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mountain biking
19 hours ago

This is an urban park! As are most MP trails (all but the Triangle, which is off the beaten path), Yellow is heavily trafficked by cyclists, walkers, runners (many with dogs) and is two-way. A bell and call out is advised on blind corners and more often at the busiest times. There are a couple drops that may take a newcomer off guard so heads up...

Did the Joe Johnston trail with my husband and also a small part of the overlook trail - April 9 (or 10th??) 2018. I just brought tennies and the rocks were a little hard to walk on toward the end - my feet were tired and my ankles a little sore. We were jet lagged though with two hours of sleep. Dinosaur tracks were fun to see! I’m from the PNW so fun to see something a little different. Good little hike.

A hard hike is an understatement. We started from Trans Mountain and went up to the “Elephant” and then skirted the the top rim to come down. There is no definitive trail to go up or down so we just sort of made our own. Very loose rock and dirt and I was so glad when we got to the top. Beautiful views once at the top bit today was extremely windy. Didn’t make it to the chain section as we were not sure which direction to go so maybe for another day.

Nice easy trail to warm up on after a long drive. Not challenging, but very interesting to learn about the area and the history.

The first mile and the last half mile are pretty rough. My knees aren't what they used to be, so I used trekking poles. If you decide to use them, use the rubber tips as the trail is mostly rock. The views at the top are spectacular and the climb is exhilarating! I used all trails and map my walk to record, all trails hit 8 miles even, map my walk hit 8.1. Coming down was more difficult for me due to the knee and scree, but manageable. I wore trail runners instead of hiking boots, but if I do it again I would opt for the ankle support over weight savings due to the loose rock. Bring sunscreen, easy to get burnt at the higher altitude.

walking
1 day ago

great easy trail. could use a few more signs, but not a big deal.

Love it! Done it about 15 times or so because I have to drive an hour to get to it. Started about two years ago walking it, now I run it and enjoy every second. Not easy, my Fitbit registers that I've done about 130 flights of stairs every time doing it but if challenging hikes are your thing, you will love it.

hiking
1 day ago

This train is pretty awesome. As far as the particular area you won’t get much better than this. I hiked it for the first time yesterday. It is a bit unclear as to where you should start or end. It was also pretty obviously build for bikers but it does allow hikers as well. I found out along the trail that they intended for walkers to go one way and bikers to go the other. Didn’t realize this until I saw a sign 2 miles into the hike. Love the wooded areas. A couple of the open areas have a pretty obnoxious amount of switch as for no reason wide out in the open. But overall I defiantly plan to return and the problems I faced were fixed just by one through hike of the 8 mile loop.

hiking
2 days ago

Bike friendly. If hiking, be sure to go in the opposite direction because trail is narrow & bikers have city manners. Decent trail for inner city hiking. Easy to moderate

rocky, beautiful, trail leads to areas of the lake water, only a couple miles to the falls. very gorgeous. just watch your step. very rocky, not great for dogs, shaded trail for most of it. loved it!

We took our dog and she had a lot of fun. There are a lot of bikes to watch out for if you are going to be walking but other than that, it's a really beautiful trail.

There is no trail at that start point...

trail running
2 days ago

Got the opportunity to run Pace Bend trails in XTERRA's 10.5K this weekend. Course went over about 90% single track, enjoyed the switchbacks, and flats. Nice trails great area. Would love to camp and run, here.

nature trips
3 days ago

in the houston arboretum, there are seperate trails (such as coyote trail) and the trees provide just enough cover where the sun filters through perfectly. this is also a great place to take some nature pictures. it is one of my favorite places in houston!!!

The rock garden is a great trail. A lot of steep uphill downhill. Beautiful views everywhere. trail is marked well every 0.1 mi. This is a very challenging trail run since it has many twists and turns, and it is 1400 feet from bottom to top I believe. Bring plenty of water as it is hot, dry, and shade coverage is very scarce.

The trail itself is one of my all-time favorite trails. I like to start on the GSL, then connect to the Light House. Once you get to the light house, climbing the formation isn't too difficult. But it does have a couple of places that are physically demanding to get to the top. I wouldn't advise the climb for the very young, very old, or if you aren't comfortable lifting your body weight. Otherwise, just the trail it self is awesome, please bring several liters of water. It's hot, dry, and no real shade coverage. Enjoy

on Hermann Park Trail

trail running
3 days ago

this trail is great for running. there are slight hills and perfect gravel for running. when it starts to rain, everything cools down and the trees partially protect you. i personally like the marvin taylor trails. 5 stars!!!

on Buffalo Bayou Loop

trail running
3 days ago

it is still a little chaotic from harvey, but otherwise its fine. great for small children, elders, PT, and leashed/not leashed dogs. i havent gone kayaking yet, but people who are seem quite pleased. the 5ish-mile run is fun and challenging with the wind and hills. apart from the damge from harvey, this trail is great.
note: if you have small children, keep them away from the silt piles! rats and who knows what lives in those!!!

trail running
3 days ago

my cross country team and i were running on this for a recovery run. the hills provide an excellent challenge and the different types of plants and animals keep it beautiful and interesting. it is great for PT and all levels. 5 stars!!!

mountain biking
3 days ago

my dad and i were biking part of this trail. i slowed down to stop, because i wasnt a very advanced mountain biker (one of my wheels got caught on a tree root.) as i was about get back on i saw rustling in the bushes. then, a fairly large coral snake (and i am absolutely sure it wasnt a king snake) slithered out. i told my dad to not go over and poke it because, as some of you guys may know, coral snakes are extremely venemous. this is why i may hesitate to allow younger children or off leash dogs to go on this trail. otherwise, 5 stars!!!

hiking
3 days ago

The alligators freaked me out a bit but other than that was a nice hike on a pretty day! We somehow ended up doing 10 miles, I think because we started at prairie branch trail.

Nice 3 mike loop, meadows/wild flowers, tricky rocky areas fun on a good MTB, some uphills, few downhills, easy-moderate.

The sunrise views were AMAZING

trail running
3 days ago

I ran part of this trail for the Poppy Seed Fest 5K. Nice and easy paved trail to run when you want a break from the rough, rocky trails. Kid and pet friendly, but watch for dog poop on the trail.

hiking
3 days ago

We went to Austin for the weekend and did this 10 mile loop. This is a great trail. One side is more crowded then the other. But over all we had a great time on the trail. There are lots of other things to do on the trail; water activites, boat rentals, a couple restaurants, starbucks, dog park...

hiking
3 days ago

Great trail. It's pretty crowed unless you go really early.

Great trail, not very technical for hiking but dog and family friendly. Lots of side trails to explore and wander. Watch for mountain bikers coming around corners but everyone courteous.

For a great hike take the horse trail (entrance on the right hand side of the parking lot) from the FM428 entrance. Great low water crossings and lots of tree covered dirt trails.

A quick uphill to the ridge top then an easy flat walk or run to the end. Trail dead ends at a road and is above a set of train tracks and a golf course. A partial and full view of the Dallas skyline are nice rewards.

This is a great trail for a family hike to the river overlook. Steep cliffs around the river are not safe for kids to wander, but it’s a great place to sit and watch the river flow by. The trail itself is very easy with hardly any sudden grade changes.

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