Mahlon Dickerson Reservation Conditions

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

  1. njkayaker

    njkayaker Active Member

    Location:
    Sparta
    Tree was there Sat and someone has cleared it since. Biked WMA tonight and it is cleared. thank you. as always appreciate the effort.
     
  2. Eddie Z

    Eddie Z Member

    Location:
    Morris County
    You're welcome! :) Group effort by 6 or 7 folks. 10-15 minutes with a couple of hand saws.
     
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  3. Eddie Z

    Eddie Z Member

    Location:
    Morris County
    As a 53yo guy with a penchant for overeating, it's real easy for me to get out of shape. In the last year, I've been trying to step up my exercise regime. "Rolling" Trail Maintenances @MD have actually become part of a "Crossfit" routine!

    I do 2 scheduled rides per week with the crew. But when rain or other activities messes with those rides, I seek alternative rides. If nobody joins me, I'll saddle up in TM configuration and go in solo.. My avatar picture is pretty much it: Fatbike with Frame bag. Frame bag contains saw, small loppers, work gloves. Hand shears get strapped to my handlebars. I simply ride from tree to tree and cut back whatever impinges on the trail. I call 'em "Faceslappers". Sometimes I move some rocks around.

    By the time I dismount, remount, and get that heavy bike rolling again, it's a bit like doing a few jumping jacks and a 3 minute blast on an exercise bike. Doesn't seem like much, but do it 50 times (along with an 7-10 mile ride itself), and I come out of the woods feeling like I burned quite a few calories. Especially if I was lifting and moving boulders.

    It's efficient use of my time, since it kills two birds with one stone. Exercise and TM! It's really quite enjoyable.
     
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  4. Eddie Z

    Eddie Z Member

    Location:
    Morris County
    Man, MD needs some serious TLC. Lots of Faceslappers everywhere...
     
  5. huffster

    huffster Well-Known Member

    Everybody should carry some hand pruners at this time of year. If we all did a little, a lot would get done. I've got mine in my frame bag all the time right now. Of course, that's not doing Mahlon much good since I haven't ridden there in a couple months. Which reminds me...I need to get back to Mahlon.
     
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  6. Eddie Z

    Eddie Z Member

    Location:
    Morris County
    A hand saw lives in my Hydro pack. I can't tell you how much that gets used.

    But aside from that, when I'm in full Mt biking mode, I don't normally stop for TMs, I'm more into riding! I'm much more effective at Trail Maintenance when I focus on it. Then I outfit my fatbike with my TM setup: Hand trimmers near my handlebar stem. Small Loppers dangerously tucked into the chest strap on my hydropack (yeah, I know, I know...looking for a safer arrangement). And my saw and work gloves handy in my frame bag. I just ride from trouble spot to trouble spot. Sometimes, having the bike along is an asset, other times it's a liability depending on how bad the area is that needs attention.

    I wished more Mt bikers would step up to the plate and put a little TM time in.. This is growing season, so at this time of the year, it's overwhelming to keep up with the miles and miles of trails around this area. Whether you do a rolling TM like I'm doing, solo hike a trail with pruners, participate in organized TM's, saw out an annoying tree fall, or build a logover.. It's all good. Every little bit helps.
     
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  7. icebiker

    icebiker JORBA: Morris Trails JORBA.ORG

    Location:
    M'town
  8. njkayaker

    njkayaker Active Member

    Location:
    Sparta
    Well colombo return is screwed. that is a big tree!


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  9. Chris26er

    Chris26er Team MTBNJ.com-Halter's Team MTBNJ Halter's

    Location:
    sparta
    How far from the park n ride, Or closer to the rail trail?

     
  10. njkayaker

    njkayaker Active Member

    Location:
    Sparta
    closer to the park n ride. several hundred yards up from that other big tree that is the tight fit through it riding.
     
  11. jerzey111

    jerzey111 Member

    Location:
    Cliffside Park NJ
    Went yesterday, primo conditions
     
  12. Eddie Z

    Eddie Z Member

    Location:
    Morris County
    We've been riding MD pretty steadily for the last few weeks. Conditions remain pretty good, even though like 65% of the leaves are down. Bike of Choice is my fatbike, to tolerate the tall rocks hidden by leaves (and to get a more intense workout in the short amount of light left after work). Myself and a couple of other riders continue to do some simple Trail Maintenances where possible. I did a couple of small tree removals on Wednesday night. We also constructed logovers on a cutover trail just behind the ballfield, and another over on the Columbo return (WMA) just above the big tree with the handlebar notches. But I'm not too proud of that one...could use another half hour of work.
     
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  13. qclabrat

    qclabrat Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Warren
    considering this or Allamuchy today, never been to Mahlon
    but read @Norm's write up and think I may get lost
    getting in around 3ish for late daylight, but forgot my bright lights, when's it get too dark for Mahon nowadays?
     
  14. Mildly Wild

    Mildly Wild Active Member

    Location:
    Little Falls NJ
    Parked at Picnic area pkg lot. Cutover trail behind ballfield OK except slick ice at bottom. Rode Cascade CCW, Good on downhill except near bottom. Icy patches here and there. Some rideable, some deadly. Climbing out the other side was very icy. Ice was hard to read. Lot of dirt visible where the sun gets thru. Rode White Trail for about another mile and turned back - too icy. I give north side of park a 2.0 just because of the ice. Did not get to try the southside.
     
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  15. Off The Road Again

    Off The Road Again Active Member

    Location:
    Somerville, NJ
    Rode south side of park today from Saffin Pond lot, down Ghost. Ghost itself was pretty good, a little ice but nothing real sketchy. From the bridge past 4-way it was a lot icier. Took a right at next intersection and continued on Yellow back to lot. Quite a few icy sections but pretty rideable. Overall, give this side of park a 2.8/ 5.0
     
  16. monkeybike

    monkeybike New Member

    Location:
    J town, NJ
    I just passed a couple cars with bikes by saffins. Anyone from here? How are conditions?
     
  17. stilluf

    stilluf Active Member

    Location:
    Westfield NJ
    Gotta imagine conditions are terrible everywhere right now...question whether anyone should even be riding.
     
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  18. monkeybike

    monkeybike New Member

    Location:
    J town, NJ
    That's what i was thinking, I'm just itching to get out there.
     
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  19. njkayaker

    njkayaker Active Member

    Location:
    Sparta
    A BIG thank you to the person or persons who cleaned out several large trees on Colombo Return. conditions were not bad this morning. slippery and wet but not that muddy.
     
  20. Kaleidopete

    Kaleidopete Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Moe Mountain
    Hey! You were there? I needed you! I was lost and beat up! (8:30 to 10:30)o_O
     
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