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Brook Conservation Area Loop...

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No. of Reviews: 5

An exciting, fast loop with a few moderate-to-advanced climbs and some quick descents. Includes switchbacks, technical drop-offs, and tons of logs. Links up with Lynn Valley Trail (about a 22km, flat, picturesque ride leading to Port Dover). To see the "fun stuff", go with a local - it's well hidden. Contact Harrington Sports in Simcoe for more info...
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Latitude
42.826914725393294
Longitude
-80.2959394454956
Trail Directions
Going south on Hwy #24 to Simcoe,(turns into Norfolk St.S) turn left on Woodhouse St. Take the first right (Owen St) and use parking at the Baseball diamond on the left. Trailhead starts at the south end of the parking lot...
Trail Length
approx. 4km
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Simcoe
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
September 29, 2005

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: xcbikeman ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The Brook. Some free ride stuff I didn't try for insurance reasons, my XC Fuel doesn't like that kind of stuff, I'm a chicken and it's a long way from home to travel with a busted shoulder ... thus the XC review. Short ... about 8 sq/kms. Some technical of roots, rocks and short/steep climbs (all of which I covet) ... and a cool damn to look at. Not marked yet you can ride the few trails and not worry about getting lost as it's contained in a small area. Cool SWO flora, the locals and their dogs are friendly. Jump on the Lynn Valley to add 16kms of a flat, straight, looooooooooong, non-challenging (except that fallen tree), somewhat-scenic, immaculately maintained rail-trail into Port Dover (not really complying with what constitutes a 'mountain bike trail' here). Since I was out of town for the afternoon I added the Lynn Valley totalling 25 kms ... this included a venture through The Brook again on the way back. Summary Summary ... the Brook Conservation is for beginner XC mountain biking ... although short, you can ride around for 1/2 a hour or more to build your skills ... or even more depending on your free-ride ambitions (and insurance).

Recommended Route:
If your drivig in, not well marked. Get your streets right.



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Review Date
December 24, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Eric , from Delhi, Ontario, Canada

Summary:
Good trail. Fast, flowing, somewhat technical, good steep climbs, awsome fast downhills, mostly hardpack. Only if this trail were longer. Also watch out for hikers and other trail users. Good for the XC honch or the weekend warrior. Some cool looking jumps at the top of the first big hill, go big, the kids who watch will love it.

Recommended Route:
Follow the Lynn Valley trail but just after the first bridge take a right and follow the trail until you cross the Lynn Valley trail and keep going. At the top of the hill there are many different directions, they are all equally cool.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Dick's Hill, Fire Trails



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Review Date
October 27, 2000

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

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Reviewed by: Jesse , from Switzerland

Summary:
These trails are well-worn. They are hard-packed, so they're even good in the pouring rain. On the North side of the lynn valley trail there are a few small, but really steep climbs. The downhills that follow aren't long, but they're technical. Good for practicing balance.
On the South side of the trail you head down towards the river. There is good cross-country stuff, but it seriously only takes about 30 minutes to cover, even if you're just strolling. A nice after work ride, but not a weekend adventure.

Recommended Route:
It's so small that you can ride it all 4 times and explore in one afternoon. I grew up on those trails, and I wouldn't recommend them for out-of-towners. There just isn't enough there for a day. Good for locals though.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hamilton Bruce trail and the aforementioned Turkey Point (which is X-tremely sandy, but also a blast for a day ride)



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Review Date
October 1, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Graham , from Simcoe, Ontario, Canada

Summary:
This is the Downhill section of the Brook. There is a Technical North Shore style trail, called Freefall, or a fast DH trail called Nuno's Downhill. Both of these trails are actually very fun. Freefall, has some steep ladder bridges, some large drops ( 4-8 feet, 8 footer just added, almost done ) and some fun stuff. It's VERY short, about 100 metres. Nuno's Downhill is about 300 metres long, fun. Re-buffed recently, ( by me and a few friends ) adding a small double at the top drop, a larger double ( about 8 feet or so ) and soon, the berms will have extensive work done on them, and another will be added and the trail made to perfection. If you are coming to Simcoe and want to ride, Please E-mail me at: freerider_Z1@hotmail.com

Recommended Route:
Over 1st bridge on lynn valley trail, it is the 4th trail on your left. Go to the very top.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Ah, not too many. The Brook is good, but Turkey Point is great for all around singletrack and XC riding. These DH/Northshore style trails are great to ride and do a few runs on each of them, as you only have to climb about 100 vertical feet ( if that ) to get back to the top.



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Review Date
February 16, 2000

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Paul , from Simcoe

Summary:
I ride here approx 3-4x a week. It's great for building technical skills. We have a bunch of drop-offs, downed logs, steep descents and are working on some North-Shore-style obstacles. It's short, but fun. You can hit the Lynn Valley Trail for extra mileage if desired or just run the loop backwards.

Recommended Route:
After getting on the trailhead at the baseball diamond, head east over the old railroad bridge. Go right immediately after the bridge. Enjoy...

Other recommended trails in the same area:
*Turkey Point Provincial Park



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