We parked at the municipal parking lot of High Bridge, free of charge, and crossed two streets to the official beginning of the trail. We drive about a half hour to access this trail. 513 where they are kept. I hope the county/state makes an effort to preserve the adjacent woods and farmland so that future generations can continue to enjoy the rural heritage that accompanies this trail. If you are going east to west, take a left on Schooleys Mountain Rd., then a right on West Mill Rd. Almost entirely shaded with some nice scenery to enjoy along the way. They were actually doing some trail repair in the Ken Lockwood Gorge section so I could see how the trail is made. Now I know why most people rated this trail five stars. Found a cool country sandwich place in Califon up the cross road. When you come out to Rt 513 near the nursery there were no signs of where the trail picked up again. The railroad dates to 1876, when it started hauling iron ore from local mines. Columbia Trail Flanders-High Bridge NJ C ride led by Glen Barnes. Mostly packed cinder with some gravel. The entire trail is pretty straightforward; there are a few intersections where you have to look out for cars, but they aren't numerous. I lucked out: as I came to the end of the trail, I could hear live music playing. Started at High Bridge, decided to walk for my first visit. This steel span was built in 1930 to replace the original wooden trestle bridge, which was the site of a memorable 1886 train wreck. share. Great scenery, not overcrowded, and perfect length. Foliage along the Columbia Trail in High Bridge, NJ. The trail stayed dry even a day after a heavy rain. Cartography and trail data by D&R Greenway Land Trust 9/24/13. This trail is well maintained and easy to ride along the entire length. Add one. 22, and go 0.3 mile. The trail is in great shape considering the storms that hit the area last fall. Go 4 miles, and turn right onto Bartley Flanders Road. United States ; New Jersey (NJ) High Bridge ; Things to Do in High Bridge ; Columbia Trail; Search. The new fence was constructed to shield the new homes from the steel plant. No overgrowth, I loved stopping and catching a glimpse of some of the wildlife that was abundant in the area. If you reach this spot, keep going along the dirt path straight in front of you to where the trail picks up. If you start and finish in Long Valley there is a Bike shop that rents bikes at the intersection of rts 24 and 513. A popular ride takes the rider from High Bridge, through Califon, and into Long Valley. Along the way I noted that in addition to Flanders, ample parking is available immediately adjacent to the trail in Long Valley, Califon, and High Bridge. Pack a camera for this ride. Second takeaway is that the trail has so much droppings of animal feces that it reeks throughout the entire ride! Several lightly traveled side streets intersect the corridor before you encounter woodlands and the banks of the Raritan River, considered one of the State’s premier fly-fishing trout streams. If you do have a bike with tough tires that can handle all the rough stones and you don't mind rolling around piles of dung then this trail might give you just the right amount of exercise for the day. The gnome houses make this a fun family adventure. The Columbia Trail parallels the South Branch of the Raritan River, passes above Ken Lockwood Gorge and continues through mostly-upland deciduous forests north to the Morris County line. There are plenty of resting spots, and the trail can be easily modified for those looking for a shorter jaunt. The trail is good for all skill levels but is and offers a number of activity options. Overall, I had a great experience on this trail and I would highly recommend it to anyone. This path is right next to the river. Sort by. A local scout leader informed me that they were unable to plant new bulbs this past year because the donor did not supply any. Regardless how far you go it will be a ride you will be glad you did and will want to come back for more. Milage signage up until mile six is about 1/10 of a mile too fast. A notable portion of the Columbia Trail is the Ken Lockwood Gorge, between Califon and High Bridge (2½ miles north of High Bridge). The trailhead is marked. Fairly new to the trail scene and this was the perfect place to start! I was very impressed with the upkeep of the trail, especially after Sandy took its toll on the area just a few months ago. The wo of us have been riding sections of this trail from Long Vallet to Califon regularly and love it. Was a porter potty in parking lot. Had a great lunch in Califon before returning to our car. Went there to experience the Taylor Steel Mill Greenway. Add to another list. Very nice smooth ride. The trail is almost entirely level, no climbs or even hints of climbs. As noted in previous posts, the trail is blocked at the Toll Bros 'Enclave at Long Valley' but if you make a 0.7m detour by taking a left (if traveling from High Bridge) on Fairview Ave, for just over half a mile and then pick up the Gillette trail, on the right, for another 0.2m it brings you back in on the Columbia Trail allowing you to continue the full length of the trail. That said, try to go at an off time. Seemed tougher on the ride back, but was worth it. stretch as much as we use to! You will probably encounter horses so remember to give them right of way. Cross the street and you will be in the parking lot/trailhead with picnic tables, playground and gazebo. Passenger service ended in 1935, followed by cancellation of freight in 1976. But still nice. Also remember road bike tires won't hold up on a gravel path. Iced up by the new townhouse development in Long valley but we figured it out pretty easily. If we have to pick up after our dogs ..I think the same should apply with horses. It is well maintained and dry even after heavy rainfall in the past 2 - 3 days. The trail has a slight incline for most for the ride to the Northern trail head. Fax: 908-638-9374 The Columbia Trail provides enough scenic variety from quiet creeks to rolling farmland to keep the ride interesting. Hotels near Columbia Trail; Hotels near Lake Solitude Dam and Waterfall; Near Airports. For those seeking a beautiful setting, I would highly recommend the nearby Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park Trail instead. If you're into fishing, bring along a rod; you'll be glad you did. If you like to picnic, stop at Califon. Now that I am older, my wife and I decided to take a ride and re-discover this hidden gem. Some farmhouses along the way which I envied. The trail is well kept and actually on this trip they were putting down some hard pack in a couple of low areas. It was the perfect ride. Columbia Trail Flanders-High Bridge NJ C ride led by Glen Barnes. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. i loved the fact their was a place to grab a bite to eat along the ride. Southern On-Road Alternative (6.4 miles) Mile-age Pt. Circa Restaurant, a block down from the trail head, was holding a free music festival called Mayfest with a great band. Enjoy the up close and personal view through the Gorge along the river! This was the best one. Sometimes the turns are severe. We saw some others with baby-tailers attached to bike, but it probably was too rough for the little ones inside. Designated as part of the Highlands Trail (HT), it is now theoretically possible to hike north from High Bridge on the Columbia Trail, connect via the HT to the Appalachian Trail (AT) in North Jersey and hike north to the trail's terminus on Mt.Katahdin in northern Maine, or for that matter, south to the AT's southern end at Springer Mountain in Georgia. The path is generally good for walking and riding. I use this trail three or four times a week for cycling and running. I did a few shorter runs this winter, taking me a little over 4 miles out and back from High Bridge and it was well-marked all the way. They were able to help me out right away. Surface rights to the railroad went to the parks departments of Morris and Hunterdon Counties.The trail spans from High Bridge to Bartley near Flanders NJ.The trail Can't wait to ride it again! to explore the old mill and farm towns, antique shops and townsfolk.I counted 116 trail users in 16 miles. The use of this trail by equestrians should be banned. Surface is level packed gravel/dirt with a slight down grade on the way back. There is about 50 feet of dirt trail that is not completed, but it goes through all the way. The calm before the storm. A great ride for anybody! I'm sure you could always break it up into smaller sections because there are a few streets you cross along the way if you can't do it all in one trip. At the beginning of the ride, from High Bridge, pay attention to both sides of the trail. Columbia Trailhead Parking, 73 Main St., High Bridge, NJ 08829. A few minor washouts, nothing to worry about. The trail starts on your right across the road. DON'T MISS: Several miles north of High Bridge, the Columbia Trail passes over Ken Lockwood Gorge Bridge, built 80 feet above the gorge floor. Beautiful horses. This is a must do trail if you have not done it yet! My tires were stronger than the default ones, but some larger rocks at certain sections worried me greatly. Walking or biking there is always some nature to delight be it flora or fauna. We started in High Point and did 9 miles out and 9 miles back in 2 hours of pure ridding time. In some spots, the trail parallels an existing neighborhood road and the joggers use this.This part of the course leads you out onto a main road with a beautiful view of mountains in the background and a tree farm/nursery of many hundreds of acres. South of the bridge, the trail passes through a number of cuts and high fills, passing Lake Solitude (massive beds of daffodils bloom here every spring), and enters the town of High Bridge where it ends. As other reviews noted: there are a couple of Porta-Johns on the lot across Main Street but no other restrooms along the trail. Join TrailLink (a non-profit) to view more than 30,000 miles of trail maps and more! Parking and Trail Access. Its an awsome view all the way to High Bridge. There are a number of benches along the entire trail to stop and rest. Parking is available at the starting points, Bartley Road in Mount Olive, and Main Street in High Bridge. If you don't count damaged surface for ~ 1 mile long by horses - everything else is just perfect. Easy gravel path, no hills no challenge, at least the part I rode... One of my favorites. Maps are available in the map Kiosks as well as Cycle Craft ( a great bike shop on 513, not far from the Schooley's Mountain parking lot). Great biking, birding and hiking trail. from the trail's southern terminus. High Bridge is a borough in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, United States.As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 3,648, reflecting a decline of 128 (-3.4%) from the 3,776 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 110 (-2.8%) from the 3,886 counted in the 1990 Census. Make a right until you see the farm wood picket fence on your left and turn across the road. The Taylor Steelworkers Greenway in High Bridge, the Ken Lockwood Gorge in Califon and Schooley's Mountain County Park in Long Valley. Awesome, peaceful, beautiful surroundings. From the north trail head, anticipate about a 12 mile ride. Passenger service ended in 1935, followed by cancellation of freight in 1976. Become a member and wear your FREE T-Shirt with pride. I have gone off trail on a couple of intersections I've encountered and have been rewarded with great views. This is a family friendly trail as it is flat, with not too many Road Crossings and it has a great canopy. Rode the trail today. This steel span was built in 1930 to replace the original wooden trestle bridge, which was the site of a memorable 1886 train wreck. The Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation buried the gas pipeline beneath the old railbed of the High Bridge Branch of the Central Railroad of New Jersey in the 1990s. Foliage along the Columbia Trail in High Bridge, NJ. Enter an optional name and contact email address. You will know when you cross over into Hunterdon County. Immediately from the High Bridge trail-head you are deep in a wooded and shaded envelope. Did an out and back on this trail a couple weeks ago. Well maintained trail that was once a rail bed. I gorged on black raspberries at severeal spots, as well as some wild grapes (muscadines maybe ?). Mostly dirt with some cinder base. The Park Commission is in the process of putting in mile markers continuing from the Hunterdon County line to the Schooley's Mountain Road Parking lot ( A total of 4.1 miles). The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. There was a section about 30 yards or so you have to walk beause the gravel has washed away. Parking lots were jammed too—fortunately we parked down in high bridge and walked up via Columbia Trail. ", "A great rail trail if you like it a little agressive. Where the Columbia Trail enters High Bridge, the Lake Solitude Dam holds significance for its civil engineering design and for the role that it played in permitting Taylor-Wharton ironworks, downstream, to expand. Nice parking area with porta-potty in High Bridge. If you're into biking only, well this trail has rocks and roots to satisfy the off, off road junky. Columbia Rail Trail Trail map . Highbridge to Washington use to be our favorite, but we are disappointed in the choice of stone they made in Hunderton county ,east of Califon, particularly. And I have been on trails all over New Jersey. The owner is a friendly guy who loves to talk fishing. Very nice, we went off the trail to see the "waterfall". If we wanted to continue on, the trail picks up diagonally across the road ( Route 513) where there is a sign that says only official vehicles permitted beyond that point. There are quite a few bridges, and some nice open scenery towards the end. Could not agree more with others. The Columbia Trail has the distinction of being named for a natural gas pipeline that runs beneath it for 15 miles in rural northern New Jersey. 609 203-7976. There are Mile Markers every 1/4 of a mile but it are split up into the southern end of one though seven and then the Northern end one to three and a half. When they cross the road, you turn right with the road and just ahead on your left you will see the tracks end with a triangle stopper (whatever it's called). The directions from the RTC website are spot-on. This is a great warm up for both the new Flow Trails as well as the Nassau Trail system. As a previous reviewer mentioned, yes, there is also a part where the cinders felt loose, especially when the trail goes through a park just after crossing 517/Rte 24, which was a little unnerving. Califon is like a Norman Rockwell painting. The views were magnificent looking down the adjacent gorges, which was helped by the lack of leaves on the trees at this time of year. The trail was in really good shape, especially considering the hurricane, tropical storm, and several days of rain that have hit this trail recently. The southern end has beautiful scenery especially through the gorge. This section has a few park benches near the river, and a few pretty bridges-trail to bridge transitions seem to be an ongoing issues due to shift- we've seen cones/safety tape, but just be careful, as we rode it weekly, and the transitions were fine sometimes, but really bad others(bring a spare tire & pump!) I did not stray off the trail in either town, but I'm sure there are places to sit down and grab a bite to eat or drink. It wouldn't take someone more than a week to clean up every last bit of it, using a golf cart and a scooper. The patches were great the first time we rode them – that was right after they were completed - but by the following weekend the horsey girls had ridden all over them, chopping the softer patched areas into very rough corrugated surfaces. Former Centrail RR line (High Bridge line). During inclement weather the trails may not be accessible. Rest rooms are located only at the High Bridge trail head. What a wonderful experience. Parking: N40.66947° W74.89635° High Bridge Lot. It was 42 right before the gorge and the rest were in the last 5 miles, mostly hikers and families biking.I rate it a 10, despite lack of one sign. There is a small rock cut up ahead on the left with glacial ice, not yet melted. Beautiful scenic views. We love this trail, and make a point to visit each weekend during the warm months. There are geocaching spots along the way where it is more residential and we have past a few families with small children biking those areas. The Columbia Trail, is a 16.5 miles of flat, multi-use, linear trail with natural and gravel tread. The next 1/3 of the trail goes from small town to river paradise, with the trail gradually becoming higher and higher above the South Branch of the Raritan River. I have probably been to this trail a million times by now-- and I only discovered it a few years ago. High Bridge. I plan on going back again now that the folliage is out and probably again in the fall. There is good parking at the High Bridge Municipal Parking Lot at the southern end of trail. Sometimes you could see deer (really happened!) Especially don't miss Rambo's Country Store a true period piece (circa 1940) with its wooden plank floor and antique cash register. You'll go under a bridge and it will end just up ahead. The trail surface was in good shape even though it had been raining for awhile. A lot of shade. I should have noted that the Columbia trail from Long Valley New Jersey both to the north for 4 miles, where it is then labeled the Gillette Trail and the 11.4 miles from Long Valley to High Bridge is fairy well-shaded and thus a bit more inviting on those humidity-filled days. High Bridge, NJ boasts a fairly new pump track right at the trailheads to the new Flow Trails. If your out of shape and want to ride this is the place to start. The trail was well maintained for the 3 miles that I walked. The canopy of trees makes it cool and also protected us from a bit of rain late in the aftrenoon. With regards to parking: the lot across Main Street from the trail head was completely full when we got there. I've ridden the trail several times, since i have friends living in Califon, it's a 'mixed-reason' to go there. Parking can be found both on the street and in the municipal lot across from the entrance to the Columbia Trail. We will definitely be out to ride this one again. In front is an old section of the railroad tracks, a train signal and a bell. You ride past horse farms and cattle pastures. Columbia Trail (c) NJ Trails Association, 2013. Zillow has 9 homes for sale in 08829 matching Columbia Trail. The trail passes many rivers and small lakes to fish. A few short portions are asphalt and the bridges are generally concrete. HIGH BRIDGE - There's something magical in the woods on Columbia Trail. Lead by Hunterdon County Park System Chief Naturalist: Tom Sheppard. All is the reviews below are pretty much on point but I must add that there are no usable bathrooms. Continue a few miles more back to High Bridge and the end (or start) of the trial, back to the parking lot. Columbia Trail 2015-03-05T20:36:43-05:00. Today on my trail adventure I was able to take a photo of a fawn in the river and some turtles. Columbia Rail Trail -- RESCHEDULED. Though the part that is also used by the pipeline did get a bit uneven and brought up a number of rocks when the pipes were laid. ". (Michael Mancuso | NJ Advance Media) Also, several portable toilets are stationed at the trailhead in High Bridge (the only place I saw any along the entire route).Scenery along the trail consists mostly of very heavily wooded areas, but I did pass by a few farms, quaint business districts in both Long Valley and Califon, and a quiet residential neighborhood in Tewksbury (there are very short on-street trail segments here and in Califon). RT 78W to exit 17 for Rt. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time via the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. To reach the trail, follow the signed path leading away and downhill from the main parking area. I think this is a great trail for kids who like biking. In the end, our trip odometer read 19.5 miles, travelling between 5-10 mph along the route. This was a very enjoyable ride through forest and farmland, and most of it was in close proximity to the river. I have ridden every rail trail in NJ extensively on my BikeE FX full suspension two wheel recumbent and this is now my new fave! We love this trail..anytime of year. Much of the Hunterdon county section runs along the south branch of the Raritan River which provided some nice ambient water sounds. Nothing difficult and very tranquil. Cute towns along the way, friendly people and great riding surface. It is now open and the ride is quite smooth. save hide report. The northern end of the trail is now at Bartley Road. It was a nice way to end this beautiful day. Towards the end of our route, it was dirt. I would highly recommend riding to the gorge. There is another little brunch spot called BEX I believe that was open, that was okay. Created by Union Forge Heritage Association in 2007, the Taylor Steelworkers Historical Greenway can be accessed approximately 1/4 mile from the start of the Columbia Trail. We did get a little. When queried about the blockage, the Morris County Park Commission replied -- "The Columbia Trail is being re-routed because of the new development. The Columbia Trail was actually located on Toll Brothers property and needed to be re-routed. The trail has a slight incline for most for the ride to the Northern trail head. For more information about this trail contact Union Forge Heritage Association at 908-638-3200 WILDLIFE: Bald Eagles are a familiar sight in the region. Then comes a long bridge with a fence on the top that curves inward and this is the Ken Lockwood Gorge. On the whole, an enjoyably scenic , rather hill-free ride. I started at the easternmost part of the trail at Bartley Rd. With the tall trees you are mostly in the shade. Part of the trail goes through some people's backyard, and Mill Pond Park is less obvious as to where you should be headed (just keep going straight!). We rode unpaved trails in the past, but this one was the roughest we encountered. Columbia Trail High Bridge NJ - Ken Lockwood Gorge. After crossing under the railroad tracks, turn left. Approx 1/4 mile from the High Bridge municipal parking lot (right side) is the trailhead of the Taylor Steelworkers Historical Greenway a 6.4 mile trail encompassing most of high bridges historical properties. There's even a sign. There are multiple places to pick up the Columbia Trail (High Bridge, Califon, Long Valley, Flanders) but this post is for biking or running from Califon to High Bridge and back. It's only about 100 feet up but the rapids start and in some spots are brackish swimming holes. There's a mini bridge right after it.This part of the trail is quiet, nothing but the river and wetlands following you and wildlife, such as dogs, cats, squirrels, the occasional turkey vulture and sheep and horse in the farmlands.Then you'll come across a car junkyard and a nice bridge to rest on. About 3-1/2 miles into the trail, the path was interrupted by a company called Frazier Industrial and Toll Brothers Enclave at Long Valley. Scenery was breath taking. You can maintain good speed for long periods with few interruptions. done this trail couple times. Columbia is well-managed and very easy on the eyes. Been road biking for a while now, and after a car almost ran me over I decide to try trails. Columbia Trailis a recreational trail in rural northwestern New Jersey in the town of High Bridge. Upcoming Events. Description on web site, as mentioned by others, needs to reflect that trail does continue past Schooley's Mt. SITE ICONS: Bike Trails Butterflies/Dragonflies Handicap Accessible Hiking Trails Ideal for beginning birders Parking Picnic Restrooms Wildflowers For more information : http://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=4901 William Honachefsky Jr Union Forge Heritage Association. Sadly we turned around but you can continue on the local roads in either direction and still enjoy the locale. I has a few small hills but its worth the effort. Directions are from: Voorhees State Park County Road 513 Glen Gardner, NJ. Most of the surface is crushed stone. Love your Earth! I plan to do my marathon training on this trail this summer. One note: the trail is uphill from High Bridge to Long Valley, so take that into consideration when planning your trip if you're a casual rider. The trail head in High Bridge was easy to find and in a nice area, so I felt fine locking-up and leaving the car there. Continue on to Califon, there is a porta-potty in the Island Park just off the trail and several places to grab a bite to eat or get a drink. I did the Stamforb to Bloomville section, an out-and-back of about 25 miles. Wear padded shorts! Either way, yesterday (Sunday) it was a gorgeous day and my wife and I hopped on our bikes and hit the trail. I measured the Morris section just shy of 8 miles. I have yet to discover the who or the why of this whimsical display but it makes for a very fun, interesting ride. Overall, this was good outing and a day nicely-spent. The last reviewer talks about sport bikes, city bikes, rough tires, animal droppings and brown water! Back on the main trail, you’ll soon pass the falls at the Lake Solitude dam and begin following the South Branch, one of the state’s best fly-fishing rivers.Not far upstream, the trail passes through the Ken Lockwood Gorge Wildlife Management Area for 2.5 miles. Just past this on Rt 23 is the visitor center lot but that has a 2-hr parking limit so you can’t park there for hiking. The trail now becomes smooth, hard compacted gravel and remains a wider path. All the downed trees have been removed from the trail, the deepest 'potholes' have been filled with stone or dirt. The trail is always in perfect condition, this sunday october 9 i will be hiking it to the Oktoberfest at Circa restaurant in High Bridge.Great stop after a fun hike or bike. Turn right on Main Street, stay to the right and go about a block and turn right onto the Columbia Trail, past the historic Califon Railroad Station. 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive emails from: Borough of High Bridge, 97 West Main Street, High Bridge, NJ, 08829. Other than the closure, a great trail! The crushed-stone trail rolls along the South Branch of the Raritan River, passing through historical communities such as High Bridge and Califon, as well as a steep, natural gorge.The Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation buried the gas pipeline beneath the old railbed of the High Bridge Branch of the Central Railroad of New Jersey in the 1990s. It was a very hot day, high 90 degrees, but it didn't feel too awful because there is so much tree shade cover. Then the trail eventually turns to pavement and you know it's about to be over. I have always felt lucky being able to call The Columbia Trail my home town trail. No motorized vehicles of any kind. It is very scenic and there are many photo ops. I have the 26" wheeled version of the Trident Terrain fatrike and my son has the 20" wheel version. No incline, no gear shifts, no fun. For those wishing to bring their bikes in via public transportation, the High Bridge trailhead is also within a few short blocks of NJ Transit’s Raritan Line train station in High Bridge.There are two minor off-trail detours along the route. 100% Upvoted. Fun run.... check it out. Started at the Highbridge hub and completed the trail both ways, definitely some nice scenic value with the gorge plus the trail was in great shape had a total of 31.2 miles I guess I got sidetracked when I found that little bakery, other than that fantastic definitely recommend this trail and I will do it again. I rode this trail for the first time this past weekend. The most beautiful of trail views are located within the gorge area between Califon and High Bridge.The lures of this trail are most definitely its excellent surface conditions and routine right-of-way upkeep. If you do any part of this trail this is definetly the section to do. It is approximately 7 miles to High Bridge from the parking lot at the Morris County-Hunterdon County line, traveling west. Beautiful trail - this is a wonderful resource easily accessible from most of urban NJ. The parks department keeps it in excellent condition and the views are breath taking. 0.12 Cross Taylor Street. There aren't that many places in rural NJ you can get in a 30 mile ride without hills. 206 which makes it unsafe because you have to ride on 206 for a while. Also, though not noted on the Trail Link map, we found Job Johnnys at the SW end in the municipal park in High Bridge and near the Schooley's Mtn Rd parking. Can't wait to do it again. The Taylor SteelWorkers Historical Greenway is a 6.5 mile trail that winds its way through High Bridge criss-crossing a number of historical sites and beautiful scenery. Overall, this is a very, very good trail! Hiking Trails. :). Columbia Trail: (Unblazed except Patriot's Path, Gillete Trail, and Highlands Trail, 15 miles) 0.00 Columbia Trail begins on Main Street, Rt 513 in High Bridge NJ. We came up from South Jersey to check out this trail. We thoroughly enjoyed our ride all the way to High Bridge. Hey, maybe they do exist!!) Most of the crossings are gravel roads to 1 or 2 houses, though you do cross the main drag at one point. It features a mile long boardwalk and 110 foot suspension bridge, For AT hiking enthusiasts, this is a popular trail, regardless of skill level. 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