Thursday, August 22, 2019


Section of Route 53 Closed until November for Slide Repair in Clearfield County
People traveling to Gillentown Trailhead from the West will have to use Interstate 80 to Snow Shoe Exit 147. Then proceed North on Route 144 to Gillentown Trailhead.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that slide repair work on a section of Route 53 (Kylertown/Drifting Highway) began on Monday, August 12. This work zone is located about 2 ½ miles north of the village of Drifiting, near the Clearfield/Centre County line.
To perform the repair work, this section of Route 53 was closed on Monday, August 12th and a detour is in place. Repairs will allow PennDOT to reopen both traffic lanes. All work is weather dependent.
An official 15-mile detour for Route 53 will be implemented the morning of August 12 and will continue until early November when the project is expected to complete. The detour will utilize Route 53, Route 144, and I-80. Local traffic traveling North on Route 53 from Kylertown will be permitted to access the Drifting area and traffic traveling South on Route 53 from Snowshoe will be permitted access as far as the bridge crossing Moshannon Creek.
Overall work on this design-build project will include construction of two retaining walls as well as 600 feet of roadway reconstruction.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Tree Removal From Storm

Andy Basalla and Larry Mayes did and inspection of the trail from Clarence to Viaduct Bridge today. The recent storms have knocked a few trees down and alot of dead tree limbs too. So, the focus was to clear any trees or debris from the trail.  8-9-19. They also secured any flex post that were loose.

Angel Tressler and her two boys, Brooks and Benner, were also helping to remove any tree limbs and debris in the Peale/Viaduct area.  

Tree Down

On Thursday August 8, 2019 the storms hit Snow Shoe again. Well, Kim Corson reported a tree across the trail near the old Johnson & Morgan Wash Plant. Thanks to Cameron Fye for getting after this so quickly. Thank you again Cameron for your help. Kim also reported another tree down on Creek Road. A crew will take care of this tree Friday morning and do a search of the trail to the viaduct bridge.
Officers of the SSRTA

Monday, August 5, 2019

Trees Removed From Trail

Matt Williams alert the SSRT that several trees were down across the trail near the viaduct. Carol & Cameron Fye removed about 7 or 8 trees from Gorton Crossing to Viaduct. We want to thank Carol and Cameron for their efforts to clear the trail. As you all can see the work went on into the night. Much appreciated!!!
Snow Shoe Rails to Trails Officers

Friday, August 2, 2019

814 UTV Suspension

New corporate sponsor signs "814 UTV Suspension" installed at Black Bear & Gillentown Trailheads. Please support those that support us and our recreation. 

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Signs at Black Bear

New corporate sponsor sign installed at Black Bear Trailhead. Thank you Remax Realty-Amy Doran & Tonya Cornwall.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Snow Shoe Rails to Trails visits Piney Rail Riders

On Friday, July 26, we toured the Straub Brewery-what a tour it was. You get a chance to see how the beer is made in the third oldest brewery in the nation. Then, two complimentary beers of your choice. Then we stayed at the Microtel Motel at Clarion-the two night stay was great. A clean facility with the most friendly workers. Saturday morning we ate at Deb's Diner-wow-a great breakfast for a reasonable price. Then it was off to park at Marie & Jerrod Vosburg as they were going to lead the ride. Many people showed up for the ride and we got to meet alot of new friendly atvist. Marie got everyone together prior to the ride to review protocol of the trail and and review some safety suggestions. People could enter a 50/50 prior to leaving. We traveled dirt roads, paved roads, limestone roads and Piney Rail Riders Trail. Sometimes we traveled slow and reasonable by homes and other areas we traveled a little faster. We stopped at a place called the Troll Tunnels and at one of the local farmers that is planning to build a future campground for people to camp and ride the trail. Then, it was off to Palmers for mid afternoon lunch. Great sandwiches, gas etc and picnic tables for everyone to sit down. A large parking lot for all of us to put the atvs/utvs in a safe place. After lunch we traveled over several bridges that are in the plans for reclamation. Then finishing up the day back at Vosburgs. Des won the 50/50 and donated her half back to the Piney Rail Riders. The excitement displayed by everyone about their trail was very obvious when talking to them. We want to thank everyone for being so nice and especially Marie and Jerrod for their help to coordinate this ride, places to eat and stay. It is alot of work and you all are doing so well at this stage of the development. Many thanks from all members of the Snow Shoe Rails to Trails.