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    Your Fav. North/Central Jersey singletrack

    Alright I've been to:
    Round Valley
    Lewis Morris
    Kittatiny Valley
    Chimney Rock
    Six Mile Run
    Jenny Jump
    Teetertown Ravine
    Miquin Woods
    Point Mountain
    Several other small recreation/park areas.
    I live in Northern Hunterdon County. What do you all recommend, or what is your favorite trail in the area(North/central Jersey)? And lets not mention Allamuchy, I will never go back.

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    i didn't see mahlon dickrson on your list...it's a great ride!

    also, f@#k the law, South Mountain was, is, the best ride in new jersey south of ringwood.

    oh yeah, and Ringwood.

    oh, and sourlands..short but pretty challenging and fun.

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    where is south mtn?
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    If you didn't ride Ringwood, you deffinately should...probably the best ride that you are going to have in Jersey...really!!! I can't have enough with that park! Go there, ride it...get the map from www.rvccmtb.com

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    Wawayanda
    Ringwood
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    Quote Originally Posted by rob.char
    And lets not mention Allamuchy, I will never go back.

    Goodie -- more for us!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob.char
    where is south mtn?

    Tucked in Essex County between the Oranges and Millburn...I don't think they (the police) patrol it much anymore-but riding went illegal there about ten years ago. But it's still worth riding-honestly, it's one of the best rides in NJ. Go guerilla and give it a shot-fight the power and all that!

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    whats wrong with allamuchy? its some of the most challenging stuff in NJ

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    If Allamuchy is too difficult for you that would significantly change what i would recommend. I would say that Allamuchy, Ringwood, Mahlon Dickerson, and Wawayanda are all the same difficulty. And Sourlands is quite a bit more difficult than those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob.char
    And lets not mention Allamuchy, I will never go back.

    Cheers
    Sounds like you might be better off south of the bridge playing in the little rocks (sand), up north we like big sand(rocks)
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    Allaire, Hartshorne/Huber, Chimney Rock
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    Allamuchy is the best stuff in Jerz... I may be biased since I like techy stuff but if you don't like the park either you haven't ridden the good stuff or you need to work on your skillz...

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    My skill(z) as you call them are pretty exceptional if you ask me, I've been riding for upwards of 8 years now, I currently race downhill, cross country, and dirt jump. I think I have a good background when it comes to east coast roots/rocks/streams/leaves, whatever else you want to include in there skills and know how to ride on the terrain in this area.
    The only reason I absolutely despise Allamuchy STATE Park is because when I was there not a single trail was marked worth a damn. And all I found were wide open trails the seemed to meander around with really no obstacles what so ever anywhere. I found a map and in no way were the trails in accordance with what was on the map. And I ended up coming out a trail head spitting me onto some road at the ass end of the park and had a 30 minute ride on 206 back to my car. So if you would like to give me a tour of the best trails in New Jersey I'd like to join you...Cheers.
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    I agree that Mooch isn't marked as well as some other parks. That's half the fun. It's a pretty expansive park and if you don't explore it could be pretty unyielding. Don't speak so harshly against the park until you really see what is has to offer. Maybe there will be a ride coming up that you can partake to see the real side of Allamuchy...

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    sounds like a plan to me
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperbMan
    Tucked in Essex County between the Oranges and Millburn...I don't think they (the police) patrol it much anymore-but riding went illegal there about ten years ago. But it's still worth riding-honestly, it's one of the best rides in NJ. Go guerilla and give it a shot-fight the power and all that!
    Just so you know there are efforts being made to change the ban on bikes in South Mountain. Jorba has brought IMBA's Trail Care Crew to SoMo to assist in the education of Sustainable Trails to the locals. While there have been great strides in negotiating our situation, sadly we are not there yet. So if you should decide to ride there be mindful of the efforts that have gone into SoMo. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by gt2brew
    Just so you know there are efforts being made to change the ban on bikes in South Mountain. Jorba has brought IMBA's Trail Care Crew to SoMo to assist in the education of Sustainable Trails to the locals. While there have been great strides in negotiating our situation, sadly we are not there yet. So if you should decide to ride there be mindful of the efforts that have gone into SoMo. Thanks

    What exactly did the IMBA trail care crew do-was it just an informational session (and if so who and how many attended, and was there anyone one of specific and immediate influence) or did they actually do a demonstration by refurbishing a trail???

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    Allamuchy is labeled just as good as all the other major NJ parks. The problem that you are having is the size. The most and best trails in NJ are in Wawayanda, Ringwood, and Allamuchy but you can get equally lost at all three. It's wild that you are such an avid mountain biker and yet you don't know the major parks of NJ. I can say from my intermediate understanding of Allamuchy that the most fantastic trails i've found are not labeled or shown on a map. I've gotten very lost in there and have had to do that drive back on 206 before also, luckily by that point i had a handful of great Allamuchy rides under my belt and didn't associate those experiences with a summary of the parks riding.

    I actually find Ringwood to be the hardest to navigate, well, other than the race trail. Over on mtbnj.com there are lots of rides organized. You'd be doing yourself a lot of good to go ride with some groups and get to know these parks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob.char
    My skill(z) as you call them are pretty exceptional if you ask me, I've been riding for upwards of 8 years now, I currently race downhill, cross country, and dirt jump. I think I have a good background when it comes to east coast roots/rocks/streams/leaves, whatever else you want to include in there skills and know how to ride on the terrain in this area.
    The only reason I absolutely despise Allamuchy STATE Park is because when I was there not a single trail was marked worth a damn. And all I found were wide open trails the seemed to meander around with really no obstacles what so ever anywhere. I found a map and in no way were the trails in accordance with what was on the map. And I ended up coming out a trail head spitting me onto some road at the ass end of the park and had a 30 minute ride on 206 back to my car. So if you would like to give me a tour of the best trails in New Jersey I'd like to join you...Cheers.
    I can see how one can get this impression, but it's completely wrong. This is one of the best parks in NJ but it can really use some more riders. I'm curious where you started and when you went. The major trails and some of the singletrack were remarked a couple/few years ago so now every trail isn't a white dot. Try starting from Rt 517 a little North of Rt 80 (you did go to Allamuchy North and not Deer Park to the south?). The trails are well marked on this side and start off fairly smooth and flowy (Orange). If you're looking for technical, head to the top of the Purple Cardiac trail and take some of the side singletrack. Next time park at Waterloo Rd. and make your way from white to yellow for a different experience - think lots of rocks.

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    I parked at the waterloo lot and went in that way on the toe path, I think i went left somewhere along that.
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    I usually ride chimney rock and lewis morris, but haven't been out there in a while. Are there other places with longer downhills? I pedal/push my 43 pound to the beast and shred the downhills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob.char
    I parked at the waterloo lot and went in that way on the toe path, I think i went left somewhere along that.
    I'm guessing you were probably on the red trail or the blue(?) trail. Both are ok loops if you do them in the correct direction - red is best clockwise - but not the cream of the crop and far from modern trail building standards. They can be good starting points if you cutoff on some side trails into the rest of the park. From Waterloo I like first left onto white about 20 seconds from the parking lot. Singletrack will quickly end then make a right onto rocky fireroad. Eventually make a left onto Yellow. Yellow is essentially a fire road but is so rocky it feels exactly like singletrack. Don't do this when wet.

    Per my other post, for first timers, I advise the 517 western side of Allumuchy North. It has more of a mix - tarmac smooth fast singletrack (orange loop) to rocky switchbacks (purple) - and is very well marked.

    These truly are part of the "best trails in NJ".

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperbMan
    What exactly did the IMBA trail care crew do-was it just an informational session (and if so who and how many attended, and was there anyone one of specific and immediate influence) or did they actually do a demonstration by refurbishing a trail???
    Essex County Executive Joseph D. Vincenzo attended the IMBA TCC and had a very good discussion with gt2brew above. Also was in attendance was the Parks Commissioner, Dan Salvante.

    Besides building 3/4 of a mile of great new single track (replacing about 1/3 mile of fall line double track), the IMBA TCC weekend and the hard work of local volunteers, managed to convince the South Mountain Conservancy to endorse mountain biking and they are formally submitting a proposal for mountain biking pilot in December.

    3 years ago, Joe D. told a local activist that if he can work with the South Mountain Conservancy and get the endorsement of mountain biking from them, he would consider allowing mountain biking. We've not only secured the endorsement but we we've formed an outstanding trail work volunteer base and engaged in very successful sustainabnle trails initiative. I am very proud of the volunteers that have spent hundreds of hours making the trails in south mountain better than they have ever been.

    We've kept up our end of the bargain; let's just hope that the county will not be shell shocked from the deer hunt controversy, and keep theirs.

    If you want to help, rather than endorse illegal riding in the reservation, especially on an internet forum, endorse the sustainable trails initiative and volunteer. I'd also suggest that we ride legally elsewhere and call or write our Essex County freeholders and County Executive joe d., and Dan Salvante that you support the south mountain conservancy's sustainable trails initiative and mountain biking pilot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldsbar
    From Waterloo I like first left onto white about 20 seconds from the parking lot. Singletrack will quickly end then make a right onto rocky fireroad. Eventually make a left onto Yellow. Yellow is essentially a fire road but is so rocky it feels exactly like singletrack. Don't do this when wet.

    Per my other post, for first timers, I advise the 517 western side of Allumuchy North. It has more of a mix - tarmac smooth fast singletrack (orange loop) to rocky switchbacks (purple) - and is very well marked.
    That is the exact way I went and it just so happens the day I went was just after a pretty big storm. But haha I did enjoy watching my fellow compadres get wet feet if you know what I mean; in the mud. I got through that mud hole nice and clean (knock on wood for the next attempt), they had some trouble.

    Well it seems that I have the wrong impression of Allamuchy. I have all next week off for Thanksgiving from school. What trails do you recommend. Do I stay south of I-80? Where do I park. I'm going to give it another chance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by idbrian
    Allamuchy is labeled just as good as all the other major NJ parks. The problem that you are having is the size. The most and best trails in NJ are in Wawayanda, Ringwood, and Allamuchy but you can get equally lost at all three. It's wild that you are such an avid mountain biker and yet you don't know the major parks of NJ. I can say from my intermediate understanding of Allamuchy that the most fantastic trails i've found are not labeled or shown on a map. I've gotten very lost in there and have had to do that drive back on 206 before also, luckily by that point i had a handful of great Allamuchy rides under my belt and didn't associate those experiences with a summary of the parks riding.

    I actually find Ringwood to be the hardest to navigate, well, other than the race trail. Over on mtbnj.com there are lots of rides organized. You'd be doing yourself a lot of good to go ride with some groups and get to know these parks.
    I do alot of riding in my area I get very discouraged driving a long distance to go ride. I live in Hunterdon county. I know what it's like to ride unmarked trails. What marked trails should I stick to too try to find some unmarked ones I'm used to keeping my eyes open for other loops.
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    How about getting riding back in watchung??
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    Quote Originally Posted by mergs


    If you want to help, rather than endorse illegal riding in the reservation, especially on an internet forum, endorse the sustainable trails initiative and volunteer. I'd also suggest that we ride legally elsewhere and call or write our Essex County freeholders and County Executive joe d., and Dan Salvante that you support the south mountain conservancy's sustainable trails initiative and mountain biking pilot.

    http://www.essex-countynj.org/
    Well said.
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    Rob,

    I used to have a loop i would suggest to people that followed all the labeled routes. I hate to be that guy, but i think Mooch is really going to be one of those places where you will want to go with a guide. Check around mtbnj.com for ride posts. OR - Download and print in color this map and stay on the labeled and marked trails. The Waterloo lot on that map is at the end of the white trail on the right side of the map, the 517/Tranquility farm lot is at the end of the white trail on left side. The 517 lot has some tougher trails, make sure that you go in on the orange/purple and back on the white. Taking the white in from that side will be boring. The only thing is don't follow the green based on that map because i believe it has changed since.

    You may be better of going to some other trails; Mahlon Dickerson is a little easier to get around with the county map.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mergs
    Essex County Executive Joseph D. Vincenzo attended the IMBA TCC and had a very good discussion with gt2brew above. Also was in attendance was the Parks Commissioner, Dan Salvante.

    Besides building 3/4 of a mile of great new single track (replacing about 1/3 mile of fall line double track), the IMBA TCC weekend and the hard work of local volunteers, managed to convince the South Mountain Conservancy to endorse mountain biking and they are formally submitting a proposal for mountain biking pilot in December.

    3 years ago, Joe D. told a local activist that if he can work with the South Mountain Conservancy and get the endorsement of mountain biking from them, he would consider allowing mountain biking. We've not only secured the endorsement but we we've formed an outstanding trail work volunteer base and engaged in very successful sustainabnle trails initiative. I am very proud of the volunteers that have spent hundreds of hours making the trails in south mountain better than they have ever been.

    We've kept up our end of the bargain; let's just hope that the county will not be shell shocked from the deer hunt controversy, and keep theirs.

    If you want to help, rather than endorse illegal riding in the reservation, especially on an internet forum, endorse the sustainable trails initiative and volunteer. I'd also suggest that we ride legally elsewhere and call or write our Essex County freeholders and County Executive joe d., and Dan Salvante that you support the south mountain conservancy's sustainable trails initiative and mountain biking pilot.

    http://www.essex-countynj.org/
    Well,

    It's the end of december..did the Pilot program get submitted (much less approved??)?

    I did have a question-You say IMBA built a 3/4 mile of Single track in South Mountain?? Is THAT open to bikes-or was it a demonstration you held for the parks commission on another property??

    Just Curious, as I used to ride South Mountain (yes before and after the ban) quite a bit and always hoped it would get turned around. It was one of the better places to ride in NJ.

    I visited jersey for the first time in a while-rode Allaire this morning-really fun place.

    The Folks maintaining that place have done great work.

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    What about Cheesquake? I rode there when I first started riding. My reaction to my first trailride to my buddy was: ...You want meee??? ....To ride in there???
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    just browsing thru the thread, I just started to get in 2 this mtb stuff, and cheesequake is kinda my training spot. I live right down the street. I know the white trail is short, but it gets technical enuff for learning, some climbs. hey, gotta start someplace b 4 I go to a place like hartshorne or allaire, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by razin cane
    just browsing thru the thread, I just started to get in 2 this mtb stuff, and cheesequake is kinda my training spot. I live right down the street. I know the white trail is short, but it gets technical enuff for learning, some climbs. hey, gotta start someplace b 4 I go to a place like hartshorne or allaire, right?
    I like Cheesquake. I live in PA now & haven't ridden in Jersey for a while. I also liked to ride on the Towpath in New Brunswick with my wife. It's about 60 or 70 miles or so and goes all the way to PA right? And then continues on in PA. It's a nice leisurely trail to ride with your girl on. Just make sure you have enough lights so you can see your way back! ---zarr
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    I like Chimney rock for its diversity of trails. Some days I want to get a good flow, other days I want to throw my body over rocks and streams. Lewis Morris is good, but it is the same distance as Chimney Rock from my house and Chimney Rock typically always wins out. I have been to Round Valley and found it very up and down with not much else.

    In three years, I have not made it to Ringwood or Allamuchy for whatever reason. I need to fix that once I get back to NJ.

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    The combination of Huber and Hartshorne I believe to be the best in north-central Jersey.

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    Sorry about the delay in responding...

    Quote Originally Posted by SuperbMan
    Well,

    It's the end of december..did the Pilot program get submitted (much less approved??)?
    Stll waiting....it's in the hands of the County Executive.

    Quote Originally Posted by SuperbMan
    I did have a question-You say IMBA built a 3/4 mile of Single track in South Mountain?? Is THAT open to bikes-or was it a demonstration you held for the parks commission on another property??
    It was a demonstration in Sustainable trail design at South Mountain. The ban still exists but we are hopeful that will change.

    Quote Originally Posted by SuperbMan
    I visited jersey for the first time in a while-rode Allaire this morning-really fun place.

    The Folks maintaining that place have done great work.
    Thanks for the positive feedback. We adopted the IMBA trail building techniques quite a few years ago and they have worked great.

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    I am fairly close to 6 mile, so I would say it is the best for me, as I ride there most often. Nothing beats this place in the summer time.

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    For fun, fast single track Hartshorn in Monmouth County is hard to beat. It's not the most technical but it is in a very nice area, simple to navigate, fast, fun and the closest thing to a MTB roller coaster I've found in NJ fun.

    If you are a climber like me, Round Valley is great. You can't get lost and the climb out is awesome. If you can make it from the main parking lot to the top of the mountain without stopping or unclipping you have got great fitness and climbing skills. I use that place as a personal fitness test.

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    Good job!

    New here and haven't ridden much recently but the Much is one of my favorites. I didn't know there were maps and things to parks. I love to hit a trail complex and explore it until I've hit all the trails. A couple dozen trips to the Much didn't divulge all its secrets. I really like the park though. Great NJ singletrak.

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    zarr

    i hear ya, i been on that towpath b 4, with the mrs. and my son, and we love it. we pack some lunch, drinks and make a day of it. also, along them lines, the hudson trail, all paved and about 18 miles round trip, is good 4 the same type of ride, plus, on the hudson, there is a coupla roller blade rinks u can stop at and skate, parks to let ya kid play at, etc. just a lotta good different riding trails all around to fit all of youre needs. I bet pa. has a lotta good trails where u r living now.

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