August 25, 2015
The parking lot is at 100 University Dr in Wayne.
I always wondered why fat bikes seem to be so popular here in NJ; well now I know why. Down south there is lots of flat sandy land that could really be fun to ride in the winter, in the snow, with a fatbike. Up north the mountains are verrrrrrrry rocky with very little soil and everything else is built up.
High Mountain Reservation is an exemplar of the northern section. To discribe this park in one word it would be rocks: zippo sized skrea, fist sized rumble, basketball sized rock gardens, and big buried VW Bugs. The park has all of these in all but a few smooth single track trails in the southwest section off of the red trail.
All of that would be fine but my 3 star rating comes from the gross irresponsible overuse of this park and seemingly little maintenance. There are sections of the yellow trail in the south-eastern section that is nearly unfollowable because the trail explodes into a spiderweb of little single tracks that have been cut by some trailblazers that go everywhere and then the yellow blazes seem to dissaper. There miles of trail in this park but most of them are unmarked and unmaintained and I am torn as to wheather or not to ride them as some seam quite fun, but I will be further degrading the area. This isn't as bad the further north in the park you go but it still happens and the trails are covered by many fallen tries. Additionally the yellow trail seems to be marked as the white trail north of the intersection of the two trails.
If you are going to ride these trails, I would suggest full squish, and or 29er wheels, and or a fatbike. A smallwheeled hardtail might be rough. I seriously discourage fully rigid or hybrid style bikes as these trails a ROUGH. Also bring your technical climbing skills.