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Sourland Mountain Trail is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pennington, New Jersey that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.2 mi Elevation gain 131 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Running

Forest

Views

Wildlife

Bugs

Muddy

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Gobinath Mallaiyan
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HikingBlowdownBugsMuddyOff trailPrivate propertyScramble
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Abigail Swanson
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky
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Chris Humphries
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HikingMuddy
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George Connelly
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HikingMuddy

This was a pretty decent hike following the yellow to the White trail. First half along the yellow had its challenges. Had to cross thru a small stream which without good boots, I would not recommend. The trail for the most part was marked ok, but having the map on the phone is a good idea. Lots of rocks to traverse along the first half of the loop, and some very wet and muddy spots. The only negative, and it could be a big one if you travel far, is parking or lack of. A very narrow dirt road, one car width, takes you to a very small parking area, maybe 7 or 8 cars tops. I did not see any other options. We got lucky and squeezed into a small spot on the end, but as we were getting our gear out, someone came in and had to leave for lack of space. Just something to keep in mind if you have a long drive to get there, otherwise it was nice, quiet, and not many people.

Jeff Johnson
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HikingOver grown

We did a big loop with the Sourland Mountain Trail and some trails in the Sourland Ecosystem preserve. They were all serene and green, but the ecosystem trails are a bit overgrown.

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Bjorn Midtlyng
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Mountain bikingOver grown

Not sure how this is rated easy. Took my 9 year old son mountain biking and we literally had to walk half the trail. It gets super technical halfway through with many rocks. Maybe easy for hiking, but definitely not for mountain biking.

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Rachael Perry
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HikingMuddyOff trailRockyWashed out

With the recent rain, the area was extremely muddy - recommend wearing hiking shoes! One part had a downed power line as well. Otherwise, beautiful area and hike!

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Skip Ward
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Hiking

Excellent hike on a blustery day. A little bit of everything.Bouldering, stream hops, muddy morasses, tight to no paths and wide gravel paths. Boots an absolute must. Highly recommend a trekking pole if doing the complete route. Beware near the end of the blue trail false blazes in blue spray paint.

Michael Lynch
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Hiking

A real wonderful find in central Jersey. The Ridge Trail is a good workout, about 5 miles with one or two moderate uphill stretches, great boulder fields, lovely creek, beautiful, mature forest.

Anil Peter
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Hiking

This is my go to trail. The White trail is all weather so even when it rains I can take it. It is an easy climb. I typically combine it with going halfway up the Blue trail where I rest/meditate on the rocks. When the weather is good I take the Yellow trail leading up the to White trail. That makes for additional adventure.

William Kelley
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Using it as a training hike for the AT later in the summer. If you need to test your boots for waterproofing or learn to hike in mud then this trail is fine. Not sure if it’s always this way but more than60% was muddy.

Sandra Vernon
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Easy trail but be warned. If you take the yellow loop to the white, there is unavoidable bouldering and swampiness. Makes it a challenge to stay on the trail. Plus. I find it disturbing that there is an active shooting range about 500 feet to the right of the trail!

Michael Class
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Nice hike and lunch in Hopewell after.

Dan Deep Diver
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Mountain biking

nice beautiful trail, for biking some parts easy some not so, enjoyed very much. great place for outdoor walking biking, or just observe amazing nature.

Jennifer Jennifer Bacorn
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Hiking

nice easy hike with the family and dog.

Dee Gee
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Rock climbing

It's the closest outdoor bouldering area to me, and it gets busy on the weekends for climbers and hiking gurus alike. Wear bright colors, as some trails along the perimeters of the reserved area, is active shooting/hunting, & can sound kind of close to you.

Laney G
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Hiking

Nice trails, not always super well marked, but this app helped. Did see a sign, maybe 30 yards from a trail, saying "ACTIVE SHOOTING RANGE", so that was a shock. But a beautiful park, nonetheless. Fun rocks to climb, too.

Dave Hamilton
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Running

Closest thing to mountain running within an hour of Fort Dix, not a bad area but small and short so for a good workout you'll need to make several loops. Not much for views...

Ryan Bond
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Hiking

Loved it here. Went on Sunday so it was packed. Trails are moderate some are easier. Some climbing required. Hiking boots or shoes should be worn. The boulders were really cool. I would definitely go back. Horses were aloud, I can't remember if bikes were.

Joanne Arseneault
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Hiking

Great trail for hiking and catching a view of raptors. The only drawback is that it is not long enough. Such beautiful land. Wish it had more space. But still grateful for its existence

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