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    Cypresswood Proper in Houston blocked off

    I rode Cypresswood proper and improper this last weekend and half way through the proper trail starting from moore elementary there are signs that state Ghorba no longer responsible for remainder of trail then when you go under the bridge there are signs at the trail head that state NO TRESPASSERS beyond this point! Have no clue whats going on but that is the better half of the trail. Anybody know what this is about? Me and a buddy of mine let the signs intimidate us and we turned around sadly. Anybody notice the signs and ride regardless?

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    The section past the TC Jester bridge is known as the Parker Tract since it belongs to Judge Parker and is off limits to all riders, hikers, and joggers. The County owns the land from Collins Park to the TC Jester bridge and those trails are maintained by GHORBA and open to use by anyone. There have been a few attempts to gain access to the Parker Tract but none have been successful so far. The County put up the purple signs so as to avoid liability issues. Most riders I know, including myself, ride the Parker Tract but if you do and you are 'caught' then is your problem. I say 'caught' because I've never seen anyone patrol that area and I've never had anyone tell me not to ride it except of course the signs. But of course this may change

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    Don't the signs say to stay between the marks painted on the trees?

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    I wish!

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    Quote Originally Posted by soccerdude
    I wish!
    No really I'd practically swear that they say to stay between the painted marks. I plan on riding out there tommorrow evening i'll report back if i'm wrong (totally possible), i'd just swear i read them saying to stay between the marks. Anyone know what the conditions are out there with all the isolated tstms we've been having?

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    Hey Bobdole, you know me as Fatbiker on the GHORBA forums so you know that I put together the GHORBA monthly rides. The Cypresswood trail steward, Gerry Nicodemus, and I have been discussing next months ride at C-wood and we're meeting this Sunday to decide which trails to ride. Join us if you like at 10:00 am near the skate park. The GHORBA board of directors made it very clear for us to stay off the Parker Tract as it is completely off limits to everyone. GHORBA has been trying to get the rights to ride the tract for years and we don't want to do anything to mess it up. From what I understand the negotiations are in limbo and going nowhere but they're still working on it. For now the trails are ride-at-your-own-risk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soccerdude
    Hey Bobdole, you know me as Fatbiker on the GHORBA forums so you know that I put together the GHORBA monthly rides. The Cypresswood trail steward, Gerry Nicodemus, and I have been discussing next months ride at C-wood and we're meeting this Sunday to decide which trails to ride. Join us if you like at 10:00 am near the skate park. The GHORBA board of directors made it very clear for us to stay off the Parker Tract as it is completely off limits to everyone. GHORBA has been trying to get the rights to ride the tract for years and we don't want to do anything to mess it up. From what I understand the negotiations are in limbo and going nowhere but they're still working on it. For now the trails are ride-at-your-own-risk.
    That explains it then, what was the point of them going through painting those purple dots on all the trees? Just a constant reminder that you are trespassing? I agree, that trail would be an excellent "legal" asset to cypresswood and wilfully violating the land would be against best interest of negotiations.

    Any chance they would just give access to the area where trail is already developed?

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    From what I understand there's not much chance that we'll be allowed to ride on it anytime soon. There are people within GHORBA working on it but it's slow.

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    the trails are "ride at your own risk," so basically that means go ahead and ride, because there is no risk. i've been riding the off-limits trails for YEARS and have never seen a cop or patrol or anybody out there except fellow riders.

    if you're out there cutting down trees, then they might have an issue. so... just don't cut down any trees.

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    I (along with lots of help) started building the Proper trail in 1992 and have ridden it since then and I will continue to ride it until it's fenced off. My understanding is to ride between the painted dots and lines and stay out of everywhere else. Hope to see all of you out there Wednesday nights.
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