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    NJ Trail Status

    Hope everyone's OK, just curious if anyone's gone scouting the trail conditions, specifically Wawa, ringwood, Morris, Allamuchy or Tourne.

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    I'm actually heading over to Ramapo State Park off of Skyline Dr later this afternoon for a ride, I'll post again afterwards.

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    war zones

    Washington Valley Parks a little more technical now..... as is most central jersey trails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danglingmanhood View Post
    I'm actually heading over to Ramapo State Park off of Skyline Dr later this afternoon for a ride, I'll post again afterwards.
    I rode the Wanaque Ridge (Orange) trail up there on Thursday and I was walking more than riding. There are trees down everywhere.

    I hiked the Yellow trail Friday and there were a bunch of trees down, but not as bad as the Orange. I cleared what I could from both trails, but there are a few big trees in need of people with chainsaws.

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    Spent two days in Deer Park doing what I could with a handsaw; albeit a good handsaw. My guess approx 50% of the trails are rideable with little to no stopping.
    Nothing really witty to say..........

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    Any word on Hartshorne?

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    As far as I know, the coast is off limits to non-residents, so I haven't even gone out that way. Given the shape of the roads in the area, though, I'd say the trails (especially the rocky point loop) didn't fare well.

    Anyone who is over there/has been there, feel free to chime in, though.

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    Dude,
    Has Deer Park improved since your last post?

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    Not that I am aware of. Hoping to get out this weekend and assess more of the park.
    Nothing really witty to say..........

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    I've been to Allaire twice since the Hurricane. It's officially closed, but you can get in from one of the many access points on Hospital Rd. The trails are a mess with probably only 20 to 50 yards at a time before you have to get off and carry the bike over a fallen tree. Some trails are better than others and it's certainly more of an adventure than it used to be. Much potential for sticks in the spokes and everywhere else, so you have to take it easy.

    Is Allamuchy rideable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alangrea View Post
    Is Allamuchy rideable?
    Haven't been personally, but know of a few that have. It's pretty bad as well as Stephens. A lot of big downed trees.

    Deer Park is 90% open. A handful of large downed trees along white and two very large ones at the Orange/Rogue intersection. You can get some decent mileage in before having to dismount for a downed tree.
    Nothing really witty to say..........

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    Rode Wharton State Forest today - the orange trail, 19.3 miles. Trail is in near perfect condition, dry, only 3 or 4 newly downed trees along the whole length. Not the most exciting ride, but certainly long sections with no interruptions at all. Sandy must have missed this area.

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    Has anyone been to Lewis Morris. I'm not far from there and would like to know if it's ride able.
    The trouble with having an open mind is that people will insist on trying to put things in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glorth2 View Post
    Any word on Hartshorne?
    Went there today. Probably a hundred trees down across trails.
    The park is officially closed, with yellow tape across the trailheads, but there were plenty of hikers and a few bikers. Even though it was hard to maintain any flow, it was still nice to get out there on a warm sunny day.

    No sign that any work has been done yet. Based on past performance, I'd estimate that they'll have it cleaned up by this time next year.

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    Monmouth County seems to have rules regarding people other than park employees maintaining/cleaning (not that I think they'd mind you bringing a trash bag, but I'm pretty sure they'd stop you with a saw). Since I moved here, I haven't seen any events sanctioned by Jorba or the county for volunteer cleanup or maintenance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wschruba View Post
    Monmouth County seems to have rules regarding people other than park employees maintaining/cleaning (not that I think they'd mind you bringing a trash bag, but I'm pretty sure they'd stop you with a saw). Since I moved here, I haven't seen any events sanctioned by Jorba or the county for volunteer cleanup or maintenance.
    Yep, the county park system does not work directly with JORBA, but they do have their own volunteer trail maintenance days, and lots of the JORBA members participate. They require you to attend a training session before you're allowed to work on the trails. I used to be active in the past, but have slacked off in recent years. I'm gonna re-up so I can pitch in when they're ready.

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    Anyone ride six mile run recently or know of any clear trails in central/ north jersey

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    I went to Ringwood over the weekend (Sunday) and the Skylands Trail is in a horrible condition. There were many trees down and following the trail was virtually impossible. Unless you are familiar with the park, you can easily get lost. Many of the trees that had markers were down.

    On Monday morning I went to Jungle Habitat in West Milford. Now, that was much better. We had an awesome ride and there was only one tree down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronnie View Post
    Has anyone been to Lewis Morris. I'm not far from there and would like to know if it's ride able.
    I tried riding there this past Thursday. It pretty much amounted to a two hour hike a bike to cover six miles. Tons of trees down on the trails. The parking lots by the Sunrise Lake on both sides were closed. Going to give it another few weeks before I spend the gas and time to go back there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nandus View Post
    I tried riding there this past Thursday. It pretty much amounted to a two hour hike a bike to cover six miles. Tons of trees down on the trails. The parking lots by the Sunrise Lake on both sides were closed. Going to give it another few weeks before I spend the gas and time to go back there.
    Thanks for that. It's what I feared. I doubt that much will be done there before the spring but you never know.
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    Wayway, red dot, sitting bear, pumphouse all in good shape. Crews have been out the past two weekends. Tombstone, pines, rattlesnake, hemlock not yet cleared. You can do a good ride without much interruption at wayway at this point. Been riding at jungle. Jungle is alson good shape except lower chute, boon also needs some love. Jungle has been my go to ride since the storm. Enjoy!

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    Mercer Update

    The Blue trail (Rowing Center side) is all cleaned up with lots of new re-routes around some big fallen trees. The wildlife preserve side still needs a bit of work. The trail is dead center in this pic, heading away from the camera!
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    Going to give six mile a try today will update with current conditions

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    Ringwood Update:

    Warm Puppy to top of Skyline Dr has been cleared, as well as the south end of the park: schoolhouse, catsnest etc.

    On Sunday several Jorba crews will start on the north end of Red above warm puppy and work up the Skylands Trail towards Shepherds Lake to clear trees and re-route around root balls.

    There are also a bunch of big trees down around Webly Pond, north end of Person Ridge Rd and Old Morris Rd. Forest service may not get to them right away, so be prepared to walk around in spots on roads. Please use caution and avoid riding under or near leaners and hanging trees.

    As of yesterday, woods trails are still closed according to park officials.

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    Six mile run is in great shape there was some damage to the trails but it was all groomed

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