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Ringwood NJ Trail Maintenance – Sunday July 19th

We are half way there, let’s get out and make a big push. Paydirt hours need to be in by the end of the months, so all you racers better get out and get your hours done. We are continuing on the Crossover Trail (White Trail), meet us at the School at 9 or trail side anytime after. Bring gloves, sturdy shoes, water, and snacks. Tools will be provided. Heavy rain cancels.



Thank you
Ringwood Trail Crew

Pictures from yesterday’s ride at Ringwood

Temps finally above freezing today the ground was soft on top but frozen below made for a bit of a muddy ride but a day out on the bike is still a good day ūüôā

Some Pictures from the Ride


Picture of the Lake Partially Frozen from the lookout on the Governors Trail


Carlos and Pete


Dan Bower

Ride GPS with Map my Ride


Ramapo Mountains County Park Management Plan – We need your Voice to be Heard

Have a look at the links below and see if you can comment or attend the meeting.
Pay particular attention to “Alternative C.” There is a place on the site to leave comments (only takes a few minutes), and the meeting is this Thursday evening
Public Open House October 17, 2013 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Township of Mahwah Administration Building – Senior Activity Center
475 Corporate Drive
Mahwah, NJ 07430

I would encourage you all to post this on social media, and get it in the hands of your customers. It’s a great opportunity to expand MTB access, and make very import trail connections to neighborhoods in NJ that would open new doors for recreation and for your businesses. It has the potential to add to one of the best, most comprehensive future MTB networks in the country. Not to mention the proximity of these trails to the largest Metropolitan Cities in the wold.

Your voice as local business owners needs to be heard! We know this is working in other parts of the US – it’s time to make it work for us here, for the sport we love – and yes, for our mountain bike business. If they can get it done in remote places like Kingdom Trails, Grand Junction, State College, etc….the only thing we are lacking here is participation and some creative marketing. Please consider helping out so we can further the cause, preserve future access, and help create one of the coolest, historically significant, sustainable mountain bike trail systems in the US. Here are the links.

Meeting Information:


Ramapo Mountains County Park Management Plan Newsletter with plan and Draft Alternatives:


Between all of us – I am confident that we can probably reach 90% of the North Jersey MTB community. I hope all is well with everyone and best of luck with the fall season.

Thank you
Ringwood Trail Crew

Cycling Events October 2013 – Recreational and Family Rides

Take a Kid Mountain Biking DayOctober 5th is the 10th Anniversary of the International Mountain Bike Association’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day.
To find an Event Near you go to IMBA’s Interactive Map
These events are a great way to introduce a kid to the great sport of Mountain Biking.
Most Events include family friendly group rides, Demos, riding tips and giveaways.

Some Events we recommend are:

New Jersey

Trips for Kids JORBA

RSVP required Рemail to tripsforkids@jorba.org
Bikes/safety gear available – first come first serve
10AM ‚Äď 3PM lunch will be provided
Parents not riding must stay at location
Waiver forms will need to be completed for all riders

Event Details
Date and Time:

Sat, 2013-10-05¬†08:00¬†–¬†13:00

Event Contact
 Rick Archer
Phone: 856-237-7836

JORBA and Marty’s Reliable Cycle
Take a kid mountain biking day presented by Marty’s Reliable Cycle and JORBA (Jersey Off-Road Bicycle Associaton)

– Guided Kid’s Mountain Bike Rides (guardians must ride too)
– Kid’s Mountain Bike Demos
– Helpful mountain biking info

The ride is about 4 miles long and both the child and parent/guardian have to come on the ride.

The first 25 kids to sign up receive a free water bottle from Specialized. If we get more then 25 kids then we have some Marty’s Bottles that we can give them.

This is a great opportunity to pass your passion for pedaling on to kids. Let’s get them out on the trails!
For more info, please email eric@martysreliable.com
or Mark perez@jorba.org

Event Details
Date and Time: Sat, 2013-10-05 10:00 – 12:00
Black River Park Trail, Roxbury, NJ and Dickerson Mine Preserve Mine Hill, NJ
Contact: Mark Perez
Email: perez@jorba.org
Phone: 201-650-3176

Mountain Creek Bike Park

Event Details
Date and Time: Saturday October 5th 9:00-5:00

Event Contact

 Chris Gengaro
Phone: 908-489-7545


Yorktown Cycles – Blue Mountain Peekskill, NY
Saturday- October 5, 2013
Time: 10:00am – 2:00 pm

The day will include:

-kids group ride
-obstacle course
-lots of fun for all!

What to bring:
Your bike, helmet, water and of course a kid!
For more information, please contact Tom@yorktowncycles.com
(914) 245-5504

Trips for Kids Metro New York

Come Celebrate Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day with Trips for Kids and Bicycle Habitat

This family-friendly event is appropriate to all ages and all skill levels. We will be doing kids rides and clinics to celebrate of the International Mountain Biking Association’s national “Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day”.You and the kids can bring your own bike( in good working condition), or pre-register to borrow a complimentary bike from Trips for Kids.

Preregister here: http://outdooradventure2013.eventbrite.com/

It’s free. It’s off the F train. It’s a day packed with adventure. Highlights include:

Seven miles of trails. All ages and types of riders are welcome to participate. Raffles and Great Fun !

Trek will also be there with their 2014 demo bikes ( for the big kids)

Come out explorer the city in a new and different way, meet the MTB community, including IMBA, CLIMB, Discover Outdoors, NYCMTB, and your local neighbor

Register now for a chance to win a $100 gift card from Bicycle Habitat!

Event Details
Date and Time: ¬†Sat, 2013-10-05¬†10:00¬†–¬†3:00
Event Contact
 Andree Sanders
Phone: 917-658-9289

Ringwood Trail Maintenance – Last Dirty Thursday

This Thursday, 9/26 is going to be the last Thursday work day this year. Sections 1 & 2 are pretty much done and open, but Art wants to spend a few hours marking and fine tuning a few spots.

He will probably head in on bike from Lot C around 3 or 4, so feel free to meet him somewhere on the lower section. He could probably use a few extra hands.

Thanks to all the Thursday volunteers that came out this year!

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Six Mile Reservoir and the D&H Canal Trail

sixmilerunreservoirIn Somerset NJ is a hidden gem for biking of all kinds. From road to trail riding there is something for everyone at six mile run reservoir site and the surrounding area.

About an hour from the GWB this place is well worth the trip.

Don’t ride six mile run after a heavy rain the soil takes a while to drain and conditions are slick as snot when wet.

Certain areas allow for bow hunting however on ¬†Sunday’s ¬†hunting is prohibited through-out the park.

My ride today consisted of a short ride on the single track from Jacques Lane Parking Lot to the Canal Road parking lot.

Six Mile Run

Abandoned car on the red trail

The single track at six mile is excellent. Tight and twisty with some off camber sections.
There are plenty of roots and some rock, logs, v-ditches, and man-made features make for a challenging and exhilarating ride.

 Six Mile run Trail Map




Bridge on the D&R Canal Path

One of the many Bridges along the D&R Canal Path

I then rode a short way south on Canal Road to Blackwellsmill Road and made a left to go over a wooden bridge and start on the canal path at mile marker-21.
The Canal path is almost completely flat with only a few short rises. It crosses over a few spillways which are reminiscent of the Pave in France.

Although the trail is not too interesting from a strictly riding point of view (straight and flat), the scenery along the trail more than make the D&R Canal Path a worthwhile ride.

At 34.3 miles long, the D&R Canal Towpath is the longest completed trail segment of the East Coast Greenway (ECG).
The ECG is an ambitious effort to create a trail system, spanning nearly 3,000 miles. Starting in Maine and ending in Key West Florida, the ECG links all the major cities of the eastern seaboard.
Over 25 percent of the route is already on safe, traffic-free paths.
New Jersey East Coast Greenway Map

Where to Park:

  • Mountain Bike Ride : Route 27 Lot by the soccer field
  • Canal Path: 625 Canal Road , Somerset NJ 08873
  • Mix it Up: Jacques Lane Lot

Pictures from today’s Ride

Ramapo State Park Ride

The Van Slyke Castle Water TowerRamapo State Park.

This weekend was my first attempt at trail riding since I broke my leg back in March. My intention was to ride the path around the lake from the top of Skyline down to, and around the lake and then back up to Skyline Drive. I went with a friend who was a bit of a newbie.  I figured he would keep me from trying anything too stupid. But while riding we decided to try some  singletrack. Our first foray off-road was a section of the cannonball near Skyline Drive.

It felt good to be riding single-track again, but my ankle gave me a reminder that I was not fully healed every time my back wheel hit a rock or root.

So we got back on a paved road and pedaled down to and around the lake. About half way around we spotted the trail head to the lower section of the Cannonball. This part of the Trail takes you to the 287 overpass.
About 1/2 way down, we decided to turn around and get back to the fire-road. This part of the trail was a bit much for my first trail ride after 6 months. And worse yet my friends first mountain bike ride ever.
After a loop around the lake, we were back at the cannonball trail head. Not wanting to do the same loop again, we turned around and started up the Green trail which led us out to the pipeline. The pipeline trail is a rolling section of single-track that goes on for miles. It has some steep rocky loose sections which can be difficult to climb. The pipeline intersects with the Green, Blue, Orange and White trails.
We rode the pipeline trail for about a mile, not really sure where we were going (or where we were for that matter). But with a sense of adventure we continued on. We rode the rolling trail (trudging up the climbs and smiling down the descents) Past the Blue trail finally turning back into the woods at the White Trail (Castle Point)
As soon as we got on the trail we had to dismount. The incline was steep and made up of slabs of rock and boulders. The Castle point Trail is not open to bikes and is only open to foot traffic. This was difficult hike-a-bike terrain and with every step my ankle was letting me know that this was not my finest idea, but we continued on.
About a 1/2 mile in, we came upon the Van Slyke Castle ruins. (Built in the early 1900’s it was abandoned in the 1950 and later burned by vandals in 1959) The ruins and the views of the area 350 feet below made the effort well worth it.
The hike from the ruins back to Ramapo Lake was difficult at times we had to hand our bikes down to one another. There were a few ride-able sections, which provided some relief for my ankle and soon we were back at the fire road that encircles the lake.
We rode the Cannonball back up to Skyline this is a challenging trail with plenty of obstacles and switchbacks definitely more fun to ride down.
(If you can ride up this trail clean without dabbing pat yourself on the back)
All in all I would say my 1st mountain bike ride was a success.

Map of the Ride

Pictures From the Ride

Castle Point Trail Ramapo State Park

View from Castle Point Trail Looking at the Wanaque Reservoir

Castle Point Ramapo Lake View

Castle Point Ramapo Lake View

Trail back to Ramapo Lake from the top of Castle Point Trail

Trail back to Ramapo Lake from the top of Castle Point Trail

The Van Slyke Castle Ruins

The Van Slyke Castle Ruins

The Van Slyke Castle Water Tower

The Van Slyke Castle Water Tower

The Pipeline trail

The Pipeline trail


Want to do this ride Start here:
Trailhead GPS Coordinates 41.047479, -74.251313

Driving Directions
Take Interstate Route 287 to Exit 57 (Skyline Drive) and proceed north on Skyline Drive for about one mile to the upper parking area for Ramapo Mountain State Forest on the left side of the road

Recreational Ride – Pines Lake Drive Loop in Wayne NJ

IMG_0789If you have been on Valley Road in Wayne NJ, cycling is probably not one of the 1st things that come to mind with speeding cars, wild deer turkeys and geese it can be a bit daunting.
But North of Hamburg turnpike a bike lane has been added. This makes the ride from Valley to Berdan (which has a wide shoulder) manageable.
If you want to cut out the traffic altogether you can park on Indian Road near the Playground by Tower road. Then about 3 blocks down on your left  you will see  Pines Lake Drive E.
Here you will  find quiet, rolling, tree-lined streets where runners and cyclist outnumber the cars. To your right the lake is almost always visible and all around are beautifully landscaped homes.
The Actual Loop around the Lake is only about 5k which makes it a favorite spot for runners. The rolling terrain can make banging out a few laps during lunchtime or after work a great option when you only have time for a quick workout. I highly recommend checking out this little loop of quiet quaintness your next time in the area.

Some spots of Note:
Van Riper-Hopper Historic House Museum – 533 Berdan Avenue
Greenberry’s Coffee – 239 Berdan Ave


Pines LakePines Lake Drive Waterfall

A message from the Ringwood Trail Crew

There are ONLY, 2 more Dirty Thursdays left this year. Get out and give us an hour or 4 this Thursday or next. We started working on section 2 and we would like to get it done by September 1st. Meet at the school lot at 4 or trail side anytime after. Hope to see you there. Just in case you were wondering what we are working for, this is the reroutes and new trails starting from Weybly pond to the bottom near Defiance road. Start video at about 5 min mark.


Thank you

Ringwood Trail Crew


Rides and EventsTuesdays in August
Ride Location: Hospital Road Lot at 6:00 PM Sharp
Ride Description: The Allaire Tuesday Beginner Group Ride. Rides are for the beginners and those not familiar with Allaire, we all ride in one group, and we are only as fast as the slowest rider so you don’t have to worry about being dropped. We also have a great cast of characters that are happy to give you tips on how to avoid some of the bumps and bruises we’ve all experienced. The only requirements are a bike, a helmet, water, and a sense of humor. According to the sunset calendar, we should have 1.5 hrs to squeeze the ride in. We hope you can attend.


Tuesday August 6th
Ride Location: Mountain Creek venue at the bike racks in front of the Red Tail Lodge. Meet at 5:30 PM
Ride Description: Pre-rides for the Mountain Creek Summer Scramble lead by Jeff Lenosky
You can purchase a single use XC lift ticket for $7. Current JORBA members (bring your JORBA membership card)get a $3 discount on a single use ticket or $5 on a full access ticket – another great reason to join JORBA!


Wednesdays in August

Albert’s Mountain Bike Ride
Ride time: Wednesdays starting at 6PM.
Ride Location: Patriots’ Path Parking lot off of Sussex Road. (map)
Ride Description: Beginners Ride ‚Äď Warm up on Patriot‚Äôs Path, then into Lewis Morris and back.
Where: Meet at Patriot Path Parking lot off of Sussex Road.

Marty’s Bike and Brew Mountain Bike Ride
Ride Time: Wednesdays starting at 6PM.
Ride Location: Marty’s Reliable Cycle of Hackettstown
Ride Description: This is a mountain bike ride that leaves from the Hackettestown store at 6:00 sharp. The shop closes at 5:00 on Wednesday so the employees can go on the ride. There will be intermediate and expert paced rides. The ride will go through Stephens State Park, Saxton Falls and Deer Park. The ride will be awesome, mostly because Megan Schmidt and Mikey Shank will be guiding you. After the ride, everyone is welcome to gather up at Bea McNally’s for brews and food!


Mud Chix Clinics
Ride Dates: Dates: Wednesdays in August ‚Äď 8/7, 8/14, 8/21
Ride Time: 6 to 8 pm
Ride Locations: Tourne County Park on 8/7 and 8/14
Chimney Rock/Washington Valley Park on 8/21
Ride Description: Learn new skills or improve your already awesome arsenal of skills with supportive and awesome ladies. Each week we will learn one or two new skills and then apply it to the trails.
Skills Covered: Basic Fundamentals, braking, wheel lifts, cornering, skinnies and I also take requests
Limited to 6 ladies a session
Cost: $45 per session or $120 for all 3!
To Register: E-Mail Mudchix@gmail.com
Parking for the Tourne will be at the parking like by the picnic area and baseball fields here.
Parking for Washington Valley Park will be in the lot on Chimney Rock Rd located here.

Thursdays in August

JAR Weekly Kresson Trails Ride
Ride Time:  6:30 PM
Ride Location: Kresson Trails in Cherry Hill near the Kresson and Springdale Road intersection.
Ride Description: Social group ride for all levels we are just out having fun. No one dropped Helmets required. Approximately 6-10 miles. Rolling, wooded single track. Contact Jay with any questions at 856-470-8967 or chtrailcrew@gmail.com.

Thursday August 8th and 15th
Ride Location: Mountain Creek venue at the bike racks in front of the Red Tail Lodge. Meet at 5:30 PM Ride Description: Pre-rides for the Mountain Creek Summer Scramble lead by Jeff Lenosky.
You can purchase a single use XC lift ticket for $7. Current JORBA members (bring your JORBA membership card)get a $3 discount on a single use ticket or $5 on a full access ticket – another great reason to join JORBA!

Saturdays in August

 MudChix FREE group ride.
On August 10th, Come on out for a free guided ride on the fantastic cross country trails that Mountain Creek has to offer!
Not sure if you are up for the challenge? Well, the ride is suitable for advanced beginners and up. We will be stopping as needed to practice on any challenging sections of the trail. We will be keeping a steady pace with re-grouping at trail intersections. You will need a bike in good working order, helmet, gloves, extra bike tubes (in case you flat), snacks and water.
Ride meets at the top of the mountain at 11 am. Wheels down at 11:15 am. $7 Single Lift Cross-Country Tickets are available in the Bike Center. See you there!

Dog Dayze of August Mountain Bike Skills Clinic 

Presented by
Dirt Rock n Root Training AND MudChix.com
Ride Location: Stewart State Forest Montgomery, NY

Ride Date: Saturday, August 17, 2013 to Sunday, August 18, 2013

Online Registration Closes
Friday, August 16, 2013 at 12:01 AM, Eastern Standard Time


Sunday August 18th – The Ramapo Rally
Choose from six beautiful, marked routes: 12, 25, 50, 62, 100, or 125 miles — through the farm and lake country of northern and western New Jersey.

  • Scenic routes and cue sheets
  • SAG wagons/bike maintenance by local bike shops
  • Fully stocked rest stops
  • Post-ride meal for all riders
  • For non-members, free trial BTCNJ membership valid until 11/1/2013.
Registration Time
  • Check-in opens at 7:00 AM and closes at 10:00 AM. Rain or Shine!
  • Century and Ultra-Century riders must depart before 8:00 AM.
Registration Fees

Pre-register through August 1: $40.00 Pre-register after August 1 through August 11: $50.00 

A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to Camp Sunshine in Ridgewood, NJ, which has been aiding multiply-disabled young people since 1960.

30% Off Ramapo Rally
Coupon Code:
Expires: 8/11/2013