You should go to BC. The climbs are not tremendously more than what you're probably used to, depending which direction you go. The main thing I see is the trails are "rougher," meaning some really persistent rooty sections. There are some places where you will descend for a quarter or half-mile while holding both brakes all the way, and it taxes your hands because you have weight on them while hitting bumps, and can't let go of the brakes to absorb the impact with your entire hand. I had to begin "hanging" on a pull-up bar to strengthen my hands. I haven't ridden the whole system yet, but have found very little smooth "flow" there. We rode Green Valley last time, which is the only intermediate or below trail described as a "flow" trail, and I didn't find it very flow-y at all. Not rough, but definitely not flow either. I had to stop several times because I was still technically testing positive for Covid, and am looking forward to getting back and trying it at full strength.Good weekend of mountain biking for me, put in about 20 miles. Started the weekend off Friday after work with a new personal best at Town run. Just under 26 minutes to 465 and back. Last year when I started riding, this same route would take me 35+ minutes of moving time with several stops. Very happy with my improvement. Saturday evening went to Flat Fork Creek to introduce my neighbor's 13 year old daughter to the sport. Despite a fall off of a wooden feature and one trip into the brush because she didn't know how to turn and brake, it was a good trip. Sunday morning I beat the heat but not the humidity and rode Schoen Creek and Lawrence Creek at Fort Harrison. Monday evening went out with the neighbor and rode Town Run to 465 and back. Only his 5th time riding trails and he is improving. Still trying to figure out how to corner with speed.
Sunday while riding Lawrence Creek I caught up to someone and ended up riding the rest of the trail with him. He mentioned that he was tired from riding 20 miles at Brown County State Park the day before. I said I hadn't been there yet because the climbs scared me with my current endurance level. He suggested that I should go down and only ride a couple trails to start.
That really got me thinking. I had been thinking about going down and riding 20-25 miles and was really worried. I decided Thursday after work I am going to head down and ride Limekiln and maybe Weed Patch. Should only be 10 miles. Looking forward to seeing the trails down there.
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Limekiln would be a good intro, since it has park road access. For a little more, you can do Pine/North Gate/North Tower, and that would map out at about 6 miles (or 8 miles, if you take a couple wrong turns like we did first time).
Your trail partner was a real trooper for being at FH the day after 20 miles in BCSP . I don't think you can ride 20 unique miles there without getting into some pretty tough stuff.