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    I wanted to post this sooner but I'm perplexed how ARR can recommend Balcones Park. Is there even a single trail there besides the paved poop creek one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamwa View Post
    I wanted to post this sooner but I'm perplexed how ARR can recommend Balcones Park. Is there even a single trail there besides the paved poop creek one?
    Yes there are some trails there. You can find some of them at ArcGIS Web Application You will have to look for others on your own. I heard there is construction there that may have limited access to some of the trails right now.

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    @professoratx - report update please. What trails do you now like?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cramsay3 View Post
    @professoratx - report update please. What trails do you now like?
    We're doing Walnut quite a bit - I do the full loop while she will take several laps around log loop, shady springs, six point, etc - Reimer's has been great for learning with the multiple options for skill level laid out so clearly you can have a good time without getting off the bike every ten feet.

    Currently looking for different scenery but similar skill level as walnut - thinking about Pedernales or Muleshoe?
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    Reimer's Green Loop has a new short cut we made last Friday. As you are turning right around a tree near the south side of the Green Loop, watch for bright purple survey flags to your left. The "trail" is mowed but probably still has not seen much traffic. Follow that left to almost the end of the Green Loop. If you intended to ride the entire Green Loop, stay right at the survey flags.

    For somebody who rides only the Green Loop, that shortcut may seem like a waste. But if you have ridden the Blue and Black Loop and the rest of the trail you might want a short cut back to the parking lot. That is what the new short cut is for - quick way back to the parking lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by professoratx View Post
    We're doing Walnut quite a bit - I do the full loop while she will take several laps around log loop, shady springs, six point, etc - Reimer's has been great for learning with the multiple options for skill level laid out so clearly you can have a good time without getting off the bike every ten feet.

    Currently looking for different scenery but similar skill level as walnut - thinking about Pedernales or Muleshoe?
    Try warda, Bluff creek ranch.

    Beginner loop at reveille peak ranch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by professoratx View Post
    We're doing Walnut quite a bit - I do the full loop while she will take several laps around log loop, shady springs, six point, etc - Reimer's has been great for learning with the multiple options for skill level laid out so clearly you can have a good time without getting off the bike every ten feet.

    Currently looking for different scenery but similar skill level as walnut - thinking about Pedernales or Muleshoe?
    bull creek is good. some harder technical features but no climbing. Comparable to walnut. The trail an be hard to find especially the big crossing across the creek is hard to spot the other side because of foliage.

    Also most of brushy creek is pretty easy. Deception starts off easy then gets harder, but there is a bailout, or you can turn around at the stacked rocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazyt View Post
    Also most of brushy creek is pretty easy. Deception starts off easy then gets harder, but there is a bailout, or you can turn around at the stacked rocks.
    Picnic, Picnic-X, and Carcass Cafe would all be good for beginners. Gumdrop as well once you get past the short section in the beginning, just remember to take the trail on the right when you come out of the trees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by professoratx View Post
    We're doing Walnut quite a bit - I do the full loop while she will take several laps around log loop, shady springs, six point, etc - Reimer's has been great for learning with the multiple options for skill level laid out so clearly you can have a good time without getting off the bike every ten feet.

    Currently looking for different scenery but similar skill level as walnut - thinking about Pedernales or Muleshoe?
    The main Muleshoe trail is good for beginners, has some technical elements that can be walked, with long stretches of relatively benign trail. And you can skip some of the more technical side loops.

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    Depending on the current condition of the trails, Rocky Hill Ranch might be a good place to try. Definitely a change of scenery (pine trees, less rocky), but a bit of a hike depending on where you live.
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    Quote Originally Posted by olddbrider View Post
    Depending on the current condition of the trails, Rocky Hill Ranch might be a good place to try. Definitely a change of scenery (pine trees, less rocky), but a bit of a hike depending on where you live.
    Oh, Buescher State Park, which is right next door to Rocky Hill Ranch, has trails that would be great for beginners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AtariAge View Post
    Oh, Buescher State Park, which is right next door to Rocky Hill Ranch, has trails that would be great for beginners.

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    Does it still have them? I know they were closed after the fire 2-3 years ago, wasn't sure if they ever reopened.

    Rocky Hill can be a bit rough on beginners if they're beginner *fitness*. If they have decent fitness from road riding or running, it won't be as bad.

    Muleshoe is good, like folks said. I'd avoid Pedernales unless you're just doing the jeep roads - the trail is awesome fun if you like relentless intermediate stuff with little climbing (nothing big, but tons of little ledges, rock gardens, etc).

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    Quote Originally Posted by fontarin View Post
    Does it still have them? I know they were closed after the fire 2-3 years ago, wasn't sure if they ever reopened..
    Looking at the Buescher State Park website, they have an alert from February posted:

    Trail Alert: Feb. 3, 2017 - Some trails remain closed due to wildfire damage. The Big Tree Retreat Trail, and CCC Crossover Trail are open for hiking. The Winding Woodland (Blue) Trail, Barred Owl Path (Purple) and parts of the Pine Gulch Loop (Red) are open to hiking and biking.

    Construction Alert: Use caution when driving and bicycling Park Road 1C through June 30, 2017. Heavy construction vehicles will be using Park Road 1C between the Park Road 1C/1A intersection and Harmon Road. Traffic is due to a construction project at Bastrop State Park.

    Contact the park for more information.
    Here's a PDF of the Buescher trails. Pinch Gulch Loop and Roosevelt's Cutoff are the main mountain biking trails. Not sure if the situation has changed since their February alert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AtariAge View Post
    Looking at the Buescher State Park website, they have an alert from February posted:



    Here's a PDF of the Buescher trails. Pinch Gulch Loop and Roosevelt's Cutoff are the main mountain biking trails. Not sure if the situation has changed since their February alert.

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    Ah, good, when I was there last year basically everything north of about mid-way up the Winding Woodland Trail was closed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazyt View Post
    bull creek is good. some harder technical features but no climbing. Comparable to walnut. The trail can be hard to find especially the big crossing across the creek is hard to spot the other side because of foliage.
    No climbing at Bull Creek? I'll have to disagree there. Maybe you are talking about the trail following the creek, then you are absolutely correct. That would actually be a great place to take the wife with her skill set. But once you cross the creek at the south part and start to head up the hill, there is a ton of climbing. Plus the trail going around the hill following the ridge line gets pretty hairy in spots. Large penalty for failure and lots of off camber loose gravel on top of hardpack stuff that may pose problems for someone just getting back into the sport. Plus once you follow that trail around and pass the dam near the Seismic Instruments parking lot, there is eventually a 1/4 mile climb that can be sessioned. The top of it is above the switchbacks and above the part that leads to the VW bus.
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    Watch Meetup for the Friday Night Beginner Rides if you want to learn Bull Creek trails that are suitable for beginners. Depending on the conditions, even Bull Creek can have some mud or such that can stump a beginner.

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    When I first started riding my go-to places were Bull Creek & St. Ed's with the Friday Night Beginner's group, Muleshoe, RPR (before the league loop was put in--I happened to live near there), and Walnut (which was the scariest to me.) She should also try to attend some of the Ride Like a Girl rides. It's an awesome program through the Austin Ridge Riders.
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    I agree on Walnut. Just be careful. We bought new bikes 6 years ago and the first time out went on Tangle of Trails and my wife broke her rib and has never been a confident rider since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by texaskdog View Post
    I agree on Walnut. Just be careful. We bought new bikes 6 years ago and the first time out went on Tangle of Trails and my wife broke her rib and has never been a confident rider since.
    Ouch. The issue I am having now is the heat and humidity. The fun tends to get sucked right out of a ride these days after about a half hour. Any suggestions on how to keep cool and safe aside from the obvious drink water and go early or late?

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