2016 Routes (2017 Routes will be similar and will be posted in early September)
The Three Creek Century consists of two ~50 mile loops and two ~25 mile loops which may be combined as you desire. All return you back to the start point at the Penn Twp Fire Company.
Routes are posted below. Printed cue sheets with more detail will be available at registration the day of the event.
Big Spring Meander (51.5 miles) – This pleasant ride earns its title by following the meandering paths of the Yellow Breeches, Big Spring, and the Conodoguinet Creeks. It is mostly level riding through rural Cumberland County, but does contain some long gradual hills. The rest stops are at the Cumberland Valley Rail trailhead in Newville (bathrooms and water only) and Shippensburg Township Park. Total elevation gain is 1,732 ft.
South Mountain Challenge (51 miles) - This is a more challenging ~50 mile option which climbs up South Mountain passing through Newville and Shippensburg. Total elevation gain is 2854 ft.
If you are riding the entire Century, we recommend that you begin your day with one of the ~50 mile routes.
Opossum Lake Loop (27 miles) – This route takes you north and west of Carlisle and features some challenging climbs along with some level riding. A scenic overlook of Opossum Lake is included. If you are riding the entire Century, we recommend that you ride this route second, after completing one of the ~50 mile options. Total elevation gain is 971 ft.
Yellow Breeches Ramble (25.3 miles) – This route features enjoyable riding over gentle terrain, although there are some gradual hills along the way. A portion of the route closely follows the winding path of the world-famous trout fishing stream, the Yellow Breeches Creek. The rest stop is at the midway point at Trine Park in Mount Holly. View scenic farmland highlighted by the large mountain ridges to the south. This memorable route is a wonderful way to complete your 100 mile century ride. Total elevation gain is 894 ft. At about mile 23.5, you can extend this route by seven miles by taking an optional climb up to Kings Gap. See below.
Optional Kings Gap Climb (7 miles) - The Kings' Gap option is a 3.5 mile gradual climb on a winding tree lined road that leads up to Kings Gap Environmental Center. On a clear day, the view of the Cumberland Valley from the Mansion is awesome, but the biggest reward is the exciting 3.5 mile ride back down the hill.