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    Anybody ride Colorado Bend State park?

    Met some folks from the Waco bike club(?) while riding at Cameron Park last Tuesday. Didn't get the guy's name I was talking to, but he said they have done a good bit of work out there. Seems like he said there is around 20 miles of singletrack. Just wanting some feedback from anybody that might have ridden out there lately.

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    I went there yesterday, hiking with the family. We went up cedar chopper loop all the way to gormon falls. All I can speak on is the trails we were on but it seemed pretty flat twisty xc style single track. Decently well maintained. There were some really gnarly sharp rocks in the trail and quite a few rock gardens. The trail surface is gravel and loose rocks. Like I said I'm not sure about the other trails but that one is pretty good if you ride xc.

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    Thanks for the update... It's a long way out there from our house, just looking for some ,new to us, trails to hit up for a 2 day getaway in the upcoming months!

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    Just saw your post.
    I'm a park ranger at Colorado Bend and know a little about the trails. In fact, I just rode the trails yesterday after work. My bike computer read 106, and man was it hot.
    There are nearly 30 miles of trail. A lot of it is quite rocky and can beat you up pretty good if you are not used to that.
    There is something for everyone. But if you have specific question, I'd be happy to give more info.

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    Thanks Jason, sounds like it would be worth it to check out when we get down there. 106 is a bit warm for my taste...maybe in the fall!! Right now the family and I are in Angel Fire New Mexico...56 degrees, overcast and the smell of pine and spruce. AWESOME!!

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    I rode out there today. Did what seemed allllll uphill spicewood springs which was definitely out of my experience range and walked a lot. Then we got to the road and took Lemon ride pass downhill. That was a blast. So much so we did it twice. I didn't have much time to explore more out there besides those two trails but we had to have done 6 miles and it wore me out. The rocks out there are no joke. Sharp, and jagged. Still fun though, can't wait to go back. Check out their website for trail info and trail maps. The maps we got at the station were black and white, I suggest to anyone going out there to print the color maps on their site out first so you know how the trails are. Their maps are awesome. Colorado Bend Trail Map - Colorado Bend State Park Trail Project

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    Shouldn't this be in the Colorado thread?

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    Thanks for the link awshucks. I think my wife and I will hit these trails on our next day trip to the hillcountry for some cycling. We want to spend a couple of days riding some new (to us) trails as we like to do. We especially like it down in central Texas... Our everyday rides are Cleburne State park and Dinosaur Valley in Glen Rose, both are rocky and offer a bit of technical challenges as well as some butt busting climbs.

    We have been to this State Park before with the kids several years ago, but only did some family friendly hiking up to some small waterfalls. I think it might have been the Spicewood Springs trail from looking at the map.

    Are the trails marked well enough to put several together and make a decent loop? Also, are there any recommended routes??

    Spoook....This State Park is in San Saba Texas. The name comes from the Colorado River that runs through the property!!

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    Aaron...will you be going out there again this Saturday; I am going to try and make it.


    Quote Originally Posted by Awshucks View Post
    I rode out there today. Did what seemed allllll uphill spicewood springs which was definitely out of my experience range and walked a lot. Then we got to the road and took Lemon ride pass downhill. That was a blast. So much so we did it twice. I didn't have much time to explore more out there besides those two trails but we had to have done 6 miles and it wore me out. The rocks out there are no joke. Sharp, and jagged. Still fun though, can't wait to go back. Check out their website for trail info and trail maps. The maps we got at the station were black and white, I suggest to anyone going out there to print the color maps on their site out first so you know how the trails are. Their maps are awesome. Colorado Bend Trail Map - Colorado Bend State Park Trail Project

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    If you guys come out to the park, stop by the headquarters and ask for Jason. I'd be happy to recommend a route for you.

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    By the way, the topo maps you described are also for sale for $2. Much better than the old monochrome ones.

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    Will definitely look you up when we make it down there Jason...Also since you work there, wanted to voice my disappointment in the Texas State Park license plate vote that went to the camping scene! I voted for the hiking one....Oh well!
    Why can't the state of Texas give the parks several plate options??

    See you in a few weeks! I'll post up when we head that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keithrad View Post
    Will definitely look you up when we make it down there Jason...Also since you work there, wanted to voice my disappointment in the Texas State Park license plate vote that went to the camping scene! I voted for the hiking one....Oh well!
    Why can't the state of Texas give the parks several plate options??

    See you in a few weeks! I'll post up when we head that way.
    Please elaborate...
    Let's make like a Bike and get the Huck outta here...

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    Texas State Parks offered a few license plate options for next year that depicted different activities that we enjoy doing at the parks...A campfire, a tent scene and a hiking scene were the options. Voting ended Aug. 31st and the winner was the camping scene.

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    Awshucks -- Spicewood Canyon is definitely more enjoyable going DOWNhill.

    keithrad -- Hiking, camping, its all good. Too bad we couldn't get a biking option.

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    Jason--I was out there yesterday with a lady that I think awshucks is the son.... and her friend.

    Now these ladies REALLY like to ride Spicewood Canyon uphill....I was SMOKED..haha

    And AAron (if that is you awshucks) we did 14 instead of 6 because Tracy's friend got confused at a turn.

    Good fun !


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    Awshucks -- Spicewood Canyon is definitely more enjoyable going DOWNhill.

    keithrad -- Hiking, camping, its all good. Too bad we couldn't get a biking option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keithrad View Post
    Texas State Parks offered a few license plate options for next year that depicted different activities that we enjoy doing at the parks...A campfire, a tent scene and a hiking scene were the options. Voting ended Aug. 31st and the winner was the camping scene.
    Thanks for the info. I have seen a license plate that shows a guy on a MTB and a girl running.
    Let's make like a Bike and get the Huck outta here...

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    ArmySlowRdr, is that you who I met first thing in the morning on Saturday?
    Svenja from our Friends group was here with a friend ( I think named Tracy).

    Well, I hope you enjoyed the visit. Please come visit us again soon.

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    yup that was me ! spectacular park there; will be back !

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    Hey Pete just saw this. Yeah I heard you guys had a good time. And next time I WILL be doing spicewood downhill lol. Also sorry I didn't realize you had the topo maps available for sale at the station or wouldn't have broadcasted the ones on your site. My apologies.

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    Awshucks -- Our Friends Group has posted the PDF online, so feel free to print your own. But the ones for sale are on a large sheet of glossy paper - 2-sided, and pretty easy to read.

    -Jason

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    Jason,
    A couple buddies and I would like to come up from Austin and check out the trails. I know that the Waco bike club has been doing a lot of work out there. Can we put together a 15-20 mile loop that includes wooded twisties, vista views, ripping descents and technical climbs? I know that the terrian/topography up there could support those types of trails but would like to know what we could reasonably expect. It is good to hear that our rangers enjoy mountain biking!
    Thank you!

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    ^^Just ask for Jason when you get there. I'm sure if he's there he will recommend a route for you like he did for us. We got there later in the day than I would have liked so our ride was limited to time constraints. We only got in 8 miles, but we did some hiking around some of the scenic waterfall areas. From the park h.q. we drove back approx. 3 miles to the parking area at cedar chopper loop. Took cedar chopper loop clockwise to Old Gorman Road trail (long fun downhill though not technical). Hiked to Gorman falls then continued on the Gorman Falls trail to Gorman Windmill connector, across the road to Lively Loop clockwise to Lemon Ridge pass back to the parking area.
    We will be going back soon to ride more. Really enjoyed the area. Damn I'm ready to go now!

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    I would definitely be happy to recommend a route. I do believe we can put together a route that meets your expectations. There is currently 33 miles of trail - mainly singletrack. It would probably be easier with a map in front of us.

    During the summer, my weekends are Wednesday and Thursday. Any other day, I should be around. But definitely check in with me a few days before.

    By the way, we recently opened our new Tinaja Trail - it is definitely one of the more difficult trails in the park.

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    Where is this new trail located Jason??

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    The new map is not online yet, but available at the park.
    It is a 3 mile addition that connect to Cedar Chopper. Great canyon views and vistas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jth442 View Post
    I would definitely be happy to recommend a route. I do believe we can put together a route that meets your expectations. There is currently 33 miles of trail - mainly singletrack. It would probably be easier with a map in front of us.

    During the summer, my weekends are Wednesday and Thursday. Any other day, I should be around. But definitely check in with me a few days before.

    By the way, we recently opened our new Tinaja Trail - it is definitely one of the more difficult trails in the park.

    Jason
    That sounds great. We plan on heading that way Tues., June 24. Hope to be on the bikes by noon.
    PM sent.
    Thank you very much Jason.

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    Wow 33miles is legit! I'd like to make it up there from Austin. Just wish I could bring my pop up camper. Would it be allowed without hook ups, or are you guys tent only? Any plans to open up for rv's in future?
    Keep trying to do the awesomest thing you've ever done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bamwa View Post
    Wow 33miles is legit! I'd like to make it up there from Austin. Just wish I could bring my pop up camper. Would it be allowed without hook ups, or are you guys tent only? Any plans to open up for rv's in future?
    Check out Barefoot Camp and R.V. Park & Sulphur Springs Camp. They are both nearby and on the river. Perhaps one of the two would suit your needs.

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    Colorado Bend allows RV's, but they must dry camp, because of the primitive facilities.
    So, you should be OK, unless you need the A/C during the night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spoook View Post
    Shouldn't this be in the Colorado thread?
    Maybe if Colorado bend state park was in Colorado. Since it's in Texas I don't think they'd have any input on how the trails are.
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    Jason would you mind posting up anticipated trail conditions this evening? I know we've had some weather today.

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    Trails will be good. Only exception would be the River Trail if we get more rain.

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    Jason thanks for putting the route options together for us, that was extremely helpful. May be worthwhile having those pre-printed for future riders.
    The trail was much more technical than we had assumed, which made for an interesting, challenging and fun ride.
    It would be nice if bikes were allowed on the “no bicycle” trails. Hikers are more prone to leave the established trail than bikers, so it seemed odd that bikes were not allowed, especially the creek swimming holes and the spring trail. Also, a bike accessible route to the falls would help make it destination worthy.


    Truly thanks again. We had a good time and went home whupped, which is exactly what we were looking for.

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    What route did you guys end up doing? What kind of mileage did you get? Might be heading down in a couple of days...

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    yeah dimitrin, what's the recommended route? Might try Sulphur Springs with the pop up.

    bprice thanks for the word.
    Keep trying to do the awesomest thing you've ever done.

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    Dimitri, glad you guys enjoyed the ride. You chose quite an ambitious route.

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    Thanks for the route recommendations. The sky opened up on us on the way home, ruining the map you highlighted for us, otherwise I would have posted a picture of it here for others to use as well.
    I do have one question though... we saw some type of large exotic goat/ deer with really thick horns that had a young kid/fawn with it. What was that animal?

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    Some type of ibex or antelope maybe??

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    Nope. Dang ol’ chupacobra. Those things bite, you know. Watch out now.

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    Rode a few trails about there today.. Cedar Chopper, Tanaja, River Trail and Dogleg canyon... Some rough stuff on Tanaja... the Ranger that was there said Tanaja would be strenuous..And he would be right.. If you ride this trail I recommend doing it from Cedar Chopper. Some awesome very rough descents, and even tougher ascents... Dogleg canyon is equally tough and coming from the river trail it is for the most part, uphill. but fun as hell!..
    After about 12 miles of trails.. took a little jaunt to the Spicewood creek pool to cool off.. (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) love this park. Best state park within 100 miles of Austin! gonna go back either This Sunday, or sometime next week..

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    Colorado Bend state park Loop.

    Here is the route I took and some video from Cedar Chopper, to Tanaja and down 1st descent. Heading back Sunday or Monday... this time in the early morning for obvious reasons.

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    Thanks for posting that up Hoffmonster! I see a quick day trip down there in the next couple of weeks now that we're getting back into the school season. Although since it is a couple hour drive, it may have to wait till the temps come down just a bit. I have daydreams about hitting that in the fall for a good all day adventure, followed by knocking back a couple of cold ones to reflect. Such a cool place! Who did the trail work on the Tanaja trail?
    BTW if you're ever up north of Austin or looking for a new place to ride, I recommend you check out Dinosaur Valley State Park if you like rocky / canyons / creek beds / limestone ledgy sections / cactus / plus Dinosaur tracks! My favorite State Park. Also Cleburne State Park is about 20 miles from there with a real good trail system as well that can be quite challenging too. The rocky hills can really give you a work out, plus it has a small natural spring fed lake that is nice to toss the kayaks into for a relaxing paddle around...

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    Could not wait. Went back today and basically looped the park..
    colorado bend big loop by hoffmonster2001 at Garmin Connect - Details
    About 18.5 miles..

    Parked down by the entrance down to Spicewood canyon trail as that is where you want to finish. Then head back for a cool swim in the creek pool..

    Took river trail (easy) over to gorman falls trail (very rocky and difficult)
    Then to Tie slide (easy) to Heller brakes (easy double track)
    Then took the Gorman windmill connector over to windmill area (moderate) and the Lively loop trail ( very easy double track)
    Took the Windmill trail (easy) through the camping area to the dry creek junction (easy)
    Then on Lively again to Lemons ridge pass (moderate and rocky) the is a very fun trail.. Lots of quick desents and fun rock features. Headed to the Spicewood canyon trail.
    Took the to the Spicewood canyon trail (difficult). I recommend doing this trail from Lemons because it is mostly a descent. And a tough one at that. Riding up it from the river would be a very serious challenge. With lots of bike walking. . This was an awesome trail with beautiful views of the canyon. Not as tough as Tinaja or Dogleg canyon, but darn close.

    I'll say it again. This park is the best state park within 100 miles of Austin..
    I live in cedar park so it's even closer. About a 75 minute drive for me..

    I took a bunch of video and have to sort through it and see how it turned out. Will post what i can in a day or two.

    Would love to ride out here with some other folks. If you decide to head out there message me here and i would be happy to ride with whoever wants to go!!

    Hoffmonster

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    Cool report and route. I will more than likely try this next visit! Although I want to hit the Tanaja trail, so may start at Cedar Chopper to Tanaja and then follow your route and finish coming back on the River Trail. I'm jones'n to go now! Sounds like a good time...

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    Here are some vids I took yesteday... these are the ones that require no editing..
    the others need some work.

    Enjoy!

    River trail
    Tie Slide 1
    Tie Slide 2
    Lemons ridge pass
    More Lemons ridge pass
    Spicwood canyon up to scenic overlook

    Hoffmonster

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    I am going to ride there tomorrow. Appreciate yall sharing recommended routes!
    I ride faster than I should...

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    Rubicon73. Sorry I missed your post. I'm not in the park today.
    Hope you have a great ride. Let me know how it goes.
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    Hoffmonster,
    Thanks for posting all the videos. It is great to see people enjoying the trails. Do you have a favorite trail at the park?
    Also, I'm always looking for trail condition feedback. Any areas that need attention?
    Jason

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    Quote Originally Posted by jth442 View Post
    Rubicon73. Sorry I missed your post. I'm not in the park today.
    Hope you have a great ride. Let me know how it goes.
    Jason
    I ended up not going bc the weather wasn't supposed to play nice... My next chance will be the 19th. I cannot wait to ride there!
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