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Jungle Habitat

Average Rating:    (4.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

Relatively new trails, with new ones being constructed. Great ride thru a former drive-thru safari theme park (since abandoned). Lots of tight, twisty trails, some light technical areas. Very fun riding.
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Latitude
41.130108271277805
Longitude
-74.34099018573761
Trail Length
5-10
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
West Milford
State/Territory/Province
NJ
Country
US
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Review Date
December 10, 2012

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: Blue Sugar ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is the strangest place I've ever been. It's an old drive-through safari park that went out of business about 35 years ago. The place has a bad vibe about it. I don't think the animals were happy there. The trails lead past the old animal cages, fences, and enclosures. In one area there's a big pile of cow bones. You can see the tooth marks on the bones from the animals gnawing on them. There are rumored to be escaped animals still living in the woods. I didn't see any.

As far as the trails they're not bad, but very rocky. It's basalt (trap rock) sharp baby-head sized rocks that would hurt badly to fall on. It's also very hilly. You need to be prepared for a lot of climbing and a lot of rocks. It's rideable (I rode a rigid singlespeed 29er), but intermediate level and up. More freeride than XC. You'd be best off on a dualie, all-mtn type of bike.

The people who built there trails have done a service by turning an old, forgotten, deserted place into a riding area. If you go there be prepared for strange surroundings, rocks, and a lot of climbing.

Recommended Route:
Get a map and route advice at the shop in town.



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Review Date
January 4, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: K C-Angell ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Very cool place to ride. Lots of rocks. Definatley a technical ride, but totally manageable on a hardtial. This location was the NJ Moutain Bike State Championships in 2010.

Recommended Route:
As everyone else said, you enter through the fence and hit a trail to the left, which rides along the fence and puts you back out in the parking lot. Head up the parking lot and stick to the right. There is a trail on the right - good warm up trail as it is relatively flat and less rocky than the trails with elevation. This trail cloverleafs around the parking lot and then puts you at the bottom of the hill. Trails criss-cross the hill so you can check all those out.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Ringwood and Waywayanda are near by.



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Review Date
July 14, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: b.a. ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Jungle habitat is a great place to spend an afternoon riding. It is easily accessible from the main road running through the area. plenty of trail choices or if your lazy you can ride around on the paved roads. the trails have been recently marked with large square blazes, and you can pick up a trail map from the local bike shop (its not the best map in the world though takes a little home work). seems to be new trails all the time, i spied some orange marking flags running through the woods today. just remember that even though all the imported wild life has left there are still natives around, bears are very overpopulated in this area so be on guard.

Recommended Route:
i ride up the road till i hit the parking lot, then go up the side till i hit the white (wharthog) trail. take that around till it ends then drop down to the orange then to the yellow down to the red.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
stewart



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Review Date
May 8, 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: MUSTCLIME ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The guys at Towncycle are doing a great job! Trails are cut by mtb guys for mtb guys. The only down side is the place is a great big pile of rocks. It can be done on a hardtail but you are going to feel it next moring. Seems to have new trails every time I go there so the place is growing fast. At the time of this post, I would gress that there are about 10-15 miles of single track, but that number is growing...

Recommended Route:
You park in the area by the logs, ride behind the fence and do the climb upto the parking lot. Then stay to the right of the lot and look for the next trail entrance, that will let you out in a old cage, keep to the roads on the right and look for the next entrance....the guys at town cycle have maps if you want them....have fun!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
ringwood and wayway yonder are the closest.



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Review Date
October 10, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Maxxis ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The newest MTB park of many in the West Milford area. New trails every season. Trails were designed and cut by riders so they're all good single track. The atmosphere of the old Warner Brothers Jungle Habitat is still obvious. The entrance to one piece of single track takes you through an old wooden arched gate what once was some type of wild animal area. Ticket booths are still standing and at one spot you ride through a tunnel to the next section. This area has become a regular MTB race venue. For a visual follow this link: http://nathancrisman.smugmug.com/gallery/6046924_BsHQz#378857850_vyTrJ

Recommended Route:
From the parking area outside the gate, ride through the gateway to a kiosk on the left. Behind it and to your right is the Animal Chute Trail. Twisty Single track that climbs to a huge parking area at the top. Follow other riders (sorry no markings) to the Warthog Trail that is a fast techy twisty trail that works it's way around the large parking area. The newest trail is the Dump Truck Trail at the bottom of this area and is also a worthy ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Ringwood and Wawayanda State Parks all with newer single track.



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