Diablo Freeride Park @ Mountain Creek - TRAIL

Diablo Freeride Park @ Mountain Creek - Trail, Vernon, Bikeparks

OFFICIAL OPENING ANNOUNCED: For immediate release: April 28, 2003 TerraLogic Park Industries Revives Mountain Biking at Mountain Creek Diablo Freeride Park set to open May 24th Vernon, N.J., April 28, 2003 TerraLogic Park Industries, a rider owned company based out of Vernon, New Jersey is pleased to announce the grand opening of its innovative mountain bike park to be located at Mountain Creek Resort. The Diablo Freeride Park will host some of the most challenging trails on the east coast. With trails ranging from beginner to expert and beyond, The Diablo will appeal to all levels. Those who remember the trails at Mountain Creek in 2000 can look forward to riding some of their favorites once again, plus there are various new trails that have been added for this grand opening. TerraLogic Park Industries has made a commitment to the development of the sport and will be creating a freeride and downhill trail network that will allow riders to push the limits of conventional freeriding. In addition, there are seemingly endless single-track trails easily accessed off of Vernon Peak for avid cross country riders. Whether you go up or you go down, this park will rock. We have worked extremely hard to launch this park and we are stoked to once again open up Mountain Creek for the local riders, says Shawn Orecchio, Co-owner of TerraLogic Park Industries. We have negotiated a multi-year lease to ensure longevity of the program and to let our customers know we are here to stay. The grand opening is set for Saturday, May 24, 2003. Operations will continue every weekend from May 24th thru September 27th including 3 midweek holidays. Riders interested in unlimited access to the Diablo Freeride Park will have the opportunity to purchase a season pass. Season passes are $289 and will go on sale in the very near future. Single-day lift tickets which provide 8 full hours of chairlift and trail access will cost $28. Mountain bikers, especially downhillers & freeriders, need more places to ride and better terrain. Diablo has been created by ridersfor riders, says co-owner Clay Harper. For further information please email the Diablo Freeride Park at sorecchio@mountaincreek.com or visit www.hcor.net for the latest updates. We look forward to seeing you on the trails. Welcome back! # # #

User Reviews (17)

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john stock   Downhiller [Nov 29, 2013]

This year was my first year of downhill riding and I must say it was great. I had only done street riding just like around the block or into town nothing like this. The first time a rode here it was extremely hard going on greenhorn. Only because of the technical parts from time to time but for the most part it was smooth. I usually go about 2 times a week and progressed very fast. Also the staff their was great and helpful. Most of the black diamonds like upper lower dominion, Salvation, and alpine are very fun they are not really black diamonds unless you do all the jumps and wall rides witch can easily be avoided because you can ride over the jumps and not do the wall rides. The blue diamond breakout is a pretty challenging due to the rock drops and jumps in their. One you go to the back side of the mountain it becomes another story. Extremely rocky and with many drops and i don't mean little ones sizable ones. Also no one rides down their so it is advised to go with at least one other person. I'll put it this way the first time i went down it I tried to walk it and even found that difficult. I love riding their and they have a great fleet of rental bikes to use.

Customer Service

Greenhorn all the way down. Or Greenhorn to alpine but once your down alpine to the last berm go straight instead of turing and going fully down the trail. Their are very tight berms and are hard to go threw first time.

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5
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2
Rob-Bob   Downhiller [Aug 29, 2012]

Rocky, steep and technical riding. This place is not for a beginner. The Green and blue trails can be difficult and the single and double black diamond trails can be downright dangerous. The jump line trail is tailored more towards d.j. Bikes. They are too steep for a downhill bike. If you are up to the challenge this place could be lots of fun but if you are looking for smooth flowing tracks then you might want to go elsewhere.

Customer Service

Breakout to crap shoot.

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3
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3
Stevuke   Cross Country Rider [Dec 12, 2010]

Believe it or not, this is the first place I EVER rode.. I never even did XC before I did this.

People asked me if I was out of my mind.. they had a point.

That being said, this place is insanely exciting.. and I tried it as a newbie and have lived to tell the tail. (that being said, I wouldn't recommend that anyone START here.. just that I did and lived.)

This place is a scream!

Customer Service

I can't do anything but the greens.. or at least I lack the guys to try anything else....

Similar Products Used: This is the only freeride place I've been.
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5
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1
goldsbar   Cross Country Rider [Sep 06, 2009]

Great place. I come from years of XC riding and wanted to try my hand at downhill. I'd been to Whiteface and Killington before once each but it turns out the best place is right in my home state of NJ. Something for every rider. The beginner trail is what I'd consider a not so steep technical XC MTB trail. The double diamond stuff is just sick - really rocky with drops. Single diamonds are in between and can have decent drops (bigger stuff always optional) and tons of rocks. Recommend doing what I did and renting a proper downhill bike if you don't have one. Sure, you could use a rigid hardtail on some of the trails (even some of the double diamond groomed jump stuff minus the drops). But, if you really want to hit the rocky diamond and above trails with confidence, go for the bike that's meant for this stuff - makes a huge difference.

Customer Service

Stick to the right side of the mountain for the first few runs if you're a beginner. Maybe take a ride down the green and blue trails a couple/few times and then move to Triple Drop (really Triple Roll as they're no longer drops), Dirt Merchant, etc. Temptest on the other side of the mountain has a decent size drop that's really easy to hit.

Similar Products Used: Nada - this is the only true downhill place in the area. Plattekill if you want to drive more.
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5
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2
BRienecker   Downhiller [Aug 07, 2009]

the whole atmosphere is awesome. there is somthing for everybody here. but if you dont like or cant handle rocks. this may not be for you. but in the case that you enjoy rocks it is heavan.the rock gardens and jumplines are like no other! and the tabletops on dominion are very large.also, if you veer of the trail, you could roll downa 20 foot mountian like i did, but i def. recomend this park, the employees are very helpfull and chill

Customer Service

ego trip,dominion,upper breakout,lower breakout,alpine, the indycross, dirt merchant,triple drop,slayer,and others

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5
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4
CraShRyDer7@gmail.com   Downhiller [Dec 23, 2007]

there are many trails to choose from, and envolve many different skill levels. there is always a way around an obsticle for someone who cant ride such a thing

Customer Service

anything super smooth, supper rocky, or a jumline, has a lot of roll downs, ect. thats the best stuff, but other trails are still great

Similar Products Used: anything there
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5
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3
mtbr69   Downhiller [Dec 20, 2007]

basiclly, amazing i love diablo i rode there for a couple days this summer its a fast lift up and fun and a unique selection of rountes you can take, you could do as many runs you want it just depends if you can keep up

Customer Service

i usally took otb to lower dominion to lower breakout to alpine it was the best but thats just one trial route you can take all trailsa re good but there is this one trial i wound up on and it was coverd in rocks and it was steep i think it was alyer but it was hard i had to walk some parts

Similar Products Used: none theres nothing other than diablo to go to
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5
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4
Cody Robinson   Downhiller [Jun 10, 2007]

Diablo is easily the best in the area. This may spark debate about Plattekill but come on. Does plattekill have a jumpline or variety like Diablo? Diablo is nice riding that tends to be more rocky than dirt and fast. Great for rock garden obsessed freaks.

Customer Service

Dominion (upper) and after the last jump on the upper stick to the right. Follow across to lower Dominion. Ride the blue squares (sorry I don't know the names) to alpine.

Similar Products Used: Plattekill
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5
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4
spylab   Weekend Warrior [Sep 05, 2006]

For those like myself who spend at least 3 days a week on local, semi-flat XC trails (Allamuchy, Hopatcong), Diablo is a great chance to run into some of the quickest, trickiest and most confidence-challenging trails anywhere nearby. I have thoroughly enjoyed myself and pushed my Trek hardtail to its limit, though a full suspension setup is much preferred, and a DH/FR build is necessary to tackle most of the double black diamond trails (as well as a LOT of experience riding this type of terrain).

For the most part, the trails are well marked and well maintained. Rain ruts along the main downhill, as well in pretty tricky spots (i.e. directly at the bottom of the Flume Drop) can easily end in a trip over the bars if you are not ready for each and every one. From time to time they do close some of the more popular trails such as Alpine or the Dominions, but the crew can be seen actively repairing closed areas, which is reassuring.

One big issue is their trail mapping. The website's "map", besides being a couple years out-of-date, shows the trail lines running sort of mish-mosh on top of the snowed-in ski map. Even while at the park, there is no accurate map detailing all the trails, which can be a bit frustrating if you are looking for a specific run. In addition, Diablo should in reality offer some type of legend system to signify the type of trail (rather than a square, diamond or double-diamond only). They do have the Dominion runs marked as jump trails, however it can be quite a nuisance when you are looking for a new, quick run and end up on an endless rock garden like Deliverance, Slayer or Ripper.

All things said and done, Diablo is a great park to test your confidence, experience a good bit of thrill (some of the ladder bridges, especially on Careless Whisper, will challenge even the best riders), and definitely take a GOOD BEATING, both on your equipment and yourself!

Customer Service

Recommended (based on my somewhat amateur DH experience):
TWIST
UPPER DOMINION
LOWER DOMINION
UPPER BREAKOUT
DIRT MERCHANT
TRIPLE DROP
ALPINE
DOMBOO
CRAP CHUTE
FLUME DROP
[Unknown Trail] Carries straight after Crap Chute's steep descent, travels down by the river
[Unknown Trail] Cuts behind a small red barn mid-trail, brings you to the Flume Drop

Not Recommended (personal opinion of trails I found intolerably over-rocky):
DELIVERANCE
SLAYER
[Unknown Trail] Offshoots just before Road to Nowhere, then continues on right. Just a monster rock garden.

Similar Products Used: Haven't ridden any other DH parks, however some good XC reviews about Waywayanda S.P. just a couple miles away have been heard.
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4
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3
AS.. the original   Downhiller [Mar 16, 2006]

First, let me say, this is a review of the DH and Freeride trails. I have never ridden the XC trails here but I know they exist.

Diablo, also known as Mountain Creek, is a well thought out and proper mountain for the extreme rider. The trails are maintained on a regular basis and designed for different skill levels and riding styles. You have steep, rocky and flat-out nasty trails for DH riders. There are also smooth runs with berms and table top jumps that range from 4 foot gaps to 25 foot monsters. A small number of trails have man made stunts like bridges and skinnys. One particular bridge drops off 15' onto a long, steep rock face. Talk about an adrenaline rush! For the most part, this is a natural terrain park with lots of rocky DH trails. You'll have the most fun on a long travel bike.

Riders should have some DH experience. Novice riders will have trouble with the rocky terrain. These trails will beat you up.

Customer Service

This is a legitimate freeride and DH park with lift access. For those who don't live close, there is lodging and food all around. There is also a large water park right next door so you can bring non-riders or even the family. You can definitely make a weekend trip of it.

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4
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4
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