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Weather looked gloomy on the way there at 11:30 am and forcast called for rain starting at 1pm but wanted to check the place out because I have never been there and the reviews here are good.

The place is really nice for a mellow ride or girlfriend ride, but I must say I was a bit dissapointed. Alot of pretty much flat or low incline decline winding forest paths that are hazardous because of hikers. I found myself holding back on the decents because of the windy/blind nature of the trails. A bell or some type of warning device is pretty much a must in this place because you never know what lurks around the bend. This even though the weather probably kept alot of hikers at home.

I found myself longing for one final hammer-head run at the end of the day like I do at Chimney Rock, kind of just found myself back at the lot staring at the trail board contemplating going back out but went to Sandy Hook and jumped in the ocean instead (define positive of this place).

I really need to get up to Ringwood soon.
 

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I haven't been up there in over a year. I agree with you that it's not that technical, but you have to admit there are some good climbs in there. I think it's a good training park. We usually ride for an hour and end up on the back side by the pier and go for a swim off of there. I hear ya though- there's nothing like Ringwood.
 

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Hartshorne is 5 minutes from where I live, so I might be a little bias. Agree its not super technical, but a very fun place to ride with plenty of climbing and tech sections to keep it from being boring. I just wish it was bigger and there were more trails.

Ive only been to Ringwood twice to race and hated all the rocks. Same reason I didnt like Jim Thorpe all that much. Although I was on a hardtail back then...
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I was thinking

I would enjoy the place alot more in the fall or spring before all the brush fills it so I could see all the hikers lurking around the bends.

The Tourne up in Mountain Lakes is similiar to Hartshorne in this respect. But Hartshorne is much better and not rocky at all. Which is ok, I like rock gardens too, this is a nice (smooth) change of pace from chimney rock.
 

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Philo Beddoe said:
I would enjoy the place alot more in the fall or spring before all the brush fills it so I could see all the hikers lurking around the bends.

The Tourne up in Mountain Lakes is similiar to Hartshorne in this respect. But Hartshorne is much better and not rocky at all. Which is ok, I like rock gardens too, this is a nice (smooth) change of pace from chimney rock.
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