The Tourne - TRAIL

The Tourne - Trail, Mountain Lakes/Boonton, Jersey

A little bit of everything: 1) super hairy descent 2) leg burning gravel climb 3) singletrack 3) doubletrack 4) technical roots and rocks

User Reviews (30)

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Frank Castle   Weekend Warrior [Aug 13, 2007]

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.

Customer Service

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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3
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3
bikestud   Cross Country Rider [Mar 11, 2007]

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!

Customer Service

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.

Similar Products Used: High Mnt, Ringwood
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3
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3
rryyddeerr   Racer [Feb 08, 2006]

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.

Customer Service

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3
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3
clubmonki   Cross Country Rider [Jun 02, 2005]

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.

Customer Service

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.

Similar Products Used: 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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5
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3
  Weekend Warrior [Nov 09, 2003]

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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1
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1
red_ellsworth   Cross Country Rider [Aug 24, 2003]

We live in Boonton and ride the park a couple of times a week. Yes, some of the good stuff is closed to bikes but there is some fun stuff remaining and new trails are being cut. I get tired of reading reviews from riders who are so good they have to diss every park in NJ. Great, don't ride there. The Tourne has a lot of walkers and dogs. But that is true of Chimney Rock, Mahlon, Waywayanda, etc. Just ride a little slower or go elsewhere. For us, an hour+ after work is perfect and a good two hour ride is possible and rewarding. If you see us (Red Ids) say hello.

Customer Service

There are trails from every lot. When in doubt, turn left-it works.

Similar Products Used: We like Mahlon, CRP, Kittatinny, and Deer Park-and Hartshorne in the Winter.
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4
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4
Rick S   [Nov 26, 1998]

This is a great place to ride on either a full suspension or hardtail. The downhill off the top is really great, practice your braking skills before going down. You can't get lost here and any direction is fun. Great undiscovered place....

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4
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Road Rash   [Dec 01, 1998]

I have been ridding these trails for more than 6 years now and I am only sixteen so I have a bit of experiance with these trails. THe park is a bit small for me but I does have some sweet sections. Not anything good for an really fast down hill run and on any really nice day there are hikers all over the place. Most of the trails are nice hard pack with rocks and roots here and there. However there are some nice long streches of flat out single track. Nothing that I have found to be too hairy for me but nothing too boring. So when it is all said and done this is my back yard and I like it.

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4
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Uncle Kevin   [Mar 03, 1999]

The Tourne is a pretty good ride. It's technical enough so it's not boring, but not so technical that you can't get good speed. Yes there are rocks and roots but the roots aren't too bad and the rocks are mostly stable so you don't have to worry about them moving. All the singletrack eventually ends up on the gravel roads that go throughout the park so it's tough to stay lost for a long period of time. Good for beginner's and intermediate riders. Can't wait to go back.

Customer Service

I came from central New Jersey and took I-287 to exit 43. There was a sign for the Tourne right at the exit. Easy to follow.
Don't miss the gravel road climb. It is a leg burner.Go to the top and there is a small picnic area. On the back of the hill you can go down the rock face and to the left and pick up another portion of trail. We mostly followed the red trail.

Similar Products Used: Exit the park at McCafferty road and follow signs to 202 south. Your about 15 minutes away from Lewis Morris
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4
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Bruce Jacobs   [Mar 28, 1999]

The trails are to be closed April 26

Customer Service

We ride this trail 4 times a week. It looks like this little gem is going to be closed because of MBers riding this small park as though they are in a Norba race. The excuse is soil erosion, but it is a tight technical course with lots of dogs, hikers, joggers and kids. The county meets April 26, 1999 to vote on closing the Tourne to Mountain Biking.

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5
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