Brushy Creek

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Brushy Creek

Postby dgw2jr » Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:29 pm

Has anyone been out to Brushy Creek lately? We're thinking about checking it out this weekend. Looks like there are a lot of trails out there. Anyone have any recommendations as to which trails to ride?

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Re: Brushy Creek

Postby DL1030 » Wed Nov 21, 2012 10:22 am

Nice, I had no idea ft dodge had a spot to ride...leaving for there in a few hours. guess who is taking their bike now! family gatherings are always better after a long ride, full stomach and a comfy spot on a couch.
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Re: Brushy Creek

Postby Farmboy » Wed Nov 21, 2012 10:42 am

I've never ridden in that area, even though I grew up there. I have heard there are some nice trail options there, and they've been there for a long time. Of course, we've sort of redefined what makes a good trail and what doesn't since those days of my life, but the advent of the Fatbike has changed that a little too. Do it.

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Re: Brushy Creek

Postby DL1030 » Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:10 pm

Rode the lake loop this morning. 11.5 miles of crushed limestone that rolls along with the hills. No hard climbs but there are some ups. Extremely scenic with a couple great views. Had a nasty headwind for the first half but still finished in an hour. Hope to ride the lower section tomorrow (single track out-and-backs). Horse droppings, but nothing that bad. Well maintained.

Overall, fun ride. Something I would do again. Not sure I would drive this far just for the trail. Is an awesome out to break away from family tho.

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Re: Brushy Creek

Postby dgw2jr » Thu Nov 22, 2012 1:38 pm

Nice! Just got to DM. Going to ride sycamore today and maybe brushy creek tomorrow

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Re: Brushy Creek

Postby dgw2jr » Fri Nov 23, 2012 9:35 pm

Never made it to brushy creek this weekend. Did ride sycamore, Ewing, Somerset, and the Center trails. Wife and I agree if we come back to DM then we'll probably just ride Center trails again.

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Re: Brushy Creek

Postby Farmboy » Sat Nov 24, 2012 1:44 am

I rode the Center trails on Thursday morn with a large group of folks. I don't always know how to measure what a good trail is or isn't, but I know that trail is fun to ride. I always look forward to riding there when I'm in town, which is pretty often. Sycamore was the bee's knees when I lived there in the late 90's. It was all we had, so we rode the shat out of it. It flooded often and that's just the way it was.

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Re: Brushy Creek

Postby Ken » Sat Nov 24, 2012 10:17 am

Used to race the Ft. Dodge trails in the 90s, no way they could maintain what was the course at the time. Looking fwd: to the a report / update on their stash.
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Re: Brushy Creek

Postby killarbb » Sat Nov 24, 2012 8:11 pm

if you were up by the lake, you were north of all the good trails.

you can stop at the information shacks at the campgrounds and find really nice printed maps of the trails. we rode a bunch of the south end mid summer. those trails are a lot of fun. kind of like banner meets center........long trails, all with options of looping back. some really gnarly climbs on a few. some singletrack, some of the trails get a bit wider. the only problems we encountered were horses, and what they leave. most of the horses had never seen a bike, and get really nervous. the other problem, well who wants to drink outta their water bottle after flinging up horse dung all over it.....hydration packs are a must.
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