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    Houston - Cypresswood (Proper) trail map

    credit goes to "joncindyroberts" of the Yahoo Cypresswood Trail Group

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    When I started riding mtb in 1996, I worked out off Spring Cypress and Steubner-Airline, so Cypresswood was a great spot to go on the way home. Ironically, almost all of the trails back then were in the area now east of TC Jester, none of the stuff from Collins Park heading over was there. Making it official with the county was a great move and it's amazing how such a relatively narrow strip of woods along the creek makes for such a great warmup and transition.
    The current situation with the "rest" of the trail, that which is not shown on the picture is interesting. In case you didn't know, the land immediately east of TC Jester is privately owned. The county has made several offers to buy it, but the owner still thinks he can get more from a developer (who will have to raise the whole property several feet before being able to build on it, not going to happen.) He's posted No Trespassing signs but word is it's really more a CYA thing than a keep out thing. Once you pass the pipeline, you're back on county land. If that ever gets resolved, there will "officially" be another several miles of trail.

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    Ever since GHORBA added the new trails between the creek and TC Jester, I haven't really felt the urge to cross TC Jester to ride the old trails. My buddy crossed over a few weeks ago and said the trails look like they're not being ridden much, if at all. I agree that the "No Trespassing" signs are a CYA deal, but in the past 15 years that I've been riding there, I've never seen or even heard of any type of enforcement. It's ride at your own risk.

    But like I said, the new trails are great and arrest most ideas of riding the old trails.

    btw, there was a gym at Spring Cypress and Stuebner-Airline? lol

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    I actually find the part past TC to be the best part of that whole trail network. Plus it's needed to get decent mileage without doing the same route over and over. I've only been riding it for about a year now and didn't know the history but it would be nice if in addition to it, more mileage could be added.

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    obviously there won't be any trails added past TC Jester because it's private land and posted No Trespassing.

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    Every time I go to Cypresswood I cross T.C. Jester. That's the best and most technical part of the trail system. I also find the trail on the east side to be just as burned in as the west side. Somebody is doing maintenance, the teeter was just rebuilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexrex20
    obviously there won't be any trails added past TC Jester because it's private land and posted No Trespassing.
    I think the majority of the trails east of TC Jester are on county land, it's just a relatively narrow sliver of land that's still privately owned. It's just one in/out singletrack to the other county land that cuts through it.
    This will get resolved someday. The privately owned land is essentially useless. No developer in their right mind would spend the money needed to mitigate potential flooding there when there's tons of vacant land without issues in close proximity. Eventually, the owner or his heirs will cash in and sell it to the county.

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    Judge Parker owns all the land east of TC Jester therefore it's known as the Parker Tract. He currenty lives somewhere in Colorado from what I understand. The land was once up for sale and the County offered 1.5 million for it but shortly after that they took it off the market. It's not likely the land will be sold to the County so long as the judge owns it. I do know that years ago before I started mountain biking there we some really nice trails running through the land. The judge had all the pine trees cut down and in the process destroyed the trails. Hurricane Ike wiped out alot of the trail that ran right beside the bayou and nearly all the trails there now were built after the hurricane.

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    Are those trails sort of 'ride at your own risk'? I really enjoy Cypresswood but it's hard to get decent mileage there.

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    everything east of TC Jester is "ride at your own risk." But in the past 15 years of riding there, I've never seen or even heard of any type of enforcement.

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    If you know the trails well it's very easy to create a 10 mile loop while backtracking on only a mile or so of trail. Check out the rides offered by Sun & Ski, David's Cycles, and others on the ghorba.org calendar.

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    Wow, cool to see this up here! I grew up in Terranova West, and we rode "The Parker Tract" all the time. i didn't know people still rode there, it seemed pretty much shut down when I left 9 years ago.

    Next time I go home, I'll have to give it a go, for old times sake.

    Where's the best place to park now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by soccerdude View Post
    If you know the trails well it's very easy to create a 10 mile loop while backtracking on only a mile or so of trail. Check out the rides offered by Sun & Ski, David's Cycles, and others on the ghorba.org calendar.
    Performance Bike also holds a weekly ride at Cypresswood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZachTX View Post
    Where's the best place to park now?
    Park at Collins Park. My friends and I like to park in the lot for the softball fields, then you can drop in behind them. Here are some helpful pics I drew up awhile ago...

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showpost.php?...6&postcount=18

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexrex20 View Post
    Park at Collins Park. My friends and I like to park in the lot for the softball fields, then you can drop in behind them. Here are some helpful pics I drew up awhile ago...

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showpost.php?...6&postcount=18
    Cool, thanks! I know exactly where that is, just didn't know there was a trail system back there. Guess I've been gone for too long...

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    My buddy and I hit up Cypresswood again this weekend and went over to hit the trails east of TC Jester for the first time... they are a lot of fun!

    There are some really fun drops and riding right there along the edge of the bayou is a blast. I had a great time on the little BMX section at the end... you can get some good air on some of those jumps.

    We did around 13 miles total (on proper and improper) and didn't backtrack much at all.

    Cypresswood is quickly becoming my favorite set of trails around Houston...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CBRsteve View Post
    I had a great time on the little BMX section at the end... you can get some good air on some of those jumps.
    Ha, yeah i remember that section! That used to be the hangout.

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    thanx for the pic

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    Quote Originally Posted by CBRsteve View Post
    We did around 13 miles total (on proper and improper) and didn't backtrack much at all.:
    Don't mean to sound like a smartazz but I'd like to clarify something as I see alot of people getting it wrong. Cypresswood Proper is the trail that runs from Collins Park to the Parker Tract and back. Cypresswood Improper is a completely different trail located near Hwy 249 and Grant Rd near the YMCA. Improper is a fun 12 or so mile trail that I've rode a few times years ago but have not rode since. Not sure how well it is maintained and I wish it could become a GHORBA trail but I doubt it ever will due to the fact that alot of it is on private property.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soccerdude View Post
    Improper is a completely different trail located near Hwy 249 and Grant Rd near the YMCA. Improper is a fun 12 or so mile trail that I've rode a few times years ago but have not rode since. Not sure how well it is maintained and I wish it could become a GHORBA trail but I doubt it ever will due to the fact that alot of it is on private property.
    I ride Improper Tuesdays and Thursdays after work - I live about 3/4 mile from one of the trailheads (Grant & Lakewood Forest). If anybody's interested in a tour, pm me & I'll be happy to oblige.
    Start slow, then taper off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soccerdude View Post
    Cypresswood Improper is a completely different trail located near Hwy 249 and Grant Rd near the YMCA.
    Are there any trail maps available? Is it trespassing and is there any enforcement?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZachTX View Post
    Are there any trail maps available? Is it trespassing and is there any enforcement?
    I've attached a trace from one of my recent rides that covers most of the trail. This was ~12 miles, starting at Rudy's Cantina (Grant & Lakewood Forest) - out & back to the YMCA at Cypresswood & 249.

    Tresspassing? Dunno... probably. I've been riding that trail regularly for 5-6 years & never had an issue. Most of the land is HCFCD property, but I wouldn't be surprised to learn that it crosses private land. There are some parts where the trail crosses fences - I make a point not to trespass where it's obviously marked.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Houston - Cypresswood (Proper) trail map-improper.jpg  

    Start slow, then taper off.

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    I was on vacation last week and rode three of the "main" Houston area trails, Cypresswood, Memorial Park, and the Ant Hills. Hate to say it but Cypresswood is the hardest hit one of the three by the current drought. The early sections leaving from the park are VERY sandy, lots of exposed roots that weren't there just a month ago, etc. Once you get to Fastway/Midway on the east side of the creek, it's much better. Hopefully when we do get some rain, it will be a soft steady one, not a downpour that will wash much of the silt away into the creek.
    Comparatively MP is much better. Very dry, but its soil type is a bit harder, most of the trails really prone to sand have been closed for years except for one short section. In contrast, the Ant Hills are actually pretty good right now. They're mostly clay based and although it's hard as concrete right now, at least it's not crumbling away. I suspect Jack Brooks is in similar condition.
    We really, really, really need some rain for our trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdhood View Post
    I've attached a trace from one of my recent rides that covers most of the trail. This was ~12 miles, starting at Rudy's Cantina (Grant & Lakewood Forest) - out & back to the YMCA at Cypresswood & 249.

    Tresspassing? Dunno... probably. I've been riding that trail regularly for 5-6 years & never had an issue. Most of the land is HCFCD property, but I wouldn't be surprised to learn that it crosses private land. There are some parts where the trail crosses fences - I make a point not to trespass where it's obviously marked.
    Any parking recommendations for an out-of-towner? Park at the YMCA and hop on?

    Man, I can't wait for my next trip to Spring. I'm gonna hit both of these up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZachTX View Post
    Any parking recommendations for an out-of-towner? Park at the YMCA and hop on?

    Man, I can't wait for my next trip to Spring. I'm gonna hit both of these up!
    If you park at the YMCA, the entrance to the trailhead isn't immediately obvious. This should help out...
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Houston - Cypresswood (Proper) trail map-ymca-trailhead.jpg  

    Start slow, then taper off.

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    I rode Cypresswood Improper yesterday and I was not to impressed. It was pretty flat and very sandy. Mostly old jeep trails with a little flat singletrack weaving in and out, not nearly as much fun as Cypresswood Proper. It would be better than riding on the road if you live in the area though.

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    Anybody still ride these trails? I've been riding cypress improper for a while and been wanting to hit up cypress proper but want to go with someone who knows the trails.

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    There are group rides at Cypresswood Proper in Collins Park all the time. Check out the calendar and the forums at the GHORBA site. www.ghorba.org

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    Yup.

    David's Cycles, Performance Bike, and I think Bike Barn hold their own group rides every week. Their schedules are posted on the bulletin board at Collins Park, in the parking lot near the old trailhead (near the skate park). Even if you can't make it to one of the bike shop-led rides, if you show up in the morning or evening (5-7pm), there will be plenty of people that will gladly lead a n00b around the trails. Don't hesitate to ask; indeed, many people always offer strangers an opportunity to join their group that day.

    But to directly answer the question: Yes, people are always riding Cypresswood Proper, all the time, at all times of the day, at all times of the week.

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