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HMBA Trail Information => Brown County State Park => Topic started by: Paul_Arlinghaus on July 06, 2018, 10:28:49 AM

Title: Pine Loop Closed (starting July 6th)
Post by: Paul_Arlinghaus on July 06, 2018, 10:28:49 AM
 Pine drys out slower than the other trails at BCSP, but is often the trail riders hit first.  So it can take a beating, even when the other trails are dry and dusty. This is why the trail has a gate.  Currently Pine is very muddy and has some damage that needs to be repaired.  The gates are being closed and Pine will be closed until repaired/dried out. It could be a while.
Title: Re: Pine Loop Closed (starting July 6th)
Post by: JCampbell on July 06, 2018, 10:40:23 AM
All the signage at BCSP points riders to the wet side of Pine Loop so people unfamiliar with the area may be riding around the gate because they don't know there is another access point to the rest of the trail network.  Maybe something as simple as moving the big Mountain Bike Trail sign to the other end of Pine Loop next to the road would help keep them off the wet side when the trail is closed.
Title: Re: Pine Loop Closed (starting July 6th)
Post by: Paul_Arlinghaus on July 06, 2018, 01:08:12 PM
I should be down Saturday and will see if I can make adjustments to signage.
Title: Re: Pine Loop Closed (starting July 6th)
Post by: JCampbell on August 08, 2018, 07:16:26 AM
The trail work on Pine Loop is going to make the side next to the road a nice down hill section.  It could get "interesting" with 2-way traffic, especially with it's mix of everything from young families to weekend warriors under the influence of Strava.  Any thoughts on making this one-way?
Title: Re: Pine Loop Closed (starting July 6th)
Post by: Mahk on August 08, 2018, 08:15:32 AM
Interesting point about the Strava warriors. 

But you're talking about North Gate Connector, not Pine Loop.  Confusingly, Pine Loop isn't a loop. 

Pine Loop starts at the north parking lot and immediately turns right (east) across the field, and runs up to within about 100 feet of the stone bathrooms, where it intersects with and ends at North Gate Connector. 

North Gate Connector also starts at the north parking lot, turns left (west) across the field,  and then turns east to go through the woods, past the stone bathrooms, past the end of Pine Loop, and keeps going up to its intersection with North Tower Loop (which is a loop). 

Given that there is a very wide range of riders who start and/or end at the north lot, it might be better to put some speed control on that downhill section, or even ban the use of Strava on it (can that be done?).  Making it one way will only encourage more speed.