FKT: Andrew Gelston, Benjamin Vince - Four Birds Trail (NJ) - 2021-05-01

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one way
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3h 23m 50s

Started at the northern terminus and ran southbound along the Four Birds trail, finishing at the Wildcat Ridge WMA parking area.  The first 3.5 miles were recently reblazed, making navigation a breeze through this section.  The only real navigational issue was at the northern section of Timberbrook Lake, about 6 miles into the run.  Seems there are both old and new blazes, each following a slightly different path.  One runs along the lake shore while the other passes through a thick pricker patch and stream crossing before reconnecting 100 yards up.  Of course we opted for the more difficult path.  This section could probably use a reblazing to avoid confusion.

As others have noted, this is an extremely rocky and technical trail which slows the pace substantially.  The combination of route-finding and rock hopping make this route more challenging than it would appear.  Some very remote sections and one of the hidden gems of North Jersey.  For a full write-up, see our strava posts.