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    Hey guys im on the Texas State cycling team and am coming to visit my girlfriend this weekend (12/3 - 12/5). Was planing on bringing the bikes, but i need to know where to ride. Is there any good mountain riding around the Waco area that would be easily accessible and not flooded? I have heard Cameron Park is great, but after that last post looks like that might not be going.Is there other trails besides River trail?? If someone could PM me some info or just post here soon that would be great. My name is Brandon Thanks!!!!!
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    The latest is that the trails near the river are flooded (water several feet over the bridges). This is due to water being released from Lake Waco...because of the heavy rains over the past few weeks.

    The River Trail is a very easy beginner trail...but it is generally used to access the other trails in the park. In general the other trails NOT near the river are OK...but not great (loose leaf cover and very slick "green" covered limestone). You can access the "dry" trails...but the way to get there will depend on your skill level.

    There should be some locals to ride with this weekend. I know there will be some trail building going on on Saturday morning...and in all likelyhood, some of those folks will be riding afterward.

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    Awesome, thanks alot. My girlfriend will be tagging along, so it should be interesting. I am lookig forward to checking out Cameron Park. Where is the best place to park? I will be coming from Colins Hall on 8th street. How many miles of trails are going to rideable this weekend? thanks for the help
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    You might want to check out the map(.pdf).

    There are suppose to be 16 miles of trail. You can't cover all of them without riding some trails twice. The river trail is about 2 miles of that.

    Two warnings:

    1) The trails are a maze. Best to try and hook and with someone for the first few rides or you might end up riding in circles.

    2) Riding the park is essential doing hill repeats with some fun downhills in between. The trails aren't overly technical, but it is a demanding ride.

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    Awesome, Thanks for the advice and the good map. Ill be sure to have it with me saturday when we go. Where would be the best place to park since the river trail is flooded?? Any more useful hints would be greatly appreciated! thanks
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    I like to park at the Redwood Shelter...but then again I always access the trails via the River Trail. You can get to several of the trails from the "RS", or least have a base area that's easy to find when your done. Plus...you can always ride the paved roads to other areas of the park.

    Another advantage of the Redwoods Shelter is that it's somewhat safer than other parking areas. It's near the entrance and there are usually a lot of people around. I always see some "shady" characters at some of the other parking areas.

    What time are you guys planning to ride on Saturday? I can check to see who may be out there. Just shoot me a PM.

    Wumpus...are you riding Cameron this weekend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speelunker

    Wumpus...are you riding Cameron this weekend?

    I'm going to try, but I have a cold so I don't know how long I'm going to last.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wumpus
    I'm going to try, but I have a cold so I don't know how long I'm going to last.
    Assuming it dries, we will be down there next weekend if you're interested.
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    My girlfriend and I will probably get out there about noon on Saturday and stay till dark. If I can get out of here early enough tomorrow we might go for an evening ride just for the hell of it until dark. I will make sure I park at the Redwood Shelter. I would hate to come back to a broken into truck. Thanks for all the info. I drive a silver explorer sport trac and will be riding an 04 Kona Coiler Dee lux. If you see me say whats up ! hope to see yall out there - Brandon
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    A decent way to start from the redwood shelter is to head up the hill via the road on the west side of the shelter. Once you are up on top, there is an entrance to the trees on the right just past the house. This is Root Canal. Its how the NORBA Race started last year. Provides a nice warm up and cool downhill before you get hit with California 56 at the bottom. Enjoy.
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    I haven’t heard the latest from the Waco Parks folks...but I’m going out this afternoon to check it out. I’ll post when I get back.

    There is a chance of rain this weekend...but right now it looks like the chances of heavy rain in Waco are slim for Saturday.

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    River Trail is basically not rideable past the Mouth of the Bosque...but in good condition up to that point. Bridge still has more than 2 feet of water over it and it’s just mud on the other side. Plus the huge boulders on the trail at Lovers Leap.

    All of the trails that are accessible before Mouth of the Bosque and the interior trails are alright...but not great. For the most part the roots are fairly dry and not that bad. LOTS of DGR’s (everything is covered in green...even the hard packed soil and some roots). Add to that the leaf cover...and it’s a challenge in some spots...but still rideable.

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    What would it look like for Saturday morning? Any hope?
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    What would it look like for Saturday morning? Any hope?
    It shouldn’t be that bad. The River Trail and MCC Loop were open this past weekend. There was still some mud on the bridges...but the park people were working on clearing the stuff from the trail (high priority since this is the most traveled area). They actually cut a little “technical” (for the River Trail) section into the rock slide.

    The only things that were still bad....of course Rhino and the Mix Master. And the DGRs. I lost some of the trails under the leaf cover...which can be a bit interesting.

    Less than an inch of rain yesterday and this week looks dry if we can make it through tomorrow with no rain. Only about a 20% of rain tomorrow night.

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    Welp, I guess we'll be there Sat morning. How are the trails off of Lover's Leap like Bat Cave, Thor, Slider, Ho Chi Minh, etc?
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    How are the trails off of Lover's Leap like Bat Cave, Thor, Slider, Ho Chi Minh, etc?


    I have no idea since I don’t have health insurance.

    The only one I have a clue about is the bottom of Slider...which was still muddy the last time I was out there.

    By the way....Rhino goes bye bye...the “new” trail is going to bypass it and the “new” trail is going to be something special I hear. I think that a work day for that trail is scheduled for this coming Saturday, but I haven’t received official word.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speelunker
    By the way....Rhino goes bye bye...the “new” trail is going to bypass it and the “new” trail is going to be something special I hear. I think that a work day for that trail is scheduled for this coming Saturday, but I haven’t received official word.
    Does that mean they are going to close hale bop and slider, too? Without rhino the only way to ride those would be down slider and up hale bop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ride4Beer
    What would it look like for Saturday morning? Any hope?

    I'm not going to be able to make it. I have to be home by 11am for the boys B-day party.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ride4Beer
    Welp, I guess we'll be there Sat morning. How are the trails off of Lover's Leap like Bat Cave, Thor, Slider, Ho Chi Minh, etc?
    You might as well forget ho chi minh. There is going to be a huge mud puddle at the bottom. Might even be a creek right now.

    The others should be fine. The drop on Thor might be really interesting now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wumpus
    I'm not going to be able to make it. I have to be home by 11am for the boys B-day party.
    No worries. Enjoy the party.
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