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Mahalon Dickerson

Average Rating:    (4.21 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 24

Wide trails, rolling terrain, very rocky. Some single track.
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Latitude
41.00733388826392
Longitude
-74.586181640625
Trail Directions
Route 80 to route 15 North to Weldon Road. Parking area is about 3 miles off route 15 and is located at Saffin Pond (right hand side). Trails are on both sides of the road and a trail map is located at the lot, as well as trail maps (free).
Trail Length
miles up to 16
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Lake Hopatcong
   


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Review Date
September 4, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: MannyL358 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
To get a good understanding of what this trail system is like you should check out this review video.

Check it out: http://www.videotrailreviews.com/Mahlon



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Review Date
October 23, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Tom from Rockaway, NJ ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I learned to ride back in 89 on a fully rigid Mongoose in this park. Alot has changed since then. Do not pay attention to the next review. I have riddeen everywhere from bike parks in CA, CO and VT to cross county rides like the Flume trail at Lake Tahoe. This place can either be suprisingly fun or fustratingly boring depending on the route you take.
There are serveral new technical singletrack routes to have fun on. The ones I've discovered are mostly on the opposite side from the Safin Pond parking lot. Check these new trails out before you form a negative opinion.

Recommended Route:
I'll list 3 fun, moderately technical trails to try out:
1) Go over to the parking lot for the ball fields and picnic area. Head down the main trail to the first intersection and make a left. You need to make a right and a left to stay on this trail and at the top of a hill there will be a very narrow (new) singletrack on your right. Take that all the way out to the first intersection and make a left. You will get a view of Jefferson High school on your right. At the next intersection either continue staight for extreme rock garden experience or exit either right or left on to an easier doublewide.
2)This new trail near Weldon Road is in between saffin pond and the picnic area parking lot. It's near the gravel trail taking you up to the the highest point in Morris County. The entrance is on the right almost at Weldon road. Take this up a very steep hill and there will be a loop. Go past the first trail on the right- this is the way out. take the loop in a counter clockwise direction and go around the wire fence and back north right next to Weldon road.
3) This singletrack trail comes out right at the corner of Saffin Pond parking lot and the rail trail across the street.



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Review Date
August 30, 2005

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 0 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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1.40 of 5, 10.00 votes

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Reviewed by: neoleony1 ,  Downhiller

Summary:
I followed the route in the mt biking guide of new jersey, and also rode all the side trails. This was with out a doubt some of the worst riding I have ever experienced. I can't believe other people have rated it as high as they did. People that rate this trail/trails as above average have never actually been on a good trail.

The mt biking guide rated this ride as difficult, but I am fairly sure any scrub riding these trails would have no problem.

Recommended Route:
None. Go to Utah

Other recommended trails in the same area:
None



Comments
idbrian (11/26/2006)
I would say all credability would and should be lost when he mentions taking the mt biking guide of NJ route. That route skips ALL of the best trails in that park.
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Review Date
August 15, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: JCanizales ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Great park, great trails. The park is sueted for all mountain bikers, beginner to advanced. It has a good mixture of everything. The park has a ton of trails to pick depending on your technical riding abilities as well as how much punishment your lungs can take. Some trails are gravel, single tracks, rockgardens, logs, stumps, roots, technical climbs, fast decents etc.. The park is a blast. You can spend a half hour to a half day at the park. I have seen a ton of wildlife including black bears. Pretty cool!

Recommended Route:
I usually park at saffins pond, cross the street and start my ride on the gravel rode. I ride a little over a mile, then I make the second right onto a series of trails. At this point, you have entered the meat of the park. Have fun and explore. I usually climb all the way to the top where the camping sites are. I come back down and end up on the same gravel road at which I entered. I then head back to saffins pond, I ride along side the pond and I make a left towards the dam. At this point, take the trail on the right hand side. Take that trail to the end. It it will eventually put you back on the road about two miles up. Cross the road again and pedal for about a half mile heading up the road. You will see a trail on you left handside. Enter the trail, you back into the meat of the park again. Again, explore, have fun and find your way back.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
N/A



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Review Date
July 14, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by:  ,  Weekend Warrior , from Parsippany

Summary:
First time there this weekend, and found it to be exactly like all the other reviews. Great incline/decline technical rocky hills(intermediate & experience riders a plus).A little bit of everything for the riders to enjoy. A definate challange.Although i must say, be ready to get eaten alive by the huge bugs & MESQUITOS, for you are in there enviroment and they can care less. Definate fast track. Will return many more times to enjoy all it has to offer.



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