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Level: Expert
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +255/ -252 ft
Total: 74 riders

Mountain Biking Sourland Mountain Preserve

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#25 of 111 mountain bike trails in New Jersey
#1,719 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.

First added by harowerx7 on Nov 1, 2005. Last updated Apr 8, 2021. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: no
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: no
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: no
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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.