I received the following email yesterday, hopefully this is a step towards getting back into South Mountain:

Dear Fellow (or Future) Trail Riders and Reservation Users:

Over the past 2+ years, a group of mountain bikers has been actively working with Essex County and the South Mountain Conservancy in an attempt to reopen responsible riding opportunities in South Mountain Reservation (perhaps you have joined us in one of our many clean-up events in the past). Without going into the details of our work, we have most recently been joined by members of JORBA (Jersey Off Road Bicycling Association www.jorba.org) to demonstrate the value of sustainable (erosion resistant, multi-use) trails, launch monthly Trail Care initiatives in the Reservation and develop a workable plan which might re-introduce riding at South Mountain in the future.

To kick off this trail building effort, the South Mountain Conservancy and the Essex County Parks System will host the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew July 7th and 8th to talk trails, teach sustainable trail building techniques, and spend quality time repairing the trails. The visit to the Reservation is one of 70 stops on the 2007 Subaru/International Mountain Bicycling Association Trail Care Crew national schedule, and is currently the only scheduled stop in New Jersey. This is a special opportunity for the Reservation.

A detailed flyer for the program is attached. Please forward this email to anyone you think would be interested in this program.

To sign up, send an e-mail to trailcare@somocon.org . Indicate whether you are interested in attending one or all of the three following sessions:

A. Saturday Morning Training session at the Millburn Library (9:00 – 12:00)

B. Saturday Afternoon Trail Building session (1:00 – 5:00)

C. Sunday Morning Trail Building session (9:00 – 1:00)

There is no limit for the Saturday training session, but the trail building crews will be restricted to 60 people.

We hope to see you at the training session and out on the trail on July 7th & 8th!

Don Schatz