waywayanda state park - Trail, vernon, Jersey

waywayanda state park - Trail, vernon, Jersey

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all types from flat gravel cruisers to "wish had a belay rope on" rocky singletrack

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[Aug 12, 2007]
John from Chester
Cross Country Rider

I rode a trail today in a section of the park I was never in. Take old coal as if you are going to lookout and bear left at the fork instead of right to go to the lake. Follow the carraige road for I guess what would be a mile and look fot the trail head on the right. I've done this before but usually took this single track a little ways up and went right at the Y which looped us back to the rattlesnake trail. Today we went left at the Y. This brought us to a rock outcropping which showed a clearly marked sigle track to the left.You can't miss the red ribbons.Who ever cut this trail did a fantastic job. This is probably the best trail I have ever ridden here. By far the most technical. There were rock ramps and briges here like I've never seen in this park.The trail was tight , technical and definately not for novice riders.
We ended up down on a service road which we made a left on and ended up at the circle on cherry ridge.

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Most any single track here will be a great ride.

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Hoefferlin to banker to cherry ridge . Make a left on to old coal up to the Y and make a right. Down to lookout lake. Over the Dam and left on to the single track that hugs the shoreline. Follow this out to the carraige road, then cut into the rattlesnake trail.Just ahead on the left. Make this loop back to the carraige road. Follow the carraige road back to laurel pond. Make a left down laurel pond. Make a left on to sitting bear. Follow along the lake and out to the dam. Sorry I don't know all the carraige road names.

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[Jul 30, 2007]
Pathfinder
Weekend Warrior

There are many trails that are not on the maps for one reason or the other and some I haven't seen mentioned on this forum. The new trail off Wingdam , on the park map, is Sitting Bear and is marked. The trail (unmarked) alongside Lake Lookout is Pickle Trail. At the end of that, at the intersection of Turkey Ridge is Rattlesnake, one of the best in the park. Be sure to ride it North at least once. At the end of Rattlesnake is the Pines Trail take that out to Cabin and Split Rock.

Customer Service

From the boat launch area, facing the lake ride the dirt road on the left to the dam and go over it. Straight ahead is the Wingdam Trail. Take the 1st right and follow it around the cove and back out on Wingdam in the same direction and take the next right onto Sitting Bear until the end and go right onto Laurel Pond to the top of the hill where it ends and go right onto Cherry Ridge for about 200 yds.and go left onto the Lookout Lake Trail (white blaze) to the end. Bear left and go down the hill toward the lake and make a right on Pickle (unmarked). It follows the near shore for a little bit. At the end cross over the double track onto Rattlesnake and at the end cross over the gas line and continue onto the Pines Trail (unmarked). At the bottom where you cross a brook which can be dry you can either continue straight and back to th e beginning or take the fork on your right. Take it to the top of the hill and look for the single track about 100' past the top of the last hill (2nd?) on your left. Ride that up to Blueberry Hill and to the end. Make a right and see a single track on your left shortly (Split Rock). Take that to the end and L to Cherry Ridge. Enjoy!

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This is enough. Only the fit will finish this. In fact I ran out of space.

BTW. If you follow this route there are other single track trails back to the boat launch. Use the park map as best you can as I have to leave some of this up to you. You'll be at the intersection of Banker Trail and Cherry Ridge Rd on the north side of the park.

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4
[Mar 17, 1999]
Don Sledgeski

try Banker trail north bound for the best of high speed singletrack rock and root action while going through dense rhododendron. Try singletrack off of gas pipeline for more high speed singletrack thrills.

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Waywayanda park has the best trail system in the state.
Many fire roads and singletrack, all legal with no restrictions. Best area is off Cherry Ridge road in southern end of park. A marked park map is available that you can pick up at ranger station. Find and follow the many singletrack options that dont exist on map in southern end of park off of the gas pipeline for best of the hairiest. Stay on marked trails to the north of the main park road for easier stuff.

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There is large area of watershed property owned by City of Newark which adjoins the state park. It has many trails. No maps though. Permitted riding only with seasonal permit available at watershed office.

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[Apr 20, 1999]
Doug Daniele

super techno singlr track

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The secret trail is the best,most riders ride right past it and don't even know it is there,after the ranger station (about 80 ft.) it's across the road & it is a up & over left into single track

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bring alot of water just in case you get lost

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[Jun 26, 2000]
Ed

DO NOT TAKE THE FIRST TRAIL. THERE IS A BUNCH OF SWAMPS AND YOU WILL BE SORRY U WENT!!

BY THE WAY, BEWARE OF THE MESQUITOS AND TICKS THAT SURROUND THE PLACE. **MANY BEARS ON THE TRAILS**

IF YOU WANT TO GET DIRTY, I RECOMMEND THIS!!

Customer Service

USE A MAP!!

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ENJOY!! LOTS OF BEAR SHIT. MAKE SURE YOU BRING AN "INSECT REPPELENT."

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[Dec 17, 2000]
Clay

My Friend And I stumbled onto this place during hunting season. WOW! This is very easily the best place to ride in the Southern New York- Northern New Jersey area. Double track and single track that lead you into 12,000 acres of Mountain Bike Bliss. Climb until you lose your sanity- desend 30+ mph down trails roofed with Rhododendrons- and ride single track and double track so technical you'll be surprized if your still on your bike. Some of the decents are so steep and technical, I'd bet that even some of you psudo-experts out there would turn around. Follow the Red Dot Trail for a little bit of everything. There is lakes aplenty, including Echo Lake. Scream at the shore and you'll find out why it got its name. There is someone's sercret medition spot on top of a long climb we found. Someone took quite an amount of time stacking up rock formations around this single track. Very cool to ride through. Jumps, Drops, and Woodbridges can all be found in this State Park. DO NOT BRING FOOD in your camelback's except for maybe powerbar's, THERE ARE MANY BLACK BEARS. We've seen them everytime we've been there. No Kidding. Infact, we almost collided with one on a fast decent. BEGINNERS BEWARE! If this is your first or second season- your going to do a lot of walking here, try the Stewart Bufferzone instead. Good Luck and Happy Riding.

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Any of them. Go Get lost for a day.

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Ringwood State Park

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[May 06, 2001]
Doug

all kinds of terrain on what i just described...no
singletrak...just a wider version of it...the downhills
are a good tradeoff to the climbs...full suspension
is nice but not necessary

i have seen comments that say "watch out for bears"
i have yet to see one around however i have talked
to those who have seen them...I would say "watch out
for other mtbikers!!" and watch out for hikers, dogs,
people on horseback, etc....especially when cranking
the dowhills...lots of people hang out back here and
we have to be courteous

Customer Service

park at very first place you can park at...across
street from here(look very carefully) there is an
entrance up some rocks that most people have to climb
up...
ride that first...an uphill...then a downhill...stay
to the right and you'll eventually end up back on the
paved access road....make a right and go back to the
parking lot(1.3 mi)...now look to your left...the side
opposite
the trail you just rode is a nice flat doubletrack for about half mile turns into a short downhill intersects with a fireroad. make a right here and go down the fireroad for a little while it will loop around to the left and come to a fork...(there's a sign that says rd closed 1/2 mile) make a left here...some nice technical uphills here but not that bad in granny gear,
followed by very rewarding techy downhills. You'll end up back on the paved access road closer to the beach/lake. make a left here and head back to where you parked...only go about half mile or so and look on
the left side for a fireroad entrance...it's nice and
wide you can drive on it easy but it's blocked off...
take that for a little while...it's flat and easy but more exciting than paved crap...
you were on this fireroad before just not on this part...
look on the right for the trail you started this part out on....it's a short slightly techy uphill...and then
flat and nice you can really crank on this...
back to the parking lot...the second part of this is about 6miles so you probably got 7-8 miles total there.

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that was only one side of the park....the next day you

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[Nov 23, 2001]
Howie

Wawayanda is a fantastic place to ride! The problem is you will have to ride there at least 3 or 4 times before you find the right combo of trails to make it worth the trip. Here's a hint: Park in the back lot and ride the trails on the right side of the road for a while, then cross over to the road to the Black Eagal trail. Take that to the top and make the right at the "T" in the road(I **think** it's the white trail) take that to the yellow trail and take that to an area off the map! But be carefull, Hill Billy Bob and his beer swilling kin are packing heat and out in full force in the fall. Be sure to give yourself enough time to get lost. Belive me it's no fun trying to find your way through the neighboring town in the dark.

If you'd like to se some pictures and a map of wawayanda or other North Jersey trails. Check out www.geocities.com/mtbtrailblazer.

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[Jun 06, 2002]
happy

if you are a pussy who needs to make his own trail rather than walking over or attempting to ride over a log or rocky section then it would be best if you just stayed home. Cause your fairy and will never be a real mountainbiker. Just stair at those magazines and wish, wish, wish. You pussy. Go do trail maintainenance. This place sucks anyway.

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noway

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yeah right

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[Jun 16, 2002]
Monclair Bobby B

To say this place is awesome is an understatement. It has such an incredible variety of technical stuff, breathtaking beauty, and deep dark forested trails, that you would be hard-pressed to find better riding in NJ (or anywhere within 200 miles of New York City)!! Spend a morning exploring this place, you will NOT be disappointed. The Rangers are extremely accommodating and helpful. THIS PLACE IS WORLD-CLASS!!!

Customer Service

Take the William Hoeferlien Trail (just steps from the Main Entrance Ranger Station) to the Double Pond Trail (wetter than wet, yikes!!!) to the Cedar Swamp Trail, to Cherry Ridge Road to the Red Dot Trail, back to the Double Pond Trail to Waywayanda Lake, back up the road towards the Main Entrance, to the Black Eagle Trail to the Hoeferlien Trail to the Main Entrance, and you have an epic ride you will talk about for weeks!!!

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Ringwood is huge (like Wawayanda), but I don't think it's quite so beautiful...

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