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    New MTB trails near Austin! McKinney Roughs near Bastrop

    It is official! LCRA is opening McKinney Roughs to mountain biking!

    New bike trails to open at McKinney Roughs, plus free entry Nov. 24 | Fit City

    There is also a discussion on the Austin Ridge Riders Facebook page.

    A few thing to keep in mind -

    The signage is not done yet. That sign project is a monster and is taking MUCH MUCH longer than expected. The old signs are still there and will help with navigation but those old signs don't show trail difficulty. Since most local mtb'rs are not used to signs that show trail difficulty, that is not too much of a problem. Navigation can be somewhat difficult because in addition to trails shown on the map, there are park maintenance roads that are not shown on the map. You may end up wandering around to find your way - just like on the BCGB.

    Some people are posting that the trails are "easy". Be warned - not all trails at McKinney Roughs are easy. The trails are similar to Rocky Hill Ranch in that there is more dirt and less hard rock and ledges. There is also some really good elevation change to make the trails more difficult. There is one 'black diamond' rated mtb trail (Woodlands) but it has to be ridden as an out and back because there is no connection open to bikes (ADA trail is off limits to bikes). Generally speaking, trails to the east of the parking area are easier and trails to the west are harder. This is a generality because all the wonderful elevation change can make any trail more difficult. This area is called 'roughs' because of all the elevation change.

    Just like Rocky Hill Ranch, there is sand and gravel on some trails. Depending on how wet the ground is when you ride those areas can go from not noticeable sand/gravel to unrideable sand/gravel. Just keep a good attitude and walk those sections.

    Bikes are NOT ALLOWED on some trails. The ADA trail (Ridge) is off limits to bikes and horses to maintain the surface of the trail for wheelchairs. Bikes should NOT be on this trail at all, even to cross it (walk your bike if you need to cross the Ridge trail) There is another 'black diamond' trail that is hiking only. Unless you ride like Danny MacAskill, you would be walking the steep steps with switchbacks on this trail. You can blame me - I recommended having this trail as hiking only. I expected there would be many OTB / face plant / injury / rescue if that trail was open to the public for biking. There are still some step / switchbacks on the trails that are open to MTB. You can practice your skills there. But those are one or two step / switchback trail features instead of long sections where one miss could be a trip on Star Flight.

    Horses ARE ALLOWED on some of these trails. Most mtb'rs know to dismount and talk to the horses when you meet horses on the trail. That topic has been discussed on Mojo and many other places. If you can't dismount when you meet a horse back rider on the trail - maybe you need to ride somewhere else. We mtb'rs are supposed to YIELD TO ALL OTHER TRAILS Users. Let's be good guests and trail users so more trails can be opened to mountain biking. Did I mention this is the first of several new areas??? Let's show that we are good guests.

    Go try it out! LCRA is opening the park for free (no gate fee) on Friday November 24th.
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    Woo hoo. More trails = more better.

    BTW - don't forget to make sure LCRA updates their website with "activities" possible!
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    Sweet, thanks a lot ARR! Preferred route?
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    thats awesome, this place is 2 seconds away from my dads house. he has close plain view of the zip lines and other parts of the property from the top of his hill right by the Colorado river
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamwa View Post
    Sweet, thanks a lot ARR! Preferred route?

    Piney, Pliny?
    Suggestions on more difficult route -

    From the parking area head south to Bobcat Ridge then west on Bobcat
    At Intersection with Yaupon and Coyote Road, turn left on to Yaupon
    After Pope Bend Trailhead, turn left onto Buckeye
    At the north end of Buckeye there are several beginner trails that all put you back onto Coyote Road. Pick which one you like.
    A section of Coyote Road is closed for construction right now. If it is still closed you will have Road Runner back to Yaupon and back the way you came.
    If that section is open - take a left on Riverside
    Follow Riverside back to parking area for easier route
    For harder route, take Riverside to left on Bobcat Ridge and follow Bobcat Ridge back to parking area.

    The black diamond mtb trails are almost isolated by the closed sections on Coyote and Bluestem. The brush is so thick I can't recommend trying to bushwack to them. You can get to them from the intersection of Riverside and Coyote Road by following Bluestem to Bluff Trail Loop then up to Woodland. You have to ride all of this as an out and back because bikes are not allowed on Ridge (ADA trail) and the other route is closed at the closed part of Bluestem.

    For 'easier route" but not 'easiest route" -
    Take Bobcat Ridge from parking area to west.
    Turn right on Coyote Road
    Follow Coyote Road to area near river where there are easier trails (Sandy and Pecan Bottom)
    Return on Coyote Road. The climb back may be tough for beginners or those who are not used to long sustained climbs. If the construction area on Coyote Road is open, turn left and follow Riverside all the way back to parking area.

    For a 'kind of easy' route that forms a big 'easier loop' -
    Take Bobcat Ridge to the east of the parking area
    Left on Riverside
    Follow Riverside until it ends at Coyote Road
    Left on Coyote Road
    Left onto Bobcat Ridge back to parking area

    For 'easiest route'
    From parking area head east on Bobcat Ridge, Foxtail or Riverside
    Make your own loop on Foxtail, Riverside and Whitetail
    There are some trails that are not shown on the map that wind thru a 'skills' area (rope climbs, net climbs, archery, etc Be extra careful if you ride thru those).
    Be warned that even these trails get difficult if you go too far north or east and especially if you start down any big hills.

    I don't think there currently is much for kids or true beginners there. The trails are upper beginner to upper intermediate levels right now. We will be working on connecting loops for experts and beginners.

    I will post a map when I can. Ignore my scribbling on here - https://www.dropbox.com/s/o8mg7b884b...20Map.jpg?dl=0
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    New trails!

    I know on your original post it states "opening on Nov, 24", but are the trails ride-able now?

    I might come down with the 2-wheel flu on Friday

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    Hmmm, need to check with the AB corporate headquarters about taking a ride out there. Have to fill out the TPS forms in triplicate first.

    But Pliny seems a bit over the top for an easy trail. Will have to think about that a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yosmithy View Post
    New trails!

    I know on your original post it states "opening on Nov, 24", but are the trails ride-able now?

    I might come down with the 2-wheel flu on Friday
    Wait,, You work ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cafeend View Post
    Wait,, You work ?
    I only use that word just so I fit in
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    Quote Originally Posted by yosmithy View Post
    I only use that word just so I fit in
    Gotcha. I dont even own a bike.

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    Way to go, ARR!

    ARR trail building and advocacy is all we really have if you're riding MTB in this area, and clearly the A in ARR is for Austin-Area. You have ARR to thank for Pedernales Falls, Pace Bend, Reimers, Muelshoe, LGT, Buescher (somewhat) and many more trails to come outside of Austin.

    Maybe a name change to AARP? Austin Area Ridge Pilots?

    Never mind, it seems AARP is already taken

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    Quote Originally Posted by yosmithy View Post
    New trails!

    I know on your original post it states "opening on Nov, 24", but are the trails ride-able now?

    I might come down with the 2-wheel flu on Friday
    I don't think it will be open until the 24th. Call them at 512-473-3366 to confirm.

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    Before anybody thinks this is SOLELY due to the efforts of ARR, lots of people and groups have been part of this. There are several important people at LCRA, REI and many others I can't think of right now.

    It takes a village to open a trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cxagent View Post
    Before anybody thinks this is SOLELY due to the efforts of ARR, lots of people and groups have been part of this. There are several important people at LCRA, REI and many others I can't think of right now.

    It takes a village to open a trail.
    nice modesty. who is doing the signage and mapping work? who knows 3 suggested routes to send riders already? who has a wife that questions her husband's sanity?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cxagent View Post
    I don't think it will be open until the 24th. Call them at 512-473-3366 to confirm.
    Just called, they will be open on the 24th. No riding until then.

    Thanks again! (i'll get the 2 wheel flu after the holiday for sure).

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    Just for reference -

    I have updated the routes posted above. I wanted to keep all of that information in the same post so people could find / print all of it at once.

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    nice work!
    Hiked out there alot late 90's / early 2000's (pre-fire) and always wished biking would be allowed.

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    And you can drop off the old lady for spa and massages at the hyatt while you ride. Book a night for ultimate spoilage, champagne wishes and caviar dreams.
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