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THE MAZE (IN MERCER COUNTY PARK)

Average Rating:    (3.62 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 21

THE TIGHTEST SINGLE TRACK IN THE WORLD!GREAT FOR A WARM UP BEFORE YOUR RIDE. ITS SO TIGHT ITS HARD TO FIT YOUR BARS THROUGH THE TREES,BE CAREFUL YOU WILL HOOK YOUR BAR ENDS---GO FAST & HAVE FUN.
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Latitude
40.26302264952665
Longitude
-74.65184211730957
Trail Directions
SEE MERCER FOR DIRECTIONS------ONCE IN PARK GET ON THE PAVED BIKE TRAIL TOWERD THE EAST SIDE OF THE PARK,YOU SHOULD SEE A CLEARING ,THEN A WHOLE AREA OF SKINNY I"AROUND TREES. LOOK FOR AN OPENING(THEY'RE ABOUT 5 OF THEM) AND GO FOR IT!
Trail Length
1miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Mercer
   


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Review Date
September 3, 2006

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: tearitup ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Without question some of the most unchallenging, boring, and plain flat trails i have ever ridden. if you are an intermediate to advanced rider and looking to step up your game, this is not the place for you.

Recommended Route:
none

Other recommended trails in the same area:
clayton



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Review Date
August 14, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: BikerDan ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This trail was fun for an intermediate like me. It also was the favorite for my girlfriend who isn't that into trail riding. SHe wants to come back out here. Watch out for deer in this section of the woods.



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Review Date
February 8, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: cmh ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Mercer county park is more than just the Maze, but the Maze is probably what keeps most folks coming back. Mercer has a bad rap among folks I know because it's flat and not terribly aerobic. I've found you can make it as aerobic as you want, depending on where you go and how you approach it. Still, the greatest benefit I've gotten from Mercer is the low-speed balance work that you get in the Maze. Many times when I'm riding elsewhere, I've gotten through a technical section, and had to give a nod to Mercer for getting me that balance.

There are different levels of difficulty, allowing you to work your way up. The flatness of the park also makes it accessable to all levels of rider.

The flatness of Mercer also makes it ideal for folks who are just trying out singlespeeding. Don't have to deal with climbs, except for the dam, which can be done with enough speed coming into it. Just skip the ultra-wide bars popular with singlespeeding - you won't be able to ride the best parts of the maze! I also like ski-bend bar ends as bash guards. I've smashed fingers several times running without bar ends, but with them I usually deflect off the tree and keep going. Folks worry about hooking the bar ends, but frankly, if the tree is that far in on your bars, you're going down no matter what. Hardest I got thrown was with ultra-wide risers and no bar ends. Caught the edge of the bar with a tree and *voila* I'm flyin!

Finally, big props to Mick and the SMART folks for the work they've done. I just started getting involved in the trail maintenance days and they've got some great plans in store.

Recommended Route:
Check out the official trail map on http://www.angelfire.com/nj2/smart17/ A good place for beginners to start in the Maze is the easier section starting in F9 - the yellow "Y" trail. Stops being maze-tight just before it crosses the red "R" trail in E10. However, it gets swoopy and fast and is a bunch of fun. The hardest Maze is found just above the start of the Yellow trail in F10. If you can make it through that trail without dabbing or leaning on a tree, you've got some good balance. Another maze-like section which can be taken pretty fast is what we refer to as the "Deer Trail" in H10. Runs between the West Picnic Area and Marina, and we often get to chase some deer through the woods. (thus our name for it) There's more, but just grab the trail map, hit the trails, and enjoy!



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Review Date
February 4, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: ktm racer ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The Mercer trails were cut by a group of off-road motorcycle racers that live in the area. If you've ever ridden any dirt bike race in the woods in the northeastern U.S., then you can see the similarities. Some of the single track is so tight that you can't even fall over, cause' the trees will hold you up. Mostly flat, small elevation changes of no more than 5 to 15 feet. Some technical/trials (yes trials-logs on off cambers, etc...) type stuff, you just have to look for it (behind the tennis courts along the lake)! Many trails go all the way around the lake, but as mentioned by someone else, "stay off the golf course" (waist of good land)! Ride at night to get all the way around the lake and across the golf course.

Recommended Route:
any parking lot along the lake in the park. The tennis court parking is the least crowded, though the college girls sunbathe near the marina parking lot on sunny days!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Clayton, Manasquan Reservoir (easy/flat)



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Review Date
January 9, 2004

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: Rob Hurley ,  Racer

Summary:
This maze is mad fun to do. very tight. Me and my buddy's will do this trail like 4 times a week. we all live like 5 minutes away from the park entrance so its very convient.

Recommended Route:
Theres another way to get to this maze and alot quicker too. instead of going through the pavement cut though the field and you will see an opening with some rocks around it one of the rocks has a white paint on it just go through that and its on the first right.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
This is for the young guns in the winter time down by the marina they take out the docks well a group off bikers will set them up so you can ride up on them !!!!!!!!WARING!!!!!!!!EXTREMELY DIFFICULT!!!!!!!ride on the 2x4's toget to each dock some you may have to jump.it is a very sweet setup. this is sick.



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