Last year I ran into @trailhead in the parking lot at Wildcat when he was near the start of his journey from Rockaway to Ringwood. This year I ran into him and his group pretty much in the middle of nowhere up near Green Pond Ridge.
depending on the route I select, 35 to 50 miles. Prior years , it took 5 hours or more, and we arrived towards dusk. I want to keep the vibe fun and so would like to have the full day and leave by 9-10am. Folks are welcome to camp out at my place Friday night.
Bike Tour...aka...Bikepack...to the JORBA NJ Mountain Bike Festival at Shepherd Lake in Ringwood State Park.
Depart on Saturday 9/25/21 around 9am from the Rockaway - Denville area
If camping you must register ahead of time to secure a camping spot.....act now!
You must have a bike equipped to carry all you need for the ride up, camping and return, OR plan to have someone take your gear to the park.
If you plan to ride one way, then you will need to make arrangements for a shuttle back to your starting location (hopefully our MTBNJ friends will have some free rack space and offer a ride back south).
The return trip will leave Sunday 9/26/21 at the end of the festival and may include another night camping.
This is an advanced skill level ride with a target of 45 miles and 3300ft of elevation gain for the north bound trip .
An alternate back up plan of 38 miles and 2900ft may be used if the majority of riders are better suited for this distance.
This 80% off road ride will have.....gravel, singletrack, doubletrack, railroad grade, eroded rock strewn woods roads, bridges, lack of bridges (stream fording), mud and road riding
There may be......bears, bees, rattle snakes, bike pushing, some confusion, possible frustration and hopefully lots of laughing.
Resupply is available at the 30 mile mark and just before entrance to the park at 40 miles.
PM here or RSVP to trailhead #2 #2 at G mail dot com