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South Mountain Reservation

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

Tough, Technical and no joke
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Latitude
40.72514478577348
Longitude
-74.30294036865234
Trail Directions
Illegal so if you know the area you know who to ask
Trail Length
Endless
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Millburn
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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
October 20, 2003

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: Riceburner ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Best riding in North Central Jersey if you live near it and want to defy authority. All kidding aside, it is rarely enforced, just be polite to the joggers, dog walkers and bird watchers. Incredible selection of trails....roots, rocks, logs, streams, etc.

Recommended Route:
Follow gravel road and take singletrack when you see it.



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Review Date
February 26, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Dale , from Union

Summary:
Yes, these trails are illegal, but hikers never seem to mind as long as you are polite and yield to them. I have never once seen a cop around there. Pretty much any trail on the reservation is fun as hell - tons of roots, mud, rocks(rocks everywhere), all a mix of narrow singletrack with very rocky jeep roads connecting them. My favorite route is the rahway trail - very technical singletrack with roots, rocks, and ditches galore. Get through that without setting a foot down and you will be king. Cross the green bridge going over south orange ave and ride te jeep road up to the turtleback trail. Less rocks and obstacles, but very narrow and hilly. Good luck.

Recommended Route:
Start in teh parking area directly across from Millburn train station. Beginners should take the Rahway(white) trail. More Advanced riders should ride up to the scenic overlook and ride the lenape(yellow) trail. Follow the Lenape across the green bridge and follow the turtleback(orange) trail for great climbs, technicals, and downhills.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Fuck, the reservation is all you need.



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Review Date
September 22, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Deek , from millburn

Summary:
If you want, you can cross brookside dr., and ride the yellow (gold) trail north and east, or you can ride a less diffcult singletrack west. The westward route tends to be hilly, but not too difficult, BUT I've seen it be washed out aftre heavy rains. I definitely reccomend the Rahway trail, and then crossing over brookside drive (be careful- traffic and cops) and riding up the field and turning right onto the trail there. from there, you can do a 4 mile diffult singltrack loop north, or you can head north/west for some excellent, difficult, fast singletrack which takes you down to Tulip Gove in west orange. Tulip gove is along brook side drive, so you can park your car there and ride and return, or you can start in millburn and then turn around at tulip grove. I've ridden from millburn to TG many times, but I have never checked out the area beyond there. Maybe you can give it a shot! :-)

Recommended Route:
Blue and Purple trails. It IS illegal, but not really enforced. There is some good begginers singletrack on the south side of Brookside Drive, with the Rahway trail and lenape trail being a good starting point.



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Review Date
September 13, 2002

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: eric , from millburn

Summary:
Agreed with the other comments - it's illegal, etc. It's really a shame it is illegal b/c it is a beautiful ride. I live across the street from a trailhead that is relatively secluded, it's too tempting not to pop in the park once in a while.

Recommended Route:
none.



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Review Date
July 27, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Goldy , from Millburn

Summary:
Well I first would like to stress that it is illegal but it is the best riding in the state. Unbelievable trails with endless drops, logs, rockbeds, roots. You name it it is there. If you are advanced and think you can handle it i recommend switchbacks to the top and drop the Yellow trail all the way down. NO JOKE and Very difficult. I only know a few people that can ride the whole trail either way maybe once out of ten times without clipping out. Very hard single tracks on either side of the mountain, Incredible rivine ride on the blue and 6 mile climb. Lots of night riding with experienced mountain bikes. Bring extra tubes, tools and of course water. But Yield to foot traffic and watch out for County Sherrifs. I recommend starting at late weeknights to get to know the place.
Do some trail maintenance and be respectful to foot traffic. Enjoy the ride !!!!

Recommended Route:
Illegal - BUT - follow the colored boxes on trees but to really enjoy it you gotta find someone out there who knows the area or search the area for local shop and ask around.



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