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    tips for trails

    I have been mountain biking 3 times now at Deer Park and want to give myself more of a challenge.Does anyone have any tips on trails around Deer Park.

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    Want more tech...

    Just head north! Keep going up Rt 517 to the nroht side of the park. Look on www.jorba.org under the Allamuchy chapter sectionand download the map for this section. There are approx 25 miles of blazed trails and 15 or so unblazed trails. If you cant find what you are looking for here...

    Not to mention riding at Mahlon Dickerson in Jefferson, and Ringwood. In the other direction, Sourlands down in Somerset County!

    Bob W.

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    Go Faster

    Seriously.....

    And Go Farther...
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    Head up to the Kittatinny's like Stokes/High Point. You will get some great hill climbs.

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    As have just learned today, the whole Musconectcong Valley, all the way starting from Hackettstown NJ up to Newton with Kittatiny is FULL of great mountain-biking. Here's what you'll find:

    Hackettstown - Stephens State Park - The mountain-bike riding trails extend much farther than the State Park hiking map at the info center indicates. Some easy trails, some hard. Something for everyone, as they say. The trails continue north all the way up to and along Waterloo Valley Road, heading towards (but not quite as far as) the International Trade Zone.

    Just north on 517 from Hackettstown - Deer Park. Excellent introduction to mountain biking. Great place to bring a beginner.
    A bit farther North on 517, just beyond Route 80 - Allamuchy "West" Entrance. Endless possibilities. Or, you can enter Allamuchy from the Waterloo Road side.
    Directions to the Waterloo Road entrance to Allamuchy: Take Route 80 to Rt 206 North. Exit immediately at signs toward the International Trade Zone / Waterloo Village. (This will be the very first ramp mere seconds after you've gotten off Route 80.) Follow the ramp up and over Route 206. Take the first Right Turn - International Drive. Take to the very end, you'll find a T intersection. The parking area is directly across from you at the T intersection.

    From the Waterloo Entrance to Allamuchy - you can hop on the trails right there, or if you're up for a nice warm up ride, take the Rail Trail (think: fast, smooth, flat packed gravel) all the way up to Kittatiny. Tool around in Kittatiny for a bit, then take the rail-trail back. Great way to get some endurance / mileage under your belt. Build up stamina.

    Andover, NJ - Kittatiny State Park. Take Rt 80 to Route 206 North. Go thru Tranquility and Andover. Pass Limecrest Road. Keep going North on Route 206. Turn Right on Goodale Road. Park is approx 1/2 mile up on the right. Lots of trails, lots of variety. Lots of slick roots and rocks and moss - slippery when wet!!

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    kittatiny (KVSP) is a great park for a few reasons. first and foremost, it is very easy to NOT get lost. the park more or less has three, maybe four sections. you can find PLENTY of info with regards to terrain and trails on www.mtbnj.com kittatiny is in the North Jersey trail talk section. the site is dedicated to NJ riding so you'll get good info. granted, you may have to sift through some crap but you have to do that here too.. HTH

    jake

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    I think Deer Park will offer you plenty of challenge if you take the right course.

    Start in the first parking lot and ride the fire road up- past the resident's house on the left is the entry to the Yellow (Birch) trail. Hop on there.

    A little bit in, the yellow trail splits left and heads uphill, and the White trail carries around the big rock to the right. Hop onto the white trail and get ready to knuckle down. Follow the white trail over its brutally long climbs, roller coaster downhills, log rollers, eternal mud spots, and even some nice long ladder bridges.

    Eventually the white trail will dump you down by the lake, where you'll ride over the dam bridge and see the trail curve right. Don't be fooled! Straight forward and up up up (did I say up?) the white trail presses on, throws you down a coulple wild downhills and back out to the main fire road. Take a left, and you'll make your way back to the second parking lot, where you can let your lungs relax as you rip down the fire road you started on, ending back at your car.

    It's about a 10 mile loop, offers an awesome bit of cardio and should take about an hour and a half or two hours, depending on how much you want to take in nature...

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