Lake Atsion to Lake Oswego

Total Miles
20.6

Elevation

25.13 ft

Duration

2 Hours

Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

A good introduction to Wharton State Forest and the Pine Barrens. Typically this is an easy route. Wet weather creates large "puddles" in depressions in the trail that require some attention. It makes for a nice morning or afternoon trip with friends or family. There are good opportunities for photography and outdoor recreation along this route.

Photos of Lake Atsion to Lake Oswego

Lake Atsion to Lake Oswego
Lake Atsion to Lake Oswego
Lake Atsion to Lake Oswego

Difficulty

Typically this route could be run with 2WD. The trails are mostly packed, gravelly sand. There are some spots that when dry are more of a sugar sand that can be challenging without 4WD. When it's wet, there can be "puddles" up to about 18 inches in depth that may have a soft bottom.

History

It's interesting to note that on this trail approaching the furnace ruins, Andrew Rider, owner of the Hampton Cranberry Bogs, his daughter, his brother, and another passenger were ambushed in 1916 by a group of robbers seeking the $4,000 cash payroll the Riders were carrying to the village. The Rider party was able to escape with the payroll, but Andrew, his daughter, and the passenger were wounded, and Andrew's brother, Henry, was killed. After the attack, the bandits fled into the woods. Luckily, a neighbor had noticed a strange car and was able to furnish the police with enough information to eventually capture most of the gang.

Technical Rating

2

Status Reports

Rob A
Jun 16, 2024
4x4
Open
Normal
Dusty
Beautiful day out on the trail from Lake Astion to Lake Oswego. Trail was dusty and sandy at times. Honestly a sturdy 2WD probably could make it through if you keep out of any rutty lines and it hasn't rained recently. Lots of 1 vehicle wide sections with pull offs. A gorgeous easy ride for folks just getting started.
Bill A
May 06, 2024
4x4
Open
Normal
Dusty
Muddy/Wet
Washboard
Benjamin Chin
May 04, 2024
2019 Toyota Tundra
Open
Pucker factor for a newbie dirt bike rider on the sections where loose sand are.
Ryan Dewson
Apr 14, 2024
4x4
Open
Muddy/Wet
Normal
normal beautiful day. packed sand, large puddles from rain. none too concerning with basic 4x4

Access Description

Start at the Atsion Mansion ranger station. It's just off US 206. There is gas and food north of Atsion on 206.

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