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  • 11-02-2012
    XCProphet
    NJ Trail Status
    Hope everyone's OK, just curious if anyone's gone scouting the trail conditions, specifically Wawa, ringwood, Morris, Allamuchy or Tourne.
  • 11-03-2012
    danglingmanhood
    I'm actually heading over to Ramapo State Park off of Skyline Dr later this afternoon for a ride, I'll post again afterwards.
  • 11-03-2012
    trlrdr
    war zones
    Washington Valley Parks a little more technical now:eekster:..... as is most central jersey trails.:eek:
  • 11-04-2012
    Dougie
    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.
  • 11-05-2012
    Reggie Hammond
    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.
  • 11-07-2012
    glorth2
    Any word on Hartshorne?
  • 11-07-2012
    wschruba
    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.
  • 11-09-2012
    lcorbosier
    Dude,
    Has Deer Park improved since your last post?
  • 11-09-2012
    Reggie Hammond
    Not that I am aware of. Hoping to get out this weekend and assess more of the park.
  • 11-11-2012
    alangrea
    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?
  • 11-11-2012
    Reggie Hammond
    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.
  • 11-11-2012
    alangrea
    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.
  • 11-11-2012
    Ronnie
    Has anyone been to Lewis Morris. I'm not far from there and would like to know if it's ride able.
  • 11-11-2012
    SmooveP
    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.
  • 11-11-2012
    wschruba
    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.
  • 11-12-2012
    SmooveP
    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.
  • 11-13-2012
    Lupob6
    Anyone ride six mile run recently or know of any clear trails in central/ north jersey
  • 11-13-2012
    ivanovnv
    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.
  • 11-13-2012
    Nandus
    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.
  • 11-13-2012
    Ronnie
    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.
  • 11-14-2012
    onetracker
    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!
  • 11-15-2012
    Mackie
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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:eek:!
  • 11-15-2012
    Lupob6
    Going to give six mile a try today will update with current conditions
  • 11-15-2012
    pixy
    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.
  • 11-15-2012
    Lupob6
    Six mile run is in great shape there was some damage to the trails but it was all groomed
  • 11-18-2012
    pixy
    Hurricane Sandy updates:

    Today 22 awesome volunteers came out and worked 116 hours with Jorba at Ringwood State Park. Shepherds Lake to Skyline Dr is clear of fallen and up rooted trees. A few new re-routes as well. Thanks volunteers! Enjoy the trails!

    Ellen
  • 11-26-2012
    Nandus
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by pixy View Post
    Hurricane Sandy updates:

    Today 22 awesome volunteers came out and worked 116 hours with Jorba at Ringwood State Park. Shepherds Lake to Skyline Dr is clear of fallen and up rooted trees. A few new re-routes as well. Thanks volunteers! Enjoy the trails!

    Ellen

    Unfortunately, I have to work Sundays or I would have been more than happy to help out.

    I rode at Ringwood with a friend of mine this past Saturday and we were blown away with the work that was put in to getting the trails back to rideable condition.

    Thanks to everyone involved!
  • 11-26-2012
    shreddr
    I rode in Allamuchy a week ago, the trails were in bad shape with huge trees down on most of the north facing slopes. It took me 3 hours to do 12 miles, which was probably half walking around blowdowns.
  • 11-28-2012
    Allamuchy Joe
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by shreddr View Post
    I rode in Allamuchy a week ago, the trails were in bad shape with huge trees down on most of the north facing slopes. It took me 3 hours to do 12 miles, which was probably half walking around blowdowns.

    If anyone is riding, please take a map along with them and mark down where the trees are down and how severe it is (i.e. climb over, off trail re-route, total FUBAR). This info can then be passed along to the JORBA leads. Consider it recon.

    I have been doing that with Stephens so Steve Filipponi and I can plan where to concentrate the voluteer resources.
  • 11-28-2012
    jkmacman
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Allamuchy Joe View Post
    If anyone is riding, please take a map along with them and mark down where the trees are down and how severe it is (i.e. climb over, off trail re-route, total FUBAR). This info can then be passed along to the JORBA leads. Consider it recon.

    I have been doing that with Stephens so Steve Filipponi and I can plan where to concentrate the voluteer resources.

    what about deer park section of alamuchy i heard it is not too bad,,, was on pat's path today for a few miles near speadwell only a couple of large timbers had not been cleared.
  • 11-28-2012
    Reggie Hammond
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jkmacman View Post
    what about deer park section of alamuchy i heard it is not too bad,,, was on pat's path today for a few miles near speadwell only a couple of large timbers had not been cleared.

    I had heard that Deer Park has a Sasquatch size beaver that has taken on the responsibility of removing excess trees from the trails.

    All kidding aside, I was there on Sunday for a quick tour. Looks as if someone has cleared the majority of the outside "White" trail with the exception of three very large blow downs; 2 could be cleared by a trained tree guy/gal and one is total FUBAR. There are other trails that are 75% cleared, therefore giving us guests the flexibility to put in a solid loop with minimal stops.

    There is a buzz on the "other" site about a ride this Sunday (12/2).
  • 11-28-2012
    jkmacman
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Reggie Hammond View Post
    I had heard that Deer Park has a Sasquatch size beaver that has taken on the responsibility of removing excess trees from the trails.

    All kidding aside, I was there on Sunday for a quick tour. Looks as if someone has cleared the majority of the outside "White" trail with the exception of three very large blow downs; 2 could be cleared by a trained tree guy/gal and one is total FUBAR. There are other trails that are 75% cleared, therefore giving us guests the flexibility to put in a solid loop with minimal stops.

    There is a buzz on the "other" site about a ride this Sunday (12/2).

    i am taking out mtb tomorrow either tounre or lewis morris:thumbsup:
  • 12-07-2012
    lowpolyjoe
    didn't even think about park conditions and drove to tourne a few weeks ago - closed :(

    anyone know the status over there now? probably too wet to ride this weekend anyway....

    lewis morris open?
  • 12-08-2012
    Apache1
    Allamuchy North Trail Maintenance Sunday Dec. 9th
  • 12-08-2012
    Aresab
    Lewis Morris was generally clear last weekend, the website has not been updated as if it's officially open, but the gates were not closed/locked.
    Hartshorne's page was updated yesterday and now says all trails are open. I'm looking forward to going there next weekend when I return from my trip.
  • 12-12-2012
    Reggie Hammond
    Deer Park is about 90% open. Looks as if only a few minor trails have a couple of trees to be addressed.
  • 12-15-2012
    shreddr
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Reggie Hammond View Post
    Deer Park is about 90% open. Looks as if only a few minor trails have a couple of trees to be addressed.

    I rode there today, it's in great shape, nice work to whoever was manning the chainsaws. Thanks
  • 12-21-2012
    Stratocaster
    Lots of work getting done!
    And a thanks to all the awesome people who have been out doing work at Allamuchy, Deer Park, and Stephens.

    Additionally some have been working very hard at Mahlon, thumbs up. I had the opportunity to do a massive amount of Adopt-A-Trail work there this week as well.
  • 12-21-2012
    Allamuchy Joe
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Stratocaster View Post
    And a thanks to all the awesome people who have been out doing work at Allamuchy, Deer Park, and Stephens.

    Additionally some have been working very hard at Mahlon, thumbs up. I had the opportunity to do a massive amount of Adopt-A-Trail work there this week as well.

    And thanks to you, Steve for your MASSIVE efforts in Stephens. That goes for all the time you have spent in there, not just after Sandy.
  • 12-21-2012
    Gigantic
    What the word on the south jersey trails?
  • 12-23-2012
    slingblade_uhhuh
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Gigantic View Post
    What the word on the south jersey trails?

    Ceres, GCC, Kresson, CCC, Estell and the mtb loops at Belleplain and Wharton are all open.
  • 12-24-2012
    mattybfat
    Deer park is 100% clear of all fallen trees :thumbsup: