Watchung Reservation Trail Building

Discussion in 'Rides, Races and Events' started by pooriggy, Jan 6, 2017.

  1. pooriggy

    pooriggy Well-Known Member Team MTBNJ Halter's

    The day has come, 14 miles of new trails has been approved for mountain biking in Watchung Reservation. Through the persistent efforts of Jamie M., Andrew S. and Ken at Jorba , it will now be possible to legally mountain bike in the Reservation.

    We need your help as volunteers to be a part of installing new trails in the Reservation. Our first trail building session will be January 14-15, we are offering two 3-hour sessions both Saturday and Sunday. Sessions will run 9a-12p and 1p-4p each day. Feel free to sign up for more than one (or all) sessions. We will be meeting and working in the area south of Skytop Drive (Park at Skytop Picnic Area).

    Please sign up here:

    Three things to note:
    1. You will need to sign two waivers when you arrive: A Union County Waiver and a JORBA waiver. If you are under 18 you will need a parent/guardian to sign.

    2. You do not need to be a JORBA member to volunteer, however, if you ARE a JORBA member, you are covered under the JORBA insurance policy, and you get cool JORBA swag. So we highly recommend you join at:

    3. Tools will be provided.

    Thanks and see you out there!
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2017
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  2. rottin'

    rottin' Well-Known Member Team MTBNJ Halter's

  3. Supermoto

    Supermoto Well-Known Member

    Awesome, Signed up
  4. qclabrat

    qclabrat Well-Known Member

    Wahoo, I was there last weekend scoping out the area, very exciting indeed, can only do an hour or two due to other volunteer commitments, but signed up
  5. thegock

    thegock Well-Known Member

    In. 2x Sunday.
  6. KenS

    KenS JORBA: President JORBA.ORG

    Mays Landing
    Some important points regarding this trail build:

    - Union County is completely in charge and responsible for the project. Our volunteers are working under their guidance and permission.

    - The trails will not open until the project is completed. Please respect other user groups and continue to ride elsewhere until this MTB only trail is finished.

    I can not tell you how impressed I am with the response from Union County officials in this process, the dedication and passion of the local crew, and the three leaders we have appointed to oversee JORBA's Union County Chapter.

    Thank you, and please, surf to

    Our voice is stronger each time someone joins or renews. Advocacy takes patience, people and funds.

    We are currently holding well over 500 active members, with a social media reach of over 7 times that number. I would like to see 1000+ members in this oh-so-populous state.
  7. woody

    woody Well-Known Member Team MTBNJ Halter's

    Bridgewater, NJ
    That is Hard Core breaking ground in mid-Jan, mad props!
  8. TheLonerider

    TheLonerider Well-Known Member

    New Joisey
    I will be there. Long awaited this!

  9. I Ride Bikes

    I Ride Bikes Well-Known Member

    Bound Brook
    I'll probably be there for some. Do we need to sign up officially or can we just show? Also, I've never been here before. I'm assuming we're walking in. Just wondering how far in the work site is.
  10. Karate Monkey

    Karate Monkey Well-Known Member

    I will know better by next weekend, but may be able to do all Saturday...
  11. Xler8

    Xler8 Active Member

    In like flin!

    I assume this is weather depending?
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2017
  12. pooriggy

    pooriggy Well-Known Member Team MTBNJ Halter's

    We would like folks to sign up officially however if you are unsure of your schedule then show up when you can. We are walking in, the work site is close to the parking area.
  13. Shorepoints

    Shorepoints Well-Known Member

    Mark Stallone and his UC crew has already cleared out a good portion of the trail in this zone. We will be following his lead and doing the finer hand-work to make it ride-ready.
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  14. stilluf

    stilluf Well-Known Member

    Westfield NJ
    I am personally thrilled that this is a reality. Much thanks to the County for following through!
    Right now we have a lighter sign up for Saturday afternoon. If you have any availability please think about signing up then.
  15. Ryan.P

    Ryan.P Well-Known Member Team MTBNJ Halter's

    Damn i have a wedding rehearsal and wedding next sat and Sunday
  16. pooriggy

    pooriggy Well-Known Member Team MTBNJ Halter's

    No worries, there will be many more volunteer opportunities at Watchung .
  17. qclabrat

    qclabrat Well-Known Member

    asked this a few months ago, does all 14 mikes of trails need to be finished before riders are allowed in officially? do the trails need to be "blessed" the county before they are opened?
  18. pooriggy

    pooriggy Well-Known Member Team MTBNJ Halter's

    Walter, this was a few posts up. See you on the trail:)
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  19. Shorepoints

    Shorepoints Well-Known Member

    Forecast for the weekend looks good. Snow should be melted and temps should be reasonable. Would like to get at least 20 people per shift, so spread the word!
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  20. gmb3

    gmb3 Active Member

    Psyched on this since i live pretty close. Gonna try to make it out this weekend but not really sure of my schedule. I'm amazed trailwork is beginning so quickly.

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