Mahlon Dickerson Reservation Conditions

Discussion in 'Mahlon Dickerson Reservation' started by Chris26er, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. njkayaker

    njkayaker Active Member

    Location:
    Sparta
    Mahlon is in awesome condition. starting to get dusty trails in spots. it's March and riding like it is May.



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  2. Smokey

    Smokey Member

    Location:
    Sparta
    "Black Magic!"
     
  3. JimN

    JimN Well-Known Member Team MTBNJ Halter's

    Location:
    Parsippany
    Nice, saw that name on Strava but wasn't sure if it was "official" or not.
     
  4. extremedave

    extremedave Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Denville, NJ
    Early today was starting to thaw out and soften up. I rated it "good" but "ride with care" might be more legit. Most of the fire roads are fine but cascade and such were getting mushy
     
  5. mntal

    mntal Member

    Location:
    Sparta
    Sweet job on black magic - great to have some new runways and kudos to those that spend so much time getting them right.
     
  6. rayder

    rayder Active Member

    Location:
    lake hiawatha
    Where is this black magic you speak of
     
  7. JimN

    JimN Well-Known Member Team MTBNJ Halter's

    Location:
    Parsippany
    Text me when you guys are available for a ride.
     
  8. stilluf

    stilluf Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Westfield NJ
    Today was my first time riding here. I loved the rock features, especially by Stone Gate; some of the best I've ever ridden! Did not love the fire roads and double track needed to get to the good stuff, however. This place would be a destination for me if there was more like Stone Gate and fewer fire roads.
    Trail conditions were solid. Some mud, but overall good.
     
  9. rayder

    rayder Active Member

    Location:
    lake hiawatha
     
  10. rayder

    rayder Active Member

    Location:
    lake hiawatha
    Not sure why my reply went in like that. We will get in touch with you Jim. We have a lot of family birthday parties in April but we will figure out a way to squeeze some rides in.
     
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  11. JimN

    JimN Well-Known Member Team MTBNJ Halter's

    Location:
    Parsippany
    Sounds like you probably missed a lot of good stuff. Let me know if you ever want to go back and get a proper tour.
     
  12. JimN

    JimN Well-Known Member Team MTBNJ Halter's

    Location:
    Parsippany
    Norm, I only meant that I wasn't sure if the name Black Magic was officially chosen by its creator. I realize nothing over there is authorized, and I wouldn't tell anyone otherwise.
     
  13. stilluf

    stilluf Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Westfield NJ
    Thanks for the offer! Yes, will definitely get in touch if we think about coming back.
     
  14. njkayaker

    njkayaker Active Member

    Location:
    Sparta
    i hear what you are saying about the double track and rail trail in between single track but Stone Gare isn;t the only good single track back there. there is much more including all the awesome WMA stuff.
     
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  15. njkayaker

    njkayaker Active Member

    Location:
    Sparta
    Thank you to the person who cut out the tree on Colombo Return!
     
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  16. Eddie Z

    Eddie Z Member

    Location:
    Morris County
    If "Columbo return" is over in the WMA, that might've been the work of myself and Tony W. We did a rolling TM the other day.
     
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  17. Eddie Z

    Eddie Z Member

    Location:
    Morris County
    I went in the other day again to do a solo Rolling Trail maintenance. Typically, I just chase after anything impinging on the trail, up to about the thickness of 10" in diameter. I carry small loppers, hand trimmers, and a pretty good hand saw. Some of the things I was hoping to do were already done! The chain saw crews beat me to the punch. They hit Cascade and the WMA loop pretty hard. But they didn't get to the really big downed tree, at the end of the WMA loop, closest to Saffin lot. The one you have to dismount to crawl under. Removal of that one is a project and a half.
     
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  18. SpartaBard

    SpartaBard Well-Known Member Team MTBNJ Halter's

    Location:
    Sparta
    I am guessing that one is a bit too close to the parking lot.
     
  19. Eddie Z

    Eddie Z Member

    Location:
    Morris County
    I guess that would depend on if the chainsaw operator was a rogue TMer with no permission, or a park employee who's sanctioned to do it.

    I'd actually be more than happy to carry chainsaws into the park to deal with the bigger issues, but chasing down the proper cert is seemingly impossible. Last time I delved into it, there was only one chainsaw cert class, sanctioned by the AT trail conference, up in Maine somewhere. I'm all set up to do it though. Back when Sandy hit, I became part of the Chainsaw crew over at Stephens SP (w/something that resembled permission from Rangers, thru a JORBA run cleanup). I built a chainsaw specific backpack, got all the safety gear, etc.. But since bringing chainsaws into county parks is so discouraged, I don't do it. A few years back, I even tried to reach out to the people in charge of MD, but my phone calls were promptly ignored. Still, the tree I referenced above isn't something I feel comfortable attacking. I'm not an experienced tree guy, I'm just a homeowner with a chainsaw! That particular treefall is a beast and a half.
     
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  20. njkayaker

    njkayaker Active Member

    Location:
    Sparta
    FYI - big tree down again across colombo return. same area as the previous tree. have to bush wack around it.
     

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