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    Pedernales Falls

    Was wondering if anyone has been out there lately, curious about the trail conditions and your reviews of the trails.

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    Made it out there and definitely going back, nothing really technically difficult other than navigating rock gardens. Lots of flowing single track and decent climbs mixed together and didn't see a single person out on the trails in over three hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by natas1321 View Post
    Made it out there and definitely going back, nothing really technically difficult other than navigating rock gardens. Lots of flowing single track and decent climbs mixed together and didn't see a single person out on the trails in over three hours.

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    Iíve been curious about that place for a while now, but never been. Iíve heard conflicting reports about some cool new single track out there but all the reviews I read seem to say itís a lot of double track and not all that great.


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    Quote Originally Posted by FeedTheWolf View Post
    Iíve been curious about that place for a while now, but never been. Iíve heard conflicting reports about some cool new single track out there but all the reviews I read seem to say itís a lot of double track and not all that great.


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    This couldnít be further from the truth. Use trail forks to navigate the following loop. Park just down the hill on the right from the ranger station.

    Juniper ridge (ignore the first turn for madrone)
    Madrone (fast non technical Singletracks that crosses the road twice ignore the turnoff for parking and ride it to the end where it rides straight over the road.
    End of madrone is a downhill that merges back into Juniper. Take a right on Juniper.
    Left on South loop and head back to your car.

    This is a non double track ride and if you think itís not technical, good luck beating my wifeís strava tome XD. Juniper ridge is classic Texas limestone goodness.


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    I had never been till all of the rain left pedernales as an only option and now really wished I had been before. There is nothing to difficult or technical but very enjoyable, mostly scattered rock gardens mixed with singletrack with well marked trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FeedTheWolf View Post
    Iíve been curious about that place for a while now, but never been. Iíve heard conflicting reports about some cool new single track out there but all the reviews I read seem to say itís a lot of double track and not all that great.


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    Also might check out purgatory creek at san marcos, went there due to the weather as well and found out that it is really a fun ride with the lower loop being mostly fast single track and the upper loop being more rock gardens and some good climbs and more technical but fun unlike most of the reports that I had read about the trails.

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    Planning on going out there tomorrow with my wife for the first time. We'll be coming from just south of Fort Worth, been wanting to check it out for some time now. Thanks for posting this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by keithrad View Post
    Planning on going out there tomorrow with my wife for the first time. We'll be coming from just south of Fort Worth, been wanting to check it out for some time now. Thanks for posting this!
    It is easily to get a little confused when first heading out as there are about 4 turns when leaving the lot to Juniper ridge. (Use trailforks)

    If your wife does not like riding chunk, I would avoid doing all of Juniper and ride South loop to Madrone.

    The gentleman saying pedernales is not very technical either did not ride the main ride, or thinks highly of his abilities and is leading others into a bad experience by downplaying how chunky Juniper can be. Not a lot of riders can stomach an out and back on Juniper and will be ďover itĒ after a certain number of miles.

    The good news is Madrone is super flowy and fast ( I average 14 mph). South loop is a neat trail to get you back to the parking lot near the ranger station.

    I can provide a Strava route if needed.


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    Quote Originally Posted by FJSnoozer View Post
    It is easily to get a little confused when first heading out as there are about 4 turns when leaving the lot to Juniper ridge. (Use trailforks)

    If your wife does not like riding chunk, I would avoid doing all of Juniper and ride South loop to Madrone.

    The gentleman saying pedernales is not very technical either did not ride the main ride, or thinks highly of his abilities and is leading others into a bad experience by downplaying how chunky Juniper can be. Not a lot of riders can stomach an out and back on Juniper and will be ďover itĒ after a certain number of miles.

    The good news is Madrone is super flowy and fast ( I average 14 mph). South loop is a neat trail to get you back to the parking lot near the ranger station.

    I can provide a Strava route if needed.


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    Thanks for the heads up. We made it out there after a late start from the DFW area, but had a great time. Starting from the parking lot just down hill from the park office, it was a bit confusing at first as we hit that gravel (hiking) trail....woops! I had the mtbproject app though which saved our asses. Re-started on the horse trail (South Equestrian trail) and avoided Juniper which was the first split in the trail and continued on with the South Loop Equestrian trail till it connected with Juniper. We did a small portion of Juniper to access Madrone and what a blast that was...Till it came back around to Juniper. You were spot on about Juniper. I can't imagine calling that "not too technical". We got through it but yeah it was not the easiest, especially with my wife who is not especially fond of that chunky, kind of non flowing start and stop again etc. Not to mention we got a late start and it was getting twilight making it hard to see. We followed that back to the South loop. We got stuck in the total dark about 2 miles from the parking lot. There was no moon last night (Nov. 28,'18) so we used her phone for the flash light, still using mine with the app to make sure we didn't get lost. Got back to the truck about 7:20 ish to some well deserved iced down frosty IPA's. It was a good ass night! We'll be back soon!

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    Juniper is typical Texas limestone chunk. I rode it in the summer but it was too hot to really enjoy. The distance is not great but progress is slow so I ran out of water by the time I'd hit the highway. woops! I'll be going back when it cools off.

    There are no big ledge ups or drops.

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    Seeing if anyone was a Pedernales this past Sunday and how the conditions were, looking to head out there in the morning if favorable. Thanks in advance.

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    So how was it?

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    A few damp spots but overall a good ride, though I did see more people on the trails yesterday than I have before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by natas1321 View Post
    A few damp spots but overall a good ride, though I did see more people on the trails yesterday than I have before.

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    The parks are all super busy right now because of xmas break, should be empty again in a week, but they just got a crap ton of rain last night. I'm just a few miles away and we got several inches last night with 1 - 3 more on the way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jestep View Post
    The parks are all super busy right now because of xmas break, should be empty again in a week, but they just got a crap ton of rain last night. I'm just a few miles away and we got several inches last night with 1 - 3 more on the way.
    Pedernales should be fine on Sunday. Madrone will be soggy.


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    Probably try to make it back out to Pedernales on Tuesday next week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FJSnoozer View Post
    Pedernales should be fine on Sunday. Madrone will be soggy.


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    Still think Pedernales will be good for Sunday or Monday at the latest?


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    Quote Originally Posted by natas1321 View Post
    Still think Pedernales will be good for Sunday or Monday at the latest?


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    I'd give it a 50/50. We got about 2in total in that last rain but it's been nice and warm and sunny Friday and today, so there's a good chance it dries out. My yard still feels like sponge though.
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    I'll give it another day and try Sunday and hope for the best.

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