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No. of Reviews: 37

AWSOME singel double track..good decents climbs fST AND AT TIMES SCAREY. Many trails easy to get lost
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Latitude
40.92114965530051
Longitude
-74.73870277404785
Trail Directions
take RT: 206 north to cranbery lake 10 minutes from rt:80. Park at the lot next to lake across from mini market. you have two options follow tril to fire road or go up 206 to 1st road on left follow into woods 1 mile enter marked trail.....big gate..
Trail Length
10 plus miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Stanhope/cranberylake
   


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Review Date
March 20, 2014

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Kerry ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Thanks for all the great reviews. I'm looking to do a 2 day trip here and set up and camp nearby so we can get the most out of this trail system. Anybody have any suggestions for a good place to set up a base camp?



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Review Date
April 12, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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4.75 of 5, 4.00 votes

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Reviewed by: sloppyart ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
First...do NOT use the map available at the trailhead(s). It's better than nothing (barely).

The map here infinitely better:

http://www.jorba.org/sites/default/files/Allamuchy.North%2011-10-2010.pdf

Anyway, I am a rider from Colorado, and I'd have to say the riding here is right up there with the riding in Colorado. Obviously with TREES and actual dirt it's completely different, but I think it's just as much fun.

The trails here vary from pretty easy, buff double track to pretty difficult twisty bumpy trails. Most of the colored trails on the above map are intermediate trails and most riders should be able to have a good time. One thing to note: The marked trails vary from very well marked, to not marked at all (or practically not at all). I found many intersections with marked trails where you couldn't see a blaze anywhere near the intersection, so you can't tell if it's the blazed trail or some random unblazed trail.

The unmarked (grey) trails are a mixed bag. Some are pretty easy, others very difficult. I found that if a trail starts hard, it stays hard, so don't bother trying to stick it out if it's over your head. It will stay that way.

Quick description of my opinion of the colored trails:

White: This seemed to be the easiest trail. There are a few rocky/technical sections, but generally ridable for anyone but a true beginner. I found the portion between the intersection with the Green trail to the intersection with the Yellow trail to be the easiest.

Yellow: I rode this clockwise. From the east it starts out with a "medium steep" climb. Lots of leaves on the ground which can make it a bit tricky. Once you get to the top of the climb it remains pretty easy and fun. On the way back down it shares the same trail as the white blazed trail. Counter clockwise might be the easier way, but don't quote me on that since I never rode it that way.

Red: I like this trail a lot. Just technical enough to keep me happy, but not very hard to clean everything. I like it clockwise or counterclockwise about the same. None of the unmarked trails off the Red trail are out of control hard, so feel free to explore these even if your not an expert rider. I really like the unmarked trail that starts off the Red trail close to Cranberry Lake and connects over to the DARK blue trail.

Dark Blue: Easier to ride clockwise, but I prefer riding clounterclockwise. Riding counterclockwise the climp is pretty steep, but the down hill lasts longer riding this way. This trail is also pretty fun, with some technical sections but still nothing that most intermediate riders would have trouble with.

LIGHT Blue: I have only ridden this from the parking lot off of Waterloo Road (near the I-80 underpass) to the Yellow Trail. Between the parking lot and the overlook near the Yellow Trail, it's pretty much unridable for anyone with less technical skill than Hans Rey. The first climb is insanely steep. From there you find very short ridable portions followed by large rocky secions. Yes it can be ridden, but it sure as heck isn't fun in my book. Best avoided unless EVERYTHING else you find here is boring to you.

Green Trail: I have only ridden this trail from the intersection with the White Trail down to the neighborhood on Cranberry Lake. The portion I have ridden is not blazed very well, especially at the beginning. It starts out as a nice mellow single track but morphs into a double track / four wheeler trail. As a cross country rider I don't really like this trail much. You can haul ass though. Probably one of the faster trails I've ridden here.

Purple Trail: I have only ridden a portion of this trail. From the intersection with the White Trail it starts as a super mellow jeep road. Nothing challanging at all. When you get close to I-80 it turns uphill and becomes a single track. Starts out pretty steep, but still potentially ridable. It does mellow out after the climb, but remains more difficult. This is still a fun trail, but not for a beginner rider, or intermediate that doesn't want to be challanged. No idea how the trail is after the turnoff to Candy Ass (an unblazed trail that begins about halfway between the start and end of the Purple trail).

Orange Trail: Haven't really ridden much of it, so can't really say how it is.

UNBLAZED TRAILS (that I've ridden):

Candy Ass: This trail is located between the Purple and Orange Trails. While you could ride it uphill, I can't imagine that would be fun. To access this trail ride the Purple Trail to the super squigly trail (see the above map pdf). This is not a trail for beginners or intermediate riders. Probably best ridden on a full suspension bike as well as there are quite a few steep rock faces. I have only ridden this once, and did not have much success as I was riding my hard tail (and even if I had my full suspension bike I'd probably walk quite a bit of it). That being said, I hope to return to try it again. It looks like a really fun trail to ride over and over. It was obviously built by people that know what they are doing. Nothing is unridable, and nothing is easy. Very few riders are probably capable of cleaning the entire thing in once shot, but if you're pretty good you will be challanged and I'm sure it is fun to learn how to clean each technical section.

Lumpy Bumpy: I actually haven't riden this, but I know where it is. This is the super squigly trail located on the above map (see link above) located between the Green Trail (to the north), the White Trail (to the SW) and Cranberry Lake (to the east). One the map the trail goes over the EL 1070 ft peak). You have many options on how to access it via many unblazed trails. No idea on the best way to get there though. From what I've seen it looks similar to Candy Ass. Here is a good video from Lumpy Bumpy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96UDigcQ0io

That's all I got for now. Hopefully I can get back here soon and ride more of it. I have no plans on returning to my home state (which I can't say I'm too fond of), at least I know that if I did it's got some great riding.

Recommended Route:
Mix it up. Don't be afraid to try the unmarked trails, but probably best to start with the better marked trails.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Kittatinny



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Review Date
July 14, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: biff747 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The motherload of all trail systems.This place is the measuring stick which all others will be compared to.Easily over 25 miles plus worth of riding if you choose.Only problem is very easy to get lost, but isn't that what mountain biking is all about--adventure.Well maintained and never too muddy.You really have to explore/get lost a few times to really enjoy all this place has to offer.Don't get me wrong, a lot of it is marked.Stay with that your first few times, then venture out into the unknown.

Recommended Route:
Too many to list all.To park- take 80 West to exit 25 stanhope/newton, bear right towards waterloo village,bear right at light,about 3/4 mile you come to a T in road,just cross main road to parking.Take railroad bed to cranberry lake follow around lake riding alongside 206 north for a bit follow gravel trail.Just before you get to house on right(waving willie) there is a GREEN(very small cut-through) trail on your left.Stay on green for a good trek then hit the white trail for a while.Once you cross a stream white goes right.Stay left instead (here's where it' s easy to get lost)Try to stay on main trail although unmarked bearing left when possible, bear rt at t ,left at dean's tombstone, as you are going up hill bear left this will lead you to red stay left and or straight on red and this will lead you back to the railroad bed bear right back to vehicle

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Chimney Rock(at least 4 days no rain prior to going), Ringwood,Mahlon Dickerson, Jungle Habitat, Kittatinny



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Review Date
April 24, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: mattybfat ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I have been riding this area off and on for over 12 years and i have to say the riding here has improved ten fold. Who ever built the switchback on top western center did such a profesional job, my helmet off to guys!!! unfortunately, all the great riding is really on the unmarked trails, so if you do go try to hook up with someone who knows the trails you won't be dissappointed. Easily the best in N.J. it's got long climbs, lots of techincal sections with drops, and of course long fast downhills with nice sweeping turns...NICE!!!

Recommended Route:
I park on Rt.517 side jump on orange trail to white trail to unmarked trails.... Again try to ride with someone who knows the trails....



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Review Date
June 20, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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1.00 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Timekiller ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is a very fun, long trail with the option of hitting up some more technical up/downhill. Plenty of places to explore. This trail pretty much runs parallel to Rt. 206/ Rt. 94 The flat singletrack is great! You can feel the very slight inclines in this trail due to the fact that it is an old railroad bed.

Recommended Route:
Park at waterloo and just keep going! Grab a map if you plan on staying in the Waterloo/Byram area. We went through an unmarked loop that came out to someones house!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Devils Footprint through Hopatcong/Jefferson



Comments
Stratocaster (08/30/2007)
Devils Footprint? Where's that?
Timekiller (08/31/2007)
Any of the trails in the "hills" are devils footprint... they are all dirtbike/quad trails.
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