Sourlands Mtn Reservation - TRAIL

Sourlands Mtn Reservation - Trail, Hillsboro, Jersey

All Single track, extremly rocky, very technical

User Reviews (38)

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Nash   Weekend Warrior [Jun 22, 2013]

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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4
VALUE
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5
poor iggy   Cross Country Rider [Aug 02, 2008]

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!

Customer Service

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

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5
VALUE
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4
drcridealot   Cross Country Rider [Jul 24, 2008]

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.

Customer Service

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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5
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2
solarity   Cross Country Rider [Nov 24, 2007]

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.

Similar Products Used: Chimney Rock, Round Valley (lung buster), Six Mile (smooth single track) and Ringwood.
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4
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3
habakak   Cross Country Rider [Jun 02, 2007]

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.

Customer Service

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.

Similar Products Used: 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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2
VALUE
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3
Nick   Weekend Warrior [Dec 28, 2006]

This place is so much fun. It is the best mtbing around. Yes its tough and rocky, its the side of a mountain with awesome views and totally serene environment. Bring binoculars if you want, you can see NYC skyline from the top.

Customer Service

Walk your bike up to the top through the clearing, then ride down. Trying to ride up is fun and challenging, but the ride down is the best part.

Similar Products Used: I think this is the best place around. I live by mercer county park and that place is total crap compared to this. I love elevation changes so this place is the best, no comparison
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RATING
5
VALUE
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4
thomaswdaly   Weekend Warrior [Oct 09, 2006]

Right, this place is for bikes? I've gota say after my first pass here yesterday I was impressed. People call this ride rocky, that's like calling Antartica meerly cold. This is the most technical place I've been to and definately be prepared for any and every sort of breakdown. Endless wandering through boulders and actually figuring out where the trail is gets tough in some places.

Great fun, bring a friend and you may want to make sure your insurance is all in order. This place is almost enough to make me where PADS.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
frizzle-fry   Cross Country Rider [Jan 21, 2006]

I decided to check out Sourland as I was looking for something different in the area. I normally ride Chimney Rock, Six Mile Run, Kilmer and occaisionally Ringwood. I have been to Clayton and Hartshorn a few times. Despite the fact that the recent warm weather and persistant rains have tranformed most of the area trails to a muddy mess, I decided to check out Sourland anyway as it is close to where I live. It didn't take long for me to notice that this place is super rocky and technical. These trails are littered with rocks ranging from fist sized to enormous 5ft+ boulders. There are sections of trail that are completely covered in layers of rocks - solid slabs covered with loose rocks. You name it, sourland has it - round, loose, flat, jagged and embedded rocks. There is no shortage of roots and log piles here either. Now top it off with thick mud, standing water and runoff from recent rains and you have one hell of a technical adventure. I don't know which is more challenging here, the climbs or the descents as the trails get steep really fast. The bottom line is that this place is fun and much more of a challenge than Chimney Rock in my opinion. Some trails here are just as hairy as those found in Ringwood, but this place is much smaller. Lots of hikers around here so keep a lookout for them. Make sure you have good tires when riding here, my vertical pros saved my butt more times than I could count when I rode here. FS is a must and ride with a buddy if you are not an experienced rider - many opportunities for broken bones or worse. I would not come here when it is wet for the obvious reasons. I will wait for this place to drain before riding here again.

Similar Products Used: Chimney rock is also great and good for preparing for this place.
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5
VALUE
RATING
4
kiter913   Cross Country Rider [Apr 16, 2005]

this place is somuch fun:) there are rocks that are bigger than cars that u can droop in on. it is just intenceif u r a mountain bike you must go here.

Customer Service

my favorit trail is trail 6. go up the pipe line untill see a trail on the left or right i prefer going left

Similar Products Used: the d&r canal
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5
VALUE
RATING
5
Stumpy_Bob   Weekend Warrior [Sep 17, 2004]

I went to Sourland for the first time last week. I was joined by friends that have been riding the trails for years and knew the layout very well. The course is intense and very challenging. Be prepared for a great technical workout. I normally don't wear pads, but at Sourland it is highly recommended. The course contains lots of rack gardens, climbs and single track.

Customer Service

Boulder-rama!!!

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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