backside sourland - TRAIL

backside sourland - Trail, hopewell, Jersey

double/single track some light boulder stuff but nothing too crazy

User Reviews (4)

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thejobman   Weekend Warrior [Jul 06, 2009]

WOW - My first ride, I felt like I founds a gold mine! I felt this area is secluded like some reseved park in NC or Virginia... a MUST RIDE for people in Bucks (PA) or Mercer (NJ) area. I will no longer waiste my time at Mercer County Park, thats for sure. The guys above pretty much summed up the terrain, logs of rock gardens and huge boulders. My only complaint: too muddy! But its all part of the fun!

I have a cannondale rush 4z w/ marathon tires - so I had a tough time with the mud, but nothing too bad. FS a must to deal with all the rocks... bring a pump and tubes. If you dont wear a helmet - consider it here at least. A minor fall can lead to a cracked coconut here. just say'n.

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Put the following into google maps/ur gps:
Rileyville Rd & Mountain Church Rd, Hopewell, NJ 08525

The entrance to the park is very close to that... once you turn into it, go straite into the gravel road that leads to a parking lot. then ride into the double track after a 1/4 mile you will start spotting many single tracks on your left and right. ENJOY!

Similar Products Used: Core Creek - PA
Mercer Park - NJ
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5
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4
Robert Davis   Weekend Warrior [Aug 22, 2007]

Well here's the scoop the front side section (Hopewell) of the sourlands from a free-rider's perspective is a serious pain in the ass. The amount of rocks and roots in most of the trails on the hopewell side almost makes the 15 minute drive from my house not worth it. However, being the impatient rider that I am said "enough with this garbage I'm going to mercer (state park) did not take the time to ride the clay trail that takes you from the start and leads you deep into the woods further. After I came back to my local bike shop to purchase a few tools I was told that if one was to take that route further one could find a vast assortment of cavernous rock. So I could be completely mistaken by saying that the frontside of the sourlands is garbage unless you are a god at technical stuff and enjoy taking in the scenery while walking your bike through half of it. But, and this is a HUGE but, The backside or Hillsboro side of the sourlands for me personally is probably the best riding around (sub mercer due to length of trails.) This small blemish in rural Hillsboro is some of the most intense trails I have ridden (In N.J.) I have yet to explore some of the trails here and when you get to the top (following what seems to have been a high power line "gourge" to the left of the mountain) the view is spectacular. I can't even begin to tell you all of the incredible riding there is it has EVERYTHING. huge boulders on huge decents which depending on which trail you took up can be very fast and dangerous or extremely technical my riding buddy and I fell an accumulated 17 times. (we make a game of it, you should try.) and if you are really into the straight down white knuckled decents that leave you at the bottom panting when you didn't bother peddling but once to get yourself going then your made as well (BTW watch for the jump(s) I have yet to fully explore this side of the mountain mainly because I wanted to ride the "black diamond" for bikes over and over again. If you dont mind driving the distance, or live near there as is and have yet to hear of it (For shame) seriously check it out.

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Hopewell - mapquest church road its right by there (Just open your eyes)

Hillsboro - Mapquest East mountain road there's a large sign on the road that says Sourland Mountain preserve, you really can miss it.

Similar Products Used: Mercer County state park (Its beautiful)
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5
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4
sworks08525   Racer [Jan 28, 2007]

Hopewell Side of Sourlands.
Terrfic Ride . Excellent work out , logs , boulders , mud/water, twisting single track thru some of the most pristine topograpghy in all of NJ.
Warning to riders - clipless or baskets pedals will "kill" you here...switch to the flat pedals as a quick foot plant is often needed on this trail (low speed , highly tech , and will require full focus of the rider at all times).

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From Hopewell Boro - Greenwood North , up the hill , past Featherbed, past Mt. Church , gravel lot on right (Sourland Preserve-Hunterdon Cty Park System).
Main Trail- past "swamp" on left - @ 1/4 mi on Left second single track entrance on left, up hill to large boulder field , over boulders , follow white marks on trees , down hills , over logs , over streams, over boulders etc...Lots to explore can very ride in many directions, incredibly you'll feel miles from civilization the entire ride.

Similar Products Used: Washington Crossing State Park (NJ) - Mercer County Park - Sourland Mountain (Belle Meade/Hillsborough Side)
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5
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4
ganja smuggler   [Oct 18, 2000]

Well we all know and love sourland mtn preserve but don't always want to beat our selfs to death. Well those who know ride the backside. Crazy great short ride. Not too tech but not borring and when you reach the top. Well it's shangra la for freeriders. Great big boulders every where, just imagine a skate park but for mtn bikers. Super bad. Unfortunatly there is a very small parking lot(about 5-6 cars) so I can't tell you where exactly it is. But if you want to ride there bad enough you'll find it, just don't drive hours or you will be disapointed. Also please watch for hikers on the downhills. Oh and you may want to stick to riding sundays unless you like to wear blaze orange. Because it's hunting season and that includes the park.

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only one. so far.

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Mr Deadpt   [Oct 27, 2002]

Start by finding the small parking area off Rileyville Road. If you check out this area, do NOT confine your riding to the car-width main access trail--but access the good singletrack by starting there. Ride over the piped stream crossing and pass the open-water swamp on the left, then watch for the fairly-well-defined singletrack going off left and heading up a gradual hill. Follow faint white blazes as this tight single-track weaves an improbable course through boulders and trees with a good measure of rocks and log crossings along the way. NO lungbuster hills. This is all low speed twisting and turning through the trees. All fun--but unskilled or timid riders will find it frustrating. This trail is for intermediate riders; novices better stick to the main access "roadbed". Please keep a low profile and respect this natural area. Bring tubes/patches--there are sharp rocks.

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White-blazed Singletrack (Name?)

Similar Products Used: Cushetunk Mountain Preserve, Low singletrack
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