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Posts Tagged ‘Suncoast Trail’

Before You Go:

The normal suggestions apply. A good pair of sunglasses, riding gloves to cushion your hands and, if you doing this during the heat of the day, sunscreen is advised.

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Before You Go:

This third portion of the Suncoast Trail is a wee bit hillier than the previous two sections I’ve reviewed. Be prepared for a few climbs and for the overpass across Highway 50. Overall, it shouldn’t tax a cyclist in decent shape too much. Parts of the ride are well-shaded but there are open stretches where a pair of sunglasses would be advised. During the summer months, bring along some extra water. There is water along the trail but it is dependant upon being replenished (except for the Highway 50 Trailhead which has full facilities).
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Before You Go:

This is part 2 of a four part review of the Suncoast Trail.

Unlike the trailhead at Lutz Lake Fern Road to the south, there is no $2.00 fee to park at the Concourse Nature Center trailhead. The area for parking is small and there are no facilities. Also, the park gates are locked in the early morning hours. Since I didn’t explore the nature center, I would imagine there is additional parking available once the park gates are open.
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There are numerous signs along the trail that water is limited but, until you get up to the Hernando County portion of the trail, I found the reverse to true. There are quite a few stocked water spots along the trail in both Hillsborough and Pasco county. This most southern section of the trail is the flattest and, as you progress north, the terrain gets hillier.

I’ve tried to break the rides up into 20 mile loops. In this section, I’ve included the Starkey Wilderness Bike Trail which, if the rider chooses to add this portion, will bring the ride total up to 35 miles. It is well worth the added effort to add this fine trail to the itinerary.
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