Mills Reservation Trails

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AVERAGE RATING
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2.60 out of 5
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Intermediate
6.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 1,800 ft
↓ 1,600 ft
502
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
The Reservation is located on the First Watchung Mountain where the parkland has been preserved in its natural state, including deciduous woodland and wetlands. Aside from blazed trails and wood roads crisscrossing around and through it, the only developments are a small parking area, an old any-air gun platform on one of the lookouts, on a cliff, and some dilapidated stone and concrete gates at the edges of the park on some of the old roads.

The three Watchung mountain ranges were formed when molten lava extruded out of the earth's surface and cooled rapidly. The outcrop at Quarry Point provides not only a scenic lookout of the surrounding area, including the NYC skyline, but also an opportunity to examine the basaltic lava.

Trails Overview:
The park has a network of loop trails totaling six miles. The seven individual blazed trails range from 0.1-mile up to 1.5 miles. A 1.5-mile segment of the 34-mile Lenape Trail (yellow blaze) passes through. A synopsis of each blazed trail and very helpful (if sketchy and informal) map can be seen by heading into park from any of it's woods roads entrances. The map shows numerous trailheads located at the Normal Avenue parking lot on the northern end of the park. It can accommodate about 20 cars.

There is some fairly technical single track along more moderate single track and gravel fire roads. The park has some elevation change but nothing particularly steep or sustained. The trails leading north east from the cliff lookout in the south of the park are comprised almost exclusively solid "trap rock" and makes for some very fun riding.

Other Points of Note:
These trails are often used my locals for dog walking but most of the dogs are off leash hear; also there are lots of local kids smoking weed here but everyone at the park seems friendly.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (4)
 

Trailblazer

September 15, 2018
 
Review: This is a great trail, is really enjoy it. It has some great drops and rockie's hill which make it great.




Granny Gear

October 16, 2017
 
Review: 10/14/2017 I rolled up to the parking lot, first sign I see says "no bikes on the trails". I felt weird getting out with a bike there for obvious reasons, went around to another entrance through the local neighborhood and rode for a little bit, quiet with nice views, but didn't really seem mountain bike friendly. Not sure why it's on this site (unless the rule change was recent).



 

Granny Gear

July 31, 2018
Igor Grapp Granny Gear  
 
Review: I think this is banned - https://www.google.com/amp/s/articles.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2017/07/at_essex_reserve_where_cyclist_died_just_what_are.amp




Gramcounter

October 12, 2016
2jka Gramcounter  
 
Review: here is a trail map

http://www.nynjtc.org/files/Mills Reservation Walking Trails.pdf

Similar Trail: Eagle Rock




Gramcounter

August 26, 2016
2jka Gramcounter  
 
Review: A fun little park with a fair amount of rocks and roots. A real local hotspot. Pretty well darn well maintained but with lots of log crossings. South-eastern section is nothing but "trap rocks" and very technical to climb. But fun to descend. Add in a gravel road or two and you've got yourself a fun spot to session.



Mills Reservation Trails MTB Trail 2.60 out of 5 based on 4 ratings. 4 user reviews.
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