Animal Shute Trail

HARD 26 reviews

Animal Shute Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near West Milford, New Jersey that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
495 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Jungle habitat

mountain biking
15 days ago

started out on the trail that runs alongside the paved road. this was a good warmup for what was to come... lots of rocky, technical, single track, switchback trail full of sinuous roots and wet, slippery places. the first little section pops out onto a paved road that access what most have been a large parking lot? using the GPS I found the trail again and proceeded. while the trail is marked, thank goodness!, it's a maze that has you turned around and feeling lost at times. not to mention there are other trails that cross this trail and looked a lot easier to navigate, yet I kept following my GPS and the markers. there were some sections where it seemed to flow, but there were more that either required slower calculated riding or one foot off or even walking the bike. and then there was simply getting lost, the trail seemingly gone, check phone GPS and make sure I was headed in the right direction. it was a unique place, kinda eerie with the random fencing and animal cages. it was definitely a workout and a challenge!
Found this link https://www.njherald.com/20170124/bike-trails-built-where-wild-animals-once-roamed-jungle-of-west-milford#//

hiking
Monday, June 19, 2017

The hike was an awesome experience! My friends and l might have started on the wrong end, and gotten lost a couple of times, but we were able to find our way and make it to the end! There is a great variety of landscapes and the sights of nature combined with rusted metal and barbed wire fences create an interesting story that has to be taken in! The wildlife there is also vibrant, where my friends and l witnessed the usual birds and squirrels but also saw a hawk and several lizards along the way! If you live nearby and want to experience a piece of forgotten history this is definitely a great hike to go on!!

mountain biking
Monday, November 28, 2016

Very rocky. Technical in the sense of having to navigate slow, sinuous rocky sections. Didn't find much flow on south side. Best experienced with a group. Fun artifacts to explore.

hiking
Sunday, January 03, 2016

Started out lame and became great. The western side by the airport was dull and colorless with lots of pointless switchbacks as we were not on bikes which these trails were clearly made for. Once we climbed the small mountain to join the eastern side, however, the hike immediately became more interesting with a large variation in surroundings, including some very odd abandoned rusted out mysterious structures. The trails on the ridge were still clearly made for mountain bikes, but even the rare biker that did struggle by added to the entertainment.

mountain biking
Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I did ride the trails in both directions. There are sections that are very technical, but such a fun to ride. Make sure you have a full suspension bike. A hard tail will shake your organs up. Plan on at least an hour and a half if you are a moderate rider. For more advanced riders, you can probably do it in an hour.

hiking
Monday, July 30, 2012

Jungle Habitat is surrounded be an Erie history straight out of Weird NJ. The left over animal cages & broken down buildings remind you of a place that was at one point a huge attraction. The hike is fun and easy but the visuals is what people go for the most. Really neat stuff.

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