Meet at Trail-head
You should arrive at the Pine Loop trail-head shaded lot by 10:00 am if you want to start with me. I'll do Pine Loop to North Tower connector taking a hard left then around North Tower Loop and back through NTC and Pine Loop to the main MTB lot (Approx 12 miles) since some people cant be there until around 11:30.
We will begin the ride at the Pine Loop parking lot once we arrive around 10:30. If you are a beginner with a minimal fitness level, this ride may not be for you as we will be riding some distance with some significant climbs and obstacles. We will make minimal stops along the way and will be riding at a moderate to sometimes fast pace depending on trail conditions/leaf coverage.
Those who have never been to Brown County before; there a sections of trail that are a "loop" where we can split, ride different distance, and regroup with relative ease. Again, there will be ways to do varying distances between the 15 and 39 miles. If we have enough people, we may break into a couple groups that may have varying ride distances.
Brown County Map (without Green Valley)
Brown County Map-Partial (with Green Valley)
What to Bring
1. Helmet (required), bike gloves, shoes with good tread
2. Plenty of fluids. I recommend bringing a camel back in addition to squirt bottles mounted to the frame. I generally like to have some kind of sports drink in one or the other.
3. Bring something to eat. On longer rides such as these, your body will need calories to keep it going. Once you lose your energy, it is almost impossible to regain it and the ride will no longer be fun. Some popular snacks are peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, energy bars, trail mix, and whole fruit.
***If enough people come we will take someone's vehicle up to Hesitation Point for the lunch break.
4. Tools for you bike. At minimum bring a spare tube and an emergency pump. Other tools such as a multi-tool, a pair of pliars, and tire levers can be invaluable in the event of a breakdown.
5. Bring your insurance card. We promote safe riding, but there is inherent risk while mountain-biking. It is best to be prepared.
6. Eye protection is recommended. You never know what might come at you and glasses are much easier to replace than an eye.
7. THERE IS A $7.00 PARK FEE FOR NON- INDIANA RESIDENTS AND A $5.00 IN STATE RESIDENT FEE, PER VEHICLE.