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General Trail Information / Re: Good trail for kids?
« on: August 08, 2016, 03:56:41 PM »
Southwestway park has some wide flat trails that would probably be a good intro. The gravel/dirt horse loop (cockrum) and the trail around the west side of Mann hill fit your description pretty well I think.

If you go into the hickory ridge area, there are several small to medium ponds you should be able to filter out of.

Hickory Grove Pond, Townsend Pond, and Grouse Hollow Lake are all on the North end of the hickory ridge trail system, in the vicinity of the old Hickory Grove church.

When we were out in January this year, there was plenty of water flowing in the creek crossing on Combs Rd just north of the gate, not sure how seasonal that is though.

Brown County State Park / Re: Report Trail Issues
« on: May 28, 2016, 04:07:11 PM »
So that would be starting from the end of GV that meets NT? 

How do I use GPS coordinates to know where something is on a trail if I am sitting at my computer? I plugged the coordinates into my phone, but it just shows a location in the big green parcel that is BCSP.  If you had given only the GPS coordinates and no verbal description I wouldn't even know which trail to head to.

This website's pretty handy for stuff like this:


At the bottom of the left menu, click Add New Object > Add Marker, then enter the coordinates like this: 39d11.375m N, -86d14.236m W

Fantastic 4 / Re: Bikepacking Nebo and Hickory Ridge
« on: April 21, 2016, 08:34:49 AM »
As I understand it (and I'm pretty sure I understand correctly), yes. As long as you're >300 feet from a trailhead, or 100ft from water sources. Here's a page with the full rules and regulations.

Find a Ride / Re: 16 in '16
« on: March 29, 2016, 11:42:12 AM »
Here's mine:

1: Southwestway
2: Nebo Ridge *
3: Hickory Ridge 18+ *
4: Cville Brickyard
5: Tipp River Trail *
6: Tipp Amphitheatre
7: Murdock Park, Lafayette
8: Town Run
10: Pisgah NF *
11: Silver Lake, WI *
12: John Muir Trails, WI
13: Potato Creek SP
14: McCormick Woods, W. Lafayette
15: Brushy Creek Trails, Cedar Park, TX*

Buy, Sell, Trade / Re: Jamis Earth Cruiser 1 for sale
« on: March 27, 2016, 06:48:58 PM »
Do you have a picture of the bike / basket?

Fantastic 4 / Re: Bikepacking Nebo and Hickory Ridge
« on: February 18, 2016, 08:39:59 PM »
Sure, there's lots of stuff you can buy to carry your stuff, but if you're already equipped for lightweight to ultralight backpacking, you can improvise a couple of things (like a handlebar or seat bag) out of stuff sacks and straps and just have at it. I was backpacking at Mammoth Cave NP a number of years ago (back when there were maybe 2 mtb trails in the park) and encountered a couple guys with big, full backpacks on their bikes. They weren't graceful, but they were out there.

I couldn't agree more... The only "real" bikepacking gear we had was the revelate frame bag that I got when I bought my Karate Monkey. If you look at the gear pics, you'll see heavy use of old inner tubes to attach the tent and stuff to our frames, and walmart stuff sacks to hold the stuff on our handlebars. Just get out there and do it!

Fantastic 4 / Bikepacking Nebo and Hickory Ridge
« on: January 21, 2016, 06:58:31 PM »
My brother and I did a two night bikepacking trip in HNF this past weekend. Mileage was low along with the temperature, but we had a great time!

We started at the north Nebo trailhead, and rode to Grouse Hollow Lake on the west side of the Hickory Ridge system. Camped two nights on a ridge overlooking the lake with a bit of hiking and riding on the second day, then took Trail 18 and Combs Rd back to the car.

It went pretty darn well for our first trip, especially while carrying all the gear required to sleep in single digit temps. Looking forward to trying again when it warms up!

I wrote up a trip report here if you're interested: https://schoolie.exposure.co/winter-bikepacking-in-the-hoosier-national-forest

Rants and Raves / Re: Techy Trail Video
« on: January 01, 2016, 08:13:30 PM »
Cool! Thanks for sharing.

Southwestway Park / Re: 2015 Southwestway Trail Conditions
« on: December 17, 2015, 09:59:55 PM »
I know it's hard to predict, but is there any chance trails will be rideable at all tomorrow?

Events / Re: Brown County Epic
« on: October 27, 2015, 10:48:01 AM »

It's been a couple weeks, and I hate to be THAT guy, but I'm wondering if there's any update on the t-shirts for the Epic that some of us paid for but didn't receive?  I understand that this is an all-volunteer effort, and I appreciate that, but I'd really like to get my shirt even if I have to go pick it up somewhere.  Thanks!

What he said :)

Events / Re: Brown County Epic
« on: October 11, 2015, 01:54:16 PM »
We had an awesome time Saturday! But we were so toast when we got back we forgot to pick up our shirts... Is there any way we could get them sometime later?

Events / Re: Brown County Epic
« on: October 07, 2015, 12:42:21 PM »
I put this map together for my own use. It doesn't focus too heavily on the in park trails, but has distances and elevations for most of the major segments. Printing on 11x17 paper will produce 1:25k scale.


I made it using CalTopo, the live version of the map is available here: http://caltopo.com/m/0T0N

Southwestway Park / Re: SWW Trail conditions
« on: September 23, 2011, 10:02:34 AM »
Any idea what the trail will be like for an after work ride today?

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