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Level: Advanced
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Doubletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +447/444 ft
Total: 100 riders
 

Mountain Biking High Mountain Park

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#62 of 111 mountain bike trails in New Jersey
#8189 in the world

Rocky uphills. Nice decents. Good work out for any rider.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
195 Sanderling Rd Wayne, NJ 07470 When you arrive look on the side of the road without the water tower, at the end look for start to trail continue on the green trail to get to red trail.
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Q: Can I ride when It's raining ? Do you rent bikes and Helmets ?
A: The park drains well after a rain. I try not to ride in the rain. There are bike shops that rent. Bring your own helment.

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  • Jason Dubuc
    ***

    Fun trails but a bit hard to navigate. Rocky and technical with punchy climbs. A good option if you like climbing

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  • pozzello
    *****

    High Mountain is probably one of the best kept secrets in New Jersey. Yellow Red and White blazed trails were awful but over the past few years locals have built up an incredible network of singletrack trails.

    A Garmin and Maprika compatible map with all the latest trails is available at :

    http://monosujet.com/blog/2017/07/high-mountain-trail-map/">

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  • gknum1
    ****

    Rocky technical ride with some
    good Steeps - overall a fun trek - I would recommend a full suspension setup and a desire to push the quads. Rode the red and east yellow trails. Red moderate inclines and 50% rock coverage. Yellow east rocks of all size 70% rocks with some technical steeps including full rock coverage. Nice view from the top of yellow. Trail head parking located at Red Trail Parking Lot off of university drive.

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  • RickVaughn
    ****

    Fantastic singletrack tucked inside a compact park. HM is probably one of North Jersey's best kept secrets. Gnarly rock gardens will test your riding ability and keep you coming back for more. Plenty of trail to ride, too. Easy to reach 10 miles if you've got the legs and know where to go.

    I wouldn't recommend riding here if you're the type to complain about rocks. Full suspension recommended but not necessary.

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  • Karl1875
    **

    This trail is a rock garden, I rode a combination of the red and yellow trail. Spent most of my effort walking the bike up rock strewn hills. The trail lacks rhythm and flow because of the rocky terrain. That said, it's an extremely technical single track, that will keep you searching for the best line. Please note, the trail head can be found off of University Drive at William Patterson University.

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  • MisplacedPants
    ****

    Grew up hiking here and had no idea there was a singletrack network. It's definitely something of a well-kept secret and there isn't an enormous amount of singletrack, but what's there is impressive. Climbs and descents range from mildly bumpy to wildly technical including loose shale, traprock, rock gardens, and water crossings. Switchback descents are crazy. Portions of the marked trails are also fun and slightly more beginner friendly but other portions are totally unrideable; you can get to the summit on the unmarked singletrack though then hit a wild descent down.

    Do your research, check out some maps, and tread lightly. High Mountain isn't at the level of Ramapo or Ringwood but it's worth a visit on its own merit or a tie in as part of a long multi park ride.

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  • trailwerks
    ***

    Some serious steep climbs. Fun to ride. Lots of small side trails and loops. Loose rocks and technical spots.

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  • 2jka
    ***

    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.

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  • plouteiro
    *****

    More of a hiking trail than a biking the yellow trail is not rideable when ascending to the top

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  • mig1523
    *****

    Very nice trails I come here often and love this park there a bit of everything for every rider.

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