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    Post Canyon Park Information

    Here's the link to the park

    http://www.swf-wc.usace.army.mil/canyon/index.asp

    Directions:

    Canyon Park is located on the North shore of Canyon Lake near Hancock. From IH 35 take Exit 191 north of New Braunfels, Texas. Drive West on FM 306 20 Miles, turn left on Canyon Park Road or from US 281 turn east on FM 306,travel east 12 miles, turn right on Canyon Park Road.
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    Thread to the new and improved virtual tour of Canyon Park Madrone Trail...


    http://www.techcool.com/biking/cpbthome.htm

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    Thanks to Karissa (Blue Angel), the Madrone map with trail names

    The climbs on the Lago Vista section are the focus of trailwork currently, after that the last paved section between Lower MacAllister and Moonscape has been discussed.
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    how technical is the madrone trail (ie compared to walnut, bcgb, city park here in austin)? how many miles of trails? many hills? how far from austin?
    thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerchic
    how technical is the madrone trail (ie compared to walnut, bcgb, city park here in austin)? how many miles of trails? many hills? how far from austin?
    thanks!
    Technical - closest equivalent would be bcgb, all the drops can be rolled, lots of rock in places

    8 miles of trail, takes the average rider an hour to complete the loop (MoJoFest time trial record is 36 minutes)

    Not a lot of sustained climbing, about 400 feet total for the loop

    About an hour from Austin

    .....try to time your ride so you can have a margarita on the deck at Papa Dock's after the ride and watch the sun go down (Papa Dock's is located at the Marina)
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    Quote Originally Posted by joetoeclips
    Technical - closest equivalent would be bcgb, all the drops can be rolled, lots of rock in places

    8 miles of trail, takes the average rider an hour to complete the loop (MoJoFest time trial record is 36 minutes)

    Not a lot of sustained climbing, about 400 feet total for the loop

    About an hour from Austin

    .....try to time your ride so you can have a margarita on the deck at Papa Dock's after the ride and watch the sun go down (Papa Dock's is located at the Marina)
    thanks for the info!

    mmm...margaritas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by joetoeclips
    Technical - closest equivalent would be bcgb, all the drops can be rolled, lots of rock in places

    8 miles of trail, takes the average rider an hour to complete the loop (MoJoFest time trial record is 36 minutes)

    Not a lot of sustained climbing, about 400 feet total for the loop

    About an hour from Austin

    .....try to time your ride so you can have a margarita on the deck at Papa Dock's after the ride and watch the sun go down (Papa Dock's is located at the Marina)
    we ended up going out to muleshoe instead, but still wanna check out this trail...a weekend sometime soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerchic
    we ended up going out to muleshoe instead, but still wanna check out this trail...a weekend sometime soon!
    It's probably good you went to muleshoe. If you had gone to the Madrone Trail, it would have ruined most of the others for you.

    BCGB is a good comparison. Also out of curiosity, I have been wearing a heartrate monitor on a bunch of different trails to test the relative pfysical intensity of each. Both BCGB and Madrone took me 120 calories per mile. (Rocky Hill is something like 150/mile)

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    OK, I got a mountain bike for christmas and I'm thinking about trying it out next Sunday ( Jan. 2nd ). Is Madrone a bad idea as my first try at mountain biking? And since I haven't ever done anything like this, how likely am I to get lost on the trail?

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    The trail is easy to follow. There are several ledges, etc that could be dangerous for a newbie, but they are clearly visible and it is not like being on an airplane - you can always get off and walk. BUT it is hill country and a lot of rock that can cut you up. I'd say to ride it - but not alone, at least until you get some confidence and experience.

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    well hope to see some of ya'll sunday
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    fairly updated map

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    Is that trail supposed to be only 8 miles? Felt like quite a bit more.



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    Quote Originally Posted by LunchBox
    Is that trail supposed to be only 8 miles? Felt like quite a bit more.
    It's a little over 8 last time I rode with someone with a cyclometer, the recent re-routes since then shouldn't add too much. Lots of road crossings and it's a figure eight so you can easily shorten the loop if need be. It can be a long 8 miles due to the varying technical challenges along the way
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    Is it open on Weekdays?


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    Open every day unless the Corps of Engineers is using the park for something special (maybe two days a year, information of possible upcoming dates posted here and at the trailhead kiosk)
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    Got out and rode it yesterday morning!


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    I rode it with my roomies last Sunday for the first time, and was very satisfied. It's a good trail to "see where you're at" after as long of a layoff I had. We rode it until dark, then enjoyed good eats and drinks at the Marina. It provided a good amount of drops, steps to climb and desend, horrible-wish-you-had-an-FS-bike rock gardens, and switch backs to "extend" the ride and control speed. We stopped at the boat ramps to take a cool dip, but rode it pretty seriously. I'm looking forward to going again this coming Sunday. Hope to see some of ya'll out there...

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    I rode it today, fun stuff.

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    Need Madrone Map

    Quote Originally Posted by joetoeclips View Post
    Hey mojo land - could really use an updated trail map of Madrone ASAP if anyone has a link.
    thanks
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