long time. Still, the first five miles of this ride were really tough. It took 55 minutes to ride 5 miles, and I climbed over 1000 feet during that time.

A few other one-lane gravel roads took me over to Hunstville Road. These roads were shady and cool, and I enjoyed the opportunity to cool off after all that climbing. As I rode down the back side of Larksville Mountain, I realized that I had never ridden down this way. It’s too curvy to go very fast, but it straightens out in the last section and my speed got into the upper 30s.

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Hill Lane

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Field

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Rhododendron

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Reflections, and more rhododendron

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Handlebars

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Gently climbing gravel road

I spent a little time on Gates Road, which was paved at this point. Soon, the road split and turned to gravel. I climbed up Kasko Road while watching Gates Road drop into a valley. It would be cool to see where that goes sometime.

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Barn

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The road splits

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Silver sky

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Farm

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Pine Tree Road

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The very wild-looking Salonsky Road

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Salonsky Road again

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Climbing on Shouldice Road

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The view during the climb

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Groundhog

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Wildflowers

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Wooded road

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Swamp

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Harvey’s Creek dam

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Old house

Soon, I reached the “road” that was supposed to take me down to Pike’s Creek Reservoir. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a fire road. I will probably go back sometime and check it out, but it wasn’t the right time to explore it. I knew if I did it’d end up being a long detour.

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Fire road

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Field

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Deer

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Wall

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Run-down barn

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Silo

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Barn

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Lush road

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Chickens

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Gravel road flanked with stone fences

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Huge house

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Silhouettes

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Fields and hills

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Horses

On my way home, I looked out from a high vantagepoint and saw what appeared to be smoke rising in the distance. I checked later, and sure enough, there was a fire in Wilkes-Barre at the abandoned Red Carpet Inn. This is located at 400 Kidder St. — all the way across the Wyoming Valley.

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Smoke rises

On my way back, I had to climb up Huntsville Road. This is never a fun climb, and this time was no exception. Argh.

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Looking back

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Another part of the view

I enjoyed checking out some more gravel roads. They were all in areas where I’d ridden before, but many of these specific roads were new to me. I’ll need to go back sometime and check out Pike’s Creek Reservoir, either by way of the fire road or by taking a paved road to a different part of the lake.

I felt some improvement in my climbing ability on some of the hills. The huge climbs are still a problem, but the smaller ones in between are getting more manageable, even though I haven’t been riding as much as I’d like.

The ride was only about 28 miles, but I climbed over 3,000 feet, and the ride took over 3 hours.

3 Responses to “Pike’s Creek Reservoir”

  1. Tim Says:

    1. Whistle Pig
    2. 3000ft in 28 miles is *very* impressive.
    3. more gravel. more mixed-terrain envy

  2. Chris Says:

    You understand that you are one of the lucky ones in the middle of prime bicycling country, right?

    Envy, is right, a lot of us would like to try that route.

  3. furiousBall Says:

    looks like a very challenging ride and great shots as always bro

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