Boy Scout Camp

2.93 out of 5
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↑ 1,300 ft
↓ 1,300 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
About a half mile climb to the top of the camp, cross the fireroad to singletrack on north side & down to the wooden bridge & over that. Either climb back up the singletrack or the fireroad to catch the singletrack you rode up at the start and ride that down.

This is a good after-work neighborhood ride to work on climbing and a little bit on handling singletrack. Not a destination trail. Just for those who live nearby.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: Do you rent bikes and Helmets ? Can I ride in the rain ? -Jean Paul De la Gala

A: Yes, you can ride anytime.

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Reviews (15)


June 17, 2019
Review: These are good trails, and as a bonus they are within riding distance of NYC. Unfortunately riding here is illegal and currently must be discouraged for a few reasons:

1.) The Boy Scouts of America lease this land from several different owners/municipalities. The terms of the lease prohibit mountain biking.

2.) The BSA does not want anyone, especially adults, trespassing near their camp; they have young kids staying and sleeping there and all adults they come into contact with need to be vetted. Troop leaders are well within their rights to ask you to leave or call the police if they see you.

3.) One of the troop leaders is pro-mountain biking, and until recently had been maintaining the trails and conducting his junior MTB team practice there. He has recently learned that even scout MTB activities are prohibited by the terms of the lease and has had to stop.

Up until recently the BSA showed some tolerance to folks riding bikes, running, and walking dogs, so long as users stayed on singletrack/hiking trails and OFF the double track, paved roads, and away from camp sites. They have not put up no-trespassing signs, they are nice people and they are not taking a heavy-handed approach. However, people invariably get lost and find themselves encroaching on camp facilities and campers. With online maps and resources bike traffic has steadily increased, and riders have continued to wander off-trail and come into contact with scouts. Where before public use was tacitly tolerated, public use has increased and now we are asked to stay out of the area entirely.

The Palisades MTB advocacy group is currently in negotiations with the BSA and the leaseholders so that junior and scout MTB programs can continue. The eventual goal is to get public access for riding, via a new lease agreement and a compromise with the BSA that would spell out some clear boundaries and improve signage. Until that happens, please avoid these trails. Riding there, and especially encroaching on scout activities, will only hinder progress toward public access.

Granny Gear

June 9, 2019
Aleck Granny Gear  
Review: Nice trail for any giving day !


April 25, 2019
DTEMTP Gramcounter  
Review: I rode the yellow and the red Trails today. The yellow side was dry as usually is but the red side still had a fair amount of Dismount and walk around mud holes. Please refrain from riding through them until they dry up.

Granny Gear

April 20, 2019
kent.10000 Granny Gear  
Review: Went there the day after it rained. Took one loop that was pretty fun but another trail was full of mud and puddles. There was also some tech, rock featured and some north shore features. My only complaint was that some bridges were in disrepair and caused my tire to get stuck in between the planks and branches which resulted in me falling into 6 inches of mud.


February 5, 2017
DTEMTP Gramcounter  
Review: It was a nice day on the trail....cold enough so the muddy spots are mostly frozen and you don't add new ruts. Passed a few hikers and bikers...everbody says hello adding to the pleasure of the day.

Granny Gear

January 31, 2017
Review: Boring, sloppy trail. also illegal to ride.

Granny Gear

October 23, 2016
MarkV Granny Gear  
Review: A nice track, I don't know what that other reviewer is referencing regarding 12 miles. I found about 2 miles on the yellow trail that makes a nice loop. Nothing crazy but close enough to home to make it a nice evening spot after work. Not the easiest to find and it's not marked well. But a fun ride regardless


May 20, 2016
DTEMTP Gramcounter  
Review: I'm sure the trail itself will be a lot of fun....if I can find it! Went out according to the directions but never found the actual it turns out I ended up in the Boy Scout camp itself which was really technical! Next time I go with friends who are familiar!!!



September 23, 2016
Review: If you take the fireroad... or ruckman road about 90% of the way to the top... there is a fallen tree, chainsaw cut, there is the yellow trail on both sides of the fallen tree. I have parked at the top of ruckman as well. near kiku restaurant. hope this helps.


May 11, 2016
ac90002 Gnarly  
Review: Has gotten better, thanks to some very diligent trail builders. What used to be a very simple 2 mile single climb is now a 12 mile loop w/1200 ft climbing, multiple fairly tricky rock beds ... and lots of mud if it's rained at all recently. Still, mucho kudos to the dudes & dudettes building out this backyard trail for all of us in NE Bergen County. Riding here rt out our back doors beats driving 45 mins each way to hit Ringwood or Jungle after work before dark.

Granny Gear

December 10, 2015
peter12182 Granny Gear  
Review: It's hard to find but. Once you do. Guaranteed good time

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