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    I have never been to Bear Brook State park for mountain biking - only snowmobiling years ago. However, wanted to get out with my family on Father's Day and my older son picked the location. Now we did not do the most technical trails but we did get in out share of hill climbs, natural stair cases (roots and rocks), switchbacks. We started on One Mile Trail which is a double track which seems easy but do not let it fool you. There was a lot of sandy spots and some down hill sections with loose rocks - not that it was hard but it was not just a ride in the park! We came upon Cascade trail which looks fine on the map but it is a single track the climbs and climbs. We then bailed on that trail since our older son said it would get much harder - not that it is bad but it was our first real venture out. My 12 year old son graduated from a 24" to a 26" so we cut him a break. we fond an unmarked trail and followed it back down which turned out to be a nice single track with tight turns that sneak up on you.

    Next we went on Bear Brook Upper which is a very cool trail which parallels the parks namesake. This trail tuns in to a narrow ridge style trail that is fun to ride. About mid way we started doing some hill climbs loaded with switchbacks that got the heart pumping. There was a section going down hill where we encountered lots of roots and some rock that formed a staircase per se and that was a blast. Not really knowing where we were we came across a trail called little bear with was about a 1+ mile loop that starts off with lots of climbing but the return trip is worth it. The ride down had two hair pin turns and a boat load of switch backs that forced us to keep speed in check. The the end of that trail we came across a parking lot and rode along the road for a bit.

    I decided to hit another trail that was fairly new and not named yet. This trail involved biking of softer terrain, lots of rock & roots and even some lifting the bike over fallen trees for this past winter. We did this trail for about a half mile before my family thought that it was time to head back. We did find an old well! The rest of the ride was basically following the road back - that was fun too since we climbed gradually and then had a refreshing run down hill to cool us off!

    All in all, we really had fun there did about 8 miles of riding and barely touched the surface. There is lots to explore and there are trails for all abilities. We will definitely return for another trip.



    Trail Map (better then the one they hand out at the park)

    Cascade trail head

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    Bear Brook in the side of Bear Brook Upper trail

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    Bear Brook Upper along the brook's bank

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    Do not take pictures while riding!

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    Old well on unnamed trail

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    This place is my goto spot, so easy to get a 15+ mile loop of both tech and flow on trails that actually go somewhere vs, just twisting around to make the most of space. Did you ride down big bear after climbing little bear? Also this place is stunning in the fall, go back in October for sure


    Anyone that ever wants a moderate paced tour of this place (12-20 miles) definitely pm me although my schedule is very odd in summer

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    Quote Originally Posted by snoseek View Post
    Anyone that ever wants a moderate paced tour of this place (12-20 miles) definitely pm me although my schedule is very odd in summer
    I may take you up on this!

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    Looks like a good Father's Day!
    Brian

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    Sounds like a great day to be out there! I dug this place the last time I was there. The Old Well pic is awesome. I love finding stuff like that. Glad you got a chance to get out and explore.

    Quote Originally Posted by snoseek View Post
    Anyone that ever wants a moderate paced tour of this place (12-20 miles) definitely pm me although my schedule is very odd in summer
    My schedule is pretty loose in the summer so expect a PM sometime.

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    Sounds like a Bear Brook AZ Meetup should take place!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bvibert View Post
    Looks like a good Father's Day!
    Got to golf later that afternoon too! Glad my wife keeps up with me for the most part.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dlague View Post
    Sounds like a Bear Brook AZ Meetup should take place!
    I'd be down...I have an old Gary Fisher and am not very good but have walked in Bear Brook before and its not too far for me.
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    I think this a great idea! Lets work this - who is in? We can work on the specific day later!
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    This guy!

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