High Mountain - TRAIL

High Mountain - Trail, North Haledon, Jersey

All kinds of trails. trails vary, some trails are very rocky and others are smooth. Some pretty sick downhills on the back of the mountain on the wayne side. Been riding here for years and still have not found all trails. One tip, if you have a GPS bring it!Got lost exploring and had to bushwack to get to a trail we knew! Pretty Scary!

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jkmacman   Cross Country Rider [Jul 30, 2010]

They recently put new trail markers as well as signs to the hi mountain summit.

Customer Service

Park at trail head at william paterson university they built a nice kisok there this year. Take red trail and make a left onto yellow and check out the summit, if you have time try the white and blue trail which is my favorite for mtb

Similar Products Used: ringwood, ramapo, tourne, sterling forest
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4
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4
bikestud   Cross Country Rider [Mar 08, 2007]

My intitial impression is that this is a fun place to ride. Especially good for the intermediate rider. Advanced riders may get bored, but I could be wrong.

It's basically a mix of not-too-wide double track and single track with lots and lots of unmarked side trails I've yet to explore. Some rocky/rooty sections, but not very technical overall. This means you can really get rolling on the flats.

Climbs are relatively steady with some steep portions, but nothing an average climber with a little fortitude couldn't handle. Despite what previous reviewers have stated, there's next to no hike-a-bikin'.

Can't say much about the descents cause they were icy and I had to walk them, but I imagine they're real fun. What I can say is that they'll offer a fair challenge due to loose rocks. Some opportunities for small jumps/drops

Customer Service

From top parking lot, start on red trail take that about .5 mile, then hook up with yellow trail. Eventually the yellow will meet up with red again, which you can take back to the lot (make sure you head SOUTH or you'll end up in Franklin Lakes.

You can do many more miles if you want!

Get the map here: http://www.waynetownship.com/engineer-maps.htm

Similar Products Used: Skyline Yellow Trail/Cannonball
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4
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AaronD   Cross Country Rider [Feb 21, 2006]

Ive riden these trails in the past, I lie right round the bend in wayne so it used to be a quick ride to the university to hit the trails and mess around...from my experience the trails are really better for hiking rather than biking. Its a lot of uphill on loose rock, more of a hike-a-bike than anything. its easy to get lost back there cause the trails seem to have been a little neglected due to university construction etc. Not a bad place to fool around but not the best. Ringwood definatley owns this place by far.

Customer Service

map it out or you will get lost.

Similar Products Used: Ramapo (top of skyline) yellow to cannonball over 287 end in oakland.
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GlennO   Cross Country Rider [Oct 11, 2004]

I'm amazed that this 1300 acre preserve has not been adopted by bicycle clubs and used more often. It's a perfect location for Wayne, Franklin Lakes, Haledon, Paterson, etc. and there's nothing like it. The terrain has unlimited potential that is at least as good if not better than Ringwood, for example. People just need to build more singletrack there. I'm just starting to get into the sport but I got the fever this year and I've been going 3 times a week for the past 6 months. I'd volunteer to help build trails on some weekends if there were people interested that were more experienced at making trails than I am! I imagine you would need to get some permission from Wayne township (etc.) but there has to be a way to do this "legally" that doesn't damage the preserve. The summit offers one of the best views possible of NYC. At almost 1000 feet elevation you're looking down at Paterson and Garret mountain. It's beautiful in there, and even though you're in such a densely populated area you're between two mountain ranges and the only thing you hear is the occasional plane overhead.

Customer Service

William Paterson, Lot 6, go straight in over guard rail, make a right and follow yellow trail to summit, loop down the hill at the other end of the summmit and make a left at the bottom onto the red trail. Follow it straight back to WPC. Anyone who can ride up & down the steep summit is an advanced rider IMO!

Similar Products Used: This is for beginner/intermediate riding for those wishing to improve their skills (like me): The Tourne - once you find the good singletrack, killer ride to summit Lewis Morris - great cardio & very well-maintained trails, a mix of everything Allaire - part of Atlantic Highlands is less rocky @ lots of fun singletrack.
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5
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5
John C.   [May 08, 2001]

This is a one way trail ride a little over 2 miles long. The first half of the ride is a steady yet (mostly) easy climb. The second half is a long steady (and rocky in places) downhill ride. I've yet to try riding back to the lot from Resovior Drive on the trail since the climb is a little more than difficult in the oppisite direction with all the loose rocks.

It isn't the most difficult ride in the world, but it gives me a quick (45 minute) workout after a hard day at the office.

Customer Service

Starting at William Patterson College, take the RED trail all the way through to the end at Resovior Drive...then ride back to the parking lot via High Mountain Rd and Belmont Ave.

Similar Products Used: There are MANY trails in the High Mountain Preseve (both marked and unmarked), but many are best suited to hiking. I have yet to ride them all, but the WHITE trail and the YELLOW trail to the top of High Mountain are too rocky to ride. I will update this review as I do more exploring.
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Dave   [Mar 25, 2002]

FYI. You can get a trail map from the Wayne Town Hall, USGS or NJDEP aerial Photos. I have never biked it but Ive hiked it. (Its always good to hike a new place before you bike so dont end up carrying your bike more than you bike. Just a thought). It looks like a good ride down below but you would have to be a Nazi to ride up to the top on the trails i hiked, not saying that it cant be done. Never entered from WPC way but it is by far the easiest entry point that I know of.

Also, at the top of High Mt it self, if you make it. Look for a distinct rock out-crop by the view of Manhattan, it abuts about 2 feet high and has and X-cut on the face of it. Not sure how true it is but i met a guy up on the Garret Mt. over look who was really into mapping last year. He claimed the X-cut up there was from the original survey of NYC harbor in the 1700s or so. Well I found it, its there. The guy seemed legit. If anyone knows any thing else about it being true, email me. Thanks. Have a great ride.

Customer Service

Enter via trail head from William Paterson College or look at a count or delorme road map.

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