Nine Mile Loop

The Nine Mile Loop is a road through state game lands. It is located near Hazleton, PA. It is on state route 93 about 8.5 miles from the Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails trail-head. Look for the signs for the shooting range. The loop road trail-head is on the opposite side of the road.

I was warned ahead of time that the road is rough as a result of the large stone used for the road surface. I decided to give it a try based on the promise of spectacular views. The road is better suited to a mountain bike fitted with fat tires and I had a hybrid fitted with 700 X 40 tires. This made for slow and rough riding. I was rewarded with some nice overlooks. One in particular offered incredible views of the Lehigh Gorge and hawks flying below me. Having never been there despite it being only about a half hour from my house I very much enjoyed the outing. That being said, I will probably not return unless I get a fat bike. The loop circles around to another trail-head on route 93 about a mile from where I parked. The wide shoulders and a straight road made for an easy and safe return to my car.

If you decide you want to try this be aware that this is open to bikes only on Sundays during hunting season. Some in the area refer to it as Broad Mountain Loop. Be sure to bring your camera. Also learn from my mistake and be sure your camera has a memory card included. I had removed the memory card from my camera and forgot to replace it. These pictures are from my cell phone.

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