"This trail is located entirely within the confines of Morris County’s Mahlon Dickerson Reservation, which contains over 3,200 acres of beautiful near wilderness and recreational areas. In addition to the Ogden Mine Railroad Path there are several other trails in the Reservation available to bikers, walkers, and equestrians. Printed trail maps are available from the Morris County Park Commission. Maps are also posted at each parking area.
Indeed scenery along the trail route on the day of my mountain bike ride was extremely beautiful; I was fortunate enough to have picked a peak fall foliage day to visit this trail. The most breathtaking vistas were located in those areas adjacent to Saffin Pond, where you may also choose to fish or ice skate depending upon the season. Unfortunately regardless of the great views, trail surface conditions detracted somewhat from my enjoyment.
Like most rail trails maintained by the Morris County Park Commission, an excess amount of gravel has been deployed along most of the route. My assumption is that the Park Commission has chosen to lay down gravel in an effort to stabilize the trail surface and prevent mud from taking over. Regardless of the Commission’s good intentions, the excess gravel makes bicycle riding and walking very difficult. Instead of just piling on the gravel, actions should be taken to improve drainage conditions along the trail (e.g., excavate a run-off trench adjacent to the trail at spots most prone to flooding).
For those who don’t mind a rough ride, this trail is indeed worth visiting. The Mahlon Dickerson Reservation is a particularly good location to stop at if you’re interested in having a variety of trails to explore."