• 05-04-2013
    keithrad
    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.

    Thanks
  • 06-20-2013
    Hagen
    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.
  • 06-20-2013
    keithrad
    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!
  • 06-28-2013
    jth442
    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.

    Jason
  • 06-30-2013
    keithrad
    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!!
  • 09-02-2013
    Awshucks
    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
  • 09-02-2013
    Spoook
    Shouldn't this be in the Colorado thread?
  • 09-03-2013
    keithrad
    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!!
  • 09-04-2013
    ArmySlowRdr
    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

  • 09-05-2013
    jth442
    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.
  • 09-05-2013
    jth442
    By the way, the topo maps you described are also for sale for $2. Much better than the old monochrome ones.

    Jason
  • 09-06-2013
    keithrad
    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.
  • 09-06-2013
    In-Yo-Grill
    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...
  • 09-06-2013
    keithrad
    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.
  • 09-07-2013
    jth442
    Awshucks -- Spicewood Canyon is definitely more enjoyable going DOWNhill.

    keithrad -- Hiking, camping, its all good. Too bad we couldn't get a biking option.
  • 09-08-2013
    ArmySlowRdr
    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 !


    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jth442 View Post
    Awshucks -- Spicewood Canyon is definitely more enjoyable going DOWNhill.

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

  • 09-09-2013
    In-Yo-Grill
    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.
  • 09-10-2013
    jth442
    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.
  • 09-10-2013
    ArmySlowRdr
    yup that was me ! spectacular park there; will be back !
  • 09-11-2013
    Awshucks
    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.
  • 09-11-2013
    jth442
    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
  • 06-13-2014
    dimitrin
    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!
  • 06-13-2014
    keithrad
    ^^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!
  • 06-15-2014
    jth442
    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
  • 06-15-2014
    keithrad
    Where is this new trail located Jason??
  • 06-15-2014
    jth442
    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.
  • 06-16-2014
    dimitrin
    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.
  • 06-17-2014
    bamwa
    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?
  • 06-17-2014
    bprice2
    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.
  • 06-18-2014
    jth442
    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.

    Jason
  • 06-21-2014
    ibadfish
    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.
  • 06-23-2014
    dimitrin
    Jason would you mind posting up anticipated trail conditions this evening? I know we've had some weather today.
  • 06-23-2014
    jth442
    Trails will be good. Only exception would be the River Trail if we get more rain.
  • 06-27-2014
    dimitrin
    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.
  • 06-30-2014
    keithrad
    What route did you guys end up doing? What kind of mileage did you get? Might be heading down in a couple of days...
  • 07-01-2014
    bamwa
    yeah dimitrin, what's the recommended route? Might try Sulphur Springs with the pop up.

    bprice thanks for the word.
  • 07-18-2014
    jth442
    Dimitri, glad you guys enjoyed the ride. You chose quite an ambitious route.

    Jason
  • 07-19-2014
    dimitrin
    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?
  • 07-19-2014
    dimitrin
    Some type of ibex or antelope maybe??
  • 08-15-2014
    prollynot
    Nope. Dang ol’ chupacobra. Those things bite, you know. Watch out now.
  • 08-21-2014
    Hoffmonster
    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..
  • 08-22-2014
    Hoffmonster
    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.
  • 08-23-2014
    keithrad
    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...
  • 08-23-2014
    Hoffmonster
    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
  • 08-23-2014
    keithrad
    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...
  • 08-24-2014
    Hoffmonster
    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
  • 09-11-2014
    Rubicon73
    I am going to ride there tomorrow. Appreciate yall sharing recommended routes!
  • 09-12-2014
    jth442
    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
  • 09-12-2014
    jth442
    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
  • 09-12-2014
    Rubicon73
    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!
  • 09-14-2014
    Hoffmonster
    1 Attachment(s)
    Hey Jason,
    It was nice meeting you when I was out there recently, I will be back soon and have told lots of folks what a great place to ride/camp/hike this park is.
    the weather is turning and going out there will be far more enjoyable with lower temps.

    Your recommendations were spot on. Parking near the river (Spicewood creek parking) and riding up is WAY better than riding down, then back up after you're tired...:)
    I did this when I rode Tinaja down to the river, then Dogleg canyon back to where I parked @ Cedar Chopper.. That was some serious work and was about all I had for a 100+ degree day!

    Favorite trail would be Tinaja for it's difficulty and pretty canyon views.. Some very tough sections there will test your skills and endurance.
    As I told you.. I left a pump out there near a scenic overlook...:( Hope someone finds it and can use it!! :)


    As far as trail conditions, I remember a large branch down on River trail just south of Gorman cave. it is not possible to ride over/around it
    being as that was a couple weeks ago, I'm sure you guys have seen it already.
    The rest of the trails were in great shape for the most part
    On tie slide there are a few spots where the trail is not at all obvious, but a keen eye can pick it up.
    I would highly recommend the color relief maps to anyone going out there, worth every penny of the 2$ it costs..

    Tinaja is rough, but I expected that being how new it was.. I did not see any tire tracks on it at all other than mine.
    You said that there were some improvements planned.. can't wait to see!!

    And BTW... THANK YOU FOR THE WATER JUG at the Bottom of the Tinaja trail where it goes across to Gorman connector. I refilled there the last time I was out there!!! thanks again!
    Attachment 923310

    See ya next time!!
  • 09-17-2014
    sherpaxc
    Hopefully this thread is still being watched by Jason. I've tried calling a few times but keep getting a busy signal. Anyway, I'll be coming out there very soon with my 5 year old son. We would like to either "bikepack" in or backpack in to a primitive camp. My questions are:
    1. Is there a primitive campsite that is on the water? I couldn't tell from the map.
    2. Is the river trail to a campsite (if there is one) easy enough to ride for a little dude? He really wants to bikepack like daddy but knows we may have to hike in.
    3. do I have to make reservations for those sites?

    Thank you! feel free to email me at sherpaxc at g mail dot com if you'd prefer to communicate that way.
    Thanks,
    Travis
  • 09-18-2014
    Hoffmonster
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by sherpaxc View Post
    Hopefully this thread is still being watched by Jason. I've tried calling a few times but keep getting a busy signal. Anyway, I'll be coming out there very soon with my 5 year old son. We would like to either "bikepack" in or backpack in to a primitive camp. My questions are:
    1. Is there a primitive campsite that is on the water? I couldn't tell from the map.
    2. Is the river trail to a campsite (if there is one) easy enough to ride for a little dude? He really wants to bikepack like daddy but knows we may have to hike in.
    3. do I have to make reservations for those sites?

    Thank you! feel free to email me at sherpaxc at g mail dot com if you'd prefer to communicate that way.
    Thanks,
    Travis

    there is primitive camping near the river, as well as hike in/out style camping that is not close to the water.

    the River trail starts at the end of the camping area proper and heads towards Gorman falls. very easy trail for the most part. there is a place where you will have to carry your bike (over entrance to Gorman cave) a few spots that may be tough for a 5 YO.. but doable for the most part. a very long steep double track uphill at the end will get you off your bike. and the connector trails that these go to are not recommended for beginners The Gorman connector and trail are very rocky and rugged.. Go to the falls though (hike), they are beautiful to see. Bikes are not allowed on the short trail leading to the falls (too steep and rocky, and there will be hikers.

    Reservations are recommended for all camping out there. and can be made from the colo state park web site.

    I love this park and all it has to offer. will ba camping and riding out there in late Oct. but will likely be back before then :)

    email hoffmonster at twc dot com if you have any more ??s

    brian
  • 09-18-2014
    jth442
    Travis, Hoffmonster offered some really good info.
    The River Backpack area sounds like what you are looking for. From the campground, this primitive camping area is about 0.8 miles in down the River trail (our easiest trail). Like Hoffmonster mentioned, Gorman Falls is another 4 miles up that trail for a day trip.
    The other Backpack area is the Windmill. It offers great views, but not near the water.

    Please let me know if you have other questions, or give us a call. Sorry you were not able to reach anyone before.

    Jason Hairston
    Park Ranger
    Colorado Bend SP
  • 09-18-2014
    sherpaxc
    THanks ya'll. I'll do some booking. Just the info I wanted. I'm assuming the River Backpack area has water access (kids able to swim/me able to fish?).
  • 09-18-2014
    jth442
    Yes sir. The Colorado River is open to fishing and swimming. But the best swimming spot in the park is Spicewood Springs.
  • 09-19-2014
    sherpaxc
    Thanks, but I got to be able to fly fish while the kiddo's swim! :)
  • 09-19-2014
    bamwa
    When we went there about 6 weeks ago, the river trail was seriously overgrown with
    8 ft tall weeds that made parts of it seem like hacking through a cornfield, Have those been trimmed back at all? Just curious if you guys ever weedwack that section. It was almost impassible.
  • 09-19-2014
    jth442
    Bamwa,
    I'm sorry for the overgrowth you experienced. I know exactly what you are talking about. I will say it is much better now. That area grows so fast sometimes. But we've maintained it and it will provide a much better experience now.
    Jason
  • 09-22-2014
    Rubicon73
    Rode there this morning and it is the most scenic place I've been in Texas! Absolutely awesome canyon views and Gorman Falls is great. Tinaja gave me all I could handle! Had a great time and would absolutely recommend!
  • 09-22-2014
    Hoffmonster
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Rubicon73 View Post
    Rode there this morning and it is the most scenic place I've been in Texas! Absolutely awesome canyon views and Gorman Falls is great. Tinaja gave me all I could handle! Had a great time and would absolutely recommend!

    That is awesome. Tinaja is a test for sure. Did you go for a swim in Spicewood creek pool? That is the just reward for a hard day riding in the Texas heat. I love this park and pretty much everything it has to offer. Some friends and i will be camping out there 10/27-29. Riding all the trails we can. Let's ride!!!!

    Hoffmonster
  • 09-22-2014
    Rubicon73
    Hoffmonster, that recommendation to cool off in Spicewood Creek Spring was on point! Just what I needed after 3.5 hours on the bike. I will keep those dates in mind and see if I can make them.
  • 09-23-2014
    jth442
    Rubicon73 - It is great to hear you had a fun experience at Colorado Bend. Sorry I was off yesterday and couldn't meet you.
    As I ask all bikers/hikers, please let me know if you have any suggestions for trail signage improvements or any trail maintenance issues you came across.
    Thanks for the positive feedback.

    Jason
  • 09-28-2014
    bamwa
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jth442 View Post
    Bamwa,
    I'm sorry for the overgrowth you experienced. I know exactly what you are talking about. I will say it is much better now. That area grows so fast sometimes. But we've maintained it and it will provide a much better experience now.
    Jason

    nice, thank you sir
  • 10-30-2014
    Hoffmonster
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jth442 View Post
    Rubicon73 - It is great to hear you had a fun experience at Colorado Bend. Sorry I was off yesterday and couldn't meet you.
    As I ask all bikers/hikers, please let me know if you have any suggestions for trail signage improvements or any trail maintenance issues you came across.
    Thanks for the positive feedback.

    Jason

    Hey Jason, I missed ya out there this past week.
    My buddy and I enjoyed the park to it's fullest.
    I put in about 42 miles on Monday/Tuesday, and 1 short fast ride on Wed morning before leaving.
    I rented a Specialized Camber Comp 29er... OMG this bike sailed through everything out there no problem.
    The stuff I struggled to do on a 26 was so much easier on a 29er.
    Managed to make it all the way up the last climb on river trial just before Old Gorman road traihead. that is an epic climb I could only get maybe 1/2 way on on the 26.
    all in all a 29er is def the bike of choice up there. Can't wait to go back!

    couple things I discovered this time..

    1. The Downhill rides of Gorman Road, Dogleg Canyon, and Lemons ridge are crazy awesome fun! Highly recommended rides to do a few times..

    2. if you have two cars, take one with the bikes up to Cedar Chopper and take your pick of the way down... then go back get the car, repeat, repeat, repeat!
    FAST and FUN!! we did that like 3-4 times. you can go to gormam falls/windmill... etc...
    there is still plenty of climbing that can be done if you want. :)
  • 10-31-2014
    jth442
    Hoffmonster, I missed you guys because I was out of the park buying a Specialized Camber 29. Ha! We actually picked up a couple of these this week. It seemed to be the recommended model for our terrain.
    I just took mine out for a ride yesterday, and yes it seems to work well with our trails.
    Our Friends group did some work on Spicewood Canyon this past weekend, so hopefully that trail was in good shape.
    Thanks for coming out and enjoying the trails.
    We are trying to get the word out that we have a great destination with a variety of trail options for riders.
  • 11-24-2014
    cykelk
    Cool thread! Anyone planning to be out at the park over Thanksgiving? Will you be working, Jason?

    Going to camp out Thursday through Sat/maybe Sun and plan to explore the trails.
  • 11-29-2014
    cykelk
    Just got back from the camping trip and had a blast! Truly great riding to be had; I got about 27 miles of trail in.

    Day 1: Campsites -> River Trail -> Lemons Ridge Pass (up) -> Cedar Chopper Loop -> Old Gorman Road (down) -> Gorman Falls -> River Trail back to campsites.
    Good moderate ride, ~11 miles.

    Day 2:
    Campsites -> Road up to Lemons Ridge Pass -> Cedar Chopper Loop -> Tinaja Trail (down) -> Old Gorman Road (up) -> Dogleg Canyon (down) -> River Trail -> Lemons Ridge Pass (up) -> Spicewood Canyon (down).
    This one (~16 miles) totally wiped me out.

    Such a great variety of trail - can't wait to get back out there! Highly recommend this park as a riding destination.
  • 11-30-2014
    Hoffmonster
    Nice report! Up Gorman road? Get that was a tough ride.. 250+feet of elevation change in about a mile. I went up Dogleg this past summer, that was a challenge... Fave trials are the downward runs on Gorman road, Lemons ridge towards the river. and Spicewood canyon. You also had some decent weather. I love Colo Bend!!
  • 11-30-2014
    cykelk
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Hoffmonster View Post
    Nice report! Up Gorman road? Get that was a tough ride.. 250+feet of elevation change in about a mile. I went up Dogleg this past summer, that was a challenge... Fave trials are the downward runs on Gorman road, Lemons ridge towards the river. and Spicewood canyon. You also had some decent weather. I love Colo Bend!!

    Pretty much perfect weather! I'd like to do a day trip out there in December or January, if anyone is interested.

    Up Gorman Road took some effort but it's only mildly technical so it was more about keeping the legs moving. I bet climbing Dogleg was tough; I didn't have it in me to try after getting down it.

    Tinaja is an easy favorite for me. I like the up and down XC stuff more than extended climbs or descents and Tinaja nailed it. It was tough but not outrageous, I was expecting worse. Definitely didn't clean it - I would love to work that one until I can.

    Other favorites:
    - Spicewood Canyon descent is awesome. I couldn't fully appreciate it because I was so wiped that I was mostly focused on not hurting myself. Best GU of my life consumed on that trail :)
    - Lemons Ridge Pass is really nice too. I think it's the most well rounded trail. You get a rocky climb from the river that turns into some nice rolling xc stuff until you cross the road into flowy forested singletrack. I don't know what's past the Cedar Chopper intersection but will definitely go back and ride it all the way.

    The wife stalking a baby armadillo:


    The Tinaja:


    Tinaja Trail:
  • 11-30-2014
    keithrad
    Thanks for the pics and stokage!! Sounds like a great time cykelk. The weather is primed for a road trip down for me next week. I have not been out there with my Yeti SB95 yet, sooo ready....
  • 12-01-2014
    AggieXCRacer
    Evidently this is only about an hour drive from my folks' place, so I will probably try and take a day trip down there over Christmas and check it out. It looks promising!
  • 12-02-2014
    cykelk
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by keithrad View Post
    Thanks for the pics and stokage!! Sounds like a great time cykelk. The weather is primed for a road trip down for me next week. I have not been out there with my Yeti SB95 yet, sooo ready....

    The SB95 will be sweet out there I'm sure. The hardtail beat me up, especially on some of the descents. I've got a new-to-me Pivot sitting in the house, but for a few more weeks I'm only allowed to stare at it. :madman:

    Can't wait to get it out on the trail.
  • 12-02-2014
    keithrad
    Early Christmas gift I guess...?

    What model Pivot is it?
  • 12-02-2014
    cykelk
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by keithrad View Post
    What model Pivot is it?

    It's a '10 Mach 429 snagged from the classifieds. I was drooling over a new SB95 but decided to go lower cost since it'll be my first full suspension platform.

    It'd be early if I could ride it :) My wife hid the front wheel, and told me I couldn't swap over from the hardtail either lol!

    How long have you had the 95?
  • 12-02-2014
    jth442
    Cykelk,
    Sorry I missed you. I was out of the park for a few days. Glad to hear the ride went well. Yeah, your day 2 route is a pretty tough one.
    We have a trail description flyer in the visitor center - don't know if you picked one up. But it gives a basic description of what each trail offers.
    Jason
  • 12-02-2014
    keithrad
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by cykelk View Post
    It's a '10 Mach 429 snagged from the classifieds. I was drooling over a new SB95 but decided to go lower cost since it'll be my first full suspension platform.

    It'd be early if I could ride it :) My wife hid the front wheel, and told me I couldn't swap over from the hardtail either lol!

    Haha...she means business! At least she lets you look at it...(or does that make it worse?)

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by cykelk View Post
    How long have you had the 95?

    Got it in June (Birthday present).



    Those Pivots are nice, I'm sure you will enjoy it on those rough trails out there at C.B.S.P. and many others! Congrats!
  • 12-02-2014
    cykelk
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jth442 View Post
    Cykelk,
    Sorry I missed you. I was out of the park for a few days. Glad to hear the ride went well. Yeah, your day 2 route is a pretty tough one.
    We have a trail description flyer in the visitor center - don't know if you picked one up. But it gives a basic description of what each trail offers.
    Jason

    All good, figured it was a long shot with the holiday. Next time!

    The trail description flyer along with a topo map make route planning pretty easy. Nicely documented and recommended to anyone who hasn't been out there before.
  • 12-12-2014
    keithrad
    May be headed out tomorrow if the powers that be allow. Having rear wheel issues with freewheel / hub. Dremmeled out some gouged aluminum material on the ratchet system for a quick fix to hopefully get me back on the trail till a replacement wheel gets here. Road test last night was promising! May try a quick spin today out at Cleburne S.P. and see how it goes. Would hate to make that drive only to break down with mechanicals though!!
  • 12-12-2014
    cykelk
    Nice! Wish I could make tomorrow but will have to settle for a short local ride.

    Bummer about the freehub issue. Did you have to go full wheel build instead of just a freehub, or taking the opportunity to upgrade?
  • 12-12-2014
    keithrad
    Being right here at Christmas I am fortunate to have a $300ish budget to rectify the wheel issue. I think most anything will be an upgrade from the stock wheels. Was looking at Wiggle.com but they are out of the highly recommended Stans Flow ex. Could buy just the rear but would rather have a reliable set. (although the front wheel has been ok) Looking at ebay at some Stans and can only find Arches' that are the correct $ and fit. Actually lost a bid war on some used ones. I don't need fancy, just reliable. I am not near as well learned on wheels as alot of folks here, but I will try to get the most bang for the buck so I don't have to go through this in another 3 months.
  • 12-13-2014
    cykelk
    I hear ya. Look out for the Spank Oozy Trail 295. They get solid reviews and are on the affordable side.

    The Colorado Cyclist builder could give you some ideas on options as well.
  • 12-14-2014
    keithrad
    ^^Thanks Cykelk pm sent^^
    Whoa...where to start? O.k. so I made it down yesterday. Set alarm at 5:30am left Cleburne 6:30am, arrived about 9:00am ish. ( forgot camera sorry) My goal was to make a perimeter run to get as far as my wheel would allow. I ran across Jason (sup bro) and a handful of the F.O.C.B.S.P. trail workers scouting out potential new singletrack around the Tie Slide trail and chated a bit. They recommend I hit Tinaja so a few miles later down the trail I revised my route to include it. Here is the rundown of my route; Ended up with 25.78 miles on my computer...(whew!!)) I was spent!!)))

    Started from River Trail trailhead.
    River Trail>>Gorman Falls>>Tie Slide(all)>>Heller Brakes>>Gorman Windmill connector>>Lively Loop(long version)>>Lemons Ridge>>Cedar Chopper connect>>Cedar Chopper(clockwise)>>Tinaja>>Maintenance Road>>Gorman Windmill connect>>Lively Loop(shortcut)>>Lemons Ridge>>Spicewood Canyon>>DONE!!

    Had to make 3-4 pit stops to clean out debris in my freewheel but managed to make it through the day.
    I gotta say this place kicks ass! My hats off to the trail buiders...So glad I took their advice on Tinaja. Tinaja in places is a work of art. Excellent use of the terrain and a beautifully sculpted trail capitalizing on the topography! From dropping into the boulder cliffs swooping along, to the challenging switchback and climbing portion, to the last 1.5 or so miles of just killer rocky dropping flowing goodness along the ridge line of the box canyon dropping back to Gorman. I had thoughts of this section being as good or better than some of the best trails I've ridden in Colorado / Utah / New Mexico...about the funnest /most scenic I've ever ridden.
    So much room to advance as a rider out there! Very challenging, (I would bet enough to keep the pros happy), and enough EZ stuff to rest and recharge, and for newbs to learn the ropes.
    May be taking my wife down next week for a condensed version. Will bring the camera to add pics.
    AWESOME! Go get some!!
  • 12-14-2014
    Hoffmonster
    Nice!! Did you find the pump i left on Tinaja at the nice overlook. :) None of the decents from cedar chopper other than tinaja? Old gorman road is the fastest by far.. Lemons is fun and dogleg canyon, It is almost as techy as tinaja. Glad you enjoyed the trails. Some good stuff out there for sure!! Ever been to Reveille peak ranch ?

    Hoffmonster
  • 12-14-2014
    keithrad
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Hoffmonster View Post
    Nice!! Did you find the pump i left on Tinaja at the nice overlook. :)

    Nope sorry, never stopped once the flow got groovin!
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Hoffmonster View Post
    None of the decents from cedar chopper other than tinaja? Old gorman road is the fastest by far

    Yes, rode Gorman road down the first time I was out there last spring super fun!..
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Hoffmonster View Post
    Lemons is fun and dogleg canyon, It is almost as techy as tinaja.

    Lemons and Dodleg (down to River trail) are pretty much the only ones I have not hit!
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Hoffmonster View Post
    Glad you enjoyed the trails. Some good stuff out there for sure!! Ever been to Reveille peak ranch ?

    Hoffmonster

    Yes I have been out to Reveille twice now. I was super pumped on that place too! Between those two places I'm bout ready to move to the area! Or get a vehicle that gets 40mpg... Also really got to bond with my Yeti SB95a. That bike was made for that type of stuff!!
  • 12-16-2014
    jth442
    Keithrad -
    What a coincidence running into you as we were scouting out some new trail options. I was hoping you made it OK. Sounds like you had quite an epic ride.
    Glad to hear it was successful.
  • 12-16-2014
    dimitrin
    Thanks Jason.
    I need to get back up there. Was hoping for tomorrow, but the weather looks to be crappy. Dang.
  • 12-16-2014
    keithrad
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jth442 View Post
    Keithrad -
    What a coincidence running into you as we were scouting out some new trail options. I was hoping you made it OK. Sounds like you had quite an epic ride.
    Glad to hear it was successful.

    Had a few pit stops to keep the rear hub moving, but otherwise a great day Jason. Cool to see you guys out in the field. Y'all are killing it out there! I will be back with the wife again soon!!
  • 12-18-2014
    bamwa
    Question for C Bend....
    Has there ever been any thought about adding camping hook ups for rvs or pups?
    We stayed at an rv park just up river but it left a little to be desired. In the park would be awesome and other state parks really seem to have their stuff together regarding rv camping, more so than the private campgrounds it seems.
    Thanks in advance for your response or taking my suggestion to the rangers/staff.
  • 12-20-2014
    Awshucks
    Anybody ride Colorado Bend State park?
    We rode CBSP today. So. Awesome. 18 miles

    Parked by river group site

    Up Spicewood Canyon>Lemon ridge pass> Lively loop> Gorman Windmill Connection>jumped on road> Cedar chopper loop> dog leg canyon trail> river trail back

    All the single track was awesome. We didn't like Lively loop. We were trying to make our way to the tinaja trail to go down it because last time we went up it. Really didn't get to it today though seeing as we had to relieve the baby sitter which is why we hopped on the road. First time going down dog leg canyon. My butt puckered on a few spots for sure.
  • 12-21-2014
    keithrad
    Up Spicewood...? Ouch! I really like going up on the River Trail. It's a good warm up after a 2 1/2 hour drive. I need to hit Dogleg going down!! Sounds Fun. May be back with my wife for a New Years eve/day ride if we don't go to Tyler State Park...Decision,decisions...
  • 12-21-2014
    Awshucks
    Anybody ride Colorado Bend State park?
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by keithrad View Post
    Up Spicewood...? Ouch! I really like going up on the River Trail. It's a good warm up after a 2 1/2 hour drive. I need to hit Dogleg going down!! Sounds Fun. May be back with my wife for a New Years eve/day ride if we don't go to Tyler State Park...Decision,decisions...

    I've actually never gone down spicewood only up. If you've done dogleg only up i can't even imagine that! Seems like it would be harder. There was some parts we walked but it was pretty rewarding and the overlook was nice. Lemon ridge has to be my favorite trail ever. Up and down it.
  • 12-21-2014
    Awshucks
    Is tie slide a fun single track trail or is it double track?
  • 12-22-2014
    keithrad
    I have not been on Dogleg yet...Just read Hoffmonster's post about it.
    Some of Tie Slide is singletrack, some is double. Right now (weekend before last) some of it was torn up. I ran into Jason and some of the trail workers out on Tie Slide scouting new lines ;-)
    I was pretty tired when I took Spicewood Canyon. I was right at 23 miles when I started it. I was hoping for all downhill, but there was still pedaling to do. It was golden though once I got to the overlook bench. Took a quick break then it was all downhill from there!!
    Man you really have to hit Tinaja from the Cedar Chopper loop heading to Gorman Falls trail. That is the bees knees!
  • 12-22-2014
    Awshucks
    Anybody ride Colorado Bend State park?
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by keithrad View Post
    Man you really have to hit Tinaja from the Cedar Chopper loop heading to Gorman Falls trail. That is the bees knees!

    The first time i rode it was in that direction and i was on a rigid single speed. Although fun, quite difficult also. I'm excited to try it from the other direction now.

    EDIT

    Been informed that it's probably harder taking Tinaja the other direction so we'll probably hit it from cedar chopper loop. Things I am looking forward to the next time we are out there(AND believe me I cannot wait): taking all of the river trail up to hit some new stuff and the tinaja trail, and then riding spicewood canyon down finally!

    The trails out here are seriously amazing. The trail builders are doing absolutely awesome work.
  • 01-15-2015
    cykelk
    Might do a day trip this Saturday - weather is looking perfect.
  • 01-15-2015
    Awshucks
    We'll be out there. Then staying in Kingsland and then RPR Sunday. I better Kick this cold!
  • 01-16-2015
    keithrad
    Take yer cameras fellas... This Texas board needs some stoke! Also look forward to ride reports.
  • 01-16-2015
    Hoffmonster
    RPR has become my new Fave!! Colo is def up there... Monthly Austin Ridge Riders ride tomorrow @ Pace Bend (Pale face) Lots of riding going on this weekend now that the weather is cooperating! EVERYONE RIDE!! and be safe!
  • 01-16-2015
    Awshucks
    Will do.

    At Colorado Bend we plan on:

    Parking at Windmill Gorman Connection>Lively Loop>Lemon Ridge>Left side of cedar chopper>Tinaja>Up old gorman rd>Right side of cedar chopper>lemon rige>down spicewood canyon>river trail>gorman falls trail to parking.

    RPR:

    Take left onto Race loop>decision point>super d down>race loop to flow trail to go down that and sweet skull> finish race loop.
  • 01-17-2015
    keithrad
    Awshucks - That sounds like a killer weekend...ENVIOUS! Was out at RPR last spring. Love that place. Upper loop is wicked fun!
    I have to work weekends ( just when this great weather hit), but plan on getting out Tuesday;-) Have fun!!

    Hoff- How was Pace Bend? Never been out there...
  • 01-17-2015
    Awshucks
    We did the whole route except gorman falls trail to the car. We opted to just take the maintenance road since we were so beat. Awesome awesome ride. Finally met Jason at the station on a break after spicewood canyon. We ended with 21 miles 1400+ ft of elevation gain. I was looking at the map while we were sitting in the car collecting our bearings. And i said out loud "we just did 20 miles of fun, technical single track and didn't hit the same trail once AND there is still more!" Love that place. I'll post pics and ride report in that new show abd tell thread later.
  • 01-17-2015
    keithrad
    double post...
  • 01-17-2015
    keithrad
    Nice job! It's hard not to put some miles down in this nice weather out there.
    Ha, I hit that same maintenance road also. Mainly because it would have been too demoralizing to let Gorman Falls spank my a$$ twice in one day!!!:cryin:
  • 01-18-2015
    jth442
    Awshucks, good to see you guys. Sounds like an awesome day on the trails.
    Jason
  • 01-19-2015
    Hoffmonster
    Pace Bend was awesome 98 riders!
    Pace bend has a nice loop with some challenging terrain.
    something for everyone out there!
    the weather could not have been any better

    Next ARR event is Lake Georgetown!
    ARR February Club Ride @ Lake Georgetown Trails - The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group (Austin, TX) - Meetup
    I will ask about getting this location on the schedule...:)
    The another event in March!
  • 03-15-2015
    bikerNik
    2 Attachment(s)
    Colorado Bend State Park mountain biking
    I stumbled across this thread and decided to post my experience from just yesterday.... I have posted my summary and plenty of photos at my blog -- here
    Attachment 973282
  • 03-16-2015
    keithrad
    Thanks 4 the pics...How was it?Need to make a trip down that way soon!
  • 03-16-2015
    keithrad
    Oops, I see the blog. Sounds like fun thanks for sharing!
  • 03-17-2015
    bikerNik
    I think it is well worth the long drive from Austin....Good weather makes it a good experience overall....
  • 03-18-2015
    PeytonP
    It's been a year and a half since I went in July '13 and had my butt royally kicked (understatement- I literally couldn't move my seized up right leg and luckily found a ride back after a few miles hobbling on the road). It was too stinkin' hot!

    I went river>dog leg>gorman dh>gorman falls tr (hiked to waterfall)>windmill conn.>windmill loop and cramped out on the windmill loop. The plan was to finish with Lemon's ridge and Spicewood Canyon.

    I've gained some climbing legs now since moving and having RPR and Inks Lake as my home trails, but I'm still more interested in a downhill day.

    I'm trying to figure out the best way to hit Spicewood Canyon, Dog Leg down, Gorman Falls Down, and Lemons Ridge Down without messing with the super rocky climbs.

    Does anyone share my vision and have a suggested route for that kind of downhill fun?
  • 03-18-2015
    PeytonP
    Also, for you guys who ride here frequently- Are you on Strava? CBSP needs more segments created.

    Let's make a deal. You work on CBSP segments and I'll work on Inks Lake Segments, ok?
  • 03-18-2015
    Awshucks
    I wasn't aware you could ride at inks lake? I used to camp there frequently and don't remember anything to ride. What's the riding like out there now?
  • 03-18-2015
    PeytonP
    I live in Burnet and wanted a place to ride when RPR is closed during the week or for events. Inks may not be worth the $6 just to ride a day for some people, but it's nice to explore new places and there are several fun challenges. I have a Parks Pass so it doesn't bother me anyway.

    I called a few weeks ago and was told that the trails are open to bikes, but was warned (incredulously) that they might not all be rideable. That turned out to be true, but I don't think the staff member knew what we're willing to endure if we're hungry to ride.

    Check out my new thread for more info. http://forums.mtbr.com/texas/anyone-...l#post11846848
  • 04-26-2015
    Jennings6
    Visited the park yesterday from San Angelo. Wish I would have did a bit more research before heading out there. The trails are very different from the XC, fast single track we out in West Texas. With that said, we had a great time. Great views, very fun trails. Spicewood was a ton of fun although I almost ran over some lady's dog who was off its leash.

    We were on the River Trail and went up Dogwood I think...we ended up near a large gorge where folks were rock climbing. From there, we couldn't figure out where to go. Extremely rocky and didn't really look like an area for mtb. We turned around and went down, which was tons of fun.

    We hope to head back out soon with a better game plan.
  • 04-26-2015
    jth442
    Jennings6,
    Sorry you got turned around at Dogleg. The trail follows the ridge right around the other side. There should be yellow reflective trail markers pointing the way.
    Definitely let us know when you plan to visit again.
    -Ranger Jason
  • 04-26-2015
    Jennings6
    No, don't be sorry! It was an adventure. We were following pink tape, not reflectors. That may have been our mistake. We were able to hang around and watch the rock climbers do some awesome climbs. You have a great park and if the weather holds up, we just may be back next weekend!

    Thanks for the reply.
  • 05-26-2015
    Hoffmonster
    Hey Jason, how is the park fairing after all the rain.. we have a group coming out to camp and I plan on riding Thursday. Noticed the park page says closed today due to Cherokee creek crossing being flooded....

    if park conditions are bad, most will back out, but I think I will still come at least day trip.. :)
  • 05-26-2015
    jth442
    I haven't been in the park since Saturday. Trails are definitely soaked right now.
    Couldn't get in the park today. Should be back tomorrow and can check trails.
  • 05-26-2015
    PeytonP
    Just wanted to say that I made it back last month and had an awesome ride. It's amazing how a little hill country riding experience opened up the park for me.
    I climbed Lemons to Spicewood Canyon descent, went back to and up Lemons and crossed over for Tinaja, which was fantastic! The climbs and switchbacks beat me up, but the descents and spectacular views are some of the best in the state. Excellent work was done to build Tinaja.
    From there I rode down to climb up the old Gorman Jeep road, sped back down, climbed back up, and finished by coming down Dogleg. I went up it my first time and knew that it would make good downhill. I wasn't disappointed!

    I'd like to come back before the heat really sets in. Hope to hear the trails are in good condition after the storms.
  • 05-26-2015
    Hoffmonster
    yup the trails out there are awesome! single track love affair! and spicewood pool at the end of it all... But I bet the falls be flowing right about now!! and the spicewood canyon also be flowing!! if conditions permit it I will be there on Thursday! this time on my Yeti!
  • 05-27-2015
    jth442
    If no rain comes in today, then trails should be OK for Thursday, with the exception of the River Trail.
  • 05-27-2015
    Hoffmonster
    SCHWEET!!! Possibly open to the entrance/exits to Lemons and Dogleg? Will the falls be open or is that too close to the river? See ya tomorrow.. I'll be there rain or shine with my doggie!

    Thanks Jason!
  • 05-27-2015
    jth442
    River Trail won't be closed, but just a warning about being muddy in spots. Most bikers don't ride through mud anyway.
    Falls will be flowing like crazy.
  • 05-28-2015
    Awshucks
    How was it out there Hoff?
  • 05-29-2015
    dimitrin
    Did the park get hammered by Fridays early morning storms?
  • 05-29-2015
    jth442
    Yes, the creek crossing to enter the park is flooded. No entry is possible today.
    Maybe tomorrow.
  • 06-01-2015
    Hoffmonster
    I had a blast out there this weekend.. Made it just in time to get trapped at the park fora few days.
    Rode River trail to gorman falls to livey to lemons and all the way down Lemons to the river. Friday I hiked the spicewood canyon with my dog to scout if it would be ridable. It was!! Friday afternoon I rode River to gorman then to lemons to Cedar Chopper to Tinaja. Rained again early Saturday morning.. Rode river, this time I had to carry and wade across the low water bridge near the river so all that upstream rain began to swell the Colorado even more. River trail to Gorman again, Gorman was muddy, that made it as difficult as anything I rode out there this past weekend. Muddy tired and slippery rocks are not fun. did the connector and took Lemons over the Spicewood Canyon. Which IMHO is the most fun trail out there. Rode around the park up and up and down river trail a few times late in the day. All told about 65 miles of riding between Thursday and Saturday and about 14 hiking with my pooch!.
    The flow at Gorman falls was something to see. Absolutely flowing like crazy had to go see it twice..lol Trying to get a group together to camp out and ride later this summer. This is still my most favorite park within 100 miles of Austin
  • 06-01-2015
    keithrad
    ^^What no pics?

    Were you tent camping or RV-ing? Either way sounds like a good time. My wife and I have been considering getting one of those A-frame pop up campers. Then at the very least we can get down to the Hill Country and start riding all of that goodness without the drive back!!

    BTW check yer email Hoff...
  • 06-04-2015
    jth442
    Hoff, looks like I missed you. I heard you were out in the park, but didn't run across you.
    On your next visit, you need to visit our new River Overlook off the Tie Slide Trail. It is one of the highlights of the park.
  • 06-04-2015
    keithrad
    Jason, is this a new trail or a scenic overlook. Is it accessible via the Tie Slide?
  • 06-04-2015
    jth442
    We are in the process of rerouting sections of the Tie Slide trail.
    The Overlook is new. It is at the NE corner of that trail.
  • 06-06-2015
    Jennings6
    Hey Jason, heading in from San Angelo. We should be there about 1. If your available I would like to pick your brain regarding trails. Looking forward to riding out there again.
  • 06-08-2015
    ConchoBill
    Jennings
    How was the ride at Colorado Bend Park?

    Also, how are things drying up at San Angelo State Park, these days? I am looking forward to another ride out there in July. Work on a new bathroom for house, and a vacation the wife wanted to take are cutting into my bike riding!:madman:
  • 06-08-2015
    Jennings6
    Bill,

    We had a great time, until my wife destroyed her derailleur. We ended up having to limp back to our car for 5 miles.

    The San Angelo State Park is in good shape. The southern half of the trails (about 23 miles or trails) is in really good shape. Parts of the north shore where flooding occurred are still a mess with debris all over the place and lots of standing water. We are going to organize a trail day to clean that area up soon.
  • 06-10-2015
    ConchoBill
    Jon, Thanks for the report about the Park, and sorry about the damage to your wife's bike. I guess better than a big gash for her!!

    If the trail day is in July, please count me in!!!

    I probably walked at least 5 miles yesterday, but I wasn't pushing a bike. I was very fortunate to have not been stung big time by wasps (nothing to do with biking).
  • 06-15-2015
    Awshucks
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    Did 13mi there yesterday. It was awesome as always. Took the SS and didn't throw up this time. Ran into a bike in the middle of the trail on lemons ridge with no one around. We called and no one answered, got concerned someone was hurt or needed help. We went down the trail and ran into some Europeans. He left his bike to go back and help his friends who were pushing their bikes. Direct quote from one of them - "are there any trails that do not have so much stones?". We just said told em, sorry! This is cbsp pretty much lol. We told him the road was coming up and made sure they were good to go. Lemonsridge was really really overgrown.


    The new over look at tie slide is SUPER awesome. And i never got to ride that trail or Heller brakes so that was cool for a change. Here's a pic from on top of the patio over look. Attachment 996052


    Gorman Falls Tr. wooped up on me. One of the rare timesI long for a full susp is on this trail.
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    CBSP is always a good time.
  • 06-15-2015
    keithrad
    ^^Nice pics, and trail report.^^
    Just looking at that masochistic machine you ride makes me hurt Awshucks. Especially Gorman...I always think I'm gonna clean it this time. Never happens. I have not been on my bike in over a month due to rain and travel. Rain is forecast for tomorrow but, I 'm gonna try to get up early and beat it out to Dino. Valley. Out of shape and now it's hot as hell! OH BOY...
  • 06-20-2015
    rt4x4
    What a Gem!!! This park is so worth the drive folks. Yes I highly recommend a full suspension and please hydrate hydrate hydrate
  • 06-20-2015
    dimitrin
    Is that a recent pic?
    That dirt looks very rideable, everything around Austin is still too wet!
  • 06-20-2015
    rt4x4
    Yes it was yesterday. Very humid out there so take plenty of water.
  • 06-20-2015
    dimitrin
    that is good news, thanks!
  • 06-20-2015
    prollynot
    What are you thinking, D? Don't lie to me now. You are supposed to be at work.
  • 06-20-2015
    dimitrin
    I'm thinking Colorado Bend may be our huckleberry.
  • 06-20-2015
    prollynot
    I'm in, Mr. Finn.
  • 06-21-2015
    dimitrin
    I'm glad to hear that, you should change your name to prollyso.
    I think Frankie will be able to join us as well.
  • 06-30-2015
    jth442
    Sorry everyone. I was out of town for a couple of weeks. It is great to see that people are enjoying riding at the park.
    Thanks for the update on the conditions on Lemons Ridge.
    Unfortunately, other staff didn't do any trail work while I was out. And considering the rainy weather the past couple of months, some trails do need some work.

    By the way, we do utilize volunteers for trail work among other things. There is a lot of satisfaction in weed-eating or spraying a trail that you ride and seeing the results. Just thought I'd throw that out there.

    Continue to send trail and ride reports.
    Glad to see you got out to the Overlook , ashucks.

    Jason
  • 07-07-2015
    drmoreau
    Colorado Bend SP is in Texas
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Spoook View Post
    Shouldn't this be in the Colorado thread?

    There is a real cool search program called Google. You type in Google first. Then type in 'Colorado Bend State Park'. You will learn all about what state its in.
  • 09-28-2015
    cykelk
    Anything new at the park? We booked a campground again for this Thanksgiving weekend if anyone will be around. Plan to ride excessively.
  • 09-28-2015
    Awshucks
    You have to check out the new overLook off the tie slide trail.
  • 09-28-2015
    cykelk
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Awshucks View Post
    You have to check out the new overLook off the tie slide trail.

    I don't think I've hit Tie Slide at all yet, but your picture looks great. Will keep that on the radar for sure.
  • 09-29-2015
    keithrad
    With the coming fall like temps and a far too long absence, I feel a road trip in the very near future...Thanks for re-stoking!
  • 09-30-2015
    cykelk
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by keithrad View Post
    With the coming fall like temps and a far too long absence, I feel a road trip in the very near future...Thanks for re-stoking!

    :thumbsup:
  • 09-30-2015
    jth442
    I would recommend Tie Slide in general. It is a flowy trail and has been re-routed to start directly from the Gorman Falls parking lot.
  • 10-03-2015
    rayray74
    There looks like a lot of options. Anyone have a favorite route, say 10-15 miles?
  • 10-03-2015
    cykelk
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rayray74 View Post
    There looks like a lot of options. Anyone have a favorite route, say 10-15 miles?

    Posted a few routes back at post 68, both of which I enjoyed. Sounds like you will want to work in Tie Slide though.
  • 10-04-2015
    rayray74
    I think I might try your second route next time. I ended up climbing lemons ridge then cut across to tie slide. Came back the same way except went down Spicewood. It ended up being 21 miles.
  • 10-04-2015
    cykelk
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rayray74 View Post
    I think I might try your second route next time. I ended up climbing lemons ridge then cut across to tie slide. Came back the same way except went down Spicewood. It ended up being 21 miles.

    Nice. How'd you like that route?
  • 10-04-2015
    rayray74
    For the amount of climbing and distance it wasn't bad. That's the longest ride I've done in a while. Although I was pretty well spent by the time I got to Spicewood. Definitely worth the drive.
  • 11-23-2015
    jth442
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    The Tie Slide Trail reroute has been completed. This is one of my favorite trails to ride. It has considerably more flow than some of the rockier trails. Plus it takes you to the Overlook.
    Great weather and color right now. Pic below is from Spicewood Springs area.

    Ranger Jason

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  • 11-23-2015
    cykelk
    Awesome! Man, I really want to get back out there for some riding. We have a site booked Thursday through Sunday but it's looking like rain might ruin the fun... Might end up postponing. Any thoughts on the forecast implications for the trail conditions?
  • 11-26-2015
    jth442
    Some trails are messy. With more rain predicted, it won't be ideal riding conditions - muddy and slick rocks.

    Jason
  • 11-26-2015
    cykelk
    Thanks Jason. We ended up canceling; hopefully can reschedule for another weekend soon.
  • 12-23-2015
    Awshucks
    Where you guys riding over the holiday break? Colorado Bend state park? Awesome!
  • 01-03-2016
    ArmyMTB21
    Awshucks is Colorado Bend State Park the only place you ride? Do you ever ride Dana Peak at all? Just wondering went today and had fun but I know it's better if you have another biker riding with you.
  • 01-03-2016
    Awshucks
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ArmyMTB21 View Post
    Awshucks is Colorado Bend State Park the only place you ride? Do you ever ride Dana Peak at all? Just wondering went today and had fun but I know it's better if you have another biker riding with you.

    Yeah we ride there often its just been so wet and rutted lately we've been hitting up BLORA and CBSP more. PM me if you wanna ride though for sure.
  • 03-12-2016
    dimitrin
    Jason, any chance you could give a conditions update? With the recent rains, I'm betting it will soon be primo out there between the hero dirt, spring blooms and river level. It be sweet to know when that dirt is prime!
  • 04-14-2016
    bamwa
    Hello folks, thinking of hitting this Saturday. I have looked at the two routes in post #68.
    Does anyone have the mega route that hits everything? Also any climbs to definitely avoid? Thanks,
    Matt
  • 04-17-2016
    bamwa
    Rode here yesterday Sat 4/16/2016. Rain held off and clouds kept the temp down. Did a really good lap that kicked my butt. Paid at entry box to keep from driving down to campground. Parked at first lot (Tie Slide ). Did a warm up lap of lively loop > back past car to tie slide lookout > gorman falls (walked down to river ) > tinjata > cedar chopper > lemon ridge > spicewood canyon down > back on river trail > gorman road back to lot. 23 miles? from 3 ish till sunset. 100 liters h2o some left. couple gu's and granola bars. totally spent. pushed some climbs. great day. totally spent.
  • 04-17-2016
    cykelk
    Sounds like a great ride! Which runs were your favorite?
  • 04-18-2016
    keithrad
    Seems like Tinaja would be quite the chore that direction...

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  • 04-18-2016
    keithrad
    But then again, I haven't been out there in a while... I still have not checked out the new Tie Slide stuff yet!

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  • 04-18-2016
    bamwa
    My favorite was the smooth river trail at the end after taking a pounding on the rocks all day. :) Lively Loop wouldn't be missed by the true singletrack lover. Tie Slide was just techy enough. Tinjata was fun but became a pusher after the pond on up. Chopper was a bit of a rest for the tush. The connecter and Lemon's ridge was pretty flowy. Spicewood Canyon... icing on the pain cake. Gorman Road back to lot was grueling at the end but worth the sunset view. Overall I would give this four out of five chili's for tech and cardio but I saw most of the park which was my goal. Sidenote: I rode my 26" fs titus switchblade as my 29" fs voodoo canzo is taken apart right now to weld a cracked dropout so it could have been a MUCH smoother ride. All in all it just about felt like a complete lap of Lake Georgetown if you know what that is like.
  • 04-18-2016
    Awshucks
    ^ sounds like a great ride. Next time try fitting in dogleg canyon DOWN. One of my favorites in the park.

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  • 04-18-2016
    bamwa
    A great ride it was. We thought about that ^ but started late and I was taxed. If the 29er saves me some energy, next time I will amend that route by adding the detour of: up river trail > up lemons pass > east side of chopper loop > down dogleg > up river again > gorman rd to lot. It's a good place to mix and match as long as the heat doesn't get ya. Maybe tinaja the other way is in the cards.
  • 04-18-2016
    Awshucks
    Definitely try Tinaja the other direction too. On tie slide did you get to stop at the river over look? It's pretty neat.

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  • 04-21-2016
    bamwa
    [QUOTE=Awshucks;12588254 On tie slide did you get to stop at the river over look? It's pretty neat. [/QUOTE]

    You mean granola bar tree house?:thumbsup:
  • 05-21-2016
    rayray74
    I've made the trip twice now. Last time I went up Dogleg, to cedar chopper to tinaja, then rode out on the river trail. I bet dogleg would be good going down. So many options out there.
  • 06-22-2016
    Hoffmonster
    Calling jth442 !!!!, Hey Jason how are the trails out there, we are planning a small group ride out there on Sunday. hoping it's good.
    you can message me here or PM me @ [email protected]
  • 06-28-2016
    bamwa
    So how did this place survive the rains? River trail still passable?
  • 06-28-2016
    Hoffmonster
    Everything was awesome.. trails all good.. did not do all of river trail.. only from Dogleg back to camping area.. we rode, Gorman falls up.. Tinaja, lemons, dogleg.
  • 07-07-2016
    bamwa
    Jason, I think I saw you inside the back cover of a Texas Parks and Wildlife Mag about caving.
    Cool job. You're famous :)
  • 07-08-2016
    jth442
    I don't know about famous, but I seem to get my face out there from time to time.
  • 07-09-2016
    bamwa
    The bigger question is how long before you cut a trail through a cave out there? That would be killer.
  • 08-22-2016
    bhlass
    I'll be out there at the end of Sept. What trails do you recommend for someone riding a XC HT? My level is beg-int, a little closer to beg than int but I'm ok with walking a little.
  • 08-23-2016
    jth442
    Hi bhlass,

    For beginners, I would recommend the River Trail. We really do not have many beginner trails.
    If you want a short beginner/intermediate loop, I would recommend Cedar Chopper Loop. Another fun intermediate trail is Tie Slide.
    Please send any other questions my way. Hope to see you at the park soon.

    Jason
  • 11-02-2016
    keithrad
    I have to get back down there, and soon. Been thinking about CBSP a lot lately! Need a good dose of fall weather and a great day of riding out there and all will be right in my universe. Maybe afterwards a hot chocolate and shot of Crown 2 boot!
  • 11-30-2016
    keithrad
    Hey Jason, in the off chance you see this tonight... I'll be coming down tomorrow (12/01/16), hoping the trails are good to go..?? Looking forward to it!
  • 11-30-2016
    dimitrin
    Radovich?
  • 12-01-2016
    keithrad
    Nope, but I knew a Radovich in junior high...

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  • 12-02-2016
    keithrad
    Made it down yesterday. Can't believe it's been 2 years since the last time i rode CBSP! I got a late start leaving the house so I made it there around noon. Here's the route;

    River Trail>>(up) Lemon Ridge>>Cedar Chopper (counter clockwise)>>(down) Dogleg Canyon>>River Trail>>(up) Old Gorman>>Cedar Chopper>> Tinaja>>Gorman Falls>>Tie Slide>>Gorman- Windmill connect>>Lively Loop (short -clockwise)>>Lemon Ridge>> to the parking area where Spicewood Canyon starts>> The plan was to take Spicewood back down to the south parking area where I started. Unfortunately it got dark pretty quick, especially in the woods and I couldn't see the trail well enough so at that point I took the park road back down...

    All total I got in 22.71 miles and I was whooped! 2 years ago I got around 25 miles and don't remember feeling quite so beat up... Also don't remember Tinaja having as much climbing and it spanked me pretty good. It's still a beautiful trail. Guess I'm a couple years older too;-( One highlight was taking Dogleg (down) for the first time... that was a BLAST!
    The drive home was a much needed rest after being on the trail over 5 hours, but I still had to be cautious though as I counted over a dozen deer, 2- jack rabbits, 1- possum, 1-fox, 1-bobcat, and an owl in an overhanging tree! Damn busy on those back-country roads at night! Cheers!
  • 12-02-2016
    keithrad
    Here's some pics;



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  • 12-02-2016
    keithrad


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  • 12-02-2016
    Cleared2land
    Nice photos Keith! I'll have to give this place a check out.
  • 12-02-2016
    dimitrin
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    Keithrad thanks for the seasonal update.
    That place has been on my mind for a camping trip, the pictures fueled a little stoke!
    Speaking of wildlife, I saw a Aoudad sheep with kid out here once during a ride. That thing was HUGE.
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  • 12-02-2016
    keithrad
    @cleared2land
    As much as you like Dino Valley and that type of terrain, you would love it out at CBSP. It's like Dino Valley-ZILLA! Sooo worth the drive!

    @dimitrin
    You bet, this time of year is THE time to go! I feel like you need to be one of those creatures to clean some of that chunky goodness!!
  • 12-02-2016
    Cleared2land
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by keithrad View Post
    It's like Dino Valley-ZILLA! Sooo worth the drive!

    That's funny!
  • 12-02-2016
    dimitrin
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by keithrad View Post

    @dimitrin
    You bet, this time of year is THE time to go! I feel like you need to be one of those creatures to clean some of that chunky goodness!!

    Your right, I gotta get my priorities straight and make it happen!
  • 12-06-2016
    austin_bike
    Is this a singlespeed-able trail or a full suspension/geared trail? Any idea of what it is similar to in the Austin area?
  • 12-06-2016
    Cleared2land
    I always thought Singlespeeders viewed all trails singlespeed-able.