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michael.su

JORBA Board Member/Chapter Leader
JORBA.ORG
I added the JORBA map of Wharton to Maprika. I think it's positioned pretty well but haven't had a chance to check it yet. Check it out and adjust it if needed :)
 

Robin

Well-Known Member
Rt 206 Parking/trails

First time to Wharton today - was in search of dirt. Nice to get out - lots of familiar faces.

I parked at Basto - but on my way/down 206, I noticed another parking area, Atsion, with cars/bike racks. What trails are accessible from there? and do they hook into the orange perimeter loop?
 

slingblade_uhhuh

JORBA Board Member/Chapter Leader
JORBA.ORG
Unofficial map of Wharton's Batsto MTB singletrack...
http://www.jorba.org/sites/default/files/JORBA_Wharton.pdf

New official map of all of Wharton...
http://www.njparksandforests.org/parks/maps/wharton_map_web_version.pdf

The new official map shows doubletrack routes to use when the mtb singletrack riding conditions are less then optimal. You can ride the perimeter of the PBT on doubletrack, w/ a stop at Jemima Mount, or maybe w/ a sidetrip up to Devious Mount, for a fun ride.

My favorite winter/spring singletrack-is-too-soft-to-ride route includes riding the Washington Turnpike to the ghost town of Washington and on to Godfrey Bridge, maybe with a side trip to Hawkins Bridge or Oswego Lake. (If you have ever rented a canoe from Micks, you'll recognize the area.)

A CX'er had emailed us earlier in the year, excited about the doubletrack he rode around Atsion and Hampton Furnace during the spring. So that comes recommended too.

The Wharton Forest doubletrack is mostly (with a few exceptions) all good and fun to ride in the winter and spring when the Batsto mtb singletrack conditions might not be optimal for riding. With a bit of planning and a good GPS, it would be easy to lay out a long fun day (LFD?)
 
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WinTaper

Member
I keep meaning to check this place out.

So...

About how long is the outer "orange loop"?
Is it well-marked for someone who's never been there?
Approximately how long does it take for an 'average' ride
I'm planning on parking in the Visitor Center - good idea?

Thanks in advance...
-dan
 

slingblade_uhhuh

JORBA Board Member/Chapter Leader
JORBA.ORG
I keep meaning to check this place out.
So...About how long is the outer "orange loop"?
Is it well-marked for someone who's never been there?
Approximately how long does it take for an 'average' ride
I'm planning on parking in the Visitor Center - good idea?
Thanks in advance...
-dan

The Penn Branch Trail (orange) is 19+ miles. Pay attention in the first few and last few miles to stay on the right trail. The trail is well marked with posts and markers. An *average* rider can do the loop in 2 to 3 hours. Less if the rider is competitive. Starting at the Visitor Center parking lot is best if it is your first time there. Thats where the marked trailhead is.
New official trail map from the state is here... http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/maps/WhartonAreaMapFinal_reduced.pdf
 

BigDB67

Well-Known Member
I keep meaning to check this place out.

So...

About how long is the outer "orange loop"?
Is it well-marked for someone who's never been there?
Approximately how long does it take for an 'average' ride
I'm planning on parking in the Visitor Center - good idea?

Thanks in advance...
-dan

You will have a good time, I rode it about 2 months ago in about 3 hours with A LOT of breaks. Just make sure you bring plenty of water and some food. There are no real climbs but lots of bobbing and weaving through tight turns.
 

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