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Penn Branch Trail (Orange)

Easy/Intermediate
 3.9 (14)

A twisty, turny singletrack journey through the pinelands of New Jersey.


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Map Key

17.9

Miles

28.8

KM

Singletrack

74' 23 m

High

24' 7 m

Low

371' 113 m

Up

369' 113 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (0°)

10%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Description

The trailhead is at the back side of the parking lot at Batsto Village. It is well marked as is the trail itself (orange blazes and brown wood mileage signs). The Orange Trail is the longest loop in a series of stacked loops. This trail, as well as the other trails (with the exception of the Green Trail) is 99% singletrack with little change in elevation. All of the trails are well suited to hardtails and singlespeeds. There are lots of twists and turns and a few log overs.

The distance and remoteness of the Orange Trail increase the difficulty. I prefer going counter-clockwise. That way you get the real twisty/slow sections out of the way first. The second half is more open and you can get some speed and flow going. Sandy soil makes this a good place to ride when everything else is too wet.

Contacts

Shared By:

Bill Munyon with improvements by Kurt Widmaier

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  3.9 from 14 votes

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  3.9 from 14 votes
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#35

in New Jersey

#7,802

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Stream Crossing on Penn Branch Trail @ Wharton State Forest
May 2, 2021 near Egg Har…, NJ
Pine needles covered trail
Oct 26, 2017 near Egg Har…, NJ

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May 1, 2021
John Esc
17.8mi — 2h 23m
Mar 21, 2021
Michael Ein
CW spring training 19.5mi
Jan 24, 2021
Michael Ein
CW 19.9mi — 1h 55m
Jan 17, 2021
Michael Ein
CVW 18mi — 1h 58m
Nov 29, 2020
Michael Ein
Great trail in great condition 18.7mi — 1h 59m
Sep 20, 2020
Nicholas Pursel
First ride on the new Fuji mountain hike 17.9mi — 2h 44m
Feb 9, 2020
Robert Orzechowski
Trail was in great shape. The distance is what makes it a challenge. Its so twisty that you'll never really go fast on this trail. It was fun — 3h 00m
May 4, 2019
Spiny Piney
Trail was 98% dry. Rode counterclockwise. WashingtonQuakerBridgeRd. shortcut was 80% rideable w 1/4 mile of muddy bushwhacking around flooded road. 14.2mi