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    One of my favorite trails in Austin! I rode Deception and Mulligan for the first time a few weeks ago, really fun sections.

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    +1 on keeping signage only at actual trailheads and not down on the Brushy Creek Regional Trail. Absolutely zero reason to point people to the trail, in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickJ View Post
    I have not ridden Mulligan, Barn, or Picnic at all. I am super excited to get out there and try them out!

    Deception kicks my butt every time, but I am getting to know it better and better every time.

    A question of etiquette... I tend to ride it from West to East. Did the trail builders intend for a unidirectional use?
    Bi-directional. We look at the flow and features in both directions when building it. I personally feel it's much easier West to East, feels like it's downhill the whole way that direction VS uphill the whole was East to West...which happens to be the direction in which we built.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rugger View Post
    Bi-directional. We look at the flow and features in both directions when building it. I personally feel it's much easier West to East, feels like it's downhill the whole way that direction VS uphill the whole was East to West...which happens to be the direction in which we built.
    I'm not sure I would say "much easier", but I also agree that it's definitely easier overall West to East.

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    Quote Originally Posted by el gringo View Post
    I've kept quiet, but now that it's out . . . You guys did a really good job on that trail. It is one of my favorites now.
    +1. I'm super impressed by the quality and sustainability of this trail. Every time I rode this trail it was getting longer and more impressive but it never looked like you half-assed anything. If you need any volunteers to help maintain, I'm in.

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    Awesome glad to here the trail is legit. This is excellent news

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    Good news indeed. It is nice to have a nice tail somewhat close to mine (besides LGT) in Georgetown.

    I've only ever ridden deception east to west. I suppose I should try it the other way.

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    Yay - first time to make it up EBD section on Sunday's ride! I've ridden both ways and I really can't tell which one I like better Easy getting harder, or hard easing up. I really love that I can ride from my house by 620 and Anderson Mill to the trail to get a nice warmup.
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    Perfect! Thank you. Mulligan and Picnic I've done in my
    CX bike...my only mtn bike. I got onto deception Sunday. Walked. A lot. Finally found an out that spit me out into a neighborhood. Now here's my question: I know of at least 4 trails that shoot off to the S off of BCRT. One looks to be the end of Deception. One looks like a berm. One looks like a decent drop. Are these not official?

    And confirm - Deception is one loop? Not like Walnut?
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    Official map and signage, that might take a while, but it's in the works in some form.

    This is it, anything else you ride it not officially part of our trail. A 'typical ride' (that doesn't start from home) Start at the Sports Park and head west along the BCRT, as soon as you cross the little bridge hang a left to hit Mulligan, that will dump you back onto the BCRT where you'll continue west...after crossing the composite bridge you hang another left and take it to the "top" right beside the cul de sac before heading down the singletrack known as Barn (just a short piece) - lots of ppl skip this or don't realize it's there. This will lead you literally thru and old barn structure and back across the BCRT again to Picnic. Picnic has a couple of high pucker drops - they are rollable, but many choose to take the alternate routes. Generally Picnic is ridden counter-clockwise - taking the lower route along the creek. There isn't much warning for the first drop (Basket), if you don't like the pucker stuff take the first right after you have been on Picnic about 100 yrds, you will bypass Basket. The next drop is at the half way point (.5miles out), there are a few 'scary' looking bones on a tree to warn you of this one, either hang a left and get across "The Blanket" or continue down the drop. Don't forget to check out the views and sounds of the creek that ALWAYS has water in it. You'll soon be back on the trail you came in on and most people head across the BCRT one more time to hit Deception. Just head across the pasture towards the neighborhood. Look to the right and head on the trail that goes up into the trees (not the pasture...unless a completely flat 1/4 miles is your bag) - you are now on Deception - this is what we started March of 2012. You will ride quite a variety and the trail will lull you in early and kick you in the teeth after a few miles. You will probably be surprised to find how challenging this place is. I consider it Intermediate with some Advanced features.

    Please try not to shortcut anywhere or alter the trail. We would like to extend what we have and making this a spider web network might make that difficult. We admittedly put a LOT of trail into a small are and ppl are tempted to cut across - this undermines our efforts.

    Be warned...
    If you are a beginner, if you are not very fit you may not enjoy this trail, at least beyond the first 2 miles. If you like riding the stuff you are not supposed to ride in west and south Austin you will love this place. It was built to be very fun, very challenging, it has a very narrow corridor and tread, expect and respect that, please. T

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    Sorry this looks messy, Deception was out and back and I think I did 3 laps on Mulligan...


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    Quote Originally Posted by el gringo View Post
    I've kept quiet, but now that it's out . . . You guys did a really good job on that trail. It is one of my favorites now.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tree magnet View Post
    +1. I'm super impressed by the quality and sustainability of this trail. Every time I rode this trail it was getting longer and more impressive but it never looked like you half-assed anything. If you need any volunteers to help maintain, I'm in.
    +2! Awesome trail design! Always willing to help if needed. My favorite close-to-home trail!
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    Great news!! You guys did and excellent job with this trail. With all the traffic you can tell it's a welcome resource to the community.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rugger View Post
    Bi-directional. We look at the flow and features in both directions when building it. I personally feel it's much easier West to East, feels like it's downhill the whole way that direction VS uphill the whole was East to West...which happens to be the direction in which we built.
    Thank you. I thought that was the case, but didn't want to be "that guy." I like that you get what I consider the tough part over and done with, and then it kind of lightens up. I obviously have some big boy pants to put on to start running it the other direction.

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    I have been enjoying the trail also. Its nice to have something less than 2 miles from the house! Me and a buddy talked to two of the builders in the parking lot the day they found the note. That had me a little worried. Glad to hear its all good.

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    Thanks all for the kind comments. Thanks for riding and contributing (you know who you are).

    Quote Originally Posted by the Inbred View Post
    Perfect! Thank you. Mulligan and Picnic I've done in my
    CX bike...my only mtn bike. I got onto deception Sunday. Walked. A lot. Finally found an out that spit me out into a neighborhood. Now here's my question: I know of at least 4 trails that shoot off to the S off of BCRT. One looks to be the end of Deception. One looks like a berm. One looks like a decent drop. Are these not official?

    And confirm - Deception is one loop? Not like Walnut?
    The berm trail you speak us was there BEFORE the concrete trail was there, in fact several trails were there before the concrete was there. None of those are ours - the only trail "poaching" we did was the very start of Picnic, we used the beaten walking paths to get started and the big jeep loop near Avery and 183A.
    This is right by the berm before the crete was poured:


    Deception is 1 trail, it's not a loop or a network - ideally you start at one end and ride without shortcutting to the other. This will likely change, we will most likely create a "loop" connector to show the beginners the way out before they drop into the section we call "The Hollows". I hate the name, but the easier section before that is commonly referred to as "Cactus Ridge" - the first guy to put the trail on strava did this...*sigh*. We may also create a few "exits", but these have to be discussed.

    Please discourage ppl from short-cutting. I know sometime, stuff happens.
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    I have to check this out! I live a bit far from it (central Austin) so probably can't make it that often but i'd be willing to drive up there. it's good to hear there's another trail in Austin(ish), well north! walnut is great too but definitely overcrowded which is sad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerchic View Post
    I have to check this out! I live a bit far from it (central Austin) so probably can't make it that often but i'd be willing to drive up there. it's good to hear there's another trail in Austin(ish), well north! walnut is great too but definitely overcrowded which is sad.
    Yes, definitely check it out, it's worth the trip!

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    I would say it is an intermediate trail a good step between walnut and BCGB. I have a bunch of friends who live in avery ranch and brushy creek that Im getting into mountain biking with deception. They can easily bike to the trail which is great. Definitely one of the top trails in austin now because of the flow.

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    Absolutely love this place so much that I used it for a testing ground to demo several bikes before I pulled the trigger on a new Tallboy LTc. No doubt that making Brushy Creek "legit" will bring more traffic and the trail will change. I suppose that the best things in life should be shared, but I would strongly recommend gettin out there while the gettin is good.

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    The Hollows...that's probably the section where I decided that I was in over my head. I need a mtb.

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    A friend told me about Deception a couple months back and from my first ride I was blown away. I don't know much about trail building, but saw WC evolve and have read and seen enough to know it's an involved process to do it right. Deception was done ... .very right. Congrats to those who laid the trails out, and they did a great job of trail density. I'll hear runners and bikers that seem close, but never overlap them because of the layout. It's completely kicking my ass but always leaves me with a grin.

    Given the technical nature on some of the trail, signs can help if you need to call in support. At St. Ed's or WC I didnt carry my phone, but I do at Deception.

    When the notice on Cedar Park inquiring about the trails hit FB, I called the parks department and told them how well constructed the trails are, and gave them my contact info since they seemed to be looking for help with maintenance along with several friends. It's important to help them realize what a gift this is.

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