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Level: Expert
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +255/252 ft
Total: 67 riders
 

Mountain Biking Sourland Mountain Preserve

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#112 of 129 mountain bike trails in New Jersey
#8021 in the world

Sourland Mountain Preserve, a 2870 acre park, is located in Hillsborough. The riding here can be
described very easily; extremely challenging. The Sourlands are not for the beginner rider. The
trails are incredibly rocky and slippery. People either ride at the Sourlands once and never go
back, or they become addicted to the challenge and ride there all the time. Be prepared to
spend a lot of time walking your bike or at least dabbing your foot every few feet. Be sure to
climb up the Pipeline for a lung busting aerobic challenge, just see if you can make it up without
stopping. The Sourlands become very muddy and slippery after a rainstorm, so please practice
responsible trail use. The Sourland Mountain Preserve trails were built, and are maintained to be
hiking trails, but from my experience on them, I would not recomend hiking it unless you want a
twisted, or even broken ankle/wrist, or even arm/leg. It has happened many many times. Once
again, this is not a place for new or intermediate riders, yet it can be extremely fun, if a very
challenging ride is your cup of tea!
NOTE: It has been said by many professional and expert riders that this is the most difficult trail
to ride in NJ. Basically, if you can survive on this trail then you can survive on any trail in NJ.

Access to this park is gained by East Mountain Road in Hillsborough.

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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
Sourlands Mountain Preserve East Mountain Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844 From Route 287 Southbound: Follow Route 287 South to Exit 17 (Somerville/Routes 202/206 South). When the highwa**plit, take Route 206 South. Follow the Route 206 South directions. From 287 Northbound: Follow Route 287 North to Route 22 West. Follow the Route 22 directions below. From Route 22 Westbound: Follow Route 22 to Routes 202/206 South. When the highwa**plit take Route 206 South. Follow directions from Route 206 South. From Route 22 Eastbound: After Milltown Road in Bridgewater, take the next exit off of Route 22 eastbound, onto Route 28 East. After 2 miles, Route 28 will intersect Route 206 South. Follow directions from Route 206 South. From 206 Southbound: Follow Route 206 through Somerville and Hillsborough - approximately six miles from the Somerville Circle to Route 514 which is Amwell Road. Make a right turn onto Amwell Road and proceed two miles to East Mountain Road. Turn left onto East Mountain Road. Travel for one mile, and you will see the Sourland Mountain Preserve entrance sign on the right. From 206 Northbound: Follow Route 206 through Princeton and Montgomery. Traveling up a small ramp, make a left onto Route 601. Follow Route 601 for a half mile, and make a right turn onto East Mountain Road by Carrier Foundation. Travel for one mile, and you will see the Sourland Mountain Preserve entrance sign on the left.
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Q: where do you guys ride here? ive hiked here before but never biked. i come in through the entrance on rileyville road.

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  • tdh732
    **

    Terrible, no flow. Only a couple cool lines but not enough to deal with all of the other junk

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  • njTrailRider
    ****

    Wow, this is a tough one. If your serial number is on your bottom bracket, I recommend you write it down before you go here, because it likely won't be there when your done. I thought were rocky trails in north jersey like high mountain, jungle, and ring wood, but this one took it a new level, the eastern side of trail C was insane, next time I will go in a direction to descend it. My only complaint was it was crowded with hikers, but enjoyable.

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  • njTrailRider
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    Wow, this is a tough one. If your serial number is on your bottom bracket, I recommend you write it down before you go here, because it likely won't be there when your done. I thought were rocky trails in north jersey like high mountain, jungle, and ring wood, but this one took it a new level, the eastern side of trail C was insane, next time I will go in a direction to descend it. My only complaint was it was crowded with hikers, but enjoyable.

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  • dreiss23
    *****

    True rugged,rocky terrain with Boulder ride/jump options
    Best to ride up the pipeline(20 min of work). Left or right Both super technical but awesome!

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  • stumpyfsr
    ****

    This trail brings a completely new definition of a term "rocky". There're only few trails I rode was as gnarly as this one. True was said, you either love it or hate it. I like it and think if I'll come back to ride it, it'll be much easier to find a better line.

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  • Phillychris498
    *****

    I came here and was only able to do parts of the white trail and red trail, but I loved both of them so much. Great place and its such a challenge, but the challenge is definitely addicting. There are a lot of off trail features, mostly going up boulders and leaping back off of them and they are all very fun and very challenging. Unfortunately for me, I got a flat on the red trail and didn't get to finish my ride, as I didn't bring any flat-fixing tools. Take it from me, bring things to fix a flat! There are a lot of pointy things to mess up your tires. Overall, definitely a deserved expert rating and an extremely fun place.

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  • jrzy609
    *****

    My favorite place to ride!!! You can catch me here on the red enduro rippin the mountain up. I cant wait for the sun to come up here today so that I can get my fix!!! RIDE ON!!!

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  • skaterqwertyuiop
    ****

    This trail is fun, but be careful and I recommend wearing armor. Not so much rock-gardens, but big rocks placed strategically to Kill mountain bikers. It's fun, but Very challenging. Give it a try.

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  • hardtailjeeves
    *****

    Exactly what the description says. Challenging. I'll be part of the category that is addicted to the place. Definitely slick after a rain, lots and lots of roots and rocks. Descents are almost as difficult as the climbs... Be prepared to fall.

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  • hardtailjeeves
    *****

    Exactly what the description says. Challenging. I'll be part of the category that is addicted to the place. Definitely slick after a rain, lots and lots of roots and rocks. Descents are almost as difficult as the climbs... Be prepared to fall.

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