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Sourlands Mtn Reservation

Average Rating:    (3.74 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 38

All Single track, extremly rocky, very technical
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Latitude
40.47319966742149
Longitude
-74.6949291229248
Trail Directions
Route 206 to Amwell Road take a left onto East mountain Road (off of Amwell). Riding area and parking lot are located approx. 2 miles on right. A trail map is available at the lot.
Trail Length
miles 8
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Hillsboro
   


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Review Date
June 22, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Nash ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Rode Sourland this morning with my body Jeff and, I cannot believe that I bike for more than ten years and did not know about this jewel located about 50 miles from home. Usually ride Chimney Rock, Ringwood, and Blue Mountain NY and now I found another fan place to go, not too far away. Because this was the first time for me, we did not ride the whole park. We started from the parking lot to the following intersection TH to 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, c, 7, 6, 5 and, then went strait DH on the gas line. Will explore more next tine; I am certain that there is more section as good to ride out there. BTW, if someone has a better way to run this park, the info is appreciated



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Review Date
August 2, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: poor iggy ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Rode SL for the first time yesterday. WOW. It blows away anything I've seen in NJ. If you think you can ride than this is the place to bring it. By far the most technical and well laid out trails with some real natural challenges(boulderama).
I enjoy the tight twisty turns of Allaire. Riding Hartshorne is a good test of aerobic endurance. SL tests your riding and bike handling skills. As another reviewer pointed out "hardest CR=easiest SL"
These trail are demanding enough that you don't need the mileage of places like Allaire. If you want an aerobic workout go to Allaire or Hartshorne. If you ride you gotta check this place out!

Recommended Route:
I liked clockwise as a start. Once I ride there alot I guess I'd mix it up.



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Review Date
July 24, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: drcridealot ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
It doesn't get any rockier than the sourlands. It's a short course, but it packs a punch. If you ride it when it's wet, your gonna feel the pain.

Recommended Route:
Trail maps are in the lot. Take the course clockwise (finish to start). This way you'll be on your bike more.



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Review Date
November 24, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: solarity ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Definitely a challenging trail despite not having significant mileage. Frankly I do not understand the grandiose reviewer below, if this trail is actually hyped up as he claims then I wouldn't know of any other challenging and technically aggressive trails in the state. Either he did not ride the whole trail, is full of himself or is some superhuman freak ( if this is the case then he would probably be bored with all the trails in the area, might as well move to Moab). I am interested to know which trail he does find challenging in the area.

I have ridden pretty much all of the trails in NJ and in my opinion this is amongst the most technically challenging to ride. Lots of big rocks and boulders littering the trail make this a fun and adventurous ride. I ride clockwise starting either at the pond or from the main trailhead working my way up generally staying to the left. You will cross the fire road twice, once near the bottom and again midway as you work your way towards the cluster of monster boulders. Full suspension isn't a must if you are experienced, but beginners should be cautious.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Chimney Rock, Round Valley (lung buster), Six Mile (smooth single track) and Ringwood.



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Review Date
June 2, 2007

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: habakak ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I've read the reviews on this park and was dissapointed when I rode it. Firstly, you must first understand the experience or level of riding ability before you can judge any trail (just like judging anything else in life). I digress - I once read a review on the Specialized Epic XC mtb on this site about a guy that test rode it (for maybe 5 minutes) in a bike shops parking lot on black top and he very enthusiastically stated 'the bike is awesome and performs as advertised!'. Duh!! OK, enough ranting. I am a moderately fit rider and rate my technical skills (as far as tight single-track, log riding and rock gardens goes - I'm not that good/experienced at jumping and skinnies) at a 8 or 9 out of 10. There's not a lot of areas I can't clean on bike - lately I mostly ride my Raleigh XXIX SS. I ride it at any park and do as well with that as with any of my full-suspension geared bikes. Anyhow, I rode Sourlands on my Epic since I heard the park is really tough and you need to bring your A game. Well, I was not impressed. I was not having a good day (tired from a week long vacation in Vegas) and even so I cleaned the majority of the terrain. Some did catch me, but if I was in the mood I could have cleaned it on a few retries - I was just too tired. Boulderama is a lot of fun, but there were only about 2 or 3 obstacles I coud not clear on the first try. The descent after that is nice, but not too crazy. Overall the park is not that good if you are big time into technical riding. It has way too much double-track or washed-out singletrack that rides and feels almost like doubletrack. If you are a beginner, do not ride here. If you have a year's experience of XC riding, you will enjoy the riding here but soon get bored with it. If you are a good and experienced rider who likes technical riding, it's not really worth it to visit this park unless you live really close or have not other option to ride.

Recommended Route:
Park is very small and you cannot get lost - trails are really well marked. You can do everything the park has to offer in a 2-3 hours depending on how strong you ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Chimney Rock - only did it once and remember it being OK. However I am a much better rider now and might consider Chimney Rock to be boring (not technically challenging).



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