What's the preferred loop?

Tony13

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So, I just spent 2 hours getting my ass kicked climbing through rock gardens. What's the preferred loop through the park? I want to go back and give it another run but not without a some sort of route to take.
 
I don’t consider myself a SL expert, so this may not be the most recommended loop, but I ride this system fairly frequently, my usual loop is below, sometimes I will go up pipeline and take the river bed connector (in the red line), if your feeling strong and it’s not wet, you csn do chunky monkey. Instead of boulderama you can take the center connector (other red line), that, in my opinion is one of the best downhill runs around.
 

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Hey thanks! That's actually the loop I was trying to do but I got turned around somewhere . We were all over the place today and most likely going the wrong direction 90% of the time.
 
Even if i supplied a map, you'd miss all the cool features that are just off trail.

I'll do a guided tour for ya. Prob in August tho, and it rides better when the rocks aren't sweating
 
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That's the basic flow. I also like to ride up the pipeline and take Amigios out and Chunky Monkey back. Amigos is great in either direction.
 
I don’t consider myself a SL expert, so this may not be the most recommended loop, but I ride this system fairly frequently, my usual loop is below, sometimes I will go up pipeline and take the river bed connector (in the red line), if your feeling strong and it’s not wet, you csn do chunky monkey. Instead of boulderama you can take the center connector (other red line), that, in my opinion is one of the best downhill runs around.
That's basically it. Can add some variations around Roaring Rocks area and I prefer climbing "C Trail Climb" instead of "Outer Trail". Should have come to our Group Ride Friday! I'll try to schedule another.
 
Sourlands is probably the most technically demanding trail system I've ridden (I haven't gone to Jungle or Allamuchy tbf). There is no correct way lol
 
I like a clockwise loop, there are a few climb options to mix it up, once up top, the ridge trail out and back is cool. Lots of different ways down from the top depending how rowdy you want it.
 
I love this trail but I don't think I've figured what works yet. I have a long travel enduro bike which is nice when riding pipeline up and any of the trails down I just can't do the other trails up. I have a hard tail and it's alot easier going up but not as fun going down. Got a bruised knee today. Hardest 6 miles I've done in a few months hahaha.
 
Nah, I’m rusty. Haven’t been to SL to ride since I dunno. Do need to go after I repair my seized ish rear hub from the mooch ride. It’s Too hot. Too sweaty. Too MOIST. I was shopping for a OG free ride bike just for SL hucks again. That was my prime and that’s what I enjoy most about mtb.

What’s up with the lower left trail closure?
 
Nah, I’m rusty. Haven’t been to SL to ride since I dunno. Do need to go after I repair my seized ish rear hub from the mooch ride. It’s Too hot. Too sweaty. Too MOIST. I was shopping for a OG free ride bike just for SL hucks again. That was my prime and that’s what I enjoy most about mtb.

What’s up with the lower left trail closure?
closed temporarily for "restoration". It's a Ranger experiment with no timeline though.
 
I do love Sourland and it's my go-to trail when I'm in NJ. I always ride from the lot straight up to and across the bridge. I take the outer trail up and hit Montezuma, Chunky Monkey or one of the other small trails so I can get to where Montezuma meets the end of the Boulderama trail. From there, it's a bomb down the C trail all the way back to the bridge and then to the parking lot. It's super rocky and unfriendly but it's like a puzzle that needs to be solved. I really enjoy that kind of riding. I find that it's not as crowded as the Boulderama side but you'll more than like encounter some foot traffic. Theres a reason the Strava segment is called "Dodging Hikerz".
 

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