Lake Houston

 

Difficulty: Beginner
Length: 10.00 miles
Status: Open
Technical Rating: 1-3
Trail Steward: Damian Pool
Fees: $3.00 per person. 13-64 years of age
Hours: Sun. – Thu. 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Fri. & Sat. 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Description:

The trails in Lake Houston Wilderness Park offer cross country mountain bikers a place to hone their skills, work on endurance, or just spin along all the while through some of south east Texas more unique terrain.

There are currently four good singletrack trails in this park. All of which continue to improve on flow. These trails can be connected by various gravel roads and doubletrtack to make longer routes. Maps available at entry station.

Peach creek trail – .7 miles of new singletrack between entry parking area and nature center. Features a upper and lower trail. Upper trail a little overgrown. Lower (better) has some short sandy sections, elevation change, and good views of creek. UPDATE 2015. The Dogwood trail has been developing good flow. Starting from the trailhead at Red Oak Road, cross bridge turn left onto Peach Creek Trail and then follow back to nature center. The following Strava segement includes both Dogwood and peach Creek Trail.

https://www.strava.com/segments/10937117 (link is external)

Peach creek loop- More doubletrack than singletrack. Very good beginner trail that offers a little bit of everything without getting too far away from nature center area.

Forest trail – 2 mile trail. good hardpacked singletrack through forest. Part of this trail is doubletrack for about 1/2 mile east of 5 mile road. Highest elevation in park. Trailhead at nature center. Out and back or loop using logging roads

https://www.strava.com/segments/3589488 (link is external)

Ameritrail – 5 mile singletrack trail. Best trail in park. Trailhead near nature center/peach creek loop. Can be ridden out and back or loop by riding back on 5 mile road. Mix of hard pack, several 20 yard sandy sections, short steep climbs, some tight and twisty. 1 road crossing and 3 utility easement crossings, great views of creek, bayou’s and Isabel lake.

Update fall 2016: Due to spring time flooding, lots of new sand has been deposited along about 1.5 miles of Ameri-trail. The deep sand is mostly between the first and third pipeline.

https://www.strava.com/segments/1451575 (link is external)

UPDATE 2016.  The Yaupon Trail has been re-established and is improving. This trail connects 5 mile road to the SE corner of Peach Creek Loop Trail. It also crosses Canoe Launch Road. This trail is a little over a mile long and has improved enough to recommend riding it.  It also creates more looping options.

https://www.strava.com/segments/10178064 (link is external)

Suggested route starts at entry parking area. Follow peach creek lower trail keeping right.  Follow trail along creek .8 miles to nature center area. Continue along creek just to left of pedestrian bridge using west side of peach creek loop trail. 5 miles to Ameritrail trailhead. Follow Ameritrail 5 miles to end.  Ameritrail ends into an old logging road loop. Either direction leads to Lake isabel and 5 mile road. 5 mile road leads directly north to the front of park and is closed to motor vehicles most of the way.

https://www.strava.com/segments/7940034 (link is external) 

Another suggested route:

https://www.strava.com/segments/8572100 (link is external)

There is a parking area and the trailhead of Peach creek trail just to the right of the entry station. This area has no restrooms or water.

The nature center area has a large clearing and parking lot.  Restrooms are across from parking lot.  An outdoor water fountain with cold water is at the south end of nature center building. Cross the pedestrian bridge to access a  beach/deck for cooling off in peach creek.

More info:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/675416075860785/ (link is external)

http://www.mtbproject.com (link is external)

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