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    Brown County Questions

    Hello, was gonna drive down from Michigan on Monday. A few questions:

    Are trails 2 way trails ?,,looks this way for Schooner & Hesitation Point.

    If trails are 2 ways would I have a good ride if I started at top of Hesitation, looped Aynes then returned and did Walnut/Schooner then go back to top ?

    Thanks so much for any input or ride suggestions. I will put a link below for the map I was looking at.

    http://www.getoutzine.com/files/Brow...B%20Trails.pdf

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    All of the current BCSP bike trails are two-way.

    The link you have is missing Green Valley (*Edit*missing the west end of Schooner, too). I would take it rather than Aynes.
    Change Aynes to Green Valley with Hesitation Point. Definitely a great trail to ride.

    Do Walnut through the end of Limekiln and back to Schooner if you are up to the added mileage. Limekiln is great both directions, and is like a roller coaster/ pump track.

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    Schooner

    Thanks much,,whats your thoughts on Schooner Trace

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    Yep, as Kronk says, all of the BCSP trails have two way traffic. The majority of riders do the North Tower and Aynes Loop clockwise, but plenty ride them the other way.

    Here is a link to the official state park map: http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/files/brown_co_trail.pdf

    In terms of the trails, Schooner, Walnut, and Hesitation are the most technical. (Schooner is a beast.) I like the suggestion to do Green Valley -- its a great, flowy trail. Climbing Anyes hurts a bit, but I like it and there is a fun, rocky downhill on the other side of the climb.

    For a route, you could also consider parking at the recreation building (marked "F" on the park map) beside the Rally Campground and riding Limekiln--> Walnut--> Schooner--> Hesitation--> Green Valley--> Hesitation --> Walnut --> Limekiln. That'd be a big ride, especially if you like technical stuff.
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    Schooner is tough, man. I'm pretty decent at technical riding, but on Schooner there is a bunch of stuff that I gotta walk. The trail goes through a beautiful part of the park, though, and it's well worth checking out.
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    Hesitation Point

    If I park at the top of Hesitation Point I should start with the downhill portion right ?,,and if so will (should) I make a left on Green Valley so I'm going clockwise at that point ?

    Thanks again !

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    F spot

    Now that I look at the map I like this suggestion, I think i might cut out Schooner though, my sons asthma might appreciate that..Any idea about how long if I take your suggested route without Schooner ?

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    Yeah, if you park at Hesitation Point and start Hesitation there, you'll be going downhill first. You'll actually take two lefts to get on Green Valley: the first when Hesitation hits Aynes, which will put you on a short climb, then the next left be Green Valley.

    Walnut meets Hesitation at the HP parking lot. It's on the other side of the road, and both are well signed.

    Timing depends on a lot of factors. The mileage on the state park map is pretty accurate - I'd just add up those segments and estimate based on how long it typically takes you to do that length.
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    The trails are pretty fast and most aren't technical. When I went for the first time a few weeks ago, I rode down from Hesitation taking lefts at every intersection, which took me to every trail on the North side. It took right around 2 hours. Going from Limekiln to Walnut up to Hesitation Point and back down Schooner's took about an hour and a half. Schooner is kind of slow going and super-technical (kind of out of place compared to the other trails). Next time, I'll try the trails in the opposite way. Aynes seems like it'd be better going counter-clockwise. Green Valley might be as well.

    I don't think asthma should be your concern with Schooner's. It's not much of a cardio workout. If you aren't comfortable with steep banks on either side and doing sketchy maneuvers around rocks with little room for error, you might want to skip it. I rode as much as I dared, but I walked over a number of obstacles. I don't think there's any shame in that.

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    Dont skip schooner! Best trail out there, no shame in walking a few spots.
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    Do you guys think a FS or HT would be best

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    Go with the bike you like best. Either do just fine there.

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