The trail is heavily used by hikers, so stay away during the middle of the day on the weekends, unless you like constantly getting off your bike to let people go by.
The Ridge Trail (marked with white squares) at Sourlands Mountain Preserve starts by taking the clay trail along the pond at the main parking lot. From there, make a left at the first intersection, and you'll be on the trail.
It starts out as mostly smooth singletrack with many long bridge crossings. After about a mile, you'll get a taste of what the trail is truly about, with a section of pure rock uphill for about 500 feet. After this, the trail smooths out and starts to climb up Sourlands Mountain. Once making it to the top, the style of terrain undergoes a change and head through large boulders and endless rock gardens, for only those who love technical riding.
After crossing over the Pipeline Trail, the Ridge Trails comes to a section know as "Boulderama" and it got that name for a reason. The trail changes from smaller rocks strewn about every way, to pure boulders. You'll be riding up and over rocks 15 feet off the ground for a good 0.5 miles that feels a lot longer because of just how challenging the riding is.
Finally, the trail begins to descend, but not without throwing some very technical rock gardens. This is the spot most commonly traveled by hikers, so be careful around blind corners.
Shared By: Chris Compton