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The Tourne

Average Rating:    (3.13 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 30

A little bit of everything: 1) super hairy descent 2) leg burning gravel climb 3) singletrack 3) doubletrack 4) technical roots and rocks
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Latitude
40.908777468276526
Longitude
-74.43572044372558
Trail Directions
Rt 80 to rt. 46 to mountain lakesmake a left on BoulevardBear left and you'll see the sign for Tourne Park
Trail Length
8-9 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Mountain Lakes/Boonton
   


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Review Date
August 13, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Frank Castle ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Like alot of the reviews state, a bit of everything here. Quasi technical/rocky downhill sections and climbs. Good place for a beginner to get their skills up with more to challenge them when they do, namely going faster than the last time. However a bit of a caveat: The parks commision has recently dismantled the logstacles and assorted other treats that were hidden back here for quite some time. Including blocking off a section section of trail that had a nice rock roller drop in, claiming they dont allow 'freeride' features. I only rode the red trail this weekend, so I didnt see how the singletrack downhill from the top made out, but couldve possibly been compromised as well as Im not sure what they consider 'freeride' at this point.

Recommended Route:
find the red trail and enjoy. Also, make the gravel climb and bomb the straight downhill on the other side, if its still there...



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Review Date
March 11, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: bikestud ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Not a bad place to get your fix, but there's much better out there.

Maybe I have't explored enough. There are tons of side trails. Went down one and wasn't too impressed. But there are many more!

The only real climb is up a gravel path--which sucks. However, at the top, there is a slice of singletrack you can bomb back down on.

Don't get me wrong-there's plenty of fun to be had here!

Recommended Route:
Start at Lake Shore Rd. parking lot and take trail on left side of the lake. Follow red blazes 1.5 mile, cross road and head up hill. At top of hill, head over to exposed rocks to find singletrack down. Eventually, you'll come back out to the road you crossed earlier. Make a left and head down the road a bit to find another red-blazed trail, which you can take back to your car.

Explore!

Comment on rating: Tech difficulty is about a 2.5 overall, except for the singletrack descent.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
High Mnt, Ringwood



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Review Date
February 8, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: rryyddeerr ,  Racer

Summary:
Ive ridden this trail three times now, and I have probably ridden most of what is available. I plan to go back, but mostly because of this trails proximity to my house. It has a good gravel climb which should take approximately 4-6 minutes at a good pace. The beauty of it is that it drops back down the other side of the hill and makes a loop, so it will be perfect for hill repeats. Just what everybody wants to do, I know. There are some single sections that you can get going pretty fast, and some small decents that offer some technical challenge. Going slow makes it really easy. But as a wise woman once told me "If its 'not technical enough' your not going fast enough" Very wise indeed. So that little mantra applies to The Tourne. The only problem with 'going fast enough' is the hiker/little kid/obsticle issue. Kidding. There are lots of walkers. I would hesitate to say anyone is 'hiking'. This thing is like a mile from one end to the other. So, the trails knot all over each other, so its easy to get turned around, but wouldnt say you could get lost. Just keep riding, youll eventually recognize something.
The main section of trails is south of McCaffrey Lane. So drive in on that and park in anything available and head off into the woods. Exlpore. It all loops around on itself.
The climb to the 'Lookout' is north of McCaffrey. Cross the road from the ballfield and head up. You cant miss it. There is a hairy little decent off the left shoulder of this climb if you take the gravel road to the left. Its not quite all the way up at the top. Beginners should attempt this at their own risk. Eventually, this will poop you out onto a little gravel path. Turn right to search for more single, or left to get back to the road.

Recommended Route:
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Review Date
June 2, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: clubmonki ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
These Trails use to be short and boring, but in the last few years there has seem to be a growth in basic trail maintaince and even some fun log rollers, and jumps. The only problem is you have to know were you are going, there is a lot out there at least 50 miles of rolling trails at the Tourne, but hidden the way we like it.

Recommended Route:
Bike to the Top (The Cone) and on way down the East Side, make a hard Right off the gravel trail about 200 feet down from the top... this trail is steep and will leave you all the way out by the road.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The Lake Route... From the Wood Train, you pass the barrier and make left into the trail, follow to end and go around lake.. very flat and slow... at the lake parking lot follow steep trail into woods.. this is a fun rolling trail that will take you into the heart of Mountian bike Meca.



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Review Date
November 9, 2003

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by:  ,  Weekend Warrior , from Parsippany

Summary:
Nothing special, its ok for a quick work out. Does not offer any challenging decents. I ride there every once in a while because the convience of it being close to where i live. If you want a real challenge visit Mountain Creek-Diablo.****OUTRAGIOUSLY AWESOME****



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