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I have yet to check out Wawayanda and am interested in heading there this Sunday. Could someone suggest a route of approximately 8-10 miles that will give me a good feel of what's available there and be easy for someone new to follow? I like rocks.

I read through the boards before posting this and didn't find anything that seemed to help. I also can't find a map for the park online.
 

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Ok here is a way to start.....

Park at the boat house parking lot.
From the boathouse parking lot facing the lake go left on the dirt road and follow it along the lake and go down the hill to the furnace area. See two outhouse bathrooms go left over the wood bridge and follow this out through the campsites. This is called double pond trail. (should see blazes). Follow this a bit and when you pass the wood foot bridge at the bottom of the hill you will see a trail to the right. This is Red Dot. Take this making sure you stay on the main trail. ( there is a split a little bit out with a tree down..don't go this way) just bear left here. Follow this for a whil and you will go climb and then go down and eventually end up at Nature Jim's rock bridge. Basically stay on the red dot trail to the end. Go right at the end onto Cherry Ridge Road. Go about 1/4 mile to the top of a hill and go left. Sign indicates Old Coal trail. Take old coal and take the second right turn. This will take you to the gasline. follow the gasline up and over some short but steep climbs. When you come to the end or the T you have two options here. This is known as Turkey ridge. Go left and go another 1/4 mile and bear right onto Pines Trail. (Unmarked at this point) On Pines you will go over a short 4' rock bridge and a log immediately follwoing this if you see this you know you are on Pines. Climb this and stay on pines tothe top of the gasline. at the top go straight across onto Rattlesnake(unmarked) take rattlesnake down. This is a newer trail so its not as worn in but easy to follow none the less. take this to the end. Cross Turkey ridge and you will see another single track. This is Pickel trail. follow this along lake lookout to the end. at the end go left around the downed tree and climb the two short steep hills. at the top go right onto white dot. follow white dot out to the end. go right onto cherry ridge road. go around the red gate and take a left down the hill onto laurel pond. follow laurel pond down the hill and look for a left. take this left this is sitting bear. (unmarked). this follows the lake back. you will see where this trail is worn in and used. this is about 1.5 miles and you will end up back at wing dam. go left onto wing dam and take this back to the lake.

This will be close to your 10 mile route.
Jeff S.
 

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Thanks a lot. It is usually difficult to get people to post these.

I'll print this and take it with me.

Does anyone know if there is a map available online so i can start to mark this out?
 

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idbrian said:
Thanks a lot. It is usually difficult to get people to post these.

I'll print this and take it with me.

Does anyone know if there is a map available online so i can start to mark this out?
Don't know about a MTB-specific map, but you can get a good map of Wawayanda at Campmor or Ramsey Outdoor. It's a 2 map set called "North Jersey Trails."

Bonus: the map set also includes Ringwood and Ramapo Mountain State Forest!

I highly recommend these maps.
 

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I have that map that bikestud referenced. I'll bring it along, but i would like them more if they were close-ups of the park as opposed to the whole area. Other state parks have maps on their site i thought.
 

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On your way there....

...stop at Town Cycle in W. Milford. They have good maps of Wawayanda for sale. With most of the trails marked using GPS. They've got pretty accurate topo, show landmarks, scenic overlooks and trail blaze colors and names. Much more detail than the trail conference maps.
 

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I bought my bike at town cycle, and if the map you are talking about is the similiar to the one they have for Ringwood, which i bought, on a side by side comparison i found the trail conference map better and don't use the other.
 

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idbrian said:
I have yet to check out Wawayanda and am interested in heading there this Sunday. Could someone suggest a route of approximately 8-10 miles that will give me a good feel of what's available there and be easy for someone new to follow? I like rocks.

I read through the boards before posting this and didn't find anything that seemed to help. I also can't find a map for the park online.
im pretty sure im available this sunday to show you around - the route that mtnbikeman0565 posted is pretty fun and if you like rocks its perfect - ill post up saturday afternoon to tell you for certain if i can make it - what time are you planning on getting there on sunday?
 

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I can send you a GPS track..

idbrian, if you have a Garmin GPS device, I can send you a .gdb file of Wawayanda. We usually do a 23 mile ride in there and it has all the sections referenced by Jeff. the good thing about Jeff's suggestion is that for a 10 mile ride it hits many of the good sections. If you would like it, PM me with your email address and I'll wing it to ya.

Greg
 

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This should be a really nice loop for you. It's linking all the best trails in Wawayanda. Just one warning...if you ride it you may be hooked and want to come back over and over!
As far as the maps go there are some good ones out there but be careful, Rattlesnake and Pickle are new trails so they are probably not on any of the local maps.

Ryan H.
 

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Great ride, the directions were perfect. Every time i came to some confusing intersection the directions accounted for it. So the route was a little boring at first, and i wasn't to optimistic about the place but apparently Jeff was saving the best for the last. Red dot was a normal jersey mtb trail, up until that long rock bridge which i didn't even attempt. I may have been able to clear it but didn't need to take a dunk at that point, so i walked that. Then it was pretty normal and lots of uphill until we hit Rattlesnake, which was amazing, really dug the alternate routes. I had myself doing some technical features in there that i never pictured myself doing for years. The only places that really stumped me in Rattlesnake were the large boulder climbs that were steep and angled, and usually at the end of a long rock garden. I liked the route plan that had us doing most of the more boring parts and big climbs at the beginning, saving all the nice single track and less long climbs at the end. I will definately do this again. I took Wing Dam from Laurel Pond (as opposed to taking sitting bear) as it was getting dark, and the initial climb was great, but i took a nice endo on the downhill back towards the lake. I'm a little weak on DH, but i had shin and elbow guards on, so they saved me.

Thanks again.

Also, i used mtbnj.com for directions to the park, like i always do, and it leads you to a back entrance that is closed. So be warned.
 

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Didn't realize what damage that ride did to my bike until i tried to go for a ride yesterday. My big gear is bent inward from a rock bash and my rear derailer is unusable from one of my endo crashes. That is the most i've screwed up a bike on one trip. Wawayanda is my new nemesis.
 
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