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backside sourland

Average Rating:    (4.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

double/single track some light boulder stuff but nothing too crazy
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Latitude
40.421337622988474
Longitude
-74.78874206542969
Trail Directions
Trail Length
2 miles
Trail Level
Unknown
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
hopewell
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
July 6, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: thejobman ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
WOW - My first ride, I felt like I founds a gold mine! I felt this area is secluded like some reseved park in NC or Virginia... a MUST RIDE for people in Bucks (PA) or Mercer (NJ) area. I will no longer waiste my time at Mercer County Park, thats for sure. The guys above pretty much summed up the terrain, logs of rock gardens and huge boulders. My only complaint: too muddy! But its all part of the fun!

I have a cannondale rush 4z w/ marathon tires - so I had a tough time with the mud, but nothing too bad. FS a must to deal with all the rocks... bring a pump and tubes. If you dont wear a helmet - consider it here at least. A minor fall can lead to a cracked coconut here. just say'n.

Recommended Route:
Put the following into google maps/ur gps:
Rileyville Rd & Mountain Church Rd, Hopewell, NJ 08525

The entrance to the park is very close to that... once you turn into it, go straite into the gravel road that leads to a parking lot. then ride into the double track after a 1/4 mile you will start spotting many single tracks on your left and right. ENJOY!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Core Creek - PA
Mercer Park - NJ



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Review Date
January 28, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: sworks08525 ,  Racer

Summary:
Hopewell Side of Sourlands.
Terrfic Ride . Excellent work out , logs , boulders , mud/water, twisting single track thru some of the most pristine topograpghy in all of NJ.
Warning to riders - clipless or baskets pedals will "kill" you here...switch to the flat pedals as a quick foot plant is often needed on this trail (low speed , highly tech , and will require full focus of the rider at all times).

Recommended Route:
From Hopewell Boro - Greenwood North , up the hill , past Featherbed, past Mt. Church , gravel lot on right (Sourland Preserve-Hunterdon Cty Park System).
Main Trail- past "swamp" on left - @ 1/4 mi on Left second single track entrance on left, up hill to large boulder field , over boulders , follow white marks on trees , down hills , over logs , over streams, over boulders etc...Lots to explore can very ride in many directions, incredibly you'll feel miles from civilization the entire ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Washington Crossing State Park (NJ) - Mercer County Park - Sourland Mountain (Belle Meade/Hillsborough Side)



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Review Date
October 27, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Mr Deadpt , from Flemington, NJ

Summary:
Start by finding the small parking area off Rileyville Road. If you check out this area, do NOT confine your riding to the car-width main access trail--but access the good singletrack by starting there. Ride over the piped stream crossing and pass the open-water swamp on the left, then watch for the fairly-well-defined singletrack going off left and heading up a gradual hill. Follow faint white blazes as this tight single-track weaves an improbable course through boulders and trees with a good measure of rocks and log crossings along the way. NO lungbuster hills. This is all low speed twisting and turning through the trees. All fun--but unskilled or timid riders will find it frustrating. This trail is for intermediate riders; novices better stick to the main access "roadbed". Please keep a low profile and respect this natural area. Bring tubes/patches--there are sharp rocks.

Recommended Route:
White-blazed Singletrack (Name?)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Cushetunk Mountain Preserve, Low singletrack



Comments
sublimehead1981 (09/07/2010)
I came here w/ a friend who is a very experienced rider. It was my first time on an xc trail ever! It was rough but don't let this guy discourage you, this park simply fueled my passion for the sport! the boulders seem daunting at first, but if you do your research and set your bike up properly you'll be fine! Just get out there and do it! I left with a new found respect for my bike and its capabilities.
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Review Date
October 18, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: ganja smuggler , from NJ sticks

Summary:
Well we all know and love sourland mtn preserve but don't always want to beat our selfs to death. Well those who know ride the backside. Crazy great short ride. Not too tech but not borring and when you reach the top. Well it's shangra la for freeriders. Great big boulders every where, just imagine a skate park but for mtn bikers. Super bad. Unfortunatly there is a very small parking lot(about 5-6 cars) so I can't tell you where exactly it is. But if you want to ride there bad enough you'll find it, just don't drive hours or you will be disapointed. Also please watch for hikers on the downhills. Oh and you may want to stick to riding sundays unless you like to wear blaze orange. Because it's hunting season and that includes the park.

Recommended Route:
only one. so far.



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