Allamuchy Mountain State Park

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Make no mistake, Allamuchy can be relentless

General Information

There are more than 14 miles of marked trails available for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding in the Allamuchy Natural Area. There also are more than 20 miles of unmarked trails available for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding, a 3 mile section of the Sussex Branch Trail, 10 mile section of the Highlands Trail and a 3 mile water trail on the Musconetcong River is available for canoes, kayaks and rowboats. In other words, bring a map because you could very well get lost.

Google Map

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40.924711, -74.808502 Route 517 Parking A small lot not really worth parking at considering Tranquility is just down the road. Nevertheless there is parking here. Directions

40.935298, -74.802665 Tranquility Farm Parking Probably the more primary of the 2 main lots, Waterloo being the other. This is a dirt road off 517, park up around the bend. Directions

40.921242, -74.738539 Waterloo Road Parking Lot One of the 2 primary locations. Port-a-John located here. Directions

40.95571, -74.736867 Cranberry Lake Parking The north side lot, less common than the 2 primary spots. Directions

40.88817, -74.826914, Deer Park Deer Park is Allamuchy south of route 80. This is considered a park separate from Allamuchy. Directions

Details and Info

Miles: 25+
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Trails: Singletrack, Doubletrack, Fire Road
Surface: Dirt (hardpack)
Obstacles: Water Crossing, Drops, Trail Obstacles, Rock Garden
Special Features: Bridges
Detailed Overview: This park basically has it all, but it's mostly known for it's rocks and climbs. This is a vast, vast network which is best ridden with people who know the trails, or a GPS. Serious rock gardens and technical challenges await you here.
Park Website: New Jersey DEP Parks & Forestry

Trails

Trail Name Blaze Distance Description
Waterloo Trail White 5.3 miles This trail connects the Tranquility lot and the Waterloo lot. The trail consists of mostly Doubletrack with some climbing and Rock Gardens .
Pebble Loop Yellow 3.1 miles Accessed via the Sussex Branch Trail and Waterloo Trail, this Singletrack and Doubletrack trail provides rides with challenging Rock Gardens and Trail Obstacles.
Ranger Loop Red 2.6 miles Accessed via the Sussex Branch Trail, this Singletrack and Doubletrack trail provides rides with challenging Rock Gardens and Trail Obstacles. Several connecting trails link Ranger Loop to the Waterloo Trail.
Iron Mine Loop Blue 1.3 miles Accessed via the Sussex Branch Trail, this Singletrack and Doubletrack trail provides rides with challenging Rock Gardens and Trail Obstacles.
Waving Willie Trail Green 3.4 miles Access via the Cranberry Lot/Route 206, this trail is the most direct to Lumpy Bumpy. Waving Willie consists of mostly Singletrack and Doubletrack with Bridges . It also connects with the Waterloo/White Trail.
Cardiac Trail Purple 3.2 miles Starting at the Tranquility Lot, be prepared for some climbing! Cardiac is a Singletrack climb with Rock Gardens to the top of the Allamuchy ridge. Candy Ass is accessible from Cardiac, located to the west when on the ridge.
Switchback Loop Orange 2.0 miles This trail is accessed via the Tranquility Lot and provides an “easier” route (and added miles) to Cardiac/Purple and Waterloo/White Trails. The trail is Singletrack.
Highland Trail Teal 3.8 miles Sorry folks, bikes are not permitted on this trail. Please respect this request.
Lumpy Bumpy Red Flags ? miles A fun technical Singletrack designed specifically for mountain bikers. Challenging rock features and lots of exposed rock faces to ride on. A must ride trial. This trail is extremely technical and not recommended for beginners. The trails consists of Rock Gardens and Trail Obstacles. This area is accessed via the Waving Willie/Green Trail or Waterloo/White Trail. It is located in the northwestern part of the park. It is best ridden clockwise, accessed at the top/near Waving Willie.
Rollie Pollie Unmarked ? miles Another Singletrack technical mountain biking trail, with lots of rock rollers for the intermediate/advanced riders to have fun on. This area is accessed via Cardiac/Purple Trail and an “unnamed trail”, located on the top of the ridge. This trail is extremely technical and not recommended for beginners. The trails consists of Trail Obstacles. It is best ridden counter-clockwise.
Candy Ass Unmarked 2 miles This area is accessed via Cardiac/Purple Trail, located before the final ridge, the trail y's on the top and the entrance is to the right, then a quick right. This Singletrack trail is extremely technical and not recommended for beginners. The trails consists of Trail Obstacles. It is best ridden clockwise.
Freakin Middle Unmarked ? miles Accessed from Purple, coming Clockwise where purple makes a right up toward Rollie you stay left and then left before the fence. This is Boy Scout property and should only be accessed with permission. Stay left on the main trail and then the trail starts off on your next left. There will be a boulder roller to start. This trail will dump you out on a trail heading towards Ice Cream.
Ice Cream Unmarked ? miles Accessed via the Waterloo Trail near the intersection of Waving Willie (marked with a sign "Ice Cream"), this Singletrack and Doubletrack trail provides rides with challenging Rock Gardens and Trail Obstacles.
Four Bump ? ? miles

Routes

Mooch w/Kirt courtesy of rider Norm Starts at the Waterloo lot.
Mother's Day Allamuchy courtesy of rider Chris26er. Starts at Waving Willie, out to Rollie Pollie looping back to Lumpy bumpy. Lotta hills and rocks.
Mooch Loop courtesy of rider skiphreaknj. Starts at the Tranquility lot and provides a more "mild" tour of Mooch.

Reviews

One of the more expansive areas in the state with plenty of potential for epic rides. A little bit of everything with plenty of climbing. You'll want at least a semi-decent fitness level (i.e. not the place to start out if you've been sitting on the couch for 10 years). Be prepared for some very low speeds on the climbs and technical sections. If you know Lewis Morris or Deer Park, this is the opposite. Lots of little 1' drops if desired - some bigger stuff possible. In general, Waterloo Road side is very rocky whereas 517 side is more smooth. Exceptions apply. Years ago you'd be guaranteed to get lost if you didn't know the place well. Getting lost is still possible but at least many of the trails are now marked.

A good mix of fireroad and singletrack. Fireroad is the majority but much of it feels like singletrack. This has been changing over the years as many trail get re-routed and built by MTBR's as opposed to quads. Certainly potential to string plenty of singletrack together. For example, orange to purple will give you over 500 vertical feet of mostly singletrack climbing (or of course descending). Make one of the lefts at the top (unmarked but very evident) for a singletrack descent with some nice features.

Discussion, Events, and JORBA

Forum: MTBNJ discussion on Allamuchy
JORBA Contact: Bob W

Bike Shop(s) and Good Eats

Marty’s - Hacketstown
156 Main St.
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
Cycle Craft - Andover
698 US Highway 206
Andover, NJ 07821
Located at the intersection of Route 206 and Goodale Road
Panther Pub
RTE 517 PANTHER VALLEY MALL
Allamuchy, NJ 07820
Enzo's Pizzeria
903 High Street
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
Salt Gastropub
109 US Highway 206
Stanhope, NJ 07874

Maps

JORBA PDF Link This is the most current map of Allamuchy.

Videos

Lumpy Bumpy w/Jeff Lenosky courtesy of rider MannyL358
The Mooch courtesy of rider J-Dro
Gnar Mooch Tour courtesy of rider Pearl

Pictures