• 04-01-2009
    MO60
    Austin to Palo Duro Canyon
    A few of us are thinking about driving from Austin to ride PDC at the end of this month. I was thinking about riding Buck Creek on the way up Friday afternoon, and riding PDC Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday.

    Is 1.5 days at PDC enough? Are there enough trails there to keep us busy and having fun?

    Any opinions on the Buck Creek trails? I have read the reviews here and it looks like it could be good.

    Is there anything else we should try to hit between Austin and PDC?
  • 04-01-2009
    Pedigre
    Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock is a noteworthy consideration...Check it out. You can also use our Googlemap to view your route and then be able to see what's on the way.
  • 04-02-2009
    austin_bike
    I would also check out dinosaur valley and cleburne on my site. both are straight up I-35 and worth the ride.
  • 04-02-2009
    Pedigre
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by austin_bike
    I would also check out dinosaur valley and cleburne on my site. both are straight up I-35 and worth the ride.


    that's a little out of the way to PDC, but if you were to go that route, hit Solavaca Ranch as it's right up the street (literally) from Dino Valley. Personally, I'd save Dino Valley, Cleburne, Solavaca and possibly Fossil Rim as a trip of their own. That's actually what I did last fall, minus Fossil Rim, and it was a great 2 1/2 days!
  • 04-08-2009
    MO60
    Thanks for all the info, Y'all.
  • 04-21-2009
    CharacterZero
    bummer
    We headed up to PDC on Friday morning from Austin...made it to Lampases before the storm got us. Hail and heavy rain - prompted us to call PDC. They said to not even bother coming, park was closed for the majority of the day and would be too muddy to ride after.
  • 04-26-2009
    DeVianTiCoN
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by CharacterZero
    We headed up to PDC on Friday morning from Austin...made it to Lampases before the storm got us. Hail and heavy rain - prompted us to call PDC. They said to not even bother coming, park was closed for the majority of the day and would be too muddy to ride after.

    yeah when it rains there it floods some parts.. i mean.. theirs a water level marker before u get to the trail head. Mae Simmons in lubbock aint 2 bad.. i ride it often and think its a good course.. the only tthings i dont like about it is more thorns than usual and lots of loose rock in some places. but other than that its a great course to ride if ur on ur way to PDC.. btw.. i went to PDC yesterday and had a great ride on the Juniper/Sunflower trail and lighthouse.. stayed there about 4 hours or so.. very good ride..
  • 04-27-2009
    p0n3y
    beware the "hole" on the left, right at the begining of juniper trail.

    right deviant ? :D
  • 05-08-2009
    LeftyKyle
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by CharacterZero
    We headed up to PDC on Friday morning from Austin...made it to Lampases before the storm got us. Hail and heavy rain - prompted us to call PDC. They said to not even bother coming, park was closed for the majority of the day and would be too muddy to ride after.


    When it rains, Little Fox Loop and the lower trails can be a mess. Paseo Del Rio is halfway underwater, but it is easier than a beginnner trail to begin with so I doubt anyone traveling to ride PD is going to miss it. GSL and Lighthouse are usually OK within a day or so unless we have a turd floater of a storm.