Mountain Creek Bike Park is a three-time Best Bike Park winner in the MTBparks.com Riders' Choice Best Bike Parks Awards for the Mid Atlantic/Southeast Region.
More than 40 miles of trail are carved into 1,000 vertical feet of New Jersey soil, just an hour from the Big Apple. A fixture in the town of Vernon, Mountain Creek offers a classic East Coast riding experience with plenty of tech, flow and features to advanced riders on their A game, but beginners will find progression too.
What to expect when riding at Mountain Creek Bike Park
Mountain Creek Bike Park boasts more trails than any other park in the region. The park offers a mix of downhill, freeride and cross-country trails, making it a perfect destination for anyone who loves mountain biking. In recent years, the park has undergone an ambitious expansion and trail building program, employing the talents of freeride legend Jeff Lenosky who introduced several higher-end, Lenosky signature features.
Anyone who loves mountain biking will be able to find enjoyment in the mix of downhill, freeride and cross-country trails that are offered at Mountain Creek Bike Park. With the continued growth of new trails and features of all skill levels, anyone from a beginner to a World Cup pro can enjoy themselves at their own level.
Mountain Creek offers one of the longest lift-served riding seasons in North America with one of the most efficient mountain bike lifts (The Cabriolet Gondola) in the world. The park's vision is to provide a world-class trail network of purposefully designed and immaculately maintained natural terrain and manmade features.
Beyond the Bike Park
Mountain Creek and the adjoining Hamburg Mountain Wildlife Reserve are home to more than 10 miles of singletrack, double-track and fireroad trails that wind through the woods and around the resorts eight mountaintop lakes. The rolling terrain offers a fun and challenging ride for cross-country riders looking to get out and explore the woods, as well as athletic families who are looking to explore the access roads that link the resort's four mountain peaks.
Northern NJ is also home to some of the best technical singletrack and cross-country mountain biking in the Northeast. You'll find tons of options and variety to choose from for all levels of ability, all of which are easily accessible from Mountain Creek Bike Park. Bring your bike quiver and use Mountain Creek as your home base for your next biking adventure.
In addition to all of Mountain Creek's bike related projects, the resort is going full-speed ahead with exciting developments including a new base lodge, mountain coaster, zip lines and more.
What's New at Mountain Creek Bike Park
Mountain Creek recently added three new trails: Candyland, DMHL and 99. The crew also re-imagined its signature freeride trail–Alpine and expanded the park's cross-country trail network, adding several new loop extensions. Salvation received an all-new bridge that functions as an over-under to improve the flow of on-mountain traffic for nonstop fun! Lower Deviant was re-constructed with new berms and more beginner to intermediate table tops. Last season the all-new top to bottom Greenhorn beginner trail opened, creating the longest and easiest route down the mountain. Mountain Creek Bike Park is also building a new jump line for the expert riders.
"We love mountain biking and can’t wait to share it with the world!" said park representative, Kara Chase. "In 2016, Mountain Creek will invest heavily on the beginner segment by creating even more new terrain for novice riders including new beginner trails and skill builder zones. In addition to adding beginner terrain, our flagship jump-line will be extended with tons of new features and options. These developments are merely the tip of the iceberg for what’s to come in 2016."
Getting to Mountain Creek Resort
Mountain Creek Bike Park is the NY metro area’s closest lift-served mountain biking destination. The resort is conveniently located just an hour's drive north of New York City and easily accessible from all directions. Drive Less. Ride More.
2016 Event Highlights at Mountain Creek Bike Park
2016 Spring Classic ProGRT | Memorial Weekend
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Mountain Creek Bike Park, formerly operated as Diablo Bike Park, used to be geared towards the intermediate to experienced riders only. Since Mountain Creek began managing the bike park again in 2012, their aim has been to rebuild the existing trail network and improve the flow, drainage, and maintenance of the existing trails, while adding several new trails and features including improved beginner trail offerings, and a 50-foot BagJUMP air bag.”
In addition to its focus on the downhill park, last summer Mountain Creek reopened the cross-country trails.
This may not be the ideal park for beginners, as most of the trails in the park cater to the more experienced riders. By the sounds of it however, the Mountain Creek is working to become more beginner-friendly, so stay tuned.
MTBparks.com Ambassadors Sabrina Norton and Henning "Ples" Plesner are traveling around this summer checking out lift-served mountain bike parks across North America. The team's first road trip of the summer sent them east and includes stops at Launch Bike Park, Blue Mountain Bike Park, Mountain Creek Bike Park, Highland Bike Park, Attitash Bike Park, Plattekill Bike Park and Seven Springs Bike Park.
VERNON, NJ – Mountain Creek Bike Park has announced a 2017 opening day of Saturday, April 15. Other details for the opening weekend, and season, including ticket prices and operating schedule have yet to be released, but Mountain Creek looks to be among the first in the Northeast to fire up the lifts for the summer season.
VERNON, NJ – The iconic US Open of Mountain Biking will make its long-awaited return to Mountain Creek Bike Park on Memorial Day Weekend, May 25 - 28, 2017. The US Open was last held in 2011 and is now being relaunched by one of the original founders, Clay Harper. Keeping with tradition, the US Open will bring one of the largest prize purses in American downhill racing with over $15,000 up for grabs in the Open Class and some of the most coveted amateur prizes available anywhere.
VERNON, NJ – Mountain Creek Bike Park has announced a bonus weekend celebrating Veterans Day, extending its season November 11 through 13. The park will open Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Active military and veterans with valid military ID will be able to ride free on Friday.
VERNON, NJ – Mountain Creek Bike Park planned to close out 2016 with one last weekend of shredding on November 4 through 6. However the Indian summer-like weather and enthusiasm of late season riders has inspired the resort to remain open for yet another weekend in November.
VERNON, NJ – Mountain Creek Bike Park is celebrating our favorite holiday with a Halloween Jump Jam on Sunday, October 30 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Grab your bike, get your costume on and get ready for live music, a jump jam and more.
VERNON, NJ –When nine-time X Games BMX gold medalist Scotty Cranmer visits Mountain Creek Bike Park with his little brother and a friend, the BMXers are a little thrown off by how "soft" downhill bikes are, but it doesn't take them long to learn how to send it.
VERNON, NJ – Mountain Creek Bike Park is hosting a 10-week Thursday night race series throughout 2016. Each week a new trail will serve as the race course to keep things interesting. The resort says the series is focused on "fun and camaraderie" rather than high-pressure competition, but cash prizes will be on the line.
VERNON, NJ – Mountain Creek Bike Park believes it’s never too early to get into mountain biking and has developed a program to nurture the next generation of shredders. Riders as young as 6-years-old can take place dedicated half day and full day camps.
VERNON, NJ – Mother Nature apparently has had riding on her mind and gifted the East Coast with warm temperatures throughout a majority of the winter. The Mountain Creek Bike Park Trail Crüe was able to start trail work in early March and by the middle of the month the signs were there that the mountain would be ready sooner than anticipated.
MOUNTAIN CREEK, NJ – Downhill mountain biking kicks off this Saturday, April 2, for riders in the tri-state area as Mountain Creek Bike Park fires up the lift for 2016 summer operations. With 40 miles of trail etched into just over 1,000 feet of vert, this Beast of the East offers a progressive riding experience with something for everyone, but is classically known as big bike territory.
VERNON, NJ – Mountain Creek Bike Park announced today an early 2016 opening day of Saturday, April 2. Thanks in part to a particulalry dry East Coast spring, that's a full month ahead of last year's May 2 opening.
VERNON, NJ – This Saturday, October 24, marks the final chance for ladies to take advantage of Mountain Creek Bike Park's Women's Ride Day. Join 3X World Master's Downhill Champion and IMBA Certified Instructor Kathi Krause and her Dirt, Rock N Root team to meet likeminded female riders and take your downhill riding to the next level. Mountain Creek Bike Park offers participants discounts on lift tickets and rentals for the event.
VERNON, NJ – September 28, 2015 – The second stop of the 2015 Eastern Enduro Triple Crown Series will head to Mountain Creek Bike Park in Vernon, NJ, this weekend for the King of the Mountain Enduro. Now in its fourth year, this year’s King of the Mountain promises to be the biggest and best one yet.
VERNON, NJ – Mountain Creek Bike Park says it will debut a new top-to-bottom beginner trail for the 2015 season. The focus of 'The Trail Crüe ' in sculpting Greenhorn has been "mellow and flowy lines, perfect for newcomers looking to build confidence and perfect the basics."
VERNON, NJ – This past weekend, the 2015 Mount Creek Spring Classic served as the second stop of USA Cycling's Pro GRT series as well as the third stop of the Eastern States Cup Atlantic Downhill USAC Regional Championship Series. The east coast resort was unusually dry and dusty during practice, but the skies opened briefly Sunday morning providing a short reprieve in the early part of the day before the track dried out and the dust returned. When it cleared, Aaron Gwin and Jill Kintner were on the big boxes. MTBparks.com ambassador and pro racer Bridgette LeBer was on hand to capture the action.
VERNON, NJ – Today marked the first day of practice for the Spring Classic ProGRT at Mountain Creek Bike Park. MountainBike Mania took a run with Bryn Atkinson to give us a taste of the course. Thursday's rain is already a distant memory, and the course is unually dry and dusty, likely making many of the Southern California and Rocky Mountain racers feel right at home.
MOUNTAIN CREEK, NJ – Downhill mountain biking kicks off this Saturday for riders near the bustling metropolis of Manhattan as Mountain Creek Bike Park fires up the lift for 2015 summer operations. With 40 miles of trail etched into just over 1,000 feet of vert, this Beast of the East offers a progressive riding experience with something for everyone, but is classically known as big bike territory.
MOUNTAIN CREEK, NJ – Mountain Creek Bike Park returns to the MTBparks Pass program for 2015 with one FREE day, plus 50% OFF return visits all season. In its second year, the MTBparks Pass gives riders free lift tickets, discounts and deals at some of the Best Bike Parks across North America. With more than 30 resorts and partners offering benefits—and more continually being added—the MTBparks Pass is the best value available in resort destination riding.
MOUNTAIN CREEK, NJ— For the second year running, Mountain Creek Bike Park celebrated the change in seasons with its Transition Race on March 28. One part ski/board, one part bike, all gravity-fueled, the race is our kind of duathlon. Watch highlights of the on-snow shenanigans below.
MOUNTAIN CREEK, NJ — Mountain Creek Bike Park today announced May 2 as its official 2015 opening day. Offering one of the largest trail systems in the East with nearly 50 trails and more than 1,000 vertical feet of descent, Mountain Creek is one of our favorite east coast destinations. Details after the break.
Mountain Creek, NJ – The Mountain Creek Bike Park welcomes Kathi Krause of Dirt Rock n Root Training for a three day women’s downhill mountain bike clinic this July 25-27, 2014. Kathi Krause began racing on the velodrome and worked her way through criteriums, road, cyclocross and cross country before finding her way to the Pro Downhill circuit.
Mountain Creek, NJ – Just released for the Mountain Creek Gravity East Series race next weekend... the 2014 GES Course Map. The crew has taken into consideration the feedback received on last year's course, and have laid out a new course combining some of the mountain's most popular natural downhill trails. This should make for a fun and challenging race course for all ability levels and improve the overall flow and fun of this year's race... And yes, the ProGRT finish jump will be in the course for the advanced riders.
Mountain Creek, NJ – The 2014 Spring Classic, Eastern States Cup, USA Cycling ProGRT stop #2 at Mountain Creek is a wrap. Congrats to all of the racers and top finishers. It was a dramatic finish to an amazing weekend as Neko started off the pro men races holding the hot seat for the entire race until the end, when Aaron Gwin in the top seed edged Neko out in the last run of the day! Here are the official results on MTBparks.com.
Vernon, NJ – Mountain Creek Bike Park officially opened for the 2014 gravity biking season on May 3rd. Despite the fact that the park experienced one of the snowiest winters in New Jersey history, the crew was able to open 100% of Mountain Creek's trails on time, a testament to the park's commitment to offering a top notch downhill mountain biking experience.
Mountain Creek Bike Park – Vernon, NJ is ready to get bike season rolling on March 29th with the announcement of their inaugural Transition Snow | DH Duathalon. Combining a downhill ski and snowboard race with a downhill mountain bike race, the event celebrates the end of the winter season and the beginning of bike season at Mountain Creek.
Vernon, NJ – Mountain Creek Bike Park and the Gravity East Series wrapped up the 2013 season during the last weekend in October with the 2nd Annual Last Call Race, which gave east coast downhill mountain bike racers one last shot at podium glory for the year.
Mountain Creek, NJ – Mountain Creek Bike Park is officially open for business! The Bike Park opened for the 2013 season this May with epic (although slightly dry) conditions and amazing biking weather.
Vernon, NJ – The countdown has begun to the opening of the 2013 Bike Season in New Jersey. Mountain Creek Bike Park will open for the season on Saturday May 4th with their 2nd Annual Biko De Mayo celebration.
Mountain Creek, NJ — After a decade long hiatus, Mountain Creek Bike Park has re-opened their mountaintop cross-country trail network. Currently the park has cleared and opened seven miles of intermediate and advanced natural single-track, as well as the ten miles of gravel access roads that encircle the resort’s eight mountaintop lakes.
Mountain Creek, NJ — Mountain Creek Bike Park continues to step up their game with the opening of their 50 foot BagJump air bag this past weekend. Bike Park guests can now go big with confidence and dial in their tricks within the safety of the BagJump landing pad. The Bagjump product has proven to be popular with athletes of all ability levels from beginners who are just getting started to seasoned professionals looking to push the limits of the sport.
Mountain Creek, NJ – Gwinsanity continued at the Mountain Creek Bike Park on Sunday as Trek World Racing’s Aaron Gwin bested the field for the second day in a row taking the win with a time of 2:10:09.
Mountain Creek, NJ – Online registration is now open for the inaugural event at the new Mountain Creek Bike Park. At the Mountain Creek Spring Classic the best local, national and international riders will compete for points in the USA Cycling Pro GRT Series as well as the Eastern States Cup Series. The race will also mark the first ever USAC New Jersey State DH Championships. Riders will test their skills on the same terrain that played host to the world renowned US Open of Mountain Biking, as they compete more than $7,500 in cash and prizes.
Mountain Creek, NJ — When it was announced that Diablo was no more, the future of the bike park was in question. Then, Mountain Creek started damage control and moving forward to open the park and that day has come!
Mountain Creek, NJ — After reading the news of Diablo, many of us thought the the playground that has come to be will be flattend and let go to rot as defunct parks often do. Well, the people at Mountain Creek has something completely different to say. Here is a follow up to the press release that shocked the mountian bike community. May this be the beginning to a whole new bike park!
Diablo Bike Park, NJ — A black cloud has hit the bike park world today with Diablo announcing that they will no longer be in operation! With the sport finally getting the notoriety and ever growing number of riders, it's hard to believe that this day would come.
I just went to Mountain Creek for their Spring Classic, round #2 of the ProGRT and round #3 of the VESC, and thoroughly enjoyed the trails! I could tell a LOT of work was done to keep the trails in the excellent condition. I competed in the ProGRT race and was pretty stoked on the race course, it was very fun and pretty challenging for me as a Cat1 racer. I got the chance to ride a few other trails including Dominion and Ninety Nine, where were the trails I rode the most outside of the race course.
The jumps on Dominion were really well built, the faces and landings were nicely sculpted and they definitely flowed. I did feel that a few of the jumps were too short for the amount of speed and the shape of the lips, but for the most part if you hit the jumps right they would actually flow pretty good and set you up just right for the whole line.
The lift was pretty efficient, the bike park had a pretty well stocked bike shop and a ton of rental bikes available for those looking to rent a bike. The staff was pretty friendly and helpful, the facilities were clean and the resort overall is beautiful and awesome! It really is an A+ resort.