Nassau Trail conditions

CNJRider

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Surprisingly better conditions than I anticipated this afternoon. Did both Springside and Nassau sides as well as some of Voorhees and Colombia. Little if any exposed mud or standing water on the trails. Think the leaf and pine needle cover helped as well as the recent windy conditions.

Lots of pine needles in sections with occasional squishiness hidden beneath.

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And crunchy leaves elsewhere of course.

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Bikeworks

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Surprisingly better conditions than I anticipated this afternoon. Did both Springside and Nassau sides as well as some of Voorhees and Colombia. Little if any exposed mud or standing water on the trails. Think the leaf and pine needle cover helped as well as the recent windy conditions.

Lots of pine needles in sections with occasional squishiness hidden beneath.

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And crunchy leaves elsewhere of course.

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Loving the Epic Evo?
 

jShort

2018 Fantasy Football Toilet Bowl Lead Technician
Team MTBNJ Halter's
I am. Have not ridden my other bikes since. Perfect for the ride I did today which was equal parts backroads, gravel and single track with some descents mixed in here and there too. On my heavier alloy 140mm, I would’ve been fatigud by the end but the EE makes it easy.

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It’s a great bike. And that’s my go to loop. There’s a lot of potential at Voorhees. I’ve reached out to the rangers offering to clean up the existing trail network in hopes to eventually expand and add, but i never heard back. I think they like it the way it is.
 

CNJRider

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Ah good to know. I like to roadie my way through the south wstern section and only ride the trails north and east of the observatory. Rest of the park is too much hike a bike for me.

Love that zig zagging connector trail from the back of the high school down to Columbia too.
 

phillychris498

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Ah good to know. I like to roadie my way through the south wstern section and only ride the trails north and east of the observatory. Rest of the park is too much hike a bike for me.

Love that zig zagging connector trail from the back of the high school down to Columbia too.

That's one of the best downhills around that area in my opinion. Such a gnarly descent, and you can really open it up if you start it from behind Voorhees.

This trail in Voorhees is a favorite descent of mine too. Some of the best gnar around.
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CNJRider

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That's one of the best downhills around that area in my opinion. Such a gnarly descent, and you can really open it up if you start it from behind Voorhees.

This trail in Voorhees is a favorite descent of mine too. Some of the best gnar around.
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Regarding the trail behind the HS, so thoughtful of the school to add those little jumps in the blacktop. They must be mountain bikers too. 😆

Never tried riding that section you circled downhill. I have half hiked, half biked it going uphill and it was a royal PIA. Would need to leave my xc bike and take my burlier trail bike to tackle that going downhill. Definitely gnarly.
 

Bikeworks

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Regarding the trail behind the HS, so thoughtful of the school to add those little jumps in the blacktop. They must be mountain bikers too. 😆

Never tried riding that section you circled downhill. I have half hiked, half biked it going uphill and it was a royal PIA. Would need to leave my xc bike and take my burlier trail bike to tackle that going downhill. Definitely gnarly.
Is this the part that leads to Nassau parking lot? If so, I've done it on the EE, totally doable. Not so fun to climb though, I agree.
 

CNJRider

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Is this the part that leads to Nassau parking lot? If so, I've done it on the EE, totally doable. Not so fun to climb though, I agree.
That is the section in Voorhees that goes dh from the observatory and runs parallel to the road. Unless you can do trials, I don’t think this section is clearable going up.
 

pkovo

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That's one of the best downhills around that area in my opinion. Such a gnarly descent, and you can really open it up if you start it from behind Voorhees.

This trail in Voorhees is a favorite descent of mine too. Some of the best gnar around.
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I concur. Such a fun section of trail and very easy to session. You can run it and ride right back up observatory road to do it again.

The section after it which starts on the other side of observatory road and eventually loops back to the road further down is pretty fun too. Definitely not as chunky but a good climb followed by a pretty fun descent and then a weird rock staircase that I've never been able to ride up. The trail at the bottom left of this circle above running over to the parking P.
 

jShort

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pkovo

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Rode Nassau yesterday. Trails were nice and frozen but lots of leaves down on some.

After the winds we had this weekend there were several spots where trees and or branches had come down and blocked the trail. We cleared what we could as we encountered them, but some spots will likely require a saw....or maybe a team stronger than me and my 12 year old daughter.

Worst one was on Chips trail on the OG Nassau side. The west side of Chips Trail right where it crosses Nassau trail. Good sized tree down laying right along the trail. We cleared the branches, but effectively two sections of trunk are still laying there.
 

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Patrick

Overthinking the draft from the basement already
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Rode Nassau yesterday. Trails were nice and frozen but lots of leaves down on some.

After the winds we had this weekend there were several spots where trees and or branches had come down and blocked the trail. We cleared what we could as we encountered them, but some spots will likely require a saw....or maybe a team stronger than me and my 12 year old daughter.

Worst one was on Chips trail on the OG Nassau side. The west side of Chips Trail right where it crosses Nassau trail. Good sized tree down laying right along the trail. We cleared the branches, but effectively two sections of trunk are still laying there.

that area seems to lose trees - and they bring lots of vines with them.
I'm working over in the commons, so not sure i can get over there.

the locals take care of it pretty quickly when they find out.
 

Norm

Mayor McCheese
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Rode it this afternoon starting around 1:00 and trails were great. Only a few wet areas out to the Foran parking. The rest was dry. Almost prefect conditions, if not for some leaf cover.

As did we. In fact you may have passed us leaving as you were starting your ride. We were the GMC in the Foran Fields lot.
 
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SAM

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As did we. In fact you may have passed us leaving as you were starting your ride. We were the GMC in the Foran Fields lot.
Actually, we parked in the Columbia Trail Parking lot. Took the trail to Foran parking as an out and back about half way through the ride. May have passed you at some point, though. What a beautiful day for late Nov!
 

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