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Fresno Divide Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.4 (10) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great short challenging loop with outstanding views.


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9.4

Miles

15.1

KM

30%

Singletrack

2,876' 877 m

High

2,410' 735 m

Low

626' 191 m

Up

627' 191 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (1°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs No Dogs

E-Bikes Unknown

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Overview

This is a great short loop that takes in some of the best views in the Big Bend. It has a little bit of everything; long gradual jeep road climbs, some of the best singletrack in the area in the form of the Dome Singletrack, historic sites, great views and a screaming fun downhill for several miles down the Fresno Divide.

This ride can be combined with several other loops to make longer rides.

Description

Head up from the West Contrabando Trailhead on a flowing old two track and jeep road. The trail climbs gradually up the Contrabando Waterhole overlook descends down a steep hill and then descends to the junction with the Contrabando Waterhole Trail (it's just a short ways down the Contrabando Waterhole Trail to a spring a outstanding historic rock house ruin). Continue following the Road until you turn left onto the Dome Singletrack. This will take you up a 300 meter long climb and onto some of the funnest singletrack in the area.

The Dome Singletrack is flowing with several short, steep climbs with limestone ledges and short drops. Once you hit the Dome Loop jeep trail on the other end, turn left and head down the gradually descending two track to the intersection with the Fresno Divide Trail. This starts off with a steep, technical climb to the top but you are soon rewarded with a 2 mile flowing downhill that has incredible views of the surrounding mountains. Don't forget to stop and have a look around. Once you descend down the final grade off of the Fresno Divide it's an easy pedal back to the trailhead.

History & Background

Built by the Big Bend Trails Alliance in cooperation with Texas Parks and Wildlife in January 2014, this is a great new addition to the local trail system. It ties together some of the historic routes into the cinnabar mining district and the interior of Big Bend Ranch State Park.

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Shared By:

Jeff Renfrow

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  4.4 from 10 votes

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Photos

Trails in vast desert.
Dec 30, 2015 near Lajitas, TX
Looking out into the valley after climbing 3 miles.
Jun 2, 2016 near Lajitas, TX
Made it!
Sep 29, 2017 near Lajitas, TX
Looking back over the Fresno Divide Trail.
Jun 2, 2016 near Lajitas, TX
View from atop the dome and back on the trail ridden to get to the top.
Jun 2, 2016 near Lajitas, TX
Big Bend Trails Alliance volunteers building the Fresno Divide Trail.
Jan 23, 2014 near Lajitas, TX

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Nov 15, 2019
Chris Poulos
Get ride! Highly recommend giving it a go. Left from the Grassy Banks Campground so about 6.5 miles of this is blacktop. 3.75 hrs with lunch stop. — 3h 45m
May 25, 2018
Stuart Spigel
Mar 29, 2018
Terry Stewart
Great ride while my fiancé ran the trail. Rocky section on the west side made running tougher. — 1h 40m
Feb 18, 2018
John Cain
Feb 16, 2018
Raul Salazar
Feb 17, 2017
Jeff W.
Fun adder to dome trail. The section at the top (west half) is rocky rough! Full suspension helps some. After that, great downhill swoopy.
Feb 29, 2016
Michael Schober
Feb 14, 2016
Mark White