Tiger Blood

Discussion in 'Mahlon Dickerson Reservation' started by njkayaker, Apr 25, 2015.

  1. njkayaker

    njkayaker Active Member

    Location:
    Sparta
    I finally found it after all riding I do in Mahlon. cool trail! need to get to know it better so I feel comfortable on it. some of those rock walls are nasty. think it rides easier towards Blue Herron vs towards Mahlon.
     
  2. huffster

    huffster Well-Known Member

    How did you know you were on it? I've ridden a lot of trails there, but not sure if I have ridden Tiger Blood. Any intel would be appreciated.
     
  3. mntal

    mntal Member

    Location:
    Sparta
    Some of the stuff on Tiger Blood is hard either way - I do a nice job however of walking over those things - you should see it. The other side of the road (Weldon) is great too - I don't know if it has a name but it seems like a sister trail - heads off the yellow from the parking lot and ends up around the highlands trail. I wouldn't recommend riding it towards the parking lot - I am sure there are some animals out there who like it that direction - I tried it and I would suggest its more of a one way adventure.
     
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  4. njkayaker

    njkayaker Active Member

    Location:
    Sparta
    I talked to someone I met Sat and then found it after. it is very close to blue heron parking lot several hundred feet up the trail. instead of bearing left to go over that cement patio there is a big rock face straight ahead. go up and over that. i could be wrong and it could just be another trail i never have found but my guess is that it is Tiger Blood
     
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  5. Mildly Wild

    Mildly Wild Active Member

    Location:
    Little Falls NJ
    That is it. I do a great job of walking some of the TF's myself.
    PS: Fight Club rule
     
  6. huffster

    huffster Well-Known Member

    Assuming I understand "wink-wink", I've ridden it both ways and definitely think it rides better from power lines end going down toward Blue Heron. Not the most recent time, but the time before that, I put a nice 1" long rip in a sidewall on some of those rocks. My trusty $1 bill and a tube got me back rolling.

     
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  7. njkayaker

    njkayaker Active Member

    Location:
    Sparta
    saw fresh tracks from others this morning.
     

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  8. Eddie Z

    Eddie Z Member

    Location:
    Morris County
    My second time on Tiger's Blood yesterday. Rocking the brand new Cannondale Bad Habit 2 with the 27.5"+ tires, set up tubeless. My first time on TB, I maybe managed to get over 25% of the features. Last night, I improved that to maybe 40% of the features. That trail is a double black diamond trail, and my new bike is well matched for it. The main problem is, I have blue box talent. LOL. If I'm ever going to do better, it's going to take more studying of the lines, getting more comfortable with the new ride, and whole lot of practice. At age 53, I'm just not the risk taker I once was. If anything, last night was a reminder that I'm better off riding other trails. But it sure did get my adrenaline flowing on the stuff that pushed my limits a little bit.

    In other areas of the park, in addition to numerous fallen tree and face-slapper removals, I might add a rock or two to a logover or a rock crossing to improve it for intermediate riders like myself. I can already tell that I'm NOT gonna lay a finger on Tiger's blood! It's a already a work of art for advanced riders. I don't wanna piss anyone off in that regard.
     
  9. gtluke

    gtluke The Moped Team MTBNJ Halter's

    Location:
    Two Bridges
    Man, if you think tiger blood is a double black diamond you should check out FUGAWE. That one must be like 73x black diamond.
    Tiger blood is a good mix of blue square with maybe some black diamond. Go check out the roller right next to tiger blood if you want to see real black diamond action.
     
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  10. Mitch

    Mitch Well-Known Member Team MTBNJ Halter's

    Location:
    BROOKLYN YO
  11. Delish

    Delish Well-Known Member Team MTBNJ Halter's

    Location:
    North Jersey
    Follow somebody better than you. That's the easiest way to get way better at this kind of riding this kind of terrain. You'll start seeing the lines in a different way.
     
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  12. Eddie Z

    Eddie Z Member

    Location:
    Morris County
    Excellent advice. I usually can pick a pretty good line, provided I can see what's on the other side. I'd have to study the entire feature and remember things like "When you get to the peak on that one, the line is off to the right", etc.

    But some people don't see those huge gaps between tall rocks on steep inclines as a problem. To me, they look like $10,000 worth of ER visits, MRI's and months of Physical therapy. LOL.
     
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  13. goldsbar

    goldsbar Member

    Location:
    NJ
    Real "Fight Club," I just found it on Strava or at least the "non dangerous" version. Might try it this weekend. How does it compare to Ghost or Four Birds? Love those trails.
     
  14. xc62701

    xc62701 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Denville
    If you like those trails you will love TB. Ghost is a little flowier and less technical than TB.
     
  15. goldsbar

    goldsbar Member

    Location:
    NJ
    Found it. Great trail, though a bit hard to follow given all of the twists and the current leaf situation. Dabbed a foot plenty of times and left some blood once on an indecisive tip over, but thought everything was doable and obstacles were short and well spaced. Pretty much perfect.

    Keeping it vague, after finishing TB and crossing a sea of reeds, I found some more new-to-me single track with fewer but harder features than Tiger Blood. This one had a rock ramp down to flat followed by an optional 2' drop off onto another rock ramp. I'm glad it was meant for the other direction so I don't have to admit I would have bailed. Trail was almost completely blotted out by leaves in certain parts.
     

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